Best pet friendly lodging in downtown Saugatuck

pet friendly lodging in downtown saugatuck

Sometimes vacation just doesn’t feel like vacation if you can’t bring along your pup. Luckily, there are plenty of lodging options in Saugatuck that welcome your pooch. These dog friendly vacation rentals are all located in the center of the action in downtown Saugatuck.  Bring Sparky with you on your next vacation. Here are a few great options for pet friendly lodging in downtown Saugatuck.

Pet friendly lodging in downtown Saugatuck


Bedrooms: 3, Bathrooms: 3, Sleeps: 8

Northgate puts you within mere steps of the attractions of downtown Saugatuck. It’s a warm, spacious downtown home with great amenities like a gas fireplace in the living room and a hot tub. You and your pup will feel right at home in this vacation rental.

I Love Lucy

Bedrooms: 3, Bathrooms: 2.5, Sleeps: 6

This downtown vacation rental has a gorgeous backyard, equipped with ample outdoor furnishings. Listen to the soothing sounds of the canal while you bask in the sunshine, read, play card games, or dine. Inside, the main floor’s open concept floor plan makes entertaining guests a cinch.

Hoopdee Scootee Suite

Bedrooms: 1, Bathrooms, 1.5, Sleeps: 4

This cute two-story apartment is located right above a downtown Saugatuck storefront. It’s just right for a couple looking to walk around and shop in Saugatuck. The light interiors brighten the space, and a breath of fresh air is easy to catch on the small deck attached to the dining area.

Butlers Quarters

Bedrooms: 1, Bathrooms: 1, Sleeps: 4

This precious rental boasts a cozy screened porch perfect for a morning spent with a cup of coffee and a good book. It’s within easy walking distance of some great Saugatuck shops and restaurants. Butlers Quarters is a quaintly small in-town vacation rental.

Mason Loft

Bedrooms: 1, Bathrooms: 1, Sleeps: 2

This one bedroom apartment is also located right above a Saugatuck store. Right across from Charlie’s ‘Round the Corner Ice Cream Shop, it’s also within easy reach of other great summer Saugatuck activities.

7 vacation rentals perfect for an anniversary getaway in Saugatuck

anniversary getaway in saugatuck

Your anniversary is coming up, and you want to give your spouse something special. You could go with the classic flowers, chocolates, or wine. You could indulge with some kind of luxurious gift, like an expensive watch or a deep tissue massage. Or you could conjure up a nostalgic gift, symbolic of the roots of your relationship. All could work just fine, but none seem to strike the right chord–one that truly celebrates your partnership.

You know what would? A vacation.

What better way to celebrate your marriage than to devote some time to nourishing it? Escape from your day-to-day responsibilities and just relax by each other’s side. You could go anywhere, but below you’ll find 7 reasons why you should make your destination Saugatuck, Michigan. Here are 7 vacation rentals perfect for an anniversary getaway in Saugatuck.

Best vacation rentals for an anniversary getaway in Saugatuck

Bluffs Cove

Bedrooms: 2, Bathrooms: 1, Sleeps: 6

Bluffs Cove is perched on the corner of a lakeside bluff and is thusly surrounded by gorgeous, uninhibited Lake Michigan views. Enjoy them from inside the cozy home through the wall to wall windows. Recline in the chairs on the deck and watch the sunset. When night falls, jump into the hot tub and stargaze.

Out and About

Bedrooms: 2, Bathrooms: 1, Sleeps: 4, Dog Friendly

Nestled in a quiet spot on Lakeshore Drive, Out and About is an airy, updated cottage. It’s across from a beautiful nature preserve with a winding trail that leads to a Lake Michigan beach and overlook–a great spot to crack a bottle of wine and enjoy the sunset with one another.

The Nest

Bedrooms: 2, Bathrooms: 1, Sleeps 4, Dog Friendly

This cozy 2 bedroom home is located just outside of downtown Saugatuck. Tucked at the end of a long driveway, The Nest feels like a forested retreat, but it’s within walking distance of the restaurants and attractions of downtown. Enjoy the clean, modern style elements in the home.

Swan Lodge

Bedrooms: 3, Bathrooms: 3, Sleeps: 10

Swan Lodge offers rustic style and unreal woodland views. Enjoy the feeling of having escaped to the wilderness, along with the convenience of being just a brisk walk into downtown Saugatuck. Whether you want to stay in or explore the area, Swan Lodge is the perfect home base.

Peterson Mill

Bedrooms: 1, Bathrooms: 1, Sleeps: 4, Dog Friendly

You’ll struggle to find a home quainter than this historic mill surrounded by water views. The scenery is idyllic and the location is prime, with the delicious cuisine of The Southerner right down the road in one direction, and the rest of downtown Saugatuck in the other.

Hoopdee Scootee Suite

Bedrooms: 1, Bathrooms: 1.5, Sleeps: 4, Dog Friendly

This two-story apartment located above a downtown Saugatuck storefront puts you directly in the center of the energy of downtown, but once inside, the home feels like a peaceful oasis. Bright interiors and charismatic decor create an inviting environment that is sure to recharge you after a day at the beach or shopping around town.

Where to bike in Saugatuck

where to bike in saugatuck

Exploring on bike is an entirely unique way to experience a place. Whereas a road trip is often much more about the destination, a bike ride is all about the journey. You see your surroundings in a much more intimate way. It’s easy to just pick a stop and explore as you go, and you get to enjoy the fresh air. There are a number of different ways to experience Saugatuck on bike. Here’s where to bike in Saugatuck.

