Where to do your holiday shopping in Saugatuck

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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.

This is Why You’ll Love the Saugatuck Christmas Parade

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With the holiday season comes some of the best events in the entire calendar year. The Saugatuck Christmas Parade is no exception! Join in on the fun on Saturday, December 1, 2018 and see all the characters in costume. Per tradition, parade patrons are encouraged to dress up as their favorite character from the movie, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” The parade isn’t the only fun Christmas event going on around that time, though. Read on to learn more.

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The Saugatuck Christmas Parade Headlines the Day

Don’t miss the main event! The parade begins at 1 p.m., as it does every year, on Butler Street in downtown Saugatuck. Get into costume and join the ranks! Characters like Cindy Lou Who, famed Mayor Augustus Maywho, the Grinch, and even his dog Max will all be in attendance marching in the parade. Watch as Mayor Augustus Maywho leads the way as parade marshall, and see all the elaborate costumes.

In addition to all the fun costumes, the women-only Peppermint Stick Brigade will be there in full red and gold garb to welcome in the holiday season. Along with them, the men-only Snow Shovel Drill Team performs their famed snow shovel drills to the crowd’s delight. Lastly, the Saugatuck High School Band marches, performing Christmas music to inaugurate the season. Oh, and don’t forget the best-dressed pets!

Other Fun Activities That Day

After the parade, families with children can enjoy Santa’s Workshop in downtown Saugatuck, starting at 11 a.m. It’s the perfect chance for the kiddos to see exactly where their toys come from and meet Santa. Kids crafts, music, tree decorating, and refreshments await you and your little ones! Throughout the afternoon, free carriage rides will leave from Coral Gables Annex and take you on a whimsical winter journey through town. That evening, a holiday tree lighting takes place at the Rose Garden on Butler Street in downtown Saugatuck. Come out and enjoy the hot chocolate and cookies and join in the holiday carols. It’s the perfect way to end a full day of holiday fun.

Reasons to stay in Lake Michigan holiday rentals this year

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If you’re used to hosting family at home every year during the holidays, the idea of renting a vacation home for the holidays might strike you as unorthodox. But lend us your eyes for a moment and we’ll show you why staying in one of Lakeshore Lodging‘s Lake Michigan holiday rentals is actually a brilliant idea.

Hosting get-togethers for holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Eve can be a lot of work. But choosing to host in a vacation rental can take a lot of the headache out, and you can enjoy the perks of a nice home with beds for everyone. Here are 8 reasons why you should spend the holidays in a vacation rental.

8 reasons to stay in Lake Michigan holiday rentals

1. Homes with great views

Maintaining holiday traditions is nice, but sometimes a change of scenery is in order. Make your holiday celebration picturesque: rent a vacation home with a view of Lake Michigan, or rent a cabin tucked away in a forest of vibrant autumn trees.

2. Room for extended family

One of the hardest things about the holidays is not having the space to host all of your family.  But it’s simple when you can just rent a larger home. When your house isn’t big enough to host the Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Hanukkah dinner of your dreams, it’s easy to find a spacious vacation rental with everything you need.

holiday vacation rental christmas cookies3. Homes with spacious kitchens/entertaining areas

Having the space for everyone to gather and enjoy each other’s company can be hard when you have a lot of people to host. But a variety of holiday vacation rentals come with open floor plans, large dining tables, and spacious kitchens with all the amenities you need to entertain and make the most of your togetherness.

4. Sleeping accommodations for the whole family

Everyone can have a comfy bed to retreat to when the festivities are done in a vacation rental big enough to host everyone. No one need sleep on an air mattress when you choose to stay in a vacation rental for the holidays.

5. Off-season pricing

The fall and winter months mean lower prices on all our Lake Michigan holiday rentals. You can save between 30-50% off of peak season rates when you stay with us for the holidays. So, really, the holidays couldn’t be a more perfect time to stay in a Lake Michigan vacation rental!

6. Personal catering and grocery delivery services

Take advantage of the hospitality hook-ups vacation rental services can offer. You can arrange to have your meals personally catered by a local business or have your grocery shopping done for you in advance when you stay with Lakeshore Lodging. Grocery delivery is available in the Saugatuck area via Shipt, so Shipt members can have groceries delivered right to their vacation rentals. Take the tedium out of your holiday hosting tasks!

