|Lake Michigan and the South Haven Lighthouse
We stayed in the beautiful Yelton Manor Bread and Breakfast on North Shore Drive. South Haven is carved into two sections by the Black River, and Yelton Manor is on the north side of town, across the river from the downtown. It is far enough away from the crowds downtown and the larger beaches near the mouth of the river to give guests a relaxing setting to unwind.
Even though it is on a quiet street removed from the downtown, Yelton Manor is close enough to walk to almost everything South Haven offers. Downtown is about a ten to fifteen minute walk away, and the South Beach lighthouse near downtown is about a twenty minute walk total. Best of all, a public beach access is across the street from Yelton Manor.
Yelton Manor has two separate buildings on the same lot, the Manor and the Guest House. The Manor has eleven guest rooms and is the main building where breakfast and snacks are served for the guests in both buildings. The Guest House is a more private setting with only six rooms and no food service, except for tempting bowls of chocolate scattered throughout the Guest House's common areas.
|Some of Yelton Manor's many flowers
|One of several rabbit sightings at Yelton Manor
Yelton Manor's breakfasts were superb, with nearly everything locally sourced or locally made. I loved the hard-boiled eggs from a local hen and homemade peanut butter and jams. They also serve delicious brownies throughout the day and freshly popped popcorn, and they serve "beach break snacks" from 3 to 6 p.m. daily, including an excellent homemade hummus and pickled foods like pickled jalapenos.
Yelton Manor does not allow children or pets as guests, but I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a relaxing getaway sans kids.
After arriving at Yelton Manor, settling in, and snacking on their breach break snacks, we headed to Taste in downtown South Haven for dinner. Taste specializes in small plates and martinis. We each had a drink at the bar, Allison ordered a ginger lemongrass martini, which she enjoyed. Not being a martini fan, I ordered a bourbon to sip on while waiting for our table.
|Drinks from Taste
For lunch on Saturday, we tried the Phoenix Street Cafe. If I had not already eaten two hard-boiled eggs for breakfast, I would have tried something from the breakfast menu. Instead, I ordered a salmon BLT and was happy I did. The sandwich was amazing, especially the thick-cut hickory bacon. Allison ordered an omelet special that included phenomenal spicy, roasted tomatoes.
On Saturday night, we felt like Mexican food, so we tried Su Casa. Even though it was crowded, we only waited about twenty minutes for a table, but we would have had an hour wait if we wanted to sit outside. Su Casa offers typical dishes for a Mexican restaurant. I had a carne asada burrito and Allison had chiles rellenos. Both dishes were quite good, and the burrito was very filling.
|The bar at Channel Wine Bar
|Tipsy Brush Studio
|Wine flights from Channel Wine Bar
|Flowers along the drawbridge
|Standing on the north pier overlooking the Black River and south pier
|I wanted all of the cheese at the farmers market.
|The farmers market
|The beach becomes narrow along the private lots.
|The waves were a little rough on the first night.
|The skies were clear and the waters were calm on Saturday.
|The lighthouse under purple skies
|Looking across the Black River towards Lake Michigan and North Beach
|Another South Haven sunset