Where to do your holiday shopping in Saugatuck

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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.

Great art in Saugatuck you can’t miss this May

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Summer’s closing in on us. You can feel the buzz in the air here in Saugatuck. We’re shaking off that brief winter relapse and gearing up for gorgeous season on the Art Coast.  A Saugatuck summer wouldn’t be complete without experiencing some of the beautiful and thought-provoking artwork available in galleries throughout the area. There are already a number of great events and exhibitions lined up throughout the entire month of May. Check them out below and kick off your summer with a month full of art in Saugatuck.

Kick off a summer full of art in Saugatuck this May

May 1-26

Moving through the Unimaginable

Daily, Free

This Saugatuck Center for the Arts exhibition is an effort to explore the process of healing. It celebrates community members who have fought through unimaginable hardships while cultivating hope, grace and charity in their lives. Featuring portraiture, sculpture, installation, community outreach, and viewer participation, this exhibition is on view at Saugatuck Center for the Arts through May 26.

May 5

Douglas Art on Center

6 p.m., Free

This monthly event is a collaboration between seven local galleries to display art in the area. Stroll down Center St. to see works from Button Gallery, Water Street Gallery, LaFontsee Galleries, Mixed Media Gallery, LebenArt Gallery, Mr. Miller’s Art Emporium and The Palette.

Button Gallery Opening Reception Debut

6 p.m., Free

Visit Button Gallery’s opening reception to see work from artists new to the gallery, including Michele Gort, Machelle Knochenhauer, Adriano Farinella and Dana Tindell.

May 12

Saugatuck Douglas Antique and Artisan Market

Beery Field, 9 a.m.-4 pm., $2 admission

Shop antiques and crafts at the third annual Saugatuck Douglas Antique and Artisan Market. This event will be held rain or shine, and admission supports different local charities.

Artz & Gardenz Studio Tour

10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Free

Five professional artists and one lavender farm open their doors for the second annual Mother’s Day Studio Tour hosted by Artz & Gardenz. This event is a relaxing opportunity to take in local art and spend time with your mom.

May 18

Chris Stoffel Overvoorde Opening

Armstrong DeGraaf International Fine Arts Gallery, 4 p.m., Free

This opening will feature artist Chris Stoffel Overvoorde’s biblical woodcuts. Born in the Netherlands, Overvoorde was trained as a metal worker and diesel mechanic before  came to the United States in 1957. He studied art at Kendall School of Design and University of Michigan. He teaches painting, printmaking, graphics, photography, drawing and the history of Dutch art.

Film: The Untold Story of Armistead Maupin

Saugatuck Center for the Arts, 7 p.m., $5 Members/$7 Non-Members.

This documentary celebrates one of the world’s most beloved storytellers and the creator of Tales of the City. The likes of Neil Gaiman, Laura Linney, Olympia Dukakis, Sir Ian McKellen and Amy Tan help their friend Maupin tell his incredible story in this film, which you can catch at Saugatuck Center for the Arts.

May 26

Ruth Crowe Studio Sale 

Water Street Gallery, 12 p.m., Free

Artist Ruth Crowe is featured in this sale at Water Street Gallery. Crowe’s work is described as “encaustic creations use dream like vintage images and other materials to enhance the depth and translucent qualities layered under the wax.” See them for yourself and talk with the artist herself during this event.

Let’s Jump In

LaFontsee Galleries, 5-8 p.m., Free

Celebrate the beginning of summer with the opening of LaFontsee Galleries’ first group show of the season.

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What’s new in Saugatuck

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Saugatuck will always be a quaint small town perfect for a quiet vacation–but that doesn’t mean we never change. In fact, there’s lots of new places to discover every year. Visit us to find out what’s new in Saugatuck. Here are some new spots we think you shouldn’t miss.

Discover what’s new in Saugatuck

Shop Saugatuck

Kindel & Company

Find quality home goods and gifts at this lifestyle mercantile on Culver Street. Founded in 2004 in Howard, Michigan, Kindel & Co is brand new in Saugatuck.

