Guidebook for South Haven

Catherine
Catherine
Guidebook for South Haven

Sightseeing

The Maritime Museum is worth a trip, as is an outing on the Friends Goodwill. The kids will enjoy the pirate cruise. They offer several other choices for water cruises. Learn about lighthouses, lake rescues and more.
Maritime Docks
268 Black River St
The Maritime Museum is worth a trip, as is an outing on the Friends Goodwill. The kids will enjoy the pirate cruise. They offer several other choices for water cruises. Learn about lighthouses, lake rescues and more.
A stroll along South Beach provides gorgeous views of the cliffs, beach, lighthouse and lake. It's a great place to take in the sunset any season of the year. Walking through the charming neighborhood of the South Beach area is a step back in time when neighbors talked on their front steps and sipped lemonade on their porch swings. You'll enjoy the variety of architecture and quaintness of this part of town.
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South Beach
1555 Water Street
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A stroll along South Beach provides gorgeous views of the cliffs, beach, lighthouse and lake. It's a great place to take in the sunset any season of the year. Walking through the charming neighborhood of the South Beach area is a step back in time when neighbors talked on their front steps and sipped lemonade on their porch swings. You'll enjoy the variety of architecture and quaintness of this part of town.
The historic walkway in this part of town has fabulous photos/informational plaques of South Haven when it was an agricultural/shipping town and a booming resort town. All but a few of the massive resorts are gone now, but you'll enjoy seeing South Haven in its heyday. Beaches were full when South Haven was only a day trip away by boat from Chicago.
South Haven Harbor Walk
234 Black River St
The historic walkway in this part of town has fabulous photos/informational plaques of South Haven when it was an agricultural/shipping town and a booming resort town. All but a few of the massive resorts are gone now, but you'll enjoy seeing South Haven in its heyday. Beaches were full when South Haven was only a day trip away by boat from Chicago.
A walk out to the light is a fun way to experience the lake, the wind and the waves in a closer, more personal way. The views are especially impressive on windy days, but care must be taken with young children.
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South Haven Lighthouse
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A walk out to the light is a fun way to experience the lake, the wind and the waves in a closer, more personal way. The views are especially impressive on windy days, but care must be taken with young children.
Great place to begin your exploration of South Haven. Right in the downtown near the park. Get information on special events, concerts, etc.
South Haven/Van Buren County Convention and Visitors Bureau
546 Phoenix Street
Great place to begin your exploration of South Haven. Right in the downtown near the park. Get information on special events, concerts, etc.
This beach is only 7 or 8 houses down from our condo. It is rarely crowded, easily accessed if you're okay with stairs, and well maintained by the town
Newcome Street Beach Access
725 North Shore Drive
This beach is only 7 or 8 houses down from our condo. It is rarely crowded, easily accessed if you're okay with stairs, and well maintained by the town
Right down the road from the condo on North Shore Drive. This beach features a play area, bath house, concession stand, and rentals. Large flat beach ADA accessible. Pier and fishing.
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North Beach
Lakeshore Drive
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Right down the road from the condo on North Shore Drive. This beach features a play area, bath house, concession stand, and rentals. Large flat beach ADA accessible. Pier and fishing.
A 20 minute walk from the Beach House or a three minute drive. Sand dune leading down to the water. Set up at the top and get a great view. Green park area and bath houses. Paid parking or street parking.
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Packard Park
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A 20 minute walk from the Beach House or a three minute drive. Sand dune leading down to the water. Set up at the top and get a great view. Green park area and bath houses. Paid parking or street parking.

