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Union Pier

The Village of Union Pier, Michigan 49129

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Union Pier, 4 miles north of New Buffalo, is a major destination for family vacations, with a wide variety of lodging choices — quaint Bed & Breakfasts, grand old resorts, vintage cottages and modern homes. Fine dining and casual eateries are walking distance to most lodging facilities. Union Pier’s corner store and ice cream parlor compliment the art galleries and other businesses located along Red Arrow Highway.

 

History

Union Pier was founded on an ethic of hard work without visions of a port to rival Chicago as was Wessel Whittaker’s notion in New Buffalo. There was nature’s bounty to be harvested here. Tree trunks measured five feet and more in diameter. Trees rose 60 feet to the lowest branches. Squirrels, we are assured ran through the community without ever touching the ground.
There clearly was no Sears Tower to be seen on the horizon across the Lake, but everyone in what is now Union Pier understood that timber was the fuel, which would fire the growth of Chicago. Boards could be bucks. John Gowdy arrived from New York and bought all the timberland he could afford. He brought in additional partners who understood that it was necessary to ship Union Pier’s bounty to Chicago. And so, a group of men built a “Pier” in Union” at the foot of Berrien Street. It was constructed as a 600-foot edifice jutting into Lake Michigan. A 130-ton schooner was built on the adjacent beach.

Soon there were brick tool handle factories sending their wares to Chicago and beyond. The Chicago Fire of 1871 only increased the demand for Union Pier’s natural bounty. But, Chicago was rebuilt, Union Pier’s pier washed away and a new economy had to be established.  The leveled forests soon became orchards and farms. Lumbermen became fishermen and shipped their new harvest to Chicago. During the spawning season, residents would gather on the beach to spear Sturgeon of a hundred pounds. In the 1900’s, tourism replaced timber, bricks and fishing as Union Pier’s major Industry. Union Pier became the United Nations of tourism.

As the emerging popularity of rail travel began to import visitors from neighboring counties and states, the Pere Marquette Rail Road established a rail stop in Union Pier, with its own station. These early travelers were, as today, fond of the appealing lakeshore town, hosted by many long gone boarding houses and resorts that dotted the pristine Lake Michigan shoreline. Eastern Europeans, African Americans and Jewish vacationers all established homes and resorts in the community. Olympian Jesse Owens had a home here. Chicago Mayor Anton Cermak, ultimately the victim of an assassin’s bullet, brought guests to his summer home by yacht.

John Dillinger even stopped for gas at the Prusa Resort service station, which is now the Wine Sellers at Miller’s Country House. The Prusa kids, who manned the gas tanks, told stories about Dillinger not allowing anyone to check the engine compartment where he stored his weapons on racks. Al Capone was also known to have had homes in the area. He’d play an occasional game of cards with his buddies at the Lakeside Inn and may have had a lady along for luck. But really, it’s the sunsets over the lake that gets us all. Even the early lumbermen would have agreed–they had a bounty of nature to offer Chicago.

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Union Pier is split between two governing bodies: New Buffalo Township and Chikaming Township

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9627 Streed Ct
Union Pier, MI 49129 US

Phone: (269) 469-0341
E-Mail Address: alannimmer@comcast.net
Region: Union Pier

Beautiful two bedroom, one bath beachfront cottage overlooking Lake Michigan

10234 Community Hall Rd
Union Pier, MI 49129 US

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Region: Union Pier

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15755 Lakeshore Rd
Union Pier, MI 49129 US

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Region: Union Pier

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16020 Lakeshore Rd
Union Pier, MI 49129 US

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Region: Union Pier

A Cottage East of Eden is an impeccable cottage beach house, 1 BR (sleeps 4), 1 1/2 blocks from private Lake Michigan

9679 Greenwood
Union Pier, MI 49129 US

Phone: (630) 205-1270
Web site: http://elephantwalkcottages.com
E-Mail Address: elephantwalkcottages@yahoo.com
Region: Union Pier

Main house sleeps 12, 5 other cottages on same property. Ideal for groups, reunions or an intmate escape.

