5 farm to table Saugatuck restaurants to inspire your palate

Choosing to eat locally produced food has a bevy of benefits. The most obvious being that your food is guaranteed to be fresh–none of it will have spent days traveling cross country in a truck. For that reason, eating locally is also ecofriendly, because it reduces emissions from shipping. You can experience the difference yourself at a variety of farm to table Saugatuck restaurants.

Farm to table restaurants strive to source their ingredients locally. They develop personal relationships with the people who produce them and are invested in the freshness and quality of the products they use. That means you don’t have to wonder where your food is coming from, and you get to enjoy a fresh, delicious meal you can feel good about. These are our favorite farm to table Saugatuck restaurants to support.

Experience farm to table Saugatuck

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Grow is a great spot for breakfast or brunch. Their menu is filled with inspired plates made with locally sourced ingredients, making it an obvious choice for a farm to table meal.

Everyday People Cafe

This Douglas restaurant is a long-time favorite. Its diverse menu features farm-sourced ingredients where possible. It’s a great spot for brunch or dinner, and their diverse selection of fine wines and craft beers make this cafe a must visit during your stay in the area.

farm to table saugatuckSalt of the Earth

Salt of the Earth is located in Fennville, a rich farming community. The restaurant invites visitors to “savor the bounty of the Michigan farm, beverage, and roots music communities.” If a taste of the local terroir is what you seek, Salt of the Earth is the place to go.

The Southerner

Located right on the river, The Southerner serves up great views, warm hospitality, and spicy southern inspired dishes. They source ingredients from a variety of local producers, which you can read more about on their website.

the southerner farm to table saugatuckKismet Farm Bakery

For ethically produced breads to pair with your home cooked meals or desserts to follow them up with, Kismet Farm Bakery is a must visit.  They pride themselves on using all organic dairy and fruit, sourcing them locally whenever possible. Their website proclaims: “ecovore and locavore customers can rest assured that we have made the best choices for each ingredient, in each amazing product.”

 

Why You Need to Visit Saugatuck Brewing Company

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Michigan is well-known for its abundance of great craft beer. The Great Lakes state gets a lot of things right, and one of those is beer. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to find a quality brewery, and craft beer is celebrated at dozens of festivals throughout the year. In Saugatuck, you can end your pursuit for the perfect pint without ever having to leave town! At Saugatuck Brewing Company, you’ll find a selection of palate-pleasing beers, brewed locally. Grab a six pack or growler to go, or sit down and pair a burger with an SBC beer–your taste buds deserve it.

Exceptional Michigan Craft Beer at Saugatuck Brewing Company

For over a decade, Saugatuck Brewing Company (SBC) has been providing the Saugatuck-Douglas area with excellent beer, great food, and an inviting atmosphere. Whether you’re a beer connoisseur or just want to try one of Saugatuck’s finest establishments, a trip to SBC is right for you.

Beer

The brewery’s pub features 15 beers on tap! From light to dark, hoppy to malty, bitter to bold, there’s brew that you’ll love. Do you want something light and refreshing? Try Paled It!  If you’re looking for a sweet pour, try the Blueberry Maple Stout or the Neapolitan Milk Stout! Hops enthusiasts will love the Singapore IPA and Backyard IPA.  Visit SBC online for a full list of beers on tap and in stores.

Food

Beer’s best friend is good grub, and the SBC Pub serves a lot of it. Enjoy appetizers including Twice Baked Potato Bites and Black Bean Hummus, and if you’re still hungry, chow down on Fish and Chips, a Beer Cheese and Bacon burger, or any of the other mouthwatering menu items. Pair it with one of their freshly brewed beers for an amazing meal!

Events

Live music on Saturdays and Team Bingo on Thursdays is just a sample of the fun at Saugatuck Brewing Company! Brewery tours are offered, too. Check out the events calendar for more details.

If you’ve always wanted to brew your own beer, then you’ll love the Brew On Premise option offered by SBC! For a fee, you’ll be provided with all the necessary ingredients and access to equipment to brew an original batch of beer. More details and pricing can be found online.

Visiting

The brewery is open seven days a week with extended hours on Saturdays. For more information about the beer, Pub, and events, visit the brewery online, or call (269) 857-7222.

Saugatuck Brewing Company is located at 2948 Blue Star Hwy., Douglas, MI 49406.

