Best Time to Visit Saugatuck in 2019

There are many reasons to visit Saugatuck year-round. Most people choose summer for obvious reasons but have you seen Oval Beach in the fall? Or experienced a hygge getaway in the winter? And these parks are beautiful in the spring.

But if you’re planning to vacation in Saugatuck, Michigan and want to know the best time to visit this year– the answer is June.

Why June is the best time to visit

This year Saugatuck is putting on an entire month of special events and activities in June called Saugatuck Expo. Here’s what you can look forward to…

Taste of EatDrink Saugatuck/ Douglas and Fennville

June 1, 2019- This outdoor food festival will showcase more than 10 local restaurants. Enjoy live music, drinks and sample new menu items from your favorite restaurants.

Summer Gallery Stroll

June 8, 2019- See what’s new this year in Saugatuck and Douglas galleries. Each gallery will be offering unique experiences like live music and refreshments during this event.

Sounds of Summer

June 10 – 16, 2019- A week of live music at local bars and restaurants.

In the Heights

June 21 – 23, 2019- From Lin Manuel Miranda, the creator of the smash hit Hamilton, comes In The Heights – about a vibrant neighborhood where the coffee from the corner bodega is sweet, the windows are always open, and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. 

Shakespeare in the Park

June 29- This free mini renaissance-themed festival in Coughlin park will feature food and drink and a performance of Romeo and Juliet by the Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company.

Book June Lodging

We have options for both whole week and weekend stays throughout the month of June. Check out our thoughtfully prepared vacation homes and find the perfect place to stay in Saugatuck in June.

Top 5 Places to Stay in Saugatuck – Memorial Weekend

There are many options to sift through when deciding where to stay in Saugatuck for Memorial weekend. So many in fact that if you don’t already have a go-to vacation rental, bnb or hotel you may have to navigate through multiple websites just to find the right place. If this sounds all too familiar you’re in luck because these are our top 5 properties and the experiences you can have in them over Memorial weekend.

Borrowed Thyme

Sleeps 10, 4 Bedroom, 3 Bath

If golfing all weekend sounds like a perfect holiday then consider this your clubhouse. You can walk over to Clearbrook Golf Club for your tee time and grab a great cocktail and meal at The Grill Room. A signature course designed by Arnold Palmer is also close by at The Ravines.


Plenty of space for family or friends in this four bedroom, three bath home.

Tranquil water feature and outdoor fireplace to unwind by.


This family-friendly association of log cabin style homes is the perfect setting for a memorable kick-off to summer.

Kingfisher Cove Cabins

Sleeps 8, 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath


Walk to the association swimming pool and swimming dock on Goshorn Lake.

Bunk room for the kiddos. (Cabin 16)

Relax in the hot tub once the kids are in bed. (Cabin 27)


Seek solace at this zen-like cottage within walking distance to Lake Michigan.

Wake Robin

Sleep 6, 3 Bedroom, 3 Bath


A calming interior compliments the quiet cul-du-sac neighborhood.

Read a book, nap in the sun or answer some emails- choose wisely!

Saugatuck Townhome 7

Sleeps 6, 3 Bedroom, 3.5 Bath

Restaurants and shops will be eager to serve you on this inaugural weekend of summer so why not stay close by? Spend the day browsing shops and sipping drinks alongside your fellow Midwesterners.


Beautiful kitchen and bright second level living space.

Small balcony above downtown Saugatuck.


This low-key cottage comes with an amazing view and your own piece of Lake Michigan beach.

Beach Cottage

Sleeps 8, 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath


Enjoy a wood fire in the fireplace.
We know you’ll want to spend most of your time in the backyard at the beach.

Want to keep looking? Check out our list of beach properties in Fennville, or walk to beach properties in Saugatuck/ Douglas.

Break from the norm with these unique things to do this Spring

Spring is the starting line in the race to summer. Which makes this fleeting season easy to overlook. While many participate in the rite of spring break, we’re embracing the season. Spring is a time of reawakening and Saugatuck is blossoming with experiences that break from the speed of everyday life.

An Inspiring Story

The documentary film “The Biggest Little Farm” is a great source of inspiration. In it, a city dwelling couple follow their dream of building a farm. After watching the trailer, it got us thinking about all the unique farm experiences available in the Saugatuck/ Douglas and Fennville area.

