Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Harbor Country

"Harbor Country" is the name given to the southwest corner of Michigan which stretches along a 3o mile stretch of Lake Michigan shoreline. It includes several small towns including New Buffalo, Union Pier, Lakeshore, Harbert, and Sawyer. This area is very popular with the Chicago crowd and there are beautiful lakeshore homes, resorts, restaurants, and shops.

A few weeks ago I met my friend Sally (who was staying in the area) for the day. We drove along a 30 mile stretch of the Red Arrow Highway, stopping at all the cute stores and having a nice lunch. Here's a little about what we did:

We started in Sawyer and visited the Sawyer Garden Center. This is a wonderful nursery which also has a large area with beautiful household gifts and gourmet foods. I bought several plants for my garden here. Across the street was a funky shop called Catherine Doll which is located in the Old Sawyer Fire Station. They make very unique recycled clothing and have lots of fun accessories.

There are several great antique stores that are nice to wander through. Here's some cool vintage earrings that I saw at the Harbert Antique Mall.

We especially enjoyed looking at the Dorajane boutique. They had lots of lovely clothing, jewelry, and purses.

Lunch was at Happy Buddha Noodle Shop. They feature Pan-Asian food and have a sit down area as well as counter ordering. This was some of the best Thai food that I have had in a while. We started with some crunchy spring rolls.

My order of the drunken noodles was delicious.

A couple of other shops that we really liked were Pomegranate Home (they gave us a nice cold bottle of water with their logo on it!) and Hearthwoods Cottage Design (enjoyed looking at all their rustic cottage decor.)

I didn't buy anything other than the plants, but we sure had fun doing some recreational shopping!

Here's a link to more information: Harbor Country

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