Less than 90 minutes from Chicago is a different world. A place of quiet. Of Great Lake breezes and long country lanes. Of farms and quaint towns. Where you can ride a horse or a bicycle as easily as drive a car. In Three Oaks, Michigan you can walk into the town center for morning coffee and then explore the countryside and have a picnic lunch. Back in town you can go to either of two theaters -- one for film and another for concerts and plays. Afterwards, have a truly handcrafted cocktail at a distillery and an ice cream cone on a warm summer evening. And there is no better place to spend your time in Three Oaks then in a Warren house. The Warren's didn't build Three Oaks, but they sure built upon it. The once popular Featherbone corsets, a must-have for the ladies of the 1880s were made here. So while quality craftsmanship in corsets is gone, it remains behind in town as well as in their home.
A less than 10 minute walk from the center of town is 708 S. Elm. Once the home of Charles Warren (of E.K. Warren and Son, Inc.), the 5,000 square foot home is the perfect spot. A chef's kitchen to cook your own dinner with farmers market finds; an outdoor grill, jacuzzi and fire pit; a large formal dining room as well as a large screened-in porch for at-home meals; a basement home theater with projection TV and cable; four bedrooms, three baths and only 7 miles to Lake Michigan make this the perfect stress-free vacation home.
If you need a little bustle, you can find that too. New Buffalo, less than 15 minutes away, gives you shopping, dining, the harbor and train station (several daily stops to and from Chicago and Detroit). Mere minutes from there is quaint Union Pier. And, if you really need it, Michigan City with all the amenities one needs is less than 20 minutes away. But with the sound of the gentle waterfall-fed koi pond in your backyard, who needs the distraction?
Keywords: Historic, Georgian, Country, Countryside, Galleries, harbor country, family, retreat, home theater