It recently has added an upscale, European-style boutique hotel called the River Inn. Recently re-located to River Inn is the much acclaimed upscale, romantic restaurant, Paulette's, as well as a more moderate, casual restaurant named Tugs. Also on the island is an upscale, pantry style grocery store, Miss Cordelia's, which is similar to a Trader Joe's or Whole Foods, but on a smaller scale. There is a full service spa, a dry cleaners and professional cleaning services available by Extended Arms Cleaning Contractors and many other small businesses. A Montessori school is located in Harbor Town.
In May 2011, Harbor Town was closed to everyone except for residents for a short period of time due to the Mississippi River being well over 10 feet above flood stage. This provided an evacuation route in the event Mud Island had to be evacuated, especially since Mud Island Drive (the road to the north of Harbor Town) was flooded and left only one other road accessible. Some homes along the Wolf River Harbor did have to be evacuated due to the flood but no major damage was reported.