Beach Loft Summer Guidebook

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Beach Loft Summer Guidebook

Beaches

South Beach is the smaller and closer of the two main beaches in South Haven. The sand is warm and the water is perfect. There is some playground equipment which makes this beach popular for families. This beach is the access point to walk out on the south pier to the lighthouse. Don't forget to bring your camera! South Beach is 0.7 miles directly west of the loft.
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South Beach
1555 Water Street
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South Beach is the smaller and closer of the two main beaches in South Haven. The sand is warm and the water is perfect. There is some playground equipment which makes this beach popular for families. This beach is the access point to walk out on the south pier to the lighthouse. Don't forget to bring your camera! South Beach is 0.7 miles directly west of the loft.
North Beach is the larger of the two main beaches. This beach has beach volleyball and a snack shack. Grab some sun protection and hit the beach. The beach gives you access to the north pier, weather permitting. To get to North Beach from the loft head north on Broadway and across the Black River bridge. Keep going straight until you get to a "T" in the road at North Shore Dr. Turn left and then in 1/8 mi look for signs for the beach on the right.
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North Beach
Lakeshore Drive
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North Beach is the larger of the two main beaches. This beach has beach volleyball and a snack shack. Grab some sun protection and hit the beach. The beach gives you access to the north pier, weather permitting. To get to North Beach from the loft head north on Broadway and across the Black River bridge. Keep going straight until you get to a "T" in the road at North Shore Dr. Turn left and then in 1/8 mi look for signs for the beach on the right.

Water Aventures

Lake Arvesta Farms is a brand new water park in South Haven. If you have kids this is a great break from the beaches. They have a huge Wibit water playground, kayaking, water slides, paddleboards, cable wakeboarding, pickelball and more. https://www.lakearvestafarms.com/
Lake arvesta farms
107 72nd Street
Lake Arvesta Farms is a brand new water park in South Haven. If you have kids this is a great break from the beaches. They have a huge Wibit water playground, kayaking, water slides, paddleboards, cable wakeboarding, pickelball and more. https://www.lakearvestafarms.com/
Need a break from the beaches and the sun? Go kayaking. The perfect place to launch is Black River Park. Need a kayak? Contact SoHa Surf Shop. https://sohasurfshop.com/black-river-park
Black River
Need a break from the beaches and the sun? Go kayaking. The perfect place to launch is Black River Park. Need a kayak? Contact SoHa Surf Shop. https://sohasurfshop.com/black-river-park
Want to sail? Book one of these adventures and get out on the water for some breathtaking views. Look for the Sunset Sail booking for the best experience. Max 6 people.
Sailing South Haven
Want to sail? Book one of these adventures and get out on the water for some breathtaking views. Look for the Sunset Sail booking for the best experience. Max 6 people.

Land Activities

Looking for something to do on land?
Kal-Haven Trail extends from South Haven to Kalamazoo. It once was a railroad but now serves as a fantastic hiking and biking trail. Go as far as you like, but remember to bring water and some calories. https://www.michigan.org/property/kal-haven-trail-state-park
Kal-Haven Trail Sesquicentennial State Park
Kal-Haven Kal-Haven Trail Sesquicentennial State Park
Kal-Haven Trail extends from South Haven to Kalamazoo. It once was a railroad but now serves as a fantastic hiking and biking trail. Go as far as you like, but remember to bring water and some calories. https://www.michigan.org/property/kal-haven-trail-state-park
U-Pick blueberry adventure perfect for kids, families and blueberry lovers.
Bumbleberry Acres
6785 Baseline Road
U-Pick blueberry adventure perfect for kids, families and blueberry lovers.
U-Pick Blueberry farm. This is the place I went to most when I was growing up here.
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DeGrandchamp Farms
76241 14th Ave
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U-Pick Blueberry farm. This is the place I went to most when I was growing up here.

