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$175 per night off season - 2 blocks from beach, 2 night min

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
2 - 7 nights

About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Pick Me! The Soft Landing offers the perfect vacation experience in South Haven at 246 Oak Street. A desirable North Shore location. A five minute (2 block) walk to public and often secluded Oak Street Beach and Lake Michigan. One block from the river. Walk to downtown and the marina. Two car parking included. Your dog is welcome to come along for the fun.

Relax with drinks on the deck and enjoy an outdoor game on the sprawling lawn. Read by the fire in the expansive open great room or roast marshmallows by the open fire pit.

This newly updated home offers a cozy, yet luxurious and contemporary stay with all new comfort mattresses and bedding. Bask in the vintage charm of real barn wood floors. And all the while stay connected with high speed internet.

The Master Suite, called the Go Fish Room, has a queen bed for cuddling and a brand new bathroom.

The Paddle Room is big enough to hold a square dance in! It has two double beds and a new flat screen TV/DVD player, with a full library of movies to choose from.

The Hoot Room is ideal for kids or adults that want to be kids again, with bunk beds and friendly owls that play look out at night.

NOTE: During the months of June through August, this cottage rents by the week only, from Friday through Friday.

Keywords: house, cottage, near lake, swimming, beach, downtown, marina, North Shore, dogs allowed, Oak Street, north side.

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Mark Weitekamper
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, german
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
February 20, 2017

About Mark Weitekamper

Hi. My name is Shannon. My husband Mark and I bought this lovely house in South Haven in the fall of 2010. We've poured love into this home. We've renovated it with real barn wood floors, a warm gas fireplace, an all new bathroom, and a funky and comfy decor that isn't like every other cottage on the block with a Gone Fishin' sign. We will enjoy it part of the time, and we want you to enjoy it the rest of the time.

Mark Weitekamper purchased this house in 2010

Why Mark Weitekamper chose Southwest Michigan

I grew up spending every summer in South Haven and loved every minute of it. Body surfing in the waves, playing Capture the Flag, making sand castles during the Blueberry Festival, riding my banana seat bike to get penny candy at the corner store that has been there as long as I can remember. I always thought when I had a family, I would buy a place in South Haven to let my kid love those same experiences. Well, I now have that kid. So, I had to make good on that promise to myself.

What makes this house unique

Take a short walk to the beach with coffee in hand first thing in the morning. Take a ten minute walk to one of two parks with your kids or the dogs in the afternoon. Play badminton or ladder ball in the big yard. Take a secret shortcut to the bridge (you'll figure it out when you get there) and be at one of the great downtown restaurants ten minutes later. Read a book by the fire. Play poker at the big oak table that can seat ten or more. Uncork a bottle of red wine and relax on the deck. Watch Jaws with your friends while eating endless bags of microwave popcorn.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(21 traveler reviews)

$175 per night off season - 2 blocks from beach, 2 night min
average rating of 4.8095236 based on 21 reviews

Excellent, cozy home!

  • 4 of 5

The house was great--clean, spacious, and cozy. The fireplace was an excellent addition to our winter trip. The house had everything we needed and all the info we needed was provided. The only thing that detracted from an otherwise amazing stay was that the hot water seemed to run out pretty quickly. However, we were able to adjust shower schedules after the first day so we didn't run into the issue again. The house was a quick walk into town and very close to the beach!

I definitely would recommend this home for anyone looking to stay in South Haven.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Perfect spot for a getaway. This is the second time we have stayed here for a girls weekend. Perfect space, comfy beds and plenty of space for six women to inhabit! The home is spotless, stocked generously with paper products and decorated in true beach fashion. I highly recommend this rental and we will be returning again!

  • Submitted: Nov 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Four Generations of Fun

  • 4 of 5

Soft Landing was a great location for our family gathering. Comfortable amenities

And plenty of room topped only by the convenient location of the property.

We loved walking to the beach. We will recommend Soft Landing to our friends.

South Haven has a lot to offer for a fun getaway.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Sandy for your review. We look forward to your next visit! Shannon
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Wonderful Cottage -- Had a great time!

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was beautiful and spacious. Everything was provided and there was plenty of room for my family and friends. Only two blocks from the beach and close to downtown South Haven. Shannon, your cottage on Oak Street was a perfect place to celebrate my 60th birthday! We all had a wonderful time!

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Has everything you need!

  • 4 of 5

My family and I stayed here this past August for a short get away from the other side of Lake Michigan. The beach is beautiful -sand is soft and water is so clear. The place was clean when we arrived. We weren't able to check in early because the people staying there before us checked out late. But, we just went grocery shopping and by the time we got back the place was free. Booking the property was easy - communication was clear. The place was clean and well stocked. It has everything you need and then some. They really paid attention to details to supplying people with so many things like beach chairs, towels, dish soap etc. We loved the walk to the beach and how close it is as well as the proximity to downtown, restaurants and shops. Shannon was very responsive when we communicated and let us check out a bit late which was nice. The only suggestion for improvement would be that the owners call and check in on their tenants. Our bath tub had began to clog and we could have used a plumber to come in and fix the drain issue. We all had to shower in the guest bathroom off the kitchen. Not a big deal since there were only three of us. We loved that we could bring our dog! I would definitely recommend staying here as it is a lovely home that is well cared for.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Maeve for your kind review and for staying at The Soft Landing. If there's anything you need during your next stay please text me at 773-256-8256 so that we can address any concerns you have during your stay. I'm sorry to hear about the plugged drain and would have been happy to get a plumber out during your stay. I prefer not to contact my guests while they are at The Soft Landing because we have found that most people like their privacy and don't want the owners checking in on them. Thanks again for your review. Shannon
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Perfect Landing

  • 5 of 5

This was the first time we stayed in South Haven at the Soft Landing, and it was perfect in every sense. The rooms were neat and clean, the location was perfect for our family to walk to the beach, and the yard was big enough to play sports and run around. We were so impressed we plan on staying here next year.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for staying and for your review Tim! Shannon
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Did you know? South Haven boasts seven public beaches. But Oak Street Beach at the end of our street is one of the best kept secrets and only two blocks away! Roast marshmallows around the outdoor fire pit; Rainy day? Visit the Air Zoo one hour away in Portage, or take a short ride to one of the two South Haven wineries; Drink cider and devour fresh doughnuts at Mcintosh Apple Orchards; Pick blueberries, raspberries (yes, that's how it's spelled; I couldn't believe it either), name one of the local farms; bike the Kal-Haven trail that starts less than a mile from where you are staying; walk to the marina where you'll find charter fishing, sunset cruises, canoe rentals, and more; golf at one of the three courses in town; visit the GingerMan Raceway; check out the Fall color tour; Winter Get-Away? Try snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and ice skating at the local outdoor rink. I could go on, but just how much do you think you can fit into a week anyway?


Rates & Availability

South Haven House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Feb 16 2017 - Jun 15 2017
2 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jun 16 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
Sep 4 2017 - Dec 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Pet Fee $50

Special reduced rates in low season: 2 nights = $225/night; 3 nights = $175/night; 4 nights = $150/night.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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South Haven House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Bunk Beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Newly renovated, parking for three cars, fire pit for telling ghost stories, board and outdoor games galore, all the comforts of home including iron and ironing board and coffee maker

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