Things to Do

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Seasonal Activities / Events

Acorn Theater

Three Oaks

A turn-of-the-century corset factory turned live performance theater, the Acorn Theater is a Harbor Country jewel. Live music, theater, comedy and storytelling.
December 2: “1 Night, 2 Stars, 3 Oaks” with Cathy Richardson
December 3: Meet the Beetles
December 9: A Very Spaniels Christmas: Carols from the Street Corner
December 10: The Newports Holiday Rhythm & Blues Review with Chicago Kingsnakes
December 15: Damian McGinty: “This Christmas Time” Live in Concert
December 17: Jolliest Christmas Ever at the Acorn!
December 18: Emerging Artist Series: Amy Andrews with Letters From Earth
December 31: Super Happy Funtime Burlesque Show

Silver Creek Event Center

New Buffalo
From rock, to country, to stand-up comedy, Silver Creek Event Center features some of the greatest names in show business.
December 10: Donny & Marie
December 17: Masters of Illusion
December 30: Don Felder

Blue Moon Vintage Market

December 2-4, Three Oaks
A monthly pop-up market of vintage and antique furnishings, art, clothing and home accessories displayed by dealers throughout the region.

Sippin' with Santa

December 3, Round Barn Winery, Baroda
Score some quality wine drinking time with the man in red and shop for the beer and wine enthusiasts on your list. Kids can decorate cookies and make fun holiday ornaments. Donations of a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots are appreciated.

Light it Up Christmas Parade

December 3, downtown Three Oaks

Bundle up and enjoy a fun parade with live music, dancing, vintage cars, motorbikes and lots of peppermint candy. Santa will meet with kids after the parade. Tree lighting ceremony in Carver Park at 7pm.

Michigan City Festival of Holiday Lights

December 3-January 9, Washington Park, Michigan City Beach

More than five million bulbs light this lakefront park in a variety of modern and traditional displays. This free drive-through exhibit will make you “ooo” and “ahhh.”

Pioneer Land Christmas Open House

December 3-4, La Porte County Fairgrounds

Step back in time and experience the holidays like it’s the 1840s. This free event features horse-drawn wagon rides around the village, and warm cider and cookies served in log cabins.

Candy Cane Express

December 3-4, 10-11, Hesston Steam Museum

Ride the Candy Cane Express and meet Santa in a real train caboose. If you donate a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots, you can ride the noon train for free!

Harbor Country Harvest

Explore the Lake Michigan fruit belt and pick your own peaches, apples and pumpkins.
Garwood Orchards, 5911 W 50 S, La Porte
Jollay Orchards, 1850 Friday Road, Coloma

Teddy Bear Tea

December 4, Marina Grand Resort
Put on your best holiday gear, grab your favorite stuffed animal and experience a magical afternoon of giving, snacking and dancing to benefit Toys for Tots. Enjoy hot cocoa, tasty treats and award-winning kindie band The Wacky World of Dave Rudolf. $10 per person with a donation of a new, unwrapped toy. Reservations may be made by calling 269.469.9900.

Barker Mansion Christmas

Michigan City

Love history and the holidays? Tour this turn-of-the-century mansion on weekends. Enjoy hot cocoa, tea, live music and activities for kids.

Journeyman Distillery Tours

Three Oaks
Journeyman distillers share the history of the Featherbone Factory as well as the step-by-step of spirit making. A tasting in the industrial-chic lounge follows the tour. For more information, visit

Harbor Country Holidays

Handpick your perfect tree or stop road-side to grab and go.
Sawyer Garden Center, 5865 Sawyer Road, Sawyer
Dudeck’s Pine Country, 9255 N 200 East, Rolling Prairie, Indiana
Pine Crest Christmas Tree Farm, 4403 Spring Creek Road, Galien
McClure Christmas Tree Farm, 4677 N 525 West, La Porte, Indiana

Live Music at Dablon Winery

Sundays, Baroda
Enjoy live music as you sip Michigan wine. Weekly performances explore a broad range of genres, from soulful covers to acoustic folk originals.

Feature Film at Dablon Winery

Wednesdays, Baroda
Watch an independent film as you sip wine. Discussion follows immediately after.

Vickers Theatre

Three Oaks
A turn-of-the-century building lovingly restored into a beautiful film house and gallery, the Vickers offers a well-curated selection of independent and foreign films.

