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Recent Southwest reviews

  • Precious get-a-way

    "This house was perfect for me and my girlfriends. It was immaculate, charming and just a short walk to downtown and the beach. Just a short drive from Chicago--but it seems like a world away. Description and photos are accurate; but you will feel the designer ambiance more so in person. My first time in the bungalow was over the July 4th Holiday and it is a memory I will cherish forever. Can't wait to go back. Great for a small family or a group of girlfriends."
    Guest: Debbie Date of Stay: February 2014 Review Submitted: April 7, 2014
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  • Annual Doe Camp Trip

    "Our stay was GREAT! The house was easy to get to. It was warm and inviting. Lots of room for all of us to be able to relax and have a good time. The rooms were spacious and clean. The house was well supplied with the necessities. The house was also just a short distance from a lot of things to do. On our first night in town, while at dinner we were told of the Interurban bus that would pick you up and take you into town for a small fee. It was great!"
    Guest: CC Date of Stay: November 2014 Review Submitted: November 18, 2014
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  • Relaxing Retreat

    "Very cute cottage, don't let the small bathroom deter you. The screened in front porch is where you will spend all your time. Absolutely perfect! Loved the tea lights around the porch, the table to eat out on the porch, the seating area to play or talk or read. Even the couch to lay down and take a nap. The outside shower is so fun and seeing the sky and the birds while showering in hot water was cool! Thanks for a nice time to spend my birthday!"
    Guest: Marcia Date of Stay: September 2014 Review Submitted: October 22, 2014
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  • Felt like home!

    "Just returned from a week in Saugatuck with our family. We loved our stay at the Shoebox Cottage. Everything was just as it appeared in the photos. The house was very clean and well maintained. Also, the owner was very helpful to us in planning this stay. We would certainly recommend this property. Be sure to visit Marro's in Saugatuck and Salt of The Earth in Fennville for great food. Virtue Farms in Fennville is a great place for cider tastings."
    Guest: Buckeyes Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: August 23, 2014
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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.

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