Saugatuck Art Traders

Take a bit of Michigan’s Art Coast home with you. Saugatuck Art Traders sells “original paintings, limited edition signed fine art prints, sculpture and a few rare finds.”

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Previously near Glenn, Kismet Farm Bakery has moved right into downtown Douglas. Stop by to treat yourself to hearth-baked goods. Be sure to taste their famous Seedy Salt bread–it’s a local favorite.

Dine out

Borrowed Time

Look for the iconic blue house on Water Street. This quaint restaurant opened in Saugatuck in 2016. Enjoy unique wine, craft beer, small plates, and homemade desserts–served right in the living room. It’s one of the spots on our Saugatuck bar crawl, too.

Lucy’s Little Kitchen

This restaurant started as an outdoor patio and hot dog stand and quickly became a favorite spot for lunch among locals and visitors alike. Its new Saugatuck location offers indoor and outdoor dining, a menu full of fresh, locally sourced dishes including a vibrant seafood selection.

bourbon new in saugatuck coppercraft distillery Grow

Breakfast and brunch in Saugatuck was taken to the next level when Grow came into town. With notable dishes like carrot cake pancakes, lavender lemonade, and fish tacos, Grow is a must visit the next time you visit.

Grab a drink

Coppercraft Distillery

This distillery first started making its premium spirits in Holland in 2012. In 2016, they opened a new tasting room in Saugatuck, where visitors can sample all of their handcrafted spirits: vodka, citrus vodka, gin, rum, applejack, bourbon, corn whiskey, and rye whiskey. Enjoy batch cocktails as well!

Guardian Brewing Company

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Saugatuck will be getting a new brewery in January 2019. Guardian Brewing Company is slated to make its home in the Red Barn Theater, where it will host a full restaurant, brewery, and events center.

Hit the water

Retro Boat Rentals

Ever wanted to drive a classic boat? Retro Boat Rentals lets you live out that dream. This new Saugatuck business opened in 2017 and quickly became wildly popular. Cruise the Kalamazoo River in style! Be sure to reserve in advance, these rentals get scooped up quickly.

For your mind & body

Redefine Medspaencompass wellness new in saugatuck

Saugatuck’s premier, luxury medical spa. Redefine Medspa offers everything from facials, to special occasion makeup applications, to therapeutic massages. Visit this new spot to pamper yourself or ease some aches and pains.

Encompass Wellness

Work out and have fun with one of Encompass Wellness’s diverse exercise courses. From yoga, to barre, to cardio drumming. You’re sure to find a class that will change up your hum-drum exercise routine, and your body will thank you.

Get a ride

Uber

Get from A to B with ease with Uber, now available in Saugatuck. Uber started offering its services in Saugatuck in summer 2017. Getting around Saugatuck just got easier!

Hit the Town on Butler Street in Saugatuck

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A western Michigan vacation just isn’t complete without a visit to Butler Street in Saugatuck. The wonderful variety of eclectic, local shops, storefronts, and restaurants will set you up for a great experience you’ll take home with you. Get lost in all the wonderful little stores and in the stories of the one-of-a-kind items they sell. Or, take a tasty tour through the local restaurants!. Here’s where you should stop when you’re on Butler Street in Saugatuck!

Are you looking for the most incredible Saugatuck experiences, shopping, dining, or otherwise? Then, you’ve come to the right place! Look no further than the Attractions page provided by Lakeshore Lodging. It has the best ideas to make your vacation a wonderful, relaxing experience for all!

Butler Street in Saugatuck Has it All

Check out these wonderful little shops and restaurants when you visit Butler Street in Saugatuck!

Art Glass Alcove

142 Butler Street

If you’re looking for beautiful jewelry and fashion forward accessories, then this is the place for you. Enjoy Vera Bradley goods plus gifts and souvenirs to commemorate your trip!

