Saugatuck Travel Guide

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Saugatuck Things to Do

  • Saugatuck Harbor Natural Area

    I think one of the most memorable moments of our entire trip for both Mickey and I came when we visited the famed OVAL BEACH. We were literally "taken aback" by our first view...truly it reminded both of us of the beaches in Hawaii , We had read all the ratings and raves about this beach: "Conde Nast Traveler rates it as one of the 25 best...


    Located at 10 Mixer Street, downtown Douglas, is the SAUGATUCK-DOUGLAS DISTRICT LIBRARY. The Library offers books, Music CD's and DVD Movies.You can also have access to EBooks and EAudioBooks. The Library also offers Wi-Fi and Computer use if you want to access the InternetHours of Operation:Monday to Friday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.Saturday 10:00...


    A large Paddle-Wheel Boat, the STAR OF SAUGATUCK gives daily tours of the Kalamazoo River and Lake Michigan. It offers daytime or sunset cruises. it is a narrated 1 1/2 hour cruise.2013 RatesAdults $19.00 Cash $18.00Children 6-12 $8.50 Cash $8.00Children 3-5 $5.50 Cash $5.00 2 and under - No charge


    The SAUGATUCK CHAIN FERRY a hand-cranked vessel, departs from Wick's Park and takes tourists from the town side of the river to the other shore, so folks can walk to Oval Beach, visit the historical museum or climb the stairs to Mount Baldhead. The Ferry is claimed to be the only remaining chain driven ferry in the U.S. It has been in use since...


    Located just south of Saugatuck DOUGLAS is a village in Allegan County, Michigan. Douglas was first settled in 1851 and was a lumber mill town. It was incorporated as a village in 1870. Area sawmills provided much of the lumber needed to rebuild Chicago after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.Today, tourism is an inportant part of their...

  • The Keewatin Maritime Museum

    Be sure to see all four photos [two of the ship, one of restaurant, one of lighthouse]For all you history buffs, there is the wonderful Keewatin Maritime Museum in Douglas, Michigan. It's located just south of the Saugatuck-Douglas Bridge. You cannot miss it because this beautiful big steam-powered ship can be seen for miles around. The S. S....

  • Saugatuck"s Oval Beach...Supreme

    I think one of the most memorable moments of our entire trip for both Mickey and I came when we visited the famed OVAL BEACH. We were literally "taken aback" by our first view...truly it reminded both of us of the beaches in Hawaii ,We had read all the ratings and raves about this beach:"Conde Nast Traveler rates it as one of the 25 best shorelines...

  • Hand Cranked Chain Ferry

    I visited Saugatuck over 25 years ago with my husband Allan, and one of the experiences I remembered most was the ride on the Chain Ferry. So, when Mickey and I decided to include Saugatuck on our Michigan trip, the famed Chain Fair was on our agenda.Woe to us...The hand-cranked chain ferry is operated only in the summer from Memorial Day until...

  • Wine Tasting at Fenn Valley Wine Shop

    Both Mickey and I love to do wine tasting...Mickey is partial to red wines, and I prefer blushes and whites. While in Saugatuck, we had several opportunities to do tastings. Our favorite was at the Fenn Valley Wine Tasting ShopThe Fenn Valley vineyards and wine cellar are located at 6130- 122nd Avenue in Fenneville, MI 49408 very near South Haven,...

  • Art Galleries

    There are dozens of Art Galleries in Saugatuck. I've visited serveral, but I don't have an eye for art (painting, sculture, clothing, etc). So, I can't advise on any particularly good places. There are some that have a specific theme, i.e., painting, or there is a natuical shop in the west end of town. Even the bookstores have an artsy style to...

  • Stop in at a Local Gallery

    After our garden tour we walked a little bit down the street and were attracted by a sign posted on the window of an art gallery which we thought said:"GOING OUT OF BUSINESS - ALL PAINTINGS AND FRAMES 60% TO 75% OFFWhat the sign really said was:'GOING OUT FOR BUSINESS - ALL PAINTINGS AND FRAMES 60% TO 75% OFF.Good marketing!! Anyway having been to...

  • Visit a Local Garden

    We spent most of Saturday on our 3 day weekend trip in the town of Saugatuck about 20 miles from South Haven. After cruising around a bit we found a FREE parking spot at the north end of town which is just a short 3 block walk from the main area. After watching and video taping a story teller reading several books to children in a quiet park we...

  • Down to the beach in the fall

    Saugatuck is busiest in the summer and during color season. Because of my work, we're usually out and about in the fall or spring. We've found that this is one place that's great, even off season. It's cold and the wind is brisk. Down on the beach you'll find more seagulls than people. If you dress warm, you can enjoy the time on the beach and some...

  • Visit Allegan

    County seat for Allegan County and wonderful country drives wtih fun things to do. A single main shopping street (Locust) is a pleasant way to spend an afternoon. But be sure to get down to the river front. Once the backside of the city, the riverfront has a growing boardwalk that will surround the city on three sides. More restaurants and shops...

  • Water Front Film Festival

    Sixty films. Seminars and panel discussions with experienced film industry veterans. Past attendees have included stars like Academy Award nominee Robert Forster and you can expect more Hollywood legends are planned for future years.Entertainment professionals from Los Angeles, New York and Michigan created the Waterfront Film Festival in 1999 to...


