This is Why You’ll Love the Saugatuck Christmas Parade

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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 on December 2, 2017 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.

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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. Watch as Mayor Augustus Maywho leads the way as parade marshall, 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

After the parade, 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.

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!

Cozy cabins to rent in Saugatuck

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Winter is a season many people dread, but it doesn’t have to be. Yes, it’s going to be cold, driving conditions are going to get worse, and it’s going to be dark for larger chunks of the day. While some might choose to find reprieve in warmer climes, there’s another option: find cozy cabins to rent along the Lake Michigan lakeshore.

When the temperatures start to drop, reasons to don thick knit socks, drink warm beverages, and cuddle up near a fire grow in number. So instead of running from the winter, embrace the season with a vacation full of hygge.

What the heck is “hygge” ?

Hygge is a Danish term that means “a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being,” and in the colder months, Saugatuck is brimming with it. 

The Saugatuck area is a great place to hunker down. Lakeshore Lodging has the best cabin vacation rentals at which to do just that. Here are our favorite cozy cabins to rent in our little corner of the Lake Michigan lakeshore.

Cozy cabins to rent in West Michigan

hidden dunes michigan cabins to rentHidden Dunes 11

Located in a serene, wooded cabin community, Hidden Dunes 11 is a picturesque place to cuddle up and hunker down. Huddle around the wood fireplace in the living area and watch movies on the flat screen TV.

Swan Lodge

Enclosed in a lush woodland, this log-cabin style home is a getaway that’s not far away from the action at all. Downtown Saugatuck’s shops and dining are just a 4-5 block walk away.

kingfisher cove michigan cabins to rentKingfisher Cove Cabins 16, 27, 28, 29

Each of these log-cabin style units is located in a quiet wooded area near Goshorn Lake. They’re all warm and inviting and a great spot for larger groups to have a winter getaway. And they each have hot tubs that are available for use in winter!

The Nest

Nestle into The Nest, a cute home near downtown Saugatuck. Styled with fresh decor, this home is a quaint cabin with a modern twist.

Peterson Mill

Charm radiates from the walls of this historic home. The rustic decor and old-fashioned style make it a perfect winter retreat, with all the modern amenities necessary to keep you warm and comfortable.

meadows edge cabins to rentMeadows Edge

Step into this home and feel the warmth. Red accents liven up the decor in this cute cabin—a perfect getaway for families and groups of couples. And, as is requisite of any winter retreat worth its salt, Meadows Edge has a great fireplace to warm up by.

Help us support Toys for Tots this year!

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The season of giving is near, and this year, Lakeshore Lodging is choosing to celebrate by supporting Toys for Tots.

The Toys for Tots program is one that’s close to our hearts, delivering a message of hope to less fortunate children through a new toy at Christmas.

If you’ve witnessed the singular joy the gift of a new toy can bring a child, you know its power. Toys for Tots brings that joy to millions of children who would not otherwise experience it every year. The program brings the warmth and spirit of the Christmas holiday to less fortunate kids all around the country.

This year, with your help, we’d like to support the mission of Toys for Tots with a donation.

toys for totsLakeshore Lodging is a Toys for Tots drop-off location

Starting November 1, we’ll be accepting toy donations for Toys for Tots. If you have a new, unwrapped toy you want to donate, stop by our office in Saugatuck to drop it off.

But that’s not the only way we’re supporting the program. Guests who don’t have a toy to donate can help, too.

1 early check in or late check out = 1 toy

When you add on an early check in or late check out to your existing or future stay arriving between November 1 and December 15, 2017, Lakeshore Lodging will donate one toy (up to a $25 value) to Toys for Tots. For $50, you can either start your vacation early or keep it going a little longer, and you’ll be supporting a great cause.

Join us in spreading the Christmas spirit to those who might not otherwise experience it. Add a little charity to your vacation, and help us support this exemplary program.

Find a great vacation rental to call home, and book your stay with Lakeshore Lodging today.

Kick off Halloween weekend at Glow in the Park

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If Halloween is your favorite time of year, you’ll be in good company in Saugatuck. We’ll be celebrating the spooky holiday all weekend with activities for all ages. There’s no better way to kick off all the fun than at the Glow in the Park, which Lakeshore Lodging is proudly sponsoring this year. The event takes place on Friday, October 27 from 7-10 p.m at Beery Field in Douglas.

