South Haven’s scenic downtown is home to more than 70 shops, cafes, and restaurants. South Haven’s dedicated independent shopkeepers go the extra mile making sure customers’ needs are satisfied. The downtown district features antiques, boutiques, galleries, and stores that make the unusual and everyday necessities easily available. Fine art, resort wear, imported toys, outdoor gear, books, gifts, gourmet foods, and home furnishings delight the serious shopper and the browser. Old Harbor Village in the maritime district entices lingering with cobblestone walks reminiscent of a seaside wharf. Wine Tasting Rooms and a riverboat restaurant offer great places to unwind. The small town charm South Haven wears so well extends to other communities, like Paw Paw, Lawrence, and Mattawan. Each offers a personal touch along with unique products, including collectibles, luxuries, gifts, and more at shops nestled along historic streets.
Allegan Antiques Market
Allegan County Fairgrounds . 400 exhibitors at every show: six buildings house 200 dealers under cover and 200 more outside. This is a quality show which features fine dealers in every field of antiques and collectibles. Also, large displays of pottery, glass, toys, prints, depression glass, jewelry, oriental and stoneware.
We have an interesting and eclectic inventory of antiques and collectibles under single ownership, including books, barware, china, glassware, kitchenware, jewelry, linens, furniture, tools, vintage sports equipment, vintage hats/furs, prints, photos, maps, paintings, garden junk, and much, much more...
Brush Creek Antiques
Experience the charm of our turn of the century store, complete with all the character-plank flooring, wainscoting, fieldstone walls, and 1 of 5 known working Otis rope/pulley elevators in Michigan. Step back in time and enjoy the merchandise of our quality dealers. New this year - furniture and a sports area.
Murphy's Antique Mall
Two floors, over 100 dealers. Antiques, glassware, furniture, jewelry, books, collectibles, retro 50’s, linens, records, cottage décor, vintage kitchen ware, and other curiosities. The antique mall where the dealers like to shop.
We have created an amazing mall & hope you can find everything you are "hunting.” Sweet Pickins is focused on providing an experience to remember! We offer a variety of antiques, collectibles & handmade crafts. We also have a cafe where you can have a relaxing lunch while you shop or just stop in with your friends (please a 24 hr. notice). Our delicious baked goods are homemade! Free coffee always. Happy pickins to you!
Blue Coast Artists
The Blue Coast Artists group offers a behind-the-scenes look into the studios of working artists, who work in various media including pottery, glass, photography, metal smithing, welding, lost wax casting & painting. In 2013, the group includes 12 juried, working artist studio members, as well as 15 other art and cultural points of interest. See individual member studio’s information for hours, visit www.bluecoastartists.com for additional information. Don't miss their Annual Fall Tour of Studios on October 5th & 6th. This fall's tour will be our 24th!
Arts & Artifacts Glass Studio
This rural studio offers a full line of functional, sculptural and architectural glass products. Custom designs, one-of-a-kind works and classes for all ages. Call to receive a listing of classes offered.
Lakeshore Framing and Artworks combines a custom picture framing shop with a contemporary art gallery that features unique art for the home and cottage. Featuring ready to hang posters and prints, decorative furniture, clocks, lamps, glassware, photos, watercolors, giclees and South Shore Line posters along with a large selection of frames, mats and conservation materials. Home of the Historical Association’s Store.
Bowsprit Gallery: Photography by Erin and Tim Morris, prints and original art by local artists... giclees, gallery wrap canvas, unique gifts with a South Haven flair...
Cowley Fine Art Gallery
A one of a kind art gallery and store located in downtown South Haven. It’s blocks away from one of the most beautiful fresh water beaches in the world. Inside the gallery, you’ll find beautiful original artwork and unique pieces from various artistic genres that represent over one hundred regional artists.
Everyone is an artist in our studio. You'll find Paint-Your-Own Pottery, Glass Fusing, Stuff-Your-Own Plush Animals and their accessories. No talent or supplies needed and we can even help you step-by-step to complete your project. Walk-in Guests are welcome during regular open hours or anytime with prior arrangements for groups of 4 or more. Ask about Birthday parties, baby/bridal showers, ladies night out, etc.
