The epicenter of Benton Harbor’s commercial rebirth.
The Benton Harbor Arts District is home to both local artists and businesses dedicated to creating a vibrant arts district in downtown Benton Harbor. With more than 4,000 people working in downtown Benton Harbor daily, the flourishing Arts District is home to a variety of shopping, local eateries and art galleries.
Thanks in part to the New Territory Arts Association; the downtown area is home to a variety of annual events dedicated towards further developing the community through the advocacy of the arts. The organization focuses on bringing several events to Benton Harbor every year. Member Businesses and local artists are highlighted through the quarterly Art Hops, independent films are brought to the area with the 3rd Thursday Film Series and local cuisine and craft beers are showcased at the Benton Bizarro. All of these events culminate with the annual Artoberfest, a unique combination of local artists, musicians, food, and drink.
Southwest Michigan – The Napa Valley of the Midwest
With more than a dozen vineyards within a short drive of Harbor Shores it’s no wonder why they call Southwest Michigan the Napa Valley of the Midwest. The shores of Lake Michigan provide a temperate climate and a Napa-like terrain suitable for the production of fine wines. Whether you are looking for a weekend getaway with a group of friends or a romantic weekend with someone special, Lake Michigan Shore Wine Country is sure to suit your fancy. In addition to Benton Harbor and St. Joseph, there are dozens of quaint lakefront communities offering accommodations throughout the year.
Most local wineries offer tours of their cellars and vineyards complimented by free wine tastings. Some local wineries also offer music festivals, cooking classes and pairing classes. The following wineries are all within a short drive of Harbor Shores:
- Contessa Wine Cellars
- Domaine Berrien Cellars
- Free Run Cellars
- Hickory Creek Winery
- Karma Vista Vineyards
- Lehmans Orchard
- Lemon Creek Fruit Farm & Winery
- Round Barn Winery
- St. Julian Winery
- Tabor Hill Winery
- White Pine Winery
For more information on winery events and happenings in the area, please visit http://www.lakemichiganshorewinetrail.com/
Breweries & Distilleries
Our Craft Beer is Pure Michigan
The Livery: Over one hundred years ago, the building known as the Palace Livery provided a vital service making it a unique gathering place for residents of and travelers to Southwest Michigan. This former horse stable has been brought back to life as The Livery. Located at 190 5th street, in the Arts District of downtown Benton Harbor, Michigan, the Livery features 16 taps (two nitro) of “Hand-Forged Microbrew”, 2 Real Ale taps, an outdoor bier garden, free WIFI, and a Café serving great food. Music and other live entertainment are regularly featured in The Upper Livery entertainment venue.
Green Bush: Stop in the brewpub and try one of our 14 beers on tap, as well as a killer food menu chock full of our own secret BBQ recipes, pizzas and more. We also offer beer-to-go in the form of growlers & bottled beers, as well as a large selection of brewery merchandise and bric a brac.
Round Barn: We have, for more than 30 years, dedicated ourselves to making wines, brandies/vodka and microbrews. Using time-honored traditions, artfully expressed with a “new world” twist, we are pleased to offer an experience unlike any other. Spend an afternoon making wine, dancing at a summer party or just enjoying the countryside.
Journeyman Distillery: Everything about Journeyman Distillery is handcrafted, and we like that our home reflects that attention to labor. The original maple factory floors are from the 1800s. We have an original concrete bar made in Grand Rapids, with coordinates etched into the side—to mark this historic and unique location.
World Class Boating, World Class Fishing, World Class Living
For those who appreciate fine living and entertainment on the waterfront, Harbor Shores is a natural port of call. Located where the Paw Paw River meets the St. Joseph River and the St. Joseph River meets Lake Michigan, Harbor Shores offers world-class boating and everything to accompany a day on the water. With convenient access to deep-water docks, community marinas and both public and private boat launches, spending a day on the water has never been easier.
