Guidebook for South Haven

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Guidebook for South Haven

Food Scene

Chef Joel has spent years learning the trade and cultivating his own recipes. Everything Taste serves is made from scratch and prepared as fresh as possible. You are not going to find anything similiar in the area.
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Taste
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Chef Joel has spent years learning the trade and cultivating his own recipes. Everything Taste serves is made from scratch and prepared as fresh as possible. You are not going to find anything similiar in the area.
Located just a couple of blocks from everything that's happening in Downtown South Haven, Michigan, Maria's Taste of Italy has become a destination for real family friendly Italian dining. With homemade Italian sausage and homemade Italian meatballs made daily, it's no wonder AJ, Donna, and their wonderful staff get such rave reviews. Experience recipes that have been in the Distefano family for more than 70 years and learn for yourself why Maria's gets reviews from dining travelers from all over the country!
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Maria's Taste Of Italy
322 Center St
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Located just a couple of blocks from everything that's happening in Downtown South Haven, Michigan, Maria's Taste of Italy has become a destination for real family friendly Italian dining. With homemade Italian sausage and homemade Italian meatballs made daily, it's no wonder AJ, Donna, and their wonderful staff get such rave reviews. Experience recipes that have been in the Distefano family for more than 70 years and learn for yourself why Maria's gets reviews from dining travelers from all over the country!
Worth the wait!
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Clementines
500 Phoenix Street
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Worth the wait!
Tello offers an intimate atmosphere suitable for a casual get-together, business dinner or special occasion. The atmosphere includes dramatic rum-toned walls and soft glowing candle light. Rustic wood tables were made with the owners own hands. An elegant setting with fine china and stemware. Soft jazz plays overhead as the caring and friendly wait staff serves each guest with a comforting smile. The authentic yet contemporary Italian menu offers the freshest ingredients possible to our guests. Tello purchases their produce from local farmers when available. The seafood is flown in fresh multiple times every week. Tello also prides itself on our affordable yet extensive wine list.
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Tello Italian Bistro
524 Phoenix Street
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Tello offers an intimate atmosphere suitable for a casual get-together, business dinner or special occasion. The atmosphere includes dramatic rum-toned walls and soft glowing candle light. Rustic wood tables were made with the owners own hands. An elegant setting with fine china and stemware. Soft jazz plays overhead as the caring and friendly wait staff serves each guest with a comforting smile. The authentic yet contemporary Italian menu offers the freshest ingredients possible to our guests. Tello purchases their produce from local farmers when available. The seafood is flown in fresh multiple times every week. Tello also prides itself on our affordable yet extensive wine list.
You'll find your favorite breakfast comforts at this family owned restaurant. Delicious features like Chicken & Waffles, Oatcakes, Smashed Potatoes, our scrumptious Cafe Salad, and their famous B(E)LT Sandwich served with a half-pound of bacon!
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Phoenix Street Cafe
523 Phoenix Street
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You'll find your favorite breakfast comforts at this family owned restaurant. Delicious features like Chicken & Waffles, Oatcakes, Smashed Potatoes, our scrumptious Cafe Salad, and their famous B(E)LT Sandwich served with a half-pound of bacon!
Share in the craft by watching the talented kitchen staff serve fresh seafood, Italian cuisine, gourmet burgers, and more in South Haven’s first open kitchen! Enjoy craft beer and signature cocktails at a bar featuring 8 taps, cans, house infusions, and wonderful wines!
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Kitchen 527
527 Phoenix St
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Share in the craft by watching the talented kitchen staff serve fresh seafood, Italian cuisine, gourmet burgers, and more in South Haven’s first open kitchen! Enjoy craft beer and signature cocktails at a bar featuring 8 taps, cans, house infusions, and wonderful wines!
Su Casa is a family owned restaurant, located in downtown South Haven. Su Casa's features authentic Mexican Cuisine prepared with the freshest quality. Varied, aromatic and colorful food is rich in flavors and textures. It incorporates an array of fresh vegetables, spices and fruits native to the different regions of Mexico. They also have an extensive selection of quality Tequilas, Mexican and locally crafted beers, a uniqe selection of margaritas, pina coladas and sangrias, as well as specialty cocktails from Mexico and Latin America.
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Su Casa Restaurante
206 Center Street
