Come summer, Michigan is celebrated for its U-pick blueberry farms. Inspired by stopping at farm stands, plus "the simplistic design of the farms" in Da Nang, Vietnam, Irene Wood just opened a glamping destination in South Haven, Michigan — complete with blueberry picking. At The Fields, guests bunk in luxe tents on 30 acres of farmland; it's a spot where visitors can experience nature without having to rough it.
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Wood hopes The Fields is a refreshing camping experience, whether you're a virgin camper, or think it might not be your thing: "I think many of us are scarred by our childhood experiences of camping," she says, only half-joking. "Our mission is to offer what people are truly craving these days — the combination of luxury, nature, and true human experience."
Offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner, The Fields' cuisine features fresh and local produce (including those infamous blueberries). During their stay, guests can opt to pick fruit, shop an on-site market selling local goods, go hiking, fish in the on-site pond, or hop over to Lake Michigan, a short drive away.
"A guiding force behind the design of The Fields is authenticity," Wood explains, "a different slice of life, one dripping with nostalgia, simplicity, and a deeper connection with the natural world."
"Grounded luxury" is how Wood describes the tents' interiors. "We wanted to strike the perfect balance of enough and not too much," she says.
A barn hosts weddings, events, and yoga classes.
The chef — a South Haven native who previously cooked at Ritz-Carlton properties — leads fishing trips as well as cheese-making classes.