By the way, if you loved the trailer as much as we did you can see the film at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts on April 18.

Local Farm Experiences

There is so much to experience at Virtue Cider in Fennville beyond the obvious sampling and taking home of delicious hard cider. They have a comfortable and welcoming outdoor space with rows of fire pits, picnic tables, and outdoor games. It urges you to hang out for awhile. Beyond the Tap Room and Bottle Shop, you can explore the farm grounds where you’ll find the vegetable gardens and heritage breed animals that make Virtue a working farm.

It’s the variety of experience coupled with unique events happening year round that make the farm at Virtue Cider a place worth frequenting.

What’s happening in April at Virtue Cider

Virtue Cider Birthday Party- April 13

Wish Virtue Cider a happy 7th birthday! The tap room will have cake and frozé from 4pm- 7pm.

Lapinette Weekend- April 20

The event features an educational rabbit show and the opening of a new dome home for Virtue’s farm rabbit, Grimes. In addition to the bunny laden festivities, s’mores from Chicago-based XO Marshmallow will be on deck.

Arbor Day- April 27

Tree sale, plant workshop and cookbook signing with Abra Berens. Get a copy of their soon-to-be released book “Ruffage: A Practical Guide to Vegetables”. Berens is chef at Granor Farms in Three Oaks, MI.

Pedal through the countryside

Farm country is full of sights, sounds and smells that are missed when driving from place to place. The best way to get the lay of the land is on a much slower mode of transportation. Which is why we think this event is brilliant! The first annual Great Douglas Bike and Brew takes place on April 27th. This event invites bike and brew enthusiasts to embark on a self-paced 28-mile ride connecting three different breweries in Saugatuck, Douglas and Fennville. See you there!

Saugatuck Michigan Cabin Rentals

Kingfisher Cove Cabin Porch

The Kingfisher Cove cabins are popular Michigan cabin rentals for vacationers coming to the Saugatuck area because of their convenient location and enticing mix of amenities. These new construction cabins were built in 2007 and are all superbly maintained making them perfect for your next vacation to Saugatuck.

Location and Beach Access

At just over two miles away from downtown Saugatuck, the location can’t be beat. A paved bike trail picks up in front of the neighborhood taking you right into downtown Saugatuck. The same trail also goes to Lake Michigan– about a 4 mile ride.

Within the neighborhood a boardwalk leads you to spring-fed, no-wake Goshorn lake where you’ll find a swimming dock. If lake access weren’t enough, there is an association swimming pool open from Memorial Weekend to Labor Day Weekend. All of the cabins provided by Lakeshore Lodging have private hot tubs as well.

Are all the cabins the same?

All Kingfisher Cove cabins are roughly the same size and layout, sleeping a maximum of 8 people with three bedrooms and two bathroom. Some of the differences are subtle but each can offer a different experience based on your needs. This list points out the marquee features of each cabin to help you find the right one.


Kingfisher Cove Cabin 2

Upgraded appliances and furniture. Stylish bathroom fixtures. Closest to Blue Star Highway. Bunk beds.

Kingfisher Cove Cabin 16

Closest to the pool and boardwalk. Bunk beds.

Kingfisher Cove Cabin 27

Wood burning fireplace. Largest patio/ fire pit area. Bunk beds.

Kingfisher Cove Cabin 28

Two king bedrooms and one full bedroom. Picnic table.

Kingfisher Cove Cabin 29

End unit of the cul-du-sac. Log frame patio table. Bunk beds.

Great for Family Reunions

Renting a row of adjacent cabins is a great option to scale up for a large group or gathering. You’ll need to book early to get a grouping but everything is so close that spreading across the neighborhood isn’t a bad option.

Looking for Michigan cabin rentals in fall or winter? Check out our list of cozy cabins.

Support Local Saugatuck Vacation Rental Managers by Booking Direct

#bookdirect

With so many vacation rental websites like Homeaway/VRBO, Airbnb and Booking.com, it can be hard to find a manager or owner you can count on to deliver an amazing vacation experience for you and your family or group.

The big vacation rental websites make browsing countless options easy. But don’t you want to know who’s behind the vacation rental you’re booking for your next family vacation?

