Local Recommendations

Dining and Food

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We are lucky to be in a part of the world with excellent food. Here are some of our dining recommendations. 

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Breweries/Distilleries/Cideries

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Michigan is known for its craft beer, and you will find lots of great places to explore. Additionally, the unique microclimate here enables farmers to grow grapes and fruit, usually associated with warmer climates. Give some of these great places a try.

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Family Fun

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From beaches to parks to local entertainment, here are some of the places we have enjoyed over the past few years with our family. 

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The Great Outdoors

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Southwest Michigan is home to some beautiful natural beauty. Hiking and parks are a big part of our life around here. Please explore our natural surroundings. We are more than just a beach!

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Agritainment

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Allegan County is home to many wonderful family farms. From April  -  October, many of them open their farms to visitors. Visit these wonderful places and reconnect to our agrarian roots. 

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Useful Links

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There is so much to explore. Here are some links to other organizations and resources for more vacation planning.

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Food and Dining

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Restaurants

Salt of the Earth, Fennville. Fresh, local, farm to table dining. Dishes are creative and delicious. They have creative cocktails, dynamite bread and live music. Reservations recommended in July and August. www.saltoftheearthfennville.com


Taste, South Haven. Small plates, tapas style. Creative macaroni and cheese and a full bar. www.tastesouthhaven.com


What Not Inn, Fennville. An old roadhouse that has been around since the 1930's. Nothing fancy but the food is good and they have live music on the weekends. A local gem! www.whatnotinn.com


The Southerner, Saugatuck. Southern cuisine made with love and elevated. Delicious! https://thesouthernermi.com


American Legion, South Haven. Not a normal restaurant suggestion, but they serve a great breakfast on Sunday from April to October. Its great when your hungry, have to go back to real life and don't want to make a mess in the kitchen. Plus you'll meet some great American heroes. American Legion Post #49


Bowdie's Chop House, Saugatuck. Think of a great Chicago steakhouse. Now go to Bowdie's. Reservations recommended in July and August. https://bowdieschophouse.com


Sophie's Steakhouse, South Haven. Midwestern corn fed beef and fine dining atmosphere. Reservations recommended in July and August. Sophie's Steakhouse


Clementine's, South Haven. A long time South Haven staple. Great food and people. Also visit Clem's Too. https://ohmydarling.com 


Phoenix Street Cafe, South Haven. Creative menu and great place for breakfast. https://www.phoenixstreetcafe.com


Cafe Julia, South Haven. Lovely cafe with delicious coffee and sandwiches. Great place to rest and grab cup of coffee and a treat. https://www.cafejulia.com


Kitchen 527, South Haven. Gourmet burgers and seafood, right in South Haven. https://www.kitchen527.com


Captain Lou's, South Haven. Bar and grill and live music! https://www.captainloussouthhaven.com


Admiral Jack's, South Haven. Right on the river, and open seasonally. Great menu. https://www.michigan.org/property/admiral-jack-s-river

Deli's/Bakeries/Ice Cream

Glenn Store, Glenn. Fabulous small-town deli and convenience store. On the weekends, they smoke and BBQ chicken and ribs, but get there early to get some. Pizza and sandwiches are great too! Order some food your picnic on the beach. great source for Michigan beer and wine. www.theglennstore.com


Bunde's Bakery, South Haven. This reminds me of an old-fashioned bakery I  used to visit with my grandmother. High quality recipes that have been passed down to the current owners. Get there early though! http://bundesgoodeats.wixsite.com/bundesgoodeats


Kismet Farm Bakery, Douglas. Another great example of local artisans doing delicious, high quality work. https://kismetbakery.com


Farmhouse Deli, Douglas. Originally opened as a seasonal shop, her food was in such high demand, they stay open all year round. Another great place to get your beach picnic. www.thefarmhousedeli.com


Sherman's Ice Cream, South Haven. A South Haven staple. No trip to South Haven is complete without a visit here. Also available a the Dutch Farm Market on 109th Street and the M-89 Market in Fennville. http://shermanicecream.com

