A short drive from Goldberry Woods, lakefront recreation and a thriving community await. Boutiques, shops, beaches/dunes, wineries, breweries, coffee shops and more lend color and texture to the Goldberry Woods vacation experience. Our knowledgeable staff help guests experience Lake Michigan like a true insider. Guests also receive access to our digital guestbook with all our top picks for attractions and activities near Union Pier.
Explore the Area
Beaches & Dunes
One of the highlights of Harbor Country is our amazing soft-sand beaches and towering sand dunes. Spend the day relaxing by the calming waves, soak in some sun, take a long walk or run along the shoreline, hike trails overlooking the lake, or simply enjoy a meal or glass of wine watching a breathtaking sunset. Our local beach is just one mile away: walk, bike, or ride your way to serenity.
Warren Dunes State Park is less than 10 minutes away and the Indiana Dunes National Park is 20 minutes away. Stretch your legs and climb up a dune for the beautiful vista and run down for an exhilarating experience! The Dunes are equally great in the Winter for sledding too!
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If you’re looking for the perfect pour, craft beers, local wine, and organic distilleries are abundant in Harbor Country. Go behind-the-scenes at local breweries to see where the foamy magic happens. In taprooms and on assembly lines, beer-making geniuses call the Lake Michigan coast home. Plan your route to savor the rich, hoppy, ingenious flavor of our favorite local export. There are more than 20 local breweries within 20 minutes.Read More...
Our backyard is home to Harbor Country’s best vineyards and wineries, with also more than 20 vintners and tasting rooms within 20 minutes of Goldberry Woods. Wine aficionados and amateur imbibers alike can learn about the region’s winemaking tradition, taste incredible bouquets and hone their tasting skills with culinary pairings. A case of local wine makes the best souvenir, and we have discounts on tastings too!
Harbor Country is home to numerous great hikes, including Warren Woods State Park with miles of trails through an old-growth forest along the Galien River.
Take a hike through Grand Mere State Park in Stevensville, 20 minutes from us. Hike up dunes, through the woods, or by the inland lakes—all a stone’s throw from Lake Michigan.
The Galien River Park is just a mile from us and features an accessible lookout in the tree canopy 70 ft above the river valley below. Or opt to explore the lower boardwalks through the open wetlands. Perfect for bird watching!
Chikaming Township Park is a couple of miles from us and offers hikes through open prairies and woods by a small lake. A new mountain bike path has also been added.
Shopping & Entertainment
Harbor Country is home to a multitude of shopping and entertainment options. Explore the miles of antique and salvage shops along Red Arrow Highway, listen to live music or comedy at the Acorn Theater, hear outdoor live music in the township park on Wednesdays in the summer, try your luck at the massive Four Winds Casino, attend one of our many festivals, visit the boutiques and art galleries sprinkled throughout the area, enjoy the local cuisine at dozens of different restaurants, and finish it all off with a relaxing time at the beach watching one of our amazing sunsets over Lake Michigan.
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The Harbor Country area of Berrien County in SW Michigan is one of the most biodiverse in all of our country. Take a quick ride into the countryside and you’ll find orchards for apple, cherry, blueberry, strawberry, peach, and more fruit picking. There is nothing like bypassing the grocery store and picking your own fruit!Read More...
Relax at the New Buffalo Township Park a mile from us on Wednesday nights during the summer with free Music in the Park. The little ones can enjoy the playground and splashpad! Or bring your basketball to play on the court or try out their bocce ball courts.
Our region also features the Hesston Steam Museum where you can ride scale or full-size locomotives, or check out Captain Mike’s Fun Park with go-carts, bumper cars, and more. You can also go horseback riding nearby, go bird watching, or rent a boat to take you out on Lake Michigan to relax or fish.
Golf options are bountiful in our area too. The Woodlands Course at Whittaker or Grand Beach in New Buffalo offer nearby options while there are numerous courses in Michigan City, Bridgman, LaPorte, and St. Joseph—including Harbor Shores, a Jack Nicklaus designed course that is simply breathtaking. Private courses in the area include Lost Dunes, Chikaming Country Club, and The Dunes. The Dunes is less than a mile from us and is routinely listed as the #1 9-hole course in the US.
This area of southwest Michigan is home to numerous great small towns to explore. Michigan City is 15 minutes south and features an outlet mall and arts district, St. Joseph sits on a bluff overlooking Silver Beach and is 25 minutes up the lake, South Haven is 45 minutes north, South Bend is 45 minutes southeast, and Saugatuck is about an hour north. All feature great downtowns filled with wonderful restaurants and shops to explore!