Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Ultimate Food Trails-- Part 2: Southwest Michigan

This trip takes you mostly along the Lake Michigan shore from Saugatuck to New Buffalo. Highways are colorful, the Blue Star and the Red Arrow, but the area is mostly referred to as the Fruit Belt. For many years, this has been a major destination for vacationers from the Chicago area.

The road trip is 125-miles long and occasionally goes inland to explore stuff there. They suggest at least two-days, but three is better. In the 1960s, an expressway drew folks away from the two-lane roads, but they survive.

The tour starts at Saugatuck, goes inland on Mi-89, back to the Blue Star Highway,south to St. Joseph and then the Red Arrow Highway with an inland trip on BrownTown Road, back to the shore, a trip east on US-12 and ending at New Buffalo by the Indiana border.

Places listed are the Sunrise Orchards Farm Market, Evergreen Lane Farm and Creamery, Fenn Valley Winery, Salt of the Earth, Carriage House at the Harbor, Sam's Sweet Corn, DeGrandchamp Farms, Caffe Tosi and the Round Barn Winery.

More place are Hickory Creek Winery, Luisa's Cafe and Harbert Swedish Bakery, Tabor Hill Winery, Froehlich's, Brewster Italian Cafe and Marina Grand Resort.

We've driven from Saugatuck to New Buffalo before, but didn't stop at these places. I am especially a big fan of wineries. You never know what kinds of wine they'll come up with.

Seen Any Wolverines? --RoadDog

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