Glow in the Park: Anything that glows goes

Bedeck yourself in anything glow-in-the-dark, or get your glow on when you arrive with luminescent face paint, black light areas, and a merchandise booth. There will be music, food, drink, and lots of family-friendly glow-in-the-dark activities.

Admission to the event is free. Those aged 21 and up can purchase $5 beer and wine tickets. Kids Activity Tickets are $1 each or buy 25 for $20.

Food and Drinks

Farmhouse Deli, Kismet Bakery, and What’s Poppin Kettle Corn will all be serving up Halloween treats, so you can expect the event to be as delicious as it is luminescent.

Face Painting

Two talented artists will be on hand to create glowing masterpieces on your face! For 5 Kids Activity Tickets, you can have your face painted with UV-reactive face paint and glitter.

terrainable glow in the dark douglas michiganTerrainable

Kids will love to ride around the park in glow-in-the-dark barrel cars of the Terrainable train. Jump on for 3 Kids Activity Tickets!

Kids Crafts & Games

An assortment of activities, crafts, and games with prizes will be available for kids of all ages, ranging from free to 5 tickets.

Celebrate Halloween in Saugatuck/Douglas

Glow in the Park is sure to be tons of fun for kids and adults, and it’s only the beginning of a weekend full of eerie activities in Saugatuck. Saturday brings the annual Family & Pet Halloween Parade—a great opportunity to show off your family’s great costumes. Then adults can gear up for the well-attended and always fun Douglas Adult Halloween Parade.

Book a memorable Halloween vacation with Lakeshore Lodging this year. Find the perfect vacation rental for you and your family.

Images by Leidecker Photography.

Thanksgiving in Michigan: Scenic, delicious, and fun!

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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

Things to do during a Saugatuck-Douglas Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day Buffet, Nov. 23, 2017. Don’t miss the Thanksgiving Day at The Kirby from 2pm-5pm. You can look forward to a traditional menu plus a few surprises. The cost is $40 per guest plus tax, gratuity, and beverage. Children 10 and under are $25.

Feast of Thanksgiving, Nov. 23, 2017. 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.

Dunes Resort Thanksgiving Dinner, Nov. 23, 2017. Visit Saugatuck/Douglas’s only LGBTQ resort for a Thanksgiving potluck. Bring a dish, or don’t, and then join in on a game of Euchre after dinner.

Small Business Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017. 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?

thanksgiving vacation rental lake michiganPlaces to call home during your Thanksgiving in Michigan

A Thanksgiving vacation calls for a home that provides all the amenities for whatever kind of holiday you have in mind. With properties with fully equipped kitchens and gorgeous food-prep spaces, Lakeshore Lodging is the best vacation rentals to find your Thanksgiving home away from home. Here are some of our homes we think would be great to host an extravagant Thanksgiving meal in.

Liberty Bluff

Liberty Bluff is perched right on top of a bluff overlooking gorgeous Lake Michigan, and it comes with some remarkable views. This spacious vacation rental would be a great place to host a large family get-together for Thanksgiving.

Mixed Doubles

This home is located right on the lake. In terms of Thanksgiving-related amenities, it has a spacious dining table and a freshly renovated kitchen that’s a dream to cook in. Plus, the living area has a wood-burning fireplace to kick back by while you digest a legendary meal.

Blackstone on the Bluff

blackstone on the bluff vacation rental lake michiganYou won’t find a kitchen with a better view than the one at Blackstone on the Bluff, with massive counter-to-ceiling windows facing the lake. The kitchen also has gorgeous stainless steel appliances and abundant counter space, and a center island with seating that’s perfect for hors d’oeuvres and pre-Thanksgiving dinner conversation.

Switching Gears

Switching Gears has lots of great spaces to gather, whether that be around the dinner table or around the fireplace. Downtown Douglas is just a mile away and Saugatuck is just two miles away from this home, so you’ll be close to the festivities in town.


This spacious vacation rental has a great kitchen and dining space fully stocked with any equipment you could possibly need to make the ultimate Thanksgiving dinner. Great for big gatherings!

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

thanksgiving in michiganFall 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 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.

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.

Plan a romantic getaway in Saugatuck

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One of the most romantic places to steal away to is Saugatuck, Michigan, whether you’re celebrating an anniversary or you’re just celebrating your partnership. With Lake Michigan beaches to stroll, exquisite eateries, and some of the finest Michigan-made wine, all you need for your romantic getaway is a cozy nook to call home.