Where to bike in Saugatuck

Rent a bike in Saugatuck

Enjoying Saugatuck/Douglas on bike doesn’t mean you have to haul your bicycles with you from home. There are a couple of spots you can rent bikes right in town, putting you in the center of the action.

Just Add Water

Just Add Water

Located right on Center Street in Douglas, Just Add Water is a great spot to pick up a couple of bikes. Choose to ride out to Lakeshore Drive for unbeatable bluff-top views, or head into town to explore the shops. Try a Madsen bike (see picture), featuring a large rear bucket with seats and seatbelts for up to four small children. Or take the seats out and carry your gear or your dog!

Big Lake Outfitters

This shop is located on Water Street in downtown Saugatuck and is another great option for bike rentals.

Leisurely road biking

If you’re looking for a low-intensity, leisurely road biking experience in Saugatuck/Douglas, here’s what we recommend.

Shore Acres/Saugatuck Dunes State Park

Downtown Saugatuck/Douglas

One of the best ways to explore the quaint streets of Saugatuck/Douglas is on bike. See the sights, stop in the shops that catch your eye, and enjoy the fresh air as you cruise through town.

Blue Star Trail

This growing paved trail takes you for a ride along the Blue Star Highway. It’s a great stretch of trail for a casual ride along our iconic highway.

Mountain biking

For those looking for a more challenging and fast-paced approach, try these trails.

Kal Haven Trail. Image: Chris McGuire Photography

Shore Acres

This park is located right next to Saugatuck Dunes State Park and Felt Mansion. It’s a forested environment with plenty of challenging features that will make for an exciting mountain bike ride.

Long ride

Work on your endurance and explore the surrounding area when you choose one of these longer pathways that are commonly used among bicyclists in the area.

Beeline Trail

This is the fastest bicycle route between Saugatuck and Holland, and it’s a scenic one at that. Clocking in at around 24 miles round trip, it’s also a good workout.

Kal Haven Trail State Park

Drive just 20 minutes south of Saugatuck to find the Kal Haven Trail, which connects South Haven and Kalamazoo, Michigan. The crushed limestone path is 34 miles long and guides you through wooded areas, past farm lands, and over rivers and streams.

Downtown vacation rentals in Saugatuck Douglas

downtown vacation rentals in saugatuck douglas

Saugatuck Douglas perfectly marries the hospitality of a quaint small town with the culture of the big city. The towns’ walkable downtown spaces put you in the center of shops to explore, art galleries to admire, and restaurants that will make your palate sing. Experience this unique community in its entirety when you choose to stay in one of these downtown vacation rentals in Saugatuck Douglas.

Downtown vacation rentals in Saugatuck

Butlers Quarters

Sleeps: 4, Bedrooms: 1, Bathrooms: 1 | Dog Friendly

A summer morning at Butlers Quarters starts with a cup of coffee in its breezy screened porch and gives way to a day filled with exploring downtown Saugatuck. Walk, shop, and eat your way through town. When you’re all tuckered out, your cozy bed is just a short walk away.

Hoopdee Scootee Suite

Sleeps: 4, Bedrooms: 1, Bathrooms: 1.5 | Dog Friendly

Wake up in bright, airy Hoopdee Scootee Suite and then waste no time to get yourself to Oval Beach. The Chain Ferry is just three blocks from this multi-floor apartment and will deliver you within walking distance of the award-winning beach. When you’ve had your fill of vitamin D, hike back home, take a nap, and then get ready for a night of walking between Saugatuck’s best restaurants and bars.

Mason Loft

Sleeps: 2, Bedrooms: 1, Bathrooms: 1 | Dog Friendly

End a day spent exploring the galleries and storefronts of downtown Saugatuck in the soft embrace of Mason Loft. This apartment’s comfy furnishings and quiet atmosphere make it a peaceful retreat amongst the buzz of downtown. Your pup is also more than welcome to kick back in this home, too.

Saugatuck Townhome 7

Sleeps: 6, Bedrooms: 3, Bathrooms: 3.5

Start your day with a fine cup of coffee and a hearty breakfast at Ida Red’s Cottage, located right down the road from this spacious townhome. After breakfast, enjoy a refreshing riverside walk down Water Street and stop in the shops that intrigue you. As the day winds down, hop aboard the sternwheeler Star of Saugatuck for a sunset cruise on the Kalamazoo River. When the ship docks, your home base is just across the street.

Downtown vacation rentals in Douglas

Beacon Court Condo D

Sleeps: 8, Bedrooms: 3, Bathrooms: 3

Bustling Center Street in Douglas is just a few short blocks from the Beacon Court Condos. Grab morning coffee at Respite Cappuccino Court and spend the day perusing Douglas’s boutiques and art galleries. For lunch, catch Music on the Lawn at Borrowed Time.

Beacon Court Condo F

Sleeps: 8, Bedrooms: 3, Bathrooms: 2.5

Proximity to the shops and restaurants of downtown Douglas is a major hallmark of the Beacon Court Condos, but if a day of outdoor activities is more your style, you’re in luck. Take a refreshing morning walk along North Water Street to reach Wade’s Bayou Park, where you can rent kayaks for a day on the calm waters of Kalamazoo Lake.

Home Away

Sleeps: 4, Bedrooms: 2, Bathrooms: 1 | Dog Friendly

Rent bikes from Just Add Water, located right across the street from this cozy condo, and spend your day cruising around both Douglas and Saugatuck. Check out LaFontsee Galleries, grab a delicious lunch to-go at Farmhouse Deli, or spend the day soaking up the sun on Oval Beach.