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Lakeside is a small town located along the shores of Lake Michigan in the southwest corner of the state, near the Indiana state line. It's situated in Berrien County, which is also known as "The Harbor Country," and along with the village of Lakeside, includes the towns of Michiana, Grand Beach, New Buffalo, Three Oaks, Union Pier, Harbert and Sawyer. Lakeside began as a logging town, but in the early 1920s people from nearby Chicago discovered the quaint, rural, lakeside village and it soon became a popular vacation spot. By the 1980s, Harbor Country became known as "The Hamptons of the Midwest." In fact, at one time, Lakeside was home to some of the most famous Lake Michigan shoreline resorts, where movie stars wined and dined. Lakeside also became a haven for artists who were inspired by the natural beauty and the relaxed, casual atmosphere. It's a very diverse area, with miles of beaches and majestic dunes, woodlands and rolling hills and valleys planted with lush vineyards and award winning wineries. Area attractions include Warren Woods State Preserve and Warren Dunes State Park, which features a campground, hiking trails, and a large beach area and sand dunes. There is an amusement park located near Lakeside that features go-carts and three golf courses can be found just minutes away. Shopping and dining are abundant in the area, where Lakeside offers the peacefulness of a small town combined with the amenities of a big city.

Surrounding areas: Union Pier, Michigan (1.8 mi), Harbert, Michigan (2.8 mi), Three Oaks, Michigan (4.6 mi), Sawyer, Michigan (5.0 mi), New Buffalo, Michigan (5.4 mi), Grand Beach, Michigan (8.2 mi), Bridgman, Michigan (8.9 mi)

Lakeside Vacation Rentals

Lakeside Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Super 8 Sawyer12850 Super DrSawyer, MI5.0 mi.(800) 800-8000
Comfort Inn New Buffalo11539 O'brien CtNew Buffalo, MI5.2 mi.(269) 469-4440
Edgewood Motel18716 Ln Porte RdNew Buffalo, MI5.2 mi.(269) 469-3345
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites New Buffalo11500 Holiday DrNew Buffalo, MI5.2 mi.(269) 469-1400
Harbor Grand Hotel111 W Water StNew Buffalo, MI5.4 mi.(269) 469-7700
Candelwood Suites2567 Marquettewood RdStevensville, MI14.0 mi.(269) 428-4400
Hampton Inn5050 Red Arrow HwyStevensville, MI14.7 mi.(269) 429-2700
Arbor Hill Inn263 W Johnson RdLa Porte, IN14.9 mi.(219) 362-9200
Creekwood InnRt 30-35 At I-94Michigan City, IN15.0 mi.(219) 872-8357
Golden Sands Motel4411 US 12 EMichigan City, IN15.0 mi.(219) 874-6253
Knights Inn Motel BLDG 30201 W KieffersMichigan City, IN15.0 mi.(219) 874-9500
Norbert Motel45 N SR 421Michigan City, IN15.0 mi.(219) 872-0993
Baymont Inn & Suites2601 W Marquette Woods RdStevensville, MI15.1 mi.(269) 428-9111
Comfort Suites2633 W Marquette Woods RdStevensville, MI15.1 mi.(269) 428-4888
Moonglo Motel1408 E LincolnwayLaporte, IN15.5 mi.(219) 362-3217
Park Inn Stevensville4290 Red Arrow HwyStevensville, MI15.6 mi.(800) 670-7275
Abc Motel3948 S FranklinMichigan City, IN15.7 mi.(219) 879-0335
City Manor Motel5225 S FranklinMichigan City, IN15.7 mi.(219) 872-9149
Hampton Inn4123 S Franklin StMichigan City, IN15.7 mi.(219) 879-9994
Holiday Inn Of Michigan City5820 S Franklin StMichigan City, IN15.7 mi.(219) 879-0311
Super Eight Motel5724 S Franklin StMichigan City, IN15.7 mi.(219) 879-0411
Travel Inn Motel3944 S Franklin StMichigan City, IN15.7 mi.(219) 872-9441
Snow Flake Inn Inc3822 Red Arrow HwyST Joseph, MI16.1 mi.(269) 429-3261
Cassidy Motel3845 N State Rd 39Laporte, IN16.5 mi.(219) 362-6536
Holiday Inn Express-Laporte100 E Shore CTLaporte, IN16.5 mi.(219) 326-7900
Mayflower Motel2652 W SR 2Laporte, IN16.5 mi.(219) 362-2092
Hampton Inn Of Laporte1777 W Hi-Point DrLa Porte, IN16.8 mi.(219) 362-6100
Ramada Inn444 Pne LK AveLa Porte, IN16.8 mi.(219) 362-4585
Super 8 Motel438 Pinelake AveLa Porte, IN16.8 mi.(219) 325-3808
Days Inn Michigan City3934 North Frontage RdMichigan City, IN16.9 mi.(219) 879-1150
Comfort Inn3801 N Frontage RdMichigan City, IN17.0 mi.(219) 879-9190
Country Inn & Suites3805 N Frontage RdMichigan City, IN17.0 mi.(219) 879-3600
Red Roof Inn110 West Kieffer RdMichigan City, IN17.3 mi.(219) 874-5251
Al And Sally's Motel West3221 W Dunes HwyMichigan City, IN17.8 mi.(219) 872-9131
Black Hawk Motel3651 W Dunes HwyMichigan City, IN18.1 mi.(219) 872-8656
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites3019 Lakeshore DrST Joseph, MI18.4 mi.(269) 982-0004
Sands Inn1630 Maple StMichigan City, IN18.8 mi.(219) 872-0717
Super 8 South Bend4124 Ameritech DrSouth Bend, IN19.0 mi.(574) 233-3800
Econo Lodge2723 Niles AveST Joseph, MI19.1 mi.(269) 983-6321
Howard Johnson798 Ferguson DrBenton Harbor, MI19.6 mi.(269) 927-1172

