Campground Review: Sunny Brook RV Resort, South Haven, MI

011Campground Review Summary

  • Name: South Haven Sunny Brook RV Resort
  • Dates of stay: June 21-28, 2019
  • Location: 68300 CR 388, South Haven, MI 49090
  • Type of campground: Private / Ownership type
  • Cost: $60.13/night (with free night coupon)
  • Additional fees: none
  • Stay limit: none
  • Accepts mail / packages: yes
  • Cell reception: ATT adequate
  • Website: http://www.sunnybrookrvresort.com
  • Pros: Beautiful sites, nice amenities
  • Cons: pricey, not much to do in area

Full Review

South Haven Michigan wasn’t originally on our radar as a spot to visit, but we snagged a “pay for two nights get one night free” coupon at January’s Tampa RV Super Store. Since free is good, we booked an 8 night stay. We paid for 6 nights, got one free (their weekly rate) plus the one free coupon night. It still wasn’t cheap, averaging $60/night with the discounts! And that was for a basic lot, premium lots with lakeside or ravine view cost additional.

Sunny Brook RV resort is intended to be an ownership-type resort, with many of the sites individually-owned and customized. The resort seems to draw owners primarily from upper Illinois and lower Michigan that use the resort as a seasonal and weekend retreat. And it is a beautifully-maintained resort, with some of the prettiest site landscaping I’ve seen anywhere. RV’s are required to be 28 feet or longer, 10 years old or newer, with some sites restricted to Class A’s only.

Our site was a basic paved, back in site with full hook ups (50 amp electric, water, sewer). There appeared to be cable TV outlet installed, but it was sealed and not available to us. Our site was satellite friendly, and our dish locked on with no problem. The campground wifi was just OK, and we used our own wifi for the most part. Surprisingly (for such a high end resort), our RV pad was not level. In fact, most sites did not appear to be level! We were able to level our rig using front tire blocks, but saw other units with tires off the ground. Personally, I would never invest in a site lot with an un-level pad and can’t understand why it was designed this way.

Otherwise, the RV resort was delightful. There are two pool and clubhouse facilities – one main facility for everyone and one smaller facility restricted to owners only. The main facility was equipped with a huge clubhouse and lounge, library, fitness center, coin laundry, bath house, playground, pool and hot tub. Renters are permitted to use the coin laundry and bath house at the owners facility, just not their lounge and pool area. A tip: the showers at the owners side are larger and nicer than the main facility! The resort also includes a small lake with sandy beach, boat launch area for kayaks and such, and picnic tables. There are facilities for pickleball, basketball, shuffleboard, and horseshoes. It has something for everyone.

Activity-wise, the resort provides a lovely, free happy hour every Friday night with wine/beer and appetizers. It is understandably well-attended! The park also offers exercise classes and a few other activities which we did not sample. The park is family-friendly and I enjoyed seeing kids riding their bicycles and cavorting in the pool. During our late-June visit, the resort wasn’t fully occupied, and many RV’s appeared to be utilized only on the weekends.

The surrounding area, though, offered only limited activities. There is the Kal-Haven bicycle trail, as well as shopping/dining at South Haven and other nearby lake tourist towns. It was just a little too sleepy for us. I get the appeal of having a vacation-home base, but there needs to be more going on to keep our interest long term.

Bottom Line: Beautiful resort, although a bit pricey. Worth a short visit, but the area is too sleepy to hold our interest for long.

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