Butler Pantry

439 Butler Street

The Butler Pantry is a destination for all culinary-minded people and aspiring chefs. You’ll find gourmet food items, fine wine, specialty cookware, and kitchen accessories at this culinary experience.

Spice Merchants

103 Butler Street

Spice Merchants in downtown Saugatuck is your one-stop shop for the best fresh spices, herbs, teas, and gift boxes. They make excellent gifts, and you’ll probably find something totally new to you while you’re there!

Landsharks

306 Butler Street

Landsharks provides the Saugatuck area with some of the best outdoor gear available. You’ll also find high fashion apparel for men and women. If you’re looking for great clothing, accessories, or outdoor gear, this is the place for you.

American Spoon

308 Butler Street

At American Spoon in downtown Saugatuck, you’ll have the chance to sample famous jams, preserves, sauces, and more. American Spoon has made excellent quality products for years, so you definitely want to stop in for a burst of local flavor!

Great Restaurants on Butler Street

The Butler

40 Butler Street

A Saugatuck tradition for over 50 years, The Butler offers delicious, classic American food with unsurpassed views of Kalamazoo Lake. You’ll love their center-cut sirloin, classic American burger, their famous Reuben, and much more!

Pumpernickel’s Eatery

202 Butler Street

The best place in Saugatuck for breakfast, Pumpernickel’s Eatery is a must-try for food made with love and healthy, quality ingredients. You’ll love the homey feel and comfortable atmosphere here!

Phil’s Bar & Grille

215 Butler Street

Under the marquee, you’ll find one of the best places to eat in Saugatuck. Phil’s Bar & Grille dishes out high-quality entrees and famous sandwiches perfect for your special dinner or casual lunch.

The Perfect Day Activity During Your Stay

While there’s plenty to do in the area surrounding Saugatuck, you’ve got to plan a morning, afternoon, or even a whole day on Butler Street during your time here. And, when you’ve explored Butler Street and downtown, come back to your comfortable vacation rental from Lakeshore Lodging. Our properties are only the best quality, and we guarantee you’ll be satisfied staying with us. So, check out our available properties and see for yourself the comfortable luxury you can afford. Then, contact us today to reserve your stay!

Downtown Saugatuck Shops You Need to Check Out

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A Saugatuck, MI, vacation just isn’t complete without a visit to Downtown Saugatuck. Butler Street, specifically, is home to a vast array of eclectic local shops and storefronts. You’ll get lost in all the wonderful little stores and in the one-of-a-kind items they sell. Everything from souvenirs to artisanal food to outdoor gear will fill your shopping bags to the brim. So, come check out these downtown Saugatuck shops!

Are you looking for the best things to do in the Saugatuck, MI, area? Then, look no further than the Attractions page provided by Lakeshore Lodging. It has the best ideas to make your vacation a wonderful, relaxing experience for all!

Downtown Saugatuck Shops You Shouldn’t Skip

Art & Angels

226 Butler Street

You’ll love this eclectic little shop if you’re in the mood to shop for books, paintings, figurines, gifts, and children’s clothes.

Art Glass Alcove

142 Butler Street

If you’re looking for beautiful jewelry and fashion forward accessories, then this is the place for you. Enjoy Vera Bradley goods plus gifts and souvenirs to commemorate your trip!

Bauble Bath

132 Butler Street

You’ll find incredible bath and skin products at Bauble Bath. In addition to their extensive selection of skin products, they also sell artisan jewelry, home accessories, Judaica, and pet toys.

Butler Pantry

439 Butler Street

The Butler Pantry is a destination for all culinary-minded people and aspiring chefs. You’ll find gourmet food items, fine wine, specialty cookware, and kitchen accessories at this culinary experience.

Earth Echos, Inc.

403A Water Street

At Earth Echoes, you’ll discover a wide variety of custom made jewelry, natural stone beads, gemstones, sterling silver, and Native American jewelry. Plus, they offer jewelry repair services.