Whether it’s deep-water fishing in a chartered boat or shallow stream fishing inside your personal kayak, Southwest Michigan is home to some of the best freshwater fishing in the world. The pristine waters around Harbor Shores are home to a variety of catches, including Chinook Salmon, brown trout, catfish, walleye, perch and smallmouth bass.
Let the wind rush around you at Harbor Shores. The fresh breeze, blue water and endless views are all you’ll need to relax.
Southwest Michigan – Play among the Legends
For those who love the game of golf, who list 80 as a major life goal, who think there’s nothing sweeter than the sound of a solid shot off the tee, there’s the Golf Club at Harbor Shores. But world class golf in Southwest Michigan extends beyond the Golf Club at Harbor Shores. While our home course certainly epitomizes the breathtaking scenery and immaculate conditions associated with golf in our region, there are a variety of 9, 18 and 36-hole public-access courses for you to hone your craft within a short drive of Harbor Shores.
Southwest Michigan is also home to such legendary courses as Point O’Woods and The Dunes Club. If you are interested in learning more about our affiliate program, including stay and play packages at Point O’Woods, please contact us online or call us at 269-927-GOLF (4653).
One of the nation’s biggest crop producing regions
Southwest Michigan is one of the most abundant agriculture producing regions in the United States. The urbanization of the region still pales in comparison to its agricultural significance. Over 80% of Berrien County land remains either current or potential agricultural land. Agricultural production in the area continues building on a rich heritage through increased agri-tourism and a trend towards smaller farms that encourage local buying initiatives. And we’re in the top ten states for apples, plums, sweet cherries, asparagus, grapes, snap green beans, pears, strawberries, sweet corn, cauliflower, peaches, cucumbers and wine.
Berrien County ranks at the top of all regions in the Midwest in terms of grape production. Additionally, it ranks among the top three counties in the state for the production of cash crops like vegetables, melons and other fruits, and the region ranks fifth in the state for bee colonies.
Here in Southwest Michigan we’re able to put a new meaning to the phrase “eating fresh”. It only takes a short drive to one of the dozens of local farms or countless roadside markets to find the ingredients you need to prepare your next meal.
Just for Kids
Southwest Michigan – Fun for the whole family
Our charming small town atmosphere is sure to keep you young at heart, but Southwest Michigan is also home to tons of activities for the young ones. With five world-class beach accesses within walking distance of Harbor Shores, it’s no wonder why Parents Magazine voted Harbor Shores “One of the Nation’s Top Ten Family Beaches”. Beyond the beaches, Benton Harbor and St. Joseph offer even more for the kids.
Silver Beach, located below the bluff in downtown St. Joseph, is home to the Silver Beach Amusement Park Museum and the Silver Beach Carousel. This historic venue was once the site of the Silver Beach Amusement Park (1892 – 1971) and now features a variety of attractions intended to recreate some of the magic of yesteryear. The Silver Beach Carousel allows kids of all ages to ride one of 48 unique, hand-carved menagerie figures. In addition, Silver Beach is now home to Michigan’s tallest kaleidoscope, the Curious Kids Museum, a splash pad and an outdoor climbing wall.
Take a ride through paradise
Among the countless recreational opportunities available outside your front door, Southwest Michigan is home to many farms and stables offering a variety of equine activities. Whether you are an advanced rider seeking out competition or a novice looking to enjoy a special day horseback riding along the Lake Michigan coast, our local region is a haven for horse-lovers.
Located just south of St. Joseph, Concord Ridge Equestrian Center is Southwest Michigan’s only state-of-the-art equine center. The facility, which opened in July 2011, sits on 140 acres and offers lessons and trainings for all disciplines at all levels. Concord Ridge is quickly on its way to becoming the premier equestrian center in the Midwest and one of the best in the country.
For more information about equestrian in Southwest Michigan and the offerings at the Concord Ridge Equestrian Center, please visit www.concordhorses.com.