What You Need to See at Mason Street Warehouse This Year

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Saugatuck might be small, but its entertainment value is anything but that! If you want to experience the best theatre entertainment in town, head to Saugatuck Center for the Performing Arts and catch a Mason Street Warehouse production. “An Uptown Theatre in Downtown Saugatuck” isn’t just a catchphrase, it’s exactly what you get at Mason Street Warehouse.

The Mason Street Warehouse 2016 Season

Million Dollar Quartet” June 24 – July 10

Once upon time, four of the greatest names in music history converged at Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee and recorded a jam session the world hasn’t forgotten. “Million Dollar Quartet” is a lighthearted take on the night that Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins recorded audible history. Listen and laugh as Mason Street Warehouse performs the hit songs these men are known for.

Murder for Two” July 22 – August 7

No, it’s not the worst dinner reservations you could make, instead, it’s a side-splitting murder mystery musical! According to the show’s website, the cast consists of over a dozen characters, but only two actors, both of whom play the piano, while one plays the detective, and the other portrays all of the murder suspects. Sounds crazy, right? Beat the summer heat with this show!

The Great American Trailer Park” August 12 – 18

“The Great American Trailer park” might sound like a contradictory statement, but Mason Street Warehouse will have you thinking otherwise. As stated on the theatre’s website, this is the most requested musical that Mason Street Warehouse has performed, and one that you don’t want to miss. It’s a hilarious take on Florida trailer park drama, but it’s only showing for one week, so get your tickets today!

Mason Street Warehouse Auditions, Past Performances and More

You have to live in Saugatuck to be a part of the fun at Mason Street Warehouse! Auditions for the 2016 season were held not only in Saugatuck, but in Oakland University, University of Michigan, Kalamazoo, New York City, Chicago as well. Keep an eye on the auditions webpage for more information.

Going back to 2003, Mason Street Warehouse has been performing great shows like “Our Sinatra,” “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” “Chicago,” “The 39 Steps,” and many more! The 2016 season is shaping up to be another great year, and you can get your tickets on the Saugatuck Center for the Arts website.

Saugatuck Center for the Arts

Mason Street Warehouse is part of the Saugatuck Center for the Arts, a center dedicated to the town’s lively art community. See art exhibits, Mason Street Warehouse productions, musical performances, or stop by for classes, film screenings, and much more. Learn more about the Saugatuck Center for the Arts at their website, or connect with the center on Facebook. The Saugatuck Center for the Arts is located at 400 Culver Street, Saugatuck, MI 49453.

Stay With Lakeshore Lodging and Experience the Best of Saugatuck

Whether you’re here for Oval Beach, Lake Michigan fishing, or just a well-needed getaway, Saugatuck is the place to be for Lake Michigan vacations. Lakeshore Lodging offers a wide range of Lake Michigan vacation homes, from cozy cottages to houses big enough to sleep over a dozen people. You’ll be only minutes from the best places to shop and dine in Saugatuck, and just as close to the beach. Contact us today, online or at (866) 765-7522, and we’ll help you find the perfect Lake Michigan vacation home. Come see why Saugatuck is “More Than Just A Place To Stay.”

5 of the Most Popular Restaurants in Saugatuck MI

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Good food is the key ingredient to a great culture, whether that’s a bustling metropolis or a quiet town. Locals and visitors alike will find a wealth of great dining at the restaurants in Saugatuck MI. Whether you want pub food and craft beer, a dinner with a waterfront view, or a great Southern (yes, Southern) dish, the restaurants in Saugatuck MI have you covered.

5 of the Most Popular Restaurants in Saugatuck MI

Phil’s Bar and Grille

More than just your typical burger and beer joint, Phil’s Bar and Grille is a local favorite with a diverse menu! Order Broasted Chicken, bite into a savory Blackened Burger, or try the Cuban sandwich. Soups and salads like the Chicken and Shrimp Gumbo or the Lobster Cobb salad are served, as well as a great selection of craft beer and wine. Located at 215 Butler St, and open daily.

The Southerner

Michigan might be the last place you would expect to find Southern cooking, but that’s exactly what The Southerner serves. Aptly named, The Southerner’s menu is packed with staples from the South like Nana’s Fried Chicken, shrimp and grits, steak and eggs, and sweet tea. If you close your eyes and take a bite, you might forget what part of the country you’re in. Visit The Southerner at 800 Holland Street, and connect with them on Facebook for their menu, hours and more.

