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While Southwest Michigan is known for endless miles of gorgeous lake shoreline, charming towns, and seasonal events, the Benton Harbor Arts District stands out as a magnet for young artists and professionals. Humming year-round with a laid-back vibe, residents of Quarternote and Sheffield Lofts are steps from a lively art scene, incredible restaurants, and popular brewpubs.

Ken’s Journal Entry “My Perfect Day”

After an early morning walk on the Trails at Harbor Shores, I head to the Mason Jar to put my name in for breakfast.  It’s Saturday and there are already people standing in line.  It’s a 20 minute wait and after chatting with a few friends  I walk down to Forte Coffee for a cup of Joe.  Coffee in hand, I window shop at Water Street Glassworks and wonder about the upcoming glass blowing class season.  There’s nothing like the warmth of a glass studio during the depth of winter.  But today, it’s summer and I cross to Arts Park to admire the gardens and then cross back to 3 Pillars Music to check out the newest arrivals of vintage vinyl.  You never know what album from the 60’s will show up and jog a favorite memory.  My text from “the jar” arrives,  Breakfast is served, and doesn’t disappoint… the Huevos Rancheros can’t be beat (but I confess the Eggs with Grit Cakes & Goat Cheese was a close second!).  Food coma notwithstanding, I shake it off and walk across the railroad tracks and head to Third Coast Paddling.  It was a hard choice between the kayak for a couple of hours on the Paw Paw River and a round at the Golf Club at Harbor Shores.  Either way, I’ll be ready for a beer at The Livery and start to make plans for an early dinner so that I can make it to the opening show of the GhostLight Theater’s latest play.  I’m in luck - there is room at the bar at The Houndstooth.  I can watch the chef in action and enjoy an amazing cocktail… the Wayward Star.  Followed, of course by the BBQ carrots, crunchy potatoes and their signature “Slo Steak”.  

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