A place where fiber and flowers weave their magic for you to experience. Walk the many gardens where Barb raises her flowers and herbs. Visit the working fiber studio and gallery where Barb spins and weaves to create her artwork. The resident sheep provide the wool for many of her art projects.
Karen Murphy Gallery
A South Haven based photographer, Karen Murphy is known for her “Lakeshore/Landscapes.” In addition to her lakeshore specialty, Murphy photographs a variety of subjects, including wildlife, scenic, architecture and varied commission work. Her unique portrayal of the four seasons and moods on the lakeshore and countryside has received recognition in a variety of art centers and publications.
South Haven Center for the Arts
The South Haven Center for the Arts is the home of exhibitions and classes as well as many exciting programs year round. It is our mission to promote community enrichment through the arts. We also produce the South Haven Summer Art Fair on the first Sunday in July which attracts professional artists from across America.
Steve French Studio/Woodcreek Gallery
Award winning watercolors and reproductions of South Haven area, its landmarks, and shoreline images, by South Haven native artist Steve French. Steve has a new line of limited addition prints featuring South Haven Landmarks and Imagery.
The Inn Gallery
Located on North Shore Drive inside The Last Resort B&B Inn... This gallery represents the innkeeper’s works. From photography by Alberto Quiroga, who also does the geometric airbrush paintings to the colorful, acrylic, loose style of Mary Hammer's paintings. Welcome ALL!
The Thompson Gallery
This is the art studio of Philip Thompson. His original etchings of all Major League and selected university stadiums are available, along with his etchings of cityscapes and other prominent points of interest.
White Oak Studio & Gallery
Located under a canopy of White Oaks nestled at the edge of the Allegan Forest, the site offers a hand papermaking studio, summer arts workshops, "Picnic & Paper" gardens and meadows and the White Oak Blacksmithing Forge. In the gallery you will find art/home decor by Midwestern artists.
Pumpkin Picking, Apple Picking, & Fall Harvest
We have a 20-acre Corn Maze! A lot of creative energy and a huge amount of work go into this project every year to make it the best corn maze anywhere. And, of course, so our customers can enjoy even more family fun during their visit to Crane Orchards.
For those of you who have tested the maze in previous years, it will be a new challenge. For you new maze visitors, this is a great family fall event. Each year we have a completely new maze design. More information at www.craneorchards.com.
Haunted Corn Maze on the weekends!
Crane’s Orchards also provide 17 apple varieties. Fresh pickings become cider, sweet doughnuts and flaky pies, all for sale inside the famous Pie Pantry Restaurant!
South Haven Farm Market
Our market was created over 5 years ago and continues to be a vibrant, fresh, and exciting part of our community. Be sure to reap the benefits and pleasures of freshly picked products as well as handmade items. We are located under the pavilion in the Huron Street parking lot behind the Post Office in downtown South Haven (546 Phoenix St.). We are open every Saturday from 8am–2pm and Wednesdays in June, July, August and September from 8am–2pm. Our vendors are looking forward to rekindling with our repeat visitors and connecting with new friends.
Trail Blazing (biking, hiking, horseback riding, kayaking)
One doesn’t normally utter outdoor trails and ghost town in the same breath. But in the case of the Kal-Haven Trail, it’s more than an intriguing concept. The Kal-Haven ghost town legend involves a tale going back to 1869 when a young man from neighboring St. Joseph County founded the A.M. Todd Company. Albert Todd’s business was family-owned for more than 140 years and became an intriguing part of local lore.
The ambitious Todd successfully established a peppermint plantation in Van Buren County’s Pine Grove Township and a second one in Allegan County. He is attributed with developing scientific methods for distilling valuable mint oil. Legends claim Todd’s Van Buren County plantation was located on old Indian land. As the business grew, a town called Mentha sprouted to accommodate his workers. By 1900, he was the largest producer of peppermint oil in the world and crowned Peppermint King. One day his fortunes turned. A soil-borne fungus destroyed the crops, although some say the destruction was due to an Indian curse. Todd shuttered the plantation, causing workers to abandon the town. Deserted, Mentha soon became a ghost town. Homes, barns, and shops slowly deteriorated. The 35-mile Kal-Haven Trail passes the site of this once-flourishing community, providing a portal into a nearly forgotten piece of Michigan history. The Kal-Haven trail stretches from near Kalamazoo to South Haven. Opened in 1991, the linear Michigan State Park was one of the first converted rail trails in Michigan. The crushed limestone pathway is enjoyed by 100,000 people each year, including hikers, bikers, cross-country skiers and snowmobilers. It follows the former Kalamazoo and South Haven Railroad line connecting the same villages served by the early railroad.
