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Fall Festival, St. Joseph, MI

bed race st joseph


The air is cooling, the apples are ripening and the green leaves are turning to crimson and gold.Celebrate fall’s arrival along the shores of Lake Michigan with two days of events at St. Joseph’s Fall Festival.

The festivities kick off Friday afternoon with The Great Bed Race, in which teams of up to four pushers and one rider race a bed through a course, striving to achieve a faster time than the rest of the competitors. Racing beds can be designed by the team or rented from the race sponsors.

Saturday morning the focus switches to the Farmer’s Market located downtown, where visitors will find a petting zoo and face painting as well as the usual offerings of farm fresh fruit and vegetables, jam, baked goods, fresh bread and more.

Saturday evening from 4-9 the Wine Festival and Public Art Auction takes place, featuring beverages from Michigan wineries, tasty eats from local restaurants and the opportunity to bid on works of art, all while enjoying live music.

The St. Joseph Fall Festival – what a fun & tasty way to welcome autumn to Michigan!

The 2017 Fall Festival will be held in St. Joseph on September 22 & 23

South Haven Harborfest

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Spend a weekend celebrating the inviting blue waters of Lake Michigan and the Black River at the South Haven Harborfest.

Each night festival goers are treated to live music from a variety of bands – local, nationally known, country, pop and oldies – with a beer garden on hand for beverages and food vendors serving up tasty eats.

From Friday on, enjoy a stroll along the picturesque Black River waterfront leading out to the lighthouse while browsing amongst the creative offerings at the Craft Fair. Everything from hats to jewelry to summer sausage is available for purchase.

Little ones can enjoy face painting, and the festival’s carnival rides are bound to be a hit with the kids.


The popular Dragon Boat Races take place all day Saturday, with race finals happening on Sunday. Check out the competition rules on the festival website and get your own group together (registration ends the week prior) or just come down and cheer on your favorite team.

For details about bands, times and additional events, check out the festival’s events calendar.

South Haven Harborfest

The 2017 South Haven Harborfest takes place on June 16-18.

Things to Do in New Buffalo, MI

new buffalo mi lighthouse

Though a day on New Buffalo’s beach is a great time, make sure to take a break from the waves and sand to enjoy the other attractions New Buffalo has to offer.

Four Winds Casino

When the sun goes down, head over to Four Winds Casino for dining, entertainment and, of course, gaming. Read more here: http://www.lakemichigantowns.com/four-winds-casino-new-buffalo-mi/

Four Winds New Buffalo
11111 Wilson Rd
New Buffalo, MI 49117

Oselka Marina

Turn your day at the beach into an adventure with jet ski or boat rentals from Oselka Marina. Wakeboards, water skis and tubes are also available for an additional fee. Please see the Oselka website http://www.oselkamarina.com/jet-ski-boat-rentals/rental-information/ for information about safety certificates and other requirements for renting equipment.

Oselka Marina
514 W. Water St.
New Buffalo, MI 49117

New Buffalo Railroad Museum

Everyone from train and history buffs to Thomas the Tank Engine fans should enjoy the New Buffalo Railroad Museum. The museum honors New Buffalo’s history as a depot on the Pere Marquette and the Cheaspeake & Ohio railway system with exhibits such as an old-time box car, a WWII troop sleeper car and a mid 1800’s hand-pumper fire engine. Open Thurs- Mon 12-5 from May thru September,

Fri-Sun 12-5 from October thru December. Admission is free!

New Buffalo Railroad Museum
530 S. Whittaker St
New Buffalo, MI 49117

Whittaker Woods Golf Club

Whittaker Woods is a public golf course located in New Buffalo. The course is located among ponds, woods and wetlands, making for an aesthetically pleasing yet technically challenging course. The course measures over 7000 yards, but offers four tee placements, and measures around 5000 yards from the front tees. In addition to the course, Whittaker Woods features a driving range, bar-and-grill and pro-shop.

Whittaker Woods Golf Club
12578 Wilson Rd
New Buffalo, MI 49117


Take time out to pamper yourself at one of New Buffalo’s spas. Spend a relaxing afternoon at Evolve Spa, where you can book a massage, facial or waxing session. Alternatively, Revive spa offers massages, facials, waxing, mani/pedis, body scrubs and wraps and medical treatments. Enjoy!

309 W. Buffalo St.
New Buffalo, MI 49117

225 N. Whittaker
New Buffalo, MI 49117

Stateline Stables

Take a trail ride along tree-lined paths on the gentle horses from Stateline Stables. No experience is needed, but riders must be between 75 & 250 pounds and at least eight years old. Stateline Stables is located just four miles from New Buffalo, in LaPorte, Indiana. They are on Central Standard Time – an hour before Michigan time, so keep that in mind when making plans.

