Film festival on tour to come to Saugatuck: Mountainfilm

For the third year, Saugatuck Center for the Arts is bringing the touring film festival Mountainfilm to Saugatuck—and this year is going to be better than ever. This documentary film festival showcases stories about environmental, cultural, climbing, political and social justice issues. The films are always beautiful, thought provoking and inspiring. This year, you can catch them amidst a number of fun events throughout Saugatuck and Douglas. Here’s everything you need to know about Mountainfilm.

Stay with Lakeshore Lodging on Mountainfilm weekend (March 22-24) and get a deal on tickets to the festival’s main events. Learn more here.

mountainfilm saugatuckMountainfilm Saugatuck takes place March 22 & 23, 2019

Here’s a taste of the events taking place throughout Saugatuck and Douglas over the two-day film festival. Purchase weekend passes and individual event tickets here. View the complete schedule with details here.

Friday

  • 10 am – Mountainfilm HQ opens at Saugatuck Center for the Arts. Pick up your passes and tickets at the Mountainfilm Saugatuck headquarters and check out event artist Erica Lang‘s exhibition and Woosah pop-up shop.
  • 6 pm – Cocktails, craft beers and appetizers at Saugatuck Center for the Arts.
  • 7 pm – “The Medley”: Showing of a selection of Mountainfilm shorts.
  • 9:30 pm – The official After Party. Enjoy live music, drinks and late-night food from local vendors.

Saturday

  • 10-11:30 am – Film screenings at Saugatuck Brewing Company and the Saugatuck Women’s Center. Enjoy a bloody mary bar at SBC and Uncommon Coffee Roasters coffee at the Women’s Center.
  • 12-1 pm – Artist demo by Erica Lang from Woosah. See how Lang makes her signature wood cuts.
  • 12-3 pm – Family programming at the Saugatuck-Douglas Library.
  • 3-4:30 pm – More film screenings at Saugatuck Brewing Company and the Saugatuck Women’s Center. Visit each location early for happy hour specials.
  • 6 pm – Cocktail hour at Saugatuck Center for the Arts.
  • 7 pm – Feature film (TBD) at Saugatuck Center for the Arts.

There’s sure to be plenty more going on this March weekend in Saugatuck, so keep an eye out for Mountainfilm related announcements as the festival approaches. Secure your tickets and lodging now—this festival is sure to sell out quick.

Things to do Labor Day weekend 2018 in Michigan

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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.

Your Guide to the Best Fall Festivals in Michigan

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With autumn approaching, there’s a lot to look forward to: crisp air, leaves changing, football, and fall festivals. Fall festivals in Michigan are the best way to celebrate the season. Pumpkins, stunning scenery, family fun, and much more are all on the schedule when autumn comes to the Great Lakes State.

Fall festivals in Michigan are a fantastic way to experience Michigan culture. We’ve got your guide to the best fall festivals in Michigan, from the Art Coast to the Upper Peninsula.

Fall Festivals in Michigan You Should Check Out

Saugatuck/Douglas

Known as the Art Coast of Michigan, Saugatuck and the towns nearby are home to some of the best fall festivals in Michigan. In October, Downtown Saugatuck hosts its Fall Fun Days events, where families can enjoy games, food, and music during this month-long celebration. In nearby Douglas, Beery Field will come alive at night during “Glow in the Park,” on October 27. Expect plenty of glow-in-the-dark fun, halloween costumes, food, music, and more. Make sure you come back for the Douglas Nighttime Halloween Parade for Adults the next evening on October 28.

If you want to see Saugatuck’s artistic side this fall, don’t miss the Blue Coast Artists Fall Tour of Studios. This free event will take place on October 7-8, and allows attendees to see the best of the area’s art.

Just ten miles away from Saugatuck is Fennville, home of the Fennville Goose Festival. This year, from October 13-15, attendees can enjoy activities like a 5k race, car parade, carnival, live music, a beer tent, and food.

Charlevoix

What’s fall without apples? Head to Charlevoix on October 13-15, 2017 to celebrate that favorite autumnal fruit at the 39th Annual Apple Fest.

Fairgrove

For seven decades, Fairgrove has been hosting one of the best fall festivals in Michigan: the Michigan Bean Festival. Expect rides, an art show, an auto show, and more, on September 1-4, 2017.

Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids might be Beer City, USA, but when fall comes around, its downtown also plays host to ArtPrize, a multi-week display and celebration of art. This year, it will take place from September 20-October 8, 2017.

Hart

The Silver Lake Sand Dunes Apple & BBQ Festival in Hart, MI, will be held on September 8-9, 2017. The name says it all. Don’t miss out on one of the tastiest fall festivals in Michigan.

Marquette

Fall isn’t reserved solely for seasonal produce and hayrides (although we do love those) – it’s also a great to time to celebrate Michigan craft beer. Head to Marquette in the Upper Peninsula on September 9, 2017, for the U.P. Fall Beer Festival.

