Watervliet, Michigan


A Watervliet Vacation

Welcome to Watervliet, another hidden gem nestled in the heart of Southwest Michigan, where the tranquil waters of Lake Michigan meet the charm of a small-town atmosphere. History enthusiasts will be delighted to explore Watervliet’s rich heritage, from the historic North Berrien Historical Museum to the quaint streets lined with well-preserved Victorian-era homes. For those with an adventurous spirit, Watervliet boasts numerous opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, and fishing in nearby Paw Paw Lake. Whether you’re looking for a cozy vacation rental or seeking insider tips to explore this quiet corner of Southwest Michigan, Juniper Holiday + Home is the key to unlocking the hidden treasures of a Watervliet vacation.

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To Watervliet

Getting to Watervliet, Michigan, is a straightforward and enjoyable journey with various transportation options available. If you prefer the flexibility and convenience of traveling by car, you can easily reach Watervliet by taking I-94, especially if you’re coming from nearby cities like Chicago or South Bend. For those flying in from distant locations, the nearest major airports are Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. From either airport, a rental car will grant you the freedom to explore Watervliet and the surrounding areas, with a travel time of approximately 2 to 3 hours depending on traffic and weather conditions.

If you prefer a more scenic and relaxed mode of transportation, consider taking the train. Amtrak offers services to nearby cities like New Buffalo, Michigan and South Bend, Indiana. From either location, you can arrange for local transportation to reach Watervliet, which is just a short drive away. Greyhound and other regional bus services are also available, offering transportation to nearby cities like Benton Harbor, Michigan, and South Bend, Indiana. From there, you can easily arrange for a taxi, Uber, or local transport to complete your journey to Watervliet.



Frequently Asked Questions

There is a reason so many guests come back to Watervliet each year, but for anyone who is new to this fabulous destination, you may have some questions… and Juniper has some answers.

The distance from Watervliet, MI, to Chicago is approximately 90 miles (about 145 kilometers) when traveling by road. The driving time between the two locations can vary depending on traffic and the chosen route but generally takes around 1 hour and 45 minutes to 2 hours.

Watervliet, MI, experiences a range of weather throughout the seasons, making it an appealing destination year-round. Spring brings mild and pleasant temperatures, with averages ranging from around 40°F in March to 60°F in May. As summer arrives, the warmth increases, and visitors can expect average temperatures between 70°F and 80°F. The proximity to Lake Michigan can lead to some humidity during this time. Fall brings beautiful foliage colors as temperatures range from around 70°F in September to 50°F in November. It's a charming season to explore the orchards and vineyards. In winter, Watervliet experiences colder weather with temperatures averaging around 30°F in December and January and 35°F in February. Occasional snowfall adds a touch of winter magic to the area. Whether you prefer the blossoms of spring, the sunny days of summer, the colorful autumns, or the winter wonderland, Watervliet offers a delightful experience throughout the year.


About Watervliet

Situated around 20 miles northeast of New Buffalo, Watervliet retains a peaceful atmosphere and a sense of community that makes it an excellent destination for a relaxed getaway. The town is conveniently located near Interstate 94, making it very accessible for travelers coming from neighboring areas.

One of the highlights of Watervliet is its proximity to Paw Paw Lake, which is a popular destination for water-based activities such as boating, fishing, and swimming. The lake’s picturesque setting and recreational opportunities make it an enjoyable spot for families and outdoor enthusiasts.

For those interested in history and culture, Watervliet offers glimpses into the past through its historic buildings and landmarks. Strolling through the town’s streets, visitors can admire well-preserved architecture that reflects the town’s heritage. A vacation to Watervliet is a surprising treat for anyone who has not yet been.

Dining – Watervliet

If looking for some succulent Asian cuisine, then look no further than Moo's Place. A family-owned and operated restaurant that opened its doors in 2002. Serving soups, Szechwan (hot and spicy), and various noodle dishes.

Moo's Place
7415 Red Arrow Hwy.
Watervliet, MI
Ph.: 269-463-6688

Try this rustic scratch kitchen where they believe food should be simple. Bold flavors mixed in distinctive and fantastic combinations. They not only bring you great tasting food but great quality with butchering and smoking in house along with their hand-cut fries. Did we mention it's a building within a building? The original 1931 front facade of the Wil-O-Paw Inn still stands inside this building.

The Blackbird Waterhouse
4896 Paw Paw Lake Road
Coloma, MI
Ph.: 269-468-2473

Come catch the game, accompanied by some of their great food, cold beer, and friendly staff. Try some of the tasty appetizers as you root on your favorite sports teams or dive into one of their juicy burgers. If you are feeling really hungry, make it a mothersize burger!

TJ's Sports Bar & Grill
195 S M 140
Watervliet, MI
Ph.: 269-463-3830
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A meal at Salt of the Earth is centered around authentic Midwest American rustic food. They cook from scratch with a foundation of fresh seasonal, sustainable ingredients in a farm-to-table model. They are committed to providing an unforgettable dining experience from a warm welcome to a fond farewell.

Salt of the Earth
114 East Main Street
Fennville, MI
Ph.: 269-561-7258

Shopping – Watervliet

They have a little bit of everything from new and pre-loved top-brand clothing for women, men, and children as well as home decor, lamps, furniture, costume jewelry, brand new sterling silver jewelry, vintage items, original paintings & unique art.  

Back On The Rack
7746 Red Arrow Hwy.
Watervliet, MI
Ph.: 269-463-7225
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Candles & fragrances, lighthouse prints, home & decor locally made by over a dozen artists.

The Candlestick Maker
408 State St
St. Joseph, MI
Ph.: 269-932-4211

Step into a treasure trove of timeless treasures at Featherstone Antique Mall. Explore a vast collection of vintage and antique items that will transport you to different eras. From retro furniture and vintage clothing to collectibles and unique curiosities, their mall offers something for every antique enthusiast.

Featherstone Antique Mall
221 E Main St
Fennville, MI
Ph.: 616-340-1375

Your one-stop shop for unique and quirky treasures in Fennville, Michigan. Step into a world of whimsy and wonder as you browse through their eclectic collection of cool and unusual items. From funky home decor and vintage collectibles to novelty gifts and rare finds, there's something for everyone.

Anderson's Cool Stuff
6270 124th St.
Fennville, MI
Ph.: 269-561-6610
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