Winter or summer, you’ll find no shortage of fun in Harbor Country – and paired with the best in Harbor Country lodging, you’re in for a great time!
Whether you’re visiting New Buffalo, Union Pier, or elsewhere in Harbor Country, you’ll find the best Harbor Country lodging at the Firefly Resort. Sure, you can find other Harbor Country lodging, but you won’t find more charming cottages than those at the Firefly.
A short drive from the Firefly will take you to fun activities that will suit all ages and interests.
Three Oaks Spokes Bicycle Club, in the old Three Oaks train station. 12 backroad trails ranging from 5 to 60 miles along country roads, through fields and pastures in Berrien and LaPorte Counties. Single-speed bike rentals at the tiny and fun Museum/Information Center. A great find.
Dewey Cannon Trading Company
3 Dewey Cannon Ave
Three Oaks, MI 49128
Phone: (269) 756-3361
Chikaming Nature Preserve and Park -OPEN IN WINTER WITH SKI TRAILS
Wetlands, woodland, prairie, 2,800 feet of river frontage, and a five-acre lake. Hike and bike trails appropriate for any level of fitness. Fishing is permitted, and the well-marked trails, paths, platforms, and with picnic facilities make this a perfect choices for families with little ones.
East of I-94 on Harbert Rd.
Grand Mere State Park -OPEN ALL YEAR ROUND
Fine bird watching. Hiking trails through sand dunes, forests, and wetlands. Public Lake Michigan beach accessible by two short trails (one paved). Pet friendly.
John Beers Rd, Stevensville.
Kesling Nature Preserve -OPEN ALL YEAR ROUND
One-mile and half-mile trails to incredible scenic views overlooking forested tributaries. Excellent bird-watching and Galien River fishing.
Three Oaks, MI.
Love Creek Nature Center
Five miles of hiking trails. Mountain biking trail spring through Groomed cross-country and skate-style skiing trails; cross-country equipment rentals available. Huckleberry Rd., Berrien Center.
Warren Dunes State Park -OPEN ALL YEAR ROUND
A dozen miles from the Firefly, on Red Arrow Hwy. Warren Dunes features wild, windswept sand dunes and a beautiful public beach with restrooms, snack bar and parking facilities. Perfect for families. The views are spectacular. Even in the winter, a trip to the Dunes is well worth it for the trails, cross-country skiing snowboarding and sledding. There is a small charge per car at the park entrance.
Warren Woods Forest Preserve is a primeval forest and wildflower sanctuary with marked trials following the Galien River.
Warren Woods Rd. between Lakeside Rd. and Three Oaks Rd.
Warren Dunes State Park Campsite
(15 min. drive on Red Arrow Highway from Firefly)
Featuring full camper hook-ups. This nice, spacious campground at the base of the Warren Dunes is popular and books up fast. Toilet and shower house.
Briar Leaf Golf Club
18-hole public course.
N. State Rd. 39, LaPorte, IN
Pebblewood Country Club
18-hole public course.
9794 Jericho Rd., Bridgeman, MI
Whittaker Woods Golf Course
Ken Killian-designed 18-hole public course.
Wilson Rd., New Buffalo, MI
Boating/ Canoeing/ Kayaking
Sport Fishing Charters – New Buffalo
Check out the Michigan Charter Boat Association website for information on fishing charters from New Buffalo.
Doe-Wah-Jack's Canoe Rental
Canoe and kayak rentals. Paddle down the Dowagiac River through the Dowagiac Woods. Trips lasting between two to six hours. Seven days a week June through August; weekends only May, September, October.
M-51 North, Dowagiac
State-run access for small fishing boats and canoes. Access located on Red Arrow Hwy., just north of Kruger Rd. at the bridge, New Buffalo Township.
New Buffalo Public Boat Launch
On Galien River across from city beach. Attendant on duty 10 am - 6 PM weekdays, 6 am - 8 PM weekends. River access to Lake Michigan 24-hours a day.
Trailer parking available.
