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Highlights South Haven
- Lake Michigan
- Biking trails
- Museums and maritime heritage
- Lakeside recreation
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Vacation rentals in South Haven
Set along the serene shores of Lake Michigan, South Haven has been a summer escape for Michigan’s folks for long. Downtown South Haven is quite unique in the sense that the Black River slices right through it. Enjoy this atmospheric quarter, packed with one-of-a-kind boutiques, cafes, and art galleries. There’s much to do at South Haven from discovering the town’s vibrant maritime past to strolling the historic pier, and checking out the food scene. A Holidu vacation rental is an excellent base when visiting this part of West Michigan.Beautiful vacation properties for all tastes
Holidu offers visitors a wide selection of vacation rentals equipped with all the creature comforts you could need – TV, air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, and more. Some have functional kitchens, outdoor pools, and even hot tubs – all perfect for groups of friends and families with kids. Staying in Downtown South Haven will put you near to most of the town’s attractions, convenience stores, and restaurants. Accommodation along North Beach assures you sublime waterfront views, and direct beach access. For a more tranquil stay, opt for rentals a little further up north near the River Ridge Retirement V1llage.
Travelers and activities
A good starting point to unravel the secrets of this port town is at the Michigan Maritime Museum. Here, you will encounter not just well-preserved artifacts but also boat h0uses, magnificent replica vessels, and even original US Coast Guard Boats. Highly recommended is an excursion on the Lindy Lou river launch boat where captains will regale you with Black River folklore. The boat goes right up to the bridge of the Kal-Haven Trail so bring that camera along. Not to be missed is the spectacular HarborWalk, a pedestrianized trail that runs from North Beach to South Beach. The Maritime District is scattered with informative historic markers, and you’ll encounter stately views of the South Haven Lighth0use, the marina, and the drawbridge.Art, history, and culture
Set on 80 acres, the Michigan Flywheelers Museum boasts an impressive collection of 1920s-era antique steam engines, tractors, and farm machinery. The Antique Engine and Tractor Show is held here each September. Another South Haven gem is the Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum that recounts the story of “America’s Father of Modern Horticulture,” Mr. Bailey through well-preserved memorabilia. Art fans should check out the South Haven Center for the Arts which has been hosting exhibitions, theatrical productions, and art fairs for over six decades. The center also hosts summertime Farmers Markets. For souvenirs made by local artists and artisans, hit the Center Street Emporium. They have a wonderful collection of baskets, jewelry, pottery, and other artworks.
Travelers and activities
The town’s culinary scene is second to none, and foodies will feel totally at h0me here. Leading the way is a South Haven landmark since 1982, Clementine’s. H0used inside a building that dates to 1896, the restaurant thrills diners with its sumptuous dishes – onion rings, mussels, shrimp, steak, and more. Big Boy Restaurant meanwhile has been serving hearty all-day breakfasts, and double-decker hamburgers for over 70 years so you’re in good hands. Perched right on the Black River, Captain Lou’s is all about the chilled beer and boat-watching escapades. Once night falls, consider swinging by Black River Tavern – there’s cocktails, live music, and stand-up comedy, and their jumbo -fried shrimps and patty melt burgers are exceptional. For dessert, head straight to Kilwin’s and ask for their h0memade caramel, fudge, and ice-creams!Fun outdoor pursuits
Outdoorsy travelers will have much to do at South Haven. Hit North Beach for a refreshing swim, and then check out the concession stands that serve everything from BBQ pork sandwiches to Polish sausages, and root beer floats. Another fun activity is to bike down the scenic 34-mile long Kal-Haven Bike Trail. Paddling, canoeing, and kayaking down the Black River is just as idyllic, and local outfitters rent out gear. The Black River Preserve is a bird watcher's paradise, and you can even snowshoe or ski here in winter. Finally, don’t leave Lake Michigan without going on a fishing charter – catch some perch, trout, or salmon to cook at your vacation rental. Pier fishing along the Black River is a fun prospect too.
Did you know that divers dove from the top of South Haven’s lighth0use in the 1920s?
Top 5 travel tips for South Haven
Just 35 minutes from South Haven is Michigan’s “Oldest, Largest, and Most Awarded Winery” in Paw Paw. The sweet wines, hard ciders, and spirits have been made by the same family for four generations now.2. Simulated racing
Become Michael Schumacher for a day at the GingerMan Raceway road-racing course which simulates winding country roads minus the traffic, and pedestrians, and other obstacles. The natural landscapes are refreshing too.3. Bumbleberry Acres for family fun
Take the kids down to Bumbleberry Acres, a cross between a farmer's market and a place where the little ones can pick cherries. They’ll love the wagon rides too.4. South Haven Ice Rink
This top-rated family destination is perfect for amateurs and beginners looking to learn some skating. The light displays are scintillating during winter and the rink is close to popular bars and restaurants – all recipes for a fun night!5. Sail into the sun
Close your South Haven trip with a sunset sail on Lake Michigan. Sit back and enjoy the golden-hued waters as the lake’s pristine shores whiz by. Perfect for a romantic date too!
FAQs: Vacation Rentals in South Haven
On average, how much do vacation rentals in South Haven cost?
Our data shows that South Haven had an average price of $532 per night, a relatively high one for a city in the USA.
When are vacation rentals cheaper in South Haven?
Those who want to be budget-friendly should visit South Haven in April, May, or October, the cheapest months of the year, with average prices of $468, $484, and $491 per night, respectively, based on the previous year.
During which months are vacation rentals more expensive in South Haven?
When it comes to looking for a vacation rental in South Haven, the months when it is most expensive are, in order of highest to lowest, February, January and August, with average prices per night of $639, $610, and $554, respectively.
Are there usually many vacation rentals available in South Haven?
When going on vacation to South Haven, it is necessary to plan ahead as 78% of rentals are usually booked, according to the data from last year.
What are the best months for a last-minute getaway?
December, February and January are, in order of highest to lowest, the months offering the largest number of properties free, with an average availability of 40%, 40%, and 38%. However, even during these months, when the availability is the highest, the average is just 39%. So we highly recommend you always book your vacation early South Haven.
Are there many rentals in South Haven?
In South Haven we have a comprehensive catalog of approximately 490 properties, with options of all kinds, thanks to our 2 local and international providers.