Warren Dunes State Park
Mid-July ushers in this year's blueberry season. For four
weeks blueberries are ripe, juicy and ready to be picked. Nothing
tastes more like summer than fresh blueberries, so get out of town
and head to Southwest Michigan for a day of blueberries, beaches
Located about 2 1/2 hours from Chicago,
the Blueberry Patch in Sawyer, Mich., is worth a day trip. Heading
out from Chicago in the morning, you'll arrive in Michigan just in
time for an early lunch. Redamak's in New Buffalo is the perfect
pit stop: This roadside diner has been serving freshly ground and
hand-formed burgers topped with gooey cheese and fries since the
1940s. Enjoy the fresh air and dine on the back porch, and don't
forget to check out the charming antique store just next door.
The Blueberry Patch is about a 10-minute drive from Redamak's.
Grab a bucket, head to the patch and watch out for itinerant bears
(a good pre-trip read is the classic Blueberries for
Sal by Robert McClowsky). Warning: blueberries are
more likely to end up in your belly than your bucket, but rest
assured that the entire family will meet summertime antioxidant
You'll also find Warren Dunes State
Park in Sawyer, a 1,950-acre park featuring three miles of
unspoiled Lake Michigan shoreline. Enjoy a swim, take a hike on one
of the marked trails, or, for more adventuresome families, explore
your way 240 feet up the highest Dune formation, Tower Hill (on a
clear day, you can see the Chicago skyline).
If you'd prefer to stay the night, campsites are available or
book your very own summer cottage -- some feature pools and private
beach access -- at swmichigan.org/cottages.htm
Amy Bizzarri is a mom of two living in Logan Square. She also blogs at tiramisumom.com.
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