Sanborn’s Jewelers

105 Butler Street

At Sanborn’s, you’ll find some of the best quality jewelry in town. They carry highly desirable brands like Citizen, Fossil, Pandora, LeVian, Alex and Ani, Bulova, and more.

Spice Merchants

103 Butler Street

Spice Merchants in downtown Saugatuck is your one-stop shop for the best fresh spices, herbs, teas, and gift boxes. They make excellent gifts, and you’ll probably find something totally new to you while you’re there!

The Olive Mill

220 Culver Street

You’ll want to come back to this one next time you’re in town. The Olive Mill features some of the highest quality, award-winning olive oils and balsamic vinegars in the world, featuring provenances from northern and southern Italy.

The Sweet Shop

403 Water Street

Over 50 years of chocolatier experience combines to craft some of the best sweet treats in Saugatuck. Offering sweets like fudge, caramels, bark, popcorn, and more, you’ll probably spend a little more than you should!

Landsharks

306 Butler Street

Landsharks provides the Saugatuck area with some of the best outdoor gear available. You’ll also find high fashion apparel for men and women. If you’re looking for great clothing, accessories, or outdoor gear, this is the place for you.

American Spoon

308 Butler Street

At American Spoon in downtown Saugatuck, you’ll have the chance to sample famous jams, preserves, sauces, and more. American Spoon has made excellent quality products for years, so you definitely want to stop in for a burst of local flavor!

What You Need to Taste at American Spoon

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Way up north in Petoskey, MI, the artisans at American Spoon craft some of the most delicious jams, preserves, syrups, and salsas in the country. It’s something of a Michigan favorite that is emblematic of the hospitality and comfort found here. Take a spoonful of peach preserves and spread them onto your favorite toast, and you’ll find there’s just nothing quite like it. Luckily for you, their store in Saugatuck, MI, carries a full line of every delicious offering they create. The question isn’t whether or not you need to buy a jar or three. Instead, which will you try first? Read on to find out what you need to taste at American Spoon in Saugatuck.

American Spoon is an American Favorite

In the picturesque shopping district of Saugatuck, the storefront for American Spoon rests quietly offering delicious jams, jellies, preserves, and more. You’ll want to go in. It’s so quaint and cozy, and you’ll have virtually no choice with the tasting table to try samples. So, come find your favorite and begin your latest obsession. There’s much to choose from!

Sour Cherry Preserves

These preserves are to die for! Each jar is jam-packed with tart Montmorency cherries, creating its deep red color and wonderfully bright flavor. It’s great on toast, with brie, in pastries, and even on chicken.

Maple Granola

The delicious and hearty granola American Spoon offers is made in small batches with famous Michigan maple syrup, dried tart cherries, dried blueberries, almonds, and pumpkin seeds. It pairs perfectly with yogurt, in cereals, and even on its own!

Red Haven Peach Preserves

The peaches American Spoon uses in their famous peach preserves originate along the shores of Lake Michigan. So, not only are these preserves tasty but they’re local! America’s Test Kitchen declared the peach preserves to be the ideal peach preserves to use in recipes!

Pumpkin Butter

The ubiquitous flavor of pumpkin in the fall has been done one better by American Spoon’s pumpkin butter! You simply can’t make up the smooth delicious flavor this spiced butter offers your taste buds. Spread it on pancakes or waffles, into whipped cream, or into pumpkin recipes. You’ll probably come back to buy more!

Fruit Perfect Blueberries

Iconic blueberry preserves are somewhat mythical when it comes to famous Michigan cuisine. This recipe uses only the sweetest West Michigan blueberries, making it perfect for pancakes, biscuits, and anything you could want! You just can’t go wrong with these delicious blueberries.

Take Some Back to Your Vacation Rental

American Spoon products make great gifts, but they’re also perfect breakfast and snack items. So, bring some back to your vacation rental! Here at Lakeshore Lodging, our vacation rentals are comfortable and luxurious. You’ll feel at home when you book your stay with us. We’re eager to accommodate your every need, so contact us today to book!