Lake Michigan/Harbor Country, Michigan

Ideal for: Families, nature lovers, and beach lovers

  • Located about a two-hour drive from Chicago, Harbor Country offers miles of uncrowded beaches along scenic Lake Michigan.
  • You’ll find the largest freshwater dune system in the world, along the shore of Lake Michigan, where sand dunes rise 260 feet above the coast.
  • Explore charming coastal towns such as St. Joseph, home to mom-and-pop restaurants, old-fashioned ice cream parlors, and kitschy souvenir shops.
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Quaint Towns on the Great Lakes

Nestled along Michigan’s southwest coast, Harbor Country has welcomed visitors to its scenic shores for years, enticing guests with wide beaches and a slow pace of life. It’s easy to see why the state’s slogan is “pure Michigan” as you swim in the refreshing waters of Lake Michigan, go wine-tasting at nearby family-owned vineyards, trek to the top of massive sand dunes, or paddle a canoe around smaller inland lakes. The southwest coast is also dotted with family-friendly beach towns where you can shop and dine. Sample local brews on tap at Greenbush Brewing Co. in nearby Sawyer, ride the historic Silver Beach Carousel in St. Joseph, or snap a photo of the lighthouse in South Haven at sunset.

Quick Facts

  • Suggested Airport
    O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
  • Average Temperature
    82℉ in summer; 18℉ in winter
  • Peak Season
  • Closest Big City
  • Car needed?

Destination Highlights

  • Warren Dunes State Park

    Discover Michigan’s iconic sand dunes in this picturesque park. Trek to the top of the massive, 260-square-foot sand dunes at sunset to watch the sun dip behind the lake.

  • Golf

    Ask your Destination Concierge to book a tee time at Brookwood Golf Course or Whittaker Woods Golf Club, close to your accommodations in Harbour Country.

  • Boat Charters

    At the marina in New Buffalo, you can rent jet skis, kayaks, paddleboards, and fishing gear, or charter a boat for day of cruising on the lake.



  • Forecasting Your Harbor Country Vacation

    Harbour Country has mild summers, with temperatures reaching the high 70s or low 80s. Lake Michigan breezes help keep the heat down. Crisp fall temperatures and changing leaves make autumn a wonderful time to visit. Winters are cold and snowy, perfect for snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and ice fishing.


Map of Lake Michigan/Harbor Country, Michigan

Google Maps satellite images are not always up-to-date, especially in non-U.S. destinations. Some Inspirato residences are located in developments built after images were last updated. Our pin placements represent our best location estimates, but actual locations may vary.

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