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.

Film festival on tour to come to Saugatuck: Mountainfilm

For the third year, Saugatuck Center for the Arts is bringing the touring film festival Mountainfilm to Saugatuck—and this year is going to be better than ever. This documentary film festival showcases stories about environmental, cultural, climbing, political and social justice issues. The films are always beautiful, thought provoking and inspiring. This year, you can catch them amidst a number of fun events throughout Saugatuck and Douglas. Here’s everything you need to know about Mountainfilm.

Stay with Lakeshore Lodging on Mountainfilm weekend (March 22-24) and get a deal on tickets to the festival’s main events. Learn more here.

mountainfilm saugatuckMountainfilm Saugatuck takes place March 22 & 23, 2019

Here’s a taste of the events taking place throughout Saugatuck and Douglas over the two-day film festival. Purchase weekend passes and individual event tickets here. View the complete schedule with details here.

Friday

  • 10 am – Mountainfilm HQ opens at Saugatuck Center for the Arts. Pick up your passes and tickets at the Mountainfilm Saugatuck headquarters and check out event artist Erica Lang‘s exhibition and Woosah pop-up shop.
  • 6 pm – Cocktails, craft beers and appetizers at Saugatuck Center for the Arts.
  • 7 pm – “The Medley”: Showing of a selection of Mountainfilm shorts.
  • 9:30 pm – The official After Party. Enjoy live music, drinks and late-night food from local vendors.

Saturday

  • 10-11:30 am – Film screenings at Saugatuck Brewing Company and the Saugatuck Women’s Center. Enjoy a bloody mary bar at SBC and Uncommon Coffee Roasters coffee at the Women’s Center.
  • 12-1 pm – Artist demo by Erica Lang from Woosah. See how Lang makes her signature wood cuts.
  • 12-3 pm – Family programming at the Saugatuck-Douglas Library.
  • 3-4:30 pm – More film screenings at Saugatuck Brewing Company and the Saugatuck Women’s Center. Visit each location early for happy hour specials.
  • 6 pm – Cocktail hour at Saugatuck Center for the Arts.
  • 7 pm – Feature film (TBD) at Saugatuck Center for the Arts.

There’s sure to be plenty more going on this March weekend in Saugatuck, so keep an eye out for Mountainfilm related announcements as the festival approaches. Secure your tickets and lodging now—this festival is sure to sell out quick.

Best Lake Michigan cottages to rent

best lake michigan beach cottages to rent

Endless horizons, awe-inspiring sunsets, invigorating lake breezes—these are a few of the reasons people love spending time on Lake Michigan. West Michigan’s picturesque lakeshore is an enchanting place to be. Why limit your experience of the lake to day trips to public beaches and state parks? Find a vacation rental perched on the lakeshore and fill your whole vacation with the beauty of Lake Michigan. Here are some of the best Lake Michigan cottages to rent.

Best Lake Michigan cottages to rent

Mixed Doubles

Bedrooms: 4, Bathrooms: 3, Sleeps: 11

This newly remodeled home boasts beautiful lake views. Enjoy them in the cozy living room, the spacious dining room, or in the breezy screened porch. This home also boasts its own private beach, so you can sunbathe and swim to your heart’s content.

Beach Cottage

Bedrooms: 3, Bathrooms: 2, Sleeps: 8

This quaint cottage is tucked in a shady woodland on the Lake Michigan coast. It’s a warm, cozy retreat that feels like home. It also offers a spacious private beach right on the lake, as well as some gorgeous bluff-top views.

Edgewater Beach Cottage

Bedrooms: 3, Bathrooms: 2, Sleeps: 8

Edgewater Beach Cottage’s decor seamlessly integrates its impeccable lake views. This cute cottage is a truly dreamy Lake Michigan escape. It’s great for a family vacation or a romantic couple’s getaway.

Bluffs Cove

Bedrooms: 2, Bathrooms: 1, Sleeps: 6

This cottage on the corner of a Lake Michigan bluff is a perfect escape. Take in wall-to-wall lake views whether you’re relaxing in the living room, dining with a view, or kicking back in the hot tub.

Spend New Year’s Eve in Saugatuck, Michigan

After a Christmas holiday spent with family, a New Year’s Eve celebration can be the perfect time to let loose and have a good time with friends. Spend New Year’s Eve in Saugatuck, Michigan and you’ll find great places to eat, drink and party–without the overwhelming crowds. Plus, after you’ve sufficiently rung in 2019, you can get a free ride home from the Interurban.

Visit Saugatuck for New Year’s Eve to take part in the fun activities. Get a Lakeshore Lodging vacation rental to return to when the night is over. Here’s what’s going on in town.

What are you doing for New Year’s Eve in Saugatuck, Michigan?

New Year’s Eve Dinner at The Kirby

A special 5-course dinner is on the menu at J. Paul’s at The Kirby for New Year’s Eve. $70 per person includes a delicious 5-course meal and a bubbly toast. Reservations are required.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Display

Count down to midnight with the rest of town and celebrate 2019 with a gorgeous display of fireworks. Catch them in downtown Saugatuck when the clock strikes 12.

New Year’s Eve Celebration at The Dunes

Play bingo and celebrate the New Year well into the night at The Dunes Hotel & Resort.

Free rides from the Interurban

Don’t worry about driving to and from your Saugatuck/Douglas celebration destinations. From 6pm-2am, the Interurban will be offering free rides around town, so you can count on getting from A to B safe and sound.