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Su Casa is a family owned restaurant, located in downtown South Haven. Su Casa's features authentic Mexican Cuisine prepared with the freshest quality. Varied, aromatic and colorful food is rich in flavors and textures. It incorporates an array of fresh vegetables, spices and fruits native to the different regions of Mexico. They also have an extensive selection of quality Tequilas, Mexican and locally crafted beers, a uniqe selection of margaritas, pina coladas and sangrias, as well as specialty cocktails from Mexico and Latin America.
Sherman’s ice cream is made the old fashioned way – many flavors, still one batch at a time, without the help of huge high-tech equipment. Their ice cream is loaded with flavorings – big strawberries in the Strawberry, lots of pecans in the Butter Pecan, and hunks of fudge in the Mackinac Island Fudge. Their ice cream is richer and heavier than most standard ice creams, but not too much like the expensive heavy bodied super premiums. It’s so good and creamy that people usually want that second scoop.
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Sherman Dairy Bar
1601 Phoenix Road
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Sherman’s ice cream is made the old fashioned way – many flavors, still one batch at a time, without the help of huge high-tech equipment. Their ice cream is loaded with flavorings – big strawberries in the Strawberry, lots of pecans in the Butter Pecan, and hunks of fudge in the Mackinac Island Fudge. Their ice cream is richer and heavier than most standard ice creams, but not too much like the expensive heavy bodied super premiums. It’s so good and creamy that people usually want that second scoop.
The first ever Gino's East in Michigan with this fabulous location in South Haven. Prepare yourselves for this Chicago trademark deep dish pizza!
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Gino's East
248 Broadway St
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The first ever Gino's East in Michigan with this fabulous location in South Haven. Prepare yourselves for this Chicago trademark deep dish pizza!
Cafe Julia's coffee comes from a medley of six of the top 16 Micro Lots in Honduras, assuring that you get the highest quality. Beyond coffee and tea, they serve lunch and bakery items, including their delicious Chocolate Chip & Granola Cookies. The simple breakfast and lunch menu offer unique variations of high quality and classic comfort foods. Julia's also offers a conference room for private meetings, parties, or dinners. With a comfortable, yet sophisticated atmosphere, Julia’s is the perfect place to kick back and savor time with the company of others or just yourself.
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Cafe Julia
561 Huron Street
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Cafe Julia's coffee comes from a medley of six of the top 16 Micro Lots in Honduras, assuring that you get the highest quality. Beyond coffee and tea, they serve lunch and bakery items, including their delicious Chocolate Chip & Granola Cookies. The simple breakfast and lunch menu offer unique variations of high quality and classic comfort foods. Julia's also offers a conference room for private meetings, parties, or dinners. With a comfortable, yet sophisticated atmosphere, Julia’s is the perfect place to kick back and savor time with the company of others or just yourself.
Without question the finest baked goods in Southwest Michigan!!! Located on the north side of South Haven, Bunde’s Good Eats & Coffee is your one-stop spot for delicious food and drinks. Very casual atmosphere for dine-in or take out.
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Bunde's Bakery Cafe
89 N Shore Dr
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Without question the finest baked goods in Southwest Michigan!!! Located on the north side of South Haven, Bunde’s Good Eats & Coffee is your one-stop spot for delicious food and drinks. Very casual atmosphere for dine-in or take out.
Whether it’s time to relax after a great round of golf, or go out for a fine dining experience, the Inn at HawksHead is your destination. The pub’s old time atmosphere and varied menu satisfy all comers. The main dining room’s understated elegance and gourmet cuisine delight the senses. Both offer panoramic views of the woods and golf course through floor to ceiling windows. Enjoy dinner in one of the most beautiful natural settings you will find for a relaxing, wonderfully prepared meal.
Hawkshead Restaurant & Inn
523 Hawks Nest Drive
Whether it’s time to relax after a great round of golf, or go out for a fine dining experience, the Inn at HawksHead is your destination. The pub’s old time atmosphere and varied menu satisfy all comers. The main dining room’s understated elegance and gourmet cuisine delight the senses. Both offer panoramic views of the woods and golf course through floor to ceiling windows. Enjoy dinner in one of the most beautiful natural settings you will find for a relaxing, wonderfully prepared meal.
Open for breakfast and lunch. Check first to see if they are open. Many reviews have mentioned bad service and a long wait.
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Six Chicks Scratch Kitchen
364 Broadway St
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Open for breakfast and lunch. Check first to see if they are open. Many reviews have mentioned bad service and a long wait.

