A beach with a first-rate food and drink scene?
This we gotta see.
From distilleries to breweries to bistros, southwest Michigan's Harbor Country will leave you beach-bound and satiated.
After the 90-minute drive from Chicago, park at the beachside Warren Dunes State Park and stroll along the three-mile stretch of pristine white sand beach. Climb to the top of the 240-foot dune for a bird's eye view of the Chicago skyline you just escaped.
12032 Red Arrow Hwy., Sawyer (269-426-4013). $8 parking fee.
Dust off the sand and head to the newly opened Journeyman Distillery, where organic whiskey, gin, and vodka are churned out in a chic historic factory. Return home positively cultured after sipping a Manhattan while nibbling smoked salmon bites in Journeyman's wood-paneled tasting room.
109 Generations Dr., Three Oaks (269-820-2050).
Beer lovers flock to Greenbush Brewing Company, where a bacon and meatloaf sandwich clears your palette for a beer flight arsenal from imperial milk stout Pain to Belgian golden ale 1825. Take any of their beers in a handy to-go growler and hit the beach.
5885 Sawyer Rd., Sawyer (269-405-1076).
Commune with locals at farm-to-table hotspot Fitzgerald's Bistro, where the house-smoked pork ribs provence and wild mushroom ravioli call your name. Linger on the breezy garden patio with a martini while waiting for the dance party to break out. Remember, Twinkletoes: you're far from home, so don't hold back.
5875 Sawyer Rd., Sawyer (269-426-3489).
At last, you can be a homeowner, at least for a weekend. Rent your own cabin at Lakeside Cabin Resorts with two private lakes and a sandy swimming beach. Kayaking, shuffleboard and fishing are options for the adventurous, while homebodies enjoy idyllic views of the lake through huge picture windows and porches.
From $200 a night. 7650 Warren Woods Rd., Three Oaks (269-469-3894).