5 Reasons to start planning your 2019 summer vacation in Michigan now

2019 summer vacation in michigan

Planning your 2019 summer vacation in Michigan is nothing to procrastinate. Popular summer vacation dates are the first to book up here in Saugatuck. To make sure you get the summer vacation you’re dreaming of, start planning now. Not convinced? Read on for 5 reasons you should get those 2019 summer vacation plans in motion.

5 Reasons to start planning your 2019 summer vacation in Michigan right now

Get the dates you want at your ideal home base

Now is your chance to define your perfect summer vacation in Michigan and not let limitations on available dates do it for you. Popular summer vacation dates are already getting scooped up at some of our vacation rentals. Make your plans now and reap the benefits of having set your summer vacation plans in motion early.

Save on travel arrangements

If you’re arriving to your destination via plane, your best chance to save on airfare is to plan early—especially if your vacation falls on a popular travel time. Plus, you get first dibs on the best airplane seats.

Have something to look forward to through the dreary winter months

Winter is coming, and that means the sun is going to be hidden behind clouds more often than it isn’t for the next couple months. Getting your 2019 summer vacation plans set now means you’ll have something real to look forward to when it’s dark and dreary. Daydream about sunbathing on Oval Beach, hiking through Saugatuck Dunes State Park, and roasting s’mores around a beach bonfire.

Collaborate with travel companions more easily

One of the biggest struggles about travel planning is coordinating with everyone who’s going on the trip. When you start planning early on, it’s easier to make sure everyone is on the same page. Planning your summer vacation to Michigan early gives everyone ample time to request time off at work, make arrangements for pet sitters, and gear up for a fun trip to the Great Lakes state.

Reduce stress

Nothing takes a load off your shoulders like checking something off on your to-do list. Taking care of next summer’s vacation plans now will ensure everything comes together exactly how you’re imagining it in your head. Once that’s all set, you can relax and focus on what’s in front of you.

Best apple orchards in Southwest Michigan

apple orchards in southwest michigan

There is nothing more quintessentially fall than going to an apple orchard, picking your own peck, and warming up with cider and donuts afterward. There’s plenty of great places to do just that in Southwest Michigan. These are the top 5 u-pick apple orchards in Southwest Michigan.

Top 5 apple orchards in Southwest Michigan

Crane Orchards

6054 124th Ave, Fennville, MI 49408

Crane Orchards really has it all, with a U-Pick apple orchard, corn maze, cow train, and hay rides. After a day jam packed with fall fun like that, you’ll probably be hungry. Crane’s Pie Pantry Restaurant and Winery is right on site and offers a selection of great meals, a bakery with homemade treats, and house-made hard cider and wine.

Overhiser Orchards

6405 109th Ave. South Haven, MI 49090

This orchard boasts u-pick apples, wagon rides, a historical barn tour, a corn maze, and a variety of farm animals you can see. Take part in the Great Pumpkin Search for a day of hot apple cider, pumpkin picking and fall family fun you won’t soon forget.

Virtue Cider

2170 62nd St., Fennville, MI 49408

Virtue Farms serves craft made hard cider on their scenic farm. Visit Virtue Cider on October 20, 2018 for Apple Fest, an annual festival with tons of fun fall activities. Horse drawn cart rides, a field maze, and a farmers market are just a few of the attractions you can anticipate on that day.

McIntosh Orchards

6431 107th Avenue, South Haven, MI 49090

McIntosh Orchards offers u-pick apples alongside house made hard cider and wine. Check out the cider mill, farm tours, and farm market as well.

Dutch Farm Market

6967 109th Avenue, South Haven, MI 49090

This popular South Haven market has tasty baked goods and ice cream alongside a selection of locally produced goods. You can choose to purchase some already picked fresh apples or pick your own at this spot.

