Dog-Friendly Destination: South Haven


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As devoted pet parents, we seldom want to leave our furry friends behind when we go on vacation. Our dogs are like family, and they’re just as deserving of a weekend getaway as we are! That’s why we’ve decided to start a series of blog posts dedicated to – you guessed it – dog-friendly destinations.

Once a month we’re going to highlight a nearby city that’s particularly welcoming to four-legged tourists. From dog-friendly beaches, to gourmet dog bakeries, to canine boutiques and more, there are a lot of places within a few hours of Chicago that cater to dogs and the people who love them.

First up – South Haven, Michigan.

South Haven, Michigan South Haven is such a beautiful, unique place you’d think you’re looking at photos of Cape Cod. This glorious little beach town is located in the southwest corner of Michigan right on the lake. Sandy beaches, sunset views, a historic lighthouse, romantic bed & breakfasts, and countless cafes, restaurants, boutiques, and attractions make this dog-friendly destination extra-worthy of a weekend getaway.

Dog-Friendly Lodging Visitors to South Haven often choose to stay in beachside cottage rentals, many of which are dog-friendly. The following hotels also allow dogs:

  1. The Comfort Suites 1755 Phoenix St (269) 639-2014

  2. Sun n’ Sand Resort 176 N. Blue Star Hwy (269) 767-7123

  3. Great Lakes Inn & Suites 9814 M-140 Hwy (269) 637-8700

Dog-Friendly Restaurants The following eateries allow dogs to accompany their owners in outdoor seating areas during the summer months:

  1. Maria’s Taste of Italy 322 Center St (269) 637-3663

  2. Julia’s at the Pavilion 561 Huron St (269) 639-7988

  3. Brix Corner Oven 402 Eagle St (269) 214-8484

  4. ec*lec*tic 204 Center St (269) 767-7750

  5. Golden Brown Bakery & Cafeteria 421 Phoenix St (269) 637-3418

  6. Phoenix Street Café 523 Phoenix St (269) 637-3600

  7. Su Casa Restaurante 206 Center St (269) 767-7493

Dog-Friendly Retail The following boutique offers South Haven visitors a wide range of upscale products for dogs and their owners:

  1. Decadent Dogs 506 Phoenix St (269) 637-0716

Dog-Friendly Attractions Dogs love exploring the exciting sights and smells of South Haven. The following dog-friendly attractions are favored by locals and visitors alike:

  1. South Haven Dog Park 8th Ave next to the Al Van Humane Society

  2. Deerlick Creek Park & Beach West end of 13th Ave

Have you and your pup been to South Haven, Michigan? Share your experience with us on The Doggy Dojo Facebook page!

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