Comfort Suites Benton Harbor - St. Joseph
Benton Harbor, MI 49022
Phone: (269) 925-8800
Fax: (269) 925-8700
Located on the M-139, Skellville is a spook house cum garden decoration retailer cum museum. The museum is actually just a random collection of old and new oddities, of which the Robot Elvis takes the cake. The robotic 'King of Rock and Roll' dances, sings and even does the iconic lip-curl. The place is strewn with numerous skeletons posing to depict various bizarre scenes. Step into this mad, mad world and buddy up with the living dead of Skellville! With only a meager admission price, this weird attraction makes for a thoroughly entertaining visit.
Established in 1946, Lake Michigan College is located in Benton Harbor, MI. The community college serves the Berrien County. The college's main campus covers 259 acres (104.81 hectares) in Benton Harbor that's accessible via Napier Avenue. Apart from that, the college operates three other campuses, one in Niles, one in South Haven and a third M-TEC institute in Benton Harbor itself. The Napier Avenue campus includes the popular, Mendel Center; for more information on courses and event schedule, check the website.
Established in 1908, the House of David, a religious sect in Benton Harbor, made and used miniature trains on which a journey of about 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) was offered. Walt Disney is said to have ridden this train! Later the site was used for an amusement park named Eden Springs, keeping intact the rail road and other structures created by the religious community. Although most rides and attractions in the amusement park are shut, the place still offers railroad rides on summer weekends. The management aims to collect many historic trains which the visitors can experience first hand. The Eden Springs Park also doubles up as an RV Park and a campground throughout the year. Please visit the website for more information.
If fresh fruit is what you are looking for then look no further than Nye’s Apple Barn. This family-owned and operated market has been offering its customers fresh vegetables and fruit, alongside potted plants, Take'n'Bake pies, jellies and jams, maple syrup, honey, salad dressings, and cooking tools, for over four decades. All of the produce on offer is either grown at Nye’s own farm or are sourced from other local farmers. For fresher than fresh fruit, venture into Nye's fruit orchards and pick your own fruit right off the bushes and trees. The U-pick option is a great way to get your hands on the freshest fruits and enjoy a fun day out with the family while you're at it. Call ahead to learn about what's in season before planning your fruit picking adventure. Nye’s Apple Barn is conveniently located just off the I-94.
Located just about 3 miles from southwest of Benton Harbor, St. Joseph is situated on the shores of Lake Michigan, and is thus a part of the glorious "Riviera of the Midwest". The resort town boasts of pretty sand dunes on one side and lively, green countryside on the other. Benton Harbor and this quiet little port town are together, colloquially called 'Twin Cities'. Thanks to its pristine lakeshore beaches, Saint Joseph welcomes thousands of tourists every year.
White Pine Winery produces a variety of luscious wines using grapes sourced from some of the finest vineyards of Southwest Michigan. From elegant whites to tart reds, this charming winery has something for everyone. The winery's tasting room at State Street is a warm and inviting place that is delightfully free of pretension and pomp. Apart from offerings a stellar collection of wines for sale, the tasting room also offers wine tastings for individuals and groups. Sample, savor and explore the wondrous world of wine at the White Pine Winery Tasting Room.
Located close to other notable buildings like the city library, the Heritage Museum and Culture Center, Trinity Lutheran Church and St. Peters Church, Krasl Art Center is a valuable addition to the cultural hub in the small town of St. Joseph. With frequently updated art and sculpture exhibitions and art and heritage tours being given everyday, the center is a very popular spot, both for locals as well as for tourists. The center also holds regular art classes and camps for all ages. The gallery hosts an annual art fair every autumn. With 38 permanent sculptures, public galleries, art making studios, a black and white wet darkroom and a gift shop, this is definitely a landmark you should visit when in the area.
Overlooking the gorgeous shoreline of Lake Michigan, Lake Bluff Park is located at the very edge of St. Joseph, MI, near attractions such as Silver Beach County Park and Whirlpool Centennial. The downtown, urban park features a small but pretty green area that is highlighted by an impressive fountain, a war memorial and many such elements. The park is also home to Bandshell which regularly hosts concerts and live music events. Apart from that the park itself is used as the site for The Krasl Art Fair and Concours d'Elegance of Southwest Michigan every year.
Delighting young and old, the Silver Beach Carousel is a whirling wonder of bright colors, twinkling lights, music and laughter that will transport you to a magical land of joy and surprise. Mounted upon the carousel are 48 figures and two chariots, each hand-carved and unique. The marvelous figures include several horses, an ostrich, a panda, a praying mantis, a flamingo and many other fantastic, unusual and mythical creatures. See if you can spot the horses that are replicas of the original carousel's figures amongst the newer designs. As hard is as may be, be sure to pull your eyes away from these majestic works of art for a few moments and take a gander at the historic photographs that adorn the top of the carousel. Through these photographs and themed figures like the MSU and Coloma horses, the carousel chronicles the region's history and heritage. While the Silver Beach Carousel is certainly an artistic triumph, it is first and foremost a place where moments of simple joy and wonder transform into treasured memories that you will cherish for many years to come.
Located next to the Silver Beach Carousel, the Whirlpool Compass Fountain is a fun installation for kids of all ages. The huge setup has 28 jets and eight canons that send synchronized water sprays as much as 35 feet (10.67 meters) into the air. Walking into the expansive 'spray zone' is allowed, and makes for a fun respite from the summer heat.
Turquoise waters, soft white sand and clear blue skies define a summer day at the Lions Park Beach. A perfect spot for enjoying a day in the sun with your family and friends, the water at Lions Park Beach is safe for a swim, for kayaking and for fishing. For those who wish to spend time in solitude, the beach allows you to relax on a mat with a good book for company. Walk your dog, come for an evening jog or help kids with their sand castles, this family-friendly beach is one of the must-visit attractions because of all the excitement it has to offer. There are many picnic areas here where you can have a bbq party while the kids can spend time on slides and swing sets.
Named for a former Benton Harbor resident, J. N. Klock, the Jean Klock Park is a part of the Lake Michigan shore, in Northwest Benton Harbor. The beautiful, historic park began as a private property, and then transferred to the city, in 1917, and has ever since been used as a popular lakefront outdoor location for family and group fun activities. The place incorporates facilities for volleyball, picnic spots, swimming, playgrounds and lots more. Apart from that, Jean Klock Park also features restrooms, showers, observation decks, broadwalks and such. As such, the park makes for a fun day out for the entire family.