Pizza

Brix Corner Oven. Wood fired pizza and craft beer. https://www.brixcorneroven.com


Geno's East, South Haven. A Chicago favorite is now open in South Haven. Deep dish, Chicago style pie's. www.ginoseast.com/south-haven

Breweries/Wineries/Distilleries/Cideries

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Breweries

Waypost Brewing. Opened in December of 2018, Waypost is a farm to mug brewery. Great place to grab a pint or two. https://www.waypostbeer.com/ 


Guardian Brewing. Opened in January of 2019, Guardian sets down roots in the historic Red Barn. Delicious beer and food. This is a must-stop if you are in the area. https://guardianbrewingco.com


Saugatuck Brewery. Opened in 2005, its a local favorite. Rotating taps and creative menu. Try the fish and chips! https://saugatuckbrewing.com


New Holland Brewing-Pub on 8th, Holland. Local brewery and restaurant. http://newhollandbrew.com


Big Lake Brewing, Holland. New brewery on the scene. It feels your walking into your best friends living room. http://biglakebrewing.com


Great Legs Winery Brewery & Distillery. Libations, art and events. http://greatlegswinery.com


3 Blondes Brewing. New this year in South Haven. Locally sourced food and friendly atmosphere. www.threeblondesbrewing.com/home


South Haven Brew Pub, South Haven. Local microbrewery and yummy food. https://southhavenbrewpub.com

Wineries

Fenn Valley Winery. A fine example of the Michigan microclimate that makes this area so special. A great place to visit! https://www.fennvalley.com


Macintosh Winery. South Haven. Great local orchard and winery. Specializing in fruit wines. http://www.mcintoshorchards.com 


Cogdal Vineyards. So close to our South Haven home, you can walk! Winery and tasting room. Well worth the trip. https://www.cogdalvineyards.com


Crane's Vineyard, Fennville. Great cider, wine and baked goods! http://cranespiepantry.com/winery/

Distilleries

Great Legs Winery Brewery & Distillery. Libations, art and events. http://greatlegswinery.com


Coppercraft Distillery, South Haven & Saugatuck. A great place to go for cocktails and food. The main location is in Holland, and they opened a bar in Saugatuck recently. www.coppercraftdistillery.com

Cideries

Virtue Cider, Fennville. Locally grown apples transformed into delicious cider. What could be better. They also host great events. http://www.virtuecider.com/virtue


Mcintosh Orchards. Another great example of local farming and products. Highly recommended. http://www.mcintoshorchards.com

Tours

Coastal Tours, Saugatuck. Providers of tours that highlight our fabulous local small businesses. Coastal has curated some of the finest vineyards, wineries and breweries. Customize your private tour with them! https://www.coastaltours.org


Star of Saugatuck, Saugatuck. Tour Kalamazoo Lake, the Kalamazoo River and Lake Michigan all from a paddleboat! Sit back relax and enjoy the rhythm of the paddlewheel hitting water. https://www.saugatuckboatcruises.com


Jensen's Charters, South Haven. Sunset, pirate or private tour? Take your pick! The fun part is you get to cruise on Elsie J, a WWII era fishing tug. What a unique adventure for South Haven!


https://www.jensencharters.com

Family Fun

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Entertainment

Watertrail Ventures, LLC. If you are looking for a great outdoor adventure, please call Julie. With 20+ years of kayaking experience, she will plan a great, affordable experience for you and your family. https://www.facebook.com/kayakrentalservice/


Forever Curious, Fennville. We love Forever Curious. Great any day, but especially helpful on a rainy day when you're tired of watching TV. www.forevercuriousmuseum.org


The Michigan Theatre, South Haven. Old-school small town theatre. Get there early for good seats and get a refillable popcorn bucket. An affordable trip down memory lane. http://michigantheatre.mooretheatres.com


Regent Theatre, Allegan. Another example of a bygone era. Small town theatre, friendly people and a great experience. http://alleganregent.com


Allegan Event, Allegan. Ropes courses, zip lines and tons of fun. Beat the heat, or head over on a rainy day. They also offer a zip like across the river. A great place to explore! www.alleganevent.com