What’s happening this Halloween in Saugatuck 2018

halloween in saugatuck 2018

Halloweekend is coming up. You’ve got a plan for your costume, but where will you go to show it off? Whether you’re looking for kid friendly activities or you want to light up the night, you’ll find something fun to do this Halloween in Saugatuck 2018.

Celebrating Halloween in Saugatuck 2018

Glow in the Park

October 26, 2018 | 6-9 p.m. | Saugatuck Yacht Club

Get your glow on at this fun, family friendly annual kick off party for Halloween weekend. There will be music, food, drinks and plenty of opportunities to glow. Come in your own glowing gear and then enhance it with UV reactive face painting, black light areas, and a merchandise booth.

Halloween Family & Pet Parade

October 27, 2018 | 3:30-5 p.m. | Downtown Saugatuck

Saugatuck’s annual Halloween family & pet parade is always a fun event.  Partake in hot cocoa, cookies, costume contests, and candy at this beloved annual Saugatuck event. Costumed kids, adults, and pets alike are welcome to join in the fun.

Pre-Parade Halloween Dinner at The Kirby

October 27, 2018 | 5-10 p.m. | J. Paul’s at The Kirby

Fuel up for the famous Douglas Halloween Nighttime Parade for Adults with a delicious dinner at J. Paul’s restaurant at The Kirby. Enjoy a 3-course meal and a ghoulish cocktail for $44. This annual event sells out, so make your reservation ASAP!

Douglas Halloween Parade for Adults

October 27, 2018 | 9:30 p.m. | Line up at Beery Field

This energetic display of clever costumes kicks off when the darkness sets in. Adults march through the village of Douglas dressed in their Halloween best. Join in on the fun–line up begins at 9:30 p.m. at Beery Field in Douglas.

Halloween Bash at The Dunes

October 27, 2018 | Immediately following the parade | The Dunes Resort

For those looking to continue the party after the parade, head over to The Dunes Resort for a night of dancing and karaoke.

Free Rides on the Interurban

Oct 27-28, 2018  | 7 p.m.-2 a.m.

Stay safe with our favorite way to get around Saugatuck. The Interurban will take you where you need to go (within Douglas and Saugatuck township) for free on these Halloween weekend nights. Call 269-857-1418.

Featured Image: Douglas Halloween by Erin K. Wilkinson

Kid friendly things to do this fall in Saugatuck

kid friendly things to do this fall in saugatuck

Fall fun abounds in Saugatuck–especially for the kiddos. If you’re looking for something a outside of the run-of-the-mill corn mazes, apple orchards, and pumpkin patches (although we have those too), these fall events are sure to please. Here are a few great kid friendly things to do this fall in Saugatuck.

Top kid friendly things to do this fall in Saugatuck

“Little Feet, Big Feat” – Mt. Baldhead Challenge Children’s Run

Friday, September 7, 6 p.m., Wicks Park, Free

This free children’s run takes place during early pickup and registration for the following day’s Mt. Baldhead Challenge. Children will run 0.5M around the block while parents can register for the vigorous Mt. Baldhead Challenge. The children’s run does not require registration.

Saugatuck Ghoul Fest

Saturday, October 6, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Wicks Park, Free

Visit the Saugatuck Ghoul Fest for a Saturday full of pre-Halloween fun. Attractions include the one-of-a-kind “Art of Halloween” bazaar, coffin races, live music, kid friendly activities and much more.

Children’s Club: Pumpkin Decorating

Saturday, October 13, 12-3 p.m., Forever Curious Children’s Museum, $5/person

Visit the Forever Curious Children’s Museum in Fennville for an afternoon of messy fun. Decorate pumpkins with your little one for just $5 per person. Babies and members can attend for free!

Glow in the Park

Friday, October 26, 6-9 p.m.,  Singapore Yacht Club, Free

Get your glow on at this fun, family friendly annual kick off party for Halloween weekend. There will be music, food, drinks and plenty of opportunities to glow. Come in your own glowing gear and then enhance it with UV reactive face painting, black light areas, and a merchandise booth.

