Visit Saugatuck's Sister City: Douglas
Just across the Kalamazoo River from Saugatuck, you are able to enjoy Douglas, Michigan. It has an historic main street with Early American style homes, absolutely lovely shops, and a sweet town clock. There is a very small marina and dock at the park on the river. The town is named after Stephen A. Douglas, American statesman, and incorporated as a village in 1970; however, settlers came here in 1951.
Douglas was a "lumber village" and a port for schooners and steamships that carried lumber and other supplies to Chicago and the rest of the Great Lakes area. Known at one time for its baseball team and its basket factory; today, Douglas thrives on tourism. It consists of restored houses, beautiful shops, some quaint restaurants, an old schoolhouse [the oldest in Michigan], and an idyllic atmosphere.
1. This bronze sculpture of children adds such beauty to the small park on the main street.
2. Mickey took this photo of me in front of one of lovely shops which has a gorgeous little garden.
3. The town sported Autumn banners which made for a festive atmosphere.
Mickey and I agreed that the most elegant and lovely shops during our 3-day trip to South Haven, Saugatuck, and Douglas were found in this small village called Douglas.