Chicago Day Trip: Harbor Country, Michigan
Where to find the best food and drinks just 90 minutes from Chicago in southwest Michigan
Known for its sweeping dunes, scenic beaches and quaint small towns, Michigan’s Harbor Country is the perfect escape for visitors to Chicago. Located in Southwest Michigan, about an hour-and-a-half from the Windy City, this area is jam-packed with more local food, wine and beer than you could ever consume in a day. The Daily Meal has compiled a list of the can't-miss sips and flavors of Harbor Country:
Lemon Creek Winery and Fruit Farm: A staple for over 150 years, Lemon Creek is a 300-acre, family-owned farm and winery just six miles from Lake Michigan. in addition to 28 different wines, including chardonnays, pinot grigio, and cabernet sauvignon, visitors can also sample and buy fresh local fruits during the summer and fall seasons.
Greenbush Brewing: Greenbush Brewing is known for its inventive brews, including its signature copper wheat ale called “Red Bud.” Stop into its taproom in Sawyer, Mich. to get some tasty bar eats and drinks – you can even order you beer to-go in growlers or bottles.
Journeyman Distillery: Located in an 1890s factory building, Journeyman Distillery makes organic whiskey, gin and vodka. Check out the tasting room fitted with industrial décor where you can try handcrafted cocktails and locally-sourced cheese and charcuterie.
Harbert Swedish Bakery: Get authentic Swedish treats at Herbert Swedish Bakery, a populary spot for locals. From Swedish rye breadh to fruit-filled kolachki, they’ve got it all.
Redamak’s: A New Buffalo institution, Redamak's serves no-frills, all-American comfort food. Open seasonally, this cash-only mom-and-pop shop's claim to fame is the build-your-own burger which can have up to three patties plus ketchup, mustard, crosscut dill pickles, lettuce, raw onion, tomato, choice of cheese (Velveeta, Swiss, mild cheddar, or pepper Jack), no-bean chili, sliced mushrooms, sliced jalapeños, sliced green olives, and bacon.
Froehlich’s: The perfect place to stop for unique gift items, Froehlich’s offers a unique assortment of condiments and treats, including salsas, chutneys, fudges and pasta sauces. The real stars, however, are the small-batch jams which come in fun and fancy flavors, such as jalapeño and dark cherry with ginger.
Tabor Hill Winery and Restaurant: For a romantic meal, make a reservation at Tabor Hill. Sample Chef John Paul's delicious seasonal cuisine from one of two dining rooms that overlook the lush vineyards. Just don’t forget to order a personalized wine flight with your meal.
Ashley Henshaw is the Chicago Travel City Editor for The Daily Meal.