Saugatuck Hotels

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  • Lake Shore Resort

    2885 Lakeshore Drive, Saugatuck, Michigan, 49453, United States

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

  • Suites of Saugatuck

    I would only recommend this hotel as a $80 per night economy place. Their price is WAY off. the pool...

  • Holiday Inn Express Saugatuck

    3457 Blue Star Hwy, Saugatuck, MI 49453

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

Saugatuck Restaurants

  • Perfect Location; Excellent Food

    Before we left for Michigan, Mickey and I had perused the possible places to eat in Sagatuck. The one that we thought looked like a great location and had glowing reviews was called, of all things, Coral Gables It is located on the waterfront and has been a very popular spot for 40 years. This is a family owned restaurant that features three...

  • Indoor or Outdoor Eating

    While spending the day in town about a 20 mile drive from where we were staying in South Haven, we planned on meeting our 2nd son Greg and his girlfriend Amy for a few hours and having lunch. The day was a bit overcast and when it came time for lunch we attempted to eat out doors, but the rain soon drove us indoors. Since the main restaurant...

  • Great Waterfront Dining

    The view from the deck is amazing. I love that they have 3 different decks with great views of the river. The staff was very friendly and helpful. They went above and beyond any other server I have ever had. I had a great bone in Kansas City strip that was cooked perfectly. My husband had the perch. It was the best perch that I have ever tasted....


Saugatuck Transportation

  • Routes to the beach

    To get to the public beach from Saugatuck, you'll have to take the Blue Star Highway south through Douglas. Center Street is the first stop light (at the top or near the top of the hill), turn west until you come to Ferry Street. North on Ferry, which become Park. When you again see the Saugatuck across the water, look for Perryman Street. It's...

  • This Trip Requires a Car

    Monday, September 13, 2009, my long-time friend, Mickey [Michelle], and I left Libertyville, Illinois, for Michigan.The photo is of Mickey beside her car; she was braving the difficult part of our journey as our driver.We experienced about a thirty minute delay going through Chicago, and we were relieved to escape the congestion. I took over the...

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Saugatuck Shopping


    You will find the heart of downtown Douglas's shopping district on Center Street. Many boutiques, shops and art galleries have found homes here in lovingly preserved historic buildings. You will find everything from high-end home decor, fine art, hard-to-find antiques to trendy clothing and accessories.Here you will find pictures of Water Street...

  • Balsamic Vinegar/Greek Kalmta Olive Oil

    Tlthough "The Olive Mill" is a franchise that I have visited before in different cities, this particular one was just a notch above the others. First off, the woman who assisted us was so knowledgeable, so honest, and so realistic. For those of you who have never been to such an establishment, I will tell you this: It specializes in first-rate...

  • Excellent Children's Toy and Bookstore

    Poor, Mickey, I drag her into every toy store that we see because I am the "doting grandmother" and am always looking for unique gifts for Sabrina and Brandon. Mickey is a good sport and even sometimes finds gifts for her niece and/or other friend's children.Cabbages & Kings is among the finest stores for children that I have seen. It is so bright...


Saugatuck Local Customs

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    Painting in the Great Outdoors

    by riorich55 Written Aug 12, 2009

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    As we continued our walk around town, slipping into an out of the many studios and other types of eclectic type shops we also stopped and watched 2 different lady painters applying their visions to their canvasses. The lady in the first picture was behind the town's bandshell and painting a scene along the inlet. In her picture was a couple seated on a bench.

    Our 2nd picture is of the artist talking to those 2 people who she had been painting.

    Finally, the 3rd picture of another artist near the gardens we had just walked through.

    A Nice Smile From a Local Artisan What She Was Painting Another Artisan
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Saugatuck Off The Beaten Path

  • Unique Shops in Douglas, Michigan

    One of the shops that Mickey and I enjoyed viewing, mostly because of the lovely garden in front of the store was called Parrot in the Square. We were in awe of the flowers, the garden setting, and the fantastic merchandise of clothing for women as well as accessories.As a lover of flowers and gardens, I was enthralled with this lovely space in...

  • 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...

  • Bridges of old

    If you're looking to get out of town and see the countryside, there are several options. Farm stores, antique shops, and the old bridges. Matter of fact, you're likely to see the other two on the way to see the bridges.They're up the Kalamazoo River in a small town (2-5 buildings) of New Richmond. One was a restaurant, but it wasn't open. The...


Saugatuck Favorites


    Located at 86 Center Street, the DUTCHER LODGE NO. 193 was chartered in 1867 and has a Plaque in front which reads:"Masons from Douglas, Fennville and Saugatuck chartered DutcherLodge No. 193 on January 10, 1867.From 1867 to 1870 they heldmeetings in a building owned byWorshipful Master Thomas Dutcher.In 1875 the western portion of this building...


    Right in the heart of downtown Douglas on 130 Center Street, is the DOUGLAS UNION SCHOOL which was built in 1866.There is a Plaque in front of the School which reads:"In 1866, faced with the growthof what were then the separatevillages of Douglas and Dudleyville,Saugatuck Township District No. 3and 4 merged forming Union DistrictNo. 3. The Douglas...


    Hans and I visited Saugatuck on Thursday, September 12, 2013. It is a short half hour drive from South Haven.Located in southwest Michigan, in Allegan County, SAUGATUCK, along with the adjacent town of Douglas, is a noted art colony and tourist destination.Saugatuck was originally a lumber town and Port, but today, tourists are drawn to the art...


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