Live Like A Local – A South Haven Guide To Culinary Delights

Greetings, fellow food enthusiasts! Nestled along the picturesque shores of Lake Michigan lies South Haven, a town as renowned for its scenic beauty and charming downtown as it is for its delectable culinary offerings. As a lifelong local and unabashed foodie, I’ve embarked on many a gastronomic adventure in our little slice of heaven. Today, I invite you to join me on a journey through the flavors that make South Haven a must-visit for every palate.

A Historic Bite
Onion Rings | Clementine’s

First up on our tour is Clementine’s, housed in a building that whispers tales from its past life as an old bank. But the real treasure here? Their hand-dipped onion rings, served on a wooden peg by the inch. Choose between 6 or 12 inches, but know this: with approximately nine miles of these crispy delights served yearly, paired with their house-made ranch, you’re starting your culinary journey with a local legend.

Crispy, Crunchy Heaven
Fried Chicken | Kitchen 527

No foodie’s quest is complete without the soul-satisfying crunch of perfectly fried chicken. Kitchen 527, nestled cozily in downtown South Haven, offers just that. Whether you opt for half or a whole chicken, each bite promises a seasoned, crunchy, and utterly divine experience. And the variety of sides? The perfect companions to your chicken indulgence.

Award-Winning Chili
White Chicken Chili | The Lodge

“The Lodge: where the locals go” — and for good reason. Tucked away outside of town, this cozy spot has clinched the chili competition at South Haven’s Ice Breaker festival three years running. Their white chicken chili, slightly spicy and irresistibly comforting, is served with warm, deep-fried saltines that rival the chili in deliciousness.

Family Style Comfort
Authentic Lasagna | Maria’s Taste Of Italy

Maria’s serves up more than just food; it serves stories woven into each layer of its lasagna. Tender pasta, meaty layers, a slightly sweet sauce, and creamy cheeses come together in a dish that feels like a hug from an Italian grandmother. Don’t forget to save room for a slice of cheesecake, the perfect sweet ending.

A Must Go Depot
The Edmund Fitzgerald Sandwich | South Haven Depot

Housed in an old depot train station, The Depot offers takeout that transforms a simple meal into an extraordinary experience. The Edmund Fitzgerald sandwich, featuring house-roasted wagyu beef, Hook’s 1-yr cheddar cheese, caramelized onions, lettuce, and house-made horsey sauce on toasted sourdough bread, is a standout. But it’s not just about the food; The Depot also boasts an impressive selection of craft beer, wine, and liquor, catering to all tastes. Whether you’re a beer aficionado, a wine enthusiast, or someone who appreciates a fine spirit, there’s something here to complement your meal perfectly. Local Secret: You can spend the night in a Caboose train for a unique South Haven lodging experience.

Wing Cravings
3BB Michigan Cherry Wings | Three Blondes Brewing

Owned by three local sisters, Three Blondes Brewing is where large wings meet innovative flavor in the form of Michigan Cherry BBQ sauce. Paired with a Boom Boom Betty blonde ale, and perhaps enjoyed in one of their winter-friendly Blonde Domes, these wings are a flavorful testament to local ingenuity.

A Seafood Lover’s Brunch
Crab Cake Benedict | Phoenix Street on Broadway

After a venue upgrade to accommodate more visitors, Phoenix Street Cafe continues to wow with dishes like their crab cake benedict. Paired with crispy potatoes and perhaps a bloody mary or mimosa, it’s a brunch that elevates the classic to new heights.

Hidden Gem For Authentic
Quesabirria Tacos | El Paraiso Taqueria

El Paraiso Taqueria’s facade may be unassuming, but inside lies a treasure trove of traditional Mexican cuisine. The quesabirria tacos, with their perfect mix of flavor, crispiness, dipping sauce and homemade Verde, are a highlight. And the convenience of a drive-through window makes it easy to enjoy these gems on the go.

Cuisine With A Story
Potato Pancakes | Taste

At Taste, not only does the food speak of heritage and heart, but the story of its owners — a local couple who turned their meeting place into their dream — adds a layer of warmth to every dish. Overlooking the Black River Harbor, their potato pancakes are a nod to Chef Joel’s heritage. This vegan dish is served with apple chutney, sour cream, and chive oil. Pair it with an Elderflower Breeze martini for a truly unforgettable meal.

Summer Sweets And Soulful Delights
Pineapple Upside-Down Cake | Fruit Street Kitchen

The Fruit Street Kitchen food truck, a hidden gem next to Elkenburg Park, not only brings summer sweetness to life with their moist pineapple upside-down cake but also serves up an array of soul food that’s hard to find elsewhere. Among their unique offerings, the smothered turkey knuckles stand out as a must-try for anyone looking for an authentic taste of soul food. This dish, alongside their other non-traditional items, showcases the local owners’ dedication to diversity and flavor. Open only in the summer, the demand for their distinctive dishes encouraged the owners to expand, opening a sit-down restaurant 20 miles from South Haven in Lawrence, Michigan. Whether you’re there for the sweet treats or the soul food, Fruit Street Kitchen offers an unforgettable culinary experience.

