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Great vacations and team building starts here.  For the most updated area information, find a wealth of information at the Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council and St Joe Today.  Some of the most popular activities for guests of The Inn at Harbor Shores are summarized below.  

Art, Theater, & Entertainment

The Benton Harbor Arts District is home to both local artists and businesses dedicated to creating a vibrant arts district in downtown Benton Harbor. With more than 4,000 people working in downtown Benton Harbor daily, the flourishing Arts District is home to a variety of shopping, local eateries and art galleries.  The Arts District is home to events like Artoberfest, The Summer Solstice Art Hop, Art's Park Sun Sessions (a free outdoor concert series), and more.
Krasl Art Center, Water Street Glassworks, Mendel Center Mainstage, The Citadel Dance & Music Center, Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Fernwood Botanical Gardens, The Box Factory for the Arts, The Acorn Theater, for more art galleries click here.

Wineries, Breweries & Distilleries

Wineries
With almost 20 vineyards within a short drive of Harbor Shores it’s no wonder why they call Southwest Michigan the Napa Valley of the Midwest. The shores of Lake Michigan provide a temperate climate and a Napa-like terrain suitable for the production of fine wines. Whether you are looking for a weekend getaway with a group of friends or a romantic weekend with someone special, Lake Michigan Shore Wine Country is sure to suit your fancy. The following wineries are all within a short drive of Harbor Shores:

12 Corners Winery
Lazy Ballerina Winery
Contessa Wine Cellars
Lehmans Orchard
Dablon Winery
Lemon Creek Fruit Farm & Winery
Domaine Berrien Cellars
Round Barn Winery
Fenn Valley
St. Julian Winery
Free Run Cellars
Tabor Hill Winery
Gravity
Vineyard 2121
Hickory Creek Winery
White Pine Winery
Karma Vista Vineyards
 
Fruitful Vine Tours (with regular pick ups at The Inn at Harbor Shores)
Grape & Grain Tours
For more information on wineries and related events in the area, please visit the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail.

Breweries
North Pier Brewing Company
The Livery
Silver Harbor Brewing Company
Greenbush Brewing Company
Round Barn
Tapistry Brewing
Cultivate Brewing Company

Distilleries
Journeyman Distillery: Everything about Journeyman Distillery is handcrafted, and we like that our home reflects that attention to labor. The original maple factory floors are from the 1800s. We have an original concrete bar made in Grand Rapids, with coordinates etched into the side—to mark this historic and unique location.

Fishing, Boating, & Water Activities

Located where the Paw Paw River meets the St. Joseph River and the St. Joseph River meets Lake Michigan, Harbor Shores offers world-class boating and everything to accompany a day on the water. Check out Harbor Shores Canoe & Kayak Rentals based here at The Inn.  

Boat Cruises - Party Time Cruise LinesSailing Charters
Kayak & Canoe Rentals - Harbor Shores Canoe & Kayak Rentals, Third Coast Surf Shop & Paddle
Boat Rentals - Freedom Boat Club
Charter Fishing - Recommended Charter Fishing Captains:
Kevin Roberts- Fish Stalker
Rick Kraklau- Risky Business Charters
Rusty Clark- Seahawk Sport Fishing 
Chris Rose- SeaCrete Charters
​Jerry Link- Originator Fishing Charters

Family Entertainment

Southwest Michigan – Fun for the whole family

Our charming small town atmosphere is sure to keep you young at heart, but Southwest Michigan is also home to tons of activities for the young ones. With five world-class beach accesses within walking distance of Harbor Shores, it’s no wonder why Parents Magazine voted Harbor Shores "One of the Nation’s Top Ten Family Beaches”. Beyond the beaches, Benton Harbor and St. Joseph offer even more for the kids.

Silver Beach, located below the bluff in downtown St. Joseph, is home to the Silver Beach Amusement Park Museum and the Silver Beach Carousel. This historic venue was once the site of the Silver Beach Amusement Park (1892 – 1971) and now features a variety of attractions intended to recreate some of the magic of yesteryear. The Silver Beach Carousel allows kids of all ages to ride one of 48 unique, hand-carved menagerie figures. In addition, Silver Beach is now home to Michigan’s tallest kaleidoscope, the Curious Kids Museum, a splash pad and an outdoor climbing wall.

Concord Ridge Equestrian Center, located just south of St. Joseph is Southwest Michigan’s only state-of-the-art equine center. The facility, which opened in July 2011, sits on 140 acres and offers lessons and trainings for all disciplines at all levels. Concord Ridge is quickly on its way to becoming the premier equestrian center in the Midwest and one of the best in the country.