Saugatuck’s Annual Halloween Family & Pet Parade

Saturday, October 27, Line up at 3:30 p.m., Parade at 4 p.m., Free

Partake in hot cocoa, cookies, costume contests, and candy at this beloved annual Saugatuck event. Show off your cool costumes to the whole town at the Halloween parade. Kids, adults, and pets alike are welcome to join in the fun.

How to plan a perfect fall weekend getaway in Saugatuck

fall weekend getaway in Saugatuck

The perfect fall weekend getaway in Saugatuck is made up of a few key elements: fun events, fall color tours, apple picking at local orchards, and a home base where you can bask in the cozy glory that is autumn. You’ll find them all here. Learn where to visit below.

Ring in the season with Saugatuck fall events

Saugatuck Ghoul Fest

October 6, 2018 – 11am-5pm

Enjoy some spooky pre-Halloween family fun at this annual event. Here you’ll find the “Art of Halloween” one of a kind bazaar, coffin races, kid friendly activities, live music and more!

Annual Saugatuck/Douglas Gallery Stroll

October 6, 2018 – 4-6pm

Get a hearty dose of art when you attend the annual Saugatuck/Douglas Gallery Stroll. Area galleries join together for a weekend full of artist receptions, openings, demonstrations and live music.

Blue Coast Artists Fall Tour

October 6, 2018 – 10am; October 7, 2018 – 7pm

This tour of 10 studios between South Haven and Fennville is packed with great art. You’ll view handmade ceramics, jewelry, woodwork, glasswork and more.

Music in the Vineyard at Fenn Valley

October 6, 1-4pm

Enjoy the crisp fall air and the changing colors of the scenery at Fenn Valley’s vineyard for another Music in the Vineyard session. Solo jazz guitarist Randy Reszka will perform on this weekend, and it’s sure to be a treat. Order a glass of Fenn Valley’s signature wines, sit back, and take in the autumn atmosphere.

Eat Drink Saugatuck/Douglas Harvest Dinner

October 6, 2018 – 6-9pm

Head to Wade’s Bayou for this outdoor harvest dinner featuring selections made with ingredients from local farms. Each course will celebrate the harvest season and feature a delicious beverage pairing.

J. Petter Galleries Harvest Dinner

October 6, 2018 – 7-9pm

J. Petter Galleries’ Harvest Dinner will be a tented meal on the gallery’s lawn. Tastings from seven local restaurants will be available to try while artists paint en plein air.

Explore the fall colors in the local parks

Reds, oranges and golds envelop Michigan in autumn. In Saugatuck, the colors tend to peak in early October. That’s the best time to hit one of the local parks to hike through the forest and experience first hand the wonder of being utterly surrounded by those bright, warm colors. These parks are especially great for fall hikes:

Saugatuck Dunes State Park 

Enjoy long, hilly hikes through the lush forest at Saugatuck Dunes State Park and wind up on the beach.

Shore Acres Park

A great park for hiking, mountain biking, or disc golf. This wooded park also has access to the beach trails at Saugatuck Dunes State Park.

Oval Beach

This award winning beach is super popular in the summer, but did you know it’s free to get into after Labor Day? And it’s connected to a bunch of scenic dune trails that are best enjoyed in the cooler autumn air.

River Bluff Park

A shorter, less-intense hike, but still wonderfully scenic. It promises to explode with color this year.

Visit apple orchards and wineries amidst harvest

What is fall without apple picking, cider drinking, and general harvest-time festivities? These are great places to make the most of autumn’s bounty (and find a good cider donut).

Crane’s Orchards

Visit Crane’s U-Pick to find the best apples and pumpkins, then hit Crane’s Pie Pantry Restaurant & Winery for good food, pie, and house-made ciders and wines. And don’t miss the bakery with donuts and pies to go!

