How to plan a perfect fall weekend getaway in Saugatuck

fall weekend getaway in Saugatuck

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

Saugatuck Ghoul Fest

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!

Annual Saugatuck/Douglas Gallery Stroll

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.

Blue Coast Artists Fall Tour

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.

Music in the Vineyard at Fenn Valley

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.

Eat Drink Saugatuck/Douglas Harvest Dinner

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.

J. Petter Galleries Harvest Dinner

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:

Saugatuck Dunes State Park 

Enjoy long, hilly hikes through the lush forest at Saugatuck Dunes State Park and wind up on the beach.

Shore Acres Park

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.

Oval Beach

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.

River Bluff Park

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).

Crane’s Orchards

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!

Virtue Cider

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.

Things to do Labor Day weekend 2018 in Michigan

labor day weekend 2018 in michigan

The last three-day weekend of summer is fast approaching. What will you get up to? Send off summer the right way with a vacation you and your group will remember for years to come. There are plenty of festivals and activities happening on Labor Day weekend 2018 in Michigan. Here are a few we think are well worth visiting.

Events and festivals on Labor Day Weekend 2018 in Michigan

Marquette Blues Fest – Marquette

This annual festival celebrates the best in blues. Catch the top blues acts from New Orleans, Memphis, Chicago and St. Louis all weekend long in Marquette’s Mattson Lower Harbor Park. The festival will also have workshops, a wide selection of food vendors, and a beer and wine tent. Learn more about the lineup on the festival website.

Michigan Chicken Wing Festival – Lansing

Enjoy food, art, music and community at the Michigan Chicken Wing Festival. Take part in the Wing Eating Contest, the winner of which will be dubbed King or Queen of the Wings, or Wing Tasting Contest where you can help determine which vendor has the best wings.

Labor Day Jazz Weekend – Mackinac Island

Purchase a vacation package at the Grand Hotel and enjoy performances by top jazz musicians all weekend long. The package includes full breakfast and dinner, cocktail receptions, a cookout luncheon, a Sunday morning gospel performance and Q&A sessions with the artists.

Salsa Festival – Harbor Beach

Celebrate salsa in Harbor Beach! Sample a variety of locally made salsas at this spicy festival. Your taste buds will love this event. Spend the rest of the weekend enjoying the quaint, lakeside town that is Harbor Beach.

Labor Day Truck Parade & Ice Cream Social – Holland

This annual parade brings the noise . . . and the ice cream! Kids are sure to enjoy this parade of big trucks. Since 2006, this event has grown into a heavily anticipated local event. Meant to celebrate Holland/Zeeland products and employees, this event is also a great opportunity to have some family friendly fun in West Michigan.

Bridge walks all over the state

Labor Day bridge walks are a bit of a tradition here in Michigan. The Mackinac Bridge Walk has happened every year since 1958, taking thousands of participants across its five-mile expanse over the Straits of Mackinac. Towns throughout the state host their own, miniature versions of the event as well. Find one to attend in the town you plan to visit:

Take a laidback vacation to Saugatuck

Labor Day weeekend 2018 is a great time to chill out before the fall grind kicks in. A visit to tranquil Saugatuck is sure to charge you up and get you ready for whatever the season will bring. Saugatuck is also a great place for a last hurrah of summer, with pristine beaches and plenty of summer activities that you’ll be able to enjoy for the last time in 2018 on Labor Day weekend. Find a place to stay at Lakeshore Lodging.

Featured Image: Labor Day Truck Parade in Holland, Michigan.

This Is Why Your Kids Will Love Express Yourself Art Barn

The appreciation and creation of art aren’t restricted to adults. Sometimes, the most memorable artwork is created by the youngest among us. At Express Yourself Art Barn, children and adults alike have the freedom and tools to create whatever they want. That’s part of the beauty of art, right? The next time your kids (or you!) feel the need to create, head to Fennville, MI and enjoy an afternoon of artistic freedom.

Vacation activities like the Express Yourself Art Barn are an excellent way to engage in the culturally rich landscape of the Saugatuck area. And there’s more to discover. Here at Lakeshore Lodging, we have firsthand knowledge of our area. So, you can trust our expertise when we say, “You should try this!”

Express Yourself Art Barn

The Express Yourself Art Barn is exactly what it sounds like! Most farm structures as old as this 19th-century building are often used for events like weddings, storage, or simply as a landmark. However, this barn has found new life as an art studio. The owner, Carole, was a frequent visitor of Saugatuck, eventually moving to the area and purchasing the barn. What was once home to animals and an orchard is now a welcoming environment centered around fun and creativity!

For over a decade, people of all ages have been coming to the art barn to craft, create, and construct artwork from a variety of mediums. Kids will love the exciting options they have, whether that’s creating necklaces and bracelets, or trying out the pottery wheel. Materials to work with include wood, glass, ceramics, and silk, according to the website. Whatever you create, you’ll get to take home, too! It’s the perfect way to let your children discover new art forms, develop their sense of creativity, and have fun. Parents can join, too! Spending an afternoon crafting a new piece of art is a great way to bond.

A trip to the art barn is budget-friendly, and the average customer spends $20 between studio and project fees. You can contact Carole by calling (269) 857-5566. The Express Yourself Art Barn is located at 6459 – 130th Ave, Fennville, MI 49408.

Enjoy the Art Coast of Michigan!

If you love art, then Saugatuck and the surrounding area is for you. The town’s thriving art community is home to numerous art galleries and studios! Of course, you can’t experience art in Saugatuck without a trip to the Saugatuck Center for the Arts. Exhibitions, live music and theatre, art programs for kids, and more are all in store here. Make an art tour of the area by visiting the art barn, the Saugatuck Center for the Arts, and any of the great local galleries.

Create Your Own Adventure and Vacation in Saugatuck

Where do you go when you want Lake Michigan beauty, excellent art galleries, and great local dining? Saugatuck, MI, of course! Home to Oval Beach and an inviting, diverse community, Saugatuck makes for an unforgettable summer vacation spot. Let Lakeshore Lodging help you, with our selection of Lake Michigan vacation homes. Whether you’re looking for a lakefront house or a cozy home in town, we have a vacation rental for you. With features like fully equipped kitchens, WiFi, hot tubs, and more, you’ll be able to relax, worry-free. Plus, thanks to our convenient location, the best attractions in the area are only minutes away! Contact us today to start planning your Saugatuck getaway.