We can help you with that.

Build the perfect romantic getaway 

To create the ultimate couples retreat you need a few key ingredients: great dining, activities and attractions, and a romantic place to settle in. Here are some things you shouldn’t miss on your romantic vacation in Saugatuck, Michigan.

Romantic places to eat in Saugatuck

A great meal can seriously enhance any vacation. Saugatuck has many romantic (and delicious) places to dine for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Pumpernickel’s Eatery

This cute cafe has an array of great breakfast dishes. It’s the perfect place to start a day of spending quality time with your partner.

Uncommon Coffee Roasters

If a lighter breakfast is in order, hit up Uncommon Coffee Roasters for delicious coffee and a selection of yummy baked goods.

The Southerner

Grab lunch at this southern-inspired eatery. From the hospitality to the gourmet food, the influence of the south pervades every aspect of this restaurant, and it’s a total delight to visit.

Hercules Bar and Grill

Feeling fancy? For an elegant dinner with delicious cocktails and food, Hercules Bar and Grill in downtown Saugatuck is a great choice.

Marro’s Italian Restaurant

Italian cuisine is a classic choice for a romantic dinner, and there’s no better place to enjoy such a meal than Marro’s Italian Restaurant. In addition to favorite Italian dishes, Marro’s has over 30 wines you can order by the glass.

Things to do during your romantic getaway

There’s activities for every kind of couple in Saugatuck. Adventurers, foodies, and art enthusiasts will all find plenty to do. Here’s some ideas to get started.

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Art Galleries

Saugatuck and Douglas abound with art galleries to explore. If you’re interested in getting some culture while you stay in the area, check out one of the many galleries.

Wineries, Breweries, and Cideries

Taste the vibrant flavors Michigan wines have to offer at one of Saugatuck’s great local wineries. Or if you’re more of a brew dog, try Saugatuck Brewing Company for an excellent craft beverage. Nearby orchards Crane’s and Virtue Cider produce great hard apple cider as well. There’s something for every preference!

Parks and Trails

For the explorers among us, Saugatuck offers plenty of great spots to hike, bike and climb. For great views of the lake and unique flora, check out Saugatuck Dunes State Park, the trails near Oval Beach, and Mount Baldhead.

Best romantic vacation rentals in Saugatuck

Lakeshore Lodging has the best vacation homes for a couples getaway. Our cottage and cabin rentals have it all—nooks for morning coffee, hot tubs for relaxation, and jaw-dropping lakeside views. Here are a couple we think are particularly well-suited to a romantic stay in Saugatuck.

Cozy Hideaway

cozy hideawayThis quaint cottage is located right just a block away from the banks of the Kalamazoo River. Enjoy the water garden, peaceful back deck, and relaxing hot tub when you stay here.

The Nest

This home is only one mile from downtown Saugatuck, but it feels like a secluded cabin surrounded by lush woodland and greenery. It’s a petite cottage with all the amenities you need and a very relaxing atmosphere.

Rise N Shine

If your couples getaway needs to include your dog too, Rise N Shine is a perfect choice. This dog-friendly cottage rental is located within walking distance of downtown Saugatuck. It has a fenced-in backyard and a screened-in front porch made for morning coffee.

Peterson Mill

Historic, whimsical, and exceedingly charming, Peterson Mill is just a couple blocks from downtown Saugatuck’s shops and restaurants. With warm interior decor and calming water features in the yard, it’s a picturesque place to steal away to.

Bluffs Cove

Let’s face it, one of the best parts of Saugatuck is its proximity to the beautiful Lake Michigan. If you and your partner are interested in making the most of it, stay at Bluffs Cove. With a stunning panoramic view of the lake, a hot tub, and beach access, it’s a dream come true.

Take your romantic vacation to the next level

Lakeshore Lodging has a number of hospitality partners who can take your romantic stay to the next level. If in-home wine tasting, flower delivery, private dinners, and professional photography sound like they could enhance your romantic getaway, these are the businesses we’d recommend.  

6 best vacation rentals near Oval Beach

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You don’t have to travel to Miami or Malibu for an amazing beach experience. You can find exactly what you’re looking for right here on the great Lake Michigan. Stay at one of the best vacation rentals near Oval Beach to see for yourself.

