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Lakeshore Lodging supports regatta to benefit Hospice of Holland

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Win a fall getaway at a new Lakeshore Lodging property and support quality hospice and palliative care

Lakeshore Lodging is honored to announce our sponsorship of the VanderLeek Cup Hospice Regatta. The regatta, which will benefit Hospice of Holland, is hosted by Yacht Basin Marina.

Hospice of Holland is dedicated to providing high-quality hospice and palliative care in West Michigan, and all proceeds from the regatta will help them do just that.

Lakeshore Lodging has donated a three-night fall getaway at one of our newest properties, Aqua Vista, for auction. This property is not yet available to rent through our other channels, so this is an exclusive opportunity to check out a luxurious home.

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The highest bidder will win a stay (either October 20-23 or 27-30) at the spacious four bedroom, four bathroom home with 100 feet of private Lake Michigan beach frontage. Aqua Vista easily accommodates up to 14 guests and features a screened-in gazebo on the bluff overlooking the lake and a campfire in the backyard. But the deal doesn’t end with the stay. The winning bidder will also receive a private catered dinner by chef Edmund Morgon, and Brew Merchant will provide 32 bottles of beer and cider and two bottles of wine.

Plus, there’s lots of fun fall activities happening in the Saugatuck area on both of the available weekends. Win the auction, and you’ll get the fall vacation of your dreams and you’ll be supporting a good cause.

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The regatta, which takes place August 19, promises great events, food, and music. Over 750 people are expected to attend the sailing regatta, dinghy poker run, dinner, auctions, and dancing.

Interested in joining in on the fun? Register for the events you’d like to attend here. Deadline for registration is today. For your chance to bid on a fall stay at Aqua Vista, make sure you register for the dinner. Learn more on the regatta’s official website.

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Your Ultimate Guide to the Best Fall Festivals in Michigan

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Summer is still here but only for so long. With autumn approaching, there’s a lot to look forward to: crisp air, leaves changing, football, and fall festivals! Fall festivals in Michigan are the best way to celebrate the season. Pumpkins, stunning scenery, family fun, and much more are all on the schedule when autumn comes to the Great Lakes State. From the Art Coast to the Upper Peninsula, here’s your ultimate guide to the best fall festivals in Michigan.

 

Fall festivals in Michigan are a fantastic way to engage the culture of western Michigan, and there’s much more from where that came! Check out our recommendations for things to do before you plan your vacation so you know the best activities for your vacation. At Lakeshore Lodging, we want you to have the very best visit to western Michigan!

Fall Festivals in Michigan You Should Check Out

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Known as the Art Coast of Michigan, Saugatuck and the towns nearby are home to some of the best fall festivals in Michigan. In October, Downtown Saugatuck hosts its Fall Fun Days events, where families can enjoy games, food, and music, during this month-long celebration. In nearby Douglas, Beery Field will come alive at night during “Glow in the Park,” on October 27. Expect plenty of glow in the dark fun, halloween costumes, food, music, and more. Make sure you come back for the Douglas Nighttime Halloween Parade for Adults the next evening on October 28!

 

If you want to see Saugatuck’s artistic side this fall, don’t miss the Blue Coast Artists Fall Tour of Studios. This free event will take place on October 7-8, and allows attendees to see the best of the area’s art.

 

Just ten miles away from Saugatuck is Fennville, home of the Fennville Goose Festival. This year, from October 13-15, attendees can enjoy activities like a 5k race, car parade, carnival, live music, a beer tent, and food.

 

Charlevoix

Fall without a great apple festival is arguably not fall, no matter what the calendar says. Head to Charlevoix on October 13-15, 2017, and celebrate the unbeatable autumn-apple combination at the 39th Annual Apple Fest.

 

Fairgrove

For seven decades, Fairgrove has been hosting one of the best fall festivals in Michigan, the Michigan Bean Festival. Expect rides, an art show, an auto show, and more, on September 1-4, 2017.

 

Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids might be Beer City, USA, but when fall comes around, its downtown also plays host to ArtPrize, a multi-week display and celebration of art. This year, it will take place from September 20-October 8, 2017.

 

Hart

The Silver Lake Sand Dunes Apple & BBQ Festival in Hart, MI, will be held on September 8-9, 2017. The name says it all. Don’t miss out on one of the tastiest fall festivals in Michigan.

 

Marquette

Fall isn’t reserved solely for seasonal produce and hayrides (although we do love those) - it’s also a great to time to celebrate Michigan craft beer. Head to Marquette in the Upper Peninsula on September 9, 2017, for the U.P. Fall Beer Festival.

 

Experience Western Michigan In the Fall with Lakeshore Lodging

Year in and year out, visitors from all over come to Saugatuck for its friendly people and natural beauty. Located on the shores of Lake Michigan and home to a thriving art community, the best way to enjoy this beautiful beach town is by staying in a Lakeshore Lodging vacation home. Our Saugatuck vacation homes feature the amenities and space you need to enjoy your Lake Michigan getaway. Features like fireplaces, hot tubs, fully furnished kitchens, and more will make your stay here hassle-free. Whether you want to stay in town, or steps from Lake Michigan, we have a home for you. Contact us today to book your Michigan getaway and see why Saugatuck is more than just a place to stay.


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Get Excited for the Saugatuck Halloween Parade!

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Fun in Saugatuck isn’t limited to just the summertime. Sure, the beaches here are excellent and a Lake Michigan sunset on a warm July night is hard to beat. But, when the fall comes around so does one of the best ways to have fun on the Art Coast: the Saugatuck Halloween Parade! Held annually in nearby Douglas, the parade is the most frighteningly fun way to get into the Halloween season. Grab your ghoulish garb and get ready to celebrate Halloween Saugatuck-style!


Fall fun in Saugatuck is something of a tradition here. You'll love the bounty of festivals, events, and festivities our area has to offer. Plus, the cool, crisp weather is emblematic of an idyllic autumn season. While you're here, be sure to check out these fantastic things to do, courtesy of the local experts at Lakeshore Lodging.


The Saugatuck Halloween Parade


The adults-only Saugatuck Halloween Parade is your chance to celebrate the season’s spookiness! The parade lineup is at 9:30 p.m. on October 28 by Beery Field in Douglas and starts at 10 p.m. From there, the creepy crowds of costumed attendees will take to the streets of Douglas! No registration is required and costume choice is left up to your imagination. Be as boring or imaginative as you want. Just come ready to have fun. The Saugatuck Halloween Parade draws huge crowds of spectators annually, so even if you don’t attend, you’ll still have a blast.


Don’t miss the Hallowine Party at J. Petter Art Galleries’ Art Barn! This great pre-party will be held from 6:30-9 p.m., right before the parade starts. It’s the perfect way to start the evening!


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Don’t worry, Halloween in Saugatuck isn’t just for the adults! The night before the parade, Beery Field in Douglas will host Glow in the Park. This event is perfect for the whole family and features face painting, music, food, and more. Make sure you show up in glow-in-the-dark attire! Glow in the Park will be held on October 27 from 6-10 p.m. Admission is free!

 


Enjoy Michigan in the Fall When You Vacation in Saugatuck


Vacations don’t always need to be in the summer. After all, how are you going to take advantage of cooler temperatures and beautiful fall colors? Lakeshore Lodging would love to show you what makes Saugatuck wonderful, even in the off-season. Take in the postcard-worthy scenery while relaxing in one of our Lake Michigan vacation homes, and you might not want to go home. Our vacation homes provide the space and amenities you need, no matter how big or small your group is. Enjoy fully furnished kitchens, WiFi, hot tubs, and beach access, depending on the house you book. Plus, you’ll be only minutes from the best things to do in the Saugatuck-Douglas area when you stay at a Lakeshore Lodging home. Browse our selection of Saugatuck vacation homes, and then contact us today to book your next getaway with us.

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Fall in love with fall in Saugatuck

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How to spend a fall vacation in Saugatuck

Fall in West Michigan is always unforgettable. The bright colors of the turning trees and the crisp lakeside air invigorate as you walk through downtown Douglas and Saugatuck, explore local farms and orchards, and take in the characteristic cozy fall feeling that everyone longs for when the season begins to turn.

 

A lot of people think of Saugatuck as a summer vacation destination, but the harvest season is also packed with fun events and things to do. Here are some ideas to help you build your Fall 2017 Saugatuck vacation itinerary.


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Explore the colors in the local parks

Reds, oranges and golds envelop Michigan in autumn. In Saugatuck, the colors tend to peak around mid-October. That’s the best time to hit one of the local parks to hike through the forest and experience first hand the wonder of being utterly surrounded by those bright, warm colors. These parks are especially great for fall hikes:

 

  • Saugatuck Dunes State Park- Enjoy long, hilly hikes through the lush forest at Saugatuck Dunes State Park and wind up on the beach.

  • Shore Acres Park- A great park for hiking, mountain biking, or disc golf. This wooded park also has access to the beach trails at Saugatuck Dunes State Park.

  • Oval Beach - This award winning beach is super popular in the summer, but did you know it's free to get into after Labor Day? And it's connected to a bunch of scenic dune trails that are best enjoyed in the cooler autumn air.

  • River Bluff Park- A shorter, less-intense hike, but still wonderfully scenic. It promises to explode with color this year.

Visit apple orchards and wineries

What is fall without apple picking, cider drinking, and general harvest-time festivities? These are great places to make the most of autumn’s bounty (and find a good cider donut).

 

  • Crane’s Orchards - Visit Crane’s U-Pick to find the best apples and pumpkins, then hit Crane’s Pie Pantry Restaurant & Winery for good food, pie, and house-made ciders and wines. And don’t miss the bakery with donuts and pies to go!

  • Virtue Cider - For those who enjoy the hard variety of cider, visit Virtue Cider in Fennville. Take a tour of the facility, hang out in the tasting room and bottle shop, and visit the farm where they grow heritage vegetables and livestock. They often host live music and other great events.

  • Fenn Valley Vineyard - Wineries are also great places to spend a day in fall, and Fenn Valley has special fall vineyard tours that are a must for wine-lovers who want to see how grape-growing works in Michigan. Check out their events, and don’t miss the Vine Wine’d 5K Trail Run on Oct. 7.

Attend fun fall festivals

From Labor Day to Halloween and every weekend in between, you’ll find lots of fall festivities in Saugatuck. Check out our Labor Day blog for ideas on what to do that weekend. Here’s some more to consider for the rest of the season.

 

  • Lakeshore Harvest Country 6th Annual Bike Tour - Sept. 9. Take in Southwest Michigan’s autumn beauty on wheels. Visit art studios, wineries, cider mills, orchards, and more on four different routes varying in length between 15 and 62 miles. Proceeds go to Friends of the Blue Star Trail, an off-road recreational pathway connecting Saugatuck and South Haven.

  • Fennville Goose Festival - Oct. 13-15. Every year in the quiet town of Fennville, folks come from all over to celebrate the fall season at the Fennville Goose Festival. With an array of fun activities and festive events, the festival is a great way to welcome autumn.

  • Ghoul Fest - Oct. 21. Gear up for Halloween with a bunch of spooky activities for kids and adults. Pumpkin carving contests, coffin races, a one-of-a-kind bazaar, and more. For more information, call SDABA at 269-857-1626 or visit saugatuckdouglas.com.

  • Annual Family & Pet Halloween Parade - Oct. 28. Families and pets alike dress up for this annual costume parade. Line up at Mason and Griffith St. at 3:30pm to join the parade, which begins at 4:00pm. Call 269-857-1701 for more information.


Visit Saugatuck.com for more events in September and October.


Complete your fall vacation planning with the perfect place to call home. Lakeshore Lodging has several rental homes, cabins and lodges with all the amenities you need to get cozy in fall. Find one with a fireplace you can curl up by with a cup of hot cider.


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Are You Ready for the Fennville Goose Festival?

Every year in the quiet town of Fennville, MI, folks come from all over to celebrate the fall season at the Fennville Goose Festival. With an array of fun activities and festive events, the festival is a great way to welcome autumn. So, whether you’re a local or a visitor to Michigan’s Art Coast, a trip out to the Fennville Goose Festival is a fantastic free idea. Here’s why and what you can plan to enjoy while you’re there!

 

Michigan’s Art Coast is a wonderful vacation destination whether you’re visiting during the summertime or the fall. You’ll enjoy the beautiful fall colors, fun festivals, and more while you’re here. At Lakeshore Lodging, we’ve put together a few suggestions just for your trip. You’re going to love it here!

 

Get Ready for the Fennville Goose Festival

At the 33rd Annual Goose Festival, you’ll enjoy many of the same events as last year, including some new to this year. There’s a lot of fun to be had at this year’s Fennville Goose Festival. Here’s what you have to look forward to!

 

Friday, Oct 13th

Happy Hour | Beer Tent | 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Beer Tent | 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.    

Food Vendors | 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Opening Ceremony | 6 p.m.

Karizma | Tex Mex | 7 p.m.

 

Saturday, Oct 14th

5k Run | Main Street | 9 a.m.

Car Show | Main Street | 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.        

Arts and Craft Show | 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

History Exhibit | 220 E Main Street | 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Student Art Show | LIbrary | 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fennville Friends Book Sale | Library | 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.             

Petting Zoo | 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Gosling Run | Main Street | 11 a.m.

Food Vendors | 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Carnival | 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Gosling Run Awards | Main Stage | 12:15 p.m.

ODC Birds of Prey Presentation | Main Stage | 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

ODC UP close and Wild Booth | 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.    

Car Show Awards | Main Stage | 2:30 p.m.

Parade | 3 p.m.          

Beer Tent | 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Low Down Brass Band | 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

West MI Burnerz | 9 p.m.

 

Sunday, Oct 15th

History Exhibit | 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Arts and Crafts Show | 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Student Art Show | Library | 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Fennville Friends Book Sale | Library | 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tractor Show | Main Street | 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Carnival | 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Food Vendors | 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bags Tournament | Main Street | 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Beer Tent | 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.                                          

Bluegrass Bonanza | 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Tractor Parade | 2:30 p.m.

Tractor Show Awards | 3 p.m.

 

Plan Your Fennville Goose Festival Trip

Stay the whole time or drop into a few of your favorites at the Fennville Goose Festival. Whether you’re a local or on vacation, there’s an activity at the festival you’ll enjoy. And, when you’re looking for a vacation rental for your time in the Saugatuck area, Lakeshore Lodging will help you find the perfect place. Our rentals are comfortable, convenient, and ideal for any family size. Browse our availability today and see for yourself what a stay in a Lakeshore Lodging vacation rental is like. Then, contact us to book your western Michigan vacation!

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7 art events you can't miss in Saugatuck

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Get creative in Saugatuck this August

Saugatuck is a source of artistic inspiration all year round, but this month promises some extra fun activities. Whether you’re interested in creating with your family, watching artists at work, or purchasing artwork for your home, you’ll find plenty to do in August.

Here’s just a sample of some of the great art-related events happening this month.

Toddler Tuesday at Saugatuck Center for the Arts - Every Tuesday, Saugatuck Center for the Arts hosts a themed creative session designed especially for little ones. Each 1.5-hour session includes story, yoga, music, and a healthy snack for just $20, or you can get a pass for all six in August for $100.

Aug. 12 - August Second Saturday at J. Petter Galleries - Enjoy art, wine, and music at this group art show. This one will feature nine different artists working in diverse media, including quilts, photography, pastels, and more. Take it all in with a glass of French wine and the indie jazz guitar stylings of John Otto.

Aug. 17 - Farm to Studio: SummerHouse Lavender Farm - This workshop offers a stress-free connection with nature, learning how lavender is planted, harvested, and used. Geared towards kids ages 6-14, attendees will get to explore the farm and gardens, sketch and paint the scenery, and create lavender-inspired items.

Aug. 17 - Thursday Night Market with Ox-Bow School of Art at Virtue Cider - Students from Ox-Bow School of Art are taking over the Virtue Cider farm. See what they’ve created, purchase local produce and goods, and enjoy reggae funk music at this event.

Aug. 18-20 - Michigan Fiber Festival - This annual celebration of natural fiber arts is one of the largest in the Midwest. If you avidly knit, crochet, weave, or you just appreciate a good sweater, you’ll find lots to love at this festival. Sign up for workshops to learn one of the myriad ways to work with fiber, purchase handmade pieces, and see the animals behind the yarn. This event is sure to be a fun activity for family and friends.

Aug. 19 - Graphic • Lines • Color at Roan & Black - Attend the opening of Roan & Black Contemporary Gallery’s latest exhibition: “Graphic • Lines • Color.” The event promises bold artwork as well as great shopping, music, and refreshments.

Aug. 19 - Plein Air Affair at Water Street Gallery - Artists will be scattered throughout the area painting scenes in the forest, on the beach, and in town. Keep your eyes peeled for artists at work, and then catch their finished works available for purchase at Water Street Gallery from 6-8 p.m. This is your chance to own a one-of-a-kind, barely dry depiction of a Saugatuck landscape.

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Art and history intersect at Ox-Bow School of Art

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Saugatuck: An artist’s haven for more than a century

The Ox-Bow School of Art’s rich history is deeply tied to that of the town of Saugatuck. Its founding in 1910 by two faculty at the School of Art Institute of Chicago converged with the decline of major industry in the Saugatuck area. The school took root on the cusp of the town’s reinvention into a Midwestern resort community.

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Saugatuck became what it is today—a haven for art and leisure—in part as a result of what Frederick Fursman and Walter Marshall Clute started at Ox-Bow.

The story began when Fursman and Clute visited Saugatuck one summer and fell in love with its natural beauty. They started teaching summer painting classes on the Bandle Farm on the east bank of the Kalamazoo River. From there, the concept gained momentum.

Eventually the school moved into the Riverside Hotel, whose business had dwindled when the Kalamazoo River Channel was diverted to flow directly into Lake Michigan, cutting off the hotel from potential patrons. The hotel became lodging for artists instead of traders, and Saugatuck became a refuge for those fleeing the industrialized urban environment of Chicago.

Ox-Bow School of Art remains in the old Riverside Hotel today, and artists of all skill levels can partake in credit or noncredit courses throughout the year. The school prides itself on being a “protected place where creative processes break down, reform, and mature.”

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Over a century of history as a place where artists can hone and nurture their craft has drawn many into Ox-Bow’s doors. The school boasts plenty of well known alumni, including Nick Cave, Angela Dufresne, Jim Henson and Jerry Saltz.

From courses to residencies and fellowships, there are many ways to engage with art education at Ox-Bow. Take a look at the summer courses being offered now, courses to look forward to this winter, or this year’s visiting artists. Come stay in Saugatuck and experience the history for yourself! Book your Saugatuck getaway around an Ox-Bow course and get all the benefits of a Saugatuck vacation plus the opportunity to hone your craft or learn a new one.

All images courtesy Ox-Bow School of Art. First and last images by Annie Fisher.


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What is There to Discover at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts?

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When it comes to art, the people of Saugatuck know a thing or two. After all, Saugatuck-Douglas is the “Art Coast of Michigan,” and you don’t have to walk far at all before you find one of the town’s many art galleries. The Saugatuck Center for the Arts is the best place in town to experience everything art-related, from theatre to music to painting exhibits. If you want to put a finger on the pulse of Saugatuck’s thriving art community, then a trip to the Saugatuck Center for the Arts is in order. Here’s what you'll discover!

 

Be sure to check out our recommendations for things to do in the Saugatuck area! With our suggestions in hand, you’ll find the very best Saugatuck experience while you’re here. At Lakeshore Lodging, we’re your Saugatuck vacation resource.

 

The Saugatuck Center for the Arts

Performances

The Center is home to excellent theatre and music performances! From July 21 to August 6 “Fully Committed” is on stage. Then, from August 18 to September 3, “It Shoulda Been You” is sure to draw an audience. On October 14, “An Evening With Paula Cole” will entice your ears. Then, on November 5, familiar face, Jeff Daniels with the Ben Daniels Band are a musical treat. A full list of shows and concerts can be found on the center’s website.

 

Exhibits

It’s not all about the performing arts here! Art exhibitions of varying disciplines are on display at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts. A wide variety of mediums and methods make the Saugatuck Center for the Arts an ideal spot for vacationers to get to know the soul of Saugatuck.

 

Education and Events

In addition to exhibits and live performances, the Center also hosts exciting events! Whether it’s the Creativity Revealed events, or the educational Toddler Tuesday (featuring painting, yoga, and snacks), there’s an event here for everyone. The center also hosts theatre camps,

 

Every Friday from late May until September 29, the Center will host a Farmers Market! Don't miss out on the best local produce, goods, and more. The Farmers Market will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine.

 

Visiting

The Saugatuck Center for the Arts is located at 400 Culver Street, Saugatuck, MI 49453. The Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

 

Saugatuck’s Source for the Best Lake Michigan Vacation Homes

What draws so many people to Saugatuck? Try beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline, an inviting community, and an abundance of local dining. That’s not all, but it should be enough to grab your attention. If you’re planning on visiting one of Michigan’s most popular vacation spots, then call Lakeshore Lodging. Throughout the Saugatuck-Douglas area, we offer the best Lake Michigan vacation homes you’ll find, no matter how big or small of a house you seek. Full of great amenities and located conveniently close to the best things to do in Saugatuck, a Lakeshore Lodging vacation home is the way to experience Michigan’s Art Coast. Contact us today to start planning your Lake Michigan vacation.

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The Top 5 Things to Do in Saugatuck with Kids

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There are so many things to do in Saugatuck, Michigan, for families. Where else will you find amazing dining, wide-open views of Lake Michigan, and endless opportunities for fun adventures? If you have little ones in tow, don’t worry. There are plenty of things to do in Saugatuck with kids! Whether your family craves fresh air or prefers playing the day away indoors, the Saugatuck area has a top-rated attraction that is perfect for you.

Want an insider’s perspective on more things to do in Saugatuck with kids? Visit our Things to Do in West Michigan page! There, you’ll learn all about our favorite festivals, excursions, dining, and more! Planning your next Saugatuck getaway doesn’t have to be overwhelming; we’ve compiled our best recommendations. All you have to do is take your pick!

The Best Things to Do in Saugatuck with Kids

Explore Oval Beach

Oval Beach is a haven for adults and children alike for its beautiful blue shoreline and wide variety of on-site activities. First, this is the best place in Saugatuck to have a picnic, since the beach offers on-site grills and picnic areas. You and your family won’t go hungry even if you choose not to picnic. The Oval Beach concession stand offers an array of casual beach bites. Other than enjoying a meal at Oval Beach, families rent kayaks, walk the shore, and watch for wildlife. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Oval Beach charges $10 per vehicle for daily parking. Since there are restrooms, showers, and a fun Saugatuck playground at this beach, many families choose to stay and play for an entire day!

Go on a Saugatuck Dune Ride

Have the kids ever wanted to ride in a dune buggy? Now’s the chance! Dating back to the 1950s, Saugatuck Dune Rides is a family-owned business that offers fast-paced “schooner” rides through the sands and past the local vegetation of Saugatuck. Every adventure is 40 minutes long and provides stunning views of Lake Michigan. Adults can ride for $20 and children aged 3  to 11 are $11. This experience is one you’ll remember forever!

