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.

Best Lake Michigan cottages to rent

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Endless horizons, awe-inspiring sunsets, invigorating lake breezes—these are a few of the reasons people love spending time on Lake Michigan. West Michigan’s picturesque lakeshore is an enchanting place to be. Why limit your experience of the lake to day trips to public beaches and state parks? Find a vacation rental perched on the lakeshore and fill your whole vacation with the beauty of Lake Michigan. Here are some of the best Lake Michigan cottages to rent.

Best Lake Michigan cottages to rent

Mixed Doubles

Bedrooms: 4, Bathrooms: 3, Sleeps: 11

This newly remodeled home boasts beautiful lake views. Enjoy them in the cozy living room, the spacious dining room, or in the breezy screened porch. This home also boasts its own private beach, so you can sunbathe and swim to your heart’s content.

Beach Cottage

Bedrooms: 3, Bathrooms: 2, Sleeps: 8

This quaint cottage is tucked in a shady woodland on the Lake Michigan coast. It’s a warm, cozy retreat that feels like home. It also offers a spacious private beach right on the lake, as well as some gorgeous bluff-top views.

Edgewater Beach Cottage

Bedrooms: 3, Bathrooms: 2, Sleeps: 8

Edgewater Beach Cottage’s decor seamlessly integrates its impeccable lake views. This cute cottage is a truly dreamy Lake Michigan escape. It’s great for a family vacation or a romantic couple’s getaway.

Bluffs Cove

Bedrooms: 2, Bathrooms: 1, Sleeps: 6

This cottage on the corner of a Lake Michigan bluff is a perfect escape. Take in wall-to-wall lake views whether you’re relaxing in the living room, dining with a view, or kicking back in the hot tub.

Celebrate friendship with a Friendsgiving vacation

friendsgiving vacation

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.

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.

8 Reasons to book a vacation rental for Thanksgiving

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If you’re used to hosting family at home every year during Thanksgiving, the idea of renting a vacation home for the main event might strike you as unorthodox. But lend us your eyes for a moment and we’ll show you why staying in a Lakeshore Lodging vacation rental for Thanksgiving is actually a brilliant idea.

Hosting Thanksgiving dinner can be a lot of work. But choosing to host in a vacation rental can take a lot of the headache out, and you can enjoy the perks of a nice home with beds for everyone. Here are 8 reasons why you should book a vacation rental for Thanksgiving.

8 reasons to stay in a vacation rental for Thanksgiving

1. Homes with great views

Maintaining holiday traditions is nice, but sometimes a change of scenery is in order. Make your holiday celebration picturesque: rent a vacation home with a view of Lake Michigan, or rent a cabin tucked away in a forest of vibrant autumn trees.

2. Room for extended family

One of the hardest things about hosting Thanksgiving is not having the space to host all of your family.  But it’s simple when you can just rent a larger home. When your house isn’t big enough to host the Thanksgiving dinner of your dreams, it’s easy to find a spacious vacation rental with everything you need.

3. Homes with spacious kitchens/entertaining areas

Having the space for everyone to gather and enjoy each other’s company can be hard when you have a lot of people to host. But a variety of vacation rentals  for Thanksgiving come with open floor plans, large dining tables, and spacious kitchens with all the amenities you need to entertain and make the most of your togetherness.

4. Sleeping accommodations for the whole family

Everyone can have a comfy bed to retreat to when the festivities are done in a vacation rental big enough to host everyone. No one need sleep on an air mattress when you choose to stay in a vacation rental for Thanksgiving.

5. Off-season pricing

The fall and winter months mean lower prices on all of our vacation rentals. You can save between 30-50% off of peak season rates when you stay with us for the holidays. So, really, Thanksgiving couldn’t be a more perfect time to stay in a Lakeshore Lodging vacation rental!

6. Personal catering and grocery delivery services

Take advantage of the hospitality hook-ups vacation rental services can offer. You can arrange to have your meals personally catered by a local business or have your grocery shopping done for you in advance when you stay with Lakeshore Lodging. Grocery delivery is available in the Saugatuck area via Shipt, so Shipt members can have groceries delivered right to their vacation rentals. Take the tedium out of your holiday hosting tasks!

7. Homes are clean and ready when you walk in

Another stressful chore associated with get-togethers: making sure everything is clean and ready for your guests. Well, when you choose to stay in a vacation rental for your extravaganza, we take care of all the cleaning for you.

8. Housekeeping service when you leave

When all is said and done, you don’t have to clean after your guests when everybody leaves. All we ask at Lakeshore Lodging is that you load and run the dishwasher (no need to unload it) and take out the trash. The rest is up to us.

