Downtown vacation rentals in Saugatuck Douglas

downtown vacation rentals in saugatuck douglas

Saugatuck Douglas perfectly marries the hospitality of a quaint small town with the culture of the big city. The towns’ walkable downtown spaces put you in the center of shops to explore, art galleries to admire, and restaurants that will make your palate sing. Experience this unique community in its entirety when you choose to stay in one of these downtown vacation rentals in Saugatuck Douglas.

Downtown vacation rentals in Saugatuck

Butlers Quarters

Sleeps: 4, Bedrooms: 1, Bathrooms: 1 | Dog Friendly

A summer morning at Butlers Quarters starts with a cup of coffee in its breezy screened porch and gives way to a day filled with exploring downtown Saugatuck. Walk, shop, and eat your way through town. When you’re all tuckered out, your cozy bed is just a short walk away.

Hoopdee Scootee Suite

Sleeps: 4, Bedrooms: 1, Bathrooms: 1.5 | Dog Friendly

Wake up in bright, airy Hoopdee Scootee Suite and then waste no time to get yourself to Oval Beach. The Chain Ferry is just three blocks from this multi-floor apartment and will deliver you within walking distance of the award-winning beach. When you’ve had your fill of vitamin D, hike back home, take a nap, and then get ready for a night of walking between Saugatuck’s best restaurants and bars.

Mason Loft

Sleeps: 2, Bedrooms: 1, Bathrooms: 1 | Dog Friendly

End a day spent exploring the galleries and storefronts of downtown Saugatuck in the soft embrace of Mason Loft. This apartment’s comfy furnishings and quiet atmosphere make it a peaceful retreat amongst the buzz of downtown. Your pup is also more than welcome to kick back in this home, too.

Saugatuck Townhome 7

Sleeps: 6, Bedrooms: 3, Bathrooms: 3.5

Start your day with a fine cup of coffee and a hearty breakfast at Ida Red’s Cottage, located right down the road from this spacious townhome. After breakfast, enjoy a refreshing riverside walk down Water Street and stop in the shops that intrigue you. As the day winds down, hop aboard the sternwheeler Star of Saugatuck for a sunset cruise on the Kalamazoo River. When the ship docks, your home base is just across the street.

Downtown vacation rentals in Douglas

Beacon Court Condo D

Sleeps: 8, Bedrooms: 3, Bathrooms: 3

Bustling Center Street in Douglas is just a few short blocks from the Beacon Court Condos. Grab morning coffee at Respite Cappuccino Court and spend the day perusing Douglas’s boutiques and art galleries. For lunch, catch Music on the Lawn at Borrowed Time.

Beacon Court Condo F

Sleeps: 8, Bedrooms: 3, Bathrooms: 2.5

Proximity to the shops and restaurants of downtown Douglas is a major hallmark of the Beacon Court Condos, but if a day of outdoor activities is more your style, you’re in luck. Take a refreshing morning walk along North Water Street to reach Wade’s Bayou Park, where you can rent kayaks for a day on the calm waters of Kalamazoo Lake.

Home Away

Sleeps: 4, Bedrooms: 2, Bathrooms: 1 | Dog Friendly

Rent bikes from Just Add Water, located right across the street from this cozy condo, and spend your day cruising around both Douglas and Saugatuck. Check out LaFontsee Galleries, grab a delicious lunch to-go at Farmhouse Deli, or spend the day soaking up the sun on Oval Beach.

Catch these Memorial Day weekend music acts in Saugatuck

Memorial day weekend music

Looking for something to do this Memorial Day weekend that isn’t the run-of-the-mill beer, brats, yard games, etc.? (Not that those things aren’t great). Here’s an idea: Catch a live music act. There’s no shortage of entertainment at Saugatuck’s favorite venues this Memorial Day weekend. Sit outdoors with a glass of wine and listen to acoustic covers at Borrowed Time, or hit up one of Coral Gables lively parties. Here are some Memorial Day weekend music acts you can look forward to in Saugatuck.

evening in saugatuckMemorial Day weekend music acts to catch in Saugatuck

May 25

Music on the Lawn at Borrowed Time

Brad Vredevoogd & Jordan Beel, 6 p.m.

Brad and Jordan play your favorite cover tunes outside Borrowed Time’s new space in Douglas. Pair this set with a refreshing glass of wine.

