It’s been said that the world is a scene of changes. The Last Resort Inn has itself been the “scene of changes” since its construction in 1883 by Civil War Captain Barney Dyckman.
Originally known as Park Grove Place, the inn was purchased by Louis and Nettie Schrayer in 1923, and renamed “The Plaza.” During this period there were fish dinners on Friday nights and spaghetti dinners on Saturdays. After dinner, the table cloths would be rolled up and, the poker chips would come out.
The inn still has the original house croupier used to rake in the chips, as well as the original tables and dishes from the 1920’s.
In the early years of the building’s history, the staff lived up on the top floor, where friends and lovers signed their names on the chimney. The chimney is located on the third floor inside the Penthouse Harbor Suite, where friends and lovers have autographed it since 1923.
The Inn was closed in 1959 and virtually abandoned for twenty years until in 1979 Mary Hammer, the current innkeeper, purchased the building. After four years of renovation The Last Resort opened in 1983, and South Haven’s oldest Inn was back in business as South Haven’s very first Bed and Breakfast Inn.
In 2014 Mary is celebrating her 32nd anniversary of running the Inn. In the history of the building, Nettie Schrayer was the only other innkeeper to run the building for the same length of time.