Lakeside Weather & Climate

Southwest Michigan enjoys four distinct seasons and there is a saying that goes, "if you don't like the weather, wait a day and it will change." This is because both the warm, humid air coming up from the Gulf of Mexico, and cold, dry air from the Arctic influence the climate. Located near the shores of Lake Michigan, the climate is also influenced by the lake effect, which helps keep temperatures mild during the summer and increases the moisture content in the air throughout the year. In the winter, this moisture condenses as snow as it reaches the land, creating heavy snowfalls in some areas, known as "snow squalls" on the downwind shores of the lakes. Showers and thunderstorms are common in the spring and summer, and fall is often the sunniest time of the year in Michigan.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 29°F 13°F 1.57 in. -
February 32°F 15°F 1.35 in. -
March 43°F 24°F 2.22 in. -
April 56°F 34°F 3.13 in. -
May 69°F 45°F 2.74 in. -
June 77°F 54°F 3.07 in. -
July 82°F 59°F 3.17 in. -
August 79°F 57°F 3.43 in. -
September 71°F 49°F 3.76 in. -
October 59°F 38°F 2.34 in. -
November 46°F 29°F 2.65 in. -
December 34°F 19°F 2.18 in. -

Lakeside Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the South Bend Regional airport (SBN) located about 20 miles southeast of Lakeside in South Bend, Indiana, the Porter County Municipal airport (VPZ) located approximately 32 miles southwest of Lakeside in Valparaiso, Indiana, the Gary Chicago International airport (GYY) located roughly 41 miles west of Lakeside in Gary, Indiana, and finally the Chicago Ohare International airport (ORD) located around 64 miles west of Lakeside in Chicago, Illinois.