Kal-Haven Horse Trail
The Horse Trail is a separate trail that runs parallel to the bike trail. The horse trail, like the main trail, runs through open farmland, dense brush and light wooded areas. It’s not a level trail like the main trail, and offers a nice, challenging ride. The width of the trail varies from 10-18 feet.
Apple Ridge Farm
Our trail rides wander through the woods & orchards of our 84 acre apple farm. You never know what you will see on the trail a white tail deer, wild turkey, or hunting fox. One thing’s for sure, you will see Mother Nature at her best. We ride all year long; every season has a charm of its own. Of course the fall colors and the apples are a pure joy for all the senses!
Bangor/South Haven Heritage Water Trail
The Bangor/South Haven Heritage Water Trail is a canoe and kayak trail encompassing 20 miles of the South Branch of the Black River between the cities of Bangor and South Haven. Heritage water trails are routes on navigable waterways such as rivers, lakes, and canals designed and implemented to foster an interactive historical education experience. Historical markers posted on bridge crossings highlight historic events or themes related to the waterway. A companion guide provides a more detailed presentation of the historic material in addition to acting as a more conventional water trail guide with maps, put-in points, take-out points, rest stop locations, paddling conditions, etc.
Van Buren State Park
Situated on the shores of Lake Michigan, Van Buren State Park is comprised of 400 acres of land, has one mile of sandy beach, and high dune formations. It’s the perfect place to walk through woodland trails and enjoy a picnic lunch. Metal detecting area.
Van Buren Trail State Park
The Van Buren Trail is a 14 mile linear multi-use trail that links the City of Hartford to the City of South Haven. The trail runs through open farmland, blueberry fields, dense brush and wooded areas. It crosses the Paw Paw River north of Hartford. The surface is a combination of grass, packed dirt and old dirt-covered railroad ballast. This creates a nice, challenging ride that is more suitable to mountain bikes.
Van Buren Horse Trail
The Van Buren Trail is open for equestrian use on the main trail for its entire length.
KJC ATV Rentals & Trails
Come and enjoy our beautiful wooded trails. You may bring your own ATV or rent ours. We offer one and two person rentals. Two catch and release ponds are on site. Camping is also available.
Kids in the Mudd Off Road Park
All ATVs and ORVs are welcome! Fun for the whole family! Have a picnic, watch mud trucks get stuck, drive your ATV around & maybe get stuck yourself. Kids in the Mudd is where fun goes to get dirty!
Stay for the weekend at one of our romantic Bed & Breakfasts, historic inns, family-owned hotels, or even rent a cozy cottage. Check out our Specials and Packages page at www.southhaven.org for great savings!
"Sun-Kissed Beaches: If you envision a day when time winds to a slow tick and the only demand is to hold a hand, head to the shore. The now-quiet beaches give lazy-day travelers a perfect place for long strolls with great vistas." – Pure Michigan Fall Travel Guide
WOW 2013: Third Annual Women’s Only Weekend!
November 8-10, 2013
Tickets are $60 and they include:
Nightly entertainment, Shopping demonstrations and specials, Classic Chick Flicks, Sunday Brunch
Extra perks and more surprises!
Bangor Harvest Festival
October 4-6, 2013
This year's annual event will include, the car show (downtown Bangor), quilt show, arts & crafts fair, used book sale, kids events in Mora Park (including a kid's magician), Casino nite, live music in Lions Park & much more!