There are even more reasons to book a Thanksgiving stay at a Lake Michigan vacation rental. Discover them for yourself when you book a cozy cabin with Lakeshore Lodging.

The perfect fall 3-day weekend adventure

fall 3-day weekend

You’re a month into the rush of school, work, and the usual fall hustle. You’re enjoying the autumnal vibes, but you’re busy, so it’s hard to bask in them completely. Graciously, there is a fall 3-day weekend coming up that is a perfect opportunity to take advantage of this gorgeous, ephemeral season. Columbus Day weekend is October 5-8, and there’s going to be plenty of fall events happening in Saugatuck to make the most of it.

Make the most of this fall 3-day weekend

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.

Find the perfect place to stay

Lakeshore Lodging has cozy cabins and homes encircled with vibrant fall foliage available for rent for your fall vacation. Check them out here.

Experience peak fall colors in Saugatuck in these vacation rentals

peak fall colors in saugatuck

Nothing quite compares to the exquisite beauty of fall colors in Michigan. Many people will traverse the state to see the ways the autumn season transforms our landscape. Take a vacation to experience the beauty for yourself. These vacation rentals will put you in the center of towering trees and stunning views of the peak fall colors in Saugatuck.

Witness peak fall colors in Saugatuck in these vacation rentals

Borrowed Thyme

Bedrooms: 4, Bathrooms: 3, Sleeps: 10

Tucked in a quiet woodland neighborhood, Borrowed Thyme is surrounded by beautiful forest scenery. Enjoy it from the comfort of the screened porch or while you keep warm by the stone fireplace on the backyard patio.

Wake Robin

Bedrooms: 3, Bathrooms: 3, Sleeps: 6

Quaint Wake Robin is a bright blossom on the shady forest floor. Catch views of the surrounding foliage in the home’s stylish rooms, or get right out in it with a bonfire in the wooded backyard.

Camp Grill n Chill

Bedrooms: 4, Bathrooms: 3, Sleeps: 10

Colorful fall foliage greets you right when you arrive at this home, taking the winding two-track driveway through a grove of deciduous trees. Enjoy stunning views of the thick forest enveloping the home from the large back deck, in the hot tub, or around the large wood fire pit.

Swan Lodge

Bedrooms: 3, Bathrooms: 3, Sleeps: 10

This rustic, log cabin style home feels like a secluded getaway, but it’s conveniently close to downtown Saugatuck. Fall colors pour through the home’s two story windows overlooking a nature preserve.

Ridgeway Cottage

Bedrooms: 4, Bathrooms: 2, Sleeps: 9

Get out of dodge when you stay at rustic Ridgeway Cottage. Rough hewn wood walls make this woodland getaway feel warm and cozy. Enjoy forest views in the screened porch and backyard patio, where you’ll find deck seating and a new hot tub.

7 vacation rentals perfect for an anniversary getaway in Saugatuck

anniversary getaway in saugatuck

Your anniversary is coming up, and you want to give your spouse something special. You could go with the classic flowers, chocolates, or wine. You could indulge with some kind of luxurious gift, like an expensive watch or a deep tissue massage. Or you could conjure up a nostalgic gift, symbolic of the roots of your relationship. All could work just fine, but none seem to strike the right chord–one that truly celebrates your partnership.

You know what would? A vacation.

What better way to celebrate your marriage than to devote some time to nourishing it? Escape from your day-to-day responsibilities and just relax by each other’s side. You could go anywhere, but below you’ll find 7 reasons why you should make your destination Saugatuck, Michigan. Here are 7 vacation rentals perfect for an anniversary getaway in Saugatuck.

Best vacation rentals for an anniversary getaway in Saugatuck

Bluffs Cove

Bedrooms: 2, Bathrooms: 1, Sleeps: 6

Bluffs Cove is perched on the corner of a lakeside bluff and is thusly surrounded by gorgeous, uninhibited Lake Michigan views. Enjoy them from inside the cozy home through the wall to wall windows. Recline in the chairs on the deck and watch the sunset. When night falls, jump into the hot tub and stargaze.

Out and About

Bedrooms: 2, Bathrooms: 1, Sleeps: 4, Dog Friendly

Nestled in a quiet spot on Lakeshore Drive, Out and About is an airy, updated cottage. It’s across from a beautiful nature preserve with a winding trail that leads to a Lake Michigan beach and overlook–a great spot to crack a bottle of wine and enjoy the sunset with one another.

The Nest

Bedrooms: 2, Bathrooms: 1, Sleeps 4, Dog Friendly

This cozy 2 bedroom home is located just outside of downtown Saugatuck. Tucked at the end of a long driveway, The Nest feels like a forested retreat, but it’s within walking distance of the restaurants and attractions of downtown. Enjoy the clean, modern style elements in the home.