Get Crafty at Express Yourself Art Barn

Express Yourself Art Barn in Fennville, MI, is an enriching experience for all ages. Imagine a charming old barn with sky-high ceilings and everything need for a full-service art studio. That’s Express Yourself Art Barn! One of the most unique attractions in the Saugatuck area, the Art Barn allows anyone -- regardless of skill level -- to try their hand at beading, painting, fusing glass, and more. Everyone who visits comes away having learned something new, so this is a perfect way to bring a family together!

Wander Mount Baldhead Park

Mount Baldhead Park in Saugatuck is a wonderful place to spend some quality time outdoors. Mount Baldhead itself is actually a large dune, so the hike to the top is doable for children. The stairs that lead to the top of the dune are steep, but the view from the top is worth it! Insider tip: The kids will love running back down the “dune side” of the hill after climbing their way up.

Play at Forever Curious Children’s Museum

A perfect rainy or cold day activity, the Forever Curious Children’s Museum is every small child’s dream. The museum features play tunnels, puzzles, a make-believe veterinary hospital, and much more! For just $5 per person (including adults), kids can have a blast here for as long as they want. Best of all? The Forever Curious Children’s Museum is a nonprofit organization.

There’s Room for the Whole Family at Lakeshore Lodging

What’s a great family vacation in Saugatuck without the perfect place to stay? Lakeshore Lodging has vacation rentals in Saugatuck, Fennville, South Haven, Douglas, Glenn, and Holland, so you’ll never be far from the best attractions in Michigan!

 

Just a 5-minute drive from the town of Saugatuck is our Beach Cottage in Fennville. This rental is ideal for families of up to eight and is close to many of the area’s family-friendly attractions! If your family’s furry friend wants to tag along, the Beach Cottage is pet-friendly. Guests love relaxing at their very own private beach and roasting s’mores at their fire pit! In the cooler months, the Beach Cottage’s fireplace is also a welcome comfort.

 

We can’t wait to see what you and your family discover here at Lakeshore Lodging. Happy exploring!


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How to get around in Saugatuck

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An ode to the Interurban

Oh, Saugatuck Interurban, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways.

The Saugatuck Interurban is a demand response public bus system that moves people from A to B in Saugatuck, Douglas, and Saugatuck Township. All you need to do is call, and they’ll pick you up with as little as 15 minutes notice.

It’s public transportation at your beck and call—so long as your demands are within the boundaries of Saugatuck Township.

The best part? Each ride costs only a dollar, or only fifty cents for children under 12, seniors 62 and over, and those physically challenged.

Imagine the possibilities.

In peak summertime, finding parking in our tiny town can be a patience-testing quest. But you don’t have to worry about parking at all when you take the Interurban. Plus, on summer weekends between 11am and 5pm, the Interurban Transit Authority offers a Free Parking Shuttle. Park your car for free in the Saugatuck High School parking lot and then hitch a free ride to downtown Saugatuck.

Planning a day at the beach? Parking at Douglas Beach is always limited, and you’ll have to pay to park at Oval Beach. Swiftly avoid both of those problems when you choose to take the Interurban. For merely $1, the Interurban will caravan you and your crew to a day of sun, sand, and those gorgeous Lake Michigan waves.

Or perhaps a night on the town is in order, and you plan on imbibing some refreshments of the alcoholic variety. Let the Interurban be your safe ride home—it runs until 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays*.

We all need to get from one place to the next. When you’re staying in Saugatuck, the Interurban makes it easy and stress free. Call 269-857-1418 for your ride.

*If you happen to stay out later than 11pm, fret not. You can still get home safely with an Uber or local taxi service. Make good choices!!

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This Is Why Your Kids Will Love Express Yourself Art Barn

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The appreciation and creation of art aren't restricted to adults - sometimes, the most memorable artwork is created by the youngest among us. At Express Yourself Art Barn, children and adults alike have the freedom and tools to create whatever they want! That’s part of the beauty of art, right? The next time your kids (or you!) feel the need to create, head to Fennville, MI and enjoy an afternoon of artistic freedom!


Vacation activities like the Express Yourself Art Barn are an excellent way to engage in the culturally rich landscape of the Saugatuck area. Activities like these and more are bountiful here. Just take it from our recommendations! Here at Lakeshore Lodging, we have firsthand knowledge of our area. So, you can trust our expertise when we say, "You should try this!"

 

Express Yourself Art Barn

 

The Express Yourself Art Barn is exactly what it sounds like! Most farm structures as old as this 19th-century building are often used for events like weddings, storage, or simply as a landmark. However, this barn has found new life as an art studio! The owner, Carole, was a frequent visitor of Saugatuck, eventually moving to the area and purchasing the barn. What was once home to animals and an orchard is now a welcoming environment centered around fun and creativity!

 

For over a decade, people of all ages have been coming to the art barn to craft, create, and construct artwork from a variety of mediums. Kids will love the exciting options they have, whether that’s creating necklaces and bracelets, or trying out the pottery wheel. Materials to work with include wood, glass, ceramics, and silk, according to the website. Whatever you create, you’ll get to take home, too! It’s the perfect way to let your children discover new art forms, develop their sense of creativity, and have fun. Parents can join, too! Spending an afternoon crafting a new piece of art is a great way to bond.


A trip to the art barn is budget-friendly, and the average customer spends $20 between studio and project fees. You can contact Carole by calling (269) 857-5566. The Express Yourself Art Barn is located at 6459 - 130th Ave, Fennville, MI 49408.

 

Enjoy the Art Coast of Michigan!

 

If you love art, then Saugatuck and the surrounding area is for you. The town’s thriving art community is home to numerous art galleries and studios! Of course, you can’t experience art in Saugatuck without a trip to the Saugatuck Center for the Arts. Exhibitions, live music and theatre, art programs for kids, and more are all in store here. Make an art tour of the area by visiting the art barn, the Saugatuck Center for the Arts, and any of the great local galleries.

 

Create Your Own Adventure and Vacation in Saugatuck


Where do you go when you want Lake Michigan beauty, excellent art galleries, and great local dining? Saugatuck, MI, of course! Home to Oval Beach and an inviting, diverse community, Saugatuck makes for an unforgettable summer vacation spot. Let Lakeshore Lodging help you, with our selection of Lake Michigan vacation homes. Whether you’re looking for a lakefront house or a cozy home in town, we have a vacation rental for you. With features like fully equipped kitchens, WiFi, hot tubs, and more, you’ll be able to relax, worry-free. Plus, thanks to our convenient location, the best attractions in the area are only minutes away! Contact us today to start planning your Saugatuck getaway.

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Spend Labor Day in Saugatuck

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Start planning your summer send-off

The end of summer is probably the last thing you want to think about right now. But if you’re looking to end the season with a bang, you should start planning your vacation ASAP.

Labor Day is one of the most popular times to visit Saugatuck, and availability for vacation rentals becomes limited fast. Book your Saugatuck vacation now.

What will you do when you get here? Whether you want to partake in our town festivities, enjoy a celebration with close friends and family, or make the most of the end of beach season, there’s lots to do in Saugatuck around Labor Day. Allow us to give you some ideas:

Your in-town itinerary

Catch one of these great Saugatuck-area events during your Labor Day stay.

Saugatuck-Douglas 19th Annual Bridge Walk - Join the community in a walk across the Blue Star Bridge on September 4, 9-10am. Starts on the Douglas side and proceeds to the Saugatuck side. Held in solidarity with the annual walk across the Mackinac Bridge, this walk is quite a bit shorter.

Labor Day Truck Parade - Celebrate the businesses of West Michigan in Holland’s annual parade of big trucks. Bring your family, some earplugs, and an appetite for ice cream.

All-Crafts Fair - Peruse hundreds of exhibitors with fine arts, crafts, and food in South Haven during Labor Day weekend.

Fenn Valley Fall Vineyard Tour - Take part in one of Fenn Valley’s first fall vineyard tours. Learn about grape growing and winemaking.

Saugatuck Chain Ferry - Labor Day weekend is your last chance of the year to ride aboard the Saugatuck Chain Ferry—the only remaining hand-cranked ferry in the country. Hitch a ride across the Kalamazoo River for a shortcut to Oval Beach.

Music on the Lawn at Borrowed Time - Catch some outdoor tunes on the lawn at Borrowed Time before they’re done for the season.

Find the best home for Labor Day festivities

The perfect Labor Day vacation requires a home base that’s best suited to your planned activities. We have properties that’ll make your weekend unforgettable.

Grill out

Ferry’s Landing - This tastefully modern, farmhouse-inspired home has a spacious backyard with a firepit. Grill your meal and enjoy it on the screened-in porch. Spend the evening around the fire with friends.

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Kingfisher Cove Cabin 28 - A log-cabin inspired home on the shores of Goshorn Lake with plenty of space for entertaining both indoors and out. Grill out in the wooded, secluded backyard and later enjoy a fire in the firepit or a dip in the hot tub.

Parkside - Located right next to West Side County Park, this home has a great yard for entertaining. Prep your meal in the ample kitchen space and grill out on the back deck. Enjoy a meal surrounded by wooded greenery.

Stay in town


Mason Loft
- Stay above a Saugatuck storefront in this quaint apartment. This shotgun-style loft has a fully equipped kitchen and is awash in natural light. You’ll be within walking distance of many great Saugatuck activities when you stay here.

blog masonThree’s a Charm - This cute chalet is perfect for small groups and families and is located just a walk from the action downtown Saugatuck. Bring the dog, too!

Heaven on the Hill - A large home with a spacious backyard and amenities for entertaining, this spot is perfect for those who want the best of both worlds: close to town, but still a heavenly hideaway.

Beachside holiday

Beach Cottage - Enjoy the fresh lakeside air and a view of the lake framed by tall trees at Beach Cottage. Sunbathe on the private beach during the day, enjoy the gas grill and firepit in the evening.

IMG 3760 BlendedMixed Doubles - Recently re-furnished, this home is beautifully designed and has unreal views of Lake Michigan and a great beach. It has a traditional cottage charm and is nestled on a quiet, wooded acre.

Heron Creek - Descend the stairs to get to this property’s beach and catch a few great views along the way. Located in a deeply secluded, wooded area, this property is a perfect place to truly get away from it all.


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3 Reasons Why You Need to Visit Mount Baldhead

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When you think Lake Michigan, the first things that come to mind are typically water, the beach, fishing, boating, and other beach-related activities. But, did you know that not far from the lake’s Oval Beach, there’s a spot when you can get an incredible view of the surrounding area? Climb to the top of Mount Baldhead, and you’ll be rewarded with an amazing overlook of Oval Beach, the town of Saugatuck, and more! Whether you’re looking for a short hike, an exercise challenge, or simply a place to enjoy nature, Mount Baldhead is for you. Here’s why you should visit!


For more great ideas for things to do while you're in Saugatuck, be sure to check out our recommendations! At Lakeshore Lodging, we're your resource for all things Saugatuck and the surrounding area. So, enjoy the best of our area on us!

3 Reasons Why You Need to Visit Mount Baldhead

1. The Views

Everyone loves a great view, especially when it’s as beautiful as the one at the top of Mount Baldhead! The picturesque scenery at the top allows you to see Saugatuck, the Kalamazoo River, and Lake Michigan, providing an unforgettable look at the area. Make sure you have your camera or smartphone handy because you’ll want to snap plenty of pictures! Take the 302 steps to the top from the harbor side, or descend the trail on the opposite side to Oval Beach.

2. The Mt. Baldhead Challenge

If you spend your free time strapped into a pair of running shoes, the Mt. Baldhead Challenge is for you. The 17th Annual Mt. Baldhead Challenge will take place this year on September 10, and the area’s most popular race! According to the race’s website, the 15K race begins in nearby Douglas, runs by the Lake Michigan shore, and eventually to the steps leading to the top of Mount Baldhead. The course goes by Oval Beach Park, and ultimately back to Douglas at Beery Field. You’ll break a sweat, but the views along the way will be well worth it. More details about this exciting race can be found on the Mt. Baldhead Challenge website.

3. A Great Location

Most scenic overlooks are out of the way - usually off of a highway out of town, or at the end of a long hike. Not Mount Baldhead! You won’t have to leave town to get here, because it’s in here Saugatuck. Enjoy the convenience of cooling off at Oval Beach after your hike, or simply taking your time and relaxing. There’s no rush!

Relax in Saugatuck When You Stay with Lakeshore Lodging

Vacationers flock to Saugatuck every year, and with good reason! An inviting, creative atmosphere, beautiful beaches, and plenty of great places to dine are just a few of the reasons why Saugatuck is one of the nation’s best places to vacation. The team at Lakeshore Lodging wants you to see what makes Saugatuck so special, and the best way to do that is with a stay in one of our Lake Michigan vacation homes. Our vacation rentals feature everything you need for a relaxing, worry-free vacation. Fully-furnished kitchens, hot tubs, and decks are just a few of the amenities our homes include! Plus, no matter where you stay, you’ll be only minutes from Saugatuck’s best attractions. Contact us today to start planning your Lake Michigan vacation today.

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5 Reasons You Need to Go on a Star of Saugatuck Cruise

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When you want to experience the beauty of Lake Michigan and the Kalamazoo River from the deck of a sternwheeler boat, take a cruise on the Star of Saugatuck II is for you! One of the most popular choices for exploring Lake Michigan, Star of Saugatuck II cruises are perfect for passengers of any age. Here are 5 great reasons why a cruise on this beautiful boat is one of the best things to do in Saugatuck!


Check out Lakeshore Lodging’s suggestions for things to do to make your vacation to Saugatuck even better! You’ll love it here!

5 Reasons You Need to Go On a Star of Saugatuck Cruise

1. Enjoy the Unique Experience of a Sternwheeler Boat Ride

 

When you think of a boat cruise, a ship that looks to be at least a century outdated probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind, but that’s one of the best features about the Star of Saugatuck II. Reminiscent of the type of ship that you would see cruising the waters near New Orleans or the Mississippi River, the Star of Saugatuck II is a sternwheeler (a steam-drive paddleboat). According to company’s website, the boat is 80 feet long, can seat 150 people between its upper and lower decks, and is run by a three man crew.

2. A Narrated Guide to Lake Michigan and the Kalamazoo River

As you enjoy the cruise, your captain will narrate your trip! You’ll learn about the history and features of the boat and the surrounding area while you take in the beauty of the scenery.

3. Food and Drink!

 

You won’t go hungry or thirsty when you take a ride on the Star of Saugatuck II. Bring your own snacks with you, or choose from the onboard selection of chips, juice, beer, wine, and more!

4. See Local Wildlife and Attractions

 

Lake Michigan is home to an abundance of wildlife, including rainbow trout, herons, fox, eagles and much more! You’ll be able to see local wildlife, as well as sand dunes, lighthouses, and more. For more information, visit the General & Route Information page.

5. The Sunset Cruise

 

Witness the beauty of the sun setting over Lake Michigan on the 90 minutes Sunset Cruise. This picturesque cruise is sure to be unforgettable!

Tickets and More Information

 

Star of Saugatuck II cruises start at the dock at 716 Water Street in Saugatuck. According to the website, tours last 70-90 minutes, and travel the Kalamazoo River, Lake Kalamazoo, and Lake Michigan.

 

Tickets are budget friendly. Adult admission is $19, for both the Daytime and Sunset cruises. Tickets are available online, or in-person on a first come, first serve basis, and reservations for large groups (20+) can be made over the phone. This information and more can found be on Saugatuck Boat Cruises’ FAQ page.

 

Saugatuck Boat Cruises is located at 716 Water Street, Saugatuck, MI. For more information, visit their website, or call them at (269) 857-4261.

Experience the Best of Saugatuck and Lake Michigan with Lakeshore Lodging

Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, Saugatuck is a small but vibrant town, featuring excellent beaches, a thriving arts culture, great dining, and much more. The best way to see this beautiful beach town is by staying in a Lakeshore Lodging vacation rental! Lakeshore Lodging offers everything from cozy cottages to houses big enough to comfortably sleep you and a dozen other people. Our vacation rentals feature fireplaces, hot tubs, WiFi, and locations perfect for both exploring Saugatuck and enjoying Lake Michigan. Contact us today, online or by calling (866) 765-7522 and start planning your Saugatuck vacation.


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Practice safe beach bumming

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Currents can be especially dangerous near structures in the water. Image: Justin Hofmann, Flickr.

Be safe on Lake Michigan beaches

Saugatuck’s prime location on Lake Michigan means there are many gorgeous beaches at which to sunbathe, play, and swim. The water is pleasantly warm this year, thanks to the mild winter, and that means a lot more people are going to be swimming in our Great Lake.

While a day at the beach can be beautiful and refreshing, it’s important to remember that it can also be dangerous. Many people underestimate the strength of the currents Lake Michigan can produce—a mistake which can be deadly. The best thing you can do for yourself and your family is to understand when it’s safe to swim, which circumstances create more danger, and what to do when you find yourself in trouble.

Luckily, there’s a one-stop resource available to help you do just that. Here's how to prepare for your next trip to the beach:

Check the National Weather Service Great Lakes Beach Hazards Tool before you head to the beach. There, you’ll find out if there are any safety warnings issued at your beach. Peruse the tabs to learn about currents and what to do when you find yourself swept up in one. Many beaches don’t have lifeguards, so it’s important to practice good judgment and learn how to identify when someone in your group is struggling and help them should you need to.

We want you to have the safest experiences at our Lake Michigan beaches. Have fun, but be smart. Study up on beach safety before you hit the water.

Some key tips from MI Sea Grant

If in danger

  • Stay calm, focus on breathing and keeping your head above water

  • Swim to the side, then back to shore. Alternate between swimming and floating if tired.

  • Face the shore and call for help

Before you swim

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Taste the Best of Saugatuck at Savor the Art Coast

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Western Michigan’s Art Coast is brimming with delicious food and a burgeoning restaurant scene. So, it’s not uncommon that some festival celebrating the craft of cooking, and some might argue eating, is underway during your Saugatuck stay. But, for all the great festivals and events that call Saugatuck home, only one is as all-encompassing as the Savor the Art Coast food festival. Here, restaurants, wineries, breweries, and artisans come together to offer festival-goers samples of their favorite and most popular dishes. Top it all off with live, local music and dancing, and


Naturally, when you’re on vacation in Saugatuck, you will want to try as much of the local cuisine as possible. That’s part of what makes a trip during Savor the Art Coast so ideal: you get to try whatever restaurant you want while you’re there. In addition to great events like this, Saugatuck is home to many must-see attractions of which your friends at Lakeshore Lodging have put together a list. You’re going to love your time here in Saugatuck!


Savor the Art Coast Food and Fun You Should Plan On

Formerly known as the “Taste of Saugatuck,” Savor the Art Coast took on the new moniker a few years ago. And, it’s all the same great food and fun you’d expect! Whether you’re searching for the quintessential Saugatuck dish or wanting to try as much as you can while you’re there, Savor the Art Coast is an excellent opportunity for vacationers to feel like locals. The food festival is sponsored by the Saugatuck Visitors Bureau, as well as many of the restaurants, winemakers, and breweries you’ll find set up there. It’s truly a celebration worth attending if only for the love of food. Whether you consider yourself a foodie or not, you need to check out the festival while you’re here!


Who Will Be There?

Of course, every year, different restaurants, wineries, and breweries show up for folks to try their food. In fact, what makes the festival so great for the festival-goer is that restaurants are in competition for best dishes in different categories like savory dishes, best pairing, and more. If you love good food, then Savor the Art Coast is for you! In addition to great food, you’ll enjoy live music in the park, fun activities, great beer, and more. What’s not to love?


Other Important Information

When is it?

The last Sunday in August from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.


Where is it?

Wicks Park in downtown Saugatuck.


How much does it cost?

Admission into the festival is free. Small plates from vendors vary.


The Perfect Vacation Activity

When you’re looking for local flavor while on vacation, events like Savor the Art Coast are a perfect idea! It and many other great things to do await you here in Saugatuck, MI. And, at Lakeshore Lodging, we want you to have the very best Saugatuck experience. That’s why we offer excellent lodging options to pair perfectly with your vacation here. So, browse our available properties and see for yourself how your trip to Saugatuck can be both comfortable and fun! Contact us today to book your Saugatuck stay!

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These Saugatuck Wine Tours Are Some of the Best in Michigan

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When it comes to wine, the only thing better than a glass of it is a wine tour! When you visit Saugatuck, you’ll be able to enjoy some of the best wine in Michigan. Saugatuck wine tours offer guests a delicious taste of local drink, surrounded by the beauty of Lake Michigan. If you have a palette for rich reds and sweet whites, and an appreciation for local wineries, then you’ll love these Saugatuck wine tours and vineyards. Come see why they’re some of the best in the state!


When you vacation to Saugatuck, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy some of the very best of Michigan. Be sure to check out our recommended activities while you’re here. At Lakeshore Lodging, we want you to have the very best vacation!

Fenn Valley Vineyards

Approximately 10 miles away from Saugatuck is Fennville, home of Fenn Valley Vineyards. Fenn Valley produces a delicious selection of red, white, sparkling, and fruit wines, as well as speciality wines! The tasting room is open 7 days a week and offers tastings, but the best way to experience Fenn Valley Vineyard is on one of their tours. Choose a Private Tour, a Food and Wine Tour, or one of the regular tours, but no matter what you’ll choose, you’ll get a fascinating look at how their wines are made, as well as wine samples.

Tabor Hill Winery and Wine Port

Although Tabor Hill Winery is located an hour south of Saugatuck in the town of Buchanan, their Wine Port shop is in Saugatuck. Tabor Hill Winery is part of the Lake Michigan Wine Trail, and offers a wide range of wines, semi-dry whites like 2010 LMS Cabernet Franc Rose, to dessert varieties like the Ice Wine Vidal Blanc. You can purchase their wine at their Saugatuck Wine Port, or go to the vineyard or a tour or tasting.

Cogdal Vinery

Head down I-196 for about 20 minutes and you’ll reach South Haven. Not only is South Haven a popular vacation spot, but it’s also home to Cogdal Vineyards. Choose one of their blended wines, like Vision and Whitecap, or something more traditional like a Merlot. Make sure you stop by their beautiful tasting room!

Petter Wine Gallery

Petter Wine Gallery isn’t a vineyard, but it’s on this list of Saugatuck wine tours, because, technically it does involve touring and wine. Saugatuck is known for its art community, and Petter Wine Gallery allows guest to stroll through their fine art gallery, wine glass in hand. Their impressive wine selection is topped only by the impressive display of art!

Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail

Saugatuck is part of the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail, a collection of Michigan wineries located in the state’s southwestern corner. The trail combines Kalamazoo, Buchanan, and Saugatuck wine tours and more into one, allowing you to taste the best wine on the lake. The Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail covers 19 different vineyards, including Fenn Valley Vineyards, Tabor Hill Winery, and Cogdal Vineyards.

Enjoy Lake Michigan When You Stay with Lakeshore Lodging

Saugatuck wine tours, Oval Beach, the beauty and fun of Lake Michigan, and more - experience it all when you stay in a Lakeshore Lodging vacation rental. Located in the inviting Lake Michigan beach town of Saugatuck, the staff at Lakeshore Lodging wants you to experience what makes this town so exciting! We offer vacation homes perfect for couples in search of a cozy, quiet getaway, or large families who want to spend their vacation on Lake Michigan. With amenities like fireplaces, hot tubs, lakefront views, and more, Lakeshore Lodging has a property that’s right for you. Contact us today, online or by calling (866) 765-7522, and we’ll show you why Saugatuck is “more than just a place to stay.”