Saugatuck Brewing Company

Sean McDaniel, 6:30 p.m.

When Sean McDaniel isn’t slinging craft beers at Saugatuck Brewing Company, he’s a great musician playing cover tunes on his acoustic guitar. Catch him while you sip a crisp IPA.

The Butler

The WhatNots, 7 p.m.

This Grand Rapids rock trio is sure to liven up your Friday night. Grab a bite to eat and listen to The WhatNot’s groovy original tunes.

Wicks Park Bar & Grill

DC-90, 9 p.m.

DC-90’s main objective is to keep people on the dance floor with their upbeat covers of 90s rock and contemporary hits. This rock band is tight, with a mix of professionally trained and experienced musicians.

May 26

Music on the Lawn at Borrowed Time

Tony & Pete, 1 p.m.

Tony and Pete take the stage with their brand of acoustic cover tunes. If you’re looking for a lunch with some ambiance, stop by Borrowed Time.

Dave & Connie DeHaan, 6 p.m.

Dave and Connie D’s show is always a pleasure, with finger-style acoustic guitar, ukulele, hand drum and harmonica accoutrements.

Coral Gables

Summer Kickoff Party with Trapped on MARS, 5 p.m.

If an upbeat party is more your style, Coral Gables is the place to be this Memorial Day weekend. Trapped on MARS promises to perform a mix of rock, funk, pop, and punk from all of your favorite decades.

Saugatuck Brewing Company

Kevin & Sean McDaniel, 6 p.m.

Sean McDaniel returns to the Saugatuck Brewing Company stage on Saturday and is joined with his brother Kevin. This duo will impress with their takes on ’60s-style rock and folk.

Wicks Park Bar & Grill

Funkle Jesse, 9 p.m.

This Grand Rapids cover band plays your favorite hits with a funky twist. You won’t want to sit down for this set.

May 27

Music on the Lawn at Borrowed Time

Mark Sala, 1 p.m.

Mark Sala brings his acoustic guitar to set the mood for your lunch at Borrowed Time. Sala’s soulful vocal stylings and covers will leave your ears happy.

Coral Gables

Deck Party with Mr. Whooha, 5 p.m.

Mr. Whooha’s repertoire of covers is expansive and not restricted by genre. Claiming “anybody that rocks!” as their primary influences, Mr. Whooha will play your favorite high energy ’80s, ’90s and contemporary rock hits.

Saugatuck Center for the Arts

An Evening with Marc Cohn, 8 p.m., $45 advance, $48 day of

Marc Cohn’s last appearance at Saugatuck Center for the Arts sold out. The Grammy award winning songwriter is back to play the center’s 400-seat theater. You won’t want to miss this one-night-only performance.

Wicks Park Bar & Grill

Rockshop, 9 p.m.

The cool thing about Memorial Day weekend is that you don’t have to stop dancing on Sunday. For those in that school of thought, hit up Wicks Park Bar & Grill for another upbeat show.

We love Saugatuck/Douglas: This is how we show it.

The Saugatuck/Douglas Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is holding a referendum to increase the lodging assessment from 2 percent to 5 percent. For it to pass, lodging partners of the bureau need to vote in favor of collecting this higher “tax” from their guests.

Lakeshore Lodging is voting in favor of increasing the assessment.

Here’s why: We know Saugatuck/Douglas is awesome, and we want more people to know it too.

This area is unlike any other. You know the singular feeling it inspires. You feel it every time you come back after being away. It’s a sigh of relief. A breath of fresh lake breeze. A warm greeting from a neighbor, who knows exactly what you’re feeling. You’re both in on a secret only those of us lucky enough to live, work and play here understand. Do we keep it ourselves, or do we indulge in the joy that comes with sharing it?

If we want to shout about our love for Saugatuck/Douglas from the rooftops, this bureau is our collective megaphone. Funding its development into a more professional Destination Management Organization is our best opportunity to create cohesive messaging that represents how wonderfully unique this place is, and then broadcast it so well that it is heard above anything else. Yes, we can do that, and we can look darn good while doing it. The work has already started, but there’s much more to do.

