This area has a love affair with the arts. We are home to some of the region’s most talented artisans. Your tour starts in the bohemian Benton Harbor Arts District.
Anna Russo-Sieber presents her own work, as well as those of local, regional and national artists. Next, cross the street to explore:
147 Fifth Street, Benton Harbor
This unique gallery showcases the fire arts: blown glass, stained glass and metal work. Browse through the gallery. Sign up to learn the ancient art of glass bead making.
Take Main St. in Benton Harbor south to Whitwam Drive (a 10-minute drive) to enjoy lunch at:
140 Water Street, Benton Harbor
Lunch and weekend brunch choices are exciting and fresh! While you’re here, enjoy The Inn Art Program that features local artists showcased in Harbor Village’s public and private spaces. To see a list of current artists, browse here.
After lunch, cross the St. Joseph River into St. Joseph, a Victorian-era resort town that relishes the visual arts. Two must-see galleries that are less than 10 minutes away are:
800 Whitwam Drive, St. Joseph
Most of the three floors in this 55,000 sq. ft. brick building are dedicated to working artist studios, galleries, a gift shop and performance stage. Admission: free.
1101 Broad St., St. Joseph
The American Association of Museums has accredited this visual arts center overlooking Lake Michigan. Enjoy artwork of national and international artists in three galleries. Exhibits change about every two months. Self-guided (all year) and guided (summer) walking tours of nearby sculptures are available. If you’re in the area the weekend after July 4, Krasl’s Art Fair on the Bluff is nationally recognized and a must-see. Admission: donation appreciated.
We recommend closing your day at another one of our newest restaurants less than 10 minutes from downtown:
707 Lake Boulevard, St. Joseph
Situated atop the Covert Ridge in Stevensville, Grande Mere Inn serves up incredible views of Lake Michigan sunsets. This local dining classic, operating since 1980, serves upscale seafood, steaks and more in a cozy, cottage-style dining room. Hope you can linger for an awesome sunset!
5800 Red Arrow Hwy, Stevensville, MI 49127
We hope you enjoyed your travels throughout Southwest Michigan. Check out other trips that you can take on our itineraries page. Happy trails!