Korinda’s South Haven Guidebook

Korinda
Korinda’s South Haven Guidebook

Food scene

Great spot for soups, salads, and sandwiches. One block from Central Lofts and directly across from the pavilion where the farmers market is held.
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Cafe Julia
561 Huron Street
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Great spot for soups, salads, and sandwiches. One block from Central Lofts and directly across from the pavilion where the farmers market is held.
We love this local favorite for brunch and have been eating here for over a decade. Korinda loves the gyro omelet and Ryan loves the BLT. It's a good spot to get a bit to eat, and then kick off on a walk down Phoenix Street.
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Phoenix Street Cafe
523 Phoenix Street
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We love this local favorite for brunch and have been eating here for over a decade. Korinda loves the gyro omelet and Ryan loves the BLT. It's a good spot to get a bit to eat, and then kick off on a walk down Phoenix Street.
Nothing beats Sherman's Dairy Bar for ice cream in South Haven! Prepare for a short but fun wait to pick out the biggest scoop of ice cream you've ever seen! Favorite flavors include cake batter (no, really, it's amazing!), marion blackberry, and grasshopper. A single scoop in a waffle cone is enough for two people!
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Sherman Dairy Bar
1601 Phoenix Road
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Nothing beats Sherman's Dairy Bar for ice cream in South Haven! Prepare for a short but fun wait to pick out the biggest scoop of ice cream you've ever seen! Favorite flavors include cake batter (no, really, it's amazing!), marion blackberry, and grasshopper. A single scoop in a waffle cone is enough for two people!
We love Tello for an upscale casual dinner. Korinda especially loves their mussels. If you're celebrating, be sure to let your server know, and they will usually bring you a giant slice of their excellent tiramisu.
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Tello Italian Bistro
524 Phoenix Street
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We love Tello for an upscale casual dinner. Korinda especially loves their mussels. If you're celebrating, be sure to let your server know, and they will usually bring you a giant slice of their excellent tiramisu.
12 Corners does a fantastic wine tasting, and has a full and comprehensive list of wines, along with some regional fruit favorites. Be sure to try their Gewürztraminer!
12 Corners Vineyards - South Haven Tasting Room
511 Phoenix St
12 Corners does a fantastic wine tasting, and has a full and comprehensive list of wines, along with some regional fruit favorites. Be sure to try their Gewürztraminer!