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Lakeshore Lodging celebrates military families with $2k donation to Blue Star Mothers

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We did it.

Thanks to the guests who stayed with us in May, Lakeshore Lodging was able to present Blue Star Mothers South Kent 191 with a $2,000 check on Wednesday, June 14—Flag Day.

During our month-long campaign, we committed to donating $10 for every night booked in May to the local Blue Star Mothers chapter with the goal of booking 200 nights. We only nearly missed our goal, booking 188 nights.

“It goes without saying that Lakeshore will make up the difference to give Blue Star Mothers our goal $2,000 donation,” said Mark Mikolitis, president of Lakeshore Lodging.

Our vacation planner Natalie Mika is a member of the South Kent 191 chapter of Blue Star Mothers, an organization which raises funds for military causes and acts as a support group for military moms. She and her son Noah, who is a member of the United States Army, inspired the promotion.

“Everyone on the team at Lakeshore is really a family member. As we look at the causes that are important to each other, this is one that stood out for our teammate and friend Natalie, with her son serving over in Poland right now,” Mikolitis said. “We thought, ‘What a perfect thing to do,’ especially during the month of May.”

We want extend a heartfelt “thank you” to the guests who chose to stay at our vacation rental properties in the month of May.

“Thank you so much for joining us during a beautiful celebration of our veterans,” Mikolitis said.

Your support means so much to us.

We’re dedicated to continuing to support Saugatuck area charities and causes in order to give back to the community that gives all of us so much.

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Here are 5 of the Best Beaches on Lake Michigan

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Vacation is all about location! Everyone can agree on that. Featuring scenic views, waters ready for fishing and boating, and miles of the best beaches on Lake Michigan, it is the ideal spot for your next getaway. Every great vacation by the water starts with the beach, and narrowing down the best beaches on Lake Michigan can be overwhelming! We’ve made it easy for you, so below you’ll find the best beaches on Lake Michigan.


Here at Lakeshore Lodging, we want you to have the best Saugatuck vacation possible. So, check out our suggestions for things to do while you’re here. You can trust our expertise because we’re local!

5 of the Best Beaches on Lake Michigan

Oval Beach and Saugatuck Dunes State Park

Home to not one, but two, of the best beaches on Lake Michigan, Saugatuck is the place to be during summer in Michigan. Oval Beach encompasses everything that’s right about Michigan beaches - sunny, sandy shores, inviting waters, and some of the best in views of the lake. The clean sand and easy access are some of the visitors' favorite features (according to TripAdvisor), and Oval Beach has received high praise from both Conde Nast Traveler and MTV in the past.

 

Saugatuck Dunes State Park is a beautiful beach, featuring enormous sand dunes waiting to be explored (via foot or dune ride), along with with access to 2.5 miles of beachfront!

 

Grand Haven State Park

This is one of the most popular Lake Michigan beaches, and with good reason. A frequenter of Lake Michigan “best of” lists, Grand Haven State Park covers nearly 50 acres of sand and sun. The Grand Haven lighthouse and pier are popular park attractions, where you can fish or explore more about this piece of Lake Michigan history.

 

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Previously named by Good Morning America as “The Most Beautiful Place in America,” Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is home to an abundance of natural beauty. From the relaxing beachfront, to the dunes and bluffs located on this 35-mile lakefront stretch, it won’t take long for you to see why it’s one of the best beaches on Lake Michigan. If you need a break from the beach, gear up for a hike on nearby North Manitou Island!

 

South Beach Park

South Beach Park isn’t lacking when it comes to family fun! Whether you’re enjoying a game of beach volleyball, visiting the South Haven Lighthouse (it’s been in operation since 1872!), or shredding the nearby skatepark, you and your family will have plenty to do. Of course, you can just go swimming - it’s a beach, after all, and an inviting one at that.

 

Silver Lake Sand Dunes Area

As beautiful as its name implies, the Silver Lake Sand Dunes Area is not only one of the best beaches on Lake Michigan’s, but a fascinating natural attraction! Rolling sand dunes that are perfect cruising in an off-road vehicle, paired with Lake Michigan and Silver Lake beachfront (the dunes border both lakes), make for a great time when you visit this 2,000-acre portion of Silver Lake State Park. Plus, the park offers a great dune hiking trail!

Some of the Best Beaches on Lake Michigan

Located in Saugatuck, MI, Lakeshore Lodging provides the best Lake Michigan vacation rentals available in the Saugatuck-Douglas area. Whether you’re looking for a quiet, romantic getaway, or you want to spend a week on Lake Michigan with all of your friends, Lakeshore Lodging has a vacation rental that will meet your needs! Contact us to start planning your Lake Michigan vacation today.

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Get the most out of Saugatuck’s beaches this year

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The best beach experience requires some strategizing. We’re here to help.

Lake Michigan water levels are higher than average this year, which means beach levels in some spots are low. If you’re used to visiting a particular beach every year, you might arrive in Saugatuck to find it reduced to hardly a sliver.

That would be upsetting.

We want to prevent unpleasant surprises like that. So we’ve compiled a comprehensive beach update to let you know which beaches have waned from the higher water levels and which ones still have plenty of space for sunbathing and sandcastle building.

If your preferred vacation rental has a smaller beach this year, fret not. You can still enjoy breathtaking Lake Michigan views at many of those spots—you may just have to walk or ride bike to a nearby beach in better shape for a day of beach bumming. 

There are still plenty of great ways to enjoy the lakeshore in Saugatuck this year.

Why do water levels seem high right now?

Water levels are higher than average right now, but they probably seem particularly high because people are accustomed to low water levels. Data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association shows that from 1998-2013, the Great Lakes enjoyed a long period of low levels, hitting a record low in 2013. In the last three years, the lakes’ water levels surged.

“They rose at the highest rate they’ve ever rose over a 2-3 year period in recorded history,” said Drew Gronewold, a hydrologist with NOAA's Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory.

We can thank high amounts of precipitation and a couple of bitter-cold, icy winters (and therefore decreased evaporation) for the higher water levels now. But levels are still not near record highs achieved in 1986.

“They’re about halfway between average and record highs when we look back,” Gronewold said.

Record lows and highs aside, Great Lakes water levels follow a very predictable seasonal cycle. They rise in spring as they take on increased precipitation and the region’s snowmelt. They peak in summer, and they fall in autumn and winter as precipitation decreases and evaporation increases.

“Right now we’re at a point here in May-June where water levels still, on average, tend to rise a little bit more before they hit their peak in July,” Gronewold said. Follow along using GLERL’s Great Lakes Water Level Dashboard.

Great Lakes Water Levels Dashboard

The Great Lakes Water Level Dashboard shows where water levels are in comparison to monthly averages and record highs, as well as projected water levels for the next couple months.

What that means for Saugatuck’s beaches varies on an individual basis. Some are faring better than others. Expansive Oval Beach still has plenty of sandy space. Douglas Beach is a little narrower than last year, but there’s still room to lay a towel. And the private and association beaches at our various properties run the gamut.

Read on to find out what to expect at the beachside property you’re thinking of staying at.

Properties with great beaches

Despite the odds, the beaches by these properties look great for summer. Book one of these vacation rentals for the optimal beachside experience.

  • Heron Creek - This home is tucked away in the woods and has lots of great places to take in a view of the lake. Descend wooden stairs to access the private beach, which has not suffered from the higher water levels a bit. There are only a couple of dates left in June, July, and August to snag this dreamy beachside property.

  • Blackstone on the Bluff - This spacious home pairs perfectly with its spacious private beach. Somehow, it’s still available for the week of the Fourth of July. 

  • Mixed Doubles - Traditional cottage charm, a perfect private beach, and Fourth of July availability. This property sleeps 11 and is a great spot for a vacation full of summer fun.

  • Lake Breeze - The association beach with this home is in great shape. Enjoy plenty of space and a great outdoor area for dining, card games, and more. This property also has Fourth of July availability.

  • Lake Perch - Enjoy direct access to the beach (read: no stairs) from this property. The private beach is 230 feet wide and is great for larger groups. Only a few summer dates remain available at this spot.
     
  • Sunflower Cottage - Take in a Lake Michigan sunset in the adirondack chairs atop the bluff, or descend the stairs to the private beach. This quaint lakeside cottage is only a short drive from Saugatuck and Douglas. Book this property’s last available week of summer.

  • Beach Cottage - Quaint, quiet, and tucked away, Beach Cottage is a great spot to enjoy a quiet summer stay. The expansive private beach is accessible by stairs, and it’s in great shape this season. There’s still a few great dates available at this property this summer.

Properties with compromised beaches

These lakeside properties may have enjoyed larger beaches in the past, but higher water levels have taken their toll. Rates on these properties have been reduced to reflect the changes in beach access. Book a stay at one of these homes if you want a view for a better price, or if you don’t mind a little travel to get to a better beach.

  • Water’s Edge - There’s no beach at this property, but there’s a deck right on the water that will give you the proximity to the lake you crave. Sunbathe on any of the three wooden decks.

  • Edgewater Beach Cottage - The private lake access at this property is pebbly. If you don’t mind a little stone massage for your bare feet, it’s a great place to enjoy Lake Michigan. There is also a deck on the lake level with plenty of room for soaking up the sun and lake breeze.

  • Liberty Bluff - The association beach with this property is gone, but the immaculate view of Lake Michigan is well in tact. Book a last minute stay in June, or grab one of the remaining available dates in July and August to make the most of a lakeside summer vacation.

  • Bluff’s Cove - This lakeside spot has incredible views to be enjoyed from inside the rental home or right on lake level. The “beach” is very rocky, uneven, and narrow—definitely not the best place to lay a towel. But those factors don’t interfere with the meditative benefits of being by the lakeshore and hearing the sound of the waves.

  • Lakeside Cottage - The lake has encroached on the association beach with this property. Not only is there no beach to speak of, the lake is eroding the boat launch that provided access to it. Guests at this property are encouraged to stay off the crumbling boat launch, but you can still take in a beautiful view of the lake from the bluff in this property’s beautiful backyard. There’s plenty of summer availability at this great spot.

  • Ridgeway Cottage - There is no beach access at this property and it does not have a view of the lake, but you can still enjoy the benefits of fresh, lakeside air and seclusion from the busy world.

Public beaches

All of these beaches are always an option if the private or association beach at your property leaves a bit to be desired this year. Learn more about the area beaches and where they are on our website.

  • Oval Beach
  • Douglas Beach
  • Laketown Beach
  • Pier Cove Park
  • Saugatuck State Dunes Park
  • Shore Acres Township Park
  • Sunset Park (View Only)
  • West Side County Park
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Shop Local, Artisanal Goods at the Saugatuck Farmer's Market

Saugatuck Farmer's Market

There’s no better way to explore the fabric of Saugatuck’s culture than by shopping the Saugatuck Farmer’s Market. No matter the reason you’re in Saugatuck, you’ll find that a trip through the local farmer’s market yields incredible artisanal goods, food, crafts, and souvenirs that you can take as a memento of your visit. That’s why it’s so important to make it out to the Saugatuck Farmer’s Market while you’re here! Here’s what you’ll find there.

 

Be in the middle of it all or in a quiet bungalow by Lake Michigan. It’s your choice! Let Lakeshore Lodging be your vacation rental headquarters in Saugatuck. We’ll help you find the perfect location for you and yours, as well as guide you to the best things to do while you’re here. You’re going to love your next Saugatuck vacation!

 

What Will You Find at the Saugatuck Farmer’s Market?

Addy's Sunflowers/The Wood Mayvin

At Addy’s, you’ll find fresh flowers, local honey, handcrafted wooden boxes, and cutting boards.

 

Body Restoration

Massage at a farmer’s market? You’ve got it. Get a table massage and wellness products at Body Restoration.

 

Bowerman Blueberries Farm Market

Everything Michigan blueberries will make your mouth water. Fresh fruit, baked goods, and more!

 

CNJ Popcorn

Grab a bag of CNJ Popcorn’s caramel corn and peruse the market.

 

Creekwood Maple Farms

Maple syrup, maple sugar, and sweet treats make great souvenirs and gifts from your vacation!

 

Diemer's Farm and Greenhouse

You’ll find only the freshest locally grown vegetables and annual flowers here.

 

Esmie's Cabinet

Load your cabinets with handmade lotions, perfumes, and more.

 

Froelich's

Froelich’s offers original recipe dips, salsa, baked goods, and snacks, perfect for the big game.

 

Hartline’s Garden and Farm

Here, you’ll find more fresh, farm-grown produce and preserved products.

 

Henley Grey Products

Henley Grey Products specializes in personal care products and repurposed furniture.

 

J&J Tortilla Co.

Plan your fiesta with J&J Tortilla Co.’s freshly made tortillas.

 

Jammin' With Marguerite

Spread the love with Marguerite’s  locally sourced jams and jellies.

 

Knife N’ Sharp

Locals can sharpen their cooking skills at Knife ‘n Sharp by getting their knives sharpened.

 

Lakewind Natural Products

Lakewind’s spices, spice blends, and aromatherapy products make exceptional souvenirs!

 

McFarland Pies

Bring dessert back to your vacation rental with these locally sourced pies, desserts, and preserves.

 

Thornburg and Company

There’s an abundance of fresh fruit here in Michigan, and that means lots of jams and jellies from Thornburg and Co.

 

Ottawa Glad Growers

Stop and smell the roses and other fresh-cut flowers and arrangements.

 

Post Farms

From Post Farms, you’ll find fresh flowers, produce, and home-baked pastries.

 

Saugatuck in Summer is the Ideal Vacation Destination

Come to Saugatuck to enjoy a temperate summer, fresh air, the best of Michigan’s Art Coast, the Saugatuck Farmer’s Market, and much more! A vacation here truly is refreshing. So, when you’re planning your summer vacation, be sure to browse the available rentals from Lakeshore Lodging. We’re proud to offer the very best vacation rentals in Saugatuck and even prouder to have you stay in one. Contact us today to book your Saugatuck getaway.

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Your Guide to the Best Saugatuck MI Art Galleries

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Art is no stranger to the Saugatuck community. In fact, art galleries and local artists are integral to the town’s community. Home to the annual Ox-Bow School of Arts Artist-in-Residence program, this small Lake Michigan town puts a big emphasis on art and art culture. Saugatuck MI art galleries are in abundance, featuring contemporary African art, fine art, and even a gallery that houses a wine bar! Whether you’re an artist looking for inspiration or simply looking for a tasteful addition to your home decor, you’ll want to visit these Saugatuck MI art galleries.


Here at Lakeshore Lodging, we want you to discover the very best of Saugatuck while you're here. So, check out our recommendations for things to do. You're going to love it here!

Your Guide to the Best Saugatuck mI Art Galleries

Amazwi Contemporary Art

Looking for a piece that will expand your current collection’s horizons? Head to Amazwi Contemporary Art, where you can shop the finest contemporary African art in the area. Paintings, sculptures and more are for sale representing the best of contemporary African artists.

Armstrong-De Graaf International Fine Art

The collection of artwork on display at Armstrong-De Graaf International Fine Art is a display of dozens of artists from different walks of life, both national and international. The gallery houses stone and glass sculptures, portraits, photography, and much more. Visit Armstrong-De Graaf online for a full list of current pieces and artists.

Blue Coast Artists

Blue Coast Artists is a collection of 12 different studios just south of Saugatuck. With locations in Fennville, Glenn and South Haven, visitors can see each artist at work, watching them craft pottery, jewelry, glass, and much more. Each studio is special, includingFernwood 1891, which features a coffee shop! Check out the Blue Coast Artists' website to learn more.

LaFonstee Galleries

With two locations in Michigan, LaFontsee Galleries displays some of the most beautiful artwork in the state. Visit the Douglas location and enjoy the impressive collection of 2D, 3D, and fine art print pieces, ranging from oil paintings to metal works. They also offer framing, consultation, restorations and other art services.

Good Goods

At Good Goods, you’ll find anything and everything art from fine art and ceramics to furniture and jewelry, all handmade, from artists all over the country. Many of the products are made in Michigan, allowing you to not to only purchase quality goods but support local artists as well.

J Petter Galleries

What pairs best with intriguing art? A great glass of wine. Out of all the Saugatuck Art galleries, J Petter Galleries are guaranteed to be the most delicious. Visit the wine bar and choose from their great selection, then stroll the galleries and enjoy an even better display of fine art.

Roan & Black Contemporary Gallery

Roan & Black is one of the most diverse Saugatuck art galleries, and the artwork on display is bound to draw you in. Visit the sculpture garden or the indoor gallery, and take in the beauty of pieces from artists hailing across the country and around the globe. Head to Roan & Black’s website for more information.

Enjoy Michigan’s Art Coast When You Stay with Lakeshore Lodging

Combining inviting small town appeal with the beauty of Lake Michigan, Saugatuck, MI, is the perfect vacation spot on Michigan’s western coast. Great local dining, art galleries and outdoor activities make Saugatuck appealing for everyone, and Lakeshore Lodging is your source for the area’s best vacation rentals. Whether you’re looking for a quiet spot in town, or a large, lakefront house, Lakeshore Lodging has a wide selection of properties that will match your criteria. Our vacation homes include amenities like furnished-kitchens, WiFi, fireplaces, hot tubs, and more. Conveniently located near both Oval Beach and Downtown Saugatuck, a stay with Lakeshore Lodging is the best way to vacation in Saugatuck. Contact us today to start planning your trip today.

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Why we're supporting Blue Star Mothers this May

Natalie Mika is one of Lakeshore Lodging’s vacation planners. Every day, she helps prospective guests build their dream vacations. But when she goes home, she’s a mom to three children. Her 19-year-old son Noah (pictured left) is a member of the United States Army, and he’s the reason Natalie decided to join Blue Star Mothers earlier this year.

Blue Star Mothers is a nationwide organization of mothers, stepmothers, foster mothers, and female legal guardians who have children in the military or who are veterans. There are chapters all around the United States, and each one supports their local service members, veterans, and military family members in various ways. They also function as a support group for military mothers.

Natalie is a member of the South Kent, Michigan chapter, and that’s the chapter Lakeshore Lodging is raising funds for this May*. She learned about it from her neighbor, whose cousin was the president of the Blue Star Mothers Department of Michigan. She joined when the stress of being a military mom hit a fever pitch.

“I called her one day, and I was like a basket case,” Natalie said.

noahThe pressures and worries of having her son away in the military were building up, and she needed an outlet. The president gave her the number of the South Kent chapter, and Natalie arranged to meet up with some of its members.

“I was looking for something that was more supportive and understanding and could help me process my thoughts and feelings,” Natalie said.

“We’ve had a lot of obstacles even with him being in the service,” she said. “He had to grow up really quick and take on adult responsibilities that most kids his age don’t.”

On top of the inherent stresses of being separated from her young son, Natalie found that being in the military didn’t really help Noah with the challenges of being forced into early adulthood. Once while traveling, Noah needed a place to stay but couldn’t get a hotel room because he was too young, despite his status as a service member.

The military doesn’t necessarily pay well, either.

“People in the military don’t make this great amount of money,” Natalie said. “(Noah’s) step sister works at Taco Bell part time, and she nets more than he grosses in a month.” He has expenses that can be difficult to handle on that kind of budget.

“It frustrates me, because I see the struggle with him and he shouldn’t have to struggle with any of that. Money should not be an issue. He should not have to worry about getting a bill paid because he doesn’t make enough money in the military,” she said.

So Natalie channels that frustration into her advocacy. She became a dues-paying member of Blue Star Mothers in February. Through the activities they do, Natalie is able to support her son and service members like him.

“We need to be helping them, first and foremost,” she said.

14956001 1418498308162147 8234211760843059359 nThe South Kent chapter of Blue Star Mothers works with the local veterans hospital and sends care packages to troops and their family members. They also support “Gold Star Mothers,” or mothers who have lost their service member. They have a big golf outing on June 24 to raise general funds.

Natalie has taken particular interest in helping improve the care package program, and is grateful that the organization allows its members to send care packages to their own children as well.

More than anything, she appreciates the camaraderie the organization provides her.

“It’s kind of like a sisterhood,” she said.

For Natalie, Noah, and all service members and their families, Lakeshore Lodging is donating $10 for every night of paid occupancy in May. There’s still time for you to join us.

Book a last minute stay in May. We still have multiple properties with Memorial Day availability. Celebrate the holiday and help us get closer to our goal of donating $2000 to Blue Star Mothers - South Kent Michigan 191. Check our website for availability

*For every paid night of occupancy in May, 2017 Lakeshore Lodging is donating $10 to Blue Star Mothers - South Kent Michigan 191. This donation will be made on June 14, 2017 (Flag Day).


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What Will You Try First at Wild Dog Grille?

Wild Dog Grille


A vacation in sunny Saugatuck is the perfect time to try something new. And, at
Wild Dog Grille,  artisanal foods combine to create an unforgettable dining experience. Procurers of some of the finest foods in town, the chefs at Wild Dog Grille are ready to transport you to another culinary level with incredible small plates, entrees, specials, and more. What will you try first?

Here in Saugatuck, there are plenty of restaurants to try and places to explore. That’s why, here at Lakeshore Lodging, we’ve compiled some of the best things to do in our recommended activities. Browse our suggestions and you’ll find the tools necessary to craft the very best Saugatuck vacation.

 

Menu Highlights: Wild Dog Grille

Appetizers and Small Plates

Get your Wild Dog Grille experience started off with delicious bites delivered to your table. Whet your appetite on their Shrimp Ceviche, a poached shrimp dish with a bright carrot-chile puree, olives, red onion, radish, herbs, and candied lemons served with cumin-lime corn tortilla chips. You’ll also love their Pesto Spinach Cheese dip served with Parmesan ciabatta.

 

Salads

For a lighter take, order one of their four unique salads. Choose from a Caesar salad, Mediterranean, Beet Salad, or Vietnamese Rice Noodles Salad. You also have the option to top your salad with grilled chicken, shrimp, salmon, or beef.

 

Sandwiches and Burgers

There’s a ton of flavor going on here! The Bahn Mi Burger is bursting with Asian flavor, longganisa burger, and pickled vegetables. For a signature Wild Dog Grille flavor, their Wild Dog Burger is a great choice. An eight ounce, Cajun-seasoned ribeye and sirloin burger adorned with gorgonzola, avocado mayo, grape tomato jam, and haystack onions is sure to make your tastebuds tingle.

 

Entrees

This is where the flavor really starts to shine. Incredible entree items line the menu like Steak au Poivre, a peppercorn-encrusted ribeye with truffle fries, arugula salad, and a Worcestershire-Brandy pan sauce. Try their Chicken “Parme-cata,” a chicken breast battered in eggs, parmesan, and fresh herbs with a roasted garlic, lemon, and pepper vinaigrette. And, for a vegan option, their Vegan Green Coconut Curry rounds out the menu.

 

Stone Oven Pizzas

A great way to share a meal is with pizza! Stone oven pizzas at Wild Dog Grille combine an array of flavors from traditional to create-your-own. Get your fill of pizza at Wild Dog Grille!

 

Make the Most of Your Saugatuck Experience

Incredible restaurants like Wild Dog Grille are just the beginning of all the great things to do in Saugatuck this summer. And, after you’ve explored our area, come relax in a quiet and peaceful vacation rental from Lakeshore Lodging. Our beautiful properties are the perfect place to take it easy and recharge from normal life. So, browse our availability and see for yourself the kind of comfort and convenience that can be yours during your next trip to Saugatuck! Then, contact us today to book your stay. We are eager to accommodate you!


