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Guidebook for Union Pier

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Guidebook for Union Pier

Food Scene
A few recommendations out of many options. In summer and on many weekends, restaurants are busy and we recommend reservations when possible. Many more casual places do not take reservations, so be prepared for at least a short wait if you go at popular times. But relax...you're on vacation! (If visiting in winter or early spring, note that a few do close down for a period in winter, and many restaurants will not be open every day).
Very nearby--you can walk-- a great casual but upscale place for dinner, and a nice bar area. Large menu, with many seafood options. Live music some nights. Their "12 for $12 menu" available weeknights is a good deal.
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Timothy's Restaurant
16409 Red Arrow Highway
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Very nearby--you can walk-- a great casual but upscale place for dinner, and a nice bar area. Large menu, with many seafood options. Live music some nights. Their "12 for $12 menu" available weeknights is a good deal.
Wonderful place for breakfast pastries, bakery items, breakfast sandwiches, and coffee. Friendly and very popular. Closed some weekdays in the off-season.
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Black Currant Bakehouse
9911 Town Line Ave
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Wonderful place for breakfast pastries, bakery items, breakfast sandwiches, and coffee. Friendly and very popular. Closed some weekdays in the off-season.
Convenient corner store, quick bite, and sandwich place, Try some of the Lithuanian specialties on the menu.
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Milda's Corner Market
9901 Town Line Avenue
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Convenient corner store, quick bite, and sandwich place, Try some of the Lithuanian specialties on the menu.
Casual, family friendly restaurant and bar with an old-school lodge atmosphere. Reasonable prices, very popular, and can get busy. Definitely a local favorite.
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Red Arrow Roadhouse
15710 Red Arrow Hwy
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Casual, family friendly restaurant and bar with an old-school lodge atmosphere. Reasonable prices, very popular, and can get busy. Definitely a local favorite.
Probably our favorite for good pizza and other italian basics, and they deliver to the house. Closed in winter (usually December through February). Roma Pizza in New Buffalo is another good option which is open year-round.
Mario's Pizza
16170 Red Arrow Highway
Probably our favorite for good pizza and other italian basics, and they deliver to the house. Closed in winter (usually December through February). Roma Pizza in New Buffalo is another good option which is open year-round.
One of our favorites for breakfast , brunch, or lunch. Fresh , unique and healthy choices. Small charming place, there might be a wait, but worth it! And the attached bakery is awesome as well (try the Swedish Limpa bread).
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Luisa's Cafe
13698 Red Arrow Highway
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One of our favorites for breakfast , brunch, or lunch. Fresh , unique and healthy choices. Small charming place, there might be a wait, but worth it! And the attached bakery is awesome as well (try the Swedish Limpa bread).
Bustling bar and grill, great atmosphere, friendly service, with a rooftop patio.
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The Stray Dog Bar & Grill
245 North Whittaker Street
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Bustling bar and grill, great atmosphere, friendly service, with a rooftop patio.
Excellent regional Italian food in a homey atmosphere, outdoor patio in summer. They have a very efficient curbside pickup.
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Brewster's Italian Cafe
11 West Merchant Street
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Excellent regional Italian food in a homey atmosphere, outdoor patio in summer. They have a very efficient curbside pickup.
One of our favorite places for a special night out. Rustic Italian fare, homemade pasta, and a great bar, in an upscale setting with a view of the harbor. Reservations a must. Inside the Harbor Grand Hotel.
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Terrace Room
111 West Water Street
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One of our favorite places for a special night out. Rustic Italian fare, homemade pasta, and a great bar, in an upscale setting with a view of the harbor. Reservations a must. Inside the Harbor Grand Hotel.
Great prices and good food....solid tacos and quesadillas. Very causal and quick: counter service with outdoor tables.
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RIOS MEXICAN GRILL #1
901 West Buffalo Street
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Great prices and good food....solid tacos and quesadillas. Very causal and quick: counter service with outdoor tables.
Small and casual place for a breakfast and lunch. Very friendly service.
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Jackie's Cafe
801 W Buffalo St
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Small and casual place for a breakfast and lunch. Very friendly service.