This isn’t always evident when you use a third-party booking site. By booking directly with a vacation rental manager you can be sure of the service you expect to receive from the moment you book through your stay. But that isn’t the only benefit of working directly with a local vacation rental manager.

Other reasons to book directly with a local vacation rental manager include:

  • Saving on substantial third-party booking fees from big vacation rental websites.
  • Finding special offers not available on big vacation rental websites.
  • Access to local events and current area information to help plan your trip.
  • Working with hospitality professionals. It’s our job to make sure you have the best experience possible.

Almost all vacation rental managers (including Lakeshore Lodging) have their own website where you can check live availability and book the home of your choosing instantly, making it just as easy as using a big vacation rental website but without additional fees.

When you do this you’re also supporting small business in your favorite vacation destination. Help us support local vacation rental managers everywhere by booking your next vacation direct.

#BookDirect Guest Education Day recurs the first Wednesday in February and is a worldwide effort encouraging travelers to book directly with local vacation rental managers.

Where to get hitched: Wedding venues in Saugatuck

wedding venues in saugatuck

Planning a wedding? You’ll struggle to find a quainter, more scenic place to host the main event than here in Saugatuck. We’ve got a great selection of places to have your ceremony and reception. Here are six of our favorite wedding venues in Saugatuck.

6 great wedding venues in Saugatuck, MI

Saugatuck Center for the Arts

You may be familiar with Saugatuck Center for the Arts for the great events and exhibitions it hosts, but you may not have known that you can rent their spaces for events. Weddings in the center’s pavilion and rain garden are positively dreamy. Learn more about hosting your wedding at Saugatuck Center for the Arts within their wedding packet.

A Cut Above Event Center

This event center is set in a rural locale with gorgeous surroundings to accent its quaint, log cabin-inspired facilities. It’s a perfect setting for a rustic wedding, with room for up to 200 guests indoors, and higher capacities for outdoor events.

Laketown Golf & Conference Center

Host your ceremony and reception at Laketown Golf & Conference Center and you’ll have a variety of options to customize your special day. Indoors or out, your wedding will be a gorgeous affair.

Wickwood Inn 

For a smaller event with 20-30 guests, the picturesque Wickwood Inn is a great choice. If you need assistance finding an officiant, booking a photographer, or scheduling a horse and buggy driver, The Wickwood Inn is happy to help.

Apple Blossom Chapel & Gardens

The perfect garden wedding is well within reach when you host it at Apple Blossom Chapel & Gardens. Plan your day in the midst of the annual spring blossom for the most beautiful backdrop.

The Belvedere Inn & Restaurant

The Belvedere Inn & Restaurant is a one-stop wedding destination. When you plan your wedding with The Belvedere, you’ll be paired with a Special Events Coordinator who well help your special day come to fruition as everything you’ve ever dreamed of.

Where to get a fresh craft beer in Saugatuck

craft beer in saugatuck

Michigan is known for its abundance of craft breweries throughout the state, and Saugatuck is no exception. Demand for new styles, flavors, and spaces in which to enjoy them is up, and our town is rising to the occasion. In the last year, we’ve welcomed three great new spaces to enjoy fresh craft beer in Saugatuck. Here are the pubs and breweries at which you can find house made craft beer in town.

Where to get a delicious, locally made craft beer in Saugatuck

Saugatuck Brewing Company

The original Saugatuck craft brewery. This brewery boasts a spacious pub with a great food menu to pair with its stellar tap list. Wander over to the barrel room to find another bar and play cool arcade games. Saugatuck Brewing also offers you the opportunity to brew your own beer on premise, using their equipment.

Guardian Brewing Company

Opening in December 2018, this brewery promises to be a great new place to hang out. It will boast a restaurant featuring snacks, lunch, dinner and brunch, as well as a tap list formulated by founder and head brewer Kim Collins.

The Mitten Brewing Company

The Mitten Brewing Company is based in Grand Rapids. In 2018, the brewery opened a pub in downtown Saugatuck with the great beer, delicious pizza and baseball theme that have made them so popular up and down Michigan’s west coast. Grab a pint and watch the game at this cozy bar.

Waypost Brewing Company

Waypost is a farm brewery that opened in Fennville in 2018. With classic and experimental offerings, this brewery is a great place to stop while you’re traveling around the area.