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Don't Miss These Wonderful Saugatuck Events This Summer

Saugatuck Events


This summer, head to Saugatuck for great events that highlight the best Saugatuck has to offer. Take advantage of the beautiful weather by attending these Saugatuck events and find what our town is all about. From events on the water to live music, there's plenty going on right here in Saugatuck this summer. Let’s take a look at the highlights from the Saugatuck Calendar of Events for June, July, and August.


Here at Lakeshore Lodging, we want you to have the very best Saugatuck experience. That's why we recommend these great things to do when you visit. You can trust our expertise to guide you to a fantastic Saugatuck experience. We guarantee it.


Saugatuck Events You Don't Want to Miss This Summer

June

Music in the Vineyards | June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 | 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Great live music, $1 off of fantastic wine and cider, and great company combine for a fun night in the vines at Fenn Valley Vineyards.

Farmer's Market | June 2, 9, 23, 30 | 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Find local goods, produce, flowers, and more at Saugatuck's Farmer's Market.

Music on the Lawn at Borrowed Time | June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 | 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Dave & Connie D bring you great local live music under the stars at Borrowed Time in Saugatuck.

Saugatuck Antique Market | June 10 | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

With up to 150 dealers, you're sure to find a treasure at the Saugatuck Antique Market.

Michigan Art Coast Half Marathon and Town Crier 5k & 10k | June 17-18

If you're a runner in either of these events, we know of a great place to stay while you're here!

Michigan Art Coast Craft Beer, Food, & Art Festival | June 17-18 | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m./12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Come, explore some of the best beer, food, and art in the region at the Michigan Art Coast Craft Beer, Food, & Art Festival!

Wine Festival | June 24

At Fenn Valley Vineyards, celebrate the season with tastings in the vineyard, food, and live music.

July

Waterfront Invitational Art Fair | July 1 | 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Come out for the invitational art fair featuring some of the best artists around the upper Midwest.

Fourth of July Fireworks and Celebration | July 4 | 2 p.m. to Dusk

Celebrate our nation's independence with an awesome fireworks display and parade starting at 2 p.m.

Saugatuck-Douglas Antiques Market | July 8 | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Some of the best antiques dealers in the region gather to offer unique tokens from the past.

Art on Center | July 15 | 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Fine art features rolled out of local galleries line the streets for your enjoyment and option to purchase.

Venetian Festival | July 28-30

Enjoy the celebration of Saugatuck culture with live music, wine, food, craft beer, competitions, boat races, and fireworks.

August

Music Festival of Saugatuck | August 3-4, 10-11 | 7:30 p.m.

You'll hear some of the best classical and contemporary music in the region at the Music Festival of Saugatuck.

Salmon Shootout | August 4 | 6 a.m.

If you're an angler, then either participating or spectating this event is for you!

Saturday Night Cellar Dance | August 12

Come out for a party and dance in the cellars at Fenn Valley Vineyards. This hotly anticipated event is a fun way to blow off some steam!

30th Annual Savor the Art Coast | August 27 | 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Savor fine food and spirits of local Saugatuck restaurants during this culinary festival full of delicious Saugatuck cuisine.

 

Experience Saugatuck Events, and See Why We're More Than a Place To Stay

For the best western Michigan accommodations, check out Lakeshore Lodging! With properties extending all the way along the Art Coast, you’ll find the perfect vacation getaway for you and your family! Find out more information about our properties in the Saugatuck-Douglas area, then contact us today and start planning your Lake Michigan vacation.



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It's Time to Make Plans for the Saugatuck Venetian Festival

Saugatuck Venetian Festival

This year’s Saugatuck Venetian Festival is set to be a fantastic time of music, boating, games, fireworks, and more! It’s one of Saugatuck’s best events, and you’d be remiss to skip out! Between the events and family-friendly activities, there’s something for everyone at the festival. Plus, it’s one of the best ways to enjoy the waterfront in Saugatuck. So, are you planning to attend this year’s Saugatuck Venetian Festival? Here’s why you should!

 

The festival is just one of many great reasons to visit Saugatuck this summer. Be sure to check out these great activities while you’re here, too. Here at Lakeshore Lodging, we’re your source for the best Saugatuck experience you’ll ever have!

 

Saugatuck Venetian Festival Happenings to Put on Your Calendar

This year’s festival takes place over the weekend of July 28-29, starting in Coghlin Park and ending with fireworks over Lake Kalamazoo. Here are the highlights you’ll want to plan on!

 

Friday, July 28, 2017 at Coghlin Park

Concert Tent Opens | 5:00 p.m. | $5 per adult

Come out to the concert for some of the best local and regional music to kick off the festivities! The theme of this year’s concert is ‘80s Rock n Roll, so come prepared to rock out!

 

Children’s Games and Face Painting | 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Come, get the kids ready to dance to the ‘80s later with face painting and children’s games. The family-friendly activities are a great way to start the festivities!

 

Food and Bar Tent Open | 6:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Grab a delicious bite to eat at the food and bar tents and make sure you’re ready to rock with the concert! Some of Saugatuck’s best restaurants will bring their food to the festival, so come hungry!

 

Starfarm -- Dance to the ‘80s | 7:15 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Now is the time to dance to the ‘80s rock and roll! Bring your friends and family and dance the night away courtesy of Starfarm!

 

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Dinghy Poker Run | 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The raucous crowd of boaters, some dressed as pirates, race to collect the best poker hand on dinghies armed with squirt guns. You don’t want to miss this entertaining entourage of racing boats!

 

Lighted Boat Parade | 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. | Kalamazoo River

Watch the “Salute to Our Military” themed lighted boats cruise the Kalamazoo River in a breathtaking display of creativity and celebration.

 

Fireworks Over Lake Kalamazoo | 10:00 p.m.

Cap the festivities with breathtaking fireworks over Lake Kalamazoo!

 

Celebrate Summer in Saugatuck

Whether you’re coming for the Saugatuck Venetian Festival or for your regular summer vacation, Saugatuck welcomes you to an incredible visit full of memories and fun. Here at Lakeshore Lodging, our vacation rentals are the perfect host to your summer adventures. So, browse our available properties and find exactly what you’re looking for in a place to stay during your vacation. Contact us today to book your next Saugatuck stay!


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Fenn Valley Vineyards Events You Need to Know About

Fenn Valley Vineyards events


Just about 15 minutes from Saugatuck,
Fenn Valley Vineyards offers the area some of the finest wines in Michigan. The unique climate at Fenn Valley Vineyards is perfect for growing cold-tender grapes in a place that otherwise is mostly inhospitable. These fine wines pave the way for incredible Fenn Valley Vineyards events, too! So, if you love great wine, you need to know about these Fenn Valley Vineyards events!


There are some incredible ways to experience western Michigan, including its wine! And, here at Lakeshore Lodging, we know all the best things to do because we’re local! You can trust our expertise when you use our vacation plan tool!

 

Fenn Valley Vineyards Events You’ll Love

These wonderful events are the perfect way to enjoy Fenn Valley Vineyards wine! If you love wine, love local businesses, and love a scenic vineyard, then these are for you!

 

New Release Wine and Food Pairings | April 30, 2017

Head out to Fenn Valley Vineyards to experience the newest wines, expertly paired with food samples to complement the evening. This is an exciting way to get an insider’s look into the winemaking production.

 

Girls Afternoon Out | May 13, 2017

Get your girlfriends and learn some culinary skills from Chef Christine Ferris! Entertainment, food, and wine make for a great afternoon!

 

Fenn Valley Wine and Food Festival | June 24/25, 2017

Come out for vendors in the vineyards, tastings, demonstrations, and live music during this beautiful and fun event.

 

Summer Evening Cookouts | July 14/15, 21/22; August 4/5, 2017

Fenn Valley Vineyards will provide you with all you need for a great cookout at the vineyard! Food, wine, and live music await you at this wonderful way to celebrate summer!

 

Chili Cook-Off | January 20, 2018

In the wintertime, nothing beats a bowl of hearty chili! The cook-off welcomes the best local chilies in a potluck-style get-together with wine and good company.

 

Nouveau Fest | December 2, 2017

This is your chance to experience the absolute newest wine from Fenn Valley Vineyards. Come out for fun, food, and a kickoff to the holiday season!

 

Vine Wine’d 5k Trail Run | October 7, 2017

Calling all runners! Enjoy a scenic 5k race through the vineyard and the surrounding farm. You’ll wine’d through the beautiful property for a fun run you won’t forget!

 

Saturday Night Cellar Dance | August 12, 2017

There’s a party going on in the cellar at Fenn Valley Vineyards! You’ll love wine by the glass and live music while you dance the night away!

 

Lunch with the Winemaker | TBD

A play off of a traditional winemaker’s dinner, the winemaker’s lunch is perfect for folks who like to have a glass with their lunch. The expert pairings are sure to delight your tastebuds!

 

Winemaker’s Dinners | TBD for 2018

Begin with a sparkling wine and cheese reception followed by a gourmet dinner and the winemaker’s perfect pairings of wine and food.

 

Pair the Perfect Place to Stay with Local Events

These are just a few of the great events going on in Saugatuck this year! When you’re planning your visit, you’ll want to pair the perfect place to stay with the best events and things to do. Here at Lakeshore Lodging, we’ve got you covered. Our beautiful properties are ready for your Saugatuck adventure and provide comfort and quality where it matters most. Feel right at home when you reserve your lodging with us. Contact us today to book your next Saugatuck stay!


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A Guide to the Best Saugatuck, MI, Shopping

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Depending on who you are, shopping is either something you look forward to, or something you dread. Regardless, it’s a necessity, so you might as well make sure you have the best experience, right? When you visit Saugatuck, you’ll find that the shopping here has everything to love, and nothing to loathe. Local businesses are in abundance here, allowing you to experience a part of what makes our town so special. Saugatuck MI shopping has something for everyone, and if you keep reading, we’ll show you some of the best shopping in Saugatuck!


Plan a shopping trip during your vacation to Saugatuck this year, and you'll undoubtedly find something to take home with you. Here at Lakeshore Lodging, we know where to find the best souvenirs and more! Check out our suggestions for things to do here! You won't regret it.

 

A Guide the Best Saugatuck MI Shopping


Art

 

Art is an integral part of life in Saugatuck, and the stores here reflect that. At Good Goods, you’ll find anything and everything art - from fine art and ceramics, to furniture and jewelry, all handmade, from artists all over the country. Many of the products are made in Michigan, allowing you to not to only purchase quality goods, but support local artists as well.

 

Art Glass Alcove is a local favorite, offering a great selection of handmade jewelry, as well as a wide range of other items handbags, clothes, and much more!

 

Looking for a piece that will expand your current collection’s horizons? Head to Amazwi Contemporary Art, where you can shop the finest contemporary African art in the area. Paintings, sculptures and more are for sale representing the best of contemporary African artists.

 

Clothing

 

If you’re looking for a local boutique clothing shop, look no further than Chantal Fashion! You’ll find an impressive collection of women’s clothing, shoes and accessories here, and if you head to Chantal for Him and Her, you’ll find great men’s clothing as well.

 

Backpacks, hats, flip-flops - it’s all on the shelves at Landsharks. Girls looking for winter jackets and guys searching for a new pair of shorts will find what they want, plus a whole lot more! Plus, they sell a fun collection of Michigan novelty shirts, perfect for showing off your Mitten State love.

 

When you need garb that will help you beat the heat, you shop at Del Sol Saugatuck. Sunglasses, shirts, shoes and more, all perfect for a day out on Lake Michigan.

 

Gifts and More

 

Gifts come in all shapes and sizes, and Saugatuck MI shopping is full of stores that offer the best and most unique gifts to take home (or keep for yourself). You won’t have trouble finding something at The Pink Patio, where their selection of products covers everything including candles made in Detroit, coffee from Kona, cooking spices, birdhouses, and more!

 

The Butler Pantry is the ideal shop for the chef in your family, offering a full selection high-end cooking ware and utensils. Don’t let them enter the kitchen unprepared - pick them up something at The Butler Pantry, and your tastebuds will thank you.

 

The Petter Wine Gallery lets you taste delicious wine while strolling their beautiful gallery, and you can purchase wine to take home with you. What’s a better gift than Michigan wine?

 

We’ve only scratched the surface of Saugatuck MI shopping - we’ll leave the rest to you when you visit. These shops are a great starting point, and a few of the favorites among locals. No matter what you’re shopping for, Saugatuck has it!


Experience Saugatuck When You Stay with Lakeshore Lodging


Don’t stop at a Saugatuck MI shopping trip - stick around for a few days! Shopping is only one of the great things to do here, and if you stay in a Lakeshore Lodging vacation rental, you’ll get to experience what makes our Lake Michigan beach town so special. Whether it’s the natural beauty that inhabits the area, the excellent fishing on Lake Michigan, or the inviting, diverse culture of our town, you’ll find no shortage of reasons to stay and things to do in Saugatuck MI. Our vacation rentals are perfect for couples, large groups, and everything in between! Enjoy waterfront views, excellent amenities like hot tubs and pools, and plenty of space to relax. Contact us today, and start planning your Saugatuck vacation!

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Step Back in Time on the Saugatuck Chain Ferry

Saugatuck Chain Ferry

When you come to sunny Saugatuck during the summer, chances are you’ll board the Saugatuck Chain Ferry to get around. The relic of Saugatuck that is the ferry hearkens back to a simpler time when it carried horses across the river and Saugatuck was coming into its own. Step aboard this piece of history and see where it can take you! The Saugatuck Chain Ferry is blowing its whistle!

 

Looking for the best things to see and do in and around Saugatuck? Take our suggestions for things to do and you’ll find the best Saugatuck vacation you’ve ever had! At Lakeshore Lodging, we’re the experts on all things Saugatuck, so you can trust our recommendations!

 

Get On Board the Saugatuck Chain Ferry

The Saugatuck Chain Ferry was originally used to carry horses across the Kalamazoo River, but today carries passengers of a different variety along the river. The ferry was built in 1838 and is the only hand-cranked ferry of its kind still in use in the United States. The vessel is inspected and approved by the U.S. Coast Guard and carries its passengers about 100 yards across the Kalamazoo River to the other shore. From there, you can explore the Saugatuck Douglas Historical Museum and walk over to Oval Beach, just a mile away. While you’re near the Saugatuck Douglas Historical Museum, be sure to check out the Mt. Baldhead look-out, too!

 

How to Take the Ferry

Whether you’re a pedestrian or have a bike, the ferry will transport you across the river to where you need to be. The ferry will blow the whistle to signal that it’s getting ready to cross to communicate to the other boats on the river to stop. Then, three pulleys keep it aligned with the chain to pull you across the river.

 

Other Essential Information about the Saugatuck Chain Ferry

Address

528 Water Street

Saugatuck, MI 49453

 

Cost

$1 per person

Cash Only

 

Hours | Memorial Day to Labor Day

9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Have other questions?

 

Explore Saugatuck On Vacation Here

When you plan your summer vacation to beautiful Saugatuck, you’ll revel in the abundance of great things to do while you’re here! From the awesome beaches to great local shops, you won’t run out of things to do. Plan your vacation with Lakeshore Lodging, and you’ll find that our wonderful rentals and vacation homes are perfectly situated for your comfort and convenience. Browse them today to see how they can best serve your next vacation to sunny Saugatuck! And, if you need more great ideas for things to do while you’re here, be sure to check out our recommended things to do. Contact us today to book your stay! We are eager to be your host!

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Oval Beach in Saugatuck is One of the Best Beaches in the World

Oval Beach in Saugatuck


Beautiful Saugatuck, MI, is home to some great beaches you won’t want to skip when you’re on vacation here! Oval Beach in Saugatuck is perhaps the jewel in the crown of Lake Michigan beaches as it has been rated one of the best in the world! So, pack your beach gear and plan a trip to beautiful Oval Beach in Saugatuck. You won’t regret it!

 

Are you looking for the best ways to experience Saugatuck and the landscape around it? Then, you’re in luck! Here at Lakeshore Lodging, we’re the experts in our area for things to do. Use our vacation plan recommendations to help you craft the best Michigan vacation you’ve ever had!

 

Why You Shouldn’t Skip Oval Beach in Saugatuck

Recently rated as one of the best beaches in the entire world by Conde’ Nast Traveler, Oval Beach has received many accolades from many sources. It’s one of National Geographic Traveler’s top two freshwater beaches in the U.S., one of MTV’s top five beaches in America, as well as #1 Midwest beach by the Chicago Tribune. The ecosystem itself is one of the rarest in the world, as well, making it definitely worth your visit. In fact, it’s one of eleven most endangered in the world.

 

What You Need to Know to Plan a Beach Day

A day at the beach at Oval Beach in Saugatuck is as easy as it is beautiful! With wonderful amenities like a concession stand, shower rooms, and restrooms covering your basic needs, you can take advantage of the playground, picnic tables, and grills. Imagine grilling out by one of the best beaches in the world during your next summer vacation! Here are a few things you should know before you head to Oval Beach!

 

Parking | $8 per vehicle during peak season; $50 for a season pass

 

Other Beaches You May Want to Check Out

Saugatuck Dunes State Park

With miles of hiking trails, pristine beaches, and ideal birdwatching conditions, Saugatuck Dunes State Park is at the top of the list of things to see and do in the area. Nature enthusiasts will relish in the opportunity to enjoy the sandy causeways, and even be able to observe endangered plant species.

 

Douglas Beach

Just south of Saugatuck, Douglas has its own pristine, serene beach: Douglas Beach. Parking is limited, but don’t let that deter you! You’ll find some peace and quiet here that you won’t find at Oval Beach in Saugatuck!

 

Plan Your Michigan Beach Adventure

Beaches, dunes, and more await you when you plan your next summer vacation to beautiful Saugatuck. You’re going to love relaxing at our pristine beaches; they’re truly some of the best in the world! So, when you’re putting together your vacation plan, be sure to check out the comfortable and convenient vacation rentals from Lakeshore Lodging. Our properties are the perfect fit for your perfect vacation. Contact us today to book your stay!

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How to Find the Best Saugatuck Fishing Charters

Saugatuck Fishing


Whether you’re fishing from the shore, a dock or your boat, the experience is both relaxing and rewarding. But Lake Michigan isn’t just another fishing spot - it’s a massive, cold-water hot spot for anglers. The best way to fish Lake Michigan is on a fishing charter, and if you’re visiting Saugatuck, you’ll have your choice of great local options. To help make your next Lake Michigan fishing trip a success, we’ve listed the best Saugatuck fishing charters below.


Plan your fishing adventure to Lake Michigan in Saugatuck with these great Saugatuck fishing charters! Here at Lakeshore Lodging, we'll guide you to some of the best things to do in the area. Check out our these great attractions and see for yourself how your time in Saugatuck can be extraordinary!

Saugatuck Fishing Charters You Should Know

 

Best Chance Too Charters

 

Choose either the Best Chance or the Best Chance Too, and you’ll be setting out on a fishing charter guided by some of the area’s most experienced fishermen. Captains Bill and Hunter bring years of experience on board, so you can fish knowing that you’ll be heading to the best spots. Both boats are loaded with top of the line equipment, and feature GPS mapping, fish finding equipment, and more!

 

Hoppenero Charters LLC

 

Captain Mike Hoppenrath and his Hoppenero boat offer some of best fishing you’ll find in South Haven. According to the website, Captain Mike has over 20 years of experience fishing on Lakes Michigan, Huron, and Erie. The Hoppenero is a cutting edge fishing boat, 33 feet in length, and equipped with the best gear to ensure that your trip is worth it. Saugatuck fishing charters are offered in both 6- and 9-hour options for up to six people.

 

CoHooker Charters

 

The First Call 2 is loaded with a Raymarine GPS and color video, Scotty downtrollers, and much more, and when you book a trip with CoHooker Charters, it will be your ride! Not only that, but the professionals running CoHooker will teach you how to use the grade-A equipment they use. CoHooker offers many options for Saugatuck Fishing Charters, whether you want to go out on an 8-hour, all-day trip, or the 3-hour sunset option.

 

MIRYHA Saugatuck Charter Fishing

 

Mike Harney, captain of the Miryha, will take you on a sportfishing trip you don’t want to miss, targeting Coho salmon, lake trout, and more! You and up to five more people can board the 35-foot long Miryha for a six or nine-hour trip, and all the equipment is provided. All you need to do is enjoy the ride and the haul!

 

Michigan Fishing Charter Co.

 

Salmon are in no shortage on Lake Michigan, and if you’re in Saugatuck, you’re in one of the best spots to catch them, according to Michigan Fishing Charter Co. Choose a half- or full-day trip, and head out on one of the company’s 31-foot charter boats, loaded with all the equipment that you’ll need. Rates, FAQs and much more can be found on their website.

 

Stay with Lakeshore Lodging


When you visit Saugatuck, there isn’t a better vacation rental company to use than Lakeshore Lodging. We have a wide range of rentals that can house even the largest groups and offer great views of the Lake Michigan as well as fireplaces, hot tubs and much more. Stay in one of our vacation rental homes, and see why Saugatuck is more than just a place to stay. Contact us today, and we’ll help you find the rental that fits your needs.

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What Will You See on Saugatuck Dune Rides?

Saugatuck Dune Rides


The dunes outside of Saugatuck are some of the largest freshwater dunes in the world. They alone draw in visitors from all over. So, when you hop on one of the
Saugatuck Dune Rides, you’ll have the chance to see them up close and personal in a fun way! These rides wind down and around and up and over the dunes. They’re both fun and educational! Here’s what you’ll see on one of these trips from Saugatuck Dune Rides!

 

Dune rides are just one of the great ways to experience the natural beauty that surrounds Saugatuck! Here at Lakeshore Lodging, we’re experts on the area. So, you can trust our recommendations for things to do during your time here! You’re going to love it!

 

History of the Rides

The rides began with a dream back in 1954 when Ron Jousma, then home from the army, thought the town of Saugatuck needed a dune ride like a nearby Silver Lake. It wasn’t long after that he acquired vehicles to do just that. And now, ever since then, the rides have been a fixture along the western Michigan coast. There’s a lot of work that goes into making these dune rides as great as they are. First, every morning during the season, the dunes must be groomed. Then, every 100 miles, oil changes and engine maintenance is necessary. Nonetheless, the vehicles are going strong and ready to transport you through the dunes!

 

Go For a Ride With Saugatuck Dune Rides

Saugatuck Dune Rides offer one of the most unique ways to experience the dunes along the western Michigan coast. These 40-minute rides provide you with an educational, fun, and exciting experience winding through the some of the largest freshwater dunes in the world. At Saugatuck Dune Rides, they will make sure that you’ll have fun memories of the dunes as you ride, learn of the fabled town Singapore, and explore nature just outside of Saugatuck!

 

What You Need to Know

Rates

Adults | $19.00

Children (3 to 11) | $11.00

Children (2 and under) | Free

 

Hours of Operation (Summer)

May 5 - June 9

Monday through Saturday | 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sunday | Noon - 5:00 p.m.

