Easier to find a room in Holland
We've always found Saugatuck loding hard to come by. It's such a weekend place and during the week, families and couples come to spend the week. Either book early or -------> Stay in Holland! It's only 6 miles (10 km) up the road and there are plenty of places to stay. Weekends in the lower cost hotels can be full, but there has always been rooms available. See My Holland page or VT's Holland page.
"Avoiding the Weekend "Crunch""
The sister cities of Saugatuck and Douglas are quite unique. The area is known for its wonderful perch fishing, exploration of the vast sand dunes, the famed Oxbow Summer School affiliated with the Art Institute of Chicago, fine restaurants, art galleries and boutiques.
Douglas is one of the oldest villages in the state and is known as "a quaint and picturesque village with 19th century architecture and 21st century merchandise."
Saugatuck is located on the shores of Lake Michigan and the Kalazazoo River and next to the steep dunes and the lush orchards of the countryside.
The SAUGATUCK DUNES STATE PARK & THE ALLEGAN STATE FOREST are nearby. There are Greek Revival, Italianate, Arts and Crafts, and Colonial Revival styles of architecture.
Both Douglas and Saugatuck are known today as resort communities with strong appeal to artists and artisans. They were once into lumbering, shipbuilding, and fruit farming industries. Orchards and vineyards still abound.
So, take your pick...nature, history, art, architecture, fishing, boating...they are all here for the taking OR if you just want to relax and mellow out, that's quite acceptable. Whatever you do, it will seem better in the Saugatuck/Douglas area.