Virtue Cider

For those who enjoy the hard variety of cider, visit Virtue Cider in Fennville. Take a tour of the facility, hang out in the tasting room and bottle shop, and visit the farm where they grow heritage vegetables and livestock. They often host live music and other great events. 

Fenn Valley Vineyard

Wineries are also great places to spend a day in fall, and Fenn Valleyhas special fall vineyard tours that are a must for wine-lovers who want to see how grape-growing works in Michigan. Check out their events, and don’t miss the Vine Wine’d 5K Trail Run on Oct. 7.

Kayak in Saugatuck: The ultimate guide

kayak in saugatuck

Get out and explore Saugatuck, Michigan’s diverse waterscape on a kayak and see views of the town unlike any you’ll see on land. These personal watercraft are easy to navigate and make for a fun day on the water. Choose to glide on Lake Michigan, Lake Kalamazoo, the Kalamazoo River, Hutchins Lake, or Goshorn Lake. Whether you’re looking to paddle solo or tandem, you’ll find a variety of great businesses from which to rent kayaks in Saugatuck. Here’s everything you need to know to kayak in Saugatuck.

Where to rent a kayak in Saugatuck

Just Add Water

Offering single and tandem sit-on-top kayaks and surf kayaks, Just Add Water has rental kayaks that are perfect for a trip out on Lake Michigan. Sit-on-top kayaks keep you a little closer to the water and are much easier to get back into if you happen to fall out. And when the big lake is producing some sick waves, surf kayaks are designed to catch them and send you on a roller coaster of a ride. Just Add Water will deliver rental kayaks for a fee to Oval and Douglas Beach and within 2 miles. All rates and information are on the Just Add Water website.

Big Lake Outfitters

Located right on Water Street in downtown Saugatuck, Big Lake Outfitters launches both single and tandem kayaks rentals right from their on-the-water location. Glide on the Kalamazoo River for a couple of hours, a whole day, or even a whole week. If your rental period is two or more days, Big Lake Outfitters will deliver to some nearby launch locations for a fee. Call Big Lake Outfitters directly for more information!

Running Rivers

Running Rivers launches single and tandem kayak rentals right from Wade’s Bayou in Douglas. They also offer a selection “trips” you can take to explore Kalamazoo River through area wetlands and forests. Choose from trips as short as 1 hour to as long as 6 hours and see the natural landscape as you ride leisurely down the river.

Velocity Adventures

Velocity Adventures offers kayak rentals in Saugatuck, Douglas, Fennville and the surrounding area. They will deliver kayaks to your desired launch site, including at the public beach and boat launch on Hutchins Lake. Velocity Adventures also offers guided tours of the Kalamazoo River—all of which end in scenic Saugatuck.

Kayak put-in sites in Saugatuck

There are quite a few public spots to launch your kayak in Saugatuck. Whether you want to embark the Kalamazoo River right from downtown, try the rigorous waters of Lake Michigan from a public beach, or take a casual ride around Lake Kalamazoo, here are a few kayak put-in locations to try.

Spear Street boat launch

Launch your kayaks right from downtown Saugatuck where Spear Street meets the Kalamazoo River.

Wade’s Bayou

This park borders Kalamazoo Lake and is the spot to go if a kayak trip on calmer waters is in order.

Schultz Park

This park hosts a sweet playground and a boat launch that starts your trip on the Kalamazoo River.

Oval Beach

Launch from Oval Beach to get a great views of Saugatuck’s scenic Lake Michigan shoreline and dunes. On wavy days, this is where you’ll want to launch your surf kayak. Oval Beach has no stairs and is just a short walk from the parking area.

Goshorn Lake

Spring-fed Goshorn Lake is perfect for a casual kayak trip with the family. Public access to this lake is located just at the end of 65th street.

Kayak Safety Tips

There are lots of resources out there to help your kayak ride be as safe as it is fun. Here are some brief pieces of advice to consider before you embark on your kayak expedition.