Stateline Stables
10411 N 200E
LaPorte, IN 46350

New Buffalo Farmer’s Market

Spend a fun afternoon wandering among tables of produce choosing the fresh, succulent fruit and vegetablesdisplayed there. New Buffalo’s farmer’s market features fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs as well as a cafe with wine tasting, olive oil tasting, craft beer, coffee, tea and more. The market is open daily from May 1 through October, 8am-9pm.

Promeny / New Buffalo Farmer’s Market
910 W. Buffalo St
New Buffalo, MI 49117

Four Winds Casino, New Buffalo, MI

When the sun goes down, head over to Four Winds Casino for dining, entertainment and, of course, gaming.

The casino features a 130,000 square foot gaming floor with over 3000 slot machines, and a variety of table games such as Blackjack, Craps, Three-Card Poker, Pai Gow Poker, Roulette, Mini and Midi Baccarat and more. There is also a smoke-free slots room and an exclusive high limit room.

The casino offers a variety of dining options for different moods and budgets. There is the upscale Copper Rock Steakhouse, offering high quality steaks in addition to entrees such as roasted cornish game hen or crab stuffed shrimp.

Of course there’s a buffet, it’s a casino! The Four Winds Casino New Buffalo’s buffet offers American and Asian cuisine, seafood, a dessert station and a brunch buffet on weekends.

For a quick bite, grab pizza, hot dogs or burgers at Timbers Fast Food & Deli, or get a sandwich, snack or coffee at the Grab n Go.

The Four Winds Casino is also home to the only Hard Rock Cafe along Michigan’s lakeshore. The Hard Rock Cafe is bedecked with fun and fascinating rock memorabilia, serves up burgers & sandwiches and features live bands playing every weekend.

Four Winds offers entertainment options ranging from internationally recognized names to local bands. At the Event Center you’ll see some of the more well-known acts, like comedian Jay Leno, diva Diana Ross or the band Train. The Hard Rock Cafe hosts local bands each weekend on its performance stage,

There’s also an arcade with everything from video games to low-tech but ever-popular skeeball, and a child care / kids’ entertainment center.

Four Winds New Buffalo
11111 Wilson Rd
New Buffalo, MI 49117

New Buffalo City Beach


New Buffalo Mi Public Beach

New Buffalo’s city beach and lakefront park offers 800 feet of sandy beach frontage, a snack bar, showers and playground. Boaters will appreciate the eight boat launch ramps and trailer parking.

Water sport lovers can head over to the beach’s Third Coast Surf Shop, which offers kayak and paddleboard rentals and lessons for use in the adjacent Galien River and on Lake Michigan when the water is calm enough. The shop is open every day from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

As always, beachgoers must exercise caution with the sometimes rough Lake Michigan waters. To this end, the New Buffalo beach employs lifeguards to watch over swimmers from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and the park uses a warning flag system to alert swimmers to dangerous swimming conditions.

Pets, fires, glass containers and alcoholic beverages are not permitted on the beach. The park closes at 11 pm. There is a parking fee.

City Beach
100 Marquette Drive
New Buffalo, MI 49117


Amtrak Chicago Style

I love this video. I think the point is that Michigan’s college kids can take Amtrak to Chicago for fun mini-breaks?

But I think it’s useful to note that Amtrak serves Lake Michigan Towns from Holland, MI to Michigan City, IN on to Chicago, IL and up to Milwaukee, WI.

So if you’re craving a beach vacation but don’t feel like driving, relax with a good book for a few hours and let Amtrak take you there.


Downtown St. Joseph, Michigan

Photo by Corey Seeman

I’m writing today from the Chocolate Cafe in St Joseph. St. Joseph easily has one of the cutest downtown shopping districts of all the Lake Michigan Beach Towns.

There are several blocks of shops, places like Edgewater Gifts, Kilwins ice cream and fudge, The Natural Gem jewelry store, Elephant’s Breath Antiques, Forever Books and Fuzzy Butz Pet Bakery.

Favorite downtown restaurants include Silver Beach Pizza, Tim’s Too for Asian food, the Broad Street Cafe, Cassava Restaurant for Latin American Cuisine and Bistro on the Boulevard for fine dining. The Chocolate Cafe has tasty coffee and offers a variety of chocolates, cheesecakes and other baked goods, including chocolate fondue for two or four – yum.

St. Joseph’s main beach, Silver Beach, with its pretty white lighthouse is located at the edge of the downtown shopping district, making it easy to hit the beach in the morning, hop into town for lunch and then jump back in the waves.