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

Northgate

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.

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.

Spend New Year’s Eve in Saugatuck, Michigan

After a Christmas holiday spent with family, a New Year’s Eve celebration can be the perfect time to let loose and have a good time with friends. Spend New Year’s Eve in Saugatuck, Michigan and you’ll find great places to eat, drink and party–without the overwhelming crowds. Plus, after you’ve sufficiently rung in 2019, you can get a free ride home from the Interurban.

Visit Saugatuck for New Year’s Eve to take part in the fun activities. Get a Lakeshore Lodging vacation rental to return to when the night is over. Here’s what’s going on in town.

What are you doing for New Year’s Eve in Saugatuck, Michigan?

New Year’s Eve Dinner at The Kirby

A special 5-course dinner is on the menu at J. Paul’s at The Kirby for New Year’s Eve. $70 per person includes a delicious 5-course meal and a bubbly toast. Reservations are required.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Display

Count down to midnight with the rest of town and celebrate 2019 with a gorgeous display of fireworks. Catch them in downtown Saugatuck when the clock strikes 12.

New Year’s Eve Celebration at The Dunes

Play bingo and celebrate the New Year well into the night at The Dunes Hotel & Resort.

Free rides from the Interurban

Don’t worry about driving to and from your Saugatuck/Douglas celebration destinations. From 6pm-2am, the Interurban will be offering free rides around town, so you can count on getting from A to B safe and sound.

Find your NYE home base

Saugatuck Townhome 7

Sleeps: 6, Bedrooms: 3, Bathrooms: 3.5

Located right downtown, this charming townhome is perfect for a New Year’s stay. Entertain your guests on the spacious main floor, and watch the fireworks from the living room balcony.

Roan and Black

Sleeps: 4, Bedrooms: 2, Bathrooms: 2

This stylish loft is perched above a contemporary art gallery. It’s a perfect spot to ring in the new year with the one you love.

Hoopdee Scootee Suite

Sleeps: 4, Bedrooms: 1, Bathrooms: 1.5

This centrally located apartment puts you in walking distance of the holiday festivities. It’ll be a cozy place to return to after a night celebrating 2019.

Where to do your holiday shopping in Saugatuck

holiday shopping in saugatuck

The countdown to the holidays has officially begun, and that means it’s time to start shopping for gifts. You’ll find plenty of unique gifts for everyone on your list here in Saugatuck. This year, browse the offerings of our local artists and makers at any of the following events and kickstart your holiday shopping in Saugatuck.

Holiday shopping in Saugatuck

The Button Holiday Sale

November 1-30

Visit The Button Gallery to participate in their annual mystery discount sale. Choose your button and find out how much you will save! A discount of 5, 10, 15, or 20 percent will be applied to your purchase.

Friends of the Library Silent Auction

November 3-17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Bid on gift certificates and new items donated by local artists, area businesses and individuals at this annual auction. Stop by the library between November 3rd and 17th to view the items and place your bids!

FennMagic Makers Market

November 23-25, 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m.

Visit downtown Fennville for three days of holiday shopping on Thanksgiving weekend. Find deals and holiday inspiration at Fernwood 1891 and Root Coffee House & Cafe.

Saugatuck Center for the Arts Holiday Market

November 24, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Head to the Saugatuck Center for the Arts lobby and shop the offerings of over 30 vendors. Ceramics, jewelry, clothing, jams, spices, baked goods and more compose the potential gifts you’ll find at this holiday market.  There will also be a Christmas Tree lot on the grounds as well.

Shop Small Saturday

November 24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Every year, the day after the deals of Black Friday, we encourage residents and visitors alike to support our local economy. Shop small in Saugatuck. Take advantage of the free tote bags filled with coupons and samples.

Saugatuck United Methodist Church Christmas Bazaar

December 1, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Visit this annual Christmas Bazaar for crafts, a sloppy joe lunch, baked goods, candy and gifts.

Fenn Valley Sip & Shop Artisan and Craft Market

December 8, 2018, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Support local artists while enjoying wine and cider. Shop the selections of 17 carefully picked local vendors and find one-of-a-kind gifts while tasting delicious locally made wine and cider.

Celebrate friendship with a Friendsgiving vacation

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Thanksgiving is typically thought of as an opportunity to reunite with family. But it can also be a chance to bring together your chosen family—the friends you’ve surrounded yourself with over the years. These are the people who will always pick up the phone when you need to talk at some early morning hour. Who will listen to your stories, remind you of your strength when you’re down, and make fun of you when you deserve it. Thanksgiving can be the perfect time to reconvene with them and serve a home-cooked meal to express your gratitude for their company on the roller coaster of life. Things change as time passes, but a Friendsgiving vacation could be a great way to celebrate that which doesn’t: the love and support of your dearest friends.