Lakeshore Lodging is voting in favor of increasing the assessment because we know it is what’s best for Saugatuck/Douglas. We’re doing this because we see a direct connection between this initiative and the continued success of our community as a whole. It’s for our kids, our friends and neighbors, our clients, our guests, and the businesses and workers that serve us all.

We view this vote as our civic responsibility—and a love letter to this place we’re so lucky to call home.

8 nature getaways in Saugatuck to cure what ails you

When the hustle of city life has reached a fever pitch, an escape to a slower pace is in order. Located just a two-hour drive from Chicago, Saugatuck/Douglas is a natural retreat that will restore your mellow. Whether you’re looking for a cabin with a rustic feel on the lakeshore, or a quiet wooded neighborhood close to town shops and restaurants, here are a few nature getaways in Saugatuck that will help you meet your nature needs.

Lake Michigan vacation rentals in the thick of nature

If you’re not much of a camper, but you could still use a good helping of nature, these vacation rentals along the Lake Michigan lakeshore are just what the doctor ordered.

Ridgeway Cottage

Sleeps: 9, Bedrooms: 4, Bathrooms: 2

Located just past where the pavement ends and before Lake Michigan begins, Ridgeway Cottage is a natural haven. The fresh scent of cedar greets you as you enter the quaint, rustic cabin with rough hewn wood walls. With amenities like a gas stove, a screened porch that envelops you in greenery, and a hot tub in the wooded backyard, you won’t want to leave!

Beach Cottage

Sleeps: 8, Bedrooms: 3, Bathrooms: 2

This understated Lake Michigan cottage is tucked in the woods and perched on a bluff overlooking the Great Lake itself. Spend the day sunbathing on the private beach at the bottom of the stairs, grill dinner in the shady front yard, and then close the day with a bonfire and stargazing.

Out and About

Sleeps: 4, Bedrooms: 2, Bathrooms: 1

Across the street from Out and About, you’ll find a dreamy nature preserve. A 10-minute walk through a winding woodland delivers you to a petite, dog friendly Lake Michigan beach and overlook. The home features light, breezy interiors that will only make it easier to clear your mind during your natural getaway, and your pup is more than welcome to join.

By the Beach

Sleeps: 8, Bedrooms: 4, Bathrooms: 2

Pack up a bag with beach towels and sunscreen and take your family on a walk to Douglas Beach when you stay at By the Beach. When you’ve worked up a sufficient appetite, hike back to the home and grill out in the backyard. Wind down around the firepit and retreat to the home’s cozy beds when the day is done. You can hear the gentle echoes of Lake Michigan right from this home’s front deck.

Nature getaways in Saugatuck that are close to town

Even in town, nature pervades Saugatuck/Douglas. You can’t escape the calm afforded by tranquil water views, birdsong, and lush greenery throughout the area.

Serenity

Sleeps: 8, Bedrooms: 4, Bathrooms: 2.5

One mile from downtown Saugatuck and Douglas, this home has all the hallmarks of a secluded woodland getaway with convenience of location. The modern, minimalist stylings through the home are sure to inspire zen, too.

The Crows Nest

Sleeps: 8, Bedrooms: 4, Bathrooms: 3

Step into this home’s four seasons porch and marvel at the untouched landscape that makes up the Tallmadge Nature Preserve across the coursing river. With remarkable views in every season, time spent in this room alone will cure whatever ails you, and the delicious cuisine of The Southerner is dangerously nearby.

Swan Lodge

Sleeps: 10, Bedrooms: 3, Bathrooms: 3

This log cabin-style home’s location puts it a 4-5 block walk from downtown Saugatuck and right next to a nature preserve, making for a perfect natural getaway that’s not too far from town attractions. Take in lush woodland views from the cabin’s two-story windows. Have a meal with a side of fresh air in the cozy screened porch.

The Nest

Sleeps: 4, Bedrooms: 2, Bathrooms: 1

Fresh, modern decor and a feeling of wooded seclusion make this home, located one mile from downtown Saugatuck, a relaxing retreat. Take a leisurely stroll into town or drive for a day on Oval Beach. When it’s time to turn in, The Nest is a restorative refuge.

Where to go this Mothers Day in Saugatuck

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Moms are worthy of appreciation every day of the year, but Mothers Day is a can’t-miss opportunity to show your mom what she means to you. This Mothers Day in Saugatuck, celebrate your mom by taking her out on a date.  Many Saugatuck area businesses are hosting events this Mothers Day weekend to help you show your mother you love her. Here’s a few we think will suit all kinds of moms.

