Topic: Top 10 Best Activities You Can Do in South Haven Michigan
The gorgeous little town of South Haven in Michigan has a tremendous amount to offer to locals and tourists and in this article, we’ve pulled together the top ten things that you can do when visiting. Read on and be prepared to be impressed by how this charming beach town has something for everyone’s budget.
- Watch the sunset and see the stars sparkle
The moment that you see the sunset from South Haven, you will realise you have been transported to one of the most beautiful places on earth. Absolutely stunning, breath-taking and exquisite; these are only a few of the many adjectives that can describe the view. Walk along the pier, admire the historic homes and the popular marina. Take your flip flops off and step onto the sand and listen to the waves whisper as the sky changes colour while the sun sets. Also watch the moon glow and the stars start to sparkle as day turns to night.
- Ride a Bicycle
The natural beauty of and from South Haven is so very picturesque and you can best experience that for yourself while riding around and through it with a bicycle. Bicycles are complimentary for guests of the Victoria Resort and Bed & Breakfast. You will have a number of bike trails to explore and some of the best ones actually start from South Haven. A great choice is the Kal-Haven Trail, which is known for having a flat terrain which is great for cruising on. What makes this trail stand out is the perfect canopy of trees that give you shade during the stretch.
- Visit a farm and enjoy picking blueberries
If you are looking for something for the whole family in South Haven, check out the farms around. At the DeGrandchamp Farms, you can learn about blueberries and even pick them for your own consumption later. There are a number of family-run farms around, but do note the time slots they have set up regarding when you can visit and pick blueberries as well as purchase some blueberry produce. With blueberries being a great source of antioxidant, picking them and popping a few in your mouth is not just a great treat, it’s great for you as well.
- Attend a wine tasting session
If you fancy yourself as a potential wine connoisseur, then you will be delighted to hear that the state of Michigan has more than 125 wineries and some of the best are known to be tucked away in South Haven. The wineries and vineyards in this town are spot on and it would be a shame to visit South Haven and not attend a wine tasting session at one of its exceptional establishments such as the Cogdal Vineyards. You will be greeted by the friendly staff and enjoy the wonderful outdoor patio where you can relax while sampling various types of wine.
- Devour Sherman’s ice-cream
Sherman’s ice-cream is a big name in South Haven; ask any local and they will tell you that it’s the best place for a sweet treat in the area. This place makes ice cream in the old fashioned way, so without the help of any fancy technology, it still serves up an abundance of flavours to its customers. There is a reason why there is always a line coming out of the door at Sherman’s as this place is an ice-cream heaven that can’t be missed. Try the butter pecan, coconut almond fudge or the mint chocolate chip ice cream; you will be convinced that Sherman is the best ice cream ever within a few mouthfuls.
- Take a trip to The Maritime Museum and enjoy the Friends Goodwill Sunset Cruise
The Maritime Museum in South Haven is truly fantastic. While it is a rather small museum, its displays are incredibly engaging, and the content is informative. The best part of an experience here, however, has to be when you step onto the outdoors part of the museum and discover the replica of a very tall 1810 merchant vessel ship which, for a fee, will take you Lake Michigan for one hour. For an even greater experience, time the trip with the sunset, letting you enjoy the splendour in the sky. The crew on board are outstanding and will make sure that you have a totally memorable experience. Get ready to embrace and experience history in action while you sail on this tall ship.
7. Visit the Farmers Market on Wednesday and Saturday
Locally produced meat, cheese, fruit, vegetables, as well as home-grown flowers and herbs are in abundance in South Haven. No trip to this town would be complete without a stop at the Farmers Market which is open on Wednesday and Saturday from 8.00am to 2.00pm. The market has a great atmosphere and is filled with local farmers and artisans who are enthusiastic to share their items with you and we believe that you will be enticed by what’s on offer here.
- Get sporty and do some kayaking, paddle boarding and golf
Believe us when we tell you that South Haven is the place to be if you’re a fan of outdoors activities; its serene beach and stunning lake mean that it’s the perfect environment for all things wet and wonderful. If you’re looking to do some watersports, then contact Black River Boat Rentals, Kayak-Kayak or Soha Paddleboard & Kayak Rentals. Perhaps you’re interested in golf? Get in touch with the popular 18-hole Beaches Golf Club, the lush Heritage Glen Golf Club or the family-owned Cheshire Hills Golf Course.
- Go a little bit wild on an ATV on the move
Adding a thrill to your outdoor experience is best done on an all-terrain vehicle (ATV), a 4-wheel vehicle that is ready to get your adrenaline pumping. South Haven is home to well established KJC ATV Rentals & Trails which offers some of the best ATVs out there for you to enjoy while exploring the awesome trails. The trails have a lot of turns, twists and peaks which makes a ride on them brilliant fun; the ATVs have real power. The staff at KJC ATV Rentals & Trails are known for their safety cautious yet fun approach; visiting them and enjoying an ATV experience here will not disappoint.
- Get a professional to take your family photographs
As South Haven has so much beauty, it’s a special place in which to take photographs and we suggest that you instruct a local professional photographer to capture the beauty and your loved ones. Create a memory which incorporates the stunning South Haven and the happiness of your travel companions. Photographers like Greggersen Photography LLC are family friendly and can take some wonderful photos for you, whether it be in the morning, afternoon or evening. This is perfect if you’re captivated by the sunrise, sunset or night stars and want to save a moment with it.