Saugatuck’s own world-renowned, award-winning Oval Beach draws beach bums from all corners. There’s a good reason why—its expansive, plush sandy shoreline is a beach-goer’s dream. With amenities like abundant parking, changing rooms, restrooms, built-in grills and a concession stand, it’s hard to have anything but a good time at Oval Beach.

And the fun isn’t restricted to summer—visit Oval Beach in fall or winter for scenic dune hikes around Mount Baldhead. Walking through dunes can get hot in summer, but it’s beautiful in fall and winter. Hike along the Oxbow Lagoon and the Kalamazoo River Channel, take in the diverse ecosystems near the Lake Michigan lakeshore, and get a chance to see the area’s unique wildlife.

Next time you come to Saugatuck, find a place to stay that puts you close to the beautiful Oval Beach.

Lakeshore Lodging vacation rentals near Oval Beach

Finding a great place to stay in Saugatuck is easy when you search with Lakeshore Lodging. Our inventory of properties has something suited to every vacation–and that includes a variety of vacation rentals near Oval Beach.

Vacation rentals within 5-minute drive to Oval Beach

Pack up the car and get thee to the beach! You’ll get there in no time when you choose to stay at one of these homes. There’s plenty of available parking at Oval Beach for a daily fee of $10.

Singapore Harbor #326

Luxury condo overlooking Saugatuck harbor. Includes access to association pool.

Ferry’s Landing

Modern farmhouse-inspired five-bedroom house centrally located near the beach and local businesses.

Home Away

Quaint two-bedroom condo located right across the street from Just Add Water, where you can rent bikes and beach equipment.  

Vacation rentals within walking or biking distance to Oval Beach

Stay in downtown Saugatuck near the Saugatuck Chain Ferry, and Oval Beach is just a short walk (or bike!) and ferry ride away. Parking at Oval Beach can fill up fast, and you can avoid the $10 fee when you choose to walk. It takes about 20 minutes to walk from these homes to the beach, and the walk down Perryman Road isn’t very pedestrian friendly, so practice caution when you choose this route. You might also consider choosing the Interurban as your mode of transport from these vacation rentals near Oval Beach.

Saugatuck Townhome 7

Upscale, European-style townhome with partial views of the Kalamazoo River.

Cozy Hideaway

Quaint two-bedroom cottage with a tranquil backyard.

I Love Lucy

Cute home right in downtown Saugatuck with great patio space.

There’s more to discover about beach bumming in Saugatuck

Want to know more about Oval Beach and other great beaches in the area? Sign up to receive Lakeshore Lodging’s exclusive Lake Michigan Beach Guide.


What to do in Saugatuck / Douglas this Labor Day

saugatuck chain ferry labor day

Are you coming to town for Labor Day? The weather this weekend is looking gorgeous. Get excited for your trip this weekend and plan your itinerary. Stay with Lakeshore Lodging for the ultimate vacation experience.

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.

The Found Cottage Mercantile Market

Check out this two-day market featuring food trucks, vintage vendors, handmade artisans and more. September 1 and 2 at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds in Holland.

Toast: Show Opening 

Visit LaFontsee Gallery in Douglas for an end-of-summer celebration with art, drinks, and toast. September 3, 12-4pm.

Nina & Pinta Visit

A rare chance to see two Columbus replica ships. The Nina is the most accurate Columbus replica ship ever built, and you can get a dockside tour in South Haven this weekend. Learn more.

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.

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 that we are sponsoring the VanderLeek Cup Hospice Regatta. The regatta will benefit Hospice of Holland, and Yacht Basin Marina will host.

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. Aqua Vista has 100 feet of private Lake Michigan beach frontage and easily accommodates up to 14 guests. A gorgeous screened-in gazebo on the bluff overlooks the lake, and there’s a campfire in the backyard.

That’s not all

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.

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 support a great 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.

Your Guide to the Best Fall Festivals in Michigan

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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.

Fall festivals in Michigan are a fantastic way to experience Michigan culture. We’ve got your guide to the best fall festivals in Michigan, from the Art Coast to the Upper Peninsula.

Fall Festivals in Michigan You Should Check Out


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.


What’s fall without apples? Head to Charlevoix on October 13-15, 2017 to celebrate that favorite autumnal fruit at the 39th Annual Apple Fest.


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.


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.


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 rental. Our Saugatuck vacation homes feature the amenities and space you need to enjoy your Lake Michigan getaway. 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.