- Battle Creek
- Benton Harbor
- Big Fish Lake
- Birch Lake
- Chikaming Township
- Christie Lake
- Corey Lake
- Diamond Lake, Cassopolis
- Donnell Lake
- Glenn Haven Shores
- Grand Beach
- Grand Junction
- Grass Lake
- Gravel Lake
- Great Bear Lake
- Gull Lake
- Gun Lake, Shelbyville
- Gun Lake, Wayland
- Hagar Shores
- Hutchins Lake
- Lake Lavine
- Lake Michigan Beach
This property allows you to book online with a credit card. After submitting a reservation request, the owner or manager has 24 hours to accept, at which time your card will be charged and you will receive an email confirmation
Recent Southwest property reviews
"It's really hard to find an up-to-date property that offers an in-town experience (steps from shops/restaurants), on the water (with kayaks to use!), near good side streets (for running and walking), and just a short trek to the beach (for sunsets) and Saugatuck (for shopping). Bayou House has it all. We used the extra bikes. It was very relaxing to enjoy dinners on the deck. The screened in porch is a must to avoid mosquitoes. Joyce was very easy to work with and even helped us swap weeks with another family. We appreciated the CSA basket and welcome goodies, too. The house is in great condition and has all the extras you need when it comes to kitchenware, linens and outdoor seating. It's really set up like a two-family upstairs/downstairs house. We had 10 people and didn't use the downstairs except for sleeping and an extra fridge. The water level was pretty low in 2013. We quickly learned to avoid the shallow spots and had no problems getting in/out of the dock."Guest: Cindy D. Date of Stay: July 2013 Review Submitted: December 29, 2013View listing
"I rented "Jack's Place" for ground zero of our family reunion and my children's families. This property is grossly underestimated in the description and photos. The decorations and quality of the property is top-notch. The location is perfect for both the beach and the downtown area. The owner communicated throughout the reservation, pre-check-in and check-in period as well as the check-out time promptly. This was not the case with previous rental experiences in South Haven. I would recommend "Jack's Place" very highly. This was a great experience. Thank you to the owner for a great experience."Guest: Karyl Date of Stay: July 2009 Review Submitted: July 28, 2009View listing
"We had a great week at this cottage! Proximity to the beautiful, clean lake is great and the cottage is equipped with everything you might need. Open floor plan with beautiful furnishing provides ample space for lots of people. As we are avid cookers, the kitchen was delightful to cook/work in and seating space for diners was abundant - really nice! Back porch provides a great place for cocktails/happy hour. Kayak availability is another huge bonus! Only minor issue worth mentioning is the water pressure/water quality isn't the best, but it didn't deter our fun! Relax and enjoy - it is fun! Really pleased with this vacation rental...."Guest: Amelia Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: August 3, 2014View listing
"My wife and I stayed here in August with our two boys. This place was great because it was so close to everything, yet in the secluded area of Grand Beach, so the privacy was nice when we wanted it. The beaches here were great as well with a ton of different access points if you needed to change up the scenery a little. We went out to eat most nights, but we did stay in a couple nights and barbecued at the house and ate on the deck, which is plenty big for a family. The golf course on site is a nice perk as well. It's a standard nine hole course and you can get a round in very quickly for minimal cost. I'd play in the morning and then be back in time to hit the beach with the family. If you're looking for a clean, comfortable summer place with a lot of activities, this is a great place and a great price. We are planning on going back this year."Guest: J Date of Stay: August 2011 Review Submitted: March 15, 2012View listing
Southwest Travel Tips
Southwest Michigan covers the counties of Berrien, Cass and Van Buren along the shores of Lake Michigan. This may not be the first place that springs to mind for finding sugar- sand beaches but this area does have some beautiful bays. It also produces some fine wines and fresh vegetables. During the winter, it is a fun place for skiing and snowboarding. In the summer, swap your ski poles for your golf clubs and enjoy some of the championship golf courses in the area. Those who enjoy a slower pace of life and local history will appreciate the museums and antique shops which can be browsed in this scenic area.
Stay on the Great Lakes with Southwest Michigan Vacation Rentals
If a homely place to stay with a fireplace or wood stove is what you are looking for, then consider staying in a vacation rental. Each rental home has its own individual charm and may have scenic views over the lakes or mountains of this delightful state. Rental homes have room for everyone, including the family pet and allow the whole family the space to do as they please. No fighting over one TV set or a single bathroom; choose a place to suit your needs. Larger vacation homes are ideal for sharing with friends and family, especially for holidays, family celebrations and Thanksgiving.
Things to do in Southwest Michigan
There are no limits to the fun you can have in Southwest Michigan. The beaches and Lake Michigan itself offer plenty of options for dune buggy riding, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, boating, waterskiing, windsurfing and more. Both back river and open water fishing are available. Wine-lovers can follow the wine trail and visit some of the wineries in the area to sample their produce. The towns have delightful shopping streets, farmers’ produce markets, and antique malls. There are theme parks, spas, gyms, cinemas, theaters and museums to enhance your stay in Southwest Michigan. Go hiking, biking and horseback riding to enjoy the local wildlife and birds. With all this going on, you may have to stay longer than just a week!
The Weather Around Your Southwest Michigan Lodging
Southwest Michigan has four seasons and the weather is notoriously changeable from day to day. It is influenced by Lake Michigan which keeps it cool during the summer and moist all year-round. Heavy snowfall is common in the winter when temperatures do not rise above freezing for three months. Spring and summer are pleasantly warm with some showers and thunderstorms. The fall season is the sunniest time of year to visit.
Getting to Southwest Michigan
Getting to Southwest Michigan is easy as the Chicago O’Hare International Airport is a major airline hub and just 61 miles from New Buffalo renatl homes. Midway International Airport is even nearer, also in Chicago but 52 miles away.
Neighborhoods to Visit Around Southwest Michigan Lake Houses
New Buffalo is 70 miles from Downtown Chicago and just 10 miles from Michigan City lodging, over the border in Indiana. Close to the beach, the lovely town of New Buffalo also has a surf shop, fine arts gallery, the Clipper Ship Gallery and plenty of other local haunts to enjoy. Dine out at one of the restaurants and bars, just a short stroll from your lake house vacation home.
South Bend offers an interesting day out as it is the home of the Roman Catholic University of Notre Dame. The College Football Hall of Fame has some extensive displays of former cheerleaders, bands and coaches. The Studebaker National Museum has a fine collection of horse-drawn carriages and early motor cars.
Saugatuck is a picturesque place to visit with world-class shopping, turn-of-the-century homes, and gourmet restaurants. It is a cultural center with several galleries, theaters and art venues. South Haven is also a delightful place to visit. It is famous for its blueberries and hosts numerous festivals throughout the year.