7. Homes are clean and ready when you walk in

Another stressful chore associated with holiday get-togethers: making sure everything is clean and ready for your guests. Well, when you choose to stay in a vacation rental for your holiday extravaganza, we take care of all the cleaning for you.

8. Housekeeping service when you leave

When all is said and done, you don’t have to clean after your guests when everybody leaves. All we ask at Lakeshore Lodging is that you load and run the dishwasher (no need to unload it) and take out the trash. The rest is up to us.

There are even more reasons to book a holiday stay at a Lake Michigan vacation rental. Discover them for yourself when you book a cozy cabin at Lakeshore Lodging.

Help us support Toys for Tots this year!

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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 1  through December 15, 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 1 and December 15, 2017, 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.

4 of the Best Reasons to Spend Christmas in Michigan

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If you’re planning a vacation in the winter, a state that experiences heavy snowfall annually like Michigan might not be at the top of your list. However, don’t let the precipitation scare you away – Michigan embodies every essential Christmas element. Cozy fireplaces, snowy evenings, and an atmosphere that encourages community and cheer: if you ask us, that sounds like the perfect place to spend Christmas 2016. There are a lot of things that we love about living in Michigan, and one of them is spending time with the ones closest to us over the holidays. Christmas in Michigan provides the perfect opportunity to do that, and if you stay with us in Saugatuck, you’ll see for yourself why we love it!

4 of the Best Reasons to Spend Christmas in Michigan

1. The Scenery

We’ll start with the most obvious reason: postcard-worthy scenery. What comes to mind when you think of Christmas? Presents, lights, and Santa aside, you might picture smoke rising from chimneys on snow-covered roofs, fir trees, and the gentle glow of streetlamps illuminating gentle snowfalls. That’s what you’ll find here. It’s hard to beat the views that we have in winter! Bundle up and explore the beauty that is Christmas in Michigan.

2. There’s Actually a Town Called Christmas in Michigan

Alright, we couldn’t resist listing this one. A town in Michigan that’s actually called Christmas? Yes, it exists, and yes, it’s celebration of all things Christmas! If you’re looking for the ornaments decorations or anything other Christmas related item, well, this is the place to be. The hotels in town capitalize on the name, and you can stay at places like Evergreen Cottage, White Pine Lodge, and Winter Dreamland. In the winter, snowmobiling is the activity of choice. Note: Christmas is quite a drive from Saugatuck (over six hours). We listed it here not as a local attraction, but more of a reason to visit our state during the holidays. And, well, how could we not talk about such a unique town?

3. Snow

If you live in a state that considers 70 degrees to be chilly, then Christmas for you probably involves palm trees, the sunshine, and flip-flops. There’s no better place to get your fill of snow – or experience it for the first time – than here in Michigan. That white powdery stuff that falls from the sky arrives in feet here, not inches, and transforms the Great Lakes State into a winter wonderland.

4. Christmas Celebrations in Saugatuck-Douglas

We saved the best for last. All across the state, you can find holiday festivals and craft shows, but if you want the best Christmas in Michigan experience, then make plans to visit Saugatuck. Between our lovely town and neighboring Douglas, we celebrate the season throughout the entire month of December! This Saugatuck-Douglas Christmas calendar is packed with great events for everyone. The fun gets going on Saturday, Dec. 3, with the Christmas Bazaar, Saugatuck’s “Whootville” Christmas Parade, and much more. That’s only the start of the fun! Other great events include Winterfest at Felt Mansion (Dec. 10), performances of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” Wine Tasting at Felt Mansion (Dec. 17), Christmas Eve services, and a Christmas dinner! Visit the Saugatuck-Douglas events calendar for more information.

Spend this Christmas in Saugatuck

A pleasant town with a creative community and welcoming spirit, Saugatuck draws people from across the country annually. Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, our town is the ideal getaway, any time of year. Enjoy a lazy vacation on Oval Beach, explore local art galleries and vineyards, or cozy up for the holidays here. No matter when you visit or how many people you bring with you, let Lakeshore Lodging help you find the perfect place to stay. Our Lake Michigan vacation homes feature all the amenities and space you need, whether you want a house on the shore or an apartment in town. Stay with Lakeshore Lodging, and see what makes Saugatuck so special. Contact us today, online or by calling (866) 765-7522.