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.
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AND BE MERRY
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”.