Michigan Journals

Four Days in Southwest Michigan

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An August 2005 trip to Michigan by chasindaylight

Weko Beach Campground Photo, Bridgman, Michigan More Photos
Quote: Information on dining, shopping, and activities in Stevensville, St. Joseph, South Haven, Bridgman, and Buchanan, Michigan.

Baymont Inn and Suites Stevensville St Joseph

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Hotel | "Baymont Inns & Suites"

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We stay at Baymont frequently because of the good value. We were not impressed with this showing in Stevensville. This Baymont is located right off I-94 in Stevensville; it’s easy to find. There are no lake views in this area. There is plenty of parking in front and back, and pets are welcome. There are many food options close by. Within walking distance is Popeye’s Chicken & Biscuits, Cracker Barrel, and Long John Silvers. Across the street is a Big Boy Restaurant and McDonald’s. A bit up the road is a Culver’s, Dairy Queen, BP/Amoco Gas Station, and a Shell Gas Station. There is not much as far as activity in this part of town. Be prepared to drive if you want something to do. ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 14, 2005

Baymont Inn and Suites Stevensville St Joseph
2601 W. Marquette Woods Road
Stevensville, Michigan 49127
(269) 428-9111

Spinnaker's

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Restaurant

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As the name suggests, there is a definite navigation theme going on here. If you’re seated in a booth, the drink list is on a pulley over your head. The wine list is extensive, as the restaurant boasts a wine room with over 600 bottles. The ads in the travel literature and phone book seemed to portray to us an upscale eating experience requiring dressy attire, but casual seemed to be the norm when we were there. Their ad also promises an extravagant salad bar. There was nothing special about this spread: baby spinach, cheese, hardboiled eggs, croutons, a few other veggies, and your standard dressing choices. The salad bar at Ruby Tuesday’s is much more extravagant than this. How...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 29, 2005

Spinnaker's
105 Main Street
St. Joseph, Michigan 49085

Rocky Gap Beach

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Attraction

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This small beach is a quiet place to take in the view of Lake Michigan. There are absolutely no facilities here, including no lifeguards. The beach is tucked within a residential area. Parking is free and there is no entrance fee. We watched the sun set from here one evening. The entire day had been cloudy and rainy, but the clouds parted just enough for us to catch the golden colors in the sky. This seems like it would be the perfect setting for a quiet picnic, sunbathing with a good book, or just to sitting and watching the water. This is a dog-friendly beach. Rocky Gap Beach is also designated as a kite-surfing beach. The beach is easy to get to, and it’s just minutes from St. Joseph....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 14, 2005

Rocky Gap Beach
Rocky Gap Road
Benton Harbor
(269) 983-7111

Weko Beach Campground

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Attraction | "Weko Beach and Campground"

Weko Beach Campground Photo, Bridgman, Michigan
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This large public beach and campground on the shore of Lake Michigan has great amenities. There is a nicely kept concessions stand maintained by the local Lions Club, restrooms, and a campground. There is a $5 entrance fee. We were there on a Friday and didn’t have to pay. The campground is close by, connected to the beach by the boardwalk that crosses over a small stream. There are four log camping cabins, hot showers, restrooms, and a picnic area and a playground. There are 22 primitive camping sites. Reservations are only accepted for the cabins. Leashed pets are welcome only in the campground area. Being there on a dreary weekday, we nearly had the beach to ourselves. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 14, 2005

Weko Beach Campground
5239 Lake Street
Bridgman, Michigan 49106
(269) 465-3406

Tabor Hill Winery

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Attraction

Tabor Hill Winery Photo, Michigan, United States
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At the top of a hill in Buchanan, Michigan, overlooking rows of grapevines sits Tabor Hill Winery, an elegant establishment offering wine tasting, a retail shop, and a restaurant/lounge. This winery was the reason for our trip and we’re so glad we made the journey. The winery is very popular, so if you plan to dine in the restaurant, reservations are strongly suggested. Between a wine tour, tasting, shopping in the gift shop, and dining in the restaurant, you could easily spend an afternoon on their lush green grounds. Winery tours are available each day from noon-4:30pm year-round. The wine tasting room is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Tabor H...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 21, 2005

Tabor Hill Winery
185 Mount Tabor Road
Buchanan, Michigan 49107
(800) 283-3363

Chocolate Garden

Attraction | "The Chocolate Garden"

Chocolate Garden Photo, Michigan, United States
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The Chocolate Garden An unassuming farm building holds chocolate delights for those who are passionate about chocolate. The Chocolate Garden is a little gem in the Coloma, MI, countryside. Their "Extraordinary Handmade Truffles", as their slogan reads, are truly a taste to behold. The rough chocolate exterior of each generous truffle makes way to a silky interior. Ten flavors beckon you to indulge: Cinnamon Love, White Chocolate, Milk Chocolate Orange, Dark Chocolate, Dark Chocolate Raspberry, Dark Chocolate Cherry, Darkest Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Milk Chocolate Hazelnut, and White Chocolate Latte. Their retail shop is small; since all the truffles are handmade, they don’t keep a la...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 21, 2005

Chocolate Garden
2691 Friday Road
Coloma, Michigan
(269) 468-9866