Our Own Backyard

Goldberry Woods is a playground for inquiring minds. Steps from the inn and cottages, there are 30 acres of unspoiled nature to explore, our lovingly cultivated microfarm and the Galien River’s meandering charms. Hike, bike, paddle, kayak, bird watch, bee watch and let your imagination wander. On foot or by water, guests connect with nature and escape to the heart of Harbor Country. There’s so much to explore in our backyard.

Down the Road

A short drive from the property, lakefront recreation and a thriving commercial community await. Boutiques, outdoor adventure outfitters, breweries, coffee shops and more lend color and texture to the Goldberry Woods experience. Our knowledgeable staff help guests experience Lake Michigan like a true insider.

Woods & River

From our 30 acres of pristine woods to miles of nearby paths and trails, there’s much to explore on foot near the Farm. Pack a lunch, throw on your favorite hiking boots and forge your path, at your own pace. Beginners and advanced hikers alike can enjoy stunning nature in peace and tranquility.

Our stretch of the Galien River is a basecamp for adventure. Choose from a selection of small vessels (kayaks, a double kayak, a double canoe, stand-up paddle boards) and go with the flow. Whether guests enjoy leisurely glides or serious exercise, the Landing is where it all begins.

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Pool & Barn

Our newest improvement to the Goldberry Woods compound is our large 45-ft heated pool and Barn venue.  Enjoy the heated pool for a full six months of the year or hop in the hot tub any time of year!  Catch some rays on a chaise lounge or relax in the shade under one of our umbrellas. Pool towels are provided as well.

Our Barn venue is the perfect spot for your larger group gathering—including family reunions, corporate retreats, yoga or wellness retreat, church groups, or an elopement or small wedding.  We can accommodate groups of up to 75 people.  Overlooking the pool area, the Barn features two bathrooms, a shower/changing room, kitchen, tables/chairs, and has heat and A/C.  The Barn can be rented as part of any group stay. 

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Play

Our expansive property also includes amenities that are free for your choosing: Borrow one of our many bicycles and ride a mile over to our beautiful local beach for sunset—or head out and explore the many miles of marked routes on the Harbor Country back roads. Lots of scenic rides to choose from!

Our owner-made play structure is the perfect spot for the kids. It features climbing walls, swings, a slide, monkey bars and multiple upper decks to explore. A small sand box is also included.

Lawn games at Goldberry Woods include volleyball/badminton on our lawn, cornhole (bags), bocce, or horseshoes.

At the end of your day, set up and enjoy an evening around one of our many fire pits. Each building has its own and we can supply the wood! Feel free to bring along your s’more’s fixings.

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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 are 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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Maker’s Trail

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.

Our backyard is home to Harbor Country’s best vineyards and wineries, with more than 15 vinters and tasting rooms within 30 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!

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Hiking

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. 

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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, try your luck at the sprawling Four Winds Casino, 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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More Fun in Harbor Country

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!

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 too!  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.  Whitaker Woods or Grand Beach in New Buffalo offer nearby options while there are numerous courses in Michigan City, 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 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!

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