Delicious Middle Eastern food in a cozy and friendly atmosphere. A Nice place for outdoor dining in summer, overlooking a garden. Try one of the Turkish or Lebanese wines. (Note: they do close for 2 to 3 months in winter).
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Cafe Gulistan
13581 Red Arrow Highway
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Delicious Middle Eastern food in a cozy and friendly atmosphere. A Nice place for outdoor dining in summer, overlooking a garden. Try one of the Turkish or Lebanese wines. (Note: they do close for 2 to 3 months in winter).
A true local favorite, an old-fashoined locally-owned ice cream shop. Featuring Sherman's ice cream made in South Haven. Bustling and fun on summer afternoons and evenings, kids of all ages will love it.
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Oink's Dutch Treat
227 West Buffalo Street
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A true local favorite, an old-fashoined locally-owned ice cream shop. Featuring Sherman's ice cream made in South Haven. Bustling and fun on summer afternoons and evenings, kids of all ages will love it.
Truly an old standy in New Buffalo...many people who have been coming to the area for years have a soft spot for it. Big, bustling, burger and sandwich place with a large menu. Fun atmosphere and fast service... kids love it. Gets busy and there is often a wait in summer. Cash or check only. (Closed in winter, check for the dates, and they deliver in summer).
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Redamak's
616 East Buffalo Street
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Truly an old standy in New Buffalo...many people who have been coming to the area for years have a soft spot for it. Big, bustling, burger and sandwich place with a large menu. Fun atmosphere and fast service... kids love it. Gets busy and there is often a wait in summer. Cash or check only. (Closed in winter, check for the dates, and they deliver in summer).
Solid choice for standard Chinese-American items along with sushi and some Japanese and Thai dishes. They deliver to the house year 'round.
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Song Asian Cuisine
301 W Buffalo St
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Solid choice for standard Chinese-American items along with sushi and some Japanese and Thai dishes. They deliver to the house year 'round.
Another choice for pizza that delivers to the house. A good option if Mario's isn't open.
Roma Pizza
17600 Red Arrow Highway
Another choice for pizza that delivers to the house. A good option if Mario's isn't open.
American and Latin (not Mexican) fare in the charming dining room of the historic Gordon Beach Inn in Union Pier. Outdoor seating in warm weather, Pick-up orders as well. Open Thurs-Sunday off-season.
The Grove Restaurant
16220 Lakeshore Drive
American and Latin (not Mexican) fare in the charming dining room of the historic Gordon Beach Inn in Union Pier. Outdoor seating in warm weather, Pick-up orders as well. Open Thurs-Sunday off-season.
Parks, Beaches, & Nature
A few of the options in the area for getting outdoors.. (We have a page in the binder at the house with more specifics about beaches in the area).
Forested dunes with hiking trails, and a great beach with facilities and food vendors. Has the only dog beach in the area. Plenty of parking.
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ワーレン・デューンズ州立公園
12032 Red Arrow Highway
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Forested dunes with hiking trails, and a great beach with facilities and food vendors. Has the only dog beach in the area. Plenty of parking.
Nice family-friendly beach right next to town. There is a fee to park at the beach during the day in the summer season.
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New Buffalo Beach & Boat Ramp
200 Marquette Drive
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Nice family-friendly beach right next to town. There is a fee to park at the beach during the day in the summer season.
A really cool place, just up the road. Not a huge park, but a must see for nature lovers and birdwatchers, with a canopy walkway that leads to an overlook over one of the few remaining Great Lakes marshes. Wonderful views and lots of wildlife. Free. Go early in the morning for best bird watching. (Dogs not allowed).
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Galien River County Park
17424 Red Arrow Highway
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A really cool place, just up the road. Not a huge park, but a must see for nature lovers and birdwatchers, with a canopy walkway that leads to an overlook over one of the few remaining Great Lakes marshes. Wonderful views and lots of wildlife. Free. Go early in the morning for best bird watching. (Dogs not allowed).
Hiking trails through some old-growth beech forest, along the Galien River. Nice shady hike for a hot day, also amazing in the fall. Main trail is about a mile round trip.