Drinks & Nightlife

Black River Tavern is a very casual local bar with a view of the Black River and Lake Michigan. Outdoor seating is available weather permitting. Live music on weekends. Voted "Best of 2014" for bar food, live entertainment, beer selection and specialty drinks.
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Black River Tavern
403 Phoenix Street
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Black River Tavern is a very casual local bar with a view of the Black River and Lake Michigan. Outdoor seating is available weather permitting. Live music on weekends. Voted "Best of 2014" for bar food, live entertainment, beer selection and specialty drinks.
Locals and visitors have been enjoying Captain Lou's for decades! It is located right on the Black River with views of passing boats and the drawbridge. The burgers and beer are best after a day playing beach volleyball. We love that we can walk there in our swimsuits and sandy flipflopped feet. The back area has great live music and a place to dance. Very casual atmosphere. Please check online as they are closed in the off season.
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Captain Lou's
278 Dyckman Ave
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Locals and visitors have been enjoying Captain Lou's for decades! It is located right on the Black River with views of passing boats and the drawbridge. The burgers and beer are best after a day playing beach volleyball. We love that we can walk there in our swimsuits and sandy flipflopped feet. The back area has great live music and a place to dance. Very casual atmosphere. Please check online as they are closed in the off season.
Enjoy a cocktail and watch boats sail by on the Black River. Open seasonally so check first before going. Can not comment on the quality of food as it has been many years so try it at your own risk. Most go for the fun of drinking on an old river boat.
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Idler Riverboat & Dockside
515 Williams St
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Enjoy a cocktail and watch boats sail by on the Black River. Open seasonally so check first before going. Can not comment on the quality of food as it has been many years so try it at your own risk. Most go for the fun of drinking on an old river boat.
Admiral Jacks is a Tiki bar on a barge on the Black River. Read the online reviews and decide for yourself if it is worth the risk. Open seasonally.
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Admiral Jack's Bar & Grill
515 Williams St
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Admiral Jacks is a Tiki bar on a barge on the Black River. Read the online reviews and decide for yourself if it is worth the risk. Open seasonally.
South Haven's first brewery, bringing hand crafted beer to beatiful South Haven. Located on the the black river featuring a comfortable atmosphere, with a full food menu and outside seating. They have eleven beers on tap with three house made shandys, a full line of spirits, robust food menu and a variety of wines available. Located in historic Old Harbor Village.
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South Haven Brewpub
515 Williams St
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South Haven's first brewery, bringing hand crafted beer to beatiful South Haven. Located on the the black river featuring a comfortable atmosphere, with a full food menu and outside seating. They have eleven beers on tap with three house made shandys, a full line of spirits, robust food menu and a variety of wines available. Located in historic Old Harbor Village.