15657 Lakeshore Rd
Union Pier, MI 49129 US

Phone: (269) 469-0245
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E-Mail Address: lmvr.rentals@gmail.com
Region: Union Pier

Perfect place for romantic weekend getaways, family reunions, intimate weddings!Eighteen charming one and

9549 Union Pier Rd
Union Pier, MI 49129 US

Phone: (800) 613-2872
(269) 469-6346
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E-Mail Address: gardengrove@comcast.net
Region: Union Pier

The Carriage House at Garden Grove is one of Harbor Countrys newest romantic getaways. It offers spacious rooms

15860 Lakeshore Rd
Union Pier, MI 49129 US

Phone: (269) 469-3298
Web site: http://www.gintarasresort.com
E-Mail Address: gintarasonthelake@gmail.com
Region: Union Pier

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16220 Lakeshore Rd
Union Pier, MI 49129 US

Phone: (269) 469-0800
Web site: http://www.gordonbeachinn.com/
E-Mail Address: manager@lakesideinns.com
Region: Union Pier

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9708 Berrien St
Union Pier, MI 49129 US

Phone: (269) 469-4700
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E-Mail Address: info@innatunionpier.com
Region: Union Pier

The Inn at Union Pier, 16 rooms with private baths, woodburning fireplaces, 200 paces to the Lake Michigan beach

16032 B,C,D Lakeshore Rd
Union Pier, MI 49129 US

Phone: (312) 399-4391
Web site: http://www.paradisevillarentals.com
E-Mail Address: michaelnivens7@aol.com
Region: Union Pier

Steps from beach, nestled within pine tree lined Paradise Villa. Three cozy one-bedroom cottages next to each other

9934 Townline Rd
Union Pier, MI 49129 US

Phone: (269) 469-0012
(866) 572-7787
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E-Mail Address: rsvp@rsvp-rentals.com
Region: Union Pier

Celebrating 21st season, RSVP/Rentals, Inc represents 30-50 of Harbor Countrys fabulous rental vacatio

9517 Union Pier Rd
Union Pier, MI 49129 US

Phone: (269) 469-0332
Web site: http://www.sweethavenresort.com
E-Mail Address: email@sweethavenresort.com
Region: Union Pier

Imagine a beautiful country cottage in the woods, minutes from Lake Michigan, where your privacy is pa

15506 Red Arrow Hwy
Union Pier, MI 49129 US

Phone: (800) 358-4754
Web site: http://www.lakemichiganrandr.com
E-Mail Address: info@lakemichiganrandr.com
Region: Union Pier

Built in 1863 and restored in 1996, features private baths, Jacuzzi tubs, and six fireplaces.

16187 Red Arrow Hwy
Union Pier, MI 49129 US

Phone: (269) 469-5332
Web site: http://www.localcolorartgallery.com
E-Mail Address: contact@localcolorartgallery.com
Region: Union Pier

Local Color Gallery is located in Southwestern Michigans lakefront town Union Pier. Discover local color in Dunescapes, paintings, photography, fine crafts, glass, jewelry, furniture, clay, classes and custom framing.

10 N Whittaker St
New Buffalo, MI 49117 US

Phone: (269) 469-3950
Web site: http://www.coldwellbankeronline.com
E-Mail Address: taylor.lindstrom@cbexchange.com
Region: Union Pier

The right resource for all your real estate needs. Serving Harbor Country and surrounding Berrien County

15998 Red Arrow Hwy
Union Pier, MI 49129 US

Phone: (269) 469-9640
(312) 587-8150
Web site: http://www.fredmandesigngroup.com
E-Mail Address: info@fredmandesigngroup.com
Region: Union Pier

For more than 40 years, Fredman Design Group has been in the business of Interior Design

15288 Red Arrow Hwy
Union Pier, MI 49129 US

Phone: (269) 469-2370
Web site: http://www.blueplatemichigan.com
E-Mail Address: blueplatecafe@hotmail.com
Region: Union Pier

Blue Plate writes their own recipes and makes everything from scratch. Organic and locally grown ingredients are used whenever possible.Enjoy truly unique, delicious dishes that you wont find anywhere else! Monday ...

16036 Red Arrow Hwy
Union Pier, MI 49129 US

Phone: (269) 469-9865
Web site: http://www.frankiesotherplace.net/
E-Mail Address: frankiesunionpier@gmail.com
Region: Union Pier

Always a great time to be had at Frankie's Place in Union Pier

15710 Red Arrow Hwy
Union Pier, MI 49129 US

Phone: (269) 469-3939
Web site: http://www.redarrowroadhouse.com
E-Mail Address: jennifer@redarrowroadhouse.com
Region: Union Pier

Serving creative comfort food in a casual roadhouse setting

9145 Union Pier Rd
Union Pier, MI 49129 US

Phone: (269) 469-3150
Web site: http://www.stjulian.com
Region: Union Pier

The largest and oldest winery in Michigan producing over 40 wines and spirits for tasting.

