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Lulu’s Lakefront OasisThis is the first year this studio is being offered for rental. Reserve today and you want to return year after year for your special week in South Haven. Time to relax after a very trying time. This is where you can getaway to recover. Enjoy to beach time within a short drive. This is the perfect place for a couple. This beautiful studio condo was designed to give small families and couples the very best experience South Haven can offer. Our condo is part of the North Shore Condominiums which is the prime location in South Haven for beaches, parks, and festivals. A comfortable stroll across the Black River Bridge and you will be in the heart of the River Walk and in just another two blocks are the rest of the restaurants, shops, and farmers market. From our beach, you can walk along the lake for miles, even spotting the elusive beach glass or eagle family from time to time. Our condo has been completely remodeled. Our view is outstanding with all the beautiful colors of Lake Michigan and amazing pool. We have a nice shower surround with bathtub. Sleeping options include a unique Murphy bed/couch (much more comfortable and easy to use than a pull out sofa bed and a reclining chair. Large screen smart television with cable is in living room. We have a gas stove/oven, dishwasher, apartment sized refrigerator. Our kitchen island with seating is the perfect spot for that quiet dinner and home. Kitchen condiments and staples are all provided. We will provide a beach umbrella, 2 beach chairs, games, and suntan location. We provide all linens except beach towels. Please consider staying during our off season as well. South Haven is great anytime of the year. While not as crowded, it is still alive. Association and City of South Haven rules do prohibit renting for less than 7 days.
Van Auken Lake cottage rentalThis cottage features quiet and relaxing. You have the option of relaxing on the deck, kayaking on the lake, or driving a short distance to Lake Michigan. You can sit by the fire and enjoy the night sounds, or relax inside with a book or play a game together. We have quiet when you want to relax, and fun towns and beaches when you are ready for exploring. It offers you a comfortable visit to a great area of Michigan.
Lake Michigan retreat in the woods.The upstairs studio apartment is light and airy with a view of Lake Michigan. Located only 10 minutes south of the Saugatuck /Douglas area and 10 minutes from the famous Oval Beach. Lots of shopping, restaurants and tourist attractions in the area. We allow one small non shedding dog. No smoking.
A beach town and working harbor for more than a century, South Haven is one of the most agreeable getaways on the Lake Michigan lakeshore. The most famous of its stretches of soft sands is South Beach, where visitors swim in sight of its famous red lighthouse. You can tour the Michigan Maritime Museum’s exhibits, or make a reservation to sail out onto the lake on its tall ship. Inland, the bike and hiking trails stretch for miles, and they’re as popular in autumn as they are in the snowy winters and the flower-filled spring (Holland, Michigan’s annual Tulip Time Festival is just 30 miles away, after all). Active travelers can also spend a day away from the water at the raceways, horse stables, and golf courses. Or do what most people who escape to South Haven do: simply slow down.
Traveling by car is the easiest way to get to and around Lake Michigan’s southeastern shore. If you’re flying in, you can easily rent one at an airport. The major airport closest to South Haven is Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW), 125 miles away. A closer option is Kalamazoo Airport (AZO), 38 miles to the east, connected to Chicago, Detroit, and Minneapolis by regional flights. Motor coaches from Chicago and Detroit also pass through South Haven, and one Amtrak railway line from Chicago stops in Bangor, just to the east. Once you’re in South Haven, if you’d like to stay out of the car, a number of companies rent bikes by the day or week.
Summer is definitely the ideal time to visit the Lake Michigan shore. The temperature varies from the 70s through the low 90s Fahrenheit from June through August, but the lake tempers the heat. As you may expect from a land of lakes and rivers, in late summer the humidity spikes, and rains are frequent, so pack rain gear as well as sunblock and mosquito repellent.
April and May are cooler — think high 50s and low 60s Fahrenheit — but still pleasant, and autumn, which begins mid-September and lasts through November, is glorious, with crisp air and brilliantly colored foliage. Winters stretch from early December to March. During those months, temperatures below the 40s Fahrenheit are the norm, and the lakeshore effect brings freezing winds and snows.
Just 20 miles north of South Haven, Saugatuck has the air of a perennial resort. Its charming downtown is the culinary capital of the coast, and between meals you can stop in at craft breweries and art galleries. The city is also considered the Provincetown of the Midwest, with numerous LGBTQ-friendly campgrounds and gathering spaces.
This flat, wooded trail extends 33 miles between South Haven and Kalamazoo, with bridges and towns along the way. A former railroad, its crushed-rock surface is free of steep inclines and easy for bikes and wheelchairs to navigate. In the winter, cross-country skiers leave their stripes in the snow, and some snowmobiles travel as far along the route as they can go.
Southern and western Michigan is the Midwest’s fruit bowl, providing three seasons’ worth of berries, stone fruit, and apples. U-Pick farms are scattered around South Haven, and the city hosts an annual blueberry festival. Even if you can’t fill your suitcase with fresh cherries, you can pick up pastries and jams for the journey home.