Built in 1920, the Victoria Resort was one of 150 inns that peppered South Haven during the era when visitors flocked from Chicago via steamship and the newly paved West Michigan Pike to escape the summertime heat of the city. Current owner Jan Leksich purchased the property in 1989 and transformed the run-down resort into a comfortable inn just a block from Lake Michigan and within easy walking distance of downtown South Haven. The only signs of the B&B's former glory days are in the hallways, where sepia photos from a century ago line the walls.
These days, the adults-only resort features nine Victorian-influenced yet completely modern guestrooms with big baths, MP3 players and flat-screen TVs. Deluxe rooms up the ante with large whirlpool tubs, gas fireplaces and separate seating areas, and all accommodations include a full breakfast and access to tennis courts and an outdoor pool. Room rates range from $85 to $215.
Breakfast is a highlight. Our meal began with a buffet of fresh-baked muffins, yogurt, fresh fruit and hot cereal and finished with a sausage frittata with herb roasted red potatoes, coffee and juice. The hearty meal and prime beach location make this inn a real gem.