Swan Lodge

Bedrooms: 3, Bathrooms: 3, Sleeps: 10

Swan Lodge offers rustic style and unreal woodland views. Enjoy the feeling of having escaped to the wilderness, along with the convenience of being just a brisk walk into downtown Saugatuck. Whether you want to stay in or explore the area, Swan Lodge is the perfect home base.

Peterson Mill

Bedrooms: 1, Bathrooms: 1, Sleeps: 4, Dog Friendly

You’ll struggle to find a home quainter than this historic mill surrounded by water views. The scenery is idyllic and the location is prime, with the delicious cuisine of The Southerner right down the road in one direction, and the rest of downtown Saugatuck in the other.

Hoopdee Scootee Suite

Bedrooms: 1, Bathrooms: 1.5, Sleeps: 4, Dog Friendly

This two-story apartment located above a downtown Saugatuck storefront puts you directly in the center of the energy of downtown, but once inside, the home feels like a peaceful oasis. Bright interiors and charismatic decor create an inviting environment that is sure to recharge you after a day at the beach or shopping around town.

Bring the whole family together in these large Lake Michigan vacation rentals

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When your family members live all over, it’s rare to get an opportunity to bring everyone together. But it is so important to make sure it happens. A vacation on the lakeshore could be just the thing to reconnect with everyone. These large Lake Michigan vacation rentals are great options for families of all shapes and sizes. Plan a Lake Michigan family vacation you and your family will remember for years to come.

Large Lake Michigan vacation rentals to host the whole family

Heron Creek

Sleeps: 16, Bedrooms: 5, Bathrooms: 3 

We reckon you’ll find yourselves spending most of your vacation in one of two spots at this secluded lakeshore home: Either on the large, shady bluff-top deck, or on the sandy private beach. Grab a refreshing beverage, recline in an adirondack with a lake view, and set to catching up with your family members.

Chestnut Retreat

Sleeps: 14, Bedrooms: 5, Bathrooms: 4.5

Chestnut Retreat’s open spaces are a breath of fresh air. Located just off of Lakeshore Drive in Douglas, this large vacation rental puts you within walking distance to Douglas Beach. Take advantage of the spacious gathering zones

Lake Perch

Sleeps: 12, Bedrooms: 5, Bathrooms: 5

Bringing together family with kids at a variety of different ages? You won’t find a better suited Lake Michigan vacation rental than Lake Perch. This home boasts a spacious lakefront yard, basketball hoop, tire swing and ping pong table. Adults will appreciate the cozy spaces to kick back both indoors and out, and everyone will enjoy the large private beach with direct access.

Lazy Chase

Sleeps: 12, Bedrooms: 5, Bathrooms: 5

Bright Lazy Chase is the perfect home base for a family gathering. Located in a quiet, wooded Douglas cul-de-sac, it’s a peaceful retreat that’s conveniently close to area attractions. Updated and tastefully decorated, the whole family will love this cozy home.

5 walk to beach vacation rentals in Douglas, Michigan

Douglas Beach is a beautiful spot on the Lake Michigan lakeshore that enjoys smaller crowds. On street level, find restrooms and picnic tables in the shade. Descend 103 stairs to reach the small, sandy beach. There’s no fee to enter, but parking is limited. But you won’t have to worry about parking when you choose to stay in walk to beach vacation rentals in Douglas.

These 5 rentals are all located in a quiet, shady lakeshore neighborhood that puts you right there. Spend the day on the beach or ride your bike into Saugatuck/Douglas to enjoy in-town attractions. The perfect summer vacation is within easy reach at any one of these vacation rentals within walking distance of Douglas Beach.

5 walk to beach vacation rentals in Douglas

Chestnut Retreat

Sleeps: 14, Bedrooms: 5, Bathrooms: 4.5

This large home is just a 2-minute walk from Douglas Beach. Located in a quiet, peaceful neighborhood, Chestnut Retreat has a lot to offer larger groups. Prepare meals in the kitchen and grill them out on the patio. Gather around the beautiful fire pit at night. If the weather turns, huddle up in the basement for movies or a game of pool.

Switching Gears

Sleeps: 11, Bedrooms: 4, Bathrooms: 3

Staying at Switching Gears puts you just a 4-minute walk away from Douglas Beach. Hang out there, or grab your bikes and head into town for a day of exploring. Return for a home-cooked meal to be enjoyed on the shady patio and followed by ghost stories and s’more-making around the fire pit.

Beach Glass

Sleeps: 10, Bedrooms: 3, Bathrooms: 2.5

Bright, colorful and brimming with personality, Beach Glass is just a 5-minute