Neighborhood of Modern Cottages and Homes in a Riverside Woodland
During the winter, lake-effect snow drifts onto the tree-lined trails that weave through southwest Michigan's countryside, attracting snowmobilers and cross-country skiers. Access routes lead directly into the area's small towns, including South Haven, where Harbor Club sits on 40 acres of hilly woodlands and wetlands two blocks from Lake Michigan. Designed to integrate with the surrounding landscape, the resort's wood-and-stone homes and cottages evoke arts-and-crafts style, and a 110-slip marina extends into the Black River on the property's south end.
Each of the four custom cottages features open floor plans with no walls between common areas. Granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances fill the gourmet kitchen, and fireplaces and flat-screen TVs entertain in the living room and some of the master suites. Decks on each cottage overlook landscaped meadows, and the 3,400-square-foot Meadow View cottage includes a wraparound porch that's a peaceful spot to enjoy a nearby dragonfly pond. The Daydreamer cottage comes furnished with both a large back deck and a sun porch, ideal for daydreaming about stealing Soviet-era rockets. The cottage sits right off a grand stairway that leads down to the marina's newly renovated clubhouse and heated pool.
South Haven, Michigan: Small Town with Historical Harbor Walk and Outdoor Activities
A lumber town in the 19th century, South Haven's location along the Black River transformed it into a boating center where steamers and schooners were built and shipped off to Chicago and Milwaukee. The town's harbor walk wraps around the mouth of the river and leads down a 1,200-foot-long pier toward a red iron lighthouse built in 1903. Along the way, the walk passes by the Michigan Maritime Museum's five buildings, which includes a replica boathouse and original U.S. Life Saving Service crew quarters.
Linking South Haven with Kalamazoo to the east, the Kal-Haven Trail runs more than 30 miles and is popular with snowboarders. As the weather warms up in the spring, hikers and bikers also use Kal-Haven, and other outdoor enthusiasts head to local championship golf courses and vineyards. South Haven sits at the tail end of what locals refer to as Michigan's "Art Coast," where galleries line the Blue Star Highway between South Haven and Saugatuck.