Parks & Nature

The South Beach is the largest and most frequently used. It has a concession stand, restrooms, play equipment, and parking areas. South Beach has the big red lighthouse. South Beach is the sole public beach on the south side of the river. Parking fees collected through the "park and pay program" are used to operate the beach cleaner, providing the public with the most beautiful and cleanest beaches in Southwest Michigan. To avoid fines, be sure to observe parking restrictions at the beaches. We hope you enjoy your day at the beach!
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South Beach
1555 Water Street
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The South Beach is the largest and most frequently used. It has a concession stand, restrooms, play equipment, and parking areas. South Beach has the big red lighthouse. South Beach is the sole public beach on the south side of the river. Parking fees collected through the "park and pay program" are used to operate the beach cleaner, providing the public with the most beautiful and cleanest beaches in Southwest Michigan. To avoid fines, be sure to observe parking restrictions at the beaches. We hope you enjoy your day at the beach!
The North Beach has a concession stand, restrooms, play equipment, parking areas, volleyball nets, picnic tables, sun, sand, and Lake Michigan. North Beach is located on the north side of town across the Black River. Parking fees are collected through the "park and pay program" are used to operate the beach cleaner, providing the public with the most beautiful and cleanest beaches in Southwest Michigan.
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North Beach
Lakeshore Drive
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The North Beach has a concession stand, restrooms, play equipment, parking areas, volleyball nets, picnic tables, sun, sand, and Lake Michigan. North Beach is located on the north side of town across the Black River. Parking fees are collected through the "park and pay program" are used to operate the beach cleaner, providing the public with the most beautiful and cleanest beaches in Southwest Michigan.
The 33 mile former railroad bed has a limestone/slag surface. Linking the city of South Haven to the city of Kalamazoo the trail crosses over bridges, passes through small towns and by points of historical interest. The Kal-Haven Trail is a preferred destination for those who enjoy hiking, biking, cross county skiing and snowmobiling.
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Kal-Haven Trailhead
Kal-Haven Trail Sesquicentennial State Park
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The 33 mile former railroad bed has a limestone/slag surface. Linking the city of South Haven to the city of Kalamazoo the trail crosses over bridges, passes through small towns and by points of historical interest. The Kal-Haven Trail is a preferred destination for those who enjoy hiking, biking, cross county skiing and snowmobiling.
From the pebbled beach along Lake Michigan to lush beech-maple forests that host abundant spring wildflowers to the picture-perfect creek spilling into the lake, Pilgrim Haven Natural Area offers a beautiful sample of lakeshore habitats. This variety provides important stopover habitat for migrating birds and monarch butterflies following the Lake Michigan flyway, and volunteers and staff have planted and maintain a butterfly wayside garden for these tiny travelers. A barrier-free concrete walk to the beach allows people of all abilities to reach the shore where they can enjoy the waves and sunsets near the water.
Pilgrim Haven Natural Area
From the pebbled beach along Lake Michigan to lush beech-maple forests that host abundant spring wildflowers to the picture-perfect creek spilling into the lake, Pilgrim Haven Natural Area offers a beautiful sample of lakeshore habitats. This variety provides important stopover habitat for migrating birds and monarch butterflies following the Lake Michigan flyway, and volunteers and staff have planted and maintain a butterfly wayside garden for these tiny travelers. A barrier-free concrete walk to the beach allows people of all abilities to reach the shore where they can enjoy the waves and sunsets near the water.
Situated on the shores of Lake Michigan, Van Buren State Park is home to 1 mile of sandy beach, high dune formations and a modern campground and offers easy access to Van Buren Trail State Park. Located 3 miles south of South Haven, the park is just minutes away from local shops and restaurants.
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Van Buren Trail State Park
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Situated on the shores of Lake Michigan, Van Buren State Park is home to 1 mile of sandy beach, high dune formations and a modern campground and offers easy access to Van Buren Trail State Park. Located 3 miles south of South Haven, the park is just minutes away from local shops and restaurants.