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Warren Woods State Park
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Hiking trails through some old-growth beech forest, along the Galien River. Nice shady hike for a hot day, also amazing in the fall. Main trail is about a mile round trip.
Now a full fledged National Park, with hiking options and historical sights located 25 to 45 minutes drive from Union Pier. What makes the Indiana Dunes unique is that the national park lands are interspersed between sites of industry that still drive the economy of NW Indiana. Two recommended hikes: Cowles Bog and Tolleston Dunes, and the Bailly Homestead is a fun historical site, and great for kids.
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インディアナ・デューンズ国立公園
1215 Indiana 49
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Now a full fledged National Park, with hiking options and historical sights located 25 to 45 minutes drive from Union Pier. What makes the Indiana Dunes unique is that the national park lands are interspersed between sites of industry that still drive the economy of NW Indiana. Two recommended hikes: Cowles Bog and Tolleston Dunes, and the Bailly Homestead is a fun historical site, and great for kids.
Another hiking option in the area. Pretty trails through dense woods along streams and a creek. One of several natural areas run by by Chikaming Open Lands organization, dedicated to protecting natural spaces in Berrien County.
Robinson Woods Preserve
7869-8207 W East Rd
Another hiking option in the area. Pretty trails through dense woods along streams and a creek. One of several natural areas run by by Chikaming Open Lands organization, dedicated to protecting natural spaces in Berrien County.
Drinks & Nightlife
Great selection of handcrafted beers, friendly staff, good bar food. The annex across the street has outdoor seating. Does get busy on weekends...go early or later.
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Greenbush Brewing Co.
5885 Sawyer Road
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Great selection of handcrafted beers, friendly staff, good bar food. The annex across the street has outdoor seating. Does get busy on weekends...go early or later.
Located in a historic building, sample excellent house made spirits, specialty cocktails, plus the very good Staymaker restaurant. Good service and fun atmosphere. They offer distillery tours which are a lot of fun and highly recommended.
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Journeyman Distillery
109 Generation Dr
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Located in a historic building, sample excellent house made spirits, specialty cocktails, plus the very good Staymaker restaurant. Good service and fun atmosphere. They offer distillery tours which are a lot of fun and highly recommended.
Our local casino, with a Native American theme, run by the Pokagon Potowatami. Huge, clean, and friendly. Has live music and other events,.
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Four Winds Casino Resort – New Buffalo
11111 Wilson Road
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Our local casino, with a Native American theme, run by the Pokagon Potowatami. Huge, clean, and friendly. Has live music and other events,.
Located in a converted church dating back to 1862, a cool spot for beer, finger food, and wood-fired pizza. Has a great outdoor patio/beer garden, with "igloos" in winter.
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Beer Church Brewing Co.
24 S Whittaker St
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Located in a converted church dating back to 1862, a cool spot for beer, finger food, and wood-fired pizza. Has a great outdoor patio/beer garden, with "igloos" in winter.
The food is decent and affordable and the large bar area and restaurant have a nice neighborhoody feel, and it's a good place to rub elbows with the actual locals. Large outdoor dining area in summer.
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Casey's New Buffalo
136 North Whittaker Street
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The food is decent and affordable and the large bar area and restaurant have a nice neighborhoody feel, and it's a good place to rub elbows with the actual locals. Large outdoor dining area in summer.
Hard to find nowadays, a small-town movie theater that is still open. Shows both current movies and arthouse options. Right in downtown Three Oaks.
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Vickers Theatre
6 North Elm Street
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Hard to find nowadays, a small-town movie theater that is still open. Shows both current movies and arthouse options. Right in downtown Three Oaks.
Seedz just opened right here in Union Pier, and we are hearing good things!
Seedz Brewery
16321 Red Arrow Highway
Seedz just opened right here in Union Pier, and we are hearing good things!
Shopping and small town atmosphere
Here are some recommendations if you want to do some shopping, gallery hopping, or just soak up some local atmosphere.
Locals (us included) love this place! More then the name suggests: an awesome Farmer's Market carrying lots of local produce in season; plus a specialty grocery store; plus a gift and home goods store with tons of interesting stuff; plus a high quality and reasonably priced garden center. Greenbush Brewery and a couple other shops are nearby, enough to make an afternoon of it!