Keeping the Harvest Tradition Alive in South Haven

Hot cider, pumpkin patches, apple picking, and hayrides: these are the hallmarks of the Fall harvest! South Haven is one of the best areas to keep the harvest tradition alive, especially for young families looking to craft and capture memories that will a lifetime! Plus, we can always use more excuses to enjoy warm cider and donuts. So explore the brilliant fall colors of the South Haven countryside, do some picking of their own, or even get lost in a corn maze!

DeGrandchamp Farms
76241 14th Ave

Start off the harvest season at this family farm that dates back to 1958. DeGrandchamp Farms Cranberry Harvest begins in mid-October. Once a year, the farm opens its fields and invites attendees to witness the beauty of harvesting cranberries in the natural bogs.

Catch a hayride to the bogs throughout the day to watch the crew rake in bright, red cranberries from the flooded bogs. Then, head to the sorting line to learn about how cranberries are sorted, packaged, and shipped. Cranberry products are available for purchase at the retail market, including jams, salsas, dried fruit, and baked goods. Fresh cranberries are available in October and November.

Overhiser Orchards
6405 109th Avenue

Grab the family and head to Overhiser Orchards to pick your own pumpkins or apples and explore the farm and its many harvest activities. Available apples for u-pick include Empire, Cortland, Jonamac, Blondee, and Gala. Munch on some fresh donuts while you sip cider, pet the farm animals, or feed the birds with the farm’s sunflower seed harvest.

Take time to get lost in the corn maze or head over to the sunflower field for the farm’s new nature walk. Hayrides are available, weather permitting. You can even fish in the pond on-site, but save some room for the corn maze!

Bumbleberry Acres
6785 Baseline Rd.

A true farm for the whole family, Bumbleberry Acres features u-pick, farm animals, a playground, wagon rides, and more. Halloween is always an especially fun time at Bumbleberry, so be sure to visit online for special events and activities!

Dutch Farm Market
6967 109th Ave.

At the Dutch Farm Market just north of South Haven, apples (Red Delicious, Matsu, Cortland, Yellow Delicious, North Spy, Ida Red, and Rome) and Bosc pears are available for picking, and free wagon rides are available until the end of October. The market store has all the apples and pears, and everything from homemade jams, taffy apples, fresh-pressed cider, honey, and maple syrup, to home-baked pies, bread, turnovers, and donuts, to name just a few.


Can’t squeeze a trip to the farm into your schedule?


There’s good news! You don’t have to compromise on freshness. The South Haven’s Farm Market operates through September under the Huron Street Pavilion in downtown South Haven, and Barden’s Farm Market on the corner of Phoenix and Blue Star Highway is open daily! Drop in for baked goods, craft beer, and something sweet for all your friends and family!

14 Reasons to Visit South Haven This Summer

South Haven is a small community situated comfortably within walking distance of the Lake Michigan shoreline. With a diverse array of lodging & dining options, as well as a legendary history of summer festivals and hospitality to match, South Haven is the perfect place for friends and families to visit and begin new traditions. Here are 14 Reasons folks visit (and revisit) South Haven the most:

1. Sugar Sand & Rocky Beaches
The number one reason why people visit South Haven in the summer is to spend time on the city’s beautiful beaches. Along the Great Lakes you will find different terrains on the shores, from rocks to dunes to soft and silky sand. South Haven’s public beaches (there are seven!) are full of groomed, sugary sand that is perfect for relaxing, building sand castles and enjoying the sunshine.

Photo Credit: @jenninthesun

Photo Credit: @jenninthesun

2. Walkability
You can park anywhere in town and walk from the downtown shopping area to the beach with relative ease. Getting to and from locations is simple in South Haven, and there are several hotels, bed and breakfasts, and vacation rentals within walking distance to all the excitement of the downtown and nearby beaches. This makes it easy to rent a scooter, a bicycle or a golf cart and have fun around town! It’s easy here!

photo credit: @timlargentsr

Photo Credit: @timlargentsr

3. Variety Of Accommodations
There is a huge variety of places to stay in the city and township. Two locally-owned hotels are located directly downtown, while four chain hotels lie just a mile down from the main strip on Phoenix Street. You’ll also find several bed and breakfasts, an abundant amount of vacation rental homes, unique inns and camping cabins.