How to plan a Friendsgiving vacation

1. Figure out who’s coming

Send out some feelers for who would be interested and able to attend your Friendsgiving vacation. You’ll want an idea of how big your party is going to be before you start planning where to stay and what your menu will look like.

2. Determine where you’ll host

While many of your friends may live near you, others have moved far and wide. Choose a convenient place for everyone to travel to and make a vacation out of the event. Ideally, your location will have a variety of vacation rentals to choose from so you can find the one best suited to your group. It will also have some cool attractions so you can make a whole weekend vacation and have fun with your friends. We recommend Saugatuck—but we’re biased.

3. Select your vacation rental

Find a vacation rental that suits your group. Make sure it has enough sleeping arrangements for your guest list, a well-equipped kitchen, spacious dining table, and any special amenities you think will bring your Friendsgiving vacation to the next level. Decide if you want it to be close to any attractions you’ll want to take advantage of or if you’d rather it be tucked away and private for a weekend spent in.

3. Plan the menu

Will you do all the cooking? Or will it be a potluck? Get an idea of what you’d like to eat and coordinate how to execute the feast with your friends. Don’t forget to bring some tasty beverages to pair with your Friendsgiving meal, too.

4. Send the invite

Make it official with a nice invitation. Let your friends know where and when the dinner will take place. If you’re doing a potluck, you could have your friends RSVP with the dish they plan to bring. Once you receive the RSVPs, you can figure out how to balance out your meal. Sending paper invites may seem over-the-top, but it’s an easy way to add an extra layer of care and cuteness to the party.

5. Make a Friendsgiving playlist

Get on Spotify and start compiling songs to play during your gathering. Make a mix of light dining music and toss in some throwback songs that will send your friends down memory lane and maybe catch some laughs. Background music is a necessary component of a dinner party, and it will set a festive mood.

6. Arrive, set up, and let your Friendsgiving vacation take off

Once you’ve planned everything, the next step is just to show up and let your vacation take whatever shape it wants to take. You’ve got all the ingredients you need for a memorable, unique Thanksgiving spent expressing gratitude for the wonder of friendship.

How to survive a Michigan winter

how to survive a michigan winter

Things are about to get frigid here in the upper midwest. For some, that’s no big deal. Snow bunnies, skiers and snowboarders who love winter have a little more ease navigating the harsh season. For those of us who have a harder time embracing winter, the season can be long and unforgiving. But this winter doesn’t have to be like the others. With these tips and a little determination, you could walk away with a newfound appreciation for the season. Here’s our advice on how to survive a Michigan winter.

How to survive a Michigan winter

how to survive a michigan winter
how to survive a michigan winter
how to survive a michigan winter

Layer up

Get smart about keeping yourself warm. Buy some cozy sweaters and warm socks. Don’t write off long underwear either—those extra layers will help keep you toasty and comfortable. When you venture outside, make sure you’re equipped with a wind-resistant coat, a scarf, a good hat, and a pair of mittens. Prioritizing warmth is going to make moving through the winter world so much easier.

Get cozy

When you’re settled in the warmth of your home, get extra cozy. Swaddle yourself in soft fabrics, comfy clothes, and big throws. Hot tip: invest in some hot water bottles or a heated blanket to add an extra layer of warmth to your home life. A hot water bottle at your feet feels like you hired a litter of puppies to sleep on you. It’s that cozy. You’ll have a hard time resenting the frigid temperatures outdoors while you’re this snuggled up.

Invest in some hygge lighting solutions

Daylight is painfully brief in the winter months, but the dark can create a cozy feeling if you decorate your home with soft, warm lighting. Avoid turning on overhead lights if you don’t need them. Think candles, string lights, maybe even an oil lamp. Flickering flames give the feeling of being near a fireplace. The warmth you’ll feel from these simple lighting solutions will make you fall a little in love with the winter darkness.

Pamper yourself

Let’s face it: if you’re reading this, winter probably makes you feel like a big baby. So why not treat yourself like one? Give yourself the care, comfort and attention a mother would give an infant child. Devote time to pampering yourself with hot baths and an elaborate skin care routine. Invest in some sheet face masks, bath bombs, and some extra fluffy towels. Wrap yourself in an even fluffier bathrobe. You are worth it.

Moisturize, hydrate, humidify

Dry, scratchy skin is one of the worst side effects of winter. Fight it by slathering yourself with a good moisturizer on the daily. Stay good and hydrated with lots of H2O. And have a humidifier running at night. Give your houseplants the same treatment—they’re going to need it too.