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Sawyer Home & Garden Center
5865 Sawyer Road
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Locals (us included) love this place! More then the name suggests: an awesome Farmer's Market carrying lots of local produce in season; plus a specialty grocery store; plus a gift and home goods store with tons of interesting stuff; plus a high quality and reasonably priced garden center. Greenbush Brewery and a couple other shops are nearby, enough to make an afternoon of it!
Whittaker Street in New Buffalo can be a fun way to spend a few hours wandering among shops and eateries, leading down to the beach and harbor,
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New Buffalo
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Whittaker Street in New Buffalo can be a fun way to spend a few hours wandering among shops and eateries, leading down to the beach and harbor,
Great little wine shop, that's walking distance from the house. What more do you want?
The Wine Sellers Inc
16409 Red Arrow Highway
Great little wine shop, that's walking distance from the house. What more do you want?
There are numerous shops, galleries, and antique stores spread out along Red Arrow Highway from Union Pier to Sawyer. This is one of our favorites for interesting finds.
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Lakeside Antiques
14866 Red Arrow Highway
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There are numerous shops, galleries, and antique stores spread out along Red Arrow Highway from Union Pier to Sawyer. This is one of our favorites for interesting finds.
A great little town with an interesting history, with numerous shops, galleries, and restaurants (along with Journeyman Distillery, the Acorn Theater, and the Vickers Theater). Located about 15 mins east. Among our favorites are Froelich's Bakery and Cafe, Drier's Meat Market and Alapash New Home.
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Three Oaks
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A great little town with an interesting history, with numerous shops, galleries, and restaurants (along with Journeyman Distillery, the Acorn Theater, and the Vickers Theater). Located about 15 mins east. Among our favorites are Froelich's Bakery and Cafe, Drier's Meat Market and Alapash New Home.
Another great place along Red Arrow Highway. Not-to-be-missed for fans of Craftsman/Arts and Crafts funiture and decorative items. Gorgeous stuff.
Center of the World Woodshop
13400 Red Arrow Highway
Another great place along Red Arrow Highway. Not-to-be-missed for fans of Craftsman/Arts and Crafts funiture and decorative items. Gorgeous stuff.
Skip's is a decent old-school steak and seafood place, but what we're recommending here is the fun "European Farmer's Market" held in their parking lot each Saturday and Sunday morning, Mid-may through October. Great stuff, just a few minutes from the house.
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Skip's Restaurant and Catering
16710 Lakeshore Road
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Skip's is a decent old-school steak and seafood place, but what we're recommending here is the fun "European Farmer's Market" held in their parking lot each Saturday and Sunday morning, Mid-may through October. Great stuff, just a few minutes from the house.
An outdoor railroad museum where you can ride on some of the antique trains. Great fun for kids and railroad buffs. Several antique steam engines, farm equipment and more, plus a great ice cream shop.
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Hesston Steam Museum
1201 East 1000 North
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An outdoor railroad museum where you can ride on some of the antique trains. Great fun for kids and railroad buffs. Several antique steam engines, farm equipment and more, plus a great ice cream shop.
Essentials
Here's where to find any basics you might need during your stay
Small local grocery store, just a few minutes away, that should have everything you need, from staples to specialty items. Large wine and liquor department.
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Barney's
10 North Thompson Street
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Small local grocery store, just a few minutes away, that should have everything you need, from staples to specialty items. Large wine and liquor department.
Friendly and quirky local pharmacy and drug store. Somewhat limited hours.
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Home Town Pharmacy - New Buffalo
1 North Whittaker Street
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Friendly and quirky local pharmacy and drug store. Somewhat limited hours.
Closest "big box" grocery store, just off of 1-94 east in Stevensville. Might be worth the trip if you are stocking up.
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Meijer
5019 Red Arrow Highway
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Closest "big box" grocery store, just off of 1-94 east in Stevensville. Might be worth the trip if you are stocking up.
Closest chain drug store. Over the state line in Michigan City/Long Beach IN at Rt 12 and Karwick Ave.