Treat your mom with a day out this Mothers Day in Saugatuck

Saugatuck Douglas Antique & Artisan Market 

Saturday, May 12, 9 a.m.-4 pm., Beery Field, $2 admission

Shop gorgeous antiques and handmade goods at this annual market. The event will take place rain or shine, and admission proceeds will benefit a variety of local charities.

Artz and Gardenz Studio Tour

Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Free

This will be the second year Artz and Gardenz hosts this special tour of five studio spaces and one lavender farm. Take in some great local art and the pleasant scent of lavender on this leisurely tour.

Virtue Cider Cheese & Cider Pairing

Saturday, May 12-Sunday, May 13

Visit Virtue Cider on Mothers Day weekend for cider and cheese pairings, nature walks through their 48-acre property, and a potted herb plant sale. This event is a perfect way to celebrate a gorgeous spring weekend and your mom!

Mothers Day Brunch at The Belvedere

Sunday, May 13, 11:30 am ,$39.95 adults, $25.00 per child (12 and under) 

Show your mom you love her with a thoughtfully curated brunch at The Belvedere.  The menu for this event is filled with spring-inspired creations bound to excite your palate.

Mothers Day Brunch at The Kirby

Sunday, May 13, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., $40 per person

Another tasty option for Mothers Day brunch. The Kirby won’t disappoint with its buffet brunch, lavender bellini, and complimentary photos by photographer Kym Heiser.

Go the extra mile

Giving flowers is a classic gesture that never goes unappreciated. Your mom will love a beautiful bouquet from Back to the Fuchsia.

Great art in Saugatuck you can’t miss this May

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Summer’s closing in on us. You can feel the buzz in the air here in Saugatuck. We’re shaking off that brief winter relapse and gearing up for gorgeous season on the Art Coast.  A Saugatuck summer wouldn’t be complete without experiencing some of the beautiful and thought-provoking artwork available in galleries throughout the area. There are already a number of great events and exhibitions lined up throughout the entire month of May. Check them out below and kick off your summer with a month full of art in Saugatuck.

Kick off a summer full of art in Saugatuck this May

May 1-26

Moving through the Unimaginable

Daily, Free

This Saugatuck Center for the Arts exhibition is an effort to explore the process of healing. It celebrates community members who have fought through unimaginable hardships while cultivating hope, grace and charity in their lives. Featuring portraiture, sculpture, installation, community outreach, and viewer participation, this exhibition is on view at Saugatuck Center for the Arts through May 26.

May 5

Douglas Art on Center

6 p.m., Free

This monthly event is a collaboration between seven local galleries to display art in the area. Stroll down Center St. to see works from Button Gallery, Water Street Gallery, LaFontsee Galleries, Mixed Media Gallery, LebenArt Gallery, Mr. Miller’s Art Emporium and The Palette.

Button Gallery Opening Reception Debut

6 p.m., Free

Visit Button Gallery’s opening reception to see work from artists new to the gallery, including Michele Gort, Machelle Knochenhauer, Adriano Farinella and Dana Tindell.

May 12

Saugatuck Douglas Antique and Artisan Market

Beery Field, 9 a.m.-4 pm., $2 admission

Shop antiques and crafts at the third annual Saugatuck Douglas Antique and Artisan Market. This event will be held rain or shine, and admission supports different local charities.

Artz & Gardenz Studio Tour

10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Free

Five professional artists and one lavender farm open their doors for the second annual Mother’s Day Studio Tour hosted by Artz & Gardenz. This event is a relaxing opportunity to take in local art and spend time with your mom.

May 18

Chris Stoffel Overvoorde Opening

Armstrong DeGraaf International Fine Arts Gallery, 4 p.m., Free

This opening will feature artist Chris Stoffel Overvoorde’s biblical woodcuts. Born in the Netherlands, Overvoorde was trained as a metal worker and diesel mechanic before  came to the United States in 1957. He studied art at Kendall School of Design and University of Michigan. He teaches painting, printmaking, graphics, photography, drawing and the history of Dutch art.

Film: The Untold Story of Armistead Maupin

Saugatuck Center for the Arts, 7 p.m., $5 Members/$7 Non-Members.