Marro’s Italian Restaurant

No selection of eateries is complete without a respectable Italian restaurant, and Marro’s Italian Restaurant fits the bill. Chicken Cancellara, Penne Ala Vodka, Fettuccini Alfredo – the list goes on, and the more you read the menu, the hungrier you’ll get. Try one of their pizzas, like the Spicy Sicily, topped with ingredients including pepperoni, bacon and jalapeno peppers. An impressive wine list is available, perfect for enjoying live music in the Piano Lounge. Marro’s Italian Restaurant can be found at 147 Water Street, and a full menu and hours are listed on their website.

The Butler

Dinner with a great view – who doesn’t want that? Certainly not anyone eating at The Butler, because their mouthwatering meals come complete with beautiful Lake Kalamazoo scenery when seated on the deck. Known for the The Butler Burger (a hefty burger accompanied by American cheese and grilled ham), The Butler’s menu is full of great options, including the Crab Mushroom Chicken, and the Cherry Chicken and Walnut Salad. Enjoy live music with your meal when you let The Butler serve you. Find The Butler at 40 Butler Street or online.

Saugatuck Brewing Company

Surprised that a brewing company popped up on a list of restaurants in Saugatuck MI? You shouldn’t be, because not only does Saugatuck Brewing Company serve the best craft beer you can find in town, their Pub’s kitchen also cooks up some amazing dishes, like the Portobellos & Bleu burger, the Shrimp Po’ Boy, Jumbo Wings and more! Order a Boathouse Stout or Oval Beach Blonde ale with your meal, and enjoy some of the best food and drink that Saugatuck offers. Visit Saugatuck Brewing Company at 2948 Blue Star Hwy. in Douglas, or see their full list of beers and food online.

Here are 5 of the Best Beaches on Lake Michigan

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With scenic views,  gorgeous waters for fishing and boating, and miles of sandy beaches, Lake Michigan is the ideal spot for your next getaway. As perfect in the fall as they are in the summer, Lake Michigan beaches are a must visit at all times of year. Every great vacation by the water starts with the beach, and narrowing down the best beaches on Lake Michigan can be overwhelming. To make the decision process easier, we’ve compiled a list of what we think are the best Lake Michigan beaches.

5 of the Best Beaches on Lake Michigan

Oval Beach and Saugatuck Dunes State Park – Saugatuck, MI

Home to not one, but two, of the best beaches on Lake Michigan, Saugatuck is the place to be during summer in Michigan. Oval Beach encompasses everything that’s right about Michigan beaches – sunny, sandy shores, inviting waters, and some of the best in views of the lake. The clean sand and easy access are some of the visitors’ favorite features (according to TripAdvisor), and Oval Beach has received high praise from both Conde Nast Traveler and MTV in the past.

Saugatuck Dunes State Park is a beautiful beach, featuring enormous sand dunes waiting to be explored (via foot or dune ride), along with with access to 2.5 miles of beachfront! Visit in fall and experience this park in a whole new way.

Grand Haven State Park – Grand Haven, MI

This is one of the most popular Lake Michigan beaches, and with good reason. A frequenter of Lake Michigan “best of” lists, Grand Haven State Park covers nearly 50 acres of sand and sun. The Grand Haven lighthouse and pier are popular park attractions, where you can fish or explore more about this piece of Lake Michigan history.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore – Empire, MI

Previously named by Good Morning America as “The Most Beautiful Place in America,” Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is home to an abundance of natural beauty. From the relaxing beachfront, to the dunes and bluffs located on this 35-mile lakefront stretch, it won’t take long for you to see why it’s one of the best beaches on Lake Michigan. If you need a break from the beach, gear up for a hike on nearby North Manitou Island!

South Beach Park – South Haven, MI

South Beach Park isn’t lacking when it comes to family fun! Whether you’re enjoying a game of beach volleyball, visiting the South Haven Lighthouse (it’s been in operation since 1872!), or shredding the nearby skatepark, you and your family will have plenty to do. Of course, you can just go swimming – it’s a beach, after all, and an inviting one at that.

Silver Lake Sand Dunes Area – near Hart, MI

As beautiful as its name implies, the Silver Lake Sand Dunes Area is not only one of the best beaches on Lake Michigan’s, but a fascinating natural attraction! Rolling sand dunes that are perfect cruising in an off-road vehicle, paired with Lake Michigan and Silver Lake beachfront (the dunes border both lakes), make for a great time when you visit this 2,000-acre portion of Silver Lake State Park. Plus, the park offers a great dune hiking trail!

