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Girls’
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2 Day

Are you already wondering how you’ll make it through the week? Sounds like you could use a little getaway. Every once in a while, we all need to break away from our daily routines and responsibilities and just have a little fun! What better way to do that than to enjoy a day out with your girls? Relax at the spa; go wine tasting, catch up over dinner and dessert, or even splurge on some retail therapy. Sounds like fun, right? But who has the time to plan it?

Lucky for you, all you have to do is follow this itinerary to have a great girls’ day out in Southwest Michigan. And if you aren’t in a hurry to get back to your routine, carve out more catch-up time by staying over in our lodgings. There are more good times to enjoy tomorrow!

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(Approximately 4-5 Hours With Lunch)

After a long workweek, you could use a little pampering, and the Spa at Harbor Shores is the perfect start to your girls’ day adventures! From mani/pedis to facials and massage, you’ll find so many ways to unwind. Take advantage of their “Great Escape” spa package for ultimate relaxation. It includes a fifty-minute massage and facial, a manicure and a pedicure, to get you looking and feeling your best for your day on the town.

*Be sure to schedule appointments in advance and check in 30 minutes early to loosen up in the sauna and relaxation area.

Visit their website for more details and a full list of spa services.

800 Whitwam Drive, St. Joseph

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Spa at Harbor Shores

Local Shops and Boutiques

(Approximately 2 Hours)

After relaxing at the spa, it’s time for a little retail therapy. Downtown St. Joe has a variety of shops and boutiques within walking distance to restaurants and cafes that you can stop at along the way. Check out the list of boutiques specializing in cute clothing, accessories, outdoor fun, good reads and one-of-a-kind gift choices at the St. Joseph Today site.

Downtown St. Joseph

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(Approximately 1/2 Hour)

Lazy Ballerina is the only woman-owned and operated winery in Southwest Michigan and one of only a few in the state. Melanie and Lauren have created a café-style, tasting room setting. $10 tastings include five samples of wine or cider, a decadent chocolate truffle from Patricia's Chocolate and a Lazy Ballerina stemless wine glass to take home. Be sure to ask how the winery got its name!

315 State St., St. Joseph

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Lazy Ballerina Winery

(Approximately 1/2 Hour)

The White Pine Winery tasting room is located in the midst of downtown shops and boutiques. They feature some of Southwest Michigan’s finest wines, with a variety of reds and whites ensuring that everyone will find something they like. Tastings are only $8 for 4 wines, so come and sample the Southwest and find the perfect wine for you!

317 State Street, St. Joseph

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White Pine Winery

(Approximately 1-1/2 to 2 Hours)

After wine tasting, you’ll probably be ready to enjoy a delicious dinner. The Bistro on the Boulevard is the place to go. They prepare delicious dishes made fresh from local ingredients and offer an exceptional dining experience. The Bistro has also received the Wine Spectators award of excellence for “one of the best restaurant wine lists in the world,” so you may want to take a glance at their drink menu. Also, don’t forget to save room for dessert!

After dinner, head back to nearby lodgings for a good night’s sleep. There’s more to do with your girls tomorrow!

521 Lake Boulevard, St. Joseph

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The Bistro on the Boulevard

(Approximately 1 1/2 TO 2 HOURS)

Popular with visitors, locals, foodies and families, The Mason Jar Cafe will please any palate. Everything is made from scratch with an emphasis on fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. With an extensive menu to accommodate vegetarian and gluten-free tastes, this funky cafe is not to be missed. You can spend the afternoon lingering over the beverage menu alone, but if there’s a wait for a table, get your drink ahead of time and enjoy exploring the art studios housed in the same space. The vibe is eclectic and you can meet some of the artists at work. For the bibliophiles, there is a tiny-but-excellent used book store selling a well-curated selection of titles. Browse either before or after your brunch!

210 Water Street, Benton Harbor

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The Mason Jar Cafe

(Approximately 2 HOURS)

There is always something new to see, experience, learn and taste in the Benton Harbor Arts District. Located in the heart of Benton Harbor, Michigan the Arts District has been at the forefront of the revival of the city center. The arts have been an integral part of the growing appeal of Benton Harbor, and new businesses and restaurants keep adding to the burgeoning excitement. Peruse art galleries, thrift shops, record stores and more.

Water Street, Benton Harbor

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Benton Harbor Arts District

(Approximately 1/2 Hour)

The Cheese Lady offers over 120 varieties of cheese, charcuterie, crackers, jams and a wide selection of specialty food items to enjoy with your cheese. You can sample any cheese before you buy, so you know you’re going to love it before you bring it home. They also offer specialty cheese merchandise, gift baskets, custom cheese boards, corporate gifts, catering for 4 to 100+ people, classes and — our favorite — collaborations with local breweries, wineries, restaurants and shops for pairings and special events. 

The Cheese Lady is one of many shops located inside The Market at 301 Market Street, St. Joseph. Browse through the shops around it before dinner!

The Market, 301 Main St, St. Joseph

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The Cheese Lady

(Approximately 1-1 1/2 hours)

The St. Joe Community Taproom was founded on the simple idea of supporting local. Southwest Michigan's unique capability to produce the fresh ingredients used in our favorite beverages and the extraordinary talent of our local makers are a combination worth celebrating! The Community Taproom is backed by over 16 years of experience in Southwest Michigan’s craft brewing industry as well as the desire to bring together only the best craft products to discover and enjoy together. Their locally-focused taproom, located in the same indoor market as The Cheese Lady, provides sixteen taps of craft beer, wine, cider and draft cocktails. Grab a bite at one of the neighboring vendors to enjoy with your local creations!

The Market, 301 Main St, St. Joseph

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St. Joe Community Taproom

(Approximately 1/2 Hour)

This is a chocoholic's paradise and an ice cream lover’s escape! Watch the friendly staff make creamy fudge on cool marble slabs, scoop mounds of your favorite ice cream into a waffle cone or hand-pick your favorite chocolates from the case. Dessert isn’t always mandatory, but dessert at Kilwins is a must! Take your cones down to the next stop to enjoy them with a view.

217 State Street, St. Joseph

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Kilwins

(Approximately 1/2 - 1 Hour)

If you have not had enough inspiration by day’s end, head down to Silver Beach County Park before sunset to take in the artistry of Mother Nature. Finish off your girls’ trip with photos together in front of a beautiful Southwest Michigan sunset, a small reminder that you can always come together again and come back for a visit to your favorite beach town.

There you have it. A girls' getaway already planned for you. Now, all that’s left to do is grab your girls and head to St. Joseph, Michigan!

101 Broad Street, St. Joseph

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Silver Beach

Day

Good food, good finds, good company

Peruse more local shops, indulge in locally-sourced meals and take in time together.

Spa at Harbor Shores

Local Shops and Boutiques

Lazy Ballerina Winery

White Pine Winery

The Bistro on the Boulevard

Day

Good food, good finds, good company

Peruse more local shops, indulge in locally-sourced meals and take in time together.

The Mason Jar Cafe

Benton Harbor Arts District

The Cheese Lady

St. Joe Community Taproom

Kilwins

Silver Beach

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For Joining Us

We hope you enjoyed your travels throughout Southwest Michigan. Check out other trips that you can take on our itineraries page. Happy trails!

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