Summer Michigan Road Trip: US-12 Heritage Trail

St. Joseph River

Between Niles and Coldwater, I kept getting out of the car at various points.


Continuing east, just outside of Galien, the fruit picking commenced at Springhope Farm. I hopped on a tractor ride with families out for some late-season fun and picked bright orange Redhaven peaches as they were in season.

New Buffalo

My Michigan road trip started on US-12 at the state line with Indiana. Heading north, I was quickly in the heart of New Buffalo along Lake Michigan. The swim trunks, flip-flops, and beach towel came out.

Three Oaks

Walking in and now amongst the homegrown preserves, jams, breads, and other treats, I ordered a deli sandwich with a summer theme, The Picnic Basket.


While the coffee was refreshing, I desired a true warm summer day treat. That next led me to downtown Niles and the Paris Soda Company.


 I parked the car near Campus Martius where Michigan Avenue begins. I experienced the beach (you heard that right), landscaping, city vibe, and the surrounding skyline.

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