Experience Western Michigan In the Fall with Lakeshore Lodging

Year in and year out, visitors from all over come to Saugatuck for its friendly people and natural beauty. Located on the shores of Lake Michigan and home to a thriving art community, the best way to enjoy this beautiful beach town is by staying in a Lakeshore Lodging vacation rental. Our Saugatuck vacation homes feature the amenities and space you need to enjoy your Lake Michigan getaway. Whether you want to stay in town, or steps from Lake Michigan, we have a home for you. Contact us today to book your Michigan getaway and see why Saugatuck is more than just a place to stay.

Get Excited for Halloween in Saugatuck!

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When there’s a chill in the air, and things are going bump in the night, there’s no better place to seize the spook than right here in the Art Coast. Spend Halloween in Saugatuck.

Celebrate the season with the Saugatuck Halloween Parades. Held annually in nearby Douglas, the parades are the best way for kids and adults alike to have frightening fun. Grab your ghoulish garb and get ready to celebrate Halloween, Saugatuck-style.

The Saugatuck Halloween Parades

The fun starts at 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 28, with the annual Family & Pet Halloween Parade. Come in costume and bring your furry friend. Your costumes will be judged, and those with the best ones will receive prizes! Line up at Mason & Griffith St. at 3:30 p.m. to join the festivities.

Then later, it’s the adults turn to have fun. Don’t miss the Hallowine Party at J. Petter Art Galleries’ Art Barn. It will be held from 6:30-9 p.m., and will make a great pre-party to the adults-only Halloween parade. It’s the perfect way to start the evening.

The Adults-Only Halloween Parade is your chance to celebrate the season’s spookiness. The parade lineup is at 9:30 p.m. on October 28 by Beery Field in Douglas and starts at 10 p.m. From there, the creepy crowds of costumed attendees will take to the streets of Douglas! No registration is required, and costume choice is left up to your imagination. Be as boring or imaginative as you want. Just come ready to have fun. The Halloween parade draws huge crowds of spectators annually, so even if you don’t join the line up, you’ll still have a blast. Check out pictures from previous parades and get inspired.

Vacation in Saugatuck this Halloween

Vacations don’t always need to be in the summer. After all, how are you going to take advantage of cooler temperatures and beautiful fall colors? Lakeshore Lodging would love to show you what makes Saugatuck wonderful, even in the off-season. Take in the postcard-worthy scenery while relaxing in one of our Lake Michigan vacation homes, and you might not want to go home. Plus, you’ll be only minutes from the best things to do in the Saugatuck-Douglas area when you stay at a Lakeshore Lodging home. Browse our selection of Saugatuck vacation homes, and then contact us today to book your next getaway with us.

Fall in love with fall in Saugatuck

How to spend a fall vacation in Saugatuck

Fall in Saugatuck is always unforgettable. The bright colors of the turning trees and the crisp lakeside air invigorate as you walk through downtown Douglas and Saugatuck, explore local farms and orchards, and take in the characteristic cozy fall feeling that everyone longs for when the season begins to turn.

A lot of people think of Saugatuck as a summer vacation destination, but the harvest season is also packed with fun events and things to do. Here are some ideas to help you build your Fall 2017 Saugatuck vacation itinerary.

Explore the colors in the local parks

Reds, oranges and golds envelop Michigan in autumn. In Saugatuck, the colors tend to peak in early-mid 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

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 Valley has 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.

Attend fun fall festivals

From Labor Day to Halloween and every weekend in between, you’ll find lots of fall festivities in Saugatuck. Check out our Labor Day blog for ideas on what to do that weekend. Here’s some more to consider for the rest of the season.

  • Lakeshore Harvest Country 6th Annual Bike Tour – Sept. 9. Take in Southwest Michigan’s autumn beauty on wheels. Visit art studios, wineries, cider mills, orchards, and more on four different routes varying in length between 15 and 62 miles. Proceeds go to Friends of the Blue Star Trail, an off-road recreational pathway connecting Saugatuck and South Haven.

  • Fennville Goose Festival – Oct. 13-15. Every year in the quiet town of Fennville, folks come from all over to celebrate the fall season at the Fennville Goose Festival. With an array of fun activities and festive events, the festival is a great way to welcome autumn.

  • Ghoul Fest – Oct. 21. Gear up for Halloween with a bunch of spooky activities for kids and adults. Pumpkin carving contests, coffin races, a one-of-a-kind bazaar, and more. For more information, call SDABA at 269-857-1626 or visit saugatuckdouglas.com.

  • Annual Family & Pet Halloween Parade – Oct. 28. Families and pets alike dress up for this annual costume parade. Line up at Mason and Griffith St. at 3:30pm to join the parade, which begins at 4:00pm. Call 269-857-1701 for more information.

Visit Saugatuck.com for more events in September and October.

Complete your fall vacation planning with the perfect place to call home. Lakeshore Lodging has several rental homes, cabins and lodges with all the amenities you need to get cozy in fall. Find one with a fireplace you can curl up by with a cup of hot cider.