Stay at Houses in Southwest Michigan

Southwestern Michigan is known for its ample outdoor recreational opportunities due to its proximity to the southern portion of Lake Michigan. The area is home to many annual festivals and has a thriving agricultural area, which produces fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers that are offered for sale at farmer's markets in the summer and autumn. The most popular properties to stay at in southwestern Michigan include houses, cottages near the lake and apartments in the medium and large sized cities. The houses for rent in southwestern Michigan offer amenities including swimming pools, private backyards, full-size kitchens and central air conditioning.

Outdoor Activities

While visiting southwestern Michigan, you can enjoy many outdoor activities. If you are an avid athlete, consider participating in the annual Maytag Ironman 70.3 Steelhead triathlon, which takes place each year in August and includes a swim in Lake Michigan. Ice fishing is a popular wintertime sport, as is hockey. If you like watching sports, drive to Pontiac, Detroit or Ann Arbor and stay at apartments in Detroit while catching a professional football game of the Lions, college football at the University of Michigan or a basketball game of the Pistons.

Museums

Southwestern Michigan is home to many hands-on museums for children and families. If you enjoy the arts, visit the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, which has many examples of 20th century art among its collection of more than 3,600 pieces. The Kalamazoo Air Zoo is home to a significant collection of historic and contemporary aircraft and offers daily guided tours. You might also want to stay overnight at houses in Southeastern Michigan so that you can visit some other museums, such as the Henry Ford Museum of automobile history in Detroit or the Detroit Institute of Arts, which is home to many famous paintings depicting the industrial revolution and the history of the automobile. Some of the other interactive museums in southwestern Michigan include:

  • Morton House: This historic residence is now a museum offering a glimpse at southwestern Michigan's history.
  • Gilmore Car Museum: Located in Kalamazoo, this museum houses cars that were featured in Disney movies.
  • Kalamazoo Valley Museum: This museum features science exhibits for children and also has a planetarium.

Family Attractions

Couples and families who enjoy live music might consider seeing a performance of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra in downtown Kalamazoo. Another great family attraction is the Sprague's Family Fun Farm, which includes a farmer's market, petting zoo, orchard and berry patch. The whole family could also visit the Silver Beach Carousel, which offers old-fashioned rides on beautifully hand painted horses. You might also enjoy some of these other great family attractions:

  • Blossomtime Festival: This annual event takes place in May in Benton Harbor and St. Joseph and includes a youth parade, demonstrations by expert gardeners, food, games and live music.
  • Echo Valley: This outdoor sports center has a 43,000 square foot ice skating rink.
  • Windmill Island Gardens: Check out a real working windmill in Holland, Michigan.

Weather

Southwest Michigan experiences winters that are cold and snowy, with usual January high temperatures around 30 degrees Fahrenheit. The area receives lake effect snowfall from Lake Michigan. The best time to visit southwestern Michigan is in September and October, as the weather is mild, the skies offer abundant sunshine and the foliage is beginning to turn colors.

How to Get There

You may drive a private car or rental car into and around southwest Michigan by taking I-94, which will also connect you to Chicago and Detroit. I-196, U.S. 31, M-63 and M-139 also pass through this area. For regional air service into southwestern Michigan, use Southwest Michigan Regional Airport (BEH) in Benton Harbor. Amtrak offers a passenger rail station in St. Joseph.

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                                                              Cozy, clean and quiet

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                                                              This cottage has everything we wanted. It is exactly as pictured: clean, new, cozy and well appointed. Todd was extremely responsive and helpful and made sure we had everything we needed to have an enjoyable stay. The walk to the lake was easy and a nice option to have. The fire pit was great as well. They even had some wood on hand they said we could use. Very nice. I would definitely stay again, especially in the summer to enjoy the lovely back deck and to try to see what kind of wildlife can be seen in the back wooded area. While at the cottage we enjoyed playing board games, making tea and simple meals, though one could make anything with the well stocked kitchen, and just reading and relaxing. They do have Netflix but we never tired of all the other relaxing ways to enjoy our time to need it. This is a great place and I hope to be back soon!
                                                              • Submitted: Apr 10, 2016
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                                                              Location, Location, Location!!!

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                                                              The townhouse is very cozy and charming. This is the earliest I have visited 3 Oaks. Most of the stores had not opened for the season but 3 Oaks is still a wonderful place to visit in the off season. We arrived on St. Patrick's Day and had lunch at Nelson's as usual. Greeted with the best Corn beef and cabbage. Checked into the townhouse and was greeted by a wonderful caretaker and assistant. They showed us the house and made us feel at home. The location of this home is key to visiting 3 Oaks. You are within walking distance of all the major shops and eateries. Went to the Journeyman distillery and the Acorn Theater. My first visit to the Vickers movie theater. Great venue that shows art house movies. Driers meat market was open early because of an early Easter. The home was sufficiently appointed with all of the necessities . Great heating system and direct t.v. It was NCAA tournament weekend so we enjoyed the games. WiFi was very good. Many rentals have weak WiFi. If you are planning a trip to 3 Oaks or the area you can not go wrong renting this place. I have stayed in many places in 3 Oaks over the years and this place is definitely high on my list. looking forward to a return trip. I would like to check out the other house they own. It is a Civil War era house south of 3 Oaks in the country. Looks like a great place for a summer or fall retreat.
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                                                              Beautiful location!

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                                                              Beautiful location! Wonderful communication, and great amenities! We had a blast! Thank you!
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