Experience Saugatuck on the water

saugatuck on the water

Saugatuck is well known for its prime location on the Lake Michigan lakeshore, and the town’s beaches are a key attraction to the area. But the waterfront lifestyle doesn’t stop with Lake Michigan. The Kalamazoo River winds through our town to reach the Great Lake, and it’s like one big playground for everyone in town. Here are some great ways to experience Saugatuck on the water.

How to enjoy Saugatuck on the water

Retro Boat Rentals

Cruise the Kalamazoo River in a sleek, retro runabout boat when you book through Retro Boat Rentals. These well kept vintage boats reflect the style of the late ’50s and early ’60s, and you’ll have a ton of fun motoring one around the river.

Donut Boat Rentals

These unique electric watercraft are designed for groups of friends to have a great time on the water. Ten people can sit casually around a central table, complete with cooler for drinks and snacks. As easy to drive as a golf cart, no prior boating experience is necessary to captain these vessels.

West Michigan Cycle Boat

For larger groups, this party barge is perfect. You’ve seen bar bikes before—the West Michigan Cycle Boat is the same concept, only on water. Peddle while you sip the drinks you brought along and have fun with friends. Rides on the cycle boat last 2 hours and, judging by the music and laughter we’ve heard from the shore,  they’re always a great time.

Star of Saugatuck

The Star of Saugatuck is a classic on-the-water experience that you have to try at least once. We recommend the sunset cruise, which takes you to Lake Michigan to experience why we call this side of the state the “sunset coast.”

The BARge

After a day of fun on the water, you’ll probably have an appetite. But you don’t have to go far to find good food and drink. The BARge is located on the shore of the Kalamazoo River and you can pull your boat right up to enjoy their offerings.

The Red Dock

The Red Dock is another great option for food and drink on the water. Relaxed vibes and good music await at this favorite Douglas restaurant. Park your dinghy along the dockside while you enjoy a cocktail and a delicious sandwich.

Help us support Toys for Tots this year!

toys for tots

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

From November 21 through December 21, 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 21 and December 21, 2018, 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.

Best pet friendly lodging in downtown Saugatuck

pet friendly lodging in downtown saugatuck

Sometimes vacation just doesn’t feel like vacation if you can’t bring along your pup. Luckily, there are plenty of lodging options in Saugatuck that welcome your pooch. These dog friendly vacation rentals are all located in the center of the action in downtown Saugatuck.  Bring Sparky with you on your next vacation. Here are a few great options for pet friendly lodging in downtown Saugatuck.

Pet friendly lodging in downtown Saugatuck

Northgate

Bedrooms: 3, Bathrooms: 3, Sleeps: 8

Northgate puts you within mere steps of the attractions of downtown Saugatuck. It’s a warm, spacious downtown home with great amenities like a gas fireplace in the living room and a hot tub. You and your pup will feel right at home in this vacation rental.

I Love Lucy

Bedrooms: 3, Bathrooms: 2.5, Sleeps: 6

This downtown vacation rental has a gorgeous backyard, equipped with ample outdoor furnishings. Listen to the soothing sounds of the canal while you bask in the sunshine, read, play card games, or dine. Inside, the main floor’s open concept floor plan makes entertaining guests a cinch.

Hoopdee Scootee Suite

Bedrooms: 1, Bathrooms, 1.5, Sleeps: 4

This cute two-story apartment is located right above a downtown Saugatuck storefront. It’s just right for a couple looking to walk around and shop in Saugatuck. The light interiors brighten the space, and a breath of fresh air is easy to catch on the small deck attached to the dining area.

Butlers Quarters

Bedrooms: 1, Bathrooms: 1, Sleeps: 4

This precious rental boasts a cozy screened porch perfect for a morning spent with a cup of coffee and a good book. It’s within easy walking distance of some great Saugatuck shops and restaurants. Butlers Quarters is a quaintly small in-town vacation rental.

Mason Loft

Bedrooms: 1, Bathrooms: 1, Sleeps: 2

This one bedroom apartment is also located right above a Saugatuck store. Right across from Charlie’s ‘Round the Corner Ice Cream Shop, it’s also within easy reach of other great summer Saugatuck activities.