Shopping

If you enjoy a trip down memory lane and the thrill of a discovery, don't miss Murphy's Antique Mall. There are two floors of art, ceramics, books, clothing, vintage jewelry, toys, games, kitchen utensils and furniture. You name it, you can probably find it at Murphy's. You may just find what you've always been looking for!
Murphy’s Antique Mall
321 Center St
If you enjoy a trip down memory lane and the thrill of a discovery, don't miss Murphy's Antique Mall. There are two floors of art, ceramics, books, clothing, vintage jewelry, toys, games, kitchen utensils and furniture. You name it, you can probably find it at Murphy's. You may just find what you've always been looking for!
Fun place to visit for a wide range of antiques, furniture, handcrafted items by local artists, jewelry, and a little bit of this and that.
Eagle Street Market
422 Eagle St
Fun place to visit for a wide range of antiques, furniture, handcrafted items by local artists, jewelry, and a little bit of this and that.
In season, this is our favorite place to stop for fresh produce. They have a wide assortment of local fruits and vegetables (local delicious peaches!!) and freshly baked treats as well. Very friendly and helpful staff.
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Barden's Farm Market
1101 Phoenix St
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In season, this is our favorite place to stop for fresh produce. They have a wide assortment of local fruits and vegetables (local delicious peaches!!) and freshly baked treats as well. Very friendly and helpful staff.
Great place to pick up fresh veggies, blueberries, peaches, honey, gifts, crafts and Happy Jack's Kettle Corn is the best!
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South Haven Farmers Market
539 Phoenix Street
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Great place to pick up fresh veggies, blueberries, peaches, honey, gifts, crafts and Happy Jack's Kettle Corn is the best!

Entertainment & Activities

Offers 2 hour charters and sunset cruises
This local downtown theater is a gem, almost a relic now that most have been replaced by mall theaters. Prices are reasonable, they have a variety of shows, and almost feature a movie that is family friendly. Grab some popcorn and enjoy a few hours of relaxation and entertainment. You'll feel good about supporting a South Haven icon.
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Michigan Theatre
210 Center Street
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This local downtown theater is a gem, almost a relic now that most have been replaced by mall theaters. Prices are reasonable, they have a variety of shows, and almost feature a movie that is family friendly. Grab some popcorn and enjoy a few hours of relaxation and entertainment. You'll feel good about supporting a South Haven icon.
Great hands on museum for children ages 1-10. Close to the beach and a wonderful vintage carousel. This museum is about 30-35 minutes from the Beach House.
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Curious Kids' Museum
415 Lake Boulevard
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Great hands on museum for children ages 1-10. Close to the beach and a wonderful vintage carousel. This museum is about 30-35 minutes from the Beach House.
If you're visiting the Children's Museum, Discovery Zone, carousel, beach or downtown St. Josephs, this spot is handy for a surrey bike rental. It is a family friendly and fun activity for families of all sizes. The surrey bikes can accommodate 5, 8, or 11 riders. One of our families checked it out and said it was a "BLAST"
Scooter Joe's Wheel & Water Rentals
508 Broad St
If you're visiting the Children's Museum, Discovery Zone, carousel, beach or downtown St. Josephs, this spot is handy for a surrey bike rental. It is a family friendly and fun activity for families of all sizes. The surrey bikes can accommodate 5, 8, or 11 riders. One of our families checked it out and said it was a "BLAST"
Looking for miniature golf and perhaps ice cream afterwards? This miniature golf course has 36 holes with option of playing 18 or all 36
Sundae Sundae Golf Golf
631 E Lakewood Blvd
Looking for miniature golf and perhaps ice cream afterwards? This miniature golf course has 36 holes with option of playing 18 or all 36
The Lost City has a large indoor laser tag area, arcades, and a 9 hole indoor mini-golf course. This might be a destination sight on a rainy day.....while in Holland check out Centennial Park and perhaps do a historic walking tour of the city. There are some fun shops downtown to explore as well.
The Lost City
12330 James St
