A mere 12-minute stroll to a sugar-sand Lake Michigan beach, Goldberry Woods offers a getaway along the banks of a meandering river that you can navigate by kayak, canoe or paddleboard.
Not only that but you’ve arrived at a state-of-the-art microfarm in the heart of Southwest Michigan wine country. We’ve got 30 acres of pristine woods crisscrossed with hiking and cross-country ski trails.
The Goldberry Woods innkeepers bring the outside inside with eight sunlit guestrooms featuring artisan-built beds made from natural tree limbs and trunks. These unique, locally-crafted sculptures are surrounded by the comforts of jetted tubs, luxurious linens, gas fireplaces, free WiFi, and central air conditioning throughout the warm summer months.
Here, “fresh” applies to the food we serve as well as to the air you breathe.
Breakfasts are part of the package. They are sourced from our microfarm, including honey from our own apiary, freshly-laid eggs, small fruits, and a wide variety of home-grown vegetables, such as asparagus, heirloom tomatoes, beans and lettuces.
Other amenities include flower gardens, a relaxing terrace, a playground and an outdoor pool. Besides nonmotorized watercraft, bicycles are available and free to use. Goldberry Woods is not just child-friendly, it is pet friendly. It’s the perfect place for gatherings of all kinds, yet conducive to romantic getaways or spiritual introspection.
Unique experiences at Goldberry Woods
The “perfect pour” is close at hand for guests of Goldberry Woods. Craft beers are abundant throughout the area. Take behind-the-scenes brewery tours. Ask the innkeepers for a craft beer trail map to plan your driving tour.
The area known as Harbor Country is dotted with vineyards and features more than 15 vintners and tasting rooms within a 30-mile radius of Goldberry Woods. Don’t go home without a signature bottle as a souvenir. The innkeepers can provide you with a wine trail map.
Goldberry Woods sits alongside the Galien River, a broad, 30-mile-long stream that winds its way to Lake Michigan. Guests are invited to use the inn’s own kayaks and other non-motorized watercraft to paddle onto the “big” lake to enjoy the legendary sugar-sands of Townline Beach.
Or walk to Townline Beach in just 12 minutes. Double the walk and you’re at Galien River County Park. New Buffalo Public Beach is just up the way about three miles. Warren Dunes State Park, famous for its rugged sand dunes towering 260 feet above Lake Michigan, offers both great views and hang gliding. With three miles of shoreline and six miles of hiking trails open year around, it’s a great recreational stop for those traveling with pets.
Specializing in intimate, personalized weddings and rehearsal dinners, Goldberry Woods also hosts family reunions and retreats of all kinds. By combining the property’s cottages and B&B rooms, up to 58 people can be fully accommodated. The inn offers 10,000 feet of meeting or activity space as well as office supplies and AV equipment. The innkeepers can recommend local caterers and florists but invite you to pick your own flowers or produce from the fields in season.
Known as “Harbor Country,” the entire area is renowned for its shopping, dining and entertainment in not just one, but several nearby harbor towns:
- New Buffalo, which boasts the most boat slips of any beach town on Michigan’s sunset coast
- Three Oaks, the area’s arts and cultural center and site of the annual “Apple Cider Century” bicycle race
- Michiana, the southernmost town featuring quiet cottage neighborhoods
- Village of Grand Beach, a resort town welcoming visitors through stately white gates since 1900
- Union Pier, a major family vacation destination with fine dining and casual eateries alike
- Lakeside, a vacation destination characterized by a strong sense of community; and
- Harbert, settled by Scandinavians and where the American poet, Carl Sandburg, preferred to vacation.
Explore miles of antique and salvage shops along the Red Arrow Highway, which connects all of Harbor Country. Here you’ll find a wealth of live music, comedy, boutiques and art galleries and dozens of restaurants and pubs of every ilk. You can even try your luck at Four Winds Casino.