CVS
901 N Karwick Rd
Closest chain drug store. Over the state line in Michigan City/Long Beach IN at Rt 12 and Karwick Ave.
Very close by, this convenience store has the basics and some more upscale choices (wine, cheese, etc) as well. Very convenient for a quick run or if you forgot something.
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Union Pier Market
9805 Town Line Ave
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Very close by, this convenience store has the basics and some more upscale choices (wine, cheese, etc) as well. Very convenient for a quick run or if you forgot something.
Outdoor and Water Activities
Great place to rent bikes, paddleboards, and other beach equipment right here in Union Pier
Red Arrow Ride
16100 Red Arrow Hwy
Great place to rent bikes, paddleboards, and other beach equipment right here in Union Pier
Great option for kayak and paddleboard rentals with locations at New Buffalo beach and the Paw Paw River near St Joseph
Third Coast Paddling - Galien River Kayak & Paddleboard Rentals
200 Marquette Dr
Great option for kayak and paddleboard rentals with locations at New Buffalo beach and the Paw Paw River near St Joseph
Yacht cruises and boat and Jet Ski rentals out of New Buffalo Harbor.
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Oselka's Snug Harbor Marina
514 Oselka Drive
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Yacht cruises and boat and Jet Ski rentals out of New Buffalo Harbor.
Offers numerous options. Lessons and trail rides in a beautiful setting, including rides specifically for kids. (Note they are just over the state line in Indiana and are on Central Time)
Stateline Stables
10411 N 200 E
Offers numerous options. Lessons and trail rides in a beautiful setting, including rides specifically for kids. (Note they are just over the state line in Indiana and are on Central Time)
About 30 mins from the house, this park along the St Joseph River has, in addition to walking/hiking trails, a frisbee golf course and, in winter, cross country skiing with lighted trails. Rentals for both are available.
Madeline Bertrand County Park
3038 Adams Rd
About 30 mins from the house, this park along the St Joseph River has, in addition to walking/hiking trails, a frisbee golf course and, in winter, cross country skiing with lighted trails. Rentals for both are available.
A great option for a family outing in summer. Miniature golf, batting cages, bumper boats, and more.
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Captain Mikes Fun Park Inc
10975 Red Arrow Highway
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A great option for a family outing in summer. Miniature golf, batting cages, bumper boats, and more.
Local Wineries
Southwest Michigan is wine country, and these are just of few of the wineries in the area that we like; in no particular order. If you want something close by, Round Barn and St Julian Wineries have tasting rooms right here in Union Pier, at Union Pier Road and I-94.
Some very good white wines in a casual, unpretentious atmosphere
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Lemon Creek Winery
533 East Lemon Creek Road
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Some very good white wines in a casual, unpretentious atmosphere
In addition to the winery location which has a historic--you guessed it--round barn, they have a brewery location in the town of Baroda. They host a lot of events, so check ahead.
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Round Barn Estate
10983 Hills Road
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In addition to the winery location which has a historic--you guessed it--round barn, they have a brewery location in the town of Baroda. They host a lot of events, so check ahead.
A sister winery to Round Barn, smaller and more casual.
Free Run Cellars
10062 Burgoyne Rd
A sister winery to Round Barn, smaller and more casual.
We like the large fireplace in the tasting room, very pleasant in fall and winter.
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Dablon Vineyards - Winery & Tasting Room
111 W Shawnee Rd
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We like the large fireplace in the tasting room, very pleasant in fall and winter.
One of the oldest and largest wineries in the area. They have a very good restaurant at the winery, overlooking the vinyards.
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Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant
185 Mount Tabor Road
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One of the oldest and largest wineries in the area. They have a very good restaurant at the winery, overlooking the vinyards.
Fenn Valley has one of the better Winery tours in the area.
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Fenn Valley Vineyards
6130 122nd Avenue
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Fenn Valley has one of the better Winery tours in the area.
In nearby Michigan City IN, they make some nice wines using both Michigan and California grapes. Fun, casual atmosphere, live music many weekends.
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Shady Creek Winery
2030 Tryon Road
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In nearby Michigan City IN, they make some nice wines using both Michigan and California grapes. Fun, casual atmosphere, live music many weekends.