  • Always wear a life jacket. The Coast Guard requires personal flotation devices to be on hand, and children aged 6 and under must wear them at all times.
  • Slather on that SPF
  • Check the NWS forecast before you set out
  • Don’t go alone
  • Dress for the conditions
  • Practice re-entering your kayak
  • Be aware of who around you has the right of way and respect it

Things to do Labor Day weekend 2018 in Michigan

labor day weekend 2018 in michigan

The last three-day weekend of summer is fast approaching. What will you get up to? Send off summer the right way with a vacation you and your group will remember for years to come. There are plenty of festivals and activities happening on Labor Day weekend 2018 in Michigan. Here are a few we think are well worth visiting.

Events and festivals on Labor Day Weekend 2018 in Michigan

Marquette Blues Fest – Marquette

This annual festival celebrates the best in blues. Catch the top blues acts from New Orleans, Memphis, Chicago and St. Louis all weekend long in Marquette’s Mattson Lower Harbor Park. The festival will also have workshops, a wide selection of food vendors, and a beer and wine tent. Learn more about the lineup on the festival website.

Michigan Chicken Wing Festival – Lansing

Enjoy food, art, music and community at the Michigan Chicken Wing Festival. Take part in the Wing Eating Contest, the winner of which will be dubbed King or Queen of the Wings, or Wing Tasting Contest where you can help determine which vendor has the best wings.

Labor Day Jazz Weekend – Mackinac Island

Purchase a vacation package at the Grand Hotel and enjoy performances by top jazz musicians all weekend long. The package includes full breakfast and dinner, cocktail receptions, a cookout luncheon, a Sunday morning gospel performance and Q&A sessions with the artists.

Salsa Festival – Harbor Beach

Celebrate salsa in Harbor Beach! Sample a variety of locally made salsas at this spicy festival. Your taste buds will love this event. Spend the rest of the weekend enjoying the quaint, lakeside town that is Harbor Beach.

Labor Day Truck Parade & Ice Cream Social – Holland

This annual parade brings the noise . . . and the ice cream! Kids are sure to enjoy this parade of big trucks. Since 2006, this event has grown into a heavily anticipated local event. Meant to celebrate Holland/Zeeland products and employees, this event is also a great opportunity to have some family friendly fun in West Michigan.

Bridge walks all over the state

Labor Day bridge walks are a bit of a tradition here in Michigan. The Mackinac Bridge Walk has happened every year since 1958, taking thousands of participants across its five-mile expanse over the Straits of Mackinac. Towns throughout the state host their own, miniature versions of the event as well. Find one to attend in the town you plan to visit:

Take a laidback vacation to Saugatuck

Labor Day weeekend 2018 is a great time to chill out before the fall grind kicks in. A visit to tranquil Saugatuck is sure to charge you up and get you ready for whatever the season will bring. Saugatuck is also a great place for a last hurrah of summer, with pristine beaches and plenty of summer activities that you’ll be able to enjoy for the last time in 2018 on Labor Day weekend. Find a place to stay at Lakeshore Lodging.

Featured Image: Labor Day Truck Parade in Holland, Michigan.

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.

Serenity

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.

3 steps to the perfect 3-day weekend in Saugatuck

The first step to optimizing a 3-day weekend vacation is picking a destination within easy reach. When you’ve only got three days–you don’t want to spend too much of it traveling. With award-winning Lake Michigan beaches, downtown shopping and dining along the Kalamazoo River, and a refreshing lakeside state of mind that pervades it all, Saugatuck, Michigan is a perfect pick. Once you’ve chosen your destination, you can focus on making the most of your trip. We’ve prepared some tips to help you do just that. Here are 3 steps to the perfect 3-day weekend in Saugatuck.