The Caboose Inn

Photo Credit: Mark McCulfor

4. Exciting Adventures
Kids will love splashing around at the Friends Good Will Splash Pad, located near South Beach. The Splash Pad is an enchanting and safe place to allow small children to frolic Also, located just 4 miles from downtown, Arvesta Sport Complex contains two wibbit play areas, a cable park for skiing, wakeboarding and kneeboarding (no experience required), waterslides, a drink bar and more!

5. On-Water Experiences
There are so many different options to suit your taste for adventure, relaxation and fun:
• SoHa Surf Shop sets up camp at North and South Beaches with kayak and paddle board rentals.
• The Michigan Maritime Museum hosts a fleet of historic and replica boats, including tall ship Friends Good Will, an experience you can’t miss out on!
• The Sunsetter is docked at the South Marina and is a relaxing cruise that offers views of the lakeshore.
• Elsie J, a renovated 1945 Tugboat, takes day trips and sunset cruises.
Try one, or try all!

6. Pure Michigan Trail Town
In 2019, South Haven was one of the first four communities to be designated as a Pure Michigan Trail Town. Rent a bicycle from Rock n’ Road Cycle and hop on the Kal-Haven and Van Buren Trails for a scenic ride, or a casual stroll. Rent a kayak at Black River Park and paddle up river on the Bangor/South Haven Heritage Water Trail. Visit one of the township’s four nature preserves and hike along dunes, wooded paths and even search for beach glass. There are so many ways to enjoy South Haven’s trails, and each trail has its own unique aspects.

7. Waterfront Bars
If you’re looking for a fun atmosphere to grab a bite or have a drink, look no further than Captain Lou’s, Admiral Jack’s and the Idler Riverboat. All three are situated around South Haven’s harbor and you can very easily walk to and from each bar. Live music is a frequent occurrence on the weekends in the summertime.

Photo Credit: Radiant Landscapes Photography

8. Handcrafted Haven
Three breweries, one craft beer tasting room, three wine tasting rooms, a winery and a cidery all exist within the South Haven zip code. You can find even more if you venture further afield in all directions. There are so many flavors to try!

9. Michigan’s Fruit Belt
Fresh produce is a staple at South Haven’s downtown farm market, which runs every Saturday from mid-May to mid-October and every Wednesday from June-August. There are several surrounding farms offering u-pick strawberries, raspberries, peaches and (of course) blueberries. Summer fruit is a must have, and in South Haven there is PLENTY to go around!

South Haven, aka The Blueberry Capital of the World!

10. Locally-Owned And Quaint Downtown
South Haven’s downtown is full of locally-owned shops and restaurants. You’ll find a variety of stores, from t-shirt shops to jewelry, women’s clothing, home decor, candy, toys, books and so much more. Make it an adventure with in-store experiences like 42N Naturals‘ fragrance and terrarium bar, and Kalamazoo Candle Company‘s candlemaking workshop!

11. Eating Across Downtown
Whether it’s a burger and beer or a martini and chef’s plate, you’ll be able to satisfy your craving at one of the many South Haven restaurants. There are classic American diners, upscale destinations, pizza joints and ethnic options. On the water, the beach, in town, or in the country, there’s a place to eat in nearly every corner of South Haven. With vineyards and craft breweries to tour as well, you can try something new every day. Eat your way through South Haven’s restaurants and maybe you’ll even find your new favorite food spot!

The Reuben Sandwich at The Lodge

12. Sherman Dairy Bar’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream
Sherman’s has been a local favorite for 63 years and for good reason! Their old-fashioned ice cream is made one batch at a time with rich flavors. You’ll find classic flavors along with fun and unique choices, and of course the midwestern favorite, blue moon!

13. Historic Movie Theatre With Throwback Prices
Rain or shine, a movie at the historic downtown Michigan Theatre is a fun way to spend your time. The prices have not changed since the 90’s so you can see a matinee for only $4, and an evening show for $5.50. You can’t beat that!

14. Sunsets Over Lake Michigan
Cozy up in the sand, gather in front of the lighthouse, or find a spot among the bluffs. Sunsets are a magical sight and they are a great way to wind down from the day. If there is anything we highly recommend, it’s witnessing a stunning, colorful sunset. That’s a South Haven specialty! Click here for our 2023 Sunset Schedule.

photo credit: @timlargentsr

Photo Credit: @timlargentsr

Fewer Chills, More Thrills with Holiday Shopping in South Haven

It’s never too early to form a shopping game plan— especially when it comes to avoiding long lines, excruciating traffic, and delayed shipping dates. Forego any retail woes and satisfy everyone on your shopping list with these important dates:


Dine On Us
November 1, 2022 – May 15, 2023
Participating Lodging Members & Restaurants

Dine on us

Discover South Haven’s winter charm and local flavor with a $25 DINE ON US card, available when you book a stay at select lodging properties. Certain restrictions apply, Click the link above for a full list of participating locations and upcoming events.

