Winter in Southwest Michigan is magical. It’s peaceful, beautiful and lots of fun. Escape to The Neighborhood Hotel Grand Beach or New Buffalo where you’ll find the perfect balance between cozy, indoor hangs and exciting outdoor activities! As Alfred Wainwright says: “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.” 

Bring your warmest parka and come on over! 

Check out our winter top 10 list below and…


1. Sled @ Warren DunesChoose the main dune overlooking Lake Michigan or hike inland if you want the ‘hill’ to yourself. Both locations offer great climbs, amazing views and sweet rides. 

2. Winter Hikes: As mentioned, Warren Dunes State Park is great for sledding and hikes – can’t get enough of those views. The Chikaming Township Park & Preserve is a cool spot to explore wetlands, woodlands, prairie, Galien River frontage, and an inland lake. Or, wander amongst beech maples at Warren Woods State Park.

3. Cross Country Ski: For beginners, Love Creek County Park offers rentals Wednesdays – Sundays + groomed trails. But if you’ve got gear and experience, Warren Dunes, Chickaming Township Park & Preserve and Warren Woods are also great choices with trails of varying lengths and terrain.

4. Fat Tire Bikes: These bikes are wider, heavier and slower than traditional mountain bikes so they’re able to provide traction and stability on terrain that’s off-limits to bikers (things like sand and snow). Find rentals + trails at Love Creek County Park or ride your own bike on the varying skill-level trails at Chikaming Township Park & Preserve. Fat tire bikes are also a fantastic way to explore the winter lakeshore (although they’re not allowed on the beach at Warren Dunes).

5. Majestic winter sun @ the beach: Don’t miss a winter sunset – completely worth the chill and just a 5 minute walk from the hotels! 

6. Winter s’mores over our fire pits!

7. Private Chef/Cocktail/Mocktail Experiences @ The Neighborhood: Let us know what your heart desires and we’ll connect you with the right person to make your food/bev dreams come true! Our kitchen/living room is the ultimate spot for things like this! 

8. Game Nights @ The Neighborhood: There really is never a dull moment here. Stay active with some ping pong (at Grand Beach) or get focused over board/card games. BYOG (bring your own game) or check out our stash! 

9. Igloo Experiences @ Round Barn: Bundle up, bring your blankets and truly experience a “Michigan winter” in an Igloo at Round Barn’s Winter Village. Igloos are heated (weather depending), stocked with games, food/drinks to order and lots of fun.

10. Taste of Granor Farm Dinners: Taste of Granor features crops grown on the farm & is a true celebration of the food culture in southwest Michigan. The tables are long, conversation is good. Every meal is unique to the moment in time, featuring vegetables and grains grown by Granor and other ingredients from neighboring farms. 

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About The Neighborhood Hotel

The Neighborhood Hotel was founded by travel enthusiasts who enjoy spaces that inspire, comfort and fuel. Each suite is well equipped for short and longterm stays (i.e. kitchenettes, laundry, etc.). The Neighborhood Hotel aims to transform old buildings with cool history into well outfitted apartment style hotels that honor the old while representing the now. The vibe is fresh + fun with rooms that are stocked to support everyone from the homebody to the adventurer. The Neighborhood Hotel serves as a basecamp for the explorer and a sanctuary for the traveler who needs to recharge, reset or just chill.The suites are simple + clean punctuated by accents that bring the right amount of pop. The Neighborhood Hotel has locations in: Lincoln Park, Little Italy, West Loop (2025 opening), New Buffalo, MI and Grand Beach, MI.

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The Neighborhood Little Italy
Where welcome drinks come in the form of bold espresso + crisp prosecco. We can't wait
Chi? [Who]
The Neighborhood Hotel
Cosa? [What]
Warmth, bellezza, history. The cornerstones of Italian culture that The Neighborhood Little Italy captures in its third + largest location with 35 suites (Studio - 2 bedrooms).
Quando? [When]
Spring/Summer 2023
Dove? [Where]
In the heart of Little Italy! Here, you're nestled in a neighborhood with an old world feel that seamlessly welcomes the new and modern. Plus, the most bustling parts of the city are just a stone's throw away and easily accessible on foot/public transit! Places like: The Illinois Medical District + Fulton Market + West Loop + UIC + The United Center + the Loop.
Perché? [Why]
To experience fun, adventure, and comfort!
Come? [How]
Our buildings have stories ingrained in the walls (in a non-creepy way) - stories that are meant to be told and shared. The Neighborhood Little Italy was formerly the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame which honored the greatest Italian-American athletes, broadcasters, and sports workers to benefit athletics in the United States. Once again, we've fallen for a space outfitted with cool history + architecture. Grateful to all of the hard workers and supporters who are turning another NEIGHBORHOOD HOTEL vision/dream into reality!
The Neighborhood Little Italy building design
Rebel House is nailing the design. Soaring ceilings give way to chic urban lofts with sophisticated Italian villa vibes. the top floor's outdoor terraces feature captivating views of the city and the piazza across the street. La vita é bella.
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