3 steps to the perfect 3-day weekend in Saugatuck

1. Start with a specific goal for your vacation

Having a goal for what you want to get out of this vacation will help everything else fall into place, saving your precious vacation time from being filled with planning. What do you want to get out of this 3-day weekend? Maybe you’re looking for a weekend full of new culinary experiences, or maybe you want to shop til you drop. Or maybe you’re looking for three blissful days of uninterrupted lakeside relaxation. Whatever the case, keep your goal in mind while you plan the rest of the vacation.

3-day weekend in saugatuck2. Research your destination and plan activities

With your goal set, you can spend a little time researching Saugatuck. Find restaurants, shops, and activities that match your goal and make a short list of things you definitely don’t want to miss. That way, when you arrive in Saugatuck and you’re looking for something to do, you have a jumping off point and you won’t have to spend much time figuring it out. Don’t know where to start? We’ve got a few guides that can help with that, whether you’re looking for family friendly activities, which bars to check out, or spending the weekend on the beach.

3. Find lodging that will put you in the center of it all

With a goal and some specific objectives in mind, you can find a place to stay that suits your vacation best. Lakeshore Lodging has a variety of vacation rentals that will put you right where you need to be–whether you’re looking for a quaint cottage that’s close to the shopping and dining of downtown, or a spacious Lake Michigan retreat with a private beach. Find the perfect one for you.

Best Saugatuck family reunion venues

saugatuck family reunion venues

Planning a family reunion can be stressful. Give yourself something to look forward to by choosing a location the whole family is sure to adore. Saugatuck’s beautiful lakeshore location makes it a desirable vacation destination, and with a variety of parks and venues to choose from, it’s a great town for a family reunion, too. Thinking about bringing your extended family to town? Check out these great Saugatuck family reunion venues. Then find where you’ll stay.

Saugatuck family reunion venues

Felt Mansion

This historic building has several areas available to rent for a family gathering. Choose from a quiet library, an open parlor, a covered terrace, or fine dining rooms and ballrooms. The mansion is located right by Shore Acres Park, which connects to trails leading to the Lake Michigan lakeshore. Gorgeous scenery and upscale accommodations come together at this family reunion venue. Learn more.

J Petter Gallery

This gallery has a few spaces available for rental as a family reunion venue. Its beautiful gated garden has room to host parties of up to 35, and the gallery itself has 12,500 square feet of art space. While art events are the main focus of this space, a variety of celebrations can be hosted here. Learn more about reserving either of these spaces for a family reunion.

Belvedere Inn & Restaurant

The Belvedere Inn & Restaurant is a classic, bright space with a number of rooms perfect for a family reunion. Enjoy food and wine selected from the restaurant’s seasonal menu. Parties of up to 40 guests can be hosted in the rooms at this Saugatuck family reunion venue. See what works best for your group and learn more.

Saugatuck Center for the Arts Outdoor Pavilion

The Saugatuck Center for the Arts offers a gorgeous outdoor space for a family reunion. The outdoor pavilion looks out onto a beautiful rain garden, creating a breezy and inviting atmosphere. Learn more about reserving this space.

Outdoor Parks

Nothing makes for a more classic family reunion venue than an outdoor park. Saugatuck offers a handful of beautiful parks located right by Lake Michigan. Grill out, play, and enjoy the company of your family at one of these great lakeside parks.

West Side County Park

With plenty of picnic tables, a covered pavilion, and a gazebo perfect for watching the sunset over the lake, West Side County Park is a perfect spot for a family reunion. Descend the stairs or ADA-accessible ramp to access the beach.

Mount Baldhead Park

Located at the foot of Mount Baldhead, this park offers a pavilion with picnic tables. Convene with family members and enjoy a potluck in the park’s beautiful natural surroundings.

Schultz Park

This Douglas park offers a baseball diamond, soccer field, tennis courts, pavilions, a playground, picnic tables, and a hiking trail. For a day full of activity and each other’s company, you can’t go wrong hosting your family reunion here.