Set on New Buffalo Harbor, Marina Grand is the epitome of the summer boating scene. Peak-season months find it lively with suntanned guests reveling in Lake Michigan fun, a little like designer sleepaway camp with luxury linens and housekeeping service.

But we love it in winter, too, when low sun washes across the icy harbor and moves the focus inward. Revelry gets traded for retreat, and the prime directive becomes decidedly lower-key. A cozy place to reconnect with old friends, plan a passion project, or just get taken care of for a night or two.

True to its relaxed style, there’s no jockeying for best room at Marina Grand because they all have fireplaces, patios, and waterfront views. Whether you choose a traditional guestroom or the resort’s pied-à-terre-style suite (with kitchen, dining, and living space), you’ll find plenty of cozy spots to settle in thanks to the hotel’s beautiful communal living room — coffee and cocktails at the ready. Or, for a more studious but equally inspiring setting, the light-filled mezzanine work lounge is the office we’d all be happy to go to.

The list of amenities is long so buckle up if you’ve gotten this far: indoor and outdoor pools, complimentary bikes, a full-service marina, rooftop deck, and (best of all) a dimly lit, vibe-y waterfront tavern. Add confident, boutique service and fun treats (like a 24-hour Ben & Jerry’s hotline), and you’ve found your ultimate no-plan-needed getaway. No matter the season.

Local Tip: Chilly months are a great time to treat yourself thanks to often friendly shoulder season rates. Double the bonus if you can escape midweek.

words  Collette DiJohn Kemper

images  Dan Kelleghan + Katrina Hoernig


Marina Grand Resort
600 W Water Street
New Buffalo, MI 49117

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