Outpost Wind Sports
Rent kayaks, bikes, boogie boards, skim boards, and paddleboards. Buy everything for the beach.
105 W. Buffalo St., New Buffalo, MI
Organized trail rides available. Call first. Specializing in youth lessons.
Spring Creek Equestrian Center
Martin Rd., Three Oaks, MI
Vineyard Tours & Tastings
Lemon Creek Winery & Fruit Farms -OPEN ALL YEAR ROUND
533 East Lemon Creek Rd., Berrien Springs, MI
Round Barn Vineyard
Features an 1880s Amish round barn for their tasting room.
10981 Hills Rd., Baroda, MI
Round Barn Tasting Room
Wonderful ambiance for a tasting room. Offers snacks.
Union Pier, MI
Off I-94 at Exit 6
St. Julian Tasting Room
Michigan's oldest and largest. Tastings available as flights and can be enjoyed outside on the patio. Wine and hard cider by the glass, cocktails, and slushies are available.
Union Pier, MI
Off I-94 at Exit 6
Tabor Hill Champagne Cellar
10243 Red Arrow Highway, Bridgeman, MI
Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant
Fine Wine and Fine Food
185 Mt. Tabor Rd., Buchanan, MI
Call ahead dinner seating during high season
Blue Plate Café
Always fresh, organic when possible, fantastic breakfast and lunch. Take home some freshly baked cookies and muffins! Cash and checks only.
15288 Red Arrow Highway, Union Pier, MI
Union Pier Social
New in 2021! Big patio, live music, good American food. Craft beer, wine, and cocktails. Perfect casual vacation restaurant.
16036 Red Arrow Highway Union Pier 269-586-3778
Milda's Corner Market
Friendly deli/coffee house. A long-time local landmark. Milda makes and bakes it all. Great hot sandwiches, homemade baked goods, and deli case. Get stuff to go. Catering available. Fresh homemade soup daily! Best coffee on the planet. Say hi to Milda!
Corner of Red Arrow and Townline Rd., Union Pier, MI
Red Arrow Roadhouse (Our favorite spot)
A 3-minute walk from Firefly. Nostalgic roadhouse, delicious food, knotty pine, trophy animals on wall, you get the picture. Busy on weekends. Sports TV at bar. Good beer list.
15710 Red Arrow Hwy., Union Pier
The Whistle Stop
A modernist boutique 3-minute walk from Firefly. Coffee, pastries, great sandwiches (order online only), gourmet groceries (think Whole Foods with about the same price point). Great place to go if you're up before everyone else. Did we mention good coffee? Outside seating only.
Corner of Berrien Rd. and Red Arrow Hwy.
A Union Pier-Lakeside institution. Best place for special occasions. Elegant, with a menu to match.
16409 Red Arrow Highway, Union Pier, MI
Hummingbird Lounge (One of our favorites)
A stylish yet approachable restaurant, cocktail bar, and event venue. Set in an historic Victorian house amid lush gardens, Hummingbird Lounge is the perfect place to celebrate all occasions.
9 S. Barton St.
New Buffalo MI 59117
Ph: 269-231-5292 firstname.lastname@example.org
Casey's Bar & Grill (Causal, good menu)
Pub food and great menu, have a pint and catch the game.
136 North Whittaker St., New Buffalo, MI
Oinks Dutch Treat
Serving Sherman's Ice Cream, Homemade Fudge, and Candy. Not to be missed.
227 W. Buffalo St., New Buffalo, MI
Redamak's (Casual, burgers & fries)
Legendary. Open spring/summer season only.
616 E. Buffalo St., New Buffalo (South-bound Red Arrow
Hwy becomes E. Buffalo St.)
Rosie's (Local diner, home cooking)
Your name is "Hon" here. Call ahead for hours
128 N. Whittaker,
The Stray Dog Bar & Grill (Pub)
Good pub food, kids menu, fireplace.
245 N. Whittaker, New Buffalo, MI
An intimate and eclectic non-profit performance space featuring rock, folk, indie, jazz, opera, open mics, drama, and comedy. Performances take place in a century old corset stay factory with 250 seats. Not to be missed.