Offer valid November 1, 2022, through May 15, 2023. Some restrictions may apply.  Exact details of promotion vary at each participating lodging member property; check for details.  Must book directly with lodging property and mention the Dine on Us promotion to receive a card.  Not valid with any other promotion.  Not valid during Holidays and special event days or special event weekends. 


2nd Annual Women’s Shop ‘Til You Drop Saturday
Saturday | November 12th | 10 am – 6 pm
Over 30 Participating Locations
After-Party at Harbor Light Brewery | 6 pm

Womens Shopping Saturday

Tag the girls: Women’s Shop ‘Til You Drop Saturday is back with over 30 participating locations offering exclusive deals, fun activities, crafts, complimentary treats, and drinks! Spend $15 at a participating shop and receive (1) stamp on your Shopping Passport. Turn in your card with six stamps to be entered in a drawing for awesome gift baskets at the after-party! Gift baskets contain 5-6 gifts valued at $40 or more. Visit the Facebook Event to browse promotions and live updates.



36th Annual Mistletoe Market
Preview: November 18th | $20 Members / $25 Non-Members | 6 pm
Free Admission | November 19th – December 11th
South Haven Center for the Arts

Mistletoe Market SHCA

This holiday-based consignment shop transforms the SHCA into a fine art market from November 19th through December 11th. Get a sneak peek at vendors and artist-curated showcases during the Mistletoe Market Preview Party on November 18th. The evening includes live music, good food & wine, a raffle, and fun while supporting the arts!


Small Business Saturday
November 26 | Downtown South Haven

Small Business Saturday

Looking for a more relaxed pace of holiday shopping? Visit downtown South Haven on Small Business Saturday where you’ll find unique gifts and deals at boutiques, antiques, toy stores, and candy shops, not to mention fabulous dining options where you can relax after crossing the final name off your “Nice” list.


All About Blueberries in South Haven, MI

South Haven is home to the largest concentration of blueberry growers in the world. There are nearly 300 blueberry farmers with roughly 18,500 acres of blueberry farms within a 50-mile radius. The beloved blueberry is celebrated when it’s in season at our farm markets, u-pick farms, and at our National Blueberry Festival. Let’s learn about all things “blueberry” in South Haven!


Typical Blueberry Season: July-August

Sample Types of Blueberries Grown:


This powdery-blue berry is often large, typically ready to be picked between mid-July and early August.

Blue Crop

This variety provides a “classic” sweet blueberry flavor and medium size; typically ready to pick from mid-July to mid-August.


A firm, sweet berry. It is often large in size and typically ready to pick in mid to late July.

Early Blues

Just as the name suggests, this sweet, medium-sized variety is typically ready to pick at the beginning of July.


A large, mildly tart berry that is hardy. Great for pies, jams/jellies, or as a snack. Typically ready to pick mid-August to mid-September.


One of the oldest varieties, Jerseys are medium-sized, sweet, and very popular for baking. It is typically ready to pick up from late July through mid-August.


A small, semi-sweet berry, preferred for pies and baking. Perfect for muffins and pancakes. Ready to pick mid-July to mid-August.


A crowd favorite for its sweet flavor and large size, this variety is only available for a short time, usually ready to pick around mid-July.


(varieties and descriptions from DeGrandchamp Farms and True Blue Farms)


Blueberry U-Pick Farms

Bumbleberry Acres

6785 Baseline Road, South Haven


DeGrandchamp Farms

76241 14th Avenue, South Haven


True Blue Farms

09589 CR 215, Grand Junction


Farm Markets

Barden’s Farm Market

1101 Phoenix Street, South Haven

Open May through November, 8 am to 7 pm daily.


South Haven Farm Market

539 Huron Street, South Haven

Open 8 am to 2 pm on Saturdays, mid-May through mid-October, and Wednesdays, June through August. Special evening markets take place on the first Thursdays in June, July, and August from 4 pm to 7 pm.


The Blueberry Store

Your one-stop shop for all-things blueberry, located downtown South Haven on Phoenix Street! The Blueberry Store specializes in all things blueberry. They carry fresh and frozen Michigan blueberries, dried blueberries, blueberry coffee, blueberry syrup, blueberry juices, Michigan blueberry gift baskets, and more!


National Blueberry Festival

Always the 2nd Week in August!

The National Blueberry Festival has been South Haven’s signature event since 1963! It is always held on the second weekend in August and is one of the country’s oldest continuously-running fruit festivals. and includes free concerts, a parade, kids’ activities, blueberry pancake breakfasts, pie-eating contests, and much more!

