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.

Spend Labor Day in Saugatuck

Start planning your summer send-off

The end of summer is probably the last thing you want to think about right now. But if you’re looking to end the season with a bang, you should start planning your vacation ASAP.

Labor Day is one of the most popular times to visit Saugatuck, and availability for vacation rentals becomes limited fast. Book your Saugatuck vacation now.

What will you do when you get here? Whether you want to partake in our town festivities, enjoy a celebration with close friends and family, or make the most of the end of beach season, there’s lots to do in Saugatuck around Labor Day. Allow us to give you some ideas:

Your in-town itinerary

Catch one of these great Saugatuck-area events during your Labor Day stay.

Saugatuck-Douglas 19th Annual Bridge Walk – Join the community in a walk across the Blue Star Bridge on September 4, 9-10am. Starts on the Douglas side and proceeds to the Saugatuck side. Held in solidarity with the annual walk across the Mackinac Bridge, this walk is quite a bit shorter.

Labor Day Truck Parade – Celebrate the businesses of West Michigan in Holland’s annual parade of big trucks. Bring your family, some earplugs, and an appetite for ice cream.

All-Crafts Fair – Peruse hundreds of exhibitors with fine arts, crafts, and food in South Haven during Labor Day weekend.

Fenn Valley Fall Vineyard Tour – Take part in one of Fenn Valley’s first fall vineyard tours. Learn about grape growing and winemaking.

Saugatuck Chain Ferry – Labor Day weekend is your last chance of the year to ride aboard the Saugatuck Chain Ferry—the only remaining hand-cranked ferry in the country. Hitch a ride across the Kalamazoo River for a shortcut to Oval Beach.

Music on the Lawn at Borrowed Time – Catch some outdoor tunes on the lawn at Borrowed Time before they’re done for the season.

Find the best home for Labor Day festivities

The perfect Labor Day vacation requires a home base that’s best suited to your planned activities. We have properties that’ll make your weekend unforgettable.

Grill out

Ferry’s Landing – This tastefully modern, farmhouse-inspired home has a spacious backyard with a firepit. Grill your meal and enjoy it on the screened-in porch. Spend the evening around the fire with friends.

Kingfisher Cove Cabin 28 – A log-cabin inspired home on the shores of Goshorn Lake with plenty of space for entertaining both indoors and out. Grill out in the wooded, secluded backyard and later enjoy a fire in the firepit or a dip in the hot tub.

Stay in town

Mason Loft
– Stay above a Saugatuck storefront in this quaint apartment. This shotgun-style loft has a fully equipped kitchen and is awash in natural light. You’ll be within walking distance of many great Saugatuck activities when you stay here.

Cozy Hideaway – This cute cottager is perfect for small groups and families and is located just a walk from the action downtown Saugatuck.

Beachside holiday

Beach Cottage – Enjoy the fresh lakeside air and a view of the lake framed by tall trees at Beach Cottage. Sunbathe on the private beach during the day, enjoy the gas grill and firepit in the evening.

Mixed Doubles – Recently re-furnished, this home is beautifully designed and has unreal views of Lake Michigan and a great beach. It has a traditional cottage charm and is nestled on a quiet, wooded acre.

Heron Creek – Descend the stairs to get to this property’s beach and catch a few great views along the way. Located in a deeply secluded, wooded area, this property is a perfect place to truly get away from it all.

It’s Time to Make Plans for the Saugatuck Venetian Festival

saugatuck venetian festival

This year’s Saugatuck Venetian Festival is set to be a fantastic time of music, boating, games, fireworks, and more! It’s one of Saugatuck’s best events, and you’d be remiss to skip out! Between the events and family-friendly activities, there’s something for everyone at the festival. Plus, it’s one of the best ways to enjoy the waterfront in Saugatuck. So, are you planning to attend this year’s Saugatuck Venetian Festival? Here’s why you should!

Be sure to check out these great activities while you’re here, too. Here at Lakeshore Lodging, we pride ourselves on being your source for personalized recommendations to make your Saugatuck stay unforgettable.