What’s new in Saugatuck

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Saugatuck will always be a quaint small town perfect for a quiet vacation–but that doesn’t mean we never change. In fact, there’s lots of new places to discover every year. Visit us to find out what’s new in Saugatuck. Here are some new spots we think you shouldn’t miss.

Discover what’s new in Saugatuck

Shop Saugatuck

Kindel & Company

Find quality home goods and gifts at this lifestyle mercantile on Culver Street. Founded in 2004 in Howard, Michigan, Kindel & Co is brand new in Saugatuck.

Saugatuck Art Traders

Take a bit of Michigan’s Art Coast home with you. Saugatuck Art Traders sells “original paintings, limited edition signed fine art prints, sculpture and a few rare finds.”

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Previously near Glenn, Kismet Farm Bakery has moved right into downtown Douglas. Stop by to treat yourself to hearth-baked goods. Be sure to taste their famous Seedy Salt bread–it’s a local favorite.

Dine out

Borrowed Time

Look for the iconic blue house on Water Street. This quaint restaurant opened in Saugatuck in 2016. Enjoy unique wine, craft beer, small plates, and homemade desserts–served right in the living room. It’s one of the spots on our Saugatuck bar crawl, too.

Lucy’s Little Kitchen

This restaurant started as an outdoor patio and hot dog stand and quickly became a favorite spot for lunch among locals and visitors alike. Its new Saugatuck location offers indoor and outdoor dining, a menu full of fresh, locally sourced dishes including a vibrant seafood selection.

bourbon new in saugatuck coppercraft distillery Grow

Breakfast and brunch in Saugatuck was taken to the next level when Grow came into town. With notable dishes like carrot cake pancakes, lavender lemonade, and fish tacos, Grow is a must visit the next time you visit.

Grab a drink

Coppercraft Distillery

This distillery first started making its premium spirits in Holland in 2012. In 2016, they opened a new tasting room in Saugatuck, where visitors can sample all of their handcrafted spirits: vodka, citrus vodka, gin, rum, applejack, bourbon, corn whiskey, and rye whiskey. Enjoy batch cocktails as well!

Guardian Brewing Company

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Saugatuck will be getting a new brewery in January 2019. Guardian Brewing Company is slated to make its home in the Red Barn Theater, where it will host a full restaurant, brewery, and events center.

Hit the water

Retro Boat Rentals

Ever wanted to drive a classic boat? Retro Boat Rentals lets you live out that dream. This new Saugatuck business opened in 2017 and quickly became wildly popular. Cruise the Kalamazoo River in style! Be sure to reserve in advance, these rentals get scooped up quickly.

For your mind & body

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Saugatuck’s premier, luxury medical spa. Redefine Medspa offers everything from facials, to special occasion makeup applications, to therapeutic massages. Visit this new spot to pamper yourself or ease some aches and pains.

Encompass Wellness

Work out and have fun with one of Encompass Wellness’s diverse exercise courses. From yoga, to barre, to cardio drumming. You’re sure to find a class that will change up your hum-drum exercise routine, and your body will thank you.

Get a ride

Uber

Get from A to B with ease with Uber, now available in Saugatuck. Uber started offering its services in Saugatuck in summer 2017. Getting around Saugatuck just got easier!

West Michigan craft beverages to pair with Thanksgiving dinner

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West Michigan is known for its excellent and expanding selection of quality craft beverages. In addition to being downright delicious, the beer, cider, wine, and liquor around here can really enhance a Thanksgiving dinner.  Make your palate happy during your Thanksgiving stay in the Saugatuck area. Pick up a bottle, six-pack, or growler of one of these West Michigan craft beverages.

6 West Michigan craft beverages to pair with Thanksgiving dinner

Michigan Harvest by Virtue Cider 

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Image: Virtue Cider

This semi-dry apple cider is barrel aged in French oak. Its scent evokes a Michigan apple orchard at peak harvest time, and it tastes delicious with traditional Thanksgiving fare.

Chardonnay Reserve by Fenn Valley Winery 

This dry white wine captures the fresh character of the Chardonnay grape and is softened with vanilla tones from the French oak barrel it’s aged in. This wine goes especially well with creamy, squash-based side dishes.

