Year round you can find your own special haven in South Haven, located on the shores of Lake Michigan. Stroll through apple orchards and blueberry fields, sip wine at a vineyard and explore the many scenic trails by foot, horse or snowshoe. Soak up the sun on one of the many sandy beaches, take a stroll on the pier with its historic lighthouse, roam the quaint streets of shops and restaurants and the cobblestone walks of Old Harbor Village. Blue Star Highway is a 16 mile stretch of galleries and antiques waiting to be explored. When night falls hop on a sunset cruise for a nightcap under the stars, dine and unwind at one of the many local restaurants, then enjoy live music, performances and comedy at the historic Foundary Hall.
"A gem among small American towns"
South Haven is often referred to as “A gem among small American towns” and you will soon understand why. There is no shortage of activities in this charming lakeside haven. With many nature trails, the Kal Haven Trail is the most popular. A 34 mile long trail passing through small villages, historic sites, across bridges and through the country side, the trail accommodates cyclists, hikers and horse-riders. The 108 foot Donald F. Nichols Covered Bridge was rebuilt from a railroad trestle bridge and is a highlight of the trail. Come winter, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing is enjoyed. The Van Buren State Park has a 14 mile long trail that connects South Haven to Hartford passing through the well-known Blueberry fields of South Haven. The Deer Forest Exotic Animal Sanctuary offers tours of the 32 acre sanctuary and is a refuge for over 150 exotic animals. South Haven is home to some of the most beautiful golf courses along the shores of Lake Michigan, suitable for all levels of players.
A harbor with a rich history
South Haven is a harbor with a rich maritime history. The Michigan Maritime Museum highlights the heritage of the Great Lakes with a research library, light keeper’s house and a boathouse. The South Haven Lighthouse is a distinguished landmark that is now part of the Michigan Maritime Museum. The Lighthouse is open to the public during Harborfest in June. Experience the wonderful heritage of this town with a cruise in the harbor on an old-fashioned water taxi.
Vineyards, Orchards and Blueberry Fields
South Haven is the Blueberry Capital of Michigan and hosts the National Blueberry Festival in August. Be sure to visit the popular Blueberry Store and one of the many farms to explore the blueberry bushes and enjoy the many different blueberry products available. Apple orchards, cherry trees, blueberry fields and grapes, South Haven has many orchards, vineyards and wineries with tasting opportunities and farmers markets for all food and wine lovers.
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