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Welcome to Day Tripping: our seasonal guides for getting out of the city this summer, and what to do when you're there.
- [Photo: D. Graham Kostic]
- "Have brunch at Bentwood Tavern at the Marina Grand [877.945.8600] With a tasty menu—my favorite? The margarita pizza—and great design, the Bentwood Tavern is a must-visit. Make sure
- "I can sniff out a good antique store from miles away. Meet one of my favorites. Specializing in midcentury modern knick knacks and furniture, Da Barn [269.469.0333] is an
- "An afternoon pick-me-up plus a kitschy gift shop? Yes, please. Stop by the new Stray Dog [269.469.2727], a New Buffalo institution even after a fire took it to the studs two years ago. Grab a quick beer on the rooft
- "Off the main drag, and a bit of a stroll on foot, Customs Imports [269.469.9180] is a fun stop for some interesting goods from all over the world. While the store is packed to the rafters, the rea
- "To get a taste of the area, give a big thanks to shopkeepers Pat and Ellie Mullins who stock their quaint farmhouse store, P&E Mullins Local [269.231.5138], with local goods from across the
- "When everyone's heading home to freshen up for dinner, it's your turn to stroll down to the New Buffalo Public Beach. It has the cutest red and white lighthouse that may or may not beco
- "Extra Credit: If you don't have a train to catch and planning to have a late dinner in town, stay on the beach until the sun sets. If it's a nice evening, the sunsets are really something else. And I don't say that about just any old thing."[Photo: D. Gr
D. Graham Kostic is the creative director of online video magazine Glossed & Found and the buyer for its beautifully stocked online marketplace, The Find. But when he's not styling shoots and dreaming up editorial in the city, Kostic is relaxing on a nearby beach with a strawberry shake in hand. His family has a house near New Buffalo, Michigan, and he knows the beachy town like he knows a good antique (very well.)
"From Chicago, the drive to New Buffalo is about one hour and 15 minutes, but there's also a speedy one hour and 10 minute train that drops you off right in the center of town," Kostic says. "Once you're in New Buffalo, and if you're not planning to hit up any of the other Harbor Country highlights, you can walk everywhere you'd want to go!" So, where does he go? Check out all Kostic's day-trip picks, below, and start planning your own vaycay.