The South Haven Area Chamber of Commerce was pleased to welcome new member Historic Hotel Nichols with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, June 25th.
The Historic Hotel Nichols has been a landmark in South Haven since the late 1800s, with the first level constructed in 1884, and the addition of the second level in 1925. With the age of the structure and multiple historical uses of the space, the building feels like a treasure trove of South Haven’s history with many stories to tell.
Scott and Kary Whiteford bought the property in October 2017, and immediately set about restoring the building, preserving as much of the historical integrity and charm as possible. Among the unusual artifacts discovered during renovations are a pair of shoes found in a wall, a Tupperware container in the ceiling, and multiple prohibition-era tunnels, cellars and trap doors.
Though renovations will continue, the hotel is now fully open for guests, with 17 unique guest rooms and 2 apartments. Upon arrival guests will meet the hotel’s general managers Nick Nevins and Whitney Winham, as well as the official greeter, Winston (a small terrier mix, who takes his job as ambassador very seriously). Breakfast is prepared daily, utilizing fresh and local produce and meat.