LOW-KEY LUXURY ON THE NEW BUFFALO HARBOR
New and (dare we say?) very improved after a year-long remodel, The Harbor Grand is a boutique hotel unlike anything else found on the Michigan lakeshore. Promising ‘low-key luxury,’ it’s a waterfront getaway for maximum retreat with minimal effort.
Rooms feature water views, fireplaces, and spa-inspired soaking tubs, and design that feels warm, modern, and handcrafted — all the while maintaining a respectful nod to the Prairie School origins of the building. Prefer extra space to lounge? Choose a suite with a separate living room and wet bar anchored by a deep, inviting sofa.
While the net effect may leave you content to cozy up inside, The Harbor Grand’s location makes it just as easy to explore. Set on the New Buffalo harbor, minutes on foot to downtown shops and restaurants — and even better, the beach — this is carefree vacation time. Even car-free, if you like, as wine tours offer front-door pickup, and Amtrak stops a half block down the street.
Amenities are thoughtful and characteristic of the highly personal service Harbor Grand has come to be known for. Guests enjoy complimentary breakfast in bed, a serene indoor pool, and Terrace Room, a sexy waterfront restaurant featuring the region’s most lovely outdoor dining. And as this is the lakeshore, bikes, beach chairs, s’mores, and a Ben & Jerry’s hotline are part of the package, too. From first greeting to (reluctant) check-out, it’s apparent this family-run enterprise of more than 20 years remains passionate about comfort, relaxation, and delight.
Local Tip: In season, sailing charters, fishing charters, powerboat and jet ski rentals are all available minutes away on the marina. And if you’re a massage fan, mark your calendar. Harbor Grand debuts a waterfront spa in Winter 2022.