Escape Allegan. Want to be locked in a room and have to figure a way out? This is for you! www.escapeallegan.com


Allegan County Fair, Allegan. This is another throwback to another time. A midway with lots of rides and games, animals and concerts. The fair is every September and is a ton of fun. www.allegancountyfair.com


AirZoo, Kalamazoo. Take a day and spend it at the Air Zoo. An air museum located next to the airport in Kalamazoo. They also feature rides and simulators. The SR-71 Blackbird is a rare two seater and the staff is welcoming and friendly. Exhibits are always changing so check their website before you go. https://www.airzoo.org


Saugatuck Dune Rides, Saugatuck. Take a ride through the famous Michigan Dunes. Great time for all ages! https://www.saugatuckduneride.com


Michigan Maritime Museum, South Haven. Explore the maritime history of Lake Michigan and the Great Lakes. http://www.michiganmaritimemuseum.org


Transformations Art Barn, South Haven. Recycled art and live music! Check out their website for more information. http://www.transformationsartbarn.com

The Great Outdoors

Parks and Beaches

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Oval Beach, Saugatuck. World famous Oval Beach. https://www.saugatuck.com/directory/oval-beach-2/


Saugatuck Dunes and Felt Mansion, Saugatuck. The dunes provide a gentle hike that ends on the shores of Lake Michigan. Also, the Felt Mansion hosts tours, concerts and events. Saugatuck Dunes & Felt Mansion


Pier Cove, Fennville. A great little beach. We loved it when our kids were little because of the creek that flows out. It creates a safe beach experience for young ones. Parking is limited, so get there early. Its also the site of an old Pier where fruit and timber was shipped back to Chicago. https://www.saugatuck.com/directory/pier-cove-beach/


Rosy Mound, Grand Haven. Another great place to hike. It's not as gentle as Saugatuck Dunes (it has more stairs) but its well worth the hike. Rosy Mound takes you through the dunes and opens to Lake Michigan. A great place to spend an afternoon exploring. https://www.miottawa.org/Parks/rosymound.htm


Kids Corner, South Haven. A huge wooden fort built for exploration, close to South Beach in South Haven. It's a kids paradise! https://www.michigan.org/property/kids-corner-south-haven


Kal-Haven Trail, Kalamazoo-South Haven. The Kal-Haven Trail is 34 miles long and connects Kalamazoo and South Haven. You can ride all the way, or pick a small part and explore. https://www.michigan.org/property/kal-haven-trail-state-park'

Golf

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Hawkshead Golf, Restaurant, Inn, South Haven. Everything you need for a complete vacation. Locally owned and operated, their restaurant is open even if your not golfing and is highly recommended. www.hawksheadlinks.com


Ravines, Saugatuck. The only Arnold Palmer Signature Design golf course in West Michigan. www.ravinesgolfclub.com


Lynx Golf Club, Otsego. A hidden gem, and close to South Haven and Saugatuck. Golf along the Kalamazoo River and enjoy a relaxed atmosphere, inside and out. They also host various events throughout the year. http://lynxgc.com

Fishing Charters

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Hook Up Charters, South Haven. Join Captain Cory Burrows for a day of fishing, or a sunset cruise. http://www.hookupcharters.com


Best Chance Too, Saugatuck. One of the most successful fishing charters around. Family owned, a great place to spend a day on the water. http://www.bestchancetoo.com/index.php

Agritainment

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Farms and U-pick

Overheiser Orchards, South Haven. Locally owned by a family that has been here multiple generations. Meet the animals, fish and pick seasonal fruit. www.overhiserorchards.com


Wild West Ranch LLC, Allegan. Horseback riding is in your future! Or a carriage ride if you prefer. Grab the family and hit the trail on horseback!

http://4horserides.com


Dutch Farm Market, South Haven. Fresh picked produce, bakery and Sherman's ice cream. www.dutchfarmmarket.com/index.html


Riverbend Farms and Resort, South Haven. Locally owned and delicious! The owners are lovely people and provide a relaxed picking experience. http://greatberries.net