This documentary celebrates one of the world’s most beloved storytellers and the creator of Tales of the City. The likes of Neil Gaiman, Laura Linney, Olympia Dukakis, Sir Ian McKellen and Amy Tan help their friend Maupin tell his incredible story in this film, which you can catch at Saugatuck Center for the Arts.

May 26

Ruth Crowe Studio Sale 

Water Street Gallery, 12 p.m., Free

Artist Ruth Crowe is featured in this sale at Water Street Gallery. Crowe’s work is described as “encaustic creations use dream like vintage images and other materials to enhance the depth and translucent qualities layered under the wax.” See them for yourself and talk with the artist herself during this event.

Let’s Jump In

LaFontsee Galleries, 5-8 p.m., Free

Celebrate the beginning of summer with the opening of LaFontsee Galleries’ first group show of the season.

Featured Image: ByDuncan.com

 

The Best Dog Friendly Saugatuck Spots Your Pup Will Love

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Saugatuck is highly acclaimed vacation destination for humans. And if dogs could write travel blogs, we’d probably find they feel the same way! With an array of dog-friendly accommodations to choose from, Saugatuck is a great spot to vacation with your pup. Read on to find out just how dog friendly Saugatuck is.

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Jack and Gabby

Dog Friendly Saugatuck Shopping and Restaurants

Just Dogs Saugatuck

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

Just Add Water

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  a must-see destination that also welcomes your pooch to join in the fun. You’ll most likely meet Jack & Gabby, the owner’s dogs,  roaming the store.

Scooters Café & Pizzeria

During the summer months, Scooters Café & Pizzeria on Culver Street allows dogs on their patio. Scooters serves up hand-tossed pizzas and a classic pizza parlor vibe perfect for relaxing with your pup and grabbing some lunch! Try the deluxe, and we won’t judge if you give Fido a small bite of that delicious Italian sausage.

Wag-worthy Attractions

Tails n’ Trails Dog Park

Tails n’ Trails Dog Park offers space for your dog to get out and run. This Saugatuck dog park has separate areas for small and large dogs to keep the peace and make sure everyone has a good time. The runs have trees, grassy and sandy areas, and plenty of room for your pup to expel some of that energy. There is also a woodland trail for walking with your dog.

Saugatuck Dunes State Park

Saugatuck Dunes State Park has various hiking trails through woodland and dune habitats that are dog friendly, although dogs are not allowed on the beach. With miles and miles of trails and smells for days, your dog will be in heaven on a hike in this park. After all that walking, your pooch will be ready to take a big nap and dream about vacationing in dog friendly Saugatuck.

Camp Saugapup

If you and your family have some plans during your vacation that aren’t dog friendly, and you don’t want to leave your pup cooped up, take him to Camp Saugapup! This cage-free, country doggy daycare is located on over four acres of fenced-in natural area. With a temperature-controlled play barn and lots of room to roam and play, Spike won’t have any hard feelings about you leaving him for a day.

Best dive bars in Saugatuck

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Every town needs a good dive bar – a place you can count on having a familiar, cozy atmosphere, characteristic dim lighting, neon beer signs, and the promise of a pool table. For the traveler, the dive bar can offer a taste of home.  If you’re in Saugatuck, Michigan and you’re looking to have a good time, surround yourself with down-to-earth people, or just drown your sorrows, these are the spots to visit. Here are the best dive bars in Saugatuck:

Best Dive Bars in Saugatuck

Sand Bar Saloon

141 Butler St, Saugatuck, MI 49453

Located right in downtown Saugatuck, the Sand Bar has all the hallmarks of the classic dive bar. Order a locally brewed craft beer or your favorite standard and then pick up a game of pool. This bar is cash only, but there’s an ATM on premises.

The Cove

41 Blue Star Hwy, Douglas, MI 49406

This little bar hidden in plain sight on the Blue Star Highway. If you’re looking for an affordable meal and drink, The Cove can’t be beat. Play pool on one of their tables or catch Euchre on Sundays. 

Spectators Sports Bar & Grill

6432 Bluestar Hwy Saugatuck, MI 49453

If the sports bar atmosphere is more your style, Spectators is the obvious choice. Located right on Blue Star Highway, it’s the place to go to watch the game with a side of beer and wings. 