On second thought, maybe don’t slather your houseplants in lotion.

Embrace the outdoors

You can’t hide from the realities of winter forever. As appealing as a winter hibernation sounds, especially after following all of the aforementioned tips, you will eventually need to leave your house. Finding ways to embrace the harsh winter landscape is going to make doing this a lot easier. Meet up with a friend and go snowshoeing or cross country skiing at a local park. There are plenty of fun winter activities to do here in Michigan that will leave you with a newfound appreciation of this season’s unique beauty.

Take a wintry vacation

Winter vacations usually look like a trip to someplace warm or to a destination ski resort. But small town Michigan has its share of appeal during this chilly time of year. Find a log cabin-style vacation rental with a fireplace and a view of a snow-covered woodland. Devote a vacation to winter appreciation and follow each of these tips while you get away from it all. Book a winter vacation here in Saugatuck. The months that remain between us and the spring thaw will become not only bearable, but maybe even a little enjoyable.

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.

This is Why You’ll Love the Saugatuck Christmas Parade

saugatuck christmas

With the holiday season comes some of the best events in the entire calendar year. The Saugatuck Christmas Parade is no exception! Join in on the fun on Saturday, December 1, 2018 and see all the characters in costume. Per tradition, parade patrons are encouraged to dress up as their favorite character from the movie, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” The parade isn’t the only fun Christmas event going on around that time, though. Read on to learn more.

whootville saugatuck christmas parade
Image: SDABA

The Saugatuck Christmas Parade Headlines the Day

Don’t miss the main event! The parade begins at 1 p.m., as it does every year, on Butler Street in downtown Saugatuck. Get into costume and join the ranks! Characters like Cindy Lou Who, famed Mayor Augustus Maywho, the Grinch, and even his dog Max will all be in attendance marching in the parade. Watch as Mayor Augustus Maywho leads the way as parade marshall, and see all the elaborate costumes.

In addition to all the fun costumes, the women-only Peppermint Stick Brigade will be there in full red and gold garb to welcome in the holiday season. Along with them, the men-only Snow Shovel Drill Team performs their famed snow shovel drills to the crowd’s delight. Lastly, the Saugatuck High School Band marches, performing Christmas music to inaugurate the season. Oh, and don’t forget the best-dressed pets!

Other Fun Activities That Day

After the parade, families with children can enjoy Santa’s Workshop in downtown Saugatuck, starting at 11 a.m. It’s the perfect chance for the kiddos to see exactly where their toys come from and meet Santa. Kids crafts, music, tree decorating, and refreshments await you and your little ones! Throughout the afternoon, free carriage rides will leave from Coral Gables Annex and take you on a whimsical winter journey through town. That evening, a holiday tree lighting takes place at the Rose Garden on Butler Street in downtown Saugatuck. Come out and enjoy the hot chocolate and cookies and join in the holiday carols. It’s the perfect way to end a full day of holiday fun.

Get first dibs on the 2019 Saugatuck summer vacation you’ve been dreaming of

2019 saugatuck summer vacation

For a handful of dates in summer, lodging in Saugatuck starts getting snatched up well before you’ve even started thinking about your 2019 Saugatuck summer vacation plans. When you plan in advance, you benefit from the most selection for lodging and the peace of mind for having secured your dream vacation early on.

Book these 2019 Saugatuck summer vacation dates ASAP

If you want your 2019 vacation in Saugatuck to include any of the following dates, book now. These ones are always the first to get scooped up!

Memorial Day (Monday, May 27, 2019)

The first official three-day weekend of summer is a beautiful time to visit Saugatuck. Everything is blossoming and you can feel the release and surge of energy after what has undoubtedly been a long winter. People are rightly eager to get back on Lake Michigan and into the full swing of summer, so these dates get snatched early on.

Fourth of July (Thursday, July 4, 2019)

This holiday is a classic time for a summer vacation for a reason: The weather always ushers in the best of summer and a resplendent fireworks display is basically guaranteed. Check out our fireworks when you stay over Fourth of July. Book now to make sure you don’t miss it!

Venetian Festival (Friday, July 26-Saturday, July 27, 2019)

Saugatuck Venetian Festival is a beloved annual event. With food, drinks, live music, and a themed dinghy poker run, there’s fun for everyone. It’s so popular, lodging around town becomes sparse fast. If this beautiful summer weekend is in your vacation game plan, book now.

Labor Day (Monday, September 2, 2019)

Don’t let the last hurrah of summer pass you by without the appropriate fanfare. Spend Labor Day in Saugatuck and send off our favorite season the best way you know how: by relaxing on the lakeshore. Book your Labor Day weekend plenty in advance to secure your vacation.

