Summer is almost here and it’s time to get outside and enjoy living in one of the most beautiful states in the country. Take a short drive west and spend a day with our newest readers in beautiful St. Joseph. Whether you are looking for a relaxing day on the water, family fun, great shopping, fine dining or an exceptional round of golf…
SILVER BEACH – One of Southwest Michigan’s premier destinations, 2,450 feet of pristine beach featuring beach volleyball courts, concessions and a playground there is something for everyone. If you need a little break from the beach, several other refreshing attractions are a short walk across Lake Street.
SILVER BEACH CENTER – Just north across Broad Street, located in the Silver Beach Center is the iconic Silver Beach Carousel. 48 unique carousel creatures and two chariots dance under 1000 twinkling lights. With 100 years of history and $3 per ride (discounts for multiple rides), this beautiful attraction is a must see for the entire family. The Silver Beach Center is also home to the Curious Kids Discovery Zone, which offers exciting exhibits for kids from 3 – 12 years old and the Shadowland Ballroom, a beautiful event venue.
DOWNTOWN – Perched atop the bluff, downtown St. Joseph you will find a charming shopping district. Whether you are looking for beach necessities, stunning fashion or a sweet treat you won’t be disappointed.
Downtown St. Joe is also home to a vibrant art scene; the gem being the Krasl Art Center. Offering high quality are exhibitions, classes, instillations and a beautiful permanent sculpture collection, Krasl is always on our to-do list.
EVENTS – Summer in St. Joe is event season and there is something to do every weekend. Just 15 miles south in Bridgman, MI, the Makers Trail Festival showcases Southwest Michigan’s best beer, wine and spirits. Held June 8th at Weko Beach.
St.Joseph’s gorgeous bluff is the home of the Krasl Art Fair on July 13th-14th. Featuring 200 artist vendors, food, music and a beer and wine garden, this is a must attend event. The Shadowland Pavillion hosts Summer Jam on August 3rd and features great live music.
Visit the Southwest Michigan Tourist Council’s website at www.swmichigan.org for more information on these great summer events.
DINING – There aren’t many things better than an ice cold drink and a delicious meal with a gorgeous view. Summer in Michigan is alfresco
dining season and whether you are craving burgers and beer or a fine dining experience. The exceptional, local restaurants have got you covered.
Silver Beach Pizza offers amazing, thin crust pizza and the coldest beer in town. Just tell you server, “Schooner me!” With 74 draft tap handles, The Buck Burgers & Brew offers diners the largest selection of draft beer in Southwest Michigan. Head out to their deck and enjoy an amazing burger while taking in the scenery.
Ryebelle’s offers handcrafted cuisine with breathtaking views of Lake Michigan on their full service rooftop. Plank’s Tavern located in The Inn at Harbor Shores offers everything from pub fare to fine dining in a beautiful setting. Bistro on The Boulevard offers French inspired dishes with local ingredients (the mushroom soup is phenomenal).
HARBOR SHORES – A premier destination for golfers throughout the Midwest. This Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course is home to the Kitchen Aid Senior PGA Championship (2020, 2022 & 2024) and with holes 7 – 9 located on Lake Michigan it is a golfer’s dream.
After a long day of golf, relax and unwind in luxury at The Inn at Harbor Shores. Treat yourself to some pampering at The Spa at Harbor Shores or enjoy a handcrafted coffee drink at Rise & Vine. Enjoy dinner at one of the property’s two restaurants and relax at the refreshing pool.