The Lost City has a large indoor laser tag area, arcades, and a 9 hole indoor mini-golf course. This might be a destination sight on a rainy day.....while in Holland check out Centennial Park and perhaps do a historic walking tour of the city. There are some fun shops downtown to explore as well.
KJC ATV Rentals & Trails of South Haven
24835 68th St
Sailing South Haven
South Haven Scooter Rental
311 Broadway St
Wonderful guided tours on the Kalamzoo River and other adventures as well as rentals. The guides are very knowledgeable about nature, birds, and life along the river. Recommend for beginner or experienced boaters.
WaterTrail Ventures, LLC Kayak & Canoe Rental
4359 147th Avenue
Wonderful guided tours on the Kalamzoo River and other adventures as well as rentals. The guides are very knowledgeable about nature, birds, and life along the river. Recommend for beginner or experienced boaters.
Nice place for a walk and explore
Van Buren Trail State Park
Nice place for a walk and explore
70 acres of land with an easy trail out to the beach. This was formerly (for 70 years) used as an overnight camp. Recently it has been purchased to avoid development and is a nice combo of walking in the woods and along the beach
Pilgrim Haven
70 acres of land with an easy trail out to the beach. This was formerly (for 70 years) used as an overnight camp. Recently it has been purchased to avoid development and is a nice combo of walking in the woods and along the beach
In fall, spring and summer this is a great, well paved trail for walking or biking. It features a covered bridge and easy trail for strolling. Ambitious bikers do the entire trail in a day, stay overnight in South Haven and return to bike their way home the next day. In the winter this is a trail that is great for cross country skiing.
Kal-Haven Trail Sesquicentennial State Park
Kal-Haven Kal-Haven Trail Sesquicentennial State Park
In fall, spring and summer this is a great, well paved trail for walking or biking. It features a covered bridge and easy trail for strolling. Ambitious bikers do the entire trail in a day, stay overnight in South Haven and return to bike their way home the next day. In the winter this is a trail that is great for cross country skiing.
This park offers Go Carts, Bumper Boats and Mini- Golf. Reasonably priced.
The Fun Park
4000-5410 68th Street
This park offers Go Carts, Bumper Boats and Mini- Golf. Reasonably priced.
Van Buren State Park features massive sand dunes and allows you to feel like you're in your own world. The park is composed of 400 acres with the dunes serving as its peak.
Van Buren Street Dunes
16780 Van Buren Street
Van Buren State Park features massive sand dunes and allows you to feel like you're in your own world. The park is composed of 400 acres with the dunes serving as its peak.
121 acres with signed hiking trails including nesting areas for waterfowl.
Black River Preserve
69401-69499 8th Avenue
121 acres with signed hiking trails including nesting areas for waterfowl.
Five miles of walking trails that can be explored on your own or with a naturalist. Snowshoeing and cross country skiing.
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Sarett Nature Center
2300 N Benton Center Rd
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Five miles of walking trails that can be explored on your own or with a naturalist. Snowshoeing and cross country skiing.
Fun place to see farm animals and pick your own blueberries. Small gift shop and everything blueberry.
Bumbleberry Acres
6785 Baseline Road
Fun place to see farm animals and pick your own blueberries. Small gift shop and everything blueberry.
Quiet beach with small parking area. No restrooms. About 4 minutes down North Shore Drive
Oak Street Beach Access
409 North Shore Drive
Quiet beach with small parking area. No restrooms. About 4 minutes down North Shore Drive
New Water/Fun Park with several activities in the water as well as out. See the Visitor Center for more information. Safe and fun ways to enjoy water sports.
Lake Arvesta Sports Complex
66200 County Road 388
New Water/Fun Park with several activities in the water as well as out. See the Visitor Center for more information. Safe and fun ways to enjoy water sports.
Looking for adventure? Love climbing and ropes courses? Just 30 minutes away this indoor and outdoor venue offers excitement and adventure as Michigan’s largest indoor ropes course. They even have a Sky Tykes course.
Allegan Event
439 River St
Looking for adventure? Love climbing and ropes courses? Just 30 minutes away this indoor and outdoor venue offers excitement and adventure as Michigan’s largest indoor ropes course. They even have a Sky Tykes course.