16409 Red Arrow Hwy
Union Pier, MI 49129 US

Phone: (269) 469-0900
Web site: http://www.timothysrestaurant.com
E-Mail Address: info@timothysrestaurant.com
Region: Union Pier

New Location. Upscale restaurant. Diverse menu, full bar and substantial wine list.

16409-B Red Arrow Hwy
Union Pier, MI 49129 US

Phone: (269) 469-7566
Web site: http://www.thewinesellersMichigan.com
E-Mail Address: jacqui@thewinesellersmichigan.com
Region: Union Pier

A charming treasure trove packed to the rafters with fine wines and related giftware

9934 Townline Rd
Union Pier, MI 49129 US

Phone: (269) 469-0012
Web site: http://www.rsvp-rentals.com
E-Mail Address: rsvp@rsvp-rentals.com
Region: Union Pier

Since 1990, RSVP/Housekeeping, Inc. maintains finest homes of Harbor Country. Bonded, insured housekeepers with own supplies, equipment. Dependable, efficent. Post-sale, construction and spring/fall cleanings welcome.

9737 Union Pier Rd
Union Pier, MI 49129 US

Phone: (269) 612-7358
Web site: http://www.alwaystherecottagecare.com
E-Mail Address: scanlanbetty@gmail.com
Region: Union Pier

Trust the care of your cottage or second home to experienced professionals. Reliable house inspections checkin

16170 Red Arrow Hwy
Union Pier, MI 49129 US

Phone: (269) 469-5851
(866) 512-1327
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E-Mail Address: mcouitcher@firstam.com
Region: Union Pier

Providing comprehensive title insurance, closing/settlement, property data, and technology solutions. First American serves homebuyers and sellers, real estate professionals, loan originators and servicers, commercial property professionals, homebuilders and others involved in residential ...

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Union Pier, MI 49129 US

Phone: (269) 469-5635
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E-Mail Address: George@george-lucas.net
Region: Union Pier

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Union Pier, MI 49129 US

Phone: (269) 469-1364
E-Mail Address: ngino@sbcglobal.net
Region: Union Pier

Apartments for rent. Year round rentals. Annual rentals.

10234 Community Hall Rd
Union Pier, MI 49129 US

Phone: (269) 645-5320
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E-Mail Address: maureen@maureenculp.com
Region: Union Pier

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10234 Community Hall Rd
Union Pier, MI 49129 US

Phone: (269) 469-5635
Web site: http://www.remaxhc.com
E-Mail Address: dan@dancoffey.com
Region: Union Pier

Buyer or Seller, choose a Re/Max experienced agent to help you.

10234 Community Hall Rd
Union Pier, MI 49129 US

Phone: (269) 469-3745
(269) 214-6264
Web site: www.tomhemingway.com
E-Mail Address: tom@tomhemingway.com
Region: Union Pier

BY THE WEEK or BUY THE HOUSE Selling and Renting in Harbor Country.From small cott

9901 Townline Rd
Union Pier, MI 49129 US

Phone: (269) 469-9880
E-Mail Address: contact@milda.us
Region: Union Pier

Mildas features Lithuanian, European, Asian Specialties with products from over 40 Countries!!! Home

16109 Red Arrow Hwy.
Union Pier, MI 49129 US

Phone: (269) 469-9211
Web site: http://mccollumarchitects.com
E-Mail Address: bill@mccollumarchitects.com
Region: Union Pier

Architects serving Harbor Country.

Union Pier, MI 49129 US

Region: Union Pier

PO Box 138
Union Pier, MI 49129 US

Phone: (269) 588-9600
Web site: http://www.aquavacationrentals.com
E-Mail Address: tonya@aquavacationrentals.com
Region: Union Pier

Offering vacation rental homes and second home services in Harbor Country. Enjoy our vacation homes ...

9902 Community Hall Rd
Union Pier, MI 49129 US

Phone: (269) 469-9800
Web site: http://www.goldberrywoods.com
E-Mail Address: info@goldberrywoods.com
Region: Union Pier

Eight newly renovated rooms feature artisan-built queen beds, double Jacuzzis, fireplaces, TV/DV.

