Reasons to love New Buffalo

New Buffalo harbor, © 2013 Celia Her City

A picturesque harbor, with lots of boats. . . .

Morels, © 2013 Celia Her City

Morels you can buy along the road-side in spring.

Lilies of the valley, © 2013 Celia Her City

If Catherine the lamp lady likes you, she may give you some lilies of the valley because she’s got too many.

Under the trees, © 2013 Celia Her City

Room to spread out under the trees.

The wares at Local in New Buffalo, © 2013 Celia Her City

Places to buy organic if you’re into that.

A may apple blossom, © 2013 Celia Her City

A chance to learn what a may-apple is.

Bargain chair, © 2013 Celia Her City

That woman who says, “I’ll give it to you for twenty-five,” when you weren’t even haggling.

Two men on a beach, © 2013 Celia Her City

Did I mention the Lake? You can even wear funny hats on the beach and no one will notice.

“Harbor Country” is an invented term for the southwestern part of Michigan that hugs the Lake. A half-century ago it was little visited, but in recent decades its reputation as a resort community for Chicagoans has grown.

Just an hour’s drive from downtown lies a region of sandy beaches, peaceful forests, and laid-back towns, where you can while away a weekend or a week with family and friends.

Harbor Country’s motto, “Eight great towns; one great Lake,” alludes to a string of mainly lakeside towns, including New Buffalo, Union Pier, Lakeside, Sawyer, and Three Oaks, that together give the place its character and supply its visitors with amenities.  New Buffalo is the largest and most developed of the towns, with a large harbor, a full-fledged grocery store, and numerous eateries.  Its offerings are a tonic when one wearies of the stresses and constraints of city living.  New Buffalo is shorthand for four-season fun.

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