The perfect fall weekend getaway in Saugatuck is made up of a few key elements: fun events, fall color tours, apple picking at local orchards, and a home base where you can bask in the cozy glory that is autumn. You’ll find them all here. Learn where to visit below.
Ring in the season with Saugatuck fall events
October 6, 2018 – 11am-5pm
Enjoy some spooky pre-Halloween family fun at this annual event. Here you’ll find the “Art of Halloween” one of a kind bazaar, coffin races, kid friendly activities, live music and more!
October 6, 2018 – 4-6pm
Get a hearty dose of art when you attend the annual Saugatuck/Douglas Gallery Stroll. Area galleries join together for a weekend full of artist receptions, openings, demonstrations and live music.
October 6, 2018 – 10am; October 7, 2018 – 7pm
This tour of 10 studios between South Haven and Fennville is packed with great art. You’ll view handmade ceramics, jewelry, woodwork, glasswork and more.
October 6, 1-4pm
Enjoy the crisp fall air and the changing colors of the scenery at Fenn Valley’s vineyard for another Music in the Vineyard session. Solo jazz guitarist Randy Reszka will perform on this weekend, and it’s sure to be a treat. Order a glass of Fenn Valley’s signature wines, sit back, and take in the autumn atmosphere.
October 6, 2018 – 6-9pm
Head to Wade’s Bayou for this outdoor harvest dinner featuring selections made with ingredients from local farms. Each course will celebrate the harvest season and feature a delicious beverage pairing.
October 6, 2018 – 7-9pm
J. Petter Galleries’ Harvest Dinner will be a tented meal on the gallery’s lawn. Tastings from seven local restaurants will be available to try while artists paint en plein air.
Explore the fall colors in the local parks
Reds, oranges and golds envelop Michigan in autumn. In Saugatuck, the colors tend to peak in early October. That’s the best time to hit one of the local parks to hike through the forest and experience first hand the wonder of being utterly surrounded by those bright, warm colors. These parks are especially great for fall hikes:
Enjoy long, hilly hikes through the lush forest at Saugatuck Dunes State Park and wind up on the beach.
A great park for hiking, mountain biking, or disc golf. This wooded park also has access to the beach trails at Saugatuck Dunes State Park.
This award winning beach is super popular in the summer, but did you know it’s free to get into after Labor Day? And it’s connected to a bunch of scenic dune trails that are best enjoyed in the cooler autumn air.
A shorter, less-intense hike, but still wonderfully scenic. It promises to explode with color this year.
Visit apple orchards and wineries amidst harvest
What is fall without apple picking, cider drinking, and general harvest-time festivities? These are great places to make the most of autumn’s bounty (and find a good cider donut).
Visit Crane’s U-Pick to find the best apples and pumpkins, then hit Crane’s Pie Pantry Restaurant & Winery for good food, pie, and house-made ciders and wines. And don’t miss the bakery with donuts and pies to go!
For those who enjoy the hard variety of cider, visit Virtue Cider in Fennville. Take a tour of the facility, hang out in the tasting room and bottle shop, and visit the farm where they grow heritage vegetables and livestock. They often host live music and other great events.
Fenn Valley Vineyard
Wineries are also great places to spend a day in fall, and Fenn Valleyhas special fall vineyard tours that are a must for wine-lovers who want to see how grape-growing works in Michigan. Check out their events, and don’t miss the Vine Wine’d 5K Trail Run on Oct. 7.