Stay with Lakeshore Lodging and get first dibs on the same dates the following year

The real trick to getting first dibs on your ideal Saugatuck summer vacation dates is staying with Lakeshore Lodging. After your stay, you have one week to book the same dates in the same vacation rental for the same rate for the following year before anyone else does. After that week, the following year’s rates are entered in and the dates are free game to anyone. It’s a great opportunity for those who’ve found the perfect vacation rental and know they’ll be making a tradition out of their Saugatuck summer vacation.

El Sueño Americano: Images of the confiscated possessions of migrants seeking the American dream

el sueno americano

This October, Saugatuck Center for the Arts will host an exhibition of thought-provoking photographs titled “El Sueño Americano”—or “The American Dream”—by photographer Tom Kiefer.  You can attend the exhibition’s opening reception on October 25, 2018. The images will remain on view through December 22, 2018. Learn all about the exhibition below.

El Sueno Americano
El Sueno Americano
El Sueno Americano
Images: Tom Kiefer

Tom Kiefer’s “El Sueño Americano” comes to Saugatuck Center for the Arts

Separating an object from its context can obscure its meaning, eliminating any sense of certainty you might have had about it. In its place sprout questions like “Whose was this?” and “How was this used?” and “What is it doing here?” The decontextualized object takes on a life of its own, becoming a kind of ghost of its former owner, replete with mystery.

This is the feeling Tom Kiefer’s series of more than 100 photographs titled “El Sueño Americano” inspires. The photos will be on view at Saugatuck Center for the Arts from October 25-December 22, 2018 in what will be Kiefer’s first major solo exhibition.

“I saw Tom’s work at Art Prize last year,” said Whitney Valentine, the education and exhibitions manager at Saugatuck Center for the Arts. “With our Growing Young Artists program still at the forefront of my mind, I was incredibly moved by his images and knew that our West Michigan community would benefit greatly from seeing his works.”

She reached out to Kiefer and secured this October’s exhibition featuring new work. In the time that has passed since, the exhibition has received a flurry of national attention.

“While the aesthetics of the images alone are striking, the work reminds us of the game-changer that is context. The stories behind these objects, especially the mysteries, are what give the work its real power,” Valentine said.

The extraordinary ordinary

The objects within Kiefer’s photographs once belonged to migrants caught illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. When Border Patrol officials apprehend undocumented migrants, they confiscate “nonessential” possessions and discard them. Kiefer worked as a janitor for a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol facility in Arizona for 12 years, and it was during this time that he began collecting these items from the trash. At first, he sought packaged food to donate to a local food pantry. But the more he dug, the more items he discovered, and the more questions he had. He began to collect and photograph the objects, and “El Sueño Americano” was born.

“Tom’s images remind us how extraordinary ordinary items can be,” Valentine said.

Stuffed animals soiled in the spots where children once held them. Plastic water jugs insulated by torn clothing. Toothbrushes, shoelaces, and rosaries—all labeled “potentially lethal” by Border Patrol. These are the objects in Kiefer’s bright photos.

The images’ effect on viewers can be destabilizing. Curator Tori Pelz said the exhibition reminds her of a variously attributed quote on the role of art, which is to “comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.”

“I think the best art wakes us, calls us to attention, and offers a new perspective on the familiar,” Pelz said. “Tom’s photos possess both a commanding visual presence and a powerful human message.”

Immigration is a divisive political topic. Tom’s work, Valentine said, brings a necessary element of humanity back into the discussion.

“The photographs of the migrant’s personal objects remind us that at the heart of this issue is people—children who treasure their teddy bears, people trying to feed themselves and their families, and those who can’t imagine taking a trip without brushing their teeth,” Valentine said.

Experience “El Sueño Americano” and meet the artist

October 25 marks the exhibition’s opening. It kicks off with “Tacos, Tequila, and Tom”—a themed party featuring the alliterative trio in its title. One $15 VIP ticket gets you two tacos, a tequila-based cocktail (or another drink of your choice), and a guided tour of the exhibition with Kiefer and Pelz. This portion of the opening reception takes place from 5-6 p.m. If you are unable to make it at that time, you can still enjoy tacos, cocktails, and mingling with the artist during the public portion of the reception from 6:30-8 p.m.

“This is Tom’s first major solo exhibition, but since we’ve announced it, he’s received a dizzying amount of national press, and this exhibition is now booked for the next two years,” Pelz said. “In short, he’s kind of a big deal. And he’s eager to speak to what this work means to him, personally.”