Four Winds Casino

New Buffalo
Gaming fans will find a Vegas-caliber casino set deep in the woods, just minutes away at Four Winds Casino. Don’t feel like driving? Enjoy complimentary shuttle service.

Hard Rock Café

New Buffalo
Local and regional bands play live every weekend.

Southwest Michigan Wine Trail Tours

Maps are available at the Front Desk for an easy self-guided tour to our fifteen area vineyards and wineries. Or, if you prefer to explore the wine trail without having to worry about driving, private charters and hop-on tours are available through Leisure Limousine, Grape & Grain Tours, and Fruitful Vine Wine Tours.

Whittaker Woods Golf Club

New Buffalo
Carved from woods and wetlands, this course offers a serene golf experience immersed in nature.

Winter Hiking

Harbor Country offers great hiking in diverse settings. Explore Warren Dunes State Park, Chikaming Park & Preserve, Robinson Woods, Warren Woods and Galien River County Park. Or take a stroll along the New Buffalo Public Beach. Hiking guides available at the front desk.

Deer Creek Hunt Club

Three Oaks
Three sporting clay courses and upland bird hunting on 500 acres of beautiful ravine woodlands, streams, rolling hills and contoured cover fields.

Stateline Stables Horseback Riding

La Porte
This beautiful 30-acre horse farm offers trail rides, lessons and camps for all ages. An indoor arena, two outdoor arenas and nature trails provide ample opportunity to saunter and explore.

Shopping and Gallery Tours

Harbor Country is loaded with unique places to shop, but some of the best are located just off the beaten path. We can design individual mini-tours by town or by interest. Please inquire when making your reservation – we’ll have a list of shops, hours and directions ready for you at check-in!



Bentwood Tavern

brunch, lunch and dinner

Blue Plate Café

breakfast and lunch

Brewster's Italian Cafe

lunch and dinner

Café Gulistan


Casey's Bar & Grill

lunch, dinner and drinks

David’s Delicatessen

breakfast and lunch


breakfast and lunch

Jackie’s Cafe

breakfast and lunch


lunch, dinner and drinks


coffee market, wine, beer and gourmet snacks

Luisa’s Café

breakfast and lunch

Mesa Luna

brunch and dinner

Nani's Café

breakfast and lunch

New Buffalo Bill’s

lunch and dinner

Pierre Anne Creperie

brunch and lunch

Red Arrow Roadhouse

lunch and dinner


lunch and dinner


breakfast and lunch

Song Asian Cuisine

lunch and dinner


lunch and dinner

Staymaker at Journeyman Distillery

lunch and dinner

Stray Dog Bar & Grill

lunch, dinner and drinks

Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant

lunch and dinner

Terrace Room




Whistle Stop Grocery

breakfast, lunch and gourmet snacks




Captain Mike's Fun Park

Hesston Steam Museum

New Buffalo Township Park & Preserve

playground, splash park, basketball, bocce, volleyball, nature trails and amphitheatre

Washington Park Zoo

Outdoor Activities


Abigail Heche



women’s boutique


designer fashions, jewelry and textiles

Catherine Doll

women's fashion, art and gifts

Center of the World Woodshop

handcrafted Art & Crafts furnishing

Customs Imports

home furnishings and pottery


women's boutique


garden-inspired gifts and home furnishings

French Twist

designer fashions

Go Fish

antique and vintage

Harbert Antique Mall


Hearthwoods Custom Furnishings

home furnishings


vintage furniture, home décor and art

Ipso Facto

antique, vintage and unique furnishings and objects

Lakeside Antiques

antique mall


Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets


sustainable foods and cured meats

Lovell & Whyte

home furnishings

Marmalade Boutique

designer fashions

Mix & Mingle

home furnishings and design

Outpost Sports

bike and kayak rentals and lessons


women’s consignment boutique

Sawyer Home & Garden Center

home décor, garden supplies, gourmet goods and local produce

Season's Harvest

gourmet sauces and gifts


vintage and modern

Third Coast Surf Shop

surf clothing and gear


handcrafted home furnishings


vintage, antique, art, design

Urban Soles

men and women’s footwear and accessories

Whittaker House

men’s and women’s apparel

Theatres / Entertainment

Acorn Theater

live music and theater

Vickers Theatre

independent film

Wine, Beer & Spirits