 

June 10 - June 30

Monday through Saturday | 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Sunday | 11:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

 

July 1 - August 19

Monday through Sunday | 10:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

 

August 20 - August 31

Monday through Saturday | 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Sunday | 11:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

 

Ride on Into a Great Vacation Rental

There’s so much to do around Saugatuck, it’s no wonder so many folks make it a tradition to come here for vacation! Saugatuck Dune Rides are just one of many great things to do while you’re here! So, get your next trip to Saugatuck started and book a beautiful vacation rental with us here at Lakeshore Lodging! Our convenient rentals are the perfect headquarters for your trip to Saugatuck. So, browse our availability and see for yourself how great your next trip here can be! We are eager to accommodate you, so contact us today to reserve your stay!

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Why You Need to Visit Fenn Valley Vineyards

Fenn Valley Vineyards


It’s wine o’clock in Fennville thanks to Fenn Valley Vineyards! This western Michigan wine is the result of a different type of “lake effect,” one that is beneficial for growing grapes in an otherwise frigid winterscape. Just a short distance from Saugatuck, Fenn Valley Vineyards work with the natural terroir of western Michigan to produce fine wine that you’ve got to try. Here’s why you need to go visit while you’re in the area!

 

Do you love wine? There are many great vineyards and wineries in the area! There is also an abundance of other incredible ways to experience western Michigan. Here at Lakeshore Lodging, we know all the best things to do because we’re local! So, you can trust our expertise when you use our vacation plan tool!

 

What You Need to Know: Fenn Valley Vineyards

Just about 15 minutes from Saugatuck, Fenn Valley Vineyards offers the area some of the finest wines in Michigan. The unique climate at Fenn Valley Vineyards is like a pocket of milder winter temperatures, perfect for growing cold-tender grapes in a place that otherwise is mostly inhospitable to most varietals. Come, explore the vineyards and sample some wine. Then, take some with you!

 

Touring the Vineyards and Winery

At Fenn Valley Vineyards, tours are designed to be interactive and educational. The nearly two-hour tour will inspire you and help you appreciate even more the process of winemaking. You’ll have the chance to taste wine samples from different points in the process. Explore the vineyards, winery, cellar, and more in this open book of a winery tour. You won’t come across a tour so welcoming anywhere else!

 

Tours must be booked online in advance. Vineyard tours are not handicap accessible. Must be 21 years of age with a valid ID.

 

Wine to Take With You

White Wines and Sparkling Wines

The Michigan climate is great for growing white wine varietals, and it reflects in Fenn Valley Vineyards whites and sparkling wines! You’ll love the crisp flavor profile, balanced notes, and drinkability. Take some white wine home with you!

 

Red Wines

It can be difficult to grow red wine varietals in cold climates like Michigan. But, thanks to the expertise of the winery, Fenn Valley Vineyards reds are some of the best in the region. Pair them with meat and pasta dishes for the best pairing, or drink them just as they are!

 

Specialty Wines and Fruit Wines

Fenn Valley Vineyards produces a great selection of specialty and fruit wines for every occasion! You’ll love everything from port to blueberry or cherry wine. They also use raspberries, as well.

 

Take Some Wine Back to Your Vacation Rental

What better way to commemorate your tour of Fenn Valley Vineyards than to bring some quality Michigan wine back to your vacation rental? At Lakeshore Lodging, our rentals are the perfect solution for family vacations, romantic getaways, or get-togethers with friends! Make a toast to good wine and good times at these beautiful vacation rentals. You’re going to love staying with us, so contact us today to book your Saugatuck getaway!


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The Best Reasons to Visit the Butler in Saugatuck

the Butler in Saugatuck

When you venture to Saugatuck for your spring or summer vacation, an array of fabulous restaurants greets you, enticing your taste buds to try something delicious! The Butler in Saugatuck is a quintessential dining experience you’ve got to try. Serving fresh takes on classic American food with a view of Lake Kalamazoo, you were meant to discover this gem. Come, relax downtown at the Butler in Saugatuck!

 

It’s important, especially during a vacation, to make sure everyone in the family is happy with the restaurant choice for the night. The Butler in Saugatuck is just the tip of the iceberg. Want to know more? Then, check out our restaurant guide! Here at Lakeshore Lodging, we’re the experts because we’re local. The experiences we recommend will make your vacation the best one yet!

 

Here are Our Best Reasons to Eat at the Butler in Saugatuck

If there was a reason for every year the Butler in Saugatuck has been a fixture in the community, there would be 55 of them! And, that’s just too long of a list. So, instead, let us guide you through the menu highlights! They’re the best reasons to visit the Butler in Saugatuck!

 

To Start

Crab-stuffed mushroom caps are a savory and rich way to start your dining experience at the Butler in Saugatuck. Crab, stuffing, garlic butter, and Monterey Jack cheese melt in your mouth for an experience you’ll want to try to make at home later!

 

Spinach and artichoke dip may be a classic appetizer you’ve had elsewhere, but this dip is special. A customer favorite, the warm, housemade flatbread is only topped by gooey, delicious spinach and artichoke dip.

 

On the Lighter Side

The cherry, chicken, and walnut salad is a customer favorite! Crisp romaine with grilled chicken breast, walnuts, cherries, onion, and topped with bleu cheese crumbles make this a delicious option on the lighter side. The cherry vinaigrette dressing brings it all together in a way you’ll remember!

 

The Butler in Saugatuck offers some exceptional soups, too! Try their soup of the day, spicy Butler chili, Butler New England clam chowder, or, on the first Friday of the month, their cream of crab soup!

 

Boardwalk Burgers

Our Famous Butler burger is a unique take on a burger. A half-pound ground sirloin burger, topped with grilled ham, American cheese, lettuce, and mayo combines for a juicy combination you can’t put down!

 

If you’re brave enough, try the Maple Bacon Waffle Burger! It’s a half-pound ground sirloin topped with cheddar cheese, bacon onion tanglers, with a maple bacon glaze served open-faced atop a sugar pearl waffle. Don’t count the calories on this one!

 

The horseradish peppercorn burger is a zesty, spicy take on a burger, topped with pepper jack cheese, A1 Steak Sauce, bacon, lettuce, and tomato. The horseradish peppercorn sauce really kicks as you bite through the burger garnished with an onion ring on a pretzel bun! Savor the flavor!

 

Ward Room Entrées

The crab mushroom chicken is a savory, rich take on chicken of which you’ll love every bite. Baked chicken breast crowned with an incredible combination of crab meat, shrimp, mushrooms, and Monterey Jack cheese will have you stuffed just like those mushroom caps you had earlier!

 

The pan-fried walleye is a Butler specialty you’ve got to try! The simple fried walleye is a no-frills dish that lets the walleye speak for itself. Pan-fried and served with tartar sauce and lemon, you’ll love it!

 

The Butler Prime Rib is such a special dish, it’s only available on Fridays and Saturdays after 4 p.m. But, get there early! It’s first come, first served! Available in 18-ounce, 14-ounce, and 8-ounce cuts and served with sauteed mushrooms and au jus.

 

Pair Your Dining Experience with a Fantastic Place to Stay

The Butler in Saugatuck is a wonderful place to introduce yourself to downtown. Here at Lakeshore Lodging, many of our beautiful vacation rentals are just minutes from downtown Saugatuck! You’ll love feeling the comfort of home when you stay with us. Plus, there’s plenty of room to spread out! Browse our available rentals today and see for yourself how great a stay in Saugatuck can be!

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Can You Taste the Love at The Southerner in Saugatuck?

The Southerner in Saugatuck


In search of a home-cooked meal during your visit to western Michigan? The Southerner in Saugatuckbrings the best of Southern hospitality to the North. Chef Matthew Millar offers up soul food fried and cooked with love using his southeast Tennessee family recipes. If you’re in the mood for fried chicken, barbecue ribs, shrimp and grits, and that happy feeling you get from feeling stuffed, then the Southerner in Saugatuck is a must try!


Make memories with incredible experiences like dining at the Southerner in Saugatuck when you visit the area! Let our Vacation Plan tool lead you to the best things to see and do on Michigan’s Art Coast. Here at Lakeshore Lodging, we’re the experts on the area. You can trust our expertise to make lifelong memories during your next visit to the area!

 

What Should You Try at The Southerner?

Putting a Michigan flair on southern fare is the chef’s specialty, and you’re invited to taste the love at the Southerner in Saugatuck! Here’s what you ought to try there!

 

Breakfast

For breakfast at The Southerner, Nana’s cinnamon rolls are a great accompaniment to a cup of coffee. Try their chilaquiles verde, two eggs topped with salsa verde, chorizo verde, queso fresco, scallion, and Southerner baked beans. Their shrimp and grits are another chef’s specialty. Shrimp, grits, Benton’s ham, shrimp broth, scallions, grits from South Carolina, and two sides are an exceptional way to start the day. Or, if you’re the eggs benedict type, Benton’s benedict is their signature interpretation of the dish with the main twist being whole grain mustard-based hollandaise. Lastly, if you love a good breakfast sandwich, then you’ll love the selection The Southerner offers, including their Nashville hot chicken biscuit.

 

Lunch

The Southerner’s lunch options are a great combination of favorites, sandwiches, and salads. Whatever you order for lunch kicks with flavor, you can rest assured of that. Try their fried whitefish sandwich, a beer battered Michigan whitefish topped with housemade bread and butter pickles and a creole remoulade, plus a side. Nana’s fried chicken is a signature dish and a family recipe you would be remiss to not try!


Dinner

Dinner is a special experience at The Southerner in Saugatuck. There, you’ll find yourself in the middle of a homestyle feast you won’t soon forget! Start with blue crab calas with Carolina Gold rice fritters and a creole remoulade or their horseradish pimiento cheese. Then, move on to a sandwich or entree. Choose between their famous whitefish sandwich or chicken biscuit sandwich or a specialty like their mac and cheese with two kinds of smoked, aged cheddar, topped with queso fresco, brown butter crumbs, and two sides. Give their bobwhite quail a try. The Tennessee-mopped fowl will have your mouth watering! Or, for a Michigan twist, order the creole walleye pike over Carolina Gold rice grits with swiss chard and two sides. Oh, and don’t forget the signature Nana’s fried chicken! Whatever you order at The Southerner will be an unforgettable dining experience.

 

The Perfect Place to Recuperate

After you’ve felt the love at The Southerner in Saugatuck, come relax in a quiet and peaceful vacation rental from Lakeshore Lodging. Our beautiful properties are the perfect place to recuperate from all that soul food. So, browse our availability and see for yourself the kind of comfort and convenience that can be yours during your next trip to Saugatuck! Then, contact us today to book your stay. We are eager to accommodate you!


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You'll Love Playing Golf at the Ravines Golf Club

Ravines Golf Club


By the time spring rolls around, your golf swing may be a little rusty. But, even if that’s the case, you won’t want to miss your chance to play the Ravines Golf Course in Saugatuck! The beautiful, expertly designed course presents an upscale, championship-style challenge you’ll relish the opportunity to play on. Legendary golf pro, Arnold Palmer, helped design the course back in 1997, and the rest is history! How will you fare on one of the best golf courses in Michigan?

 

Are you in search of the most incredible golf experience near Saugatuck? Then, you’ve come to the right place! Here at Lakeshore Lodging, we’re the experts on the area. Check out our Vacation Plan tool and see for yourself what great memories you can make while you’re here.

 

What’s It Like Playing a Round at Ravines Golf Club?

Some come for the draw of playing a course designed by the golf great, Arnold Palmer. Others come for the accessible course design for all ability levels. You don’t have to be a pro to have a great round of golf at Ravines Golf Club!

 

Take a swing on the 500 acres of tree-lined fairways and enjoy immaculate fairways, tee boxes, and green conditions. You’ll love the gorgeous views and peace and quiet found on the course, and the 160-yard carry you’ll need to get over the ravine presents its own unique challenge. Four different tee markers per hole and wide fairways make this a very comfortable and playable course for golfers of all skill levels!

 

Other Ways to Enjoy the Course

Outings

Whether it’s for a corporate golf trip or a large group of any kind, the Ravines Golf Club will take care of your golf outing so you can be free to enjoy the day. There are many great golf outing packages from which to choose!

 

Weddings

The breathtaking scenery of the surrounding area makes for the perfect wedding backdrop. With venues for both outdoor and indoor weddings, you have plenty of great options for your special day. Check out the wedding packages available from Ravines!

 

Pro Shop

The pro shop has all of your golf needs covered! Golf balls, tees, gloves, and other great golf accessories are readily available for when you inevitably forget something!

 

Arnie’s Cottage

After you’re worn out from a round of golf at Ravines Golf Club, stop into Arnie’s Cottage for a delicious bite. There’s plenty to choose from--it’s not just pre-made sandwiches like you find at other clubhouses!

 

Get Ready for Your Next Golf Adventure in Saugatuck

When you’re planning your golf getaway to Saugatuck, you definitely want to make a trip to Ravines Golf Club. If playing on a course designed by Arnold Palmer isn’t enough to sway you, then check out the other golf courses in the area. And, when you’re looking for a place to hole up while you’re here, check out the great vacation rentals from Lakeshore Lodging! Our beautiful properties are just minutes away from the best golf courses in the area. The comfort and convenience will have you feeling like you’re back on your home course! So, browse our availability and contact us today to book your golf getaway!


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What You Need to Know: Clearbrook Golf Course

Clearbrook Golf Club


During the spring and summer in Saugatuck, the weather is sublime and great for a round of golf! Whether you’re visiting for a family vacation or a quick getaway, you’ll love the chance to play on one of Saugatuck’s best golf courses:
Clearbrook Golf Course. Pack your golf clubs and head out from your vacation rental to this pristine Saugatuck golf course. Here’s what you need to know when planning to take a swing at Clearbrook Golf Course.


Are you looking for the most incredible Saugatuck experiences golf-related or otherwise? Then, you’ve come to the right place! Here at Lakeshore Lodging, we’re the experts on everything Saugatuck! Check out our Vacation Plan tool and see for yourself the memories you can make on your next trip to Saugatuck!

 

Take a Swing at Clearbrook Golf Course

Clearbrook Golf Course is just a half an hour from Grand Rapids and a few miles from Holland, just north of Saugatuck. Golfers of all skill levels will appreciate the mature course, a qualifying course for the Michigan Open. The quality and value you’ll find playing at Clearbrook are unmatched for the area. The 18-hole course boasts a ranked hole in “West Michigan’s Top 18” by Grand Rapids Magazine and features an array of top quality amenities like putting greens, a driving range, a practice bunker, and a restaurant and bar. You’ll have a wonderful day out on the links at Clearbrook in Saugatuck!

 

Course Specifications

Clearbrook Golf Course is one of the finest golf courses in the area and presents a fun challenge to players of all skill levels. Here are some specifics to know about the course.

 

  • Par 72

  • 6,556 yards

  • 131 Slope

  • Pine and hardwood-lined fairways

  • Water hazards and sand traps

  • Well-manicured greens

  • “West Michigan’s Top 18”-rated 5th Hole

 

Tee Times Information

Using Clearbrook Golf Club’s online tee time scheduler, you can see the course schedule for the day and book online at your convenience! It’s always good to reserve your tee time in advance and remember to show up on time. Don’t be late! You may just have to wait for someone else before you! Clearbrook Golf Club does have membership options, and, as a result, has paying members to whom you will be deferred.

 

A Must Visit for Your Golf Getaway to Western Michigan

When you’re planning your golf getaway to western Michigan, look no further than the beautiful vacation rentals from Lakeshore Lodging for your very own “clubhouse.” You’ll love the convenience and comfort our homes provide, and you’ll relish the chance to relax after a long day on the links. So, browse our available rentals and see for yourself the kind of quality you can afford. We are eager to accommodate you, so contact us today to book your next Saugatuck golf getaway! And, if you’re looking for other wonderful things with which to fill your time, then check out our Vacation Plan tool! When you follow our recommendations, you’ll create great memories that will last a lifetime!

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The Best Saugatuck Bars for Your Nightly Adventure

Saugatuck Bars


When you’re looking for a place to grab a drink or watch the game, there’s plenty to choose from in Saugatuck. Many
Saugatuck bars also offer great dinner options, as well. Plan your evening when you’re on vacation with us and experience the best nightlife in Saugatuck. There’s plenty from which to choose! Here are the best Saugatuck bars for your nightly adventure.
 

Are you looking for the most incredible experiences on Michigan’s Art Coast? Let our recommended activities be your guide to the best things to do in the area. Here at Lakeshore Lodging, we want you to have the best vacation ever. So, trust our expertise and experience Saugatuck like never before!

 

The 7 Best Saugatuck Bars

Borrowed Time is a wonderful place to gather where you’ll enjoy the finest craft beer, fine wine, charcuterie, fine cheeses, small plates, delicious homemade desserts, and more! The very homey atmosphere will make you glad you chose to borrow some time here.


Sand Bar (The Sand Bar Saloon) is Saugatuck’s favorite dive bar! Come in for an old-fashioned jukebox, billiards, great drinks, and a lively atmosphere. Be forewarned: they only take cash. So, come prepared!

Phil’s Bar and Grille is a local favorite with a diverse beer and food menu! Their great selection of craft beer and wine perfectly complements their incredible burgers, sandwiches, and salads.

Saugatuck Brewing Company serves the best craft beer you can find in town, and their Pub's kitchen also cooks up some great burgers, sandwiches, wings, and more. Order a Boathouse Stout or Oval Beach Blonde ale with your meal, and enjoy some of the best food and drink that Saugatuck offers.

Wicks Park Bar & Grille has an elegant ambiance, warm lighting, and boasts great quality drinks and food. The variety on the menu means that there’s something for everyone in your party. Plus, the bar’s extensive drink menu makes it a great place to get cocktails, beer, wine, or margaritas.

Hercules Bar & Grill offers an upscale take on classic Mediterranean food with American twists. Their bar is fully equipped for a classy outing with friends or work associates. There’s nothing questionable here. Just great quality drinks and food!

Bowdies Chop House is the type of high-class quality you’d expect to find in Lower Manhattan. So, if you’re looking for a classy spot to enjoy top-quality food and fare, then Bowdies is the place for you. Featuring great drinks, exceptional steaks, contemporary cuisine, and American eats, there’s something for everyone in your party. A reservation is required.

A Great Way to Wind Down a Vacation Evening

Spend an evening at any of these fine establishments and you’ll have a great night. Then, come back and relax at your vacation rental from Lakeshore Lodging. Our beautiful vacation rentals are just minutes away and offer unbeatable quality in the area. So, when you’re planning your vacation or getaway to Saugatuck, browse our available rentals. Then, contact us to reserve your stay! We are eager to accommodate you!

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Where Can You Find the Best Breakfast in Saugatuck?

Breakfast in Saugatuck


What better way is there than to start off a day than in a cozy breakfast place, sitting in the warm sunshine in front of a pile of fluffy pancakes or an omelet cooked to perfection? When you’re having
breakfast in Saugatuck, those opportunities are abundant. There are many wonderful little breakfast joints in town from which to choose. So, where can you find the best breakfast in Saugatuck?
 

If you’re looking for the most incredible experiences in the Saugatuck area, breakfast or otherwise, then you ought to check out the vacation plan tool from Lakeshore Lodging! We consider ourselves experts on everything Saugatuck, and we’re confident there’s something for everyone on the list!

 

Say, “Good Morning!” With Breakfast in Saugatuck


Uncommon Coffee Roasters

Nothing says, “Good Morning!” like a hot cup of fresh-roasted coffee or espresso drinks. Pair that with their green initiative to be fully recyclable and one of their pastries, and you’ve got a recipe for an eco-friendly, delicious start to your day! Word on the street is that their blueberry coffee cake is to die for!

 

Pumpernickel’s Eatery

If you want homey, comfortable breakfast food, Pumpernickel’s Eatery is a must-try! For food made with love and healthy, quality ingredients, you definitely want to start at least one of your vacation days here. Try their Pure Michigan omelet filled with sweet corn, peppers, leeks, and goat gouda. Or, if you’re craving French toast, they grill their’s and serve it with only the best Michigan maple syrup.

 

The Southerner

If you’re looking for a little southern hospitality up north, then The Southerner is your place. For breakfast, you’ll love the comfortable atmosphere overlooking the Kalamazoo River. Feast on one of Nana’s cinnamon rolls, chilaquiles verde, or Benton’s benedict! Hang around for lunch and enjoy their fried chicken and whiskey special!

 

Ida Red’s Cottage

Ida Red’s has been a breakfast staple in Saugatuck for years. The classic American breakfast diner is the perfect place for egg scrambles, pancakes, and they have famous muffins, served hot. You’ll love the quaint and comfortable atmosphere and easy-going setting.

 

Boardwalk

At Boardwalk, you’ll find some of the best, affordable, gourmet breakfast sandwiches! Named after major city’s and their respective style, choose the Boston or the Atlanta, two of many. You’ll love the casual vibe and many other menu options, breakfast and otherwise.

 

Delicious Breakfast is a Great Way to Start Your Vacation Right

When you wake up to your first morning of vacation, what is your first thing on the agenda? Breakfast! Try any of these great places for breakfast in Saugatuck and you won’t regret it! And, when you stay with us here at Lakeshore Lodging, you’ll be just minutes away from these and many other great places to eat, things to do, and more! You’ll love our comfortable vacation rentals and feel right at home. Check out our available properties and see for yourself the kind of comfort you can enjoy! Then, contact us to book your stay. And, if you need more great ideas for things to do in the area, touch base with our recommendations for your vacation plan! You’ll love it here!


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Here are the 5 Best Douglas MI Restaurants

Douglas MI restaurants


When you’re looking for a place to eat where everybody in the family will be happy, it can be hard to settle on a choice. Thankfully, the
Douglas MI restaurants offer enough selection and quality in their menus that that won’t be much of a problem. Everything from American to Italian to pub grub is up for grabs when you venture into Douglas. Here are the five best you should keep in mind!

Are you looking for the best things to do before or after your dining experience? Then, you’ve come to the right place! Here at Lakeshore Lodging, we consider ourselves experts on the area. So, you can trust our guidance when it comes to crafting your vacation plan!

 

The 5 Best Douglas MI Restaurants

Everyday People Café in Douglas crafts some truly beautiful food, some with which you’ll want to take a picture. Their expertly crafted menu combines locally-sourced ingredients with celebrated culinary traditions. You’ll also enjoy their brunch menu and raw bar, in addition to their extensive list of fine wines and craft beer. For brunch, try their malted waffle--a golden malted waffle with bourbon-maple syrup, mascarpone cheese, and fresh fruit. Then, for dinner, enjoy their Fillet Saltimbocca--an eight-ounce beef fillet over mashed potatoes, with a marsala-prosciutto-sage demi-glaze.


The Wild Dog Grille is another local favorite that specializes in just about everything! Enjoy Steak au Poivre, Adobo Pork Enchiladas, or Vegan Pasta Masala, in addition to their extensive stone oven pizza options and delicious sandwiches. The friendly restaurant is only open from mid-March to the last weekend of October.
 

The Farmhouse Deli & Pantry makes the best sandwiches, soups, and salads around. Sourcing local goods, the restaurant and pantry provides the community with a taste of the landscape. Try any of their great sandwiches, breakfast sandwiches, salads, and even coffee and espresso drinks. It makes a great lunch spot!
 

