The best way to spend a morning in Saugatuck

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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

morning in saugatuckCatch 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 morning in saugatuckRiver.

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.

morning in saugatuckStroll 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.


Uncommon Coffee Roasters Will Energize Your Day

uncommon coffee roasters

Whether you need a morning pick-me-up or a warm place to spend an afternoon of work, you definitely want to stop by one of Saugatuck’s best cafes:  Uncommon Coffee Roasters. Making great coffee since 1994 in Saugatuck, owners Guy Darienzo and Stephen Keye produce coffee with a purpose. Their excellent coffee also provides a place for conversation and the exchanging of ideas. You’ll love the vibe, and we bet you’ll love the coffee, too.

Uncommon Grounds at Uncommon Coffee Roasters

Uncommon Coffee Roasters roast, in small batches, high-quality coffee from around the world. You can find this coffee for sale in any of their coffee shops as well as featured in any of their coffee and espresso drinks. Due to popular demand, they opened a wholesale coffee business in 2010 in neighboring Douglas, shipping their fresh roasted coffee all over the country.

Equally unique as their coffee roasting ventures, Uncommon Coffee Roasters create uncommon grounds as an NGLCC Certified LGBT Business Enterprise. That means they fully support diversity and inclusion when it comes to people from all walks of life. They strive to create a safe space for everyone, but especially the LGBT community of West Michigan. After all, everyone should be able to comfortably enjoy quality coffee from Uncommon Coffee Roasters.

Sustainable Quality for Coffee Lovers

The company also works with coffee producers from all over the world to better understand their beans and culture, sourcing coffee only from producers to whom they’ve traveled. Uncommon Coffee Roasters prides themselves in their diverse partnerships and seeks to promote fellow companies that share the same values. The end result is sustainable, high-quality, and delicious coffee responsibly sourced from incredible producers.

You’ll find sustainability in the way they do everything. From 100% compostable single serve coffee pods to cold brew in recyclable paper cartons to 100% compostable coffee cups, UCR strives to be ecologically responsible for minimizing their carbon footprint as a company. You can find their fully compostable products at their wholesale store. That’s because they don’t just seek to reduce their own carbon footprint, but that of everyone who enjoys their coffee!

Where Can You Find the Best Breakfast in Saugatuck?

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What better way is there than to start off a day than in a cozy breakfast place, sitting in the warm sunshine in front of a pile of fluffy pancakes or an omelet cooked to perfection? When you’re having breakfast in Saugatuck, those opportunities are abundant. There are many wonderful little breakfast joints in town from which to choose. So, where can you find the best breakfast in Saugatuck?

If you’re looking for the most incredible experiences in the Saugatuck area, breakfast or otherwise, then you ought to check out the vacation plan tool from Lakeshore Lodging! We consider ourselves experts on everything Saugatuck, and we’re confident there’s something for everyone on the list!

Say, “Good Morning!” With Breakfast in Saugatuck

Uncommon Coffee Roasters

Nothing says, “Good Morning!” like a hot cup of fresh-roasted coffee or espresso drinks. Pair that with their green initiative to be fully recyclable and one of their pastries, and you’ve got a recipe for an eco-friendly, delicious start to your day! Word on the street is that their blueberry coffee cake is to die for!

Pumpernickel’s Eatery

If you want homey, comfortable breakfast food, Pumpernickel’s Eatery is a must-try! For food made with love and healthy, quality ingredients, you definitely want to start at least one of your vacation days here. Try their Pure Michigan omelet filled with sweet corn, peppers, leeks, and goat gouda. Or, if you’re craving French toast, they grill their’s and serve it with only the best Michigan maple syrup.

The Southerner

If you’re looking for a little southern hospitality up north, then The Southerner is your place. For breakfast, you’ll love the comfortable atmosphere overlooking the Kalamazoo River. Feast on one of Nana’s cinnamon rolls, chilaquiles verde, or Benton’s benedict! Hang around for lunch and enjoy their fried chicken and whiskey special!

Ida Red’s Cottage

Ida Red’s has been a breakfast staple in Saugatuck for years. The classic American breakfast diner is the perfect place for egg scrambles, pancakes, and they have famous muffins, served hot. You’ll love the quaint and comfortable atmosphere and easy-going setting.


At Boardwalk, you’ll find some of the best, affordable, gourmet breakfast sandwiches! Named after major city’s and their respective style, choose the Boston or the Atlanta, two of many. You’ll love the casual vibe and many other menu options, breakfast and otherwise.

Delicious Breakfast is a Great Way to Start Your Vacation Right

When you wake up to your first morning of vacation, what is your first thing on the agenda? Breakfast! Try any of these great places for breakfast in Saugatuck and you won’t regret it! And, when you stay with us here at Lakeshore Lodging, you’ll be just minutes away from these and many other great places to eat, things to do, and more! You’ll love our comfortable vacation rentals and feel right at home. Check out our available properties and see for yourself the kind of comfort you can enjoy! Then, contact us to book your stay. And, if you need more great ideas for things to do in the area, touch base with our recommendations for your vacation plan! You’ll love it here!