8 nature getaways in Saugatuck to cure what ails you

When the hustle of city life has reached a fever pitch, an escape to a slower pace is in order. Located just a two-hour drive from Chicago, Saugatuck/Douglas is a natural retreat that will restore your mellow. Whether you’re looking for a cabin with a rustic feel on the lakeshore, or a quiet wooded neighborhood close to town shops and restaurants, here are a few nature getaways in Saugatuck that will help you meet your nature needs.

Lake Michigan vacation rentals in the thick of nature

If you’re not much of a camper, but you could still use a good helping of nature, these vacation rentals along the Lake Michigan lakeshore are just what the doctor ordered.

Ridgeway Cottage

Sleeps: 9, Bedrooms: 4, Bathrooms: 2

Located just past where the pavement ends and before Lake Michigan begins, Ridgeway Cottage is a natural haven. The fresh scent of cedar greets you as you enter the quaint, rustic cabin with rough hewn wood walls. With amenities like a gas stove, a screened porch that envelops you in greenery, and a hot tub in the wooded backyard, you won’t want to leave!

Beach Cottage

Sleeps: 8, Bedrooms: 3, Bathrooms: 2

This understated Lake Michigan cottage is tucked in the woods and perched on a bluff overlooking the Great Lake itself. Spend the day sunbathing on the private beach at the bottom of the stairs, grill dinner in the shady front yard, and then close the day with a bonfire and stargazing.

Out and About

Sleeps: 4, Bedrooms: 2, Bathrooms: 1

Across the street from Out and About, you’ll find a dreamy nature preserve. A 10-minute walk through a winding woodland delivers you to a petite, dog friendly Lake Michigan beach and overlook. The home features light, breezy interiors that will only make it easier to clear your mind during your natural getaway, and your pup is more than welcome to join.

By the Beach

Sleeps: 8, Bedrooms: 4, Bathrooms: 2

Pack up a bag with beach towels and sunscreen and take your family on a walk to Douglas Beach when you stay at By the Beach. When you’ve worked up a sufficient appetite, hike back to the home and grill out in the backyard. Wind down around the firepit and retreat to the home’s cozy beds when the day is done. You can hear the gentle echoes of Lake Michigan right from this home’s front deck.

Nature getaways in Saugatuck that are close to town

Even in town, nature pervades Saugatuck/Douglas. You can’t escape the calm afforded by tranquil water views, birdsong, and lush greenery throughout the area.


Sleeps: 8, Bedrooms: 4, Bathrooms: 2.5

One mile from downtown Saugatuck and Douglas, this home has all the hallmarks of a secluded woodland getaway with convenience of location. The modern, minimalist stylings through the home are sure to inspire zen, too.

The Crows Nest

Sleeps: 8, Bedrooms: 4, Bathrooms: 3

Step into this home’s four seasons porch and marvel at the untouched landscape that makes up the Tallmadge Nature Preserve across the coursing river. With remarkable views in every season, time spent in this room alone will cure whatever ails you, and the delicious cuisine of The Southerner is dangerously nearby.

Swan Lodge

Sleeps: 10, Bedrooms: 3, Bathrooms: 3

This log cabin-style home’s location puts it a 4-5 block walk from downtown Saugatuck and right next to a nature preserve, making for a perfect natural getaway that’s not too far from town attractions. Take in lush woodland views from the cabin’s two-story windows. Have a meal with a side of fresh air in the cozy screened porch.

The Nest

Sleeps: 4, Bedrooms: 2, Bathrooms: 1

Fresh, modern decor and a feeling of wooded seclusion make this home, located one mile from downtown Saugatuck, a relaxing retreat. Take a leisurely stroll into town or drive for a day on Oval Beach. When it’s time to turn in, The Nest is a restorative refuge.

The Best Dog Friendly Saugatuck Spots Your Pup Will Love

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Saugatuck is highly acclaimed vacation destination for humans. And if dogs could write travel blogs, we’d probably find they feel the same way! With an array of dog-friendly accommodations to choose from, Saugatuck is a great spot to vacation with your pup. Read on to find out just how dog friendly Saugatuck is.

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Jack and Gabby

Dog Friendly Saugatuck Shopping and Restaurants

Just Dogs Saugatuck

Many of downtown Saugatuck’s unique shops and art galleries welcome dogs to browse alongside you. Make your first stop Just Dogs Saugatuck to see what’s in the fresh-baked treat case. Or grab a serving of Yoghund Frozen Yogurt. Just Dogs Saugatuck also hosts a dog from a local shelter on most Saturdays. So, stop in and say hello!

Just Add Water

You can’t miss Just Add Water’s faux beach stocked with yard games and beach gear that surrounds the brightly painted building. This cool beach store is  a must-see destination that also welcomes your pooch to join in the fun. You’ll most likely meet Jack & Gabby, the owner’s dogs,  roaming the store.

Scooters Café & Pizzeria

During the summer months, Scooters Café & Pizzeria on Culver Street allows dogs on their patio. Scooters serves up hand-tossed pizzas and a classic pizza parlor vibe perfect for relaxing with your pup and grabbing some lunch! Try the deluxe, and we won’t judge if you give Fido a small bite of that delicious Italian sausage.

Wag-worthy Attractions

Tails n’ Trails Dog Park

Tails n’ Trails Dog Park offers space for your dog to get out and run. This Saugatuck dog park has separate areas for small and large dogs to keep the peace and make sure everyone has a good time. The runs have trees, grassy and sandy areas, and plenty of room for your pup to expel some of that energy. There is also a woodland trail for walking with your dog.

Saugatuck Dunes State Park

Saugatuck Dunes State Park has various hiking trails through woodland and dune habitats that are dog friendly, although dogs are not allowed on the beach. With miles and miles of trails and smells for days, your dog will be in heaven on a hike in this park. After all that walking, your pooch will be ready to take a big nap and dream about vacationing in dog friendly Saugatuck.

Camp Saugapup

If you and your family have some plans during your vacation that aren’t dog friendly, and you don’t want to leave your pup cooped up, take him to Camp Saugapup! This cage-free, country doggy daycare is located on over four acres of fenced-in natural area. With a temperature-controlled play barn and lots of room to roam and play, Spike won’t have any hard feelings about you leaving him for a day.

Bring your pup to Saugatuck

If any of those places sound like a fun time your pooch will love, bring him along on your next vacation in Saugatuck. Stay in one of these great dog friendly vacation rentals.

The best Lake Michigan waterfront pet friendly vacation rentals

Lake Michigan waterfront pet friendly vacation rentals

For the dog owners among us, a family vacation just isn’t complete if the pup can’t come too. One of the best ways to make the most of a Saugatuck summer vacation is to stay right on a Lake Michigan beach, but finding the perfect Lake Michigan waterfront pet friendly vacation rentals can be a challenge. We’re here to help.

We’ve pulled together 4 great Lake Michigan waterfront pet friendly vacation rentals. There’s something here for every kind of group, from cozy lakeside cottages to spacious, historic homes overlooking the bluff. Find the waterfront pet friendly vacation rental that best fits your vacation.

3 great Lake Michigan waterfront pet friendly vacation rentals

Beach Cottage

Sleeps: 8, Bedrooms: 3, Bathrooms: 2

This classic Lake Michigan cottage is a perfect spot for a family vacation. Tucked away in a wooded enclosure, this home feels very private. Cook out on the grill in the shady front yard and enjoy views of the lake while you picnic. Descend stairs down the bluff to reach this pet friendly vacation rental’s private beach.