Waking up early is easy on a summer day in Saugatuck. With the promise of beautiful scenery–whether you catch the sunrise over Lake Michigan or walk along the Kalamazoo River in the soft early light–you won’t want to sleep away a morning in Saugatuck.
The key to making the most of a morning in Saugatuck is to relax. Wake up when your body tells you to and relish in your morning moments. You’re on vacation: use the time you’ve carved out to take things slow. If that means sleeping in, by all means, stay in the cozy embrace of your bed! But if you’re an early riser, here are some ideas for what to do on a Saugatuck morning.
How to spend a perfect morning in Saugatuck
Catch a Lake Michigan sunrise
You’ll have to wake up a little before 6 a.m. on most summer mornings to catch the sunrise, but the remarkable views will make it more than worth it. A vibrant gradient of rich oranges, pale yellows, and cool blues gradually floods the sky while the calm lake reflects it back. Your waking eyes will thank you for the view. Stay in a lakeside vacation rental with a view so you need only roll out of bed and put on a pot of coffee to make the most of it.
Wake up with some morning yoga
Gentle exercise is a great way to wake up your body–and yoga promises to get you in the relaxed mindset your restorative vacation calls for. Yoga requires its practitioners to move and breathe deliberately–something we often forget to do in our daily lives. Choose to flip the script for this vacation. Get your morning flow in at Satya Yoga in Saugatuck. You can also find outdoor morning yoga sessions at Red Dock in the summer–where your practice is accompanied by a fresh breeze and the sounds of the Kalamazoo River.
Get your caffeine fix
If you haven’t already gotten your morning jolt, take a walk over to Uncommon Coffee Roasters for a delicious cup of coffee. The relaxed cafe atmosphere is a delightful place to spend the morning. Grab a light breakfast from the bakery and park yourself by a window where you can read or people watch.
Fuel the tank with a hearty breakfast
If you’ve worked up an appetite, a scone from Uncommon Coffee Roasters might not cut it. Luckily there are many great breakfast spots right in downtown Saugatuck. Walk to Pumpernickel’s Eatery, Ida Red’s Cottage, or GROW for a deliciously hearty breakfast, whether you’re in the mood for something savory or something sweet.
Stroll the sidewalks of downtown Saugatuck
Once you’re all fueled up, spend the rest of your morning strolling the quiet sidewalks in town. A walk along Water Street promises gorgeous views of the Kalamazoo River. Window shop the boutiques in town, and step into the ones that capture your fancy. Make small talk with the business owners. You never know–you might discover something new to shape the rest of the day’s activities.