Sightseeing

Michigan Theater is a fantastic spot to visit when the weather isn't cooperating, or even if you've just overdone it in the sun and need a break. It is a clean spot, with three screens and great popcorn.
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Michigan Theatre
210 Center Street
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Michigan Theater is a fantastic spot to visit when the weather isn't cooperating, or even if you've just overdone it in the sun and need a break. It is a clean spot, with three screens and great popcorn.
Take a walk out to the end of the pier to touch the South Haven Lighthouse, and you'll never be disappointed! The lighthouse recently underwent minor renovation to reopen the portholes that had been covered in steel sheeting since the 1970s. The new glass coverings are fun to spot if you've been to the lighthouse many times. A local favorite for sunsets.
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South Haven Lighthouse
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Take a walk out to the end of the pier to touch the South Haven Lighthouse, and you'll never be disappointed! The lighthouse recently underwent minor renovation to reopen the portholes that had been covered in steel sheeting since the 1970s. The new glass coverings are fun to spot if you've been to the lighthouse many times. A local favorite for sunsets.
Across from Kids' Corner is the quietest beach access in town, and one of the best places to catch a sunset. You need to be able to navigate a flight of stairs to get up and down to the beach, but this is where the locals like to sit to get out of the crowds on busy weekends in the high season. There are plenty of benches at the top of the stairs for another fantastic view of the lighthouse at sunset.
Blue Stairs - Kids' Corner Beach Access
660 Monroe Boulevard
Across from Kids' Corner is the quietest beach access in town, and one of the best places to catch a sunset. You need to be able to navigate a flight of stairs to get up and down to the beach, but this is where the locals like to sit to get out of the crowds on busy weekends in the high season. There are plenty of benches at the top of the stairs for another fantastic view of the lighthouse at sunset.
Don't miss out on a trip across the drawbridge to this wonderful museum. You can learn all about how the Great Lakes region contributed to the WWII war effort, and you can also book a ride on their tall ship, the Friends Good Will. It's the enormous sloop that you won't be able to miss when you're down lounging on the beach. The Maritime Museum has an extra cool fleet of historic Coast Guard boats, and a beautiful Chris-Craft that goes out, as well. If you're more into being on the water than at the water, this is your spot!
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Michigan Maritime Museum
260 Dyckman Avenue
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Don't miss out on a trip across the drawbridge to this wonderful museum. You can learn all about how the Great Lakes region contributed to the WWII war effort, and you can also book a ride on their tall ship, the Friends Good Will. It's the enormous sloop that you won't be able to miss when you're down lounging on the beach. The Maritime Museum has an extra cool fleet of historic Coast Guard boats, and a beautiful Chris-Craft that goes out, as well. If you're more into being on the water than at the water, this is your spot!
The Kal-Haven trail is both good for birdwatching walks and going for a bike ride. There are restrooms at the trailhead, and lots of historical signage throughout. A great place to ride along the river and through blueberry fields!
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Kal-Haven Trailhead
Kal-Haven Trail Sesquicentennial State Park
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The Kal-Haven trail is both good for birdwatching walks and going for a bike ride. There are restrooms at the trailhead, and lots of historical signage throughout. A great place to ride along the river and through blueberry fields!
Once you've spent a little time on our quieter South Beach, venture over the drawbridge that crosses the Black River for a walk on North Beach. One of the finest and flatest stretches of sandy beach on Lake Michigan, North Beach is especially great for swimming in the summer and long walks and taking pictures year round.
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North Beach
Lakeshore Drive
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Once you've spent a little time on our quieter South Beach, venture over the drawbridge that crosses the Black River for a walk on North Beach. One of the finest and flatest stretches of sandy beach on Lake Michigan, North Beach is especially great for swimming in the summer and long walks and taking pictures year round.
The farmers market is open from 8am-1pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the high season and into October. Walk down and see the farmer who owns Foxy Acres (last stall on the left). His Red Haven peaches are the stuff of dreams! Two Fauns Farm has the best eggs, and Hinterland has bread fit for French toast!
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South Haven Farmers Market
539 Phoenix Street
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The farmers market is open from 8am-1pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the high season and into October. Walk down and see the farmer who owns Foxy Acres (last stall on the left). His Red Haven peaches are the stuff of dreams! Two Fauns Farm has the best eggs, and Hinterland has bread fit for French toast!
If you missed out on the farmers market, and you're looking for local produce, meat, dairy, and beer and wine, Barden's is the place to visit. It's a quick two minute drive from the loft, and when Korinda is in town, she shops there almost every day. Be sure to get a container of cherries or blueberries during the summer!
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Barden's Farm Market
1101 Phoenix St
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If you missed out on the farmers market, and you're looking for local produce, meat, dairy, and beer and wine, Barden's is the place to visit. It's a quick two minute drive from the loft, and when Korinda is in town, she shops there almost every day. Be sure to get a container of cherries or blueberries during the summer!
Kids' Corner is one of the coolest playgrounds ever! It's an all wood castle playground great for running around or taking a picnic. There is ample parking, restrooms, and plenty of spots to hang out. This area is right across the street from the Blue Stairs, and has beach access.
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Kids' Corner
82 Monroe Street
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Kids' Corner is one of the coolest playgrounds ever! It's an all wood castle playground great for running around or taking a picnic. There is ample parking, restrooms, and plenty of spots to hang out. This area is right across the street from the Blue Stairs, and has beach access.

Half/Full Day Trips

Saugatuck and next door Douglas are about a 25 minute drive north, and have excellent shopping and more upscale dining. The Farmhouse Deli & Pantry in Douglas is an excellent spot to bring a few treats home, and Everyday People Cafe is a local favorite place to eat.
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Saugatuck
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Saugatuck and next door Douglas are about a 25 minute drive north, and have excellent shopping and more upscale dining. The Farmhouse Deli & Pantry in Douglas is an excellent spot to bring a few treats home, and Everyday People Cafe is a local favorite place to eat.
There is so much to do in Holland if you have time to make the 45 minute drive north! Walk through the Windmill Island Gardens, stop by our favorite shops Fris Supply Shop and Tin Ceiling, and have ice cream at Whit's!
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Holland
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There is so much to do in Holland if you have time to make the 45 minute drive north! Walk through the Windmill Island Gardens, stop by our favorite shops Fris Supply Shop and Tin Ceiling, and have ice cream at Whit's!