Midwest Living Review
Back in 1920, the proprietor of the Carriage House boasted his guests would enjoy "running water in every room." The luxuries have been mounting ever since: crisply ironed sheets and thick duvets, whirlpool tubs and plush bathrobes, free wireless Internet, satellite cable, CD and DVD players, private bathrooms, and salon-quality toiletries. This 1890s Victorian doesn't go over the top with lace and doilies. The inn has a Cape Cod feel appropriate for its spot on the harbor in South Haven. Private balconies, public sun porches and patios take advantage of the surroundings. It's a short walk to the beach and downtown shopping and dining -- though there's little reason to leave the inn once you're settled. Home-baked cookies and popcorn break up the afternoon, and there's an hors d'oeuvres reception each evening. Best of all is the from-scratch gourmet breakfast: homemade scones, flavored butters, delicate quiches and a bounty of locally grown fruit. The Carriage House boasts an 85 percent guest return rate, and it's easy to see why. From $145; rates vary seasonally.