Step back into a simpler, pleasant and more relaxed time and place. Chosen by Bloomberg Businessweek® as one of six national “under the radar … weekend retreats”, Sawyer, Michigan is just over the Indiana border and less than 90 minutes from the Chicago Loop on I-94 East at mile marker and exit 12 in Michigan’s famed harbor country.

Originally linked to the re-building and re-birth of old Chicago after the Great Fire by its lumber mills and proximity to the railways, Sawyer also served as a "working" retreat for a variety of prohibition-era mobsters.

  A full-size theater, a "tea" room (was it always tea in those pots?) and a dance hall were among the distractions created for gangsters and regular folks in tiny Downtown Sawyer. Long since converted into an art gallery, apartments and stores, details of the original architecture and spaces are still very much in evidence. So while you explore Downtown Sawyer, the farmlands and woodland retreats, remember to say 'Hi' to the ghosts of the Good-Time Crowd.

Treat yourself, your family and your friends to all that Sawyer, Michigan has to offer. Relax, and indulge all of your senses … Experience all Sawyer has to offer!


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Catherine Doll   Contemporary fashion

Cooney's Hardware
We do lumber

Explore the joys of downtown Sawyer from its authentic nineteen fifties soda fountain to its designer dress shop to its renowned art galleries. Dine at lunch, dinner or late night at Fitzgerald’s, Downtown Sawyer’s own upscale gastro-pub featuring mouthwatering bar food and gourmet meals prepared from the very freshest local ingredients. Foodies have taken particular note of Fitzgerald’s signature dishes such as The 100% Crab Cakes, Steak Frites and Fresh Seaside Cod and Chips. Explore Fitzgerald’s broad and eclectic range of beers and wines either indoors or outside on the tranquil Garden Patio and experience its unique fresh meats which are patiently slow-roasted or smoked in house. You’ll find menus, directions, hours (open late!) and more at   fitzgeralds downtown sawyer

Greenbush brewing   Sample the handcrafted beers at Greenbush, Sawyer’s latest new business venture and an outstanding micro-brewery. Simply relax in the paneled tasting room and discover your new favorite or favorites, or watch the brewing process right there in Greenbush’s antique copper brewing-kettle. The team behind Greenbush are fond of saying “Good beer wins” and you can find out why and how by checking out the galleries and tap room links at

Go Fish
Unique vintage finds and found objects


Joe Hinley
Contemporary art •

Whether it is for a leisurely weekend or a more extended stay, discover the luxury country homes of Flynn Grove on spacious wooded lots only two and a half blocks from downtown Sawyer and minutes from the famous beaches of Warren Dunes State Park, local vineyards and countless miles of country road biking trails. Relax in your private hot tub or with a good book on the large screened porch in front of a wood burning fireplace. for lots of photographs, rate information and more, visit   MI Vacation Rentals

Reith Reality   A quiet tradition of success

Sawyer Home & Garden Center   Spend a morning or afternoon at the Sawyer Home & Garden Center, a bountiful retreat in and of itself, bound to delight your every sense. Enjoy your newest favorite wine at a Saturday wine tasting event; meet Chef Joe on Sundays as he prepares tasty offerings to spice up your life with the Home & Garden Center’s own custom-blended spice line. Find the very heartiest seasonal flowers, perennials and freshest locally grown fruit and vegetables picked daily plus countless unique home, personal and gardening gifts and products. You’ll find project guides, special offers, event listings at more at

Scarlet Macaw Children’s Classes
and Art Studios
Soda fountain and drug store

sweet pea
Hand painted cottage furniture

  the f stops here   Richard Hellyer photographer

See Ya Downtown Sawyer (exit 12 - I-94)