February 16, 2015

Wine pairing? Kick it up a notch in South Haven this weekend!

Wine and food pairing events have been incredibly popular in recent years, but the latest trend features the delectable deliciousness of the bottle - from sipping whiskeys to muddled cocktails.

This weekend don't miss the special pairing dinner being hosted at Sophie's Steakhouse Saturday, February 21st. The menu will feature some incredible dishes paired with the libations from Coppercraft Distillery in Holland, Michigan.  Original, handmade cocktails will be

January 25, 2015

South Haven's Ice Breaker Festival shuttle schedule

If you're headed to the Victoria Resort or Ice Breaker Festival this weekend, here's the shuttle schedule for Saturday.

The complimentary shuttle will depart the Victoria Resort at 12:12, 1:12, 2:12 and so on until the last shuttle at 9:12 pm.  Many thanks to the South Haven Chamber of Commerce and the South Haven Visitors Bureau for providing the shuttle!

January 22, 2015

Antique finds all around South Haven

I love going to the antique stores.  There's that sense of adventure to see what you can find, there's an element of cool, and always a thread of just plain weird.  (Like the time I found a lamp fashioned out of a doll...and her little head was broken... ewwww!)  This past week I found some really fun items

January 3, 2015

Ice Breaker Festival South Haven - January 2015

Ice carving sponsored by Joe's Bar & Grill, photo
courtesy of South Haven Chamber of Commerce.
South Haven is gearing up for the 2015 Ice Breaker Festival, hosted on the streets of downtown January 30th - February 1st.  The hottest little winter festival along the lake, Ice Breaker combines food, drink, winter fun and a determined spirit to break up the doldrums of winter.

The highlight of the festival is the chili cook off, featuring over twenty hearty creations of restaurants and organizations downtown.  Over the past couple of years, the Elks Club, Clementine's, Hawkshead and Taste have been in hot competition for first place.  Visitors are encouraged to pick up a ballot to score each chili entry based on heat, consistency, meat to bean ratio and overall appeal.
Serving up chili samples, photo courtesy
of South Haven Chamber of Commerce.

Ice carving begins early on Saturday morning with 300 to 600 pound blocks of ice placed throughout downtown.  Carvers in the student, amateur and professional divisions will create works of art with huge three hundred pound blocks of ice throughout downtown.  From intricate signature pieces to clever, pop art style, the ice carvings are fun to watch in progress and photograph when completed.  Judging of the entries is typically around noon, and sculptures will remain downtown for as long as weather permits.

Embracing the warmth while enjoying the outdoor cold is definitely a recurring theme.  The local Boy Scouts will have several firepits throughout downtown, and for a dollar donation they'll toast up the perfect marshmallow for a s'more.  Local restaurants & bars also participate in the Pub Slide, featuring special festival adult beverages.

The South Haven Chamber of Commerce is coordinating with the Victoria Resort Bed and Breakfast and other North Side businesses to provide a toasty warm (and complimentary) shuttle to downtown festivities.  Stay tuned for more details!

Bed and breakfast rooms for couples and guest cottages for families or small groups are available for the Ice Breaker weekend at the Victoria Resort.  Additionally the Victoria Resort is offering an "Ice Breaker Price Breaker" special, where the third night is 50% off any accommodation.

January 1, 2015

Cross country skiing, fires and food? Fabulous!

Cross country skis, evening skies, torches, fires and a hot bowl of soup?  This is my kind of winter sport!  Sarett Nature Center is hosting a "Gourmet Glide" on Saturday, January 10th that will change your perception of winter sports!

Beginning at 6 pm, the ski trails will be lit by torchlight, and occasional warming stations include a blazing fire and appetizers.  After traversing the trails, head back to the nature center's gathering hall for a cozy fire, homemade soups, coffee and tea.

Bring your own skis or snowshoes, or rent some from Sarett.  Not enough snow?  Bring your hiking boots and take a wintry walk over the same trails, keeping your ears open for owls and other wildlife.

Bring a dish to pass, your own table service and favorite beverage.  Register with the folks at Sarett so they can prepare for the right number of adventurous people by calling 269-927-4832.  The cost is just $8 per person.  Ski and snowshoe rentals are $5 to $8 per person.

Overnight accommodations are available at the Victoria Resort Bed & Breakfast, and this weekend the second night is half off.  Given the winter temperatures forecast, consider a room or cottage with a fireplace - you'll appreciate it!  Sarett Nature Center is located off I-196 at exit 1, and the Victoria Resort is about a mile from exit 22.

December 28, 2014

Gingersnap Cookies - no curb appeal but delish!

Some cookies just don't have what HGTV would call "curb appeal" - they're plain, simple and not terribly impressive.  Until you bite into one, and you wonder why you even hesitated.  That's the case with these Gingersnap Cookies.  I especially have a weakness for recipes that

December 8, 2014

Wine Pairing Dinner at South Haven's Sophie's Steakhouse

Sophie's Steakhouse is hosting a special wine tasting dinner on Friday, December 12th featuring wine from Pride Mountain in California.  The merlot and Viognier will be included as part of the four course, four tasting dining experience.  A quick peek at their regular menu, and you'll see why Sophie's is the perfect venue for a special occasion like this.  Reservations are suggested, and the wine & steak dinner is just $50 per person.  Simply call Sophie's Steakhouse at 269-637-2121.

For a full experience without the hassle of a long drive after a delicious meal, the Victoria Resort Bed and Breakfast is just a mile away.  Room accommodations include simple rooms to suites with fireplaces and whirlpool tubs.  Guest cottages offer gathering space for a small group with multiple bedrooms and bathrooms.  Reservations can be booked by phone at 269-637-6414 or online at www.VictoriaResort.com