Find your NYE home base

Saugatuck Townhome 7

Sleeps: 6, Bedrooms: 3, Bathrooms: 3.5

Located right downtown, this charming townhome is perfect for a New Year’s stay. Entertain your guests on the spacious main floor, and watch the fireworks from the living room balcony.

Roan and Black

Sleeps: 4, Bedrooms: 2, Bathrooms: 2

This stylish loft is perched above a contemporary art gallery. It’s a perfect spot to ring in the new year with the one you love.

Hoopdee Scootee Suite

Sleeps: 4, Bedrooms: 1, Bathrooms: 1.5

This centrally located apartment puts you in walking distance of the holiday festivities. It’ll be a cozy place to return to after a night celebrating 2019.

Where to do your holiday shopping in Saugatuck

holiday shopping in saugatuck

The countdown to the holidays has officially begun, and that means it’s time to start shopping for gifts. You’ll find plenty of unique gifts for everyone on your list here in Saugatuck. This year, browse the offerings of our local artists and makers at any of the following events and kickstart your holiday shopping in Saugatuck.

Holiday shopping in Saugatuck

The Button Holiday Sale

November 1-30

Visit The Button Gallery to participate in their annual mystery discount sale. Choose your button and find out how much you will save! A discount of 5, 10, 15, or 20 percent will be applied to your purchase.

Friends of the Library Silent Auction

November 3-17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Bid on gift certificates and new items donated by local artists, area businesses and individuals at this annual auction. Stop by the library between November 3rd and 17th to view the items and place your bids!

FennMagic Makers Market

November 23-25, 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m.

Visit downtown Fennville for three days of holiday shopping on Thanksgiving weekend. Find deals and holiday inspiration at Fernwood 1891 and Root Coffee House & Cafe.

Saugatuck Center for the Arts Holiday Market

November 24, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Head to the Saugatuck Center for the Arts lobby and shop the offerings of over 30 vendors. Ceramics, jewelry, clothing, jams, spices, baked goods and more compose the potential gifts you’ll find at this holiday market.  There will also be a Christmas Tree lot on the grounds as well.

Shop Small Saturday

November 24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Every year, the day after the deals of Black Friday, we encourage residents and visitors alike to support our local economy. Shop small in Saugatuck. Take advantage of the free tote bags filled with coupons and samples.

Saugatuck United Methodist Church Christmas Bazaar

December 1, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Visit this annual Christmas Bazaar for crafts, a sloppy joe lunch, baked goods, candy and gifts.

Fenn Valley Sip & Shop Artisan and Craft Market

December 8, 2018, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Support local artists while enjoying wine and cider. Shop the selections of 17 carefully picked local vendors and find one-of-a-kind gifts while tasting delicious locally made wine and cider.

Celebrate friendship with a Friendsgiving vacation

friendsgiving vacation

Thanksgiving is typically thought of as an opportunity to reunite with family. But it can also be a chance to bring together your chosen family—the friends you’ve surrounded yourself with over the years. These are the people who will always pick up the phone when you need to talk at some early morning hour. Who will listen to your stories, remind you of your strength when you’re down, and make fun of you when you deserve it. Thanksgiving can be the perfect time to reconvene with them and serve a home-cooked meal to express your gratitude for their company on the roller coaster of life. Things change as time passes, but a Friendsgiving vacation could be a great way to celebrate that which doesn’t: the love and support of your dearest friends.

How to plan a Friendsgiving vacation

1. Figure out who’s coming

Send out some feelers for who would be interested and able to attend your Friendsgiving vacation. You’ll want an idea of how big your party is going to be before you start planning where to stay and what your menu will look like.

2. Determine where you’ll host

While many of your friends may live near you, others have moved far and wide. Choose a convenient place for everyone to travel to and make a vacation out of the event. Ideally, your location will have a variety of vacation rentals to choose from so you can find the one best suited to your group. It will also have some cool attractions so you can make a whole weekend vacation and have fun with your friends. We recommend Saugatuck—but we’re biased.

3. Select your vacation rental

Find a vacation rental that suits your group. Make sure it has enough sleeping arrangements for your guest list, a well-equipped kitchen, spacious dining table, and any special amenities you think will bring your Friendsgiving vacation to the next level. Decide if you want it to be close to any attractions you’ll want to take advantage of or if you’d rather it be tucked away and private for a weekend spent in.

3. Plan the menu

Will you do all the cooking? Or will it be a potluck? Get an idea of what you’d like to eat and coordinate how to execute the feast with your friends. Don’t forget to bring some tasty beverages to pair with your Friendsgiving meal, too.

4. Send the invite

Make it official with a nice invitation. Let your friends know where and when the dinner will take place. If you’re doing a potluck, you could have your friends RSVP with the dish they plan to bring. Once you receive the RSVPs, you can figure out how to balance out your meal. Sending paper invites may seem over-the-top, but it’s an easy way to add an extra layer of care and cuteness to the party.

5. Make a Friendsgiving playlist

Get on Spotify and start compiling songs to play during your gathering. Make a mix of light dining music and toss in some throwback songs that will send your friends down memory lane and maybe catch some laughs. Background music is a necessary component of a dinner party, and it will set a festive mood.

6. Arrive, set up, and let your Friendsgiving vacation take off

Once you’ve planned everything, the next step is just to show up and let your vacation take whatever shape it wants to take. You’ve got all the ingredients you need for a memorable, unique Thanksgiving spent expressing gratitude for the wonder of friendship.