New Buffalo, the gateway to Harbor Country, is a small town stretched along a beach and sand dunes. It’s in southwest Michigan along Lake Michigan and is a Midwestern coastal town that swells in population when the weather gets warm and the tourist and travel season starts.
If you drive or cycle north on scenic Red Arrow Highway, or Route 12, you’ll ride along the third coast through harbor towns filled with antique and boat rental shops. If you head north on I-94 from New Buffalo, to your east is the start of the Michigan Wine Trail. New Buffalo is Michigan’s southwestern welcoming point for beach goers, surfers and cyclists.
It is so scenic that in 1834 when Captain Wessel Whittaker ran a ship aground in this spot on Lake Michigan’s coast; he decided to settle here. He was originally from Buffalo, New York, and named this town New Buffalo. I don’t know if any other ships have run aground on the city beach since then, but surfers still ride the waves and kayakers paddle along shore.
Exploring new places can be fun, as Captain Whittaker discovered.
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