Saugatuck Brewing Company wakes up at the crack of dawn to begin baking bread for their famous hoagies and burger buns. They serve up anything that goes well with beer and have affordable prices! Try their Beer Cheese & Bacon burger, Fish & Chips, or Pretzel Crusted Walleye!
 

Alley’s Diner is your spot for delicious, quality diner food. Everything from breakfast to burgers to bowling will have your mouth watering and pins falling for this joint! Delicious, affordably-priced food is their specialty and you can go bowling and get in some family fun while you’re at it!

 

Don’t Go Hungry During Your Trip to Douglas/Saugatuck!

These are just a few of the great places to eat in the area! When you visit the Saugatuck/Douglas area, you’ll have plenty of places to stay, too. That’s because here at Lakeshore Lodging, we’ve got the best vacation rentals around. Check out our available properties and see for yourself the kind of quality you can afford, and bring home your leftovers for a late night snack! You’ll love it here no matter where you stay, but it won’t be the best it can be unless you stay with Lakeshore Lodging!


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Hit the Town on Butler Street in Saugatuck

Butler Street in Saugatuck

A western Michigan vacation just isn’t complete without a visit to Butler Street in Saugatuck. The wonderful variety of eclectic, local shops, storefronts, and restaurants will set you up for a great experience you’ll take home with you. Get lost in all the wonderful little stores and in the stories of the one-of-a-kind items they sell. Or, take a tasty tour through the local restaurants!. Here’s where you should stop when you’re on Butler Street in Saugatuck!

 

Are you looking for the most incredible Saugatuck experiences, shopping, dining, or otherwise? Then, you’ve come to the right place! Look no further than the Attractions page provided by Lakeshore Lodging. It has the best ideas to make your vacation a wonderful, relaxing experience for all!

 

Butler Street in Saugatuck Has it All

Check out these wonderful little shops and restaurants when you visit Butler Street in Saugatuck!
 
Art Glass Alcove

142 Butler Street

If you’re looking for beautiful jewelry and fashion forward accessories, then this is the place for you. Enjoy Vera Bradley goods plus gifts and souvenirs to commemorate your trip!


Butler Pantry

439 Butler Street

The Butler Pantry is a destination for all culinary-minded people and aspiring chefs. You’ll find gourmet food items, fine wine, specialty cookware, and kitchen accessories at this culinary experience.


Spice Merchants

103 Butler Street

Spice Merchants in downtown Saugatuck is your one-stop shop for the best fresh spices, herbs, teas, and gift boxes. They make excellent gifts, and you’ll probably find something totally new to you while you’re there!

 

Landsharks

306 Butler Street

Landsharks provides the Saugatuck area with some of the best outdoor gear available. You’ll also find high fashion apparel for men and women. If you’re looking for great clothing, accessories, or outdoor gear, this is the place for you.

 

American Spoon

308 Butler Street

At American Spoon in downtown Saugatuck, you’ll have the chance to sample famous jams, preserves, sauces, and more. American Spoon has made excellent quality products for years, so you definitely want to stop in for a burst of local flavor!


Great Restaurants on Butler Street

The Butler

40 Butler Street

A Saugatuck tradition for over 50 years, The Butler offers delicious, classic American food with unsurpassed views of Kalamazoo Lake. You’ll love their center-cut sirloin, classic American burger, their famous Reuben, and much more!

 

Pumpernickel’s Eatery

202 Butler Street

The best place in Saugatuck for breakfast, Pumpernickel’s Eatery is a must-try for food made with love and healthy, quality ingredients. You’ll love the homey feel and comfortable atmosphere here!

 

Phil’s Bar & Grille

215 Butler Street

Under the marquee, you’ll find one of the best places to eat in Saugatuck. Phil’s Bar & Grille dishes out high-quality entrees and famous sandwiches perfect for your special dinner or casual lunch.

 

The Perfect Day Activity During Your Stay

While there’s plenty to do in the area surrounding Saugatuck, you’ve got to plan a morning, afternoon, or even a whole day on Butler Street during your time here. And, when you’ve explored Butler Street and downtown, come back to your comfortable vacation rental from Lakeshore Lodging. Our properties are only the best quality, and we guarantee you’ll be satisfied staying with us. So, check out our available properties and see for yourself the comfortable luxury you can afford. Then, contact us today to reserve your stay!

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What are the Best Wineries on the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail?

Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail


When you come to beautiful southwest Michigan during the summertime, there’s an experience unlike any other in the area just waiting for your visit. The
Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail courses through the southwestern corner of the state featuring only the finest Michigan wineries. So, for vacationers and locals alike, the wine keeps on flowing, and you’re invited to the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail party!


Are you looking for the most incredible experiences Michigan has to offer? Then, you’ve come to the right place! Here at Lakeshore Lodging, we consider ourselves experts on everything Michigan! So, check out our vacation plan information, and see for yourself the wonderful vacation you can have here!

 

Wineries on the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail

Southwest Michigan is home to many very talented winemakers. They are some of the area’s most important resources for excellent quality wine and represent the Michigan winemaking tradition. More than a dozen wineries comprise the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail. Here, we’ll focus on a handful of the best on the list we believe you’ll love!

 

Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant

About an hour south of Saugatuck, the Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant in Buchanan sets the mood with hardwood floors and decor and unique lighting. Nearly 50 years of winemaking experience means you’ll taste some of the most refined wine in the region. Tours are available in the spring, but during the winter in Saugatuck, you can chat with their wine experts at the Tabor Hill Wine Port.

 

Cody Kresta Vineyard & Winery

On a vintage 1882 homestead, the Cody Kresta Vineyard & Winery in Mattawan has something unique from many wineries here in Michigan. They grow their own grapes! Where other wineries ship in their grapes from elsewhere, Cody Kresta celebrates the heritage and tradition of their estate by making fine wine with their own harvest. Check out their tours to see when you can visit!

 

Lazy Ballerina Winery

Right by Silver Beach in St. Joseph, the Lazy Ballerina Winery uses old family recipes for winemaking. The unique setting features boutique wines in a café-style downtown tasting room. Enjoy samplings and great local cuisine from their chef. Plus, it’s the perfect venue for a girls night out and birthday parties!

 

Fenn Valley Vineyards

Fenn Valley Vineyards produces some of the best wine in the region. You’ll know them by their traditional reds, whites, sparkling wines, and fruit wines. And, when you stop by their tasting room, you’ll get the chance to try everything they have to offer!

 

The Wine Trail Experience on Your Saugatuck Vacation

While there are many other great wineries to visit on the list, these are just a few of our favorites. And, whether you’re visiting solely for the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail or just checking out the local tasting rooms, Lakeshore Lodging will be your premium vacation rental. You’ll love the comfortable luxury and convenience our properties offer. So, check out what we have available! We are eager to accommodate you, so contact us today to book your stay!


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The Best Dog-Friendly Saugatuck Spots Your Pup Will Love

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Unless you have been to Saugatuck you are probably unaware of the dog-friendly nature of this West Michigan beach town. With an array of dog-friendly accommodations to choose from all that’s left to discover are all the things you and your dog can do while vacationing in Saugatuck.

Dog-friendly Shopping and Restaurants
Many of downtown Saugatuck’s unique shops and art galleries welcome dogs to browse alongside you. Make your first stop Just Dogs Saugatuck on the corner of Water Street and Culver Street to see what’s in the fresh-baked treat case or for a serving of Yoghund Frozen Yogurt. Just Dogs Saugatuck also hosts a dog in store from a local shelter on most Saturdays. So, stop in and say hello!

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Located on the corner of Center Street and Ferry Street, you can’t miss Just Add Water’s faux beach stocked with yard games and beach gear that surrounds the brightly painted building. This cool beach store is not only a must-see destination but also welcomes you and your pooch to join in the fun. You'll most likely meet Jack & Gabby, the owner's dogs,  roaming the store.

During the summer months when outdoors seating is available, Scooters Café & Pizzeria on Culver Street allows dogs. Scooters serves up hand tossed pizzas offering up a classic pizza parlor vibe perfect for relaxing with your pup and grabbing some lunch!

Wag-worthy Attractions
Tails n’ Trails Dog Park offers space for your dog to get out and run. Separate areas keep the peace between large and small dogs. The runs include trees, grassy and sandy areas. There is also a woodland trail for walking with your dog.

Saugatuck Dunes State Park has various hiking trails through woodland and dune habitats that are dog-friendly but dogs are not allowed on the actual beach.  Pier Cove also is a dog-friendly beach south of Saugatuck. 

Lakeshore Lodging Has the Best Dog-Friendly Saugatuck Rentals
Lakeshore Lodging has many dog-friendly accommodations! That means you can plan your trip to beautiful Saugatuck and not have to board your fur-baby. In our pet-friendly vacation rentals, we also provide each guest bringing their pet with a "doggie" bag complete with treats, a tennis ball for the beach, and eco-friendly bags for clean-up. Our favorite dog friendly home? Meadow's Edge of course! We are eager to accommodate you, so contact us today to book your stay!

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Here's Why You Should Stop by Tabor Hill Wine Port

tabor hill wine port

In cozy Saugatuck, MI, an array of shops and storefronts welcome you to wander downtown. One of those wonderful storefronts is the Tabor Hill Wine Port. As Saugatuck’s premier wine tasting room, Tabor Hill is the headquarters for wine in the area. Let the experts at Tabor Hill Wine Port guide you to the best wine experience you’ve ever had. It’s a great activity to sample the local flair and fare during your visit to Saugatuck!

 

Are you looking for the best things to see and do on Michigan’s Art Coast? Then, look no further than the recommended activities from Lakeshore Lodging! Our recommendations are sure to make your visit the best one yet. Trust us, we’re experts and we’re local!

 

You’ll Love the Selection and Expertise at Tabor Hill Wine Port

Though the wine is produced about an hour south of Saugatuck, the Tabor Hill Wine Port offers to residents and visitors of Saugatuck the chance to experience wine like never before. If you’re looking for quality wine with the opportunity for a tasting, then this is the spot for you. At the store, Tabor Hill’s wine experts are ready and waiting to guide you through their selection. They will walk you through tasting notes of each of their wines, highlighting flavors and aromas that make the wines special. It’s the perfect complement to the art galleries and boutiques downtown, too, meaning your shopping trip won’t be complete without a stop into the Tabor Hill Wine Port.

 

Tabor Hill Winery in Buchanan, MI

If you’re up for a little bit of an adventure from Saugatuck, then you should definitely make the trek down to Buchanan to visit the winery itself. At the winery lodge, you’ll love the hardwood floors and decor, and the unique lighting will set the mood for your visit. It’s the perfect place to relax and rest with quality Michigan wine. Plus, they’re open during the winter for wine tastings and dining, as well as the rest of the year. You can take a tour beginning in the springtime, and keep in mind that the restaurant is closed the week before Christmas to the middle of January. To stay up to date, you can check out their hours and locations.

 

Take the Journey During Your Saugatuck Getaway

Whether you’re just stopping in for some quality wine at the Tabor Hill Wine Port or making the journey down to Buchanan to see the winery, itself, you can’t go wrong during your Saugatuck getaway! And, when you stay with Lakeshore Lodging during your time here, you’ll feel right at home! Our beautiful vacation rentals are both comfortable and convenient, and we’re confident you’ll enjoy your time with us more than anywhere else. So, check out our available rentals and see for yourself the quality you’ll enjoy. Then, contact us to reserve your stay! Finally, if you need more ideas for things to see and do in the area, then check out our recommended activities. We guarantee they’ll make your vacation the best one yet!


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Bowdies Chophouse is the Best Place in Saugatuck

Bowdies Chophouse

If you’re looking for a classy spot to enjoy top-quality food and fare, then Bowdies Chop House in Saugatuck, MI, is the place for you. Featuring exceptional steaks, contemporary cuisine, and American eats, there’s something for everyone in your party. Not convinced? Here’s why Bowdies Chop House is one of the best restaurants in Saugatuck.

 

Are you looking for the best things to do and places to eat in Saugatuck? Then, check out the “Area Information” page from Lakeshore Lodging. It has everything you need to craft the best Saugatuck, MI, vacation or getaway!

 

What to Expect When You Walk In

Bowdies Chop House is the type of high-class quality you’d expect to find in Lower Manhattan. The thing is, it’s in cozy Saugatuck. So, you’re surely in for a treat when you book a reservation. When you walk in, you’ll first notice the rustic elegance in the woodgrain and leather appointments. The more rustic elements are perfectly contrasted, and therefore complimented, by the elegant tableware and white linens. This should be your first signal that you’re in for incredible quality food. To start, you’ll want to try any one of their excellent appetizers. From escargot to ceviche to seared pork belly, there’s something to whet your appetite. Then, for those seeking something a little on the lighter side, a selection of soup and salads as well as lighter entrees like pan-seared trout or a roasted half chicken are available. But, for the true essence of Bowdies Chop House, you’ve got to experience the wonder that is their steak.

 

Bowdies Chop House Has Incredible Steak

Bowdies Chop House steak is famous for being some of the best in all of Michigan. They serve only 100% USDA Prime beef that has been dry-aged for 28 days. That means, that with every bite, your meal will be bursting with incredible flavor. Though their steaks may cost a pretty penny, that doesn’t mean they’re not worth the price. Take, for example, their Filet Mignon. This customer favorite, 10-ounce choice cut is perfectly seasoned with a house-blended mixture of herbs and spices. And, most importantly, it melts in your mouth for, quite possibly, the best steak you’ve ever had. Or, if you’re looking for a test, Bowdies’ Cowboy Ribeye is 20 ounces of amazing steak flavor, again seasoned to perfection with their blend of herbs and spices. The experience you’ll have at Bowdies is one unlike any other in Saugatuck!

 

The Perfect Special Occasion for Your Romantic Getaway

Saugatuck, MI, is a beautiful spot to plan a romantic getaway, and a wonderful restaurant like Bowdies Chop House makes it even better. So, take at look at Lakeshore Lodging for your next escape. Our vacation rentals are romantic, comfortable, and luxurious. You’ll love the proximity to everything in the area, too. So, contact us today to book your romantic getaway! And, if you need more ideas for things to see and do in the Saugatuck area, then check out our “Area Information” page! It’s your ticket to the best visit to Saugatuck!


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3 Reasons Why You Need to Eat at Wicks Park Bar & Grille

 

Wicks Park Bar & Grille


Take a trip to western Michigan to the town of Saugatuck, and there you’ll find an abundance of little shops and delicious local food. Wicks Park Bar & Grille is a local favorite serving up great food in a comfortable atmosphere. It’s the perfect place to grab lunch or dinner during your trip the Michigan’s Art Coast. What separates Wicks Park Bar & Grille from the rest? Here are three reasons why you should grab a table!

 

Are you looking for the best things to see and do in western Michigan? Then, look no further than the recommended attractions from Lakeshore Lodging! Our recommendations are guaranteed to make your getaway or vacation the best it can be!

 

Top 3 Reasons to Check Out Wicks Park Bar & Grille

1. Local Favorite

Wicks Park Bar & Grille in downtown Saugatuck has made quite the impression on the community. You’ll fall in love with the elegant ambiance, warm lighting, and overall excellence. Friendly, knowledgeable, and quick service makes dining out a convenience at Wicks Park. Plus, the variety on the menu means that there’s something for everyone in the family. The bar’s extensive drink menu makes it a great place to get a cocktail or margaritas with dinner, too.

 

2. Live Music

If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to catch some live music with your meal or bar experience! Wicks Park Bar & Grille brings in some of the best local live music acts around. Everything from rock to funk to country to blues, you’ll love the energy the local music brings! It’s a great way to experience the western Michigan music and mingle with the locals!

 

3. Delicious Food

Of course, their food is one of the top three reasons you need to go to Wicks Park! To start, you’ll want to try the succulent bacon scallops. Three bacon-wrapped scallops seared in molasses butter adorned with an apricot chutney are a great way to begin your Wicks Park experience. Their hot crab dip is another one to try! Blue crab in melted cheese served with crispy wontons makes a great shareable starter for the whole table. At most restaurants, offerings like soup are overlooked on the menu. Here, you don’t want to skip out on their famous New Orleans-style gumbo. Though they’re far north of the bayou, this soup has gained quite a reputation in the area! For you entree, you’ll definitely want to consider the pasta carbonara with chicken, shrimp, or scallops. Or, if you’re in the mood for a good burger, they’ve got plenty of great options, including a delicious salmon burger. Other notables include their Mahi Mahi fish tacos and Over the Top mac and cheese. Whatever it is you decide to order, you’re guaranteed to get a delicious meal out of it!

Wicks Park Bar & Grille is One of the Many Great Things About Saugatuck

There are so many great things to do in and around Saugatuck, MI, you may run out of time to do them all! One thing is for sure: Lakeshore Lodging will be there for all of your lodging needs. Our beautiful vacation rentals make the perfect getaway, vacation, or get-together. You’ll love our luxurious amenities and proximity to everything, too. So, check out our available properties and contact us today to book your stay!


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Downtown Saugatuck Shops You Need to Check Out

Downtown Suagatuck

A Saugatuck, MI, vacation just isn’t complete without a visit to Downtown Saugatuck. Butler Street, specifically, is home to a vast array of eclectic local shops and storefronts. You’ll get lost in all the wonderful little stores and in the one-of-a-kind items they sell. Everything from souvenirs to artisanal food to outdoor gear will fill your shopping bags to the brim. So, come check out downtown Saugatuck!

 

Are you looking for the best things to do in the Saugatuck, MI, area? Then, look no further than the Attractions page provided by Lakeshore Lodging. It has the best ideas to make your vacation a wonderful, relaxing experience for all!

 

Downtown Saugatuck Shops You Shouldn’t Skip

Art & Angels

226 Butler Street

You’ll love this eclectic little shop if you’re in the mood to shop for books, paintings, figurines, gifts, and children’s clothes.

 

Art Glass Alcove

142 Butler Street

If you’re looking for beautiful jewelry and fashion forward accessories, then this is the place for you. Enjoy Vera Bradley goods plus gifts and souvenirs to commemorate your trip!

 

Bauble Bath

132 Butler Street

You’ll find incredible bath and skin products at Bauble Bath. In addition to their extensive selection of skin products, they also sell artisan jewelry, home accessories, Judaica, and pet toys.

 

Butler Pantry

439 Butler Street

The Butler Pantry is a destination for all culinary-minded people and aspiring chefs. You’ll find gourmet food items, fine wine, specialty cookware, and kitchen accessories at this culinary experience.

 

Earth Echos, Inc.

403A Water Street

At Earth Echoes, you’ll discover a wide variety of custom made jewelry, natural stone beads, gemstones, sterling silver, and Native American jewelry. Plus, they offer jewelry repair services.

 

Sanborn's Jewelers

105 Butler Street

At Sanborn’s, you’ll find some of the best quality jewelry in town. They carry highly desirable brands like Citizen, Fossil, Pandora, LeVian, Alex and Ani, Bulova, and more.

 

Spice Merchants

103 Butler Street

Spice Merchants in downtown Saugatuck is your one-stop shop for the best fresh spices, herbs, teas, and gift boxes. They make excellent gifts, and you’ll probably find something totally new to you while you’re there!

 

The Olive Mill

220 Culver Street

You’ll want to come back to this one next time you’re in town. The Olive Mill features some of the highest quality, award-winning olive oils and balsamic vinegars in the world, featuring provenances from northern and southern Italy.

 

The Sweet Shop

403 Water Street

Over 50 years of chocolatier experience combines to craft some of the best sweet treats in Saugatuck. Offering sweets like fudge, caramels, bark, popcorn, and more, you’ll probably spend a little more than you should!

 

Landsharks

306 Butler Street

Landsharks provides the Saugatuck area with some of the best outdoor gear available. You’ll also find high fashion apparel for men and women. If you’re looking for great clothing, accessories, or outdoor gear, this is the place for you.

 

American Spoon

308 Butler Street

At American Spoon in downtown Saugatuck, you’ll have the chance to sample famous jams, preserves, sauces, and more. American Spoon has made excellent quality products for years, so you definitely want to stop in for a burst of local flavor!

 

Take a Break from Shopping at Your Vacation Rental

All that shopping will wear you out! So, kick back and relax at one of Lakeshore Lodging’s vacation rentals! Our high-quality rentals are the definition of a home away from home. You’ll love the comfort and quality so much, you may not want to leave! So, why wait? Your best Saugatuck vacation is waiting. Contact us today to book your stay!

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Uncommon Coffee Roasters Will Energize Your Day

Uncommon Coffee Roasters

When you visit the cozy West Michigan town of Saugatuck, you definitely want to stop by one of the best places in town:  Uncommon Coffee Roasters. Making great coffee since 1994 in Saugatuck, owners Guy Darienzo and Stephen Keye produce coffee with a purpose. Their excellent coffee also provides a place for conversation and the exchanging of ideas. You’ll love the vibe, and we bet you’ll love the coffee, too!

 

Are you looking for the best things to do in the Saugatuck, MI, area? Then, look no further than the Attractions page provided by Lakeshore Lodging. It has the best ideas to make your vacation a wonderful, relaxing experience for all!

 

Uncommon Grounds at Uncommon Coffee Roasters

Uncommon Coffee Roasters roast, in small batches, high-quality coffee from around the world. You can find this coffee for sale in any of their coffee shops as well as featured in any of their coffee and espresso drinks. Due to popular demand, they opened a wholesale coffee business in 2010 in neighboring Douglas, shipping their fresh roasted coffee all over the country.

 

Equally unique as their coffee roasting ventures, Uncommon Coffee Roasters create uncommon grounds as an NGLCC Certified LGBT Business Enterprise. That means, they fully support diversity and inclusion when it comes to people from all walks of life. They strive to create a safe space for everyone, but especially the LGBT community of West Michigan. After all, everyone should be able to comfortably enjoy quality coffee from Uncommon Coffee Roasters!

 

Sustainable Quality for Coffee Lovers

The company also works with coffee producers from all over the world to better understand their beans and culture, sourcing coffee only from producers to whom they’ve traveled. Uncommon Coffee Roasters prides themselves in their diverse partnerships and seeks to promote fellow companies that share the same values. The end result is sustainable, high-quality, and delicious coffee responsibly sourced from incredible producers.

 

You’ll find sustainability in the way they do everything. From 100% compostable single serve coffee pods to cold brew in recyclable paper cartons to 100% compostable coffee cups, UCR strives to be ecologically responsible for minimizing their carbon footprint as a company. You can find their fully compostable products at their wholesale store. That’s because they don’t just seek to reduce their own carbon footprint, but that of everyone who enjoys their coffee!

 

Enjoy a Hot Cup of Uncommon Coffee in Your Vacation Rental

Vacationing in Saugatuck is a relaxing, enjoyable time, but only if you stay in the comfort of home! So, let Lakeshore Lodging be your home away from home.Your vacation ought to be easy and comfortable, and that’s exactly what our vacation rentals provide. So, check out our available rentals and see for yourself the incredible quality and luxurious amenities you’ll experience while in Saugatuck. Ready to book? Then, contact us today to reserve your stay! And, if you need more ideas for great things to do in the Saugatuck area, then look no further than the Attractions page on our website. It’s full of the best ideas for ways to spend your time!

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The Best Saugatuck Spas to Eliminate Your Stress

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Vacation is supposed to be relaxing, right? All too often, you find yourself stressed out and in need of some down time. After all, that’s the point of vacation! There’s no better place to relax and unwind than Saugatuck spas. We’ll tell you where you can find the most relaxing experiences in the area, so you don’t have to do any of the work. Read on to learn more!