DeGrandChamps Farm, South Haven. Michigan Blueberries and market. Pick your own, or let them do it for you! https://degrandchamps.com


Bumbleberry Acres, South Haven. U-pick fruits and veggies, wagon rides, corn mazes. They have it all! www.bumbleberryacres.com


Khnemu Studio on Fernwood Farm, Fennville. Working 1890's farmstead and also the home of local pottery artist Dawn Soltysiak.  www.khnemustudio.com

Creamery

Evergreen Lane Creamery, Fennville. Handmade, artisanal creamery. If you like cheese, you need to go here. www.evergreenlanefarm.com

Sugar Farm

Ridley Family Sugar Farm, South Haven. Michigan maple syrup. You can't do much better for your pancakes! www.ridleyfamilysugarfarm.com

Farm Markets

Dee's Lakeshore Farm Market, Fennville. Family farm with dynamite produce. Check their website for seasonal offerings. https://deeslakeshorefarm.wixsite.com/deeslakeshorefarm


Braden's Farm Market, South Haven. Right off the highway in South Haven, they raise delicious local produce and offer beautiful flowers. http://bardensfarmmarket.com/index.html

Useful Links

Travel Resources

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Pure Michigan. Everything Michigan. https://www.michigan.org


South Have Visitors Bureau. http://www.southhaven.org


Saugatuck Visitors Bureau. https://www.saugatuck.com


Saugatuck/Douglas Area Business Association. https://saugatuckdouglas.com


South Haven Area Chamber of Commerce. https://www.southhavenmi.com


Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce. https://www.westcoastchamber.org


Allegan Area Chamber of Commerce. https://alleganchamber.com


Glenn Area Chamber of Commerce. http://www.glennmichigan.com


Holland, MI. Half hour away from South Haven. Known for Tulip Time and an authentic Dutch Windmill. Home to lots of great restaurants and shopping. https://www.holland.org


Allegan, MI. Allegan is a great place to visit. They have a fun downtown and the annual fair. The antiques market also provides a great shopping opportunity. http://www.cityofallegan.org/explore_allegan/index.php


Grand Haven, MI. About 45 minutes north, you will find Grand Haven. Home to the US Coast Guard, the Coast Guard Festival is a great attraction. http://visitgrandhaven.com


Grand Rapids, MI. Grand Rapids is a rapidly growing midsize city. The John Ball Zoo, concerts at De Vos and the Downtown Market are all fund palces to visit. https://www.experiencegr.com

Festivals

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Tulip Time, Holland. Annually the first week of May. www.tuliptime.com


Waterfront Film Festival, Holland. Annually mid-June. www.waterfrontfilm.org


Venetian Festival, Saugatuck. Annually the last week of July. www.saugatuckvenetianfest.org


Lakeshore Harvest Country, Allegan County. Road Rally and Bike Tour. July and September respectively. http://www.lakeshoreharvestcountry.com/special-events.html


National Blueberry Festival, South Haven. Annually second week of August.  www.blueberryfestival.com


Goose Festival, Fennville. Annually second weekend of October. https://goosefest.squarespace.com


Ice Breaker, South Haven. Annually first weekend in February. Visit Website



Canoe/Kayak/Boat Rentals

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Black River Boat Rentals. South Haven. Bikes and Kayaks available to rent. http://www.outpostsports.com/locations/#south-haven


SoHa Surf Shop. South Haven. Offers paddle board and kayak rentals. https://www.sohasurfshop.com/index.html


Black River Boat Rentals. South Haven. Small craft, like paddle boards, dingy's, pontoon and speed boats. https://blackriverboatrentals.com


Running Rivers. Kayak and paddle boards. Saugatuck. http://running-rivers.info


Big Lake Outfitters. Pontoons, kayaks, bikes, paddle boards, charters. http://www.biglakeoutfitters.com


Makin' Waves Boat Rental. Saugatuck. Pontoon and jet ski. http://makinwavesboatrental.com


Velocity Adventures. Fennville. Kayaks, paddle boards, guided tours. http://www.velocityadventuretours.com