2nd Annual Fall Fest & Outhouse Races
October 11-13, 2013
Second Annual Fall Fest will include farm market, contests for biggest pumpkin, squash, etc., pumpkin carving contests, harvest cruise to local farms & wineries, Hoedown Street Dance at the Pavilion featuring Live Band, "Boot Scoot" Bar Hop at local Pubs & Wineries, & Outhouse Races!
Plan now to have a HOOT of a good time! Hosted by the South Haven Area Chamber of Commerce.
Cranberry Harvest Day
DeGrandchamp Farms, October 12, 2013.
Demonstration Day. Take a Hay Ride to our Cranberry bogs where you can watch us harvest a sea of red, ripe cranberries!
Boo on Your Bike!
October 20, 2013
Ride the Kal-Haven Trail with your family & friends where you will find treats & scary surprises along the way. Costumes are encouraged. This event will start at the trail head & there will be a free safety clinic on biking. This is a FREE event! With Rock ‘n’ Road Cycle.
Blue Coast Artists Fall Tour of Studios Open House
10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays throughout Autumn
For over 20 years the Blue Coast Artists have been delighting and educating the public with their annual Fall Tour of Studios. Viewer s are invited once again to experience the creative process in action. See a piece of pottery being formed, view metal being hammered into a piece of jewelry or welded into an art form, or watch colors come alive with a brush. These are just a few of the demonstrations that art lovers of all ages are sure to enjoy during this annual West Michigan autumn event, from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, FREE of charge. The 2013 tour includes 12 working artists’ studios between South Haven and Saugatuck. Each site features demonstrations, original artwork, refreshments and more. Those taking the tour should feel free to ask the artist in residence about their craft, which will give true insight into the process of creating art. Unique artists’ studios and fall color make this experience fun for the whole family.
Wine Tasting & Tours/Breweries
South Haven and Van Buren County lie in the heart of Southwest Michigan’s wine country, where almost half of the state’s wine grapes are grown. For more than a century, the region’s wineries have produced clean, crisp, balanced wines, attracting the attention of wine lovers, whether visiting during the first blush of spring, summer’s glory, the fall harvest or even in the deep of winter. Step into the world of our winemakers, who blend award-winning wines, champagnes and sparkling juices. Visit their wine cellars and learn about the wine making process. Walk through the vineyards to see the carefully nurtured grapes basking in the sun, waiting to be plucked from the vine. A must-see stop on a self-guided tour is the family-owned St. Julian’s Winery in Paw Paw, Michigan’s oldest and the Midwest’s largest, most awarded winery. All of St. Julian’s wines are produced from grapes grown within a 25-mile radius of the winery. More than 25,000 visitors enjoy free St. Julian’s tours each year. Another favorite tour stop is Warner Vineyard’s historic European Champagne Cave, also in Paw Paw and their Tasting room in South Haven. Fenn Valley Vineyard in Fennville is also high on the list among West Michigan’s 11 wineries. Every season, every year, and every winery offers a unique experience for you to savor and enjoy.
Paw Paw Brewing Company
Paw Paw Brewing Company was established in early 2010 by brother-in-laws Ben Fleckenstein and Ryan Sylvester, placed in the small village of Paw Paw on the banks of the Paw Paw River surrounded by beautiful Wilderness. The idea behind Paw Paw Brewing Company was to create a place where the community could gather and connect with one another over a pint of locally hand crafted beer. In early December 2010 the door opened for business with four beers on tap, St. James English Mild, Black River Oatmeal Stout, Paw Paw Wheat and 2Paws IPA. Paw Paw Brewing Company’s grand opening celebration was January 21, 2011. Over the course of the first two years Paw Paw Brewing Company became the community place it was intended to be. Many ingredients have gone into creating Paw Paw Brewing as it has become today, but none more important than the community and the Paw Paw Brewing Company team.
Fall Color & Tours
Lindy Lou Color Cruises
Hop aboard the Lindy Lou for a relaxing cruise on South Haven’s Black River. From the late 1890s through the early 1930s, motorized launches traveled the Black River delivering guests to resorts and taking picnickers to up-river parks. Now an all-electric powered launch, the Lindy Lou is easy on the environment and easy on the ears. Fun for every member of the family! $20 per person includes Michigan Maritime Museum admission (War of 1812 exhibit!)