Coming off an exceptionally hectic prior week, I was counting the days until my getaway to New Buffalo, Michigan. Relaxation was on the agenda and the Marina Grand Resort was where it was going to happen!
This waterfront property sits on the New Buffalo Harbor and is within easy walking distance to beaches, restaurants, and shops in the downtown area.
It was my first time at this particular hotel, although I’ve stayed at the sister hotel, the Harbor Grand, several times.
Upon entering the hotel, I was greeted by a splendid lobby. It was gorgeous, inviting, and further fueled my excitement!
Check-In was a breeze thanks to the Puja and Karen at the front desk.
We’d arrived in town pretty early and headed straight to the resort after breakfast. We were graciously allowed to check-in early which was very much appreciated.
Our reservation was a 2-bedroom suite on the first floor. I was not disappointed when we entered the room. The suite was marvelous! It had a stocked kitchen, large living and dining area, three bathrooms, and enough bedding accommodations for at least eight people.
There were also patios located off both bedrooms and fireplaces in the living room and the second bedroom. Ahhhh Yes!
I was tempted to just hang out in the suite due to its comfort, but New Buffalo is such an adorable community, and the weather was beautiful; I just couldn’t stay inside.
No worries, there’d be plenty of time to enjoy this delightful resort later.
We took advantage of the complimentary bikes, one of many amenities. If you’re heading to the beach, the resort also provides complimentary beach towels and chairs for you to take with!
Complimentary bikes are provided by the resort
Guests will also appreciate the indoor and outdoor pools, sundeck, game room, and the fitness center.
Following our bike ride through town and the beach, we set out for a bit of wine tasting. We discovered several new wines during our tasting that we really liked and left with a few bottles to savor on the patio.
It was so quiet……..
After chilling out for a while conversing, we walked over to Bentwood Tavern for dinner; it’s conveniently located in the resort.
The restaurant’s menu had many offerings to choose from including wood fired pizzas.
There were 5 of us, and I swear we tried to order everything on the menu. The food was fantastic! My favorites were the Rosemary and Sea Salt Pretzels, Proscuitto and Fig pizza, Goat Cheese Dip, and crab cakes.
Kudos to the restaurant for featuring many local breweries on tap and having a solid wine list.
Our group decided on to go up to the rooftop after dinner to watch the sunset. Bar service is available on the rooftop Fridays and Saturdays from 5-10 p.m. If you’re there on a weekday you’re welcome to take your own beverages up there. We took our wine.
This spot was a treat! I became a little obsessed with this space.
The next morning I popped in at JOE, the in-house espresso bar, to select a few items to take to the rooftop. I had an assortment of scratch-baked scones, muffins, and breakfast sandwiches from which to choose. The pastry chef, Brandon, makes everything fresh nightly.
I had this rooftop all to myself first thing in the morning and it was energizing! Total peace and calm. Couldn’t think of a better way to spend my final moments before check-out.
I’d usually be inclined to rent a beach house while visiting New Buffalo. After being spoiled during my stay at the Marina Grand Resort, I’m pretty sure that I’ll be booking here in the future. You can’t beat friendly service, hospitality, and comfortable accommodations.
It was so relaxing and easy; I thoroughly enjoyed my stay!
The Marina Grand Resort is located at 600 West Water Street, New Buffalo, MI 49117 www.marinagrandresort.com
******I received a complimentary stay at the Marina Grand Resort, however, the experience and thoughts expressed are my own and genuine.