Food

A local favorite tavern
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Black River Tavern
403 Phoenix Street
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A local favorite tavern
Golden Brown Bakery has been in South Haven for many decades. The custard-filled and cream-filled long johns were my favorite when I was a kid. The also offer excellent cupcakes, fudge, cookies and coffee. Golden Brown Bakery also has a nice cafe if you are looking for breakfast.
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Golden Brown Bakery, Inc.
421 Phoenix St
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Golden Brown Bakery has been in South Haven for many decades. The custard-filled and cream-filled long johns were my favorite when I was a kid. The also offer excellent cupcakes, fudge, cookies and coffee. Golden Brown Bakery also has a nice cafe if you are looking for breakfast.
Harbor Light Brewery is another local favorite. They do not serve food, however you may bring your own. Excellent beers on tap.
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Harbor Light Brewery
516 Phoenix Street
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Harbor Light Brewery is another local favorite. They do not serve food, however you may bring your own. Excellent beers on tap.
Taste is the fanciest restaurant in town. If you are looking for a place to impress your special someone this is the place.
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Taste
402 Phoenix Street
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Taste is the fanciest restaurant in town. If you are looking for a place to impress your special someone this is the place.
I've been going to Sherman's Dairy for ice cream since I was 2. The goal was to eat as much Blue Moon ice cream as I could in a single sitting without making my mom uncomfortable. Still, I make it a point to go every time I am in town.
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Sherman Dairy Bar
1601 Phoenix Road
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I've been going to Sherman's Dairy for ice cream since I was 2. The goal was to eat as much Blue Moon ice cream as I could in a single sitting without making my mom uncomfortable. Still, I make it a point to go every time I am in town.
Another historic restaurant and sandwich shop on Phoenix St. They also serve Sherman's ice cream so if you are not wanting to drive out of town to go to Sherman's, go here.
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Captain Nemos
407 Phoenix Street
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Another historic restaurant and sandwich shop on Phoenix St. They also serve Sherman's ice cream so if you are not wanting to drive out of town to go to Sherman's, go here.
A nice cafe with bigger city offerings like lattes, mochas, sandwiches, pastries, and more.
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Cafe Julia
561 Huron Street
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A nice cafe with bigger city offerings like lattes, mochas, sandwiches, pastries, and more.

Wine

South Haven is the center for a lot of vineyards and wineries. Start you wine tour here.
Cogdal Vineyards is one of the best wineries in the South Haven area. Relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of town.
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Cogdal Vineyards
7143 107th Ave
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Cogdal Vineyards is one of the best wineries in the South Haven area. Relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of town.
Two words: wine slushees! Also they have an assortment of fruit wines including peach & honey, blueberry, and cherry wines (and more). Of course they have non-fruit wines as well including dry wines, red wines, pink wines and cider.
Warner Vineyards-South Haven
515 Williams St
Two words: wine slushees! Also they have an assortment of fruit wines including peach & honey, blueberry, and cherry wines (and more). Of course they have non-fruit wines as well including dry wines, red wines, pink wines and cider.
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Modales Wines
2128 62nd Street
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Fenn Valley Vineyards
6130 122nd Avenue
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Crane's Pie Pantry Restaurant & Winery
6054 124th Avenue
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History

Housed in the four-room school I attended, the Historical Association of South Haven is a great place to start learning South Haven history. Inside are lots of historic items and photos. https://historyofsouthhaven.org/
Historical Association of South Haven
355 Hubbard St
Housed in the four-room school I attended, the Historical Association of South Haven is a great place to start learning South Haven history. Inside are lots of historic items and photos. https://historyofsouthhaven.org/
Another great history stop.
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Michigan Maritime Museum
260 Dyckman Avenue
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Another great history stop.
The Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum & Gardens is located in the birthplace and childhood home of Liberty Hyde Bailey, Jr., America’s “Father of Modern Horticulture”, and a founder of the “New Agrarian” philosophy. Located in South Haven, Michigan, it is a National Historic Site, garden, park, museum and educational outreach center.
Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum
903 S Bailey Ave
The Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum & Gardens is located in the birthplace and childhood home of Liberty Hyde Bailey, Jr., America’s “Father of Modern Horticulture”, and a founder of the “New Agrarian” philosophy. Located in South Haven, Michigan, it is a National Historic Site, garden, park, museum and educational outreach center.

City/town information

Saufatuck, MI is only 15 minutes away and sports some fantastic restaurants, bars and shops. Don't miss Saugatuck.
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Saugatuck
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Saufatuck, MI is only 15 minutes away and sports some fantastic restaurants, bars and shops. Don't miss Saugatuck.
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