 

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These Saugatuck Spas Will Help You Relax

Waterfront Day Spa

You’ll have a lovely experience at Waterfront Day Spa where you’ll feel relaxed and rejuvenated. Enjoy an array of spa therapies like facials, aromatherapy, acupressure foot massage, waxing, stone massage, and more! You won’t want to leave, you’ll feel so relaxed! In addition to spa treatments, Waterfront Day Spa features a skin care boutique equipped with high-quality mineral-based makeup and facial treatments for all of your beauty needs.

 

Massage by Steve

Come by Massage by Steve and see why he is so highly rated. Massages range from 90-minute sessions for $95 to high-value chair massages in a garden setting. If you want a no-frills massage experience, Steve is your guy! Plus, his registered therapy dog, Della, will be there for you to hug it out, if you need that, too.

 

Natural Harmony Massage

When you walk into Natural Harmony Massage, you’ll feel an immediate sense of calm and relaxation. Let Nancy massage away your tension with a Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, LaStone therapy, partner massage, or a chair massage. Find the rest that you need at Natural Harmony Massage just outside of Saugatuck in Douglas, MI.

 

Spas and Massage in Nearby Holland

Massage Sci

Raechel at Massage Sci in Holland insists on what she calls focused massage. Pairing her technique with her clients’ individual needs means you get exactly the work you need, not some painful, canned massage experience.

 

Harbor Health and Massage

Home to a number of qualified, licensed massage therapists, Harbor Health and Massage in Holland has something for everybody. Choose between neuromuscular therapy, craniosacral therapy, prenatal massage, or hot stone massage. You’ll love how you feel afterward!

 

Relax in a High-Quality Vacation Rental After Your Massage

When you come to Saugatuck looking for relaxation, you should know that Lakeshore Lodging is your best bet for a home away from home.Your vacation ought to be easy and comfortable, and that’s exactly what our vacation rentals provide. So, check out our available rentals and see for yourself the incredible quality and luxurious amenities you’ll experience while in Saugatuck. Ready to book? Then, contact us today to reserve your stay! And, if you need more ideas for great things to do in the Saugatuck area, then look no further than the Attractions page on our website. It’s full of the best ideas for ways to spend your time!

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Why You Need to Check Out Landsharks in Saugatuck

 

Landshark's in Saugatuck

 

When you come to Saugatuck, you’ll be astounded by the amount of great little shops and shopping experiences the cozy town offers. It’s one of the best places to shop on Michigan’s Art Coast and is full of local businesses with an artisanal flair. One of those great stores is Landsharks in Saugatuck. At Landsharks, you’ll find an array of excellent quality outdoor apparel, gear, and accessories to outfit the entire excursion! Here’s why you need to stop by!

 

Are you looking for the best things to do in the Saugatuck, MI area near Lakeshore Lodging? Then, look no further than their Area Activities page! It’s full of the best ideas for things to see and do to make your visit to the area the best it can be!

 

Store History

In 1989, Sally Troutman pioneered the store to be what it is today. You will still find her in the store daily with her son David. The rest of the team is comprised of energetic, joyful, and talented Landsharks. The family-owned-and-operated business employs locals and empowers them to be entrepreneurs as well. Landsharks in Saugatuck strives to create an environment that is fun, adventurous, and one that loves to party!

 

Landsharks in Saugatuck is Your Adventure Outfitter

The undeniable lightheartedness of the storefront is something to behold! Shelves lined with empty bottles of Patrón Tequila and a paper maché octopus inspire the camaraderie only adventurers share. Whether you seek the trail as a casual hiker or look for more heavy duty outdoor gear, Landsharks in Saugatuck is your base camp.

 

Brands to Take on Your Trail

Landsharks in Saugatuck will surprise you with their amount of selection. Sure, they have every major brand in the industry, but they also offer more fashion-oriented brands, too. Plus, it’s a point of pride for them that they offer completely new brands each new season. This keeps the stock fresh, and their customers delighted. Will you be one of them? Check out some of the brands they carry.

 

Patagonia

Smartwool

Oakley

Maui Jim

Keen

Chaco

Merrell

Vibram

Ugg

Agave

Splendid

EQ

Pure

 

In addition to these great brands, the store also carries a variety of great souvenir shirts, hats, and accessories. You’ll find clever screen-printed, Michigan-oriented tees and even stickers for your car!

 

It’s the Perfect Stop During Your Visit to Western Michigan

When you plan your trip to Michigan’s Art Coast, you’ll definitely want to stop into Landsharks in Saugatuck. And, when you’re all shopped out, come relax at one of the comfortable and high-quality vacation rentals from Lakeshore Lodging. We have rentals available throughout the area that are perfect for quick getaways, family vacations, or the holidays! We are eager to accommodate you, so contact us today to book your stay! And, if you need more ideas for things to do during your time in Saugatuck, then check out our Area Activities page! It’s full of the best ideas with which to fill your time!


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What You Need to Taste at American Spoon

American Spoon


Way up north in Petoskey, MI, the artisans at American Spoon craft some of the most delicious jams, preserves, syrups, and salsas in the country. It’s something of a Michigan favorite that is emblematic of the hospitality and comfort found here. Take a spoonful of peach preserves and spread them onto your favorite toast, and you’ll find there’s just nothing quite like it. Luckily for you, their store in Saugatuck, MI, carries a full line of every delicious offering they create. The question isn’t whether or not you need to buy a jar or three. Instead, which will you try first? Read on to find out what you need to taste at American Spoon in Saugatuck.

 

There’s so much more to just shopping in the Saugatuck area! If you need all the greatest ideas for things to do in the area, then check out Lakeshore Lodging’sThings to Do in Western Michigan” page! It’s full of the best activities, guaranteeing you the best vacation or visit possible.

 

American Spoon is an American Favorite

In the picturesque shopping district of Saugatuck, the storefront for American Spoon rests quietly offering delicious jams, jellies, preserves, and more. You’ll want to go in. It’s so quaint and cozy, and you’ll have virtually no choice with the tasting table to try samples. So, come find your favorite and begin your latest obsession. There’s much to choose from!

 

Sour Cherry Preserves

These preserves are to die for! Each jar is jam-packed with tart Montmorency cherries, creating its deep red color and wonderfully bright flavor. It’s great on toast, with brie, in pastries, and even on chicken!

 

Maple Granola

The delicious and hearty granola American Spoon offers is made in small batches with famous Michigan maple syrup, dried tart cherries, dried blueberries, almonds, and pumpkin seeds. It pairs perfectly with yogurt, in cereals, and even on its own!

 

Red Haven Peach Preserves

The peaches American Spoon uses in their famous peach preserves originate along the shores of Lake Michigan. So, not only are these preserves tasty but they’re local! America’s Test Kitchen declared the peach preserves to be the ideal peach preserves to use in recipes!


Pumpkin Butter

The ubiquitous flavor of pumpkin in the fall has been done one better by American Spoon’s pumpkin butter! You simply can’t make up the smooth delicious flavor this spiced butter offers your taste buds. Spread it on pancakes or waffles, into whipped cream, or into pumpkin recipes. You’ll probably come back to buy more!

 

Fruit Perfect Blueberries

Iconic blueberry preserves are somewhat mythical when it comes to famous Michigan cuisine. This recipe uses only the sweetest West Michigan blueberries, making it perfect for pancakes, biscuits, and anything you could want! You just can’t go wrong with these delicious blueberries.

 

Take Some Back to Your Vacation Rental

American Spoon products make great gifts, but they’re also perfect breakfast and snack items. So, bring some back to your vacation rental! Here at Lakeshore Lodging, our vacation rentals are comfortable and luxurious. You’ll feel at home when you book your stay with us. We’re eager to accommodate your every need, so contact us today to book!


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How to Plan the Best Day Ever at Saugatuck Dunes State Park

Saugatuck Dunes State Park


Just outside of Saugatuck, MI, is one of the most beautiful state parks in Michigan. The Saugatuck Dunes State Parkis a one of a kind park, perfect for the outdoorsman or beachgoer. With miles of hiking trails, pristine beaches, and ideal birdwatching conditions, the park is at the top of the list of things to see and do in the area. Nature enthusiasts will relish in the opportunity to enjoy the sandy causeways, and even be able to observe endangered plant species. So, what’s the best way to enjoy Saugatuck Dunes State Park?

 

Find out more about all of the fun things to do near Lakeshore Lodging when you check out our Vacation Plan page. It's full of the best recommendations for things to see and do like enjoying a day at the Saugatuck Dunes State Park.

 
Saugatuck Dunes State Park is Teeming with Life

The day-use park is located along an isolated strip of Lake Michigan shoreline. When you come to the Saugatuck Dunes State Park, you’ll encounter over 1,000 acres of land and 2.5 miles of pristine sandy shores. The freshwater coastal dunes can reach up to 200 feet tall, some of the tallest freshwater sand dunes in the world. This incredible land feature creates a unique ecosystem that you can only find here. It also makes for some of the best hiking in the area.

 
Hiking in the Park

While much of the park is undeveloped, 13 miles of hiking trails lead you into the 1,000 acres of wooded dunes. Wide and well-marked trails wind like a labyrinth throughout the park. In addition to the incredible dunes, you’ll also have a great chance to enjoy some of the best birdwatching conditions in the area. The park is also perfect for nature photographers as many hikers have reported seeing a lot of friendly wildlife! Something to note: while the trails themselves are dog-friendly, the beach is not. Regulations dictate that your dog must be on a 6-foot leash at all times and must not be unattended.

 

In terms of difficulty, the hike has generally reported being moderately difficult due to the sandy trails. So, if you plan on hiking, be prepared with plenty of water for your trek. And, be certain to pick up after yourself! Don’t pollute what is one of the best-kept state parks in the area!

 
Beaching It

You’ll have a short hike to the beach, roughly 0.6 miles. So, pack a picnic, don’t bring any glass bottles or containers, and enjoy the solitude of a quiet, protected beach away from all the crowds! Also, fires are not permitted on the beach.

 
Other Activities in the Dunes

One of the most popular places in the area is Oval Beach, just 15 minutes away from Saugatuck Dunes State Park. The beach has earned an international reputation by being named one of the top 25 beaches in the world by Condé Nast Traveler, one of the top two freshwater beaches in the U.S.A. by National Geographic Traveler magazine, and one of the top five beaches in the U.S.A. by MTV. More recent recognition from the Chicago Tribune named the beach the #1 of the top five beaches and rated it the best beach on Lake Michigan. That’s quite a list of honors! With a concession stand, restrooms, showers, a playground, picnic tables, grills, and ample parking, Oval Beach is just outside of Saugatuck!

 
The Best Things to Do are Just Minutes Away from the Best Place to Stay

Saugatuck Dunes State Park and Oval Beach are both just minutes away from Lakeshore Lodging! We are the perfect place to headquarter during your trip to the western Michigan coast. Our luxurious and cozy vacation rentals will make you feel at home! So, check out our available rentals. We’re eager to accommodate you, so contact us today to book!


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Why You Need to Check Out Apple Blossom Chapel and Gardens

Apple Blossom Chapel Gardens


Do you dream of having a beautiful garden wedding? Does getting married in the midst of freshly opened apple blossoms enchant you? Apple Blossom Chapel and Gardens is the premier wedding venue in western Michigan where you can begin your fairytale. Imagine walking down the aisle in the small country chapel with dear friends and family looking on. Or, recite your vows in the beautiful garden setting under the gazebo. Come, see for yourself how you can make your dream a reality.

 

Here at Lakeshore Lodging, we’re just minutes away from all of the best things to do in the area. If you’re looking for fun activities for the family to do ahead of the wedding, then check out our Area Information page for the best ideas.

 
Apple Blossom Chapel and Gardens is a Wonderful Venue

Set in an old apple orchard with apple trees over 100 years old, you can have the wedding of your dreams. The well-maintained property has plenty of great photo opportunities, including first-look photo ops. When you get married at Apple Blossom Chapel and Gardens, you’ll feel like you’re in a fairytale. You’ll be surrounded by tall trees, vibrant flowers, and a serene pond. Say, “I do,” under the iron-domed gazebo near the peaceful sound of a fountain. The grassy lawn makes a perfect place to set up chairs and invite everybody, and a stepping stone paved aisle is easy to walk.

 

The garden isn’t the only beautiful spot on site to be married.

 

Apple Blossom Chapel is charming and perfect for the small, more traditional wedding. Floral patterned carpets line the aisle and beveled glass windows make the chapel a beautiful ceremony venue. In addition, the chapel dressing room is ideal for the bride to get ready. The intimate chapel is great for those wanting a wedding in a small country chapel.

 
Have Your Reception, Too

For a smaller wedding, the patio is great for a cocktail-style reception with family and friends. You can enjoy the patio from May to October. For a larger wedding reception, the lawn is the perfect place. Rent a tent and receive up to 200 guests after the ceremony. You’ll love the whimsical setting of a reception on the lawn surrounded by blooming gardens.


Other Important Notes

Depending on the package, you have a choice of music systems, decorations for rent, chairs for the reception, flower girl basket, ring bearer pillow, twinkling string lights, a unity table, cupcake stand, and even a punch bowl. The chapel and lawn are both handicap accessible, as well, and the venue has liability insurance. On-site parking makes getting everyone there that much easier. Plus, WiFi is available for all the photos your guests will upload to social media.

 
The Perfect Place for Guests to Stay

When you plan your wedding at Apple Blossom Chapel and Gardens, you’ll need a place for guests to stay. That’s where we come in. Lakeshore Lodging is just minutes away from your venue, and we offer the best vacation rentals in the area. Check out our rental homes and keep everybody happy! If you or your guests need ideas on the best things to do in the area, then check out our Area Information page! Contact us today to book!


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This is Why You’ll Love the Saugatuck Christmas Parade

With the holiday season comes some of the best events in the entire calendar year. The Saugatuck Christmas Parade is no exception! Join in on the fun in early December and see all the characters in costume. Per tradition, parade patrons are encouraged to dress up as their favorite character from the movie, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” as the theme of the parade is “Whoville.” The parade isn’t the only fun Christmas event going on around that time, though. Read on to learn more.

 

Find out more about all of the fun things to do near Lakeshore Lodging when you check out our Area Information page. It's full of the best recommendations for things to see and do like enjoying the Saugatuck Christmas Parade.

 

The Saugatuck Christmas Parade Headlines the Day

Don’t miss the main event! The parade begins at 1 p.m., as it does every year, on Butler Street in downtown Saugatuck. Get into costume as your favorite “Whoville” character and join the ranks! Characters like Cindy Lou Who, famed Mayor Augustus Maywho, the Grinch, and even his dog Max will all be in attendance marching in the parade. Feel free to watch as Mayor Augustus Maywho leads the way, and see all the elaborate costumes.

 

In addition to all the fun costumes, the women-only Peppermint Stick Brigade will be there in full red and gold garb to welcome in the holiday season. Along with them, the men-only Snow Shovel Drill Team performs their famed snow shovel drills to the crowd’s delight. Lastly, the Saugatuck High School Band marches, performing Christmas music to inaugurate the season. Oh, and don’t forget the best-dressed pets!

 

Other Fun Activities That Day

If you’re looking for a great place to grab lunch before the festivities, the Christmas Bazaar at the Saugatuck United Methodist Church serves it up. Come by for a sloppy joe lunch, bake sale, candy, gifts, and crafts. In the afternoon, check out Nouveau Fest to celebrate the first wine of the new vintage at Fenn Valley Winery! Also during the afternoon, families with children can enjoy Santa’s Workshop in downtown Saugatuck. It’s the perfect chance for the kiddos to see exactly where their toys come from and meet Santa! Kids crafts, music, tree decorating, and refreshments await you and your little ones! Throughout the afternoon, free carriage rides will leave from Coral Gables Annex and take you on a whimsical winter journey through town. That evening, a holiday tree lighting takes place at the Rose Garden on Butler Street in downtown Saugatuck. Come out and enjoy the hot chocolate and cookies and join in the holiday carols! It’s the perfect way to end a full day of holiday fun and end the festivities!

 

Where Are You Celebrating?

When the festivities do come to a close, where will your celebration continue? Here at Lakeshore Lodging in Saugatuck, we have the best vacation rentals for you and the whole family. We are eager to accommodate you, so check out our available rentals. If you’re looking for more great things to do during your time in Western Michigan, check out our Area Information page! Ready to book? Contact us today!


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4 of the Best Reasons to Spend Christmas in Michigan

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If you’re planning a vacation in the winter, a state that experiences heavy snowfall annually like Michigan might not be at the top of your list. However, don’t let the precipitation scare you away - Michigan embodies every essential Christmas element. Cozy fireplaces, snowy evenings, and an atmosphere that encourages community and cheer: if you ask us, that sounds like the perfect place to spend Christmas 2016. There are a lot of things that we love about living in Michigan, and one of them is spending time with the ones closest to us over the holidays. Christmas in Michigan provides the perfect opportunity to do that, and if you stay with us in Saugatuck, you’ll see for yourself why we love it!

 

4 of the Best Reasons to Spend Christmas in Michigan

 

1. The Scenery

 

We’ll start with the most obvious reason: postcard-worthy scenery. What comes to mind when you think of Christmas? Presents, lights, and Santa aside, you might picture smoke rising from chimneys on snow-covered roofs, fir trees, and the gentle glow of streetlamps illuminating gentle snowfalls. That's what you'll find here. It’s hard to beat the views that we have in winter! Bundle up and explore the beauty that is Christmas in Michigan.

 

2. There’s Actually a Town Called Christmas in Michigan

 

Alright, we couldn’t resist listing this one. A town in Michigan that’s actually called Christmas? Yes, it exists, and yes, it’s celebration of all things Christmas! If you’re looking for the ornaments decorations or anything other Christmas related item, well, this is the place to be. The hotels in town capitalize on the name, and you can stay at places like Evergreen Cottage, White Pine Lodge, and Winter Dreamland. In the winter, snowmobiling is the activity of choice. Note: Christmas is quite a drive from Saugatuck (over six hours). We listed it here not as a local attraction, but more of a reason to visit our state during the holidays. And, well, how could we not talk about such a unique town?

 

3. Snow

 

If you live in a state that considers 70 degrees to be chilly, then Christmas for you probably involves palm trees, the sunshine, and flip-flops. There’s no better place to get your fill of snow - or experience it for the first time - than here in Michigan. That white powdery stuff that falls from the sky arrives in feet here, not inches, and transforms the Great Lakes State into a winter wonderland.

 

4. Christmas Celebrations in Saugatuck-Douglas

 

We saved the best for last. All across the state, you can find holiday festivals and craft shows, but if you want the best Christmas in Michigan experience, then make plans to visit Saugatuck. Between our lovely town and neighboring Douglas, we celebrate the season throughout the entire month of December! This Saugatuck-Douglas Christmas calendar is packed with great events for everyone. The fun gets going on Saturday, Dec. 3, with the Christmas Bazaar, Saugatuck’s “Whootville” Christmas Parade, and much more. That’s only the start of the fun! Other great events include Winterfest at Felt Mansion (Dec. 10), performances of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” Wine Tasting at Felt Mansion (Dec. 17), Christmas Eve services, and a Christmas dinner! Visit the Saugatuck-Douglas events calendar for more information.

 

Spend this Christmas in Saugatuck

 

A pleasant town with a creative community and welcoming spirit, Saugatuck draws people from across the country annually. Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, our town is the ideal getaway, any time of year. Enjoy a lazy vacation on Oval Beach, explore local art galleries and vineyards, or cozy up for the holidays here. No matter when you visit or how many people you bring with you, let Lakeshore Lodging help you find the perfect place to stay. Our Lake Michigan vacation homes feature all the amenities and space you need, whether you want a house on the shore or an apartment in town. Stay with Lakeshore Lodging, and see what makes Saugatuck so special. Contact us today, online or by calling (866) 765-7522.


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12 of the Most Unique Craft Shows in Michigan

Craft shows in Michigan

Fall in Michigan brings a lot of things with it, like fun festivals, stunning foliage, football, and of course, craft shows! If you like to spend your free time crafting and creating, then you’ll love these craft shows in Michigan. With the holiday season quickly approaching, craft shows are a perfect place to pick up special gifts for friends and family. Whether you’re selling, buying, or just enjoying the creative atmosphere, you’ll want to mark your calendars and attend these craft shows in Michigan.

 

12 of the Most Unique Craft Shows in Michigan

 

Chapel Hill Arts and Crafts Show - Oct. 1, 2016, Berrien Springs. MI.

 

Orchard View Fall Marketplace - Oct. 15, 2016, Grand Rapids, MI.

 

Grace Fellowship Craft Show - Oct. 15, 2016, Comstock Park, MI.

 

Homestead Fall Festival and Arts & Crafts Fair - Oct. 15-16, 2016, South Haven, MI.

 

Kalamazoo’s Ultimate Outdoor Garage Sale - Oct. 22, 2016, Kalamazoo, MI.

 

Christmas Arts & Crafts Show - Nov. 5, 2016, Kalamazoo, MI.

 

Mona Shores Holiday Arts & Crafts Show - Nov. 5, 2016, Muskegon, MI.

 

Arts & Antiques Weekend - Nov. 11, 2016, South Haven, MI.

 

Holiday Craft Bazaar - Nov. 12, 2016, St. Joseph, MI.

 

Holiday Art Show & Sale - Nov. 17-19, 2016, Kalamazoo, MI.

 

Schoolhouse & Arts & Crafts Show - Nov. 19, 2016, East Grand Rapids, MI.

 

Rogue River Artisans - Dec. 3, 2016, Lowell, MI.

 

Don’t Miss These Michigan Fall Festivals, Either…

 

Not only are there an abundance of craft shows in Michigan, but there are also plenty of fall festivals! Check out what’s happening in and around Saugatuck this fall:

 

Families will love Fall Fun Days in Downtown Saugatuck throughout the month of October. Enjoy games, food, and music, during this month-long celebration.

 

See Saugatuck’s artistic side this fall and enjoy the Blue Coast Artists Fall Tour of Studios. The event is free and will take place on Oct. 1-2. 
 

You can’t celebrate fall without the Lakeshore Harvest Country 10th Annual Road Rally on Oct. 8! The rally is an exciting tour through the scenic back roads of the Saugatuck-Douglas area that involves clue-hunting and prizes.

 

In nearby Douglas, Beery Field will come alive at night during “Glow in the Park,” on October 28. Expect plenty of glow in the dark fun, Halloween costumes, food, music, and more. Make sure you come back for the Douglas Nighttime Halloween Parade for Adults the next evening on Oct. 29!

 

Enjoy the Creative Atmosphere of Michigan’s Art Coast in Saugatuck


Artists, makers, and anyone who loves creativity will feel at home and inspired here in Saugatuck. Tour any of the great art galleries in Saugatuck (including the J. Petter Wine Gallery!), and you’ll quickly see why this inviting beach town is called Michigan’s Art Coast. Find inspiration for your next painting or project in the beauty of Lake Michigan, the Kalamazoo River, or the scenic landscape that surrounds the area. Of course, you don’t have to be an artist to enjoy Saugatuck - people from all backgrounds and parts of the country choose our town to vacation in and visit every year. Lakeshore Lodging provides the best Lake Michigan vacation homes in the area, from Saugatuck to South Haven. No matter how big or small your group is, we have a vacation home that will meet your needs. With amenities like furnished kitchens, fireplaces, WiFi, and more, Lakeshore Lodging’s selection of Saugatuck rental homes has what you’re looking for. Stay with us, and you’ll be just minutes from the area’s best attractions. Contact us today, online or at (866) 765-7522 for more information!

