Lake Chapin a special place in any season

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Lake Chapin Shores is a magical place in any season. | SUPPLIED PHOTOS

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“Pure Michigan,” Tim Allen’s soothing voice-over in the popular ad campaign, continues to lure Chicago area residents across the border to southwest Michigan to enjoy beach weekends, wine tours and golf, skiing, boating, fishing and romantic holidays.

This is also true heading into winter, where trees acquire a shining crystal coating, trails become snow-covered adventure paths, and the serenity of lake and woodlands add a special sense of relaxation to the season.

Over the last four years, a growing population of Illinois residents has invested in second homes in Michigan to give their families the advantages of a more permanent getaway year-round without big travel expense. A 90-minute drive from Chicago delivers on Michigan’s promise of feeling like you’re a million miles from schedules, chores and the daily grind, immersed instead in the middle of country fresh air, water, woods ... enjoying “a different state of mind.”

One of the most scenic and desirable spots for a second home/vacation retreat is Lake Chapin Shores, a combination lake and woods property located on Lake Chapin in southwest Michigan. This highly successful vacation home community is a quiet country paradise, easy to get to through gently rolling countryside and two-lane roads. The backdrop of 600-acre all-sports Lake Chapin offers incomparable sightlines from 10 lake front properties, plus five hilltop sites and six more locations tucked more privately into the woods.

A tour of the property and model home offers a glimpse into unlimited possibilities for vacation convenience, amenities and four-season fun, while the Website at illustrates all the unique features of 12 separate home designs from which to choose.

Each home option emphasizes convenience and low maintenance, open floor plan, outdoor views from each level and screened porches and expansive decks. Homes are designed to meet the needs of any size family, from 1,300 to 3,200 square feet of comfortable living space (not including decks and porches) with cozy fireplaces, cherry or maple cabinetry, natural granite countertops and energy efficient appliances. A heated pool, lakefront dock, children’s playground and sports equipment storage and concierge service options are just some of the available amenities.

Boating, fishing or strolling the shoreline, a day at the pool, an afternoon wine-tasting at one of the areas many wineries, an evening at the fire pit roasting marshmallows or spending some time on the deck with friends ... these are just some of the images of life at Lake Chapin Shores. And it’s just 90 miles from Chicago.

Homeowners Ken and Barbara selected a hilltop site for their Lake Chapin Shores home. They were the first, and their appreciation has grown with each passing season. Theur builder was certified “green” professional, and they were able to closely supervise he process. They said Lake Chapin Shores is a “great place to unwind every weekend, holidays and every chance” they get through the seasons, whether a scenice even cruise or sitting in front of a glowing fire in the fireplace on a chilly evening.

Take the 90-minute trip to southwest Michigan soon, and e Explore and experience the options for fun and leisure at this second-home getaway. Sample the area’s small beach communities, first-rate restaurants, 10 local wineries, country clubs and public golf courses, antique and art galleries and shops.

Call Steve at 1-888-866-4244 to arrange a tour of the community and model. Visit the Website at for a look at each of 12 model home options, photos and video of Lake Chapin Shores living and a complete list of materials and specifications.