Essentials

Grocery store and more, all your essentials can be found here.
Walmart Supercenter
201 73rd St
Grocery store and more, all your essentials can be found here.
A bit more upscale than Walmart perhaps? Meijer has food, essentials, an extensive bedding section as well as clothing and other essentials. It is convenient to Baseline Road. Only a 7 or 8 minute excursion and there and no need to go though the downtown area of South Haven. From the condo turn left on Baseline, go to the end of the road and take a right. Meijer is on the left.
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Meijer
1223 Phoenix Street
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A bit more upscale than Walmart perhaps? Meijer has food, essentials, an extensive bedding section as well as clothing and other essentials. It is convenient to Baseline Road. Only a 7 or 8 minute excursion and there and no need to go though the downtown area of South Haven. From the condo turn left on Baseline, go to the end of the road and take a right. Meijer is on the left.
Perfect for pharmacy esssentials
Walgreens
1100 Phoenix Street
Perfect for pharmacy esssentials

Children's Activities

Discovery Zone is owned by The Curious Kids Museum, as a "Part 2." It is best suited for children ages 3-14. This museum features many water exhibits as well as a climbing wall. Admission is sold for individual museums or you can buy a ticket that allows admission to both museums. The Discovery Zone is only steps from the Curious Kids Museum and will provide hours on interactive play and learning. Both of these spots come highly recommended. A vintage carousel is located at the Discovery Zone. Family surrey bikes can be rented close to this venue. The beach and a splash pad are nearby. You may want to make a day of it.
Curious Kids Museum Discovery Zone
333 Broad St
Discovery Zone is owned by The Curious Kids Museum, as a "Part 2." It is best suited for children ages 3-14. This museum features many water exhibits as well as a climbing wall. Admission is sold for individual museums or you can buy a ticket that allows admission to both museums. The Discovery Zone is only steps from the Curious Kids Museum and will provide hours on interactive play and learning. Both of these spots come highly recommended. A vintage carousel is located at the Discovery Zone. Family surrey bikes can be rented close to this venue. The beach and a splash pad are nearby. You may want to make a day of it.
This hands on/interactive children's museum has high reviews. One of our guests commented that it was one of the better children's museums they had visited, and provided several hours of entertainment for their children. This museum is designed for children ages 1-10, and is under the same management as the Discovery Zone just steps away. It is about a 35 minute drive from South Haven. Perfect for rainy fun or tired of the sun fun.
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Curious Kids' Museum
415 Lake Boulevard
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This hands on/interactive children's museum has high reviews. One of our guests commented that it was one of the better children's museums they had visited, and provided several hours of entertainment for their children. This museum is designed for children ages 1-10, and is under the same management as the Discovery Zone just steps away. It is about a 35 minute drive from South Haven. Perfect for rainy fun or tired of the sun fun.
The Dutch Village has an amusement park designed for young children ages 2-6 or so, no roller coasters, just gentle kiddie rides.
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Nelis' Dutch Village
12350 James Street
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The Dutch Village has an amusement park designed for young children ages 2-6 or so, no roller coasters, just gentle kiddie rides.
Fun climbing structure for kids. Plenty or room to run or picnic.
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Kids' Corner
82 Monroe Street
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Fun climbing structure for kids. Plenty or room to run or picnic.
On days when the water is too rough for the little ones, this new splash pad is perfect for cooling off. Located near South Beach
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South Haven
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On days when the water is too rough for the little ones, this new splash pad is perfect for cooling off. Located near South Beach

Rentals of bikes, umbrellas, cribs, umbrellas, pack and plays, etc.

This is an easy place to rent bikes, paddle boards, etc. It is at 114 Dykman Ave. right before you go over the Dykman Bridge on North Shore Drive side. Bikes can also be rented at Rock n Cycle at 351 Broadway Street. You can google more on hours, etc. I would suggest calling in advance to reserve bikes when in season. Crib rentals, stroller rentals, high chairs, beach toys, booster seats, pack and plays are rented by a woman, Wonder Compton. You can google the site but with no photo I can't list as separate entry. Phone is 720-934-4688. wcompton@babyquip. com. If you google umbrella rentals in South Haven, you should be able to pull up this site for any of your rental needs for beach or stay with young ones. Another great rental is Beachside Rental Services. They have just about any baby item a parent might need. The contact for Beachside Rental Services is chris@beachsiderentalservices.com The phone number is 616-594-0425. No photo so I can't list them separately either.
Outpost Sports
114 Dyckman Ave
This is an easy place to rent bikes, paddle boards, etc. It is at 114 Dykman Ave. right before you go over the Dykman Bridge on North Shore Drive side. Bikes can also be rented at Rock n Cycle at 351 Broadway Street. You can google more on hours, etc. I would suggest calling in advance to reserve bikes when in season. Crib rentals, stroller rentals, high chairs, beach toys, booster seats, pack and plays are rented by a woman, Wonder Compton. You can google the site but with no photo I can't list as separate entry. Phone is 720-934-4688. wcompton@babyquip. com. If you google umbrella rentals in South Haven, you should be able to pull up this site for any of your rental needs for beach or stay with young ones. Another great rental is Beachside Rental Services. They have just about any baby item a parent might need. The contact for Beachside Rental Services is chris@beachsiderentalservices.com The phone number is 616-594-0425. No photo so I can't list them separately either.