Union Pier, MI 49129 US

Region: Union Pier

15998 Red Arrow Hwy
Union Pier, IL 49129 US

Phone: (269) 469-9640
(847) 636-2998
Web site: http://stonesthrowbuilders.com
E-Mail Address: sfredman@fredmandesigngroup.com
Region: Union Pier

Custom Home Builders, Additions, Renovations, Remodel, Design/Build.

Call for Delivery
Union Pier, MI 49129 US

Phone: (269) 369-7517
Region: Union Pier

Pack less and avoid stress, we make it easy to bring baby! We offer cribs, strollers, pack plays, high chairs, beach wag ...

16032 Goodwin Ave
Union Pier, MI 49129 US

Region: Union Pier

19 unit condominium complex in Union Pier close to the beach and downtown

15700 Red Arrow Hwy
Union Pier, MI 49129 US

Phone: (269) 469-6700
Web site: http://www.whistlestopgrocery.com
E-Mail Address: info@whistlestopgrocery.com
Region: Union Pier

An abundant selection of fine food including gourmet sandwiches, salads, housemade sweets and cakes.

16170 Red Arrow Hwy, Ste C5
Union Pier, MI 49129 US

Phone: (269) 231-5469
Web site: https://www.facebook.com/thelaundrydrop/
E-Mail Address: thelaundrydrop@yahoo.com
Region: Union Pier

Taking the worry out of your wash! The Laundry Drop is a drop off facility providing wash, dry, fold services to fit yo

16136 Lakeview Ave
Union Pier, MI 49129 US

Phone: (219) 879-9900
Web site: http://www.sandpiperandnest.com/
E-Mail Address: sandpipernestup@gmail.com
Region: Union Pier

16100 Red Arrow Hwy
Union Pier, MI 49129 US

Phone: (269) 612-4122
Web site: http://www.redarrowride.com
E-Mail Address: redarrowride@gmail.com
Region: Union Pier

Beach Shop offering Bike, Paddle Board and Maui Mat rentals.

Union Pier, MI 49129 US

Phone: (734) 284-5677
(844) 643-7374
Web site: http://www.freshwatervacationrentals.com
E-Mail Address: reservations@freshwatervacationrentals.com
Region: Union Pier

Freshwater Vacation Rentals is a full-service property management company with properties in Union Pier & Harbert

9911 Townline Rd
Union Pier, MI 49129 US

Phone: (269) 586-3830
Web site: http://www.blackcurrantbakehouse.com/
E-Mail Address: info@blackcurrantbakehouse.com
Region: Union Pier

A modern American-craft bakery specializing in traditional pastries and custom cakes.

MI US

Phone: (312) 497-9184
Web site: https://www.facebook.com/NewportsRock/
E-Mail Address: NewportsBlues@gmail.com
Region: Union Pier

10234 Community Hall Rd
Union Pier, MI 49128 US

Phone: (269) 469-0054
Web site: http://beachtownvacations.com
E-Mail Address: john@beachtownvacations.com
Region: Union Pier

A Boutique Vacation Rental Company offering excellent customer service

15980 Red Arrow Hwy.
Union Pier, MI 49129 US

Phone: (574) 341-9087
Web site: http://holisticlifestyleapothacary.com
E-Mail Address: holisticlifestyleapothacary@gmail.com
Region: Union Pier

Natural organic remedies and healing treatments

9185 Union Pier Rd
Union Pier, MI 49129 US

Phone: (269) 469-6885
Web site: http://www.roundbarnwinery.com
E-Mail Address: hello@roundbarnwinery.com
Region: Union Pier

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A Cottage East of Eden

16020 Lakeshore Rd
Union Pier, MI 49129
United States
Phone: (513) 697-7766
Region: Union Pier
A Cottage East of Eden is an impeccable cottage beach house, 1 BR (sleeps 4), 1 1/2 blocks from private Lake Michigan More

Always There Cottage Care

9737 Union Pier Rd
Union Pier, MI 49129
United States
Phone: (269) 612-7358
Region: Union Pier
Trust the care of your cottage or second home to experienced professionals. Reliable house inspections checkin More