Third Bear English Style Ale by Saugatuck Brewing Company 

“Not too hoppy, not too sweet, this beer is just right.” Third Bear has a toasty flavor with leafy undertones that make it a perfect for pairing with a meal celebrating the autumn harvest. With nine different malts, the beer is complex, but not overwhelming.

west michigan craft beverages thanksgivingDry Apple Cider by Crane’s Winery 

Crane’s Winery features a wide selection of house-made wines and ciders that are sure to delight. Grab some cans for a light, not-too-sweet cider that will harmonize well with a bite of smoky turkey.

Single-Barrel Bourbon by Coppercraft Distillery 

When it’s time for dessert, Coppercraft Distillery’s Single-Barrel Bourbon sings alongside a warm slice of apple pie. The frosty temperatures outside don’t stand a chance with a glass of this warming spirit. This bourbon is aged for a minimum 11 years, and you can pick up a bottle right in downtown Saugatuck.

2013 Riesling Ice Wine by Wyncroft 

If pie doesn’t suit your fancy, make a rich ice wine your dessert. Wyncroft’s 2013 Riesling Ice Wine is a product of that year’s Polar Vortex, which created three tons of frozen grapes that were then pressed and fermented into this sweet beverage. How does it feel on the palate? Wyncroft says it best: “Unctuous, thick, and creamy with an amazingly dense flavor profile of honey-dipped apple and candied apricot, accented with crisp acidity.”

Your Guide to the Best Fall Festivals in Michigan

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With autumn approaching, there’s a lot to look forward to: crisp air, leaves changing, football, and fall festivals. Fall festivals in Michigan are the best way to celebrate the season. Pumpkins, stunning scenery, family fun, and much more are all on the schedule when autumn comes to the Great Lakes State.

Fall festivals in Michigan are a fantastic way to experience Michigan culture. We’ve got your guide to the best fall festivals in Michigan, from the Art Coast to the Upper Peninsula.

Fall Festivals in Michigan You Should Check Out

Saugatuck/Douglas

Known as the Art Coast of Michigan, Saugatuck and the towns nearby are home to some of the best fall festivals in Michigan. In October, Downtown Saugatuck hosts its Fall Fun Days events, where families can enjoy games, food, and music during this month-long celebration. In nearby Douglas, Beery Field will come alive at night during “Glow in the Park,” on October 27. Expect plenty of glow-in-the-dark fun, halloween costumes, food, music, and more. Make sure you come back for the Douglas Nighttime Halloween Parade for Adults the next evening on October 28.

If you want to see Saugatuck’s artistic side this fall, don’t miss the Blue Coast Artists Fall Tour of Studios. This free event will take place on October 7-8, and allows attendees to see the best of the area’s art.

Just ten miles away from Saugatuck is Fennville, home of the Fennville Goose Festival. This year, from October 13-15, attendees can enjoy activities like a 5k race, car parade, carnival, live music, a beer tent, and food.

Charlevoix

What’s fall without apples? Head to Charlevoix on October 13-15, 2017 to celebrate that favorite autumnal fruit at the 39th Annual Apple Fest.

Fairgrove

For seven decades, Fairgrove has been hosting one of the best fall festivals in Michigan: the Michigan Bean Festival. Expect rides, an art show, an auto show, and more, on September 1-4, 2017.

Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids might be Beer City, USA, but when fall comes around, its downtown also plays host to ArtPrize, a multi-week display and celebration of art. This year, it will take place from September 20-October 8, 2017.

Hart

The Silver Lake Sand Dunes Apple & BBQ Festival in Hart, MI, will be held on September 8-9, 2017. The name says it all. Don’t miss out on one of the tastiest fall festivals in Michigan.

Marquette

Fall isn’t reserved solely for seasonal produce and hayrides (although we do love those) – it’s also a great to time to celebrate Michigan craft beer. Head to Marquette in the Upper Peninsula on September 9, 2017, for the U.P. Fall Beer Festival.

Experience Western Michigan In the Fall with Lakeshore Lodging

Year in and year out, visitors from all over come to Saugatuck for its friendly people and natural beauty. Located on the shores of Lake Michigan and home to a thriving art community, the best way to enjoy this beautiful beach town is by staying in a Lakeshore Lodging vacation rental. Our Saugatuck vacation homes feature the amenities and space you need to enjoy your Lake Michigan getaway. Whether you want to stay in town, or steps from Lake Michigan, we have a home for you. Contact us today to book your Michigan getaway and see why Saugatuck is more than just a place to stay.