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Is it crazy to visit New Buffalo in January?

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Chicago, Illinois
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Is it crazy to visit New Buffalo in January?

Hey all. We were looking at our calendar and realized we have some free weekends in January. We live in Chicago and thought New Buffalo would be cool for a weekend trip.

Is it crazy to travel there in January? Is there anything open at this time?

We'd like to stay in a B&B so I've been researching that. Also have some restaurant suggestions from other posts but just wanted to know if it is a bad time to visit.

Thanks in advance!

L2T

Michigan
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for South Haven, Saugatuck
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1. Re: Is it crazy to visit New Buffalo in January?

Yes

Michigan
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for South Haven, Saugatuck
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2. Re: Is it crazy to visit New Buffalo in January?

Lol, just kidding but their main claim to fame is their beaches. Now if you're looking for a quiet get away from the city to catch up on reading or enjoy a couple of the hard to get into restaurants in the summer or enjoy the casino then it may work out. Keep in mind many businesses up the coast are closed in the winter especially after the New Year. IMO

Chicago, Illinois
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3. Re: Is it crazy to visit New Buffalo in January?

That's what I was afraid of but we like going to places off-season to have a glass of wine, read a book, sit by a fire. We don't mind missing the crowds but there has to be places to eat and hang out too.

Michigan
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for South Haven, Saugatuck
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4. Re: Is it crazy to visit New Buffalo in January?

A few more hours north you could go to Crystal Mountain, or Boyne. Even if you don't ski there's things to do, people to see, and places to eat. NB is smaller than St. Joseph, S. Haven, Holland and Grand Haven all have more of a year around population that keeps things open. Saugatuck/Douglas also stays alive at least on the weekends.

Chicago
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5. Re: Is it crazy to visit New Buffalo in January?

It is harder to find things to do in January but not impossible. Generally speaking, the closer you get to the larger year round cities, the more things are open. So more things in St. Joe are open all year round and the outlet mall in Michigan City is open as well. Likewise, I think all the wineries' tasting rooms are open all winter and both the Livery and Greenbush breweries are open as well. So in order to find things to do, you will have to go farther afield and explore Berrien county more, as opposed to just walk around and lie on the beach.

It will be cold! Those gorgeous vistas of beach and water will be filled with snow, ice and especially wind. It can be pretty in its own right but if you do not want to deal with it, I will advise not to come. If you want, you can take advantage of the weather and go cross country skiing. I think rentals are available at Love Creek and Bertrand County Park, and Sarett Nature Center.

Last year a bunch of my gf's friends came into town for her birthday and they all got suites in St. Joe for half of what a regular room goes for in the summer. We went wine tasting, art hunting, and had a very nice meal, so it can be done but be prepared, it is different from a summer visit.

Chicago, Illinois
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6. Re: Is it crazy to visit New Buffalo in January?

This is great information. Thank you so much. I realize we limit ourselves going in January but it's still nice to see different scenery. I think it sounds like we could find stuff to do for a Sat and Sun. Better than staying in our place all weekend, just looking at the same four walls. I appreciate the info!

I know there are lots of places to explore in Michigan. And oddly enough, we just moved to Chicago and I had a psychic tell me that we would spend time in Michigan. This was 4 years ago at a silly party so it's funny that I am now going to do just that!

LaPorte,IN
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7. Re: Is it crazy to visit New Buffalo in January?

We just spent the weekend before new years there. It was a nice relaxing weekend after the craziness of Thanksgiving, Our Son's wedding and Christmas all within 1 month! Antique stores and wineries are open. Most restaraunts are open also. Enjoy!!

Union Pier, Michigan
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8. Re: Is it crazy to visit New Buffalo in January?

New Buffalo is one of the 8 great communities of " harbor country" off season we are sleepy little towns, but that is reason itself to come up and enjoy the quiet. I have a vacation rental company, and we have some great places to enjoy some time away,some with fireplace, hot tubs etc. Small intimate cottages, or larger homes for a group or family. Most restaurants are open, and we have some great choices. Wineries, brew pub, distillery, antiques etc. Take a look at our Chamber of Commerce site at www.harborcountry.org. Lots of great info there. My web site is www.bluefishvacations.com. Come up and enjoy the quiet. So close to Chicago.

Ada, Michigan
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9. Re: Is it crazy to visit New Buffalo in January?

Imo yes =) Why not check out Grand Rapids plenty going on yet off season prices.

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