The Most Fun Saugatuck Events to Not Miss This Year

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This summer, Saugatuck is taking on the sun with numerous events for locals and tourists alike to participate in. During your stay with Lakeshore Lodging, beat the heat by attending these Saugatuck events and find what our town is all about. Let’s take a look at the highlights from the Saugatuck Calendar of Events for June, July, and August.

Saugatuck Events This Summer

pARTY: From 6-8 p.m. on June 4, live performances, drinks, and snacks will be shared as we stroll throughout downtown and enjoy the Art of Douglas.

Thursday Concert Series: Thursdays in June and July will be dedicated to live music and food at Felt Estate! This is one of the most enjoyable recurring Saugatuck events. Admission is free and the schedule is as follows:

June 16: Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys

June 23: Motor City Women

June 30: Kris Hitchcock

July 7: Cabildo

July 14: Edye Evans Hyde

July 21: Indika Reggae Band

Friday Night Open Studios: Every Friday from June 17 to August 12, students from Ox-Bow School of Art, fellows, and MFA & Faculty Artists will be opening their studios to display their work. There will be plenty to see from ceramics, metals, printmaking, glass, paintings, and drawings. There will also be a live auction held nightly that will raise money for maintaining the studios and providing scholarships for students.

Hungry Village Tours’ Father’s Day Tour: Let Dad know how much you appreciate him with an extraordinary culinary adventure. Visit the farms and artisan producers of the Lakeshore and sample hard ciders, wines, and more!

Food and Wine Festival: They say you can never have too much wine, and now there is an entire day dedicated to local foods and wine! Held in the middle of the Fenn Valley Vineyards, this festival boasts live music, tastings, wine demonstrations, and local food vendors. It’s one of the most popular Saugatuck events!

4th of July: Celebrate 4th of July the Saugatuck way with two nights of fireworks (July 3 and 4) and a celebration downtown complete with a patriotic parade.

Tuesday Talks: Interested in the history of Saugatuck? This will be perfect for you! Every Tuesday in July and August will be spent at the Old School House in Downtown Douglas educating attendees all about the region’s rich history. Discussions will include a photographic history tour, information about beekeeping, bringing the blue star trail to Saugatuck-Douglas, and more.

Saugatuck-Douglas Antique Market: Antique lovers, unite! This market is your one stop shop for all things unique. With over 150 booths full of antiques, you’re sure to find something to add to your collection. The event will be held at Beery Field on the second Saturday of each month, rain or shine! Admission is $2.

9th Annual Family Farm Fest: Think you have what it takes to be a farmer? Put your skills to the test during this hands-on celebration of country living. It includes farm-living activities the whole family will enjoy!

Murder for Two: It’s not what it sounds like! Murder for Two is a hilarious whodunnit, a perfect blend of musical comedy and madcap mystery. Don’t miss this killer musical at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts that puts laughter into manslaughter! You can buy your tickets now.

The Great American Trailer Park: The Musical: As one of the most requested musical’s in MSW’s history, it’s a production you definitely won’t want to miss! Broadway.com claimed it as “one of the most laugh-out-loud shows in town” and tells the story of the folk in Armadillo Acres, the most exclusive mobile home community in Stark, Florida. You can buy your tickets for the Saugatuck Center for the Art production of this musical now.

These are just a few of the Saugatuck Events taking place this summer! For the entire calendar of events, check out the Town of Saugatuck website!

Experience Saugatuck Events, and See Why We’re More Than a Place To Stay

For only the best West Michigan accommodations, check out Lakeshore Lodging! With properties extending all the way along the Art Coast, you’ll find the perfect vacation getaway for you and your family! Find out more information about our properties in the Saugatuck-Douglas area, then contact us today and start planning your Lake Michigan vacation.

A Guide to the Best Saugatuck MI Shopping

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Depending on who you are, shopping is either something you look forward to, or something you dread. Regardless, it’s a necessity, so you might as well make sure you have the best experience, right? When you visit Saugatuck, you’ll find that the shopping here has everything to love, and nothing to loathe. Local businesses are in abundance here, allowing you to experience a part of what makes our town so special. Saugatuck MI shopping has something for everyone, and if you keep reading, we’ll show you where the best shopping in Saugatuck is!

A Guide the Best Saugatuck MI Shopping

Art

Art is an integral part of life in Saugatuck, and the stores here reflect that. At Good Goods, you’ll find anything and everything art – from fine art and ceramics, to furniture and jewelry, all handmade, from artists all over the country. Many of the products are made in Michigan, allowing you to not to only purchase quality goods, but support local artists as well.

