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Monroe Manor Inn

72861 8th Avenue, South Haven, Michigan 49090
Innkeeper(s): Douglas & Nancy Bryant
  • Summary

    South Haven's Boundless Romance and Comfort

    The Monroe Manor Inn B&B combines its scenic five-acre property, deluxe accommodations, and remarkable hospitality to deliver an unmatched romantic and relaxing experience. Surrounded by beautiful landscapes and minutes away from Lake Michigan, the opportunities for adventure are as endless as our renowned comfort.

    Mornings start with a full three course, home cooked meal. From there, guests can select deluxe private or couples massage packages, and enjoy the outdoor spa. Our luxurious rooms feature comfortable queen sized beds, immaculate private baths, and the incredible hospitality of the Monroe Manor. There are also a variety of specials to take advantage of, catering to couples looking for extra romance, added comfort, or even our Babymooning package, perfect for expecting parents looking for a last peaceful vacation.

    With the town of South Haven close by, guests enjoy the added benefit of quick access to the KalHaven Bike/Walking Trail, Gingerman Race Track, and the Maritime Museum. Lake Michigan is known for famous romantic sights including sunset sailboat cruises, and combined with the amazing amenities at the Monroe Manor Inn Bed and Breakfast, makes for an unforgettable starry-eyed getaway.

  • Introduction

    Monroe Manor Inn Bed & Breakfast, front view Come enjoy a peaceful, quiet stay at the Big Blue Waters first family's historic estate, Monroe Manor Inn Bed & Breakfast in South Haven, Michigan. Our bed and breakfast is conveniently located off 1-96 exit #20 just five minutes from South Haven's beautiful Lake Michigan Marina, Van Buren State Park Beaches, and downtown shopping and food district.

    Nestled on a five-acre, park-like setting and located only minutes from Lake Michigan's Big Blue Water, our South Haven bed and breakfast features floral gardens, tennis court, large outdoor Jacuzzi, wedding gazebo, wrap around Victorian porch, accommodating morning breakfasts, and romantic evenings.

    The bed and breakfast is an 1800's classic mansion, completely modernized and restored, saving the classic old time charm, yet all modern conveniences have been added. Monroe Manor Inn offers five guest rooms with high end linens and private baths, some with new oversized showers with body sprays.

    Monroe Manor Bed and Breakfast, morningWhether you want to celebrate an anniversary or birthday or just that much needed getaway from the hectic, fast-paced life of today, you will feel relaxed during your stay at Monroe Manor Inn and return to life refreshed and energized. Treat yourself to an in-house massage, try our romantic getaway package, the weekday special, or a mother/daughter spa weekend, and check for our specials packages added regularly. Whether you are from the Chicago or Detroit area, our South Haven bed and breakfast is just a short two hour drive away, which makes for an easy getaway for the weekend.

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Douglas & Nancy Bryant for sharing their secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    For a romantic and relaxing getaway.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    Beautiful grounds, great breakfasts, relaxing massages, and 1884 historical home.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    It is a quaint beachy resort town.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?


    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    South Haven Michigan is now home for the Waterfront Film Festival and also Queen's Cup 2015.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    Clean beaches, walking/bike trail, boating, kayaking, and wine tasting.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?


    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?


    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    South Haven Visitors Bureau

    How many rooms does your inn have?


    Do you accept pets?


  • History

    Monroe Manor Bed and Breakfast, historyJ.R. Monroe was the founder of South Haven, Michigan. He was granted a land patent from the U.S. Government in 1833 for 65 acres along Lake Michigan's shores. Soon after, he married Fannie Rawson and the newlyweds traveled by lumber wagon to live in a log cabin that Monroe had previously built. The village that Monroe had envisioned did not develop at this time and the newlyweds moved to Lawrence, Michigan. It was not until the 1850's that the original pioneers settled at this location.

    It was C.J. Monroe, son of J.R. Monroe, that settled at South Haven, building and raising a family at what is now known as Monroe Manor. C.J. was also president of the town bank, now known as Clementine's Restaurant. He also served as Secretary of Agriculture for the state of Michigan. Mr. Monroe also contributed to the planning and execution of the Chicago World's Fair.

  • Front Veranda

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  • Garden & Wedding Gazebo

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  • South Haven Activities

    Our inn is located a short 5-minute drive from most South Haven activities including:

    • KalHaven Bike/Walking Trail (37 miles long)
    • Golfing (several courses close by)
    • Downtown Shops/Restaurants
    • Gingerman Race Track
    • Two clean, spacious beaches and lighthouse
    • Maritime Museum offering sunset sailboat cruises
    • Canoe trips, sand dunes jeep tour
    • Marina with boating, fishing, jet ski rentals
    • Cross country skiing, snowmobiling
    • Ice skating rink in town during the winter
  • Area Website Links

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    GingerMan Raceway -

    South Haven Visitors Bureau -

    Michigan Maritime Museum -

    HawksHead Links Golf -

    Michigan Wines -

  • How To Find Us

    Monroe Manor Inn, night view

    From South/Chicago

    1. 80/94 East thru Indiana
    2. Once entering Michigan, continue 94 East to 196N to Exit 20(Phoenix Road)
    3. Turn Right to 73rd St.
    4. Make a Right on 73rd to 8th Ave (1 mile)
    5. Approximately 2 hrs.

    From North/Muskegon

    1. 196 South to Phoenix Rd, Exit 20
    2. Turn Right off exit to 73rd
    3. Turn Right
    4. One mile South to 8th Ave
    5. Approximately 1 hr.

    From East/Detroit

    1. 94 West to Kalamazoo, then take M43 to South Haven
    2. Prior to overpass, turn Right on 73rd St. to 8th Ave
    3. Approximately 2.5 hrs.