Michigan Maritime Museum

The Michigan Maritime Museum is right around the corner from Yelton Manor B&B!

Whether you take a jaunt out on The Lindy Lou or a day’s adventure, including a sunset cruise, on tall ship Friends Good Will, you will have a spectacular time on beautiful Lake Michigan.  The museum is fascinating to tour and we love the gift shop for wonderful South Haven souvenirs.

Frequently hosting special events, our personal favorite is over HarborFest weekend, the June 16, 2012 Classic Wooden Boat Show Festival.  Robert spent some years as President of the Board at the Michigan Maritime Museum and we are diehard fans and benefactors.

Come and get on board!!!

4th of July in South Haven, MI!

  The ultimate summer festival spans between two July weekends in 2012, as July 4th lands smack in between on a Wednesday!  The Queen’s Cup boat race finishes in South Haven on Saturday, June 30th. The South Haven Center for the Arts fair is in Stanley Johnston Park, directly behind The Yelton Manor on Sunday, July 1st.  Light up the Lake fireworks are on July 3, and our adorable parade is 11AM or so on July 4th.. Sure to be a rocking good time,  best to make your reservations as early as you can.

The Yelton Manor gardens are also having their peak moment in this week.  Walkable to all the fun, but out of earshot of the noisy harbor and downtown nightlife, YMBB also is the closest lodging in South Haven to the sandy beach.


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The Riverfront Concert Series

There isn’t a better reason to take a break from work and extend your weekend to include Thursday night than this event. The Community Riverfront Concert Series begins its season in May. Each Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m., South Haven’s Riverfront Park will host a variety of musical performances, including jazz, classical, folk and contemporary. Concerts are free to the public.

Nestled on the banks of the Black River and located just one block west of downtown South Haven, Riverfront Park provides an ideal setting for the concert series. The performances are next to the marina with seating along a gently sloping grassy hill. Concert-goers will enjoy views of boats traveling on the river, as well as fantastic sunsets over Lake Michigan.

The concerts will typically last an hour and a half and are free to the public. You may want to bring a lawn chair or blanket to relax on. A light coat may also be appropriate as gentle breezes coming off the lake are common. In the event of inclement weather, concerts will be held under the pavilion in the Huron Street parking lot.

2012 Queen’s Cup Race

  South Haven, Michigan proudly hosts The 2012 Queen’s Cup Race in 2012.  June 29, 2012, marks the 74th sailing of the Queen’s Cup, one of the oldest cups in yachting. The race starts at the South Shore Yacht Club, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and finishes later on the weekend in South Haven, Michigan.

South Haven’s illustrious Tall Ship, Friends Good Will, will be ready to welcome boats crossing the finish line.

Experience the magnificent display of boats and greet your sailors as they arrive!


HarborFest is my personal favorite of all the special events and festivals in South Haven.  Maybe because it’s pre-season, before the resort is crowded, maybe it’s the focus on our amazing riverfront and lakefront and our Maritime history. Anyway, it’s a real blast. Come and boogie to live blues, country and rock music in a giant band shell in our downtown Riverfront Park each evening.  HarborFest is very much a local festival, with competitive Dragon Boat Races on the river, pancake breakfasts, boat shows, craft fairs, so much to do! The 2012 schedule is here, the dates are June 14 through the 17th.

South Haven, Michigan Visitor’s Bureau

Your one stop center for information on all things South Haven, Michigan is the local Visitor’s Bureau.

Lodging, attractions, dining, festivals, shopping, the works, it’s all in one easy stop here.

And, of course, when you are a guest at Yelton Manor Bed and Breakfast, we’ll customize your options with exactly what you want to do as well as offer our own suggestions.

Everyday People Cafe

 Everyday People Cafe is just a short drive north to the quaint resort town of Douglas, MI. 

Enjoy a casual, chic attitude, the best food for miles around and, occasionally, live music too.

The menu changes often as the chef riffs on what is fresh in the markets.

Everyday People Cafe is so popular that the wait can be hours at the door.  They do not accept reservations, but….they DO accept “call aheads”, exclusively, from us at Yelton Manar B&B.  So ask us to make your reservation for you and you’ll slide past that long queue like a rockstar.


Maria’s, A Taste of Italy

Just an easy stroll out Yelton Manor’s door, right downtown, is Maria’s, A Taste of Italy.

We are delighted to have two excellent Italian restaurants in South Haven, and Maria’s is one of them! 
With a casual, family atmosphere, Maria’s serves up fresh fare daily for lunch and dinner.

Family owned, with “homemade Italian sausage and homemade Italian meatballs made daily.”

Check out Maria’s menu here!