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Thanksgiving in Michigan Is the Best Way to Spend the Holiday

Thanksgiving in Michigan

The best remedy to the short days and cold nights that November brings is a warm, homemade meal, surrounded by family, and no family meal is quite as good as Thanksgiving dinner! Thanksgiving holds a special place in our hearts, but Thanksgiving in Michigan is especially good. The weather might be chilly, but get-togethers and events here are cozy! In Saugatuck and the surrounding area, the weeks leading up to the holiday are full of great events - you’ll be in the holiday spirit in no time. Spend Thanksgiving in Michigan with us this year and see for yourself what makes Saugatuck so inviting, year round.

 

Thanksgiving in Michigan, Art Coast Edition

 

Saugatuck-Douglas

 

Feast of Thanksgiving, Nov. 24, 2016. Enjoy a mouthwatering Thanksgiving meal at the annual Feast of Thanksgiving dinner at The Belvedere Inn & Restaurant. Meal times are 3 and 6 p.m., and more information can be found by visiting The Belvedere online.

 

Small Business Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016. Black Friday is typically associated with swarms of people flocking to large retail stores and Thanksgiving night cut short. Why bother with that when you can save your shopping for Saturday and support your favorite Saugatuck businesses?

 

Fennville

 

FennMagic Holiday Market Weekend, Nov. 25-26, 2016. Enjoy holiday shopping at the Fernwood 1891 Town Gallery in Fennville. It’s a one-of-a-kind local shopping experience!

 

Local Makers Holiday Market, Nov. 25-27, 2016. Start the holiday season by supporting local artisans at Root Coffeehouse & Cafe.

 

South Haven

 

Mistletoe Market, Nov. 18 Dec. 24, 2016. The local holiday shopping spirit will make its way to South Haven the week before Thanksgiving! You can find some of the best locally-crafted goods for sale at one of South Haven’s most popular events.

 

Don’t Wait Until Thanksgiving to Enjoy Michigan!

 

If you’re planning on spending Thanksgiving in Michigan, great! However, you don’t have to wait until the end of November to enjoy Michigan. Here’s a quick look at what the Great Lakes State offers leading up to the holidays

 

Fall Foliage

 

Anyone who loves the amazing display of colors that autumn brings will love Michigan in the fall. Brilliant burnt hues, accompanied by farmland and Great Lakes shoreline, make Michigan a living postcard in autumn. All across the state, the changing leaves provide amazing views. Grab your jacket, a cup of hot apple cider,  and check out this Michigan fall colors map!

 

Michigan Fall Festivals

 

In October, Downtown Saugatuck hosts its Fall Fun Days events, where families can enjoy games, food, and music, during this month-long celebration. In nearby Douglas, Beery Field will come alive at night during “Glow in the Park,” on October 28. Expect plenty of glow in the dark fun, Halloween costumes, food, music, and more. Make sure you come back for the Douglas Nighttime Halloween Parade for Adults the next evening on October 29!

 

If you want to see Saugatuck’s artistic side this fall, don’t miss the Blue Coast Artists Fall Tour of Studios. This free event will take place on October 1-2, and allows attendees to see the best of the area’s art.

 

Celebrate the Season with Lakeshore Lodging


It doesn’t matter if you’re in Saugatuck for Thanksgiving or the Fourth of July, you’ll love your time here, regardless of the season. From beautiful Oval Beach and the waters of Lake Michigan to our inviting, creative community, there are more than a few reasons why Saugatuck is one of the best places to vacation in the U.S. When you visit, let Lakeshore Lodging take care of your accommodations. Our Lake Michigan vacation homes offer the comfort and space you need to enjoy your stay in Saugatuck, no matter how much room you need. From fireplaces perfect for chilly evenings, to fully furnished kitchens and back deck ideal for family meals, Lakeshore Lodging will help you find the Saugatuck vacation home that’s right for you. Contact us today, online or by calling (866) 765-7522, and spend your next vacation with us in Saugatuck.

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Here's What You Need to Know About Felt Mansion

felt mansion

One of Michigan’s most popular tourist attractions is a stunning mansion located less than 20 miles away from Saugatuck. Built in the 1920s, Felt Mansion is an incredible structure, spanning over 12,000 square feet, located on the beautiful Felt Estate property. Take a tour of the mansion, plan your wedding here, or stop by for one of the many events, but no matter what brings you here, you’ll love your trip to Felt Mansion. It’s just one of many great attractions a short drive from Saugatuck!

 

About Felt Mansion

 

According to the Felt Mansion website, Wisconsin native Dorr Eugene Felt built the mansion for his wife Agnes, starting in 1925 and finishing in 1928. Felt had invented a calculator called the Comptometer, and the device’s success had made him a millionaire. After Felt and his wife had passed away, the family held onto Felt Mansion before selling it in 1949. The following decades the saw the mansion and the Felt Estate be used first as a seminary and later a prison. Today, as stated on the mansion’s website, volunteers from surrounding communities are actively working to restore Felt Mansion to the excellent condition it would have been in in the 1920s.

 

Tours

 

The best way to experience the beauty of Dorr Felt’s mansion is with a tour! Take a public or private guided tour, and see for yourself the mansion’s incredible design and size. Felt Mansion houses 25 rooms, a ballroom, and more. Tours also include a history of the mansion and the equally impressive estate grounds, allowing you to experience what life for the Felt family was like. If you look at the photo gallery on the mansion’s website, you’ll get a glimpse at the amazing condition of the property.

 

Weddings

 

Felt Mansion weddings are some of the most picturesque ceremonies that you’ll see, thanks to the mansion's aesthetics! Picture yourself celebrating in the beauty of this massive, luxurious home, or on the grounds outside of it. Check out these videos of past receptions, and you the Felt Estate will be at top of your list of venue choices.

 

Located just a couple miles from the Felt Estate is the Chapel at Shore Acres, another popular choice for weddings. Visit the mansion’s website for more details on the chapel.

 

More Information

 

To learn more about tours, upcoming events, and reservations, visit the Felt Estate online, or call (616) 335-3050.

 

Felt Mansion is located at 6597 138th Ave, Holland, MI 49423.


Stay with Lakeshore Lodging and Experience the Best of Western Michigan


There’s a lot to do and see in Saugatuck and the surrounding area, from Lake Michigan beach fun to vineyards, art galleries, and much more. Visitors flock to Western Michigan every year, and Saugatuck is the area’s most popular place to stay! If you want the best lodging experience in the area, choose Lakeshore Lodging. Our selection of Lake Michigan vacation homes will put you within a short drive of Saugatuck’s best attractions, whether that’s Oval Beach or Fenn Valley Vineyards. Our spacious vacation homes offer everything that you need to relax, including amenities like fully-furnished kitchens, WiFi, hot tubs, and more. If you want to see what makes our beautiful Lake Michigan beach town so special, contact Lakeshore Lodging today, and we’ll help you find the vacation home that’s perfect for you.

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Why You Need to Visit Saugatuck Brewing Company

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Michigan is a well-known name in the craft beer community. The Great Lakes State gets a lot of things right, and one of those is beer. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to find a quality brewery, and craft beer is celebrated at dozens of festivals throughout the year. In Saugatuck, you can end your pursuit for the perfect pint without ever having to leave town! At Saugatuck Brewing Company, you’ll find a selection of palate-pleasing beers, brewed locally. Grab a six pack to go, or sit down and pair a burger with an SBC beer - your taste buds deserve it.

 

Exceptional Michigan Craft Beer at Saugatuck Brewing Company

 

For over a decade, Saugatuck Brewing Company (SBC) has been providing the Saugatuck-Douglas area with excellent beer, great food, and an inviting atmosphere. Whether you’re a beer connoisseur or just want to try one of Saugatuck’s finest establishments, a trip to SBC is right for you.

 

Beer

 

The brewery’s pub features 15 beers on tap! From light to dark, hoppy to malty, bitter to bold, there’s brew that you’ll love. Do you want something light and refreshing? Try the Project Clarity Kolsch! Plus, a portion of the proceeds from this beer benefit the Outdoor Discovery Center in Holland, MI. If you’re looking for a sweet pour, try the Blueberry Maple Stout or the Summer Sipper! Hops enthusiasts will love the Singapore IPA and Brown Standard Brown IPA. Need a heftier brew? Try the Five Quarter Porter. Visit SBC online for a full list of beers on tap and in stores.

 

Food

 

Beer’s best friend is good grub, and the SBC Pub serves a lot of it. Enjoy appetizers including Twice Baked Potato Bites and Edamame Hummus, and if you’re still hungry, chow down on Fish and Chips, a Beer Cheese and Bacon burger, or any of the other mouthwatering menu items. Pair it with one of their freshly brewed beers for an amazing meal!

 

Events

 

Live music on Saturdays and Team Bingo on Thursdays is just a sample of the fun at Saugatuck Brewing Company! Brewery tours are offered, too. Check out the events calendar for more details.

 

If you’ve always wanted to brew your own beer, then you’ll love the Brew On Premise option offered by SBC! For a fee, you’ll be provided with all the necessary ingredients and access to equipment to brew an original batch of beer. More details and pricing can be found online.

 

Visiting

 

The brewery is open seven days a week with extended hours on Saturdays. For more information about the beer, Pub, and events, visit the brewery online, or call (269) 857-7222.

 

Saugatuck Brewing Company is located at 2948 Blue Star Hwy., Douglas, MI 49406.

 

Drink and Eat the Best of Saugatuck When You Stay With Lakeshore Lodging

 

Saugatuck might not be big, but it sure offers a whole lot to do! And while this small Lake Michigan resort town is known for its art community, you don’t have to be an artist to enjoy a vacation here. Spend a day fishing on Lake Michigan or tanning on Oval Beach, tour SBC or Fenn Valley Vineyards - whatever you do, be sure to book your stay with Lakeshore Lodging. Our selection of Lake Michigan vacation homes offers everything you need for the perfect Saugatuck vacation, no matter how big or small your group is. Contact Lakeshore Lodging online today, and come see what makes Saugatuck so special.


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How to Plan the Best Romantic Getaways in Michigan

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Sandy beaches and postcard-worthy views are staples of any romantic escape. But what if we told you that you didn’t have to travel to beach states or overseas to find that? What if the vacation you’ve been waiting to spend with a loved one was right here in the Great Lakes State? If it sounds too good to be true, don’t worry, because it isn’t. There are plenty of romantic getaways in Michigan! The next time you need an escape, consider the beautiful beach town of Saugatuck.

 

Saugatuck, One of the Best Romantic Getaways in Michigan

 

It’s no secret that Saugatuck is one of Michigan’s most popular beach towns. Located on the shores of Lake Michigan and home to the renowned Oval Beach, Saugatuck is the ideal destination for a vacation. That goes for couples looking for an escape, too! In Saugatuck, you’ll find an inviting atmosphere offering plenty to do, but enough peace and quiet to slip away.

 

Dining

 

Good food is essential for every occasion, and that’s especially true in regards to romantic getaways. In Saugatuck, you’ll find a wide assortment of excellent restaurants. Start your day with a incredible breakfast at Pumpernickel’s Eatery, or satisfy your coffee cravings with the cold brew at Uncommon Coffee Roasters. For dinner, try Marro’s Italian Restaurant for the best Italian meal in town. If you’re in search of cuisine from the nation’s southern region, dine at The Southerner, and you might forget that you’re in Michigan!

 

Attractions

 

One of Saugatuck’s most prominent features is its art culture. You’ll love strolling through the town’s excellent galleries, like the Roan & Black and Armstrong De Graaf International Fine Art galleries. Or, pair fine drink and art at the J Petter Wine Gallery!

 

Speaking of drink, there are few drinks (if any) as closely associated with romance as wine, and the Saugatuck area is home to several great Michigan wineries! Take Fenn Valley Vineyards, for example. Located less than 10 miles from Saugatuck in Fennville, MI, Fenn Valley offers delicious wine, tours, and great events. Take in the beauty of Michigan while enjoying some of the state’s finest wine.

 

Looking to add a dash of fun to your trip? Explore the dunes of Michigan’s shoreline with Saugatuck Dune Rides! Or, hike to the top of Mount Baldhead for an amazing view of Saugatuck, Lake Michigan, and the Kalamazoo River.

 

Relaxation

 

What makes Saugatuck one of the best romantic getaways in Michigan? A lot of things, but the most obvious one is the beach. Nothing says “romantic” quite like a stroll along the shores of Lake Michigan at sunset. Head to Oval Beach, and you’ll quickly see why it has been ranked by multiple publications as one of the best beaches in both the U.S. and the world.

 

Need a Place to Stay for Your Getaway? Choose Saugatuck’s Own Lakeshore Lodging


You’ve chosen Saugatuck as the destination for your next romantic escape - an excellent choice - but where do you stay? The answer is simple: Lakeshore Lodging. Lakeshore Lodging provides visitors to the Saugatuck-Douglas area with excellent Lake Michigan vacation homes. Take advantage of the comfort and privacy of our vacation properties, and you’ll easily see why we offer a much better experience than a hotel. Our properties are ideal for couples, like the cozy 1 bedroom Mason Loft in Downtown Saugatuck, the Hoopdee Scootee Suite, and Bayview 120A, a two-story house with a view of Lake Kalamazoo. Browse our properties, and then add our Couples Getaway Package! This add-on includes a bouquet of flowers, gourmet chocolates, a couples massage, as well as a reservation and gift certificate to the Everyday People Cafe! Your search for romantic getaways in Michigan ends in Saugatuck - contact Lakeshore Lodging today.

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5 of the Best Places to Enjoy Michigan Fall Colors

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It’s not hard to love fall in Michigan, and its best is its foliage. Michigan fall colors are the perfect display of what autumn should look like! Brilliant burnt hues, accompanied by farmland and Great Lakes shoreline, make Michigan a living postcard in autumn. All across the state, the changing leaves provide amazing views. Grab your jakcet, check out this Michigan fall colors map, and enjoy some of the best autumn scenery in the Great Lakes State.


5 of the Best Places to Enjoy Michigan Fall Colors

 

Saugatuck-Douglas

 

In the summer, beachgoers flock to beach in Saugatuck for the sand and sun. In the fall, the beaches become the ideal location for a fall foliage stroll (gloves, hats, and apple cider are recommended). Of course, if you want the best view in town, climb the steps to the top of Mount Baldhead, and enjoy a great overlook of Saugatuck, Oval Beach, and the Kalamazoo River! What’s better than an already scenic view, combined with fall colors? (Hint: not much).

 

Grand Rapids

 

Known not only for its craft beer and art, Grand Rapids is also one the best places to see Michigan fall colors. Check out this great fall foliage tour of the city from Experience Grand Rapids to get an idea of what you’ll see. Make sure you visit during the annual ArtPrize festival!

 

Ann Arbor

 

You don’t have to be near a Great Lake to enjoy Michigan fall colors. In eastern Michigan, Ann Arbor is popular choice for autumn views. When the summer begins to fade, Pure Michigan recommends visiting the University of Michigan’s Nichols Arboretum, among other places. The website also has a great fall colors tour that includes Grand Rapids, Jackson, and Monroe. Check it out!

 

Traverse City

 

At the pocket of West Arm Traverse Bay (which eventually leads to Lake Michigan) is Traverse City. Both Travel + Leisure and TripAdvisor have named Traverse City one of the best places in the nation to enjoy fall colors!

 

Keweenaw Peninsula

 

Located at the top of the UP, the Keweenaw Peninsula was named by Midwest Living as one of the best places to see fall colors in the midwest. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior and the striking colors reflecting off its waters.


Fall Festivals in Michigan

 

Fall in Michigan brings more than beautiful colors - it also brings festivals! Fall festivals in Michigan provide everything from live music and family fun to season-specific food and drinks. No matter what part of the state you’re in, you can easily find a festival to enjoy. For an unbeatable season experience, plan a tour of fall foliage around a festival! Check out our blog for more information on the state’s best fall celebrations.


Michigan Beauty Any Time of Year in Saugatuck

 

You don’t have to wait until the temperatures start dropping to enjoy a trip to Saugatuck, MI - you’ll love your stay here, in any season. Of course, why not enjoy Michigan fall colors while staying in one of the state’s best beach towns? The team here at Lakeshore Lodging would love to help you find the perfect place to stay, thanks to our selection of Saugatuck vacation homes. Enjoy waterfront vacation housing on the shores of Lake Michigan, or treat yourself to a cozy stay in town during the fall. Either way, our Saugatuck rentals offer everything you need, like fireplaces, fully equipped kitchens, hot tubs, and more. Contact us today, online or by calling (866) 765-7522, and enjoy the fall colors in Saugatuck.


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How to Experience the Best of Crane Orchards in Michigan

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Just 15 minutes from Saugatuck is Crane Orchards, located in Fennville. Home to an abundance of delicious, seasonal fruit and fun, this family owned and operated orchard is one of the best attractions in the Saugatuck area. Whether you’re picking cherries in the summer, or navigating the corn maze in the fall, Crane Orchards offers a harvest of fun!

 

Crane Orchards

 

According to the orchard’s website, the 200-acre Crane Orchards property has been run by the Crane family since 1917, being passed down for generations since H.B. and Muriel Crane purchased first purchased the land.

 

Fruit

 

Michigan apples are in no shortage here, along with peaches and sweet cherries. Nearly 20 different varieties of apples are grown at the orchards, including Gala, Fuji, Honey Crisp, and Jonathan. Take home a bag for snacking or pick of a bushel of Macintosh, and add them to your favorite apple pie recipe. Not sure what to do with all the apples you picked? Check Crane’s apple storage tips!

 

If you prefer peach cobblers over apple pie, then you’re in luck. Crane Orchards peaches will be available to pick starting in early August, according to their website. Rising Star, Loring, and Starfire peaches are just a few of the 10 different varieties of Michigan peaches available! More information about the each variety grown can be found online. Just make sure to add a scoop of vanilla ice to your peach cobbler - the combination is unbeatable.

 

Last but not least, the Michigan cherry. Although picking season for the orchards’ sweet cherries is over for 2016, Crane’s grows six different kinds, including Cavaliers, Summits, and Reginas.

 

Activities

 

While the u-pick fruit at Crane Orchards is the main draw, there are plenty of other things to do, too! Covering 20 acres and offering the best in fall fun, the Corn Maze is highlight of fall at the orchards. Since 2002, the orchards have been hosting an exciting, themed corn maze. This year’s impressive design celebrates the property’s 100 year anniversary! Previous maze layouts include a Michigan State Trojans/University of Michigan Wolverines design in 2005, and a spooky Halloween design in 2006. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for children 6 to 10, and free for anyone younger.

 

If you want to learn more about the orchards, hop on board a hay ride! Tickets are cheap (only $3!), and are offered in the fall. Kids will love the Cow Train, too. Each cart on the train looks like a cow, offering children a fun ride around the orchards. Tickets are $2 per rider.

 

Visiting

 

For fruit availability, hours, picking information, and more, visit Crane Orchards online or by calling (269) 561-8651. You can also follow them on Facebook! Crane Orchards is located 6504 124th Avenue, Fennville, MI 49408.

 

Enjoy Michigan Beauty When You Stay With Lakeshore Lodging

 

Saugatuck is not just another Lake Michigan beach town - it’s the Art Coast of Michigan! Surrounded by natural beauty and home to a thriving art community, Saugatuck is one of most popular vacation spots both in the state and across the country. The best way to enjoy a stay in Saugatuck is with Lakeshore Lodging. Our Lake Michigan vacation homes offer everything you need for a relaxing getaway. Whether you want to stay on the lakefront or in Downtown Saugatuck, we have the home for you, no matter how much space you need! Contact us today and start planning your Saugatuck vacation.


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Enjoy a Great Day at One of These Saugatuck Golf Courses

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For some people, a day spent on the fairway is just as relaxing as a trip to the beach. If your idea of relaxation involves clubs and tees, then these Saugatuck golf courses are ideal for you. Practice your putt, perfect your swing, and take in the surrounding beauty when you golf in Saugatuck.

 

Saugatuck Golf Courses

 

Clearbrook Golf Club

 

It’s not often that you find a golf as reasonably priced and well designed as Clearbrook Golf Club. A par-72 course that totals over 6,500 yards, Clear Brook Golf Course offers one of the best golf experiences along the coast of Lake Michigan. In fact, according to Clearbrook’s website, Grand Rapids magazine named the course’s 5th hole one of the best to play in Western Michigan, and Golf Digest gave the course a 4 ½ star rating! Enjoy the creeks, corners and overall aesthetic appeal of this beautiful course. After playing your way through 18, head to The Grill Room, and enjoy some of area’s best dining. Clearbrook has helped put Saugatuck golf courses on the map, and you owe it to yourself to visit. Visit Clearbrook Golf Course at 6494 Clearbrook Drive, Saugatuck, MI, or online for more information.

 

Ravines Golf Club

 

Ravines Golf Club in Saugatuck is one of Arnold Palmer's signature courses, designed by him and Ed Seay. That alone should tell you that golfing here is a rewarding experience! Lush greens, flanked by Michigan trees, a wooden bridge between the 12th and 13th holes and much more are part of what makes this course not only a joy to play, but observe, too. You don’t have to be a golfer to enjoy this 18-hole, 7,132 yard course, though. Ravines Golf Club is also a popular choice for weddings, providing the perfect backdrop for exchanging vows! But if you’re reading this, you’re probably an avid golfer, and if so, you’ll want to check out the club’s membership information. There’s an onsite Pro Shop, too, where you’ll find a selection of industry-leading golf gear. If you’re hungry, head to Arnie’s Cottage, and enjoy their menu, boasting sandwiches, wraps, hot dogs, and more. For more information about Ravines, visit their website. Ravines Golf Club is located at 3520 Palmer Drive, Saugatuck, MI.

 

Lakeshore Lodging, Your Choice for the Best Accommodations in Saugatuck, MI


Year in and year out, vacationers flock to the small Lake Michigan beach town of Saugatuck. Why? The short answer: An inviting, diverse atmosphere, Oval Beach, and a thriving art community. Fishing charters on Lake Michigan? Check. Great local shopping and dining? Check and check. No matter what you want to do, Saugatuck has something for you. Lakeshore Lodging provides the best vacation homes in the Saugatuck-Douglas area. Whether you’re looking for small house in town, or a lakefront rental that can sleep over a dozen people, we have a vacation rental that will fit your criteria. Our homes features a range of amenities, including fireplaces, furnished kitchens, hot tubs, and more. Contact us today, online or by calling (866) 765-7522, and we’ll help you find the perfect rental for your Lake Michigan vacation.

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What You Need to See at Mason Street Warehouse This Year

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Saugatuck might be small, but its entertainment value is anything but that! If you want to experience the best theatre entertainment in town, head to Saugatuck Center for the Performing Arts and catch a Mason Street Warehouse production. “An Uptown Theatre in Downtown Saugatuck” isn’t just a catchphrase, it’s exactly what you get at Mason Street Warehouse.

 

The Mason Street Warehouse 2016 Season