16142 Red Arrow Highway, Union Pier, MI
Blue Chip Casino and Spa
777 Blue Chip Drive
Michigan City, Indiana
(about 20 minutes drive)
4 Winds Casino
11111 Wilson Road
New Buffalo, Michigan
(about 10 minutes drive)
Shops and Malls can be found all along Red Arrow Highway all throughout Harbor Country. Great finds, from that missing teacup to antique furniture.
Too many to mention...
Just a few favorites...
Fine Art and Jewelry.
813 E. Buffalo St., New Buffalo, MI
Art Co-op with choices for every budget and style!
16187 Red Arrow Highway, Union Pier, MI
Indian Summer Imports
Women's Clothing & Jewelry
126 S. Whittaker St., New Buffalo, MI
Clothing for Men and Women, Jewelry, Shoes and Purses
26 N. Whittaker St.
Union Pier Market
This very well-stocked grocery and liquor store offers every grocery item you might need; snacks, produce, and more. Incredible wine collection. Shop local; it’s in the heart of Union Pier only a mile from the Firefly.
9905 Townline Street
A gourmet-type grocery store and garden center. Local in-season fruits and vegetables are featured. Does not disappoint. Five miles from the Firefly north on Red Arrow Highway.
5864 Sawyer Road
Sawyer, MI 49125
Barney's Grocery Store
A good grocery store with a reassuringly gourmet selection as well as the basics.
10 North Thompson Street
New Buffalo, MI 49117
Drier's Meat Market
This century old butcher shop is located in a National Historic site that has been in continuous use as a butcher shop since shortly after the Civil War. An honest-to-goodness butcher shop featuring, freshly made sausages, smoked meats and sawdust on the floors. Order on-line or at the storefront market.
14 S. Elm St, Three Oak, MI
Fruits & Vegetable Stands/ U-Pick
Corn and other vegetables mid-July
Fall Harvest Festival (See "Just for Fun")
Mill Rd., Three Oaks, MI
Lemon Creek Fruit Farms
Fruit growers, fresh produce, seasonal U-Pick fields (so much fun for kids!)
Call for information before you go
Dial 911 for Emergency, Medical, Fire or Police
Lakeland Medical Center
1234 Napier Ave., St. Joseph, MI
1007 Lincolnway, LaPorte, IN
Ph: 800.235.6204 or 219.326.1234
New Buffalo Animal Hospital
600 W. Buffalo St., New Buffalo, MI
Warren Dunes State Park
X Country Trails
Swiss Valley Ski Resort
66 miles drive
1468 Cinema Way (exit Pipestone Rd)
Benton Harbor, MI
The Acorn Theater
Local and national entertainment every weekend!
107 Generations Dr., (off of Elm St.) Three Oaks, MI
The Vickers Theater
An art-house theatre housed in a historic building showing classic films.
6 N. Elm St., Three Oaks, MI
6201 Red Arrow Highway, Stevensville, MI
Other Fun Stuff
Captain Mike's Fun Park
Mini-golf, go-karts, bumper boats, batting cages, game room.
Red Arrow Hwy, 1.5 miles north of Warren Dunes State Park
Curious Kids Museum
415 Lake Blvd., St. Joseph, MI
Raspberries, Corn, other veggies in season. Fall Harvest Festival with Horse-drawn wagon rides, mini haunted house, corn maze, mums, pumpkins and gourds.
Mill Rd., Three Oaks, MI
Open everyday. Day passes available.
New Buffalo, MI
Niles Haunted House Scream Park
Weekends Mid-Sept. through Oct. 31st
Main House not for children
855 Mayflower Rd., Niles, MI
Timber Town Playground
Unique playground for kids where they can slide, hide, glide, balance and tumble. Special area for 2-5-year-olds. Build of timber with non-skid surfaces.
Nel's Rd. and Locust St., Three Oaks, MI
Washington Park Zoo
Washington Park Zoo
11 Lake Shore Dr.
Michigan City, IN