Food scene

Best Fish and Chips EVER. A great Reuben sandwich, casual dining. Go early to miss the 7:00 dinner crowd.
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Black River Tavern
403 Phoenix Street
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Best Fish and Chips EVER. A great Reuben sandwich, casual dining. Go early to miss the 7:00 dinner crowd.
Great authentic Mexican food
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Su Casa Restaurante
206 Center Street
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Great authentic Mexican food
Great breakfast food!
Six Chicks Scratch Kitchen
364 Broadway St
Great breakfast food!
Popular place for visitors and residents alike
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Taste
402 Phoenix Street
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Popular place for visitors and residents alike
Great ice cream on a summer night!
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Sherman Dairy Bar
1601 Phoenix Road
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Great ice cream on a summer night!
Fun place for a quick treat on a hot night. An added feature for kids is that cones can be enjoyed on the roof with a view of the town.
Dairy Queen
555 Phoenix St
Fun place for a quick treat on a hot night. An added feature for kids is that cones can be enjoyed on the roof with a view of the town.
We are fans of their vegetarian pizza. Better than the average Pizza Hut for a quick meal or take outs.
Pizza Hut
880 Lagrange St
We are fans of their vegetarian pizza. Better than the average Pizza Hut for a quick meal or take outs.
Not to be overlooked when a sandwich will do. Staff are friendly and food is fresh.
Subway
225 Broadway St
Not to be overlooked when a sandwich will do. Staff are friendly and food is fresh.
Starbucks coffee and fresh bakery goods that are addictive. Family run and open in summer only.
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Bunde's Bakery Cafe
89 N Shore Dr
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Starbucks coffee and fresh bakery goods that are addictive. Family run and open in summer only.
Enjoy a cup of tea, coffee and a sandwich. Located in the heart of South Haven. Nice outdoor dining
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Phoenix Street Cafe
523 Phoenix Street
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Enjoy a cup of tea, coffee and a sandwich. Located in the heart of South Haven. Nice outdoor dining
When you're in the mood for Italian. Outdoor seating when available.
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Maria's Taste Of Italy
322 Center St
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When you're in the mood for Italian. Outdoor seating when available.
Here is the spot to satisfy your sweet tooth. Homemade fudge, hand made and retro candies as well as old fashioned sodas. When you're strolling down Phoenix after a day at the beach, be sure to stop for a sweet treat
Sweet Haven Candy
411 Phoenix Street
Here is the spot to satisfy your sweet tooth. Homemade fudge, hand made and retro candies as well as old fashioned sodas. When you're strolling down Phoenix after a day at the beach, be sure to stop for a sweet treat
Wonderful bakery treats and coffee that is on the stronger side. Enjoy your coffee inside or outside at tables
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Golden Brown Bakery, Inc.
421 Phoenix St
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Wonderful bakery treats and coffee that is on the stronger side. Enjoy your coffee inside or outside at tables
Lovely stop for coffee, a sandwich, or cold drink on the porch.
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Cafe Julia
561 Huron Street
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Lovely stop for coffee, a sandwich, or cold drink on the porch.
Just a bit out of town on M-140 Highway. Enjoy a good old fashioned hamburger or hot dog and a dose of nostalgia
50's Drive-In Inc.
8510 Michigan 140
Just a bit out of town on M-140 Highway. Enjoy a good old fashioned hamburger or hot dog and a dose of nostalgia
New addition to the restaurant scene. American Smokehouse and BBQ. Middle Eastern Sandwiches and Mediterranean salads. If you go, please send us your thoughts!
The Congregation Taphouse & Eatery
259 Broadway Street
New addition to the restaurant scene. American Smokehouse and BBQ. Middle Eastern Sandwiches and Mediterranean salads. If you go, please send us your thoughts!
Microbrewery with a unique, locally sourced menu
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Three Blondes Brewing
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Microbrewery with a unique, locally sourced menu
Upscale menu with local craft beer, wine, spirits
Sophie's Steakhouse & Bar
272 Broadway St
Upscale menu with local craft beer, wine, spirits
Upscale menu featuring gourmet cuisine and old-time atmosphere.
Hawkshead Restaurant & Inn
523 Hawks Nest Drive
Upscale menu featuring gourmet cuisine and old-time atmosphere.
Local wine. If you are all about wine, you might enjoy the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail. A collaboration of 21 southwest Michigan wineries. A map is available at miwinetrail.com
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12 Corners Vineyards - South Haven Tasting Room
511 Phoenix St
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Local wine. If you are all about wine, you might enjoy the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail. A collaboration of 21 southwest Michigan wineries. A map is available at miwinetrail.com