All that is left for you to decide now is when you’re coming and for how long. We suggest that you stay for a minimum of three nights if you want to appreciate the natural beauty, scenery and history that is on offer in South Haven! For more destination guides and accommodation reviews, hotels and vacation rentals, check out Trip101.
Area Attractions near Victoria Resort Bed and Breakfast
South Haven has a special ambiance and a variety of things to do that will bring you back for a Lake Michigan vacation time and time again. A walk down the quaint streets takes you past the many locally owned shops that feature antiques, books, gifts, works of art, clothing, and more. For a small town, South Haven has a great selection of restaurants, from casual eateries to upscale dining. The bakeries, coffeehouses, and ice cream shops will tempt you for a tasty dessert or afternoon snack.
The Vineyard Side of South Haven
Lake Michigan has a great effect on growers in our area, tempering both the heat of summer and the cold winter temperatures. The vineyards and wineries nearby offer a variety of red wine, white wine, fruit wine and hard cider. You may want to visit Fenn Valley Winery or McIntosh Winery to the north, St. Julian and Warner Vineyards to our east, and to the south you’ll find Contessa, Karma Vista and the new Twelve Corners Winery.
The Natural Side of South Haven
Mother Nature has treated our area quite well. The sandy beaches along Lake Michigan’s shoreline are perfect for sunset strolls. Take a hike at Van Buren State Park or the Ross Preserve, explore the trails at Sarett Nature Center, or plan a bike ride on the Kal-Haven Trail.
The Artistic Side of South Haven
The Blue Coast Artists has seven member studios located between South Haven and Saugatuck, featuring everything from handmade pottery to blown glass. In addition to a handful of galleries downtown, the South Haven Center for the Arts features the works of local artists year round, plus the annual Mistletoe Market.
The Dining Side of South Haven
For a small town, South Haven has excellent restaurant choices. Fine dining establishments include Tello Bistro, Hawkshead, Taste and Sophie’s Steakhouse. Casual spots include the historic Clementine’s, Phoenix Street Cafe, Su Casa, Joe’s Bar & Grill, Maria’s and the Black River Tavern. Several spots downtown offer outdoor dining, sandwiches and hometown Sherman’s Ice Cream. Restaurant menus are available in the bed and breakfast and in our office, plus we always have suggestions!
The Entertaining Side of South Haven
The up-and-coming Foundry Hall has brought performances by various groups with acoustic, rock, country, and blues filling the hall. The local theatre group, Our Town Players, performs at Listiak Auditorium several times throughout the year. The South Haven Performance Series brings classical and cultured music performances to the area. During the summer, enjoy a free outdoor concert at Riverfront Park every Thursday evening!
The Festive Side of South Haven
There’s no doubt that summer is the most popular time to visit South Haven. Visitors can attend Harbor Fest, Blueberry Festival, Fine Arts Fair, All Craft Fair, the Festival of Cars and more. Thursday nights bring free outdoor concerts at Riverfront Park, and don’t miss the farmers’ market on Wednesdays and Saturdays in the spring, summer and fall. The best-kept secret in South Haven is Ice Breaker Festival, held the first weekend in February with ice carving competitions and a free chili cook-off. In November, gather your gal pals for entertainment, bonding, shopping, and kicking up (or kicking off) your heels at the Women Only Weekend.
The Healthy Side of South Haven
Shorelines Wellness Center offers everything you could expect from a top-notch fitness center, with day passes available for full facility access. There is also a local branch of Anytime Fitness. Guests are also invited to schedule an in-room massage while staying at Victoria Resort Bed and Breakfast. Please contact us for appointment availability and pricing information.
The Sailing Side of South Haven
Arguably the best way to enjoy Lake Michigan is aboard South Haven’s tall ship, a sailboat, or even a kayak. The Michigan Maritime Museum has a replica tall ship, the Friends Goodwill, offering afternoon cruises and sunset sails throughout the season. We also suggest Gypsy Rose (sailboat) or the folks at Cat’s Meow (catamaran) for a more private experience. If you prefer your own paddle power, Kayak-Kayak can put you on the big lake or the Black River here in town, or try Old Allegan Canoe for a trip down the Kalamazoo River.
The Fishing Side of South Haven
Lake perch, Chinook, Coho, steelhead, and more can be found in the waters near South Haven. If you’re ready to drop in a line, contact the folks at South Haven Fishing Charters or Finn Fighter Fishing Charter.
The Snowy Side of South Haven
The adventures don’t stop just because there is snow on the ground! Try ice skating at South Haven’s outdoor ice rink, downhill skiing at Timber Ridge, cross-country skiing or even snowshoeing at Sarett Nature Center.
Most Importantly…The Helpful Side of South Haven
If all of this seems overwhelming, don’t worry – that’s why we are here! When you arrive at Victoria Resort Bed and Breakfast, we’ll let you know what events are happening during your stay. We love helping with suggestions, maps, directions, and plenty of insider information. Feel free to call or email us before you arrive, or stop by while you’re staying with us.