Add These Waterfront Bars to Your South Haven Itinerary

Summertime in South Haven! During the summer, streets are filled with people of all ages, hands are filled with shopping bags, and bellies are full of good food and adult beverages. Nothing draws a crowd like the three, beautiful bars/restaurants that are located right on Black River.

The IdlerAdmiral Jack’s, and Captain Lou’s are the perfect spots to truly experience the summertime South Haven vibes. With amazing views, the best company, and drinks on the river, some could say we are one of the best small beach getaways, even for a day. While walking around town be sure to add all these riverfront bars to the agenda, and feel right at peace with twinkling tiki lights and music that is reminiscent of Margaritaville. The IdlerAdmiral Jack’s, and Captain Lou’s are some of the hottest spots in town, and are worth adding to the itinerary!

The Idler Riverboat & Dockside

First stop, the Idler. Nothing gets your day going more than a South Haven Iced Tea (S.H.I.T.), one of their signature drinks. The Idler is located conveniently downtown, so if your thirst needs to be quenched stop by and have a S.H.I.T or a Foxy Rum Punch to take a break, rest your feet, and enjoy the views the Idler has to offer. The Idler overlooks the Black River Channel, and if you are lucky enough to get a seat in the outskirts, you may even see glimpses of Lake Michigan. Something unique the Idler offers is the “shot ski” where you and three other friends can take a shot from a ski! Just be sure to have people with similar heights, otherwise you might wear the shot instead of drinking it.

Admiral Jack’s

Within walking distance, and right next door is Admiral Jack’s, settled right on the river. Jack’s, as it is known by the locals, is that escape you’ve been looking for in that little chunk of paradise. They are known for their tropical drinks, so you’ll have to try a Rum Runner. It has two bars, and plenty of space to enjoy the views of the Black River, and maybe even catch the sunset. Jack’s is unique in that it serves both the people on land and in the water, as they have a dock to park your dinghy! Before cruising Lake Michigan for the day, be sure to stop by to get some food and drink. Jack’s is the middle stop of the riverfront bars, so be sure to have some water with your adult beverages, and gear up for the second half.

Captain Lou’s

When it seems like the day is coming to an end and the sun goes down, be sure to check out Captain Lou’s for the nightlife scene, located right across the Dyckman Bridge. Lou’s serves ice cold drinks and food during the day, and becomes the hangout spot during the night. The two-bar set-up is the best place to watch all the boats come in for the evening. Lou’s is the best place to find yourself relaxing from the day in the sun, or the place to get the party started; accommodating both mindsets! The two bars include covered and uncovered seating, and plenty of space for dancing while live music echoes over the river. If the sun was a little too much for the day, relax in the shaded bar area and sip on something delicious! Or, if the night is just getting started, plan on dancing until your feet hurt. Lou’s might be your first or last stop of the day- either way Captain Lou’s is a must-visit while in South Haven.

So, when coming to South Haven on your next adventure, be sure to add these riverfront bars on the agenda. These small-town places have a lot to offer your vacation: drinks, food, memories, and maybe even some hangovers, but the stories will be told for years to come!

Planning Your Destination Wedding in South Haven, Michigan

Here at the Visitors Bureau we receive calls, emails, and visits asking about South Haven’s opportunities for weddings and receptions. This being the case, I’m happy to put together this wedding guide for those who are interested in marrying, having a reception, or simply having engagement photos taken in the South Haven area.

Photo credit: Katlyn Eltzroth


If you’re interested in getting engagement photos taken in South Haven, you have many scenic options to choose from:

South Haven Piers

Our iconic red lighthouse is a popular backdrop for many people who wish to capture their experiences in South Haven.


South Haven Beaches

Walking on the beach, whether during the day or during sunset, is always so picturesque.

Photo by Josh and Andrea Photography



As you walk south along South Beach, you’ll start to walk along the side of the bluffs. Standing or sitting atop the bluffs with Lake Michigan as a backdrop is a beachy must.



If you would like a bit of greenery (or fall colors) to your photos, head out on the Kal-Haven Trail or the Van Buren Trail.

Photo by Josh and Andrea Photography



South Haven’s downtown area has a very quaint charm. There are also a couple hidden gems for unique photos – check out Old Harbor Village or the alleyway where Cookies on Call is located. The hanging string lights are a bonus.

Old Harbor Village



South Haven has many parks with different types of scenery. Riverfront Park is a stretch of green along the Black River, with a view of the piers and lighthouse. Stanley Johnston Park is a former grove that is lush with trees and a backdrop of the harbor. Dyckman Park contains the antique-style clock tower. Here’s a list of our parks for even more options:


Nature Preserves

Looking for even more nature, maybe off the beaten path? Pilgrim Haven Natural Area, Casco Township Nature Preserve and Black River Preserve are just a few options in the immediate area.


