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Chris and Candi’s Guidebook

Chris And Candi

Chris and Candi’s Guidebook

Favorite Beaches
Southwest Michigan has many white sandy beaches. Here are a few of our favorites.
Beautiful beach, boardwalk, and trails. Nice bathroom/shower/changing area. Show up at sunset and hear a live bugler plays taps!
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Weko Beach
5239 Lake St
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Beautiful beach, boardwalk, and trails. Nice bathroom/shower/changing area. Show up at sunset and hear a live bugler plays taps!
Silver Beach is most popular beach in southwest Michigan, for good reason. A wide walk way extends the entire beach, leading to the pier. Large clean bath and shower buildings. You can rent all kinds of water sports options nearby. Plenty of sand volleyball courts. For kids there are play sets, the Splash Pad, and the Carousel just a short walk away. Dinner at Silver Beach Pizza could finish up a perfect day at the beach. If it gets too crowded, move 200 yards south to Lions Beach.
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Silver Beach
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Silver Beach is most popular beach in southwest Michigan, for good reason. A wide walk way extends the entire beach, leading to the pier. Large clean bath and shower buildings. You can rent all kinds of water sports options nearby. Plenty of sand volleyball courts. For kids there are play sets, the Splash Pad, and the Carousel just a short walk away. Dinner at Silver Beach Pizza could finish up a perfect day at the beach. If it gets too crowded, move 200 yards south to Lions Beach.
If you are looking for 2 miles of white sandy beach lined with dunes where you can find a secluded spot, this is your beach. Only the locals know how to get easy access, so it's not overly crowded. Take John Beers Road west toward the lake. The paved road ends at North Lake Park (a nice picnic destination). Continue on the dirt road til it dead ends. Park to the left of the road (you will get a ticket if you park on the right side). There is a secret entrance to the park at the dead end, or take the short sandy path between two homes to the beach. At the lake, turn south (left). You will enter two miles of gorgeous beach.
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Grand Mere State Park
Thornton Drive
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If you are looking for 2 miles of white sandy beach lined with dunes where you can find a secluded spot, this is your beach. Only the locals know how to get easy access, so it's not overly crowded. Take John Beers Road west toward the lake. The paved road ends at North Lake Park (a nice picnic destination). Continue on the dirt road til it dead ends. Park to the left of the road (you will get a ticket if you park on the right side). There is a secret entrance to the park at the dead end, or take the short sandy path between two homes to the beach. At the lake, turn south (left). You will enter two miles of gorgeous beach.
Warren Dunes is another really popular beach. The 3 mile stretch of beach is beautiful. There are also nice facilities and beach food options. If you go to this beach, you have to climb the 250 foot Dune that overlooks the lake to the west and woods to the east. The view is stunning. If you feel adventurous, walk south on the beach til you find a creek, then hike through the water up the creek for a quarter mile til you come to the clay banks. Then goop up with clay and make their way back, washing off in the lake. Don't worry, you won't be the only one covered in clay; it's kind of a thing we do.
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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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Warren Dunes is another really popular beach. The 3 mile stretch of beach is beautiful. There are also nice facilities and beach food options. If you go to this beach, you have to climb the 250 foot Dune that overlooks the lake to the west and woods to the east. The view is stunning. If you feel adventurous, walk south on the beach til you find a creek, then hike through the water up the creek for a quarter mile til you come to the clay banks. Then goop up with clay and make their way back, washing off in the lake. Don't worry, you won't be the only one covered in clay; it's kind of a thing we do.
Hiking
This is hikers paradise, with great trails around woods, lakes and dunes. You can stay on flat valley trails, or climb the ridges for a great workout. Or just walk the beach and find beach glass. What I love about this Park is the isolation. Most people don't know about this gem. You can enter from the north by taking John Beers Road west til it ends and park off the road. Or park in the lot from Thorton. Or enter from the south on Wishart Rd.
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Grand Mere State Park
Thornton Drive
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This is hikers paradise, with great trails around woods, lakes and dunes. You can stay on flat valley trails, or climb the ridges for a great workout. Or just walk the beach and find beach glass. What I love about this Park is the isolation. Most people don't know about this gem. You can enter from the north by taking John Beers Road west til it ends and park off the road. Or park in the lot from Thorton. Or enter from the south on Wishart Rd.
This park offers 6 miles of trails through woods and dunes along the lakeshore. Or just walk the 3 mile white sandy beach. Just beautiful! Be sure to climb the dunes and get the breathtaking views from the top! This is a large park, but is also a busy park in the summer season. Grand Mere State Park is also very nice and not as busy.
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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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This park offers 6 miles of trails through woods and dunes along the lakeshore. Or just walk the 3 mile white sandy beach. Just beautiful! Be sure to climb the dunes and get the breathtaking views from the top! This is a large park, but is also a busy park in the summer season. Grand Mere State Park is also very nice and not as busy.