Saugatuck Venetian Festival Happenings to Put on Your Calendar

This year’s festival takes place over the weekend of July 28-29, starting in Coghlin Park and ending with fireworks over Lake Kalamazoo. Here are the highlights you’ll want to plan on!

Friday, July 28, 2017 at Coghlin Park

Concert Tent Opens | 5:00 p.m. | $5 per adult

Come out to the concert for some of the best local and regional music to kick off the festivities! The theme of this year’s concert is ‘80s Rock n Roll, so come prepared to rock out!

Children’s Games and Face Painting | 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Come, get the kids ready to dance to the ‘80s later with face painting and children’s games. The family-friendly activities are a great way to start the festivities!

Food and Bar Tent Open | 6:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Grab a delicious bite to eat at the food and bar tents and make sure you’re ready to rock with the concert! Some of Saugatuck’s best restaurants will bring their food to the festival, so come hungry!

Starfarm — Dance to the ‘80s | 7:15 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Now is the time to dance to the ‘80s rock and roll! Bring your friends and family and dance the night away courtesy of Starfarm!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Dinghy Poker Run | 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The raucous crowd of boaters, some dressed as pirates, race to collect the best poker hand on dinghies armed with squirt guns. You don’t want to miss this entertaining entourage of racing boats!

Lighted Boat Parade | 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. | Kalamazoo River

Watch the “Salute to Our Military” themed lighted boats cruise the Kalamazoo River in a breathtaking display of creativity and celebration.

Fireworks Over Lake Kalamazoo | 10:00 p.m.

Cap the festivities with breathtaking fireworks over Lake Kalamazoo!

Celebrate Summer in Saugatuck

Whether you’re coming for the Saugatuck Venetian Festival or for your regular summer vacation, Saugatuck welcomes you to an incredible visit full of memories and fun. Here at Lakeshore Lodging, our vacation rentals are the perfect host to your summer adventures. So, browse our available properties and find exactly what you’re looking for in a place to stay during your vacation. Contact us today to book your next Saugatuck stay!

Step Back in Time on the Saugatuck Chain Ferry

saugatuck chain ferry

When you come to sunny Saugatuck during the summer, chances are you’ll board the Saugatuck Chain Ferry to get around. The relic of Saugatuck that is the ferry harkens back to a simpler time when it carried horses across the river. Step aboard this piece of history and see where it can take you.

Looking for the best things to see and do in and around Saugatuck? Take our suggestions for things to do and you’ll find the best Saugatuck vacation you’ve ever had! At Lakeshore Lodging, we’re the experts on all things Saugatuck, so you can trust our recommendations!

Get On Board the Saugatuck Chain Ferry

The Saugatuck Chain Ferry was originally used to carry horses across the Kalamazoo River, but today carries passengers of a different variety along the river. The ferry was built in 1838 and is the only hand-cranked ferry of its kind still in use in the United States. The vessel is inspected and approved by the U.S. Coast Guard and carries its passengers about 100 yards across the Kalamazoo River to the other shore. From there, you can explore the Saugatuck Douglas Historical Museum and walk over to Oval Beach, just a mile away. While you’re near the Saugatuck Douglas Historical Museum, be sure to check out the Mt. Baldhead look-out, too!

How to Take the Ferry

Whether you’re a pedestrian or have a bike, the ferry will transport you across the river to where you need to be. The ferry will blow the whistle to signal that it’s getting ready to cross to communicate to the other boats on the river to stop. Then, three pulleys keep it aligned with the chain to pull you across the river.

Other Essential Information about the Saugatuck Chain Ferry


528 Water Street

Saugatuck, MI 49453


$1 per person

Cash Only

Hours | Memorial Day to Labor Day

9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Explore Saugatuck On Vacation Here

When you plan your summer vacation to beautiful Saugatuck, you’ll revel in the abundance of great things to do while you’re here! From the awesome beaches to great local shops, you won’t run out of things to do. Plan your vacation with Lakeshore Lodging, and you’ll find that our wonderful rentals and vacation homes are perfectly situated for your comfort and convenience. Browse them today to see how they can best serve your next vacation to sunny Saugatuck! And, if you need more great ideas for things to do while you’re here, be sure to check out our recommended things to do. Contact us today to book your stay! We are eager to be your host!