24 Hours in South Haven, MI with a Baby

Traveling to South Haven, MI is one of my husband’s family traditions. South Haven is a charming town on Lake Michigan with iconic lighthouses. This year, we took our 4-month-old son along for a quick overnight trip! Here’s what we did during our 24 hours in South Haven.

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Day One

When we arrived, we immediately headed to Subs N More for lunch. This is a great spot to grab a sandwich (or pizza). We ate outside and then drove to South Beach! Zach and I took turns hanging out with Samuel, and we convinced Zach’s sister to watch Samuel while we took a quick walk in the sand. Our beach tent was the perfect size to keep Samuel covered!

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For dinner, we sat outside at Bricks and ate thin-crust pizza. Some of the restaurants had a two-hour wait, but we pleasantly had hot pizza in our hands in roughly 20 minutes. Bricks is very kid-friendly and even has activities to keep them entertained while waiting for dinner.

After dinner, we obviously headed to Sherman’s. If you’ve ever been to South Haven, you know how delicious it is! And if you don’t, I hope you’ll prioritize going there. My husband and I tried two different flavors, toffee fantastic and turtle (typically, we share chocolate chip cookie dough!). Both were delicious! However, neither of us could finish our single cones. Opt for the kid size, unless you’re sharing with someone.

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We enjoyed a beautiful sunset on North Beach, and Rocky, Zach’s brother-in-law, took one of my favorite family portraits to date! Samuel is such a cutie, and we feel so lucky to have him.

Day Two

We woke up early and headed to Eclectic for coffee and then met the others at Brown’s Bakery for donuts to take to the beach. What is better than eating donuts and drinking coffee at the beach!?

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After some fun, we got cleaned up and headed to Phoenix Street Cafe for breakfast. Then, it was time for blueberry picking! Before going to South Haven for my first time in 2015, I had never picked blueberries. Since then, it’s something I look forward to each summer. The blueberries are absolutely delicious, and picking them is satisfying. I wore Samuel in my Tuck and Bundle wrap which made picking blueberries a breeze. He napped almost the entire time, and we left with nearly three pounds of blueberries.

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We then headed to lunch at Su Casa. A bonus to eating lunch at an off-time meant that we didn’t have to wait for a table! The guacamole there is delicious! Tip – Ask for some spicy carrots. You’ll be hooked. We looked in a few more shops and then it was time to head home.

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Your Turn!

  • Have you been to South Haven? What’s your favorite activity to do there?
  • If you haven’t, where do you love to travel to each summer?
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Visiting Five Parks in and Around Denver

When one of my very good Disney College Program friends got engaged to her very own Prince Charming, I knew I had to be there to help celebrate! When we found out we were pregnant and would have a two month old at the time of their wedding, I was still convinced we needed to make the trip to Denver. My husband agreed, and we decided to enlist help from the grandparents, who eagerly said yes.

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Flash forward to the Wednesday before Memorial Weekend when we met my parents at the airport! Our baby did very well on the flight and slept the majority of the trip. As soon as we arrived and got all of our luggage, we headed straight to Four Friends Kitchen, a Southern-inspired brunch place in Denver. Our friends who had traveled to Denver told us we had to stop here, and it did not disappoint. It was delicious!

Our adventures had only begun! Traveling with a baby certainly changed the trip dynamics. We focused more on experiences and cared much less about restaurants than we had in the past. We stopped more often for diaper changes and nursing sessions. However, we had no shortage of fun times and saw some incredible places in and around the city!

Five Parks Around Denver in Four Days

During our trip, we visited five parks and walked an average of 3 miles a day. Since I had a baby in March, I haven’t been as concerned about my fitness although I do go on daily walk. That, coupled with the altitude difference, had my legs shaking a few times!

1. Garden of The Gods

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Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! We headed to Garden of The Gods in Colorado Springs after leaving Red Rocks, which was about an 1.5 hour drive. Zach’s family used to live out this way (before he was born), so he’d always wanted to come to Colorado Springs. The views at Garden of The Gods were beautiful, and the paved trail was a nice surprise. Hello, stroller! We saw a rattlesnake and a bobcat here.

2. City Park

City Park is next to the Denver Zoo. We stopped here on our way to our hotel from the airport and walked the loop once. It was a great stop to stretch our legs. We had fun trying to see the animals in the zoo and even had an elephant sighting.

3. Rocky Mountain National Park

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It took about 2 hours to get here from our hotel, and the drive was well worth it. My parents love visiting national parks, and Rocky Mountain National Park was no exception! Since we were traveling with a baby, we primarily saw sights from the car, but still managed to walk over 3 miles. Driving into the tundra was pretty incredible! We even got out and walked in the snow. We visited Bear Lake Trail in the afternoon and easily found a parking spot.We saw a lot of wildlife here. I’d love to return when Samuel is older to do some trails!

4. Red Rocks Park

When I asked my CO friends where we should go, the Red Rock Amphitheater topped their lists! In the morning, the amphitheater was filled with people working out, which was pretty inspiring to see. I’d love to go there and run the stairs one day! There are trails around here, but we stuck to climbing the amphitheater.

5. South Valley Park

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This state park was about 20 minutes away from our hotel, so it made for a perfect morning trip. The views were beautiful, but the shade was limited to the picnic areas. I’d recommend coming here even earlier in the morning. Thank goodness for my babywearing husband. It was hot! We saw more red rock formations here and took a nice hike.

 

Your Turn

Have you been to Colorado? What park was your favorite?