Well maintained trails along a beautiful river through a primeval forest. This is another one of those special places that is off the radar for most people. Enjoy!
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Warren Woods State Park
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Well maintained trails along a beautiful river through a primeval forest. This is another one of those special places that is off the radar for most people. Enjoy!
Food scene
Great food!
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Round Barn Brewery & Public House
9151 1st Street
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Great food!
This family owned restaurant is incredible! They are especially known for their seafood. A little pricey, but worth it!
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Grande Mere Inn
5800 Red Arrow Highway
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This family owned restaurant is incredible! They are especially known for their seafood. A little pricey, but worth it!
The best tasting most unique pizza ever! You might find better pizza in Chicago... maybe.
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Silver Beach Pizza
410 Vine Street
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The best tasting most unique pizza ever! You might find better pizza in Chicago... maybe.
If you are looking for Italian, this is your place. It's a little bit of a drive to New Buffalo, but worth the extra effort. We like to put the top down and drive back along the lake (you'll have to go through a few private neighborhoods and a camp ground, but its okay, just drive slow and act like you know where you are going).
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Brewster's Italian Cafe
11 West Merchant Street
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If you are looking for Italian, this is your place. It's a little bit of a drive to New Buffalo, but worth the extra effort. We like to put the top down and drive back along the lake (you'll have to go through a few private neighborhoods and a camp ground, but its okay, just drive slow and act like you know where you are going).
If you are in the mood for a creative unique delicious hamburger, this is your place. Enough said.
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Buck Burgers & Brew
412 State Street
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If you are in the mood for a creative unique delicious hamburger, this is your place. Enough said.
Favorite Breakfast / Brunch Spots
For breakfast or lunch, this is one of our favorites. Very close, in downtown Stevensville. Great food and coffee, and we like the vibe. Outdoor seating in the warmer seasons.
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Full Circle Café & Espresso Bar
5729 St Joseph Ave
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For breakfast or lunch, this is one of our favorites. Very close, in downtown Stevensville. Great food and coffee, and we like the vibe. Outdoor seating in the warmer seasons.
This is a hole in the wall. Locals love it. Old style diner. Very small. But seriously, it's not classy at all, just good food. Best crispy hashed browns ever! It is super close by, in Stevensville.
Bert's Breakfast Korner
2814 Kimmel Street
This is a hole in the wall. Locals love it. Old style diner. Very small. But seriously, it's not classy at all, just good food. Best crispy hashed browns ever! It is super close by, in Stevensville.
Okay, if you like doughnuts, then you have got to visit Red Coach. They have the most unique doughnuts, and are out of this world tasty! they have coffee and doughnuts, and that is it, no other food.
Red Coach Donuts
5811 St Joseph Ave
Okay, if you like doughnuts, then you have got to visit Red Coach. They have the most unique doughnuts, and are out of this world tasty! they have coffee and doughnuts, and that is it, no other food.
If you are in St joe for the day, and you like a good old fashioned diner, this is your place. Generous portions of really good food.
Thornton's Hometown Cafe
613 Pleasant St
If you are in St joe for the day, and you like a good old fashioned diner, this is your place. Generous portions of really good food.
Breweries
This is a super fun brewery. A lot of locals bring the whole family here. Very close to us, in downtown Stevensville. There are so many great breweries nearby. If you just get on the old highway (Red Arrow Highway) and travel south, you will discover half a dozen great breweries. I don't want to attempt to list them all. So here is a web site you should check out. https://www.yelp.com/search?cflt=breweries&find_loc=Berrien+County%2C+MI
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Watermark Brewing Company
5781 St Joseph Ave
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This is a super fun brewery. A lot of locals bring the whole family here. Very close to us, in downtown Stevensville. There are so many great breweries nearby. If you just get on the old highway (Red Arrow Highway) and travel south, you will discover half a dozen great breweries. I don't want to attempt to list them all. So here is a web site you should check out. https://www.yelp.com/search?cflt=breweries&find_loc=Berrien+County%2C+MI
We just had to mention this one, because along with being a very popular brewery, the food here is outstanding.
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Silver Harbor Brewing Company
721 Pleasant St
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We just had to mention this one, because along with being a very popular brewery, the food here is outstanding.
Wineries
You are in the middle of wine country here! Round Barn is just one of many great wineries near us, too many to list here. There is a Wine Trail that you can enjoy if you like. Here is a web site with info... https://www.yelp.com/search?cflt=breweries&find_loc=Berrien+County%2C+MI
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Round Barn Estate
10983 Hills Road
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You are in the middle of wine country here! Round Barn is just one of many great wineries near us, too many to list here. There is a Wine Trail that you can enjoy if you like. Here is a web site with info... https://www.yelp.com/search?cflt=breweries&find_loc=Berrien+County%2C+MI