“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.