What to do
City Beach A surf shop offers kayak and paddleboard rentals. For the less adventurous, soft sand is perfect for volleyball, tossing around a Frisbee, or catching some rays.
New Buffalo City Beach
New Buffalo Train Museum Railroad enthusiasts will enjoy learning about the town's history as a rail hub at the free-admission museum.
Round Barn Winery, Distillery and Brewery It's worth visiting just to see the 1912 round barn in Baroda (20 miles northeast of New Buffalo), but you'll probably want to try a tasting, too. The $12 wine/spirit tasting includes a free glass and discounts on dozens of reds and whites bottled in Michigan. The company also operates the Round Barn brewery and restaurant in Baroda and a tasting room in Union Pier (5 miles northeast of New Buffalo).
Sweetwater Boating Supplies Pick up swimsuits, snacks, snorkels, and just about anything else you might need for a day at the beach at this expansive gift shop. For a fun photo op, try on headwear from the store's collection of silly hats.
Where to eat
Beer Church Brewing Co. Find craft brews and wood-fired pizza inside a building that was once a church.
Bentwood Tavern Dine on a lakeside patio at the Marina Grant Resort. The menu features steaks and seafood (and burgers), plus seasonally inspired desserts.
Brewster’s Italian Cafe Excellent pastas and pizzas bring a taste of Italy to New Buffalo. When the weather's warm, try to snag a seat in the courtyard.
Milda’s Corner Market This Lithuanian deli and market has a cultlike following. The deli serves soups, sandwiches and kugelis—a casserole of potatoes and bacon. Imported goods stock the market.
Oink's Dutch Treat Kitschy pig and ice cream decor fills the building, and 50-plus flavors (like Cotton Candy Confetti and Marion County Blackberry) fill the coolers.
Oink's Dutch Treat
Redamak’s It’s the place to go in New Buffalo for burgers. Fresh beef ground on-site and, yes, Velveeta cheese turn simple into wonderful. Expect a wait.
Rosie’s A homey New Buffalo diner serves classic breakfast dishes, including eggs, hash browns, and biscuits and gravy.
Where to stay
Gordon Beach Inn The historic Union Pier inn has 20 rooms with private baths, an art gallery, beach and the popular seafood spot Timothy’s Restaurant.
Harbor Grand Hotel The 55-guest-room New Buffalo boutique hotel encourages indulgence. We love the 24-hour Ben and Jerry’s ice cream delivery, free beach towels and beachside lounge chairs, and breakfast-in-bed service.
Room service at Harbor Grand Hotel
Lake Country Inn Each of the nine bedrooms is painted a different, bright color at this adults-only refuge.
Marina Grand Resort Curving along the marina, this hotel feels more like a boutique, with an indoor pool, outdoor pool and plenty of lake access.
For information: Harbor Country Chamber of Commerce (269) 469-5409;