Three Oaks is a charming town of around 1,750 people east of Lake Michigan, in the middle of Michigan farmland. It is one of my favorite spots to visit in the area!! High on your list should be:
Journeyman Distillery: Located in the historic Featherbone Factory, this is a wonderful distillery located in downtown Three Oaks. They offer tastings as well as a large assortment of craft cocktails, sandwiches, appetizers and desserts. I tried the tasting flight of five of their brown spirits which included the W.R. Whiskey, a white whiskey, the Ravenswood Rye, The Buggy Whip Wheat, The Silver Crest made of 4 different grains, and the Featherbone Bourbon. All were excellent as was the recently released brandy. You can also do a flight of clear spirits including rum, vodka and gin. The atmosphere is outstanding so make this tops on your list of things to do.
They recently opened Staymaker, a full-service restaurant, featuring locally sourced ingredients. I can’t wait to try it on my next trip to the area.
Drier’s Meat Market offers smoked meats, sausages and quality cheeses. It has been in business since 1875 and is a National Historic Site. Stop in for the atmosphere!!! 14 S. Elm.
I always try to eat at Froehlichs for lunch and to pick up some of their wonderful jams, jellies, spreads and sauces. They have a large selection of soups, salads and sandwiches plus their homemade breads. 26 N. Elm. I am excited to see their newly renovated store/restaurant.
Viola Cafe at 102 N. Elm is another dining option.
There are a number of good quality stores and galleries in town. I always enjoy exploring studio b. for art and home accessories at 114 N. Elm, Ferrara Blue Gallery at 16 S. Elm for quality art, Trilogy Antiques & Design at 19 S. Elm and Gallery H at 15 S. Elm for quality art.
My local friend loves French Twist for women’s clothing, which is sourced from Europe, at 9 S. Elm. There is also Blais Rustic Chic at One Oak St. features home decor and antiques and reFind at 22 N. Elm for re-purposed home furnishings, antiques and vintage pieces.
The Lavender Hill Farm of Niles: Further west from Three Oaks and located between Niles and Buchanan at 1210 Morris Drive, this is a lavender farm offering a line of lotions, soaps, oils and other lavender products including lavender honey.
The Fernwood Botanical Garden is a great spot to visit. It is located in Niles, MI at 13988 Range Rd. and has beautiful gardens and wooded trails. There is also a cafe, gallery and gift shop.
Three Oaks Inn, 204 Oak St.: With four rooms and is a short walk from all the downtown attractions, restaurants, galleries and shops.