Art Glass Alcove is a local favorite, offering a great selection of handmade jewelry, as well as a wide range of other items handbags, clothes, and much more!

Looking for a piece that will expand your current collection’s horizons? Head to Amazwi Contemporary Art, where you can shop the finest contemporary African art in the area. Paintings, sculptures and more are for sale representing the best of contemporary African artists.

Clothing

If you’re looking for a local boutique clothing shop, look no further than Chantal Fashion! You’ll find an impressive collection of women’s clothing, shoes and accessories here, and if you head to Chantal for Him and Her, you’ll find great men’s clothing as well.

Backpacks, hats, flip-flops – it’s all on the shelves at Landshark’s. Girls looking for winter jackets and guys searching for a new pair of shorts will find what they want, plus a whole lot more! Plus, they sell a fun collection of Michigan novelty shirts, perfect for showing off your Mitten State love.

When you need garb that will help you beat the heat, you shop at Del Sol Saugatuck. Sunglasses, shirts, shoes and more, all perfect for a day out on Lake Michigan.

Gifts and More

Gifts come in all shapes and sizes, and Saugatuck MI shopping is full of stores that offer the best and most unique gifts to take home (or keep for yourself). You won’t have trouble finding something at The Pink Patio, where their selection of products covers everything including candles made in Detroit, coffee from Kona, cooking spices, birdhouses, and more!

The Butler Pantry is the ideal shop for the chef in your family, offering a full selection high-end cooking ware and utensils. Don’t let them enter the kitchen unprepared – pick them up something at The Butler Pantry, and your tastebuds will thank you.

The Petter Wine Gallery lets you taste delicious wine while strolling their beautiful gallery, and you can purchase wine to take home with you. What’s a better gift than Michigan wine?

We’ve only scratched the surface of Saugatuck MI shopping – we’ll leave the rest to you when you visit. These shops are a great starting point, and a few of the favorites among locals. No matter what you’re shopping for, Saugatuck has it!

Experience Saugatuck When You Stay with Lakeshore Lodging

Don’t stop at a Saugatuck MI shopping trip – stick around for a few days! Shopping is only one of the great things to do here, and if you stay in a Lakeshore Lodging vacation rental, you’ll get to experience what makes our Lake Michigan beach town so special. Whether it’s the natural beauty that inhabits the area, the excellent fishing on Lake Michigan, or the inviting, diverse culture of our town, you’ll find no shortage of reasons to stay and things to do in Saugatuck MI. Our vacation rentals are perfect for couples, large groups, and everything in between! Enjoy waterfront views, excellent amenities like hot tubs and pools, and plenty of space to relax. Contact us today, and start planning your Saugatuck vacation!

Saugatuck/Douglas Ladies Weekend

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Saugatuck has much to offer women looking for a weekend away with friends. Fall tends to be a popular time when seasonal lodging rates are in effect, the weather is crisp but beautiful and shops are gearing up for the holiday season. The second weekend in November is when the official Saugatuck/ Douglas ladies weekend takes place. This annual event is focused on providing fun and unique activities for groups coming to Saugatuck.

The Saugatuck/Douglas Ladies Weekend kicks off with a fashion show hosted by Coral Gables and put on by the boutique shops found in downtown Saugatuck and Douglas. Track down your favorite styles from the show on Saturday in between a full day of great activities including a cooking demonstration, wine tasting, gold casting demonstration and a complimentary chair massage. Visit www.sdladiesweekend.com for more details.

Shopping

Downtown Saugatuck and Douglas offer a swath of unique shops to peruse with something for every taste and lifestyle. You’ll find designer fashions and shoes; the latest in outdoor sporting wear, hand made jewelry, art in all mediums and locally or regionally produced gourmet food items.

Weekend Rentals

Lakeshore Lodging has a wide selection of rental homes in the Saugatuck/ Douglas area from a one bedroom downtown apartment to sprawling five bedroom lakefront homes and everything in between. Our most popular accommodations for groups of women feature luxury amenities like hot tubs and fireplaces. If getting around is a concern there are homes available within walking distance of downtown restaurants and bars.

Whether you’re looking for some mother-daughter bonding, a relaxing retreat or a wild getaway with best friends, there are a variety of homes, amenities and locations to choose from. The perfect home for a care-free getaway waits at Lakeshore Lodging.