Centered City Guide: Sawyer, Michigan

October 4, 2016

It’s been a long while since I did a city guide post! We had so much fun on our latest getaway that I wanted to share the goods with you. Last weekend, we headed towards St. Joseph, MI for a wedding at The Millcreek BarnsIt was a dreamy venue if you know anyone looking for a unique party spot. We also stayed at the newly built Inn at Harbor Shores, which was a super nice spot for a small-ish town. I was impressed with the restaurant, spa and pool/hot tub area, plus you can walk to town. It was only built three years ago, so it stills feels nice and new.

Picture perfect with paper lanterns included!

Picture perfect with paper lanterns included!

My wedding outfit, always fun to have a reason to dress up in my book.

My wedding outfit, always fun to have a reason to dress up in my book.

I often spend family time all the way up north in Traverse City, MI, so this less than 2 hour drive from Chicago is like nothing when I’m used to driving 6 hours! I highly recommend heading this way for great antiquing in Michigan. This part of Michigan is fondly referred to as Harbor County. Lots of vacationing up this way in the summertime, but I think fall is such a great time to visit as well. On the way to the St. Joseph area, you’ll pass near Sawyer, MI and Red Arrow Highway. Red Arrow Highway is antiquing row! Our first stop is usually to fuel up at the incredible Luisa’s Cafe and Swedish Bakery. Seriously, this is a not to miss bakery and brunch spot.


My cheesy veggie grits, chicken sausage and Luke’s chilaquiles in the background. Yum!

Then it’s on to the shopping! My first stop is the higher-end SojournSojourn is owned by a Chicago-based designer, Stacia Garriott, and it’s curated to perfection. There is a great mix of textiles, gifts, vintage and new. I can’t leave without treating myself to something. This time it was a Scandinavian design book and Malin + Goetz Rosemary body wash.

antiquing in michigan sojourn store

The lovely Sojourn shop.


Baskets and Indigos calling my name


Always discover something new here. Love this work by Chicago-based artist Michael McGuire.

After Sojourn, every few feet you drive on Red Arrow Highway has an antique shop. This time around we stopped at Harbert Antique Mall, and they had lots of good finds. I was all about the rugs of course.


So there’s a quick summary of a weekend well spent in my opinion! Head on out to Harbor County and enjoy the MI charm and more.




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