Corner Bar

220 Water St, Saugatuck, MI 49453

Catch live music at the Corner Bar in Saugatuck, attached to Coral Gables. This friendly bar is a favorite for its great menu and entertainment. Stop by for karaoke on Saturdays.

How to kick off summer this Memorial Day weekend in Saugatuck

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Memorial Day weekend in Saugatuck marks the beginning of our favorite season in our beautiful lakeshore town. With it comes the return of classic Saugatuck summer activities, as well as a suite of fun, new ways to experience the lakeshore. Come to Saugatuck to celebrate the return of summer. Here’s what you should do:

Try something new this Memorial Day weekend in Saugatuck

west michigan cycle boatWest Michigan Cycle Boat

Reserve your chance to try this brand new Saugatuck attraction. Bring your own beverages (beer, wine, or liquor!) and paddle the waters of Lake Kalamazoo with a group of your friends. The West Michigan Cycle Boat is a brand new way to experience life on the water in Saugatuck.

Retro Boat Rentals

Experience a ride in a sleek classic boat with Retro Boat Rentals. Their fleet of meticulously maintained classic runabout boats will put you on the water in style. What better way to usher in summer in Saugatuck than cruising on the Kalamazoo River and Lake Michigan?

saugatuck chain ferryHike, bike or run the Blue Star Trail

Friends of the Blue Star Trail is celebrating the opening of part of the Blue Star Trail in May. Take advantage of this scenic route through Saugatuck on bike or on foot. It’s a great way to relish in the warmer weather.

Revisit the classics

Star of Saugatuck

The Star of Saugatuck opens back up in May. Cruise the Kalamazoo River on a sternwheeler (a steam drive paddle boat). Enjoy snacks and beverages while you listen to the water rolling off the paddles. Take the sunset cruise for a truly relaxing evening activity.

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Chain Ferry

Claimed to be the last operating chain ferry in the U.S., this shortcut across the Kalamazoo River is a great way to get around as well as a novel on-the-water experience. If you’re in downtown Saugatuck and you want to visit Oval Beach, skip the car ride and hop on the ferry.

Saugatuck Dune Rides

This classic Saugatuck activity is a thrill and an educational opportunity. Learn about the history of the dunes while you cruise up and down them on a retro schooner. Kids and adults love this attraction time and time again.

3 steps to the perfect 3-day weekend in Saugatuck

The first step to optimizing a 3-day weekend vacation is picking a destination within easy reach. When you’ve only got three days–you don’t want to spend too much of it traveling. With award-winning Lake Michigan beaches, downtown shopping and dining along the Kalamazoo River, and a refreshing lakeside state of mind that pervades it all, Saugatuck, Michigan is a perfect pick. Once you’ve chosen your destination, you can focus on making the most of your trip. We’ve prepared some tips to help you do just that. Here are 3 steps to the perfect 3-day weekend in Saugatuck.

3 steps to the perfect 3-day weekend in Saugatuck

1. Start with a specific goal for your vacation

Having a goal for what you want to get out of this vacation will help everything else fall into place, saving your precious vacation time from being filled with planning. What do you want to get out of this 3-day weekend? Maybe you’re looking for a weekend full of new culinary experiences, or maybe you want to shop til you drop. Or maybe you’re looking for three blissful days of uninterrupted lakeside relaxation. Whatever the case, keep your goal in mind while you plan the rest of the vacation.

3-day weekend in saugatuck2. Research your destination and plan activities

With your goal set, you can spend a little time researching Saugatuck. Find restaurants, shops, and activities that match your goal and make a short list of things you definitely don’t want to miss. That way, when you arrive in Saugatuck and you’re looking for something to do, you have a jumping off point and you won’t have to spend much time figuring it out. Don’t know where to start? We’ve got a few guides that can help with that, whether you’re looking for family friendly activities, which bars to check out, or spending the weekend on the beach.

3. Find lodging that will put you in the center of it all

With a goal and some specific objectives in mind, you can find a place to stay that suits your vacation best. Lakeshore Lodging has a variety of vacation rentals that will put you right where you need to be–whether you’re looking for a quaint cottage that’s close to the shopping and dining of downtown, or a spacious Lake Michigan retreat with a private beach. Find the perfect one for you.