Halloween in Saugatuck 2019!

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Halloweekend is coming up. You’ve got a plan for your costume, but where will you go to show it off? Whether you’re looking for kid friendly activities or you want to light up the night, you’ll find something fun to do this Halloween in Saugatuck 2019.

Celebrate Halloween in Saugatuck

Glow in the Park

October 25, 2019 | 6-10 p.m. | Coghlin Park, Saugatuck

Get your glow on at this fun, family friendly annual kick off party for Halloween weekend. There will be music, food, drinks and plenty of opportunities to glow. Come in your own glowing gear and then enhance it with UV reactive face painting, black light areas, and a merchandise booth.

Halloween Kids & Pet Parade

October 26, 2019 | 11:30 a.m. | Wicks Park, Saugatuck

Saugatuck’s Annual Halloween Kids & Pet Parade is always a fun event.  Partake in hot cocoa, cookies, costume contests, and candy at this beloved annual Saugatuck event. Costumed kids, adults, and pets alike are welcome to join in the fun. Line up at 11:30 a.m. for the parade in front of Wicks Park on Water Street. Parade begins at Noon.

Annual “Hallowine” Tasting & Pumpkin Carving Demonstration

October 26, 2019 | 12-5 p.m. | J. Petter Galleries, Douglas

Come see a Certified Master Ice Carver create ghoulish creatures from pumpkins and gourds, while tasting through Fall-focused wines.  Both the wine and spooky pumpkin creations will be available for purchase.

Pre-Parade Halloween Party and Photoboooth

October 26, 2019 | 5 p.m.-8 p.m. | Virtue Cider, Fennville

Dress in your Halloween best for the costume contest! This 21+ costume contest will award prizes in four categories: Cutest couple, Scariest, Farmiest, and Best Pet Costume.  It’s always a good time at Virtue Cider!

Douglas Halloween Parade for Adults

October 26, 2019 | 9:30 p.m. | Line up at Beery Field, Douglas

This energetic display of clever costumes kicks off when the darkness sets in. Adults march through the village of Douglas dressed in their Halloween best. Join in on the fun–line up begins at 9:30 p.m. at Beery Field in Douglas.

Halloween Party at The Dunes

October 26, 2019 | Immediately following the parade | The Dunes Resort

Queens, Kings and Stranger Things begins at 9 pm with karaoke at 9:30 pm.  Join the party before and/or immediately following the Downtown Douglas Halloween Parade for a night of gender blending fun and mayhem.  This is a must attend with a costume contest for best Group, Drag and Costume.

Featured Image: Douglas Halloween by Erin K. Wilkinson

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


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.

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.

Bring your pup to Saugatuck

If any of those places sound like a fun time your pooch will love, bring him along on your next vacation in Saugatuck. Stay in one of these great dog friendly vacation rentals.

Uncommon Coffee Roasters Will Energize Your Day

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Whether you need a morning pick-me-up or a warm place to spend an afternoon of work, you definitely want to stop by one of Saugatuck’s best cafes:  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.

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!

Check Out Landsharks in Saugatuck!

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One store outdoor enthusiasts can’t miss 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.

Store History

Sally Troutman founded Landsharks in 1989. 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.

Rent Cross Country Skis and Snowshoes at Landsharks in Winter

Want to play in the snow during your winter stay in Saugatuck? Don’t worry about bringing your own equipment on vacation. You can rent skis and snowshoes at Landsharks in Saugatuck. For just $14/day for adults and $10/day for children, you can take your own pair of cross country skis–including bindings, boots, and poles–or snowshoes for a spin. Equipment is due the following day by 11 a.m. Try the trails at Saugatuck Dunes State Park, Allegan State Game Area, the Outdoor Discovery Center, Pigeon Creek Park, or the Saugatuck Harbor Natural Area.

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.




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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!

How to get around in Saugatuck

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. Transportation in Saugatuck has never been easier.

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!!