Arts & Culture

The South Haven Art League was organized in 1951 under the sponsorship of the American Association of University Women. The original purpose of the Art League was to encourage individual artists to go into the field and to create an interest in and foster the growth of art in the community. The art association has nurtured many artists over the years through its programs and classes.
South Haven Center For the Arts
600 Phoenix St
The South Haven Art League was organized in 1951 under the sponsorship of the American Association of University Women. The original purpose of the Art League was to encourage individual artists to go into the field and to create an interest in and foster the growth of art in the community. The art association has nurtured many artists over the years through its programs and classes.
Experience the rich maritime heritage of the Great Lakes by visiting Michigan's most distinguished institution of maritime research, preservation and education.
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Michigan Maritime Museum
260 Dyckman Avenue
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Experience the rich maritime heritage of the Great Lakes by visiting Michigan's most distinguished institution of maritime research, preservation and education.
Historical Association of South Haven preserves South Haven's history. The Historical Association of South Haven was formed in March of 2002 and is a non-profit organization supported by members and volunteeers with a passion for the preservation of our South Haven history.
Historical Association of South Haven
355 Hubbard St
Historical Association of South Haven preserves South Haven's history. The Historical Association of South Haven was formed in March of 2002 and is a non-profit organization supported by members and volunteeers with a passion for the preservation of our South Haven history.

Shopping

Meijer is a Grand Rapids based retailer that operates 204 super centers throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. As a pioneer of ''one-stop shopping'', Meijer stores are open 24/7 and feature 600 types of produce, more than 150,000 general merchandise items and a full-service pharmacy.
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Meijer
1223 Phoenix Street
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Meijer is a Grand Rapids based retailer that operates 204 super centers throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. As a pioneer of ''one-stop shopping'', Meijer stores are open 24/7 and feature 600 types of produce, more than 150,000 general merchandise items and a full-service pharmacy.
At South Haven Antique Mall, better known as "Murphy’s Antique Mall", there are over 100 dealers and two floors loaded with antiques, collectibles and vintage items.
Murphy’s Antique Mall
321 Center St
At South Haven Antique Mall, better known as "Murphy’s Antique Mall", there are over 100 dealers and two floors loaded with antiques, collectibles and vintage items.
Thoughtfully curated, quality products mixed with cheerful, fresh design ideas.
Bayberry Cottage
510 Phoenix St
Thoughtfully curated, quality products mixed with cheerful, fresh design ideas.
Inside you’ll find brands and styles specifically chosen for the local community. This also means you’ll never find 2 Glik’s stores that are exactly the same. Glik's follows the latest fashion trends and fill their 60+ stores with new fashion arrivals almost daily. From flattering denim styles, on-trend tops, the latest shoes & charming accessories, they're confident you’ll find something special and unique to add to your wardrobe on every visit. Happy Shopping!
Glik's
420 Phoenix St
Inside you’ll find brands and styles specifically chosen for the local community. This also means you’ll never find 2 Glik’s stores that are exactly the same. Glik's follows the latest fashion trends and fill their 60+ stores with new fashion arrivals almost daily. From flattering denim styles, on-trend tops, the latest shoes & charming accessories, they're confident you’ll find something special and unique to add to your wardrobe on every visit. Happy Shopping!
Antique Mall with over 60 different antique dealers, a large vintage clothes boutique, and a MI made crafts section.
Eagle Street Market
422 Eagle St
Antique Mall with over 60 different antique dealers, a large vintage clothes boutique, and a MI made crafts section.
The South Haven Farm Market has been an important part of our community for many years, and provides a direct link between the agricultural community and people who value fresh, local produce and farm products! Located downtown at the Huron St. Pavilion, the market runs from 8am-2pm Saturdays from May - October and Wednesdays June - August.
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South Haven Farmers Market
539 Phoenix Street
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The South Haven Farm Market has been an important part of our community for many years, and provides a direct link between the agricultural community and people who value fresh, local produce and farm products! Located downtown at the Huron St. Pavilion, the market runs from 8am-2pm Saturdays from May - October and Wednesdays June - August.
In 1958, Vincent and Beatrice DeGrandchamp bought a small 12-acre blueberry farm near the shores of Lake Michigan in South Haven, Michigan. Decades later, their four children and grandchildren farm 200 acres of blueberries, 40 acres of cranberries and approximately 7 acres of container grown nursery stock and greenhouses. They also have a modern packaging and shipping facility with a farm market and offices.
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DeGrandchamp Farms
76241 14th Ave
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In 1958, Vincent and Beatrice DeGrandchamp bought a small 12-acre blueberry farm near the shores of Lake Michigan in South Haven, Michigan. Decades later, their four children and grandchildren farm 200 acres of blueberries, 40 acres of cranberries and approximately 7 acres of container grown nursery stock and greenhouses. They also have a modern packaging and shipping facility with a farm market and offices.