When it comes to tying the knot, there are many indoor and outdoor choices to suit your interests. The area boasts many types of houses of worship, including St. Basil’s Catholic Church which has an overlook of Lake Michigan and South Beach. The First Hebrew Congregation was built in 1924 and is a gorgeous building for your ceremony. In addition, there are many other Christian Churches throughout the area, here is a link:


A common question we hear concerns having ceremonies on the public beaches. Yes, you certainly can have a wedding on the beach. The caveat is, since the beaches in South Haven are public, you cannot reserve the beach to yourselves. Regardless, there have been many weddings on the public beaches and the photos we have seen are gorgeous. Here is a link to the City of South Haven’s website regarding beach weddings:


Let’s talk venues!

The Black River Barn is South Haven’s newest wedding venue construction. This is a gorgeous luxury construction with indoor and outdoor capabilities. Max capacity is 350 people.


South Haven Creations is newly refurbished and looks crisp and stunning! South Haven Creations has indoor and outdoor capabilities as well, in addition to their own catering services. Max capacity is 215 people.


Big Red Barn is located just outside of town and offers exceptional weekend packages. You’ll love the aesthetic of the luxury barn. Max capacity is 200 people.


Want to go even more rustic? The Black Sheep Shelter is located between South Haven and Fennville and hosts small weddings.


Our two top-rate golf courses also double as hosts for weddings and receptions. Beeches Golf Club and HawksHead Links are each located about ten minutes from South Haven’s downtown and offer gorgeous scenery to accompany your celebrations.


Another ten-minute drive from South Haven is the small town of Bangor, which is home to the Historic Bangor Elevator, a National Historic Place.


The South Haven Center for the Arts is a beautiful location with plenty of natural light opportunities in the upstairs event space. Max capacity is 80 people.



Michigan Flywheelers Museum is located on 80 acres with wooded areas, flower gardens and historic buildings. You can reserve their Stephenson Barn, Peaceful Knoll Church, or the museum grounds.


Lake Bluff Inn and Suites provides the perfect backdrop of Lake Michigan to your outdoor ceremony and reception. Plus, you’ll have rooms to sleep in!


The Kal-Haven Outpost is another outdoor venue with sleeping capabilities, including camping cabins, RV sites, tent spaces and vacation rental homes. Their campus has tree-lined options and open space, with the Kal-Haven Trail at your backdoor!


Sun n’ Sand Resort is a refurbished 1920’s resort that is sure to add a certain charm to your day. This unique resort has options to stay, play and celebrate together with an outdoor pool, dining room, fire pit, open grounds and more.


For smaller, more intimate weddings and elopements, check out:

Carriage House at the Harbor –

Martha’s Vineyard –

Yelton Manor Boutique Hotel B&B –


For a list of accommodations, click here:


On top of venues and scenic locations for photos, planning for weddings also involve caterers, florists, salons, and more. I encourage you to check out our wedding planning page with a further list our local vendors:


As you can see, there are many options in South Haven to have your perfect wedding, reception and photos. The charm of our quaint downtown, beaches, indoor venues and outdoor spaces provide excellent backdrops for your special day.


If you have any questions about any of this content, we are more than happy to help. Call: 269-637-5252 or email: Happy wedding planning!


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About the Author

Amanda Owens is a resident of South Haven, MI and is the Guest Services and Social Media Coordinator for the South Haven Convention and Visitors Bureau. She is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in Public History, and is delighted to help visitors with their visits to South Haven. 

Planning the Perfect South Haven Vacation: Accommodations are Key

Everyone loves a good vacation: the break from routine that lets us escape into what we long for, whether it be rest and relaxation, adventure, special moments with family and friends or expanding our view of the world.

With quiet charm, festive nightlife, stunning scenery and maritime culture, South Haven offers it all. What you can do depends solely on your desire. To complete your perfect vacation with us, you need only match your accommodations with your goals for your time here.

Types of Lodging in South Haven

South Haven has unique places to stay you won’t find anywhere else. We’ll start with a basic review of where you can stay according to your plans.

Bed & Breakfasts

Visitors who wish for a warm, peaceful at-home atmosphere will appreciate our South Haven bed & breakfasts (B&Bs). Our B&Bs are popular with couples (as most are adult-only), as well as with travelers seeking one-of-a-kind rooms and décor.

The Last Resort: Browse your choice of South Haven’s bed & breakfasts

Usually located in historic homes with vintage or antique furnishings, B&Bs have guest rooms with common areas (e.g. living and dining rooms, gardens). Owners typically live on or near the property. Included as part of the stay, breakfast ranges from continental fare to sumptuous home-cooked meals.