Aqua Vacation Rentals

PO Box 138
Union Pier, MI 49129
United States
Phone: (269) 588-9600
Region: Union Pier
Offering vacation rental homes and second home services in Harbor Country. Enjoy our vacation homes ... More

Beachfront Cottage

9627 Streed Ct
Union Pier, MI 49129
United States
Phone: (269) 469-0341
Region: Union Pier
Beautiful two bedroom, one bath beachfront cottage overlooking Lake Michigan More

Beachtown Vacation Rentals

10234 Community Hall Rd
Union Pier, MI 49128
United States
Phone: (269) 469-0054
Region: Union Pier
A Boutique Vacation Rental Company offering excellent customer service More

Black Currant Bakehouse

9911 Townline Rd
Union Pier, MI 49129
United States
Phone: (269) 586-3830
Region: Union Pier
A modern American-craft bakery specializing in traditional pastries and custom cakes. More

Blue Plate Cafe

15288 Red Arrow Hwy
Union Pier, MI 49129
United States
Phone: (269) 469-2370
Region: Union Pier
Blue Plate writes their own recipes and makes everything from scratch. Organic and locally grown ingredients are used whenever possible.Enjoy truly unique, delicious dishes that you wont find anywhere else!

Monday ... More

Bluefish Vacation Rentals

10234 Community Hall Rd
Union Pier, MI 49129
United States
Phone: (269) 469-0468
Region: Union Pier
Vacation Rentals in Harbor Country -From smaller cottages, condos, lakefronts, to beautiful rental homes of all sizes! More

Casa Blanca

15755 Lakeshore Rd
Union Pier, MI 49129
United States
Phone: (847) 909-9300
Region: Union Pier
Two luxury vacation homes in the heart of Harbor Country More

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

10 N Whittaker St
New Buffalo, MI 49117
United States
Phone: (269) 469-3950
Region: Union Pier
The right resource for all your real estate needs. Serving Harbor Country and surrounding Berrien County More

Debra R Wagner

Union Pier, MI 49129
United States
Region: Union Pier

Elephant Walk Cottages

9679 Greenwood
Union Pier, MI 49129
United States
Phone: (630) 205-1270
Region: Union Pier
Main house sleeps 12, 5 other cottages on same property. Ideal for groups, reunions or an intmate escape. More

Firefly Resort

15657 Lakeshore Rd
Union Pier, MI 49129
United States
Phone: (269) 469-0245
Region: Union Pier
Perfect place for romantic weekend getaways, family reunions, intimate weddings!Eighteen charming one and More

First American Title Ins, Co

16170 Red Arrow Hwy
Union Pier, MI 49129
United States
Phone: (269) 469-5851
Region: Union Pier
Providing comprehensive title insurance,
closing/settlement, property data, and
technology solutions.

First American serves homebuyers and sellers, real estate professionals, loan originators and servicers, commercial property professionals, homebuilders and others involved in residential ... More

Frankie's Place

16036 Red Arrow Hwy
Union Pier, MI 49129
United States
Phone: (269) 469-9865
Region: Union Pier
Always a great time to be had at Frankie's Place in Union Pier More

Fredman Design Group

15998 Red Arrow Hwy
Union Pier, MI 49129
United States
Phone: (269) 469-9640
Region: Union Pier
For more than 40 years, Fredman Design Group has been in the business of Interior Design More

Freshwater Vacation Rentals

Union Pier, MI 49129
United States
Phone: (734) 284-5677
Region: Union Pier
Freshwater Vacation Rentals is a full-service property management company with properties in Union Pier & Harbert More

Garden Grove Bed & Breakfast

9549 Union Pier Rd
Union Pier, MI 49129
United States
Phone: (800) 613-2872
Region: Union Pier
The Carriage House at Garden Grove is one of Harbor Countrys newest romantic getaways. It offers spacious rooms More

George Lucas, RE/MAX Harbor Country

10234 Community Hall Rd
Union Pier, MI 49129
United States
Phone: (269) 469-5635
Region: Union Pier
Considering purchasing of real estate in Michigans Harbor Country? Work with a Realtor who has a lifetime commitment to area. Specializing in Lake Michigan Lakefront and Cottage properties. More

Gino Properties/Parkview Apartments

PO Box 513
Union Pier, MI 49129
United States
Phone: (269) 469-1364
Region: Union Pier
Apartments for rent. Year round rentals. Annual rentals. More

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