Lakeside Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Deer Forest Fun ParkColomaMI30.0 mi.
Sauzer's KiddielandScherervilleIN47.7 mi.
House of KicksChicagoIL50.4 mi.
Haunted TrailsBurbankIL57.6 mi.
JeepersHarwood HeightsIL59.0 mi.
KiddielandMelrose ParkIL61.1 mi.
Adventureland Amusement ParkNorth WebsterIN61.9 mi.
Safari LandVilla ParkIL67.8 mi.
DinorexAddisonIL68.0 mi.
Enchanted CastleLombardIL68.8 mi.
DinorexArlington HeightsIL69.3 mi.
Six Flags Great AmericaGurneeIL72.7 mi.
Indiana BeachMonticelloIN76.3 mi.
Santa's VillageDundeeIL85.2 mi.
Fun SpotAngolaIN87.5 mi.
DinorexCrystal LakeIL88.7 mi.
Water Parks
Full Blast - Flash Flood/Gully WasherBattle CreekMI83.3 mi.
Racing Rapids Action ParkEast DundeeIL84.0 mi.
Splash Family Water ParkGrand RapidsMI92.6 mi.
Michigan's Wild Water Adventure Water ParkMuskegonMI98.3 mi.
Magic WatersCherry ValleyIL119.9 mi.
Golf Courses
Whittaker Woods Golf CourseNew BuffaloMI5.4 mi.
Grand Beach Golf CourseGrand BeachMI8.1 mi.
Pebblewood Country ClubBridgmanMI9.0 mi.
Valley Hills Golf CourseRolling PrairieIN12.6 mi.
Birch Tree Golf CourseNew CarlisleIN13.5 mi.
Oak Tree Golf CoursePlainfieldIN14.5 mi.
Michigan City Municipal Golf CourseMichigan CityIN15.1 mi.
Hanging Tree Golf ClubWestfieldIN19.4 mi.
Oaks Golf ClubSaint JosephMI20.1 mi.
Blossom TrailsBenton HarborMI21.5 mi.
Lake Michigan Hills Golf ClubBenton HarborMI21.5 mi.
Hamlet Golf CourseHamletIN21.7 mi.
Indian Lake Hills Golf CourseEau ClaireMI21.7 mi.
Pipestone Creek Golf CourseEau ClaireMI21.7 mi.
Plym Park Municipal Golf CourseNilesMI21.8 mi.
Blackthorn Golf ClubSouth BendIN24.6 mi.
Elbel Golf CourseSouth BendIN24.6 mi.
Erskine Golf CourseSouth BendIN24.6 mi.
Robin Hood Golf ClubSouth BendIN24.6 mi.
Studebaker Municipal Golf CourseSouth BendIN24.6 mi.
Whispering Pines Golf CourseWalkertonIN28.5 mi.
Juday Creek Golf ClubGrangerIN29.7 mi.
EberhartPetro Municipal Golf CourseMishawakaIN29.8 mi.
Ski Areas
Swiss ValleyJonesMI45.0 mi.
Timber Ridge Ski AreaGoblesMI54.0 mi.
Cannonsburg Ski AreaCannonsburgMI103.5 mi.
Pando Ski CenterRockfordMI104.7 mi.
State Parks
Warren Woods State ParkMI2.9 mi. 
Warren Dunes State ParkMI6.1 mi. 
Indiana Dunes State ParkIN22.5 mi. 
Potato Creek State ParkIN26.7 mi. 
Van Buren State ParkMI39.1 mi. 
Hesston Steam MuseumLaporteIN16.5 mi.(Technology)
Horn Archaeological MuseumBerrien SpringsMI18.5 mi.(History)
Northern Indiana Center for HistorySouth BendIN24.5 mi.(History)
Studebaker National MuseumSouth BendIN24.5 mi.(Technology)
South Bend Regional Museum of ArtSouth BendIN24.5 mi.(Art)
Brauer Museum of ArtValparaisoIN32.7 mi.(Art)
PullmanChicagoIL50.4 mi.(History)
Spertus MuseumChicagoIL50.4 mi.(History)
Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian CultureChicagoIL50.4 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Museum of Online MuseumsChicagoIL50.4 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Peace MuseumChicagoIL50.4 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Spertus MuseumChicagoIL50.4 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Ukrainian Institute of Modern ArtChicagoIL50.4 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Adler Planetarium and Astronomy MuseumChicagoIL50.4 mi.(Science)
Chicago Academy of Sciences Nature MuseumChicagoIL50.4 mi.(Science)
Field Museum of Natural HistoryChicagoIL50.4 mi.(Science)
Museum of Science and IndustryChicagoIL50.4 mi.(Science)
Illinois Railway MuseumChicagoIL50.4 mi.(Technology)
Museum of Broadcast CommunicationsChicagoIL50.4 mi.(Technology)
Art Institute of ChicagoChicagoIL50.4 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Potawatomi ZooSouth BendIN24.5 mi.
Lincoln Park Zoological GardensChicagoIL50.4 mi.
John G. Shedd AquariumChicagoIL50.4 mi.
Brookfield ZooBrookfieldIL60.8 mi.
Racine Zoological GardensRacineWI83.2 mi.
Binder Park ZooBattle CreekMI83.3 mi.
Fort Wayne Children's ZooFort WayneIN94.0 mi.
Milwaukee County Zoological GardensMilwaukeeWI103.7 mi.

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