Sightseeing

Sail aboard the 37 foot Margaret Ann and embark on an unforgettable escape. Whether you are a morning person looking for an exciting way to start your day, a sun worshiper working on your tan, or an old fashion romantic who enjoys the company of a glass of wine and the sunset, you will find yourself in a state of bliss out on the water of the great lake!
Sailing South Haven
Sail aboard the 37 foot Margaret Ann and embark on an unforgettable escape. Whether you are a morning person looking for an exciting way to start your day, a sun worshiper working on your tan, or an old fashion romantic who enjoys the company of a glass of wine and the sunset, you will find yourself in a state of bliss out on the water of the great lake!

Entertainment & Activities

One of West Michigan's premier attractions!! Their goal is to provide you with 40 minutes of entertainment, fun and excitement. Take a a tour of one of Michigan's treasures. Learn of the lost town of Singapore or check out our local vegetation and wildlife. Saugatuck Dune Rides' staff works hard to make sure your trip is memorable, so if you are visiting our wonderful West Michigan area, make sure to fit in a ride and you will see why their customers return year after year.
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Saugatuck Dune Rides
6495 Blue Star Highway
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One of West Michigan's premier attractions!! Their goal is to provide you with 40 minutes of entertainment, fun and excitement. Take a a tour of one of Michigan's treasures. Learn of the lost town of Singapore or check out our local vegetation and wildlife. Saugatuck Dune Rides' staff works hard to make sure your trip is memorable, so if you are visiting our wonderful West Michigan area, make sure to fit in a ride and you will see why their customers return year after year.
South Haven Scooter Rental is located downtown South Haven, Michigan, in between the South Haven Center for the Arts and Rock 'n' Road Cycle. Open May through October.
South Haven Scooter Rental
311 Broadway St
South Haven Scooter Rental is located downtown South Haven, Michigan, in between the South Haven Center for the Arts and Rock 'n' Road Cycle. Open May through October.
Golf Digest’s 4 1/2 Star Rating “Places to Play.” HawksHead Links Golf Course, designed by world renowned golf architect Arthur Hills, is truly a masterpiece unique to Western Michigan. Variety is what makes a golf course memorable and Hawkshead offers something for everyone. The course ranges from a 4,960 yard game marked out at the gold tees to a 7,003 yard, 72 par layout at the championship tees.
Hawkshead Links
523 Hawks Nest Dr
Golf Digest’s 4 1/2 Star Rating “Places to Play.” HawksHead Links Golf Course, designed by world renowned golf architect Arthur Hills, is truly a masterpiece unique to Western Michigan. Variety is what makes a golf course memorable and Hawkshead offers something for everyone. The course ranges from a 4,960 yard game marked out at the gold tees to a 7,003 yard, 72 par layout at the championship tees.
The Michigan Theatre is located in downtown South Haven, MI. The Michigan Theatre provides quality digital movie entertainment at affordable prices!
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Michigan Theatre
210 Center Street
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The Michigan Theatre is located in downtown South Haven, MI. The Michigan Theatre provides quality digital movie entertainment at affordable prices!