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.
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."
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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.