First time visit to New Buffalo, MI ... and we'll be back! We loved the Marina Grand Resort and would absolutely stay there again. If you're deciding between the Marina Grand and Harbor Grand, know that there are no balconies on the Harbor Grand though it's a bit closer to downtown. We visited a week outside the peak season, which is a great time to go: weather is still nice, better rates and the place to yourself. Look for Marina Grand promotions on their Facebook page or sign up for their emails.
We stayed 4 nights in the King suite, which I highly recommend--well styled 2 rooms, 2 luxurious bathrooms, gas fireplace, several large windows, including a balcony with huge deck chairs overlooking the harbor and a complete kitchen with all the appliances & necessities. Room was cleaned promptly each day. It has the look & feel of a modern downtown Chicago hotel without being over the top. Staff was helpful and accommodating.
Great views, though not a view of the Lake. Ladies, the lighting is a tad dark in the bathroom for applying makeup--might want to bring your own makeup mirror. The outdoor pool is small and the pool area could use some sprucing up, not the best landscaping. Indoor pool is nice with a hot tub. Be sure to visit the rooftop deck!
New Buffalo is a boating/vacation community--lots of beautiful condos. Busy in the summers; slow in the off-season. Downtown is small, with just enough options to cover your bases. Shop at Barney's for groceries, prices are higher than average so consider hitting a grocery store before you get to town. It's just over a 1/2 mile walk to town from Marina Grand, certainly doable, but not for everyone. There's also an Amtrak stop in town. Stray Dog is the main attraction--nice pub that will appeal to everyone. Ate at Rosie's for breakfast (average, only takes cash) and Skip's for dinner (average supper club, over 50 crowd, but good steaks). Bentwood at Marina Grand was superb and Redamack's is a great burger joint (also only takes cash). Check out the Fruitful Vine Tours and visit the many wineries in the area, Four Winds Casino (there's a shuttle) & Warren Dunes State Park is a must see. Many of the antique shops were closed during weekdays and off-season.
We've traveled to many places and always read the reviews (and take them with a grain of salt)--this one exceeded our expectations in many ways and all the positive reviews were spot on. Perfect getaway in the Midwest--don't pass it up (but don't tell too many people either)!