A delicious, home-cooked breakfast at the Victoria Resort

Inns & Resorts

Inns and resorts are either operated by the owner or run by an innkeeper or a manager who often lives at the property. Larger than most B&Bs, they typically include more rooms, and some serve both breakfast and dinner. Often, there will be family-friendly scheduled activities at the resorts.

Sleepy Hollow Resort: Learn more about South Haven’s inns and resorts

Cottage, Condos & Vacation Rentals

If you’ll be staying in South Haven for several days to a week or more, you might consider renting one of our cottages, condos or vacation homes. A rental can offer you the comforts of your own space and amenities. Because of their greater size and privacy, rentals also are particularly popular for those traveling in a group or as a multi-generational family.

Discover more about South Haven’s rental properties, condos & cottages

Hotels & Motels

With close proximity to the highway, many appreciate the consistency of a national brand hotel. With convenient access to services and amenities, a South Haven hotel is an excellent choice at a great price point that may suit both your plans and your budget.

Find the right South Haven hotel or motel for you

If basic comforts for a lower price are all you need, a South Haven motel can be the way to go. Motels are often ideal for those who might be on a stricter budget or intend to be out and about a bit more. Formed from the phrase “motorist’s hotel,” they also often provide ample parking for vehicles and close proximity to highways.

Camping Cabins

Will you be visiting South Haven to experience the great outdoors? Our camping cabins can be a way to stay where scenic beauty is all around you. Aside from being economical, camping cabins connect you to South Haven’s nature and wildlife.You’re beyond the bustle of town but still close enough to enjoy the beach, a day of shopping or a night of dining and strolling if you choose.

The Willow Room at the Kal-Haven Outpost’s camping cabins: Find out more about South Haven’s camping cabins

Other Lodging Considerations

You may already know which type of lodging will be best for your next perfect South Haven vacation, as well as your budget for it. The following ideas will help you further zero in on the right accommodations.

  • Know your companions’ needs and preferences, especially if you’ll be traveling with children or seniors. Consider whether they’ll need convenient access to stores, medical centers, and child or senior care. Family entertainment and activities might be factors as well.
  • Make a list of where you’ll want to spend time. It is important that your lodging be central to your destinations?
  • Factor in food. Will your budget allow for dining out often at South Haven’s restaurants, or will you want to buy groceries and prepare your own meals? Perhaps you’re in a position to mix both. Beyond the time you plan to enjoy in South Haven, food might influence your choice of quarters.

We love helping you find your escape in our beautiful beach town on Lake Michigan. If you have further questions about South Haven lodging, please call us at (800) 764-2836.


About the Author

A creative writer for many years, Jon Davis ( paints pictures with his words and captivates readers with distinctive language. He now shares his love for South Haven with us, writing about the experiences you can have only in the Haven. Jon resides in Oswego, IL, with his wife, Kristie, and two daughters. They visit South Haven often to take in the scenic beauty and spend meaningful time as a family.

Celebrating the Harvest in South Haven, Michigan

Hot cider, pumpkin patches, apple picking and hayrides are the hot buttons that make us all think of the Fall harvest. The leaves are turning and creating a colorful backdrop, temperatures are cooler giving us the excuse to start bonfires, and whether or not you believe the spirits are among us, we are evoking earlier times when harvest was a time to celebrate and come together.

South Haven is one of the best areas to keep the harvest tradition alive. A number of area farms are eager to have people come and observe the harvest, do some of their own picking, or hey, even get lost in a corn maze or spooked in a haunted house.


DeGrandchamp Farms


Start off the harvest season at this family farm that hales back to 1958. October 8 marks the DeGrandchamp Farms cranberry harvest. One day a year from 10 am to 4 pm, the farm located just south of South Haven opens up their fields so that guests can witness the beauty of harvesting of cranberries in the natural bogs.

Catch a hayride to the bogs throughout the day to watch as they rake in the bright, red cranberries from the flooded bogs. Then, head to the sorting line to learn about the way they sort and package cranberries for shipping. Cranberry products are available for purchase at the retail market including jams, salsas, dried fruit and baked good. Fresh cranberries are available in October and November; frozen cranberries from December through September.


Overhiser Orchards

6405 109th Avenue


Starting October 1, grab the kids and head to Overhiser Orchards to pick your own pumpkins or apples and explore the farm and its many harvest activities, 10 am to 3 pm every day until the end of October. Available apples for U-pick include Empire, Cortland, Jonamac, Blonde and Gala for $.80 a pound. They also have pre-picked Honeycrisp for $1.89 a pound. Munch on some fresh donuts while you sip cider, pet the farm animals or feed the birds with the farm’s sunflower seed harvest.








Every weekend in October the farm has donuts and cider to enjoy, along with a food truck offering corn dogs, sweet potato fries and smoothies. Take time to get lost in the corn maze or head over the sunflower field for the farm’s new nature walk. Hayrides are available weather permitting. You can also fish in the pond onsite. Corn Maze and wagon ride weekend passes are $7 and includes a free feed cone to feed the animals at the animal barn and a trip out to the U-Pick orchard.


Bumbleberry Acres

6785 Baseline Rd.


If you’re looking for true October Halloween-like adventures, Bumbleberry Acres goes out of their way to put the scare on. There’s a corn maze with maze games for everyone that wind you through the 10 acres of live corn. You can choose the Farm Scene Treasure Hunt or Farm Scene Investigation or simply go through the 3 mile maze and hit all 12 checkpoints. There are also farm animals to enjoy, pony rides, wagon rides and a corn cannon to please all ages.


Dutch Farm Market

6967 109th Ave.


At the Dutch Farm Market just north of South Haven, apples (Red Delicious, Matsu, Cortland, Yellow Delicious, North Spy, Ida Red and Rome) and Bosc pears are there for the picking, and free wagon rides are available until the end of October. The market store has all the apples and pears, and everything from homemade jams, taffy apples, fresh-pressed cider, honey and maple syrup, to home baked pies, bread, turnovers and donuts, to name just a few. And Sherman’s ice cream, of course.

World Class Fishing on Lake Michigan

Take a stroll along the Black River in downtown South Haven and you’re likely to encounter the serious fishing boats. If you’re already a fisherman (or fisherwoman), you may know what fishing on the big lake is all about. But if you’re like me, lake fishing invites curiosity and a certain mystique.

I’m not a complete fishing novice. I have experienced the occasional casting from a rowboat or canoe on camping trips, once tried fly fishing in Wyoming and had the distinct pleasure of salmon fishing in Alaska on a rare sunny day where, with a lot of help from a seasoned guide, I caught a 25 pound King Salmon.

Fishing on Lake Michigan, however, is a different experience and fishing with die-hard sports fishermen opens up a whole new world. Chuck Moore and his crew, experienced friends Bill and Kevin, graciously offered to take me out and glimpse their unique world. Moore’s boat is a 33-ft. craft called the Merry More, which he bought 4 years ago and retrofitted for optimum fishing.

We started out at 6:30 am and I was sure to take my Dramamine, though I wasn’t sure I needed it (I did). We headed out of the harbor into open water. It was a cloudy, close to foggy morning, but the lake was smooth. At about 3 miles out, the crew put trolling bags over the side to help with steering and to slow the boat while trolling. One by one, while Chuck steered the boat, Bill and Kevin put fishing lures onto the lines and cast them out, using boards to keep the lures away from the boat until 18 lines were out.

That was my first surprise of the day (that’s a lot of lines)–this is serious fishing. Chuck has radar in the cabin to track where the fish are lurking and steered the boat to optimize its position. The lures they used were called spoons (oblong pieces of metal with a treble hook at one end and a grommet or loop at the other.) The spoons were colorful and, it was explained to me, wobble in the water which attracts the predator fish. The lures have colorful names, too. One used was called Mixed Veggie, another, still in its package and never to be used, was named the O.J. Simpson.

Eventually we were 5 miles out in the lake. It occurred to me that we could have been on an ocean. We couldn’t see the shore and I once again marveled at this amazing body of water I have the privilege to live near which offers, what Chuck calls, “world class fishing”.

I confess, despite the Dramamine, I still became a bit queasy. I was told not to go below deck, to stand in the middle of the boat and look at the horizon. It helped. So did being called to land a fish. We hooked one and I was brought to the stern to bring it in. I began reeling it in and then a yellow devise called a rod butt cushion was placed on the butt of the fishing pole so that I could position it in my belly button and give myself some leverage without severely bruising myself. It took a bit of arm strength and I didn’t embarrass myself. The guys were good at giving instruction and I managed to bring the fish in so that they could net it and land it on board. It was a beautiful lake trout.

I let my husband, along for the fun, land the other three we brought in—two king salmon and a steelhead, all three larger than my lake trout. We headed back to the harbor, sooner I know than the guys would have liked. We watched them process the four large fish in about 15 minutes and we bid them farewell. They were headed back out. It was a good fishing day, and they weren’t about to let the day go to waste.

If you are looking for your own world class fishing experience on Lake Michigan, South Haven has a number of charter fishing companies who are eager to help. Here’s a resource to get you started on your fishing adventure:

About the Author

Nancy Backas has been writing, mostly about food, for more than 30 years. South Haven is a favorite place, and she and her husband Terry visit as often as they can. The rich food and art culture, along with opportunities to explore South Haven’s magical natural surroundings is what draws she and her husband to SoHa. She looks forward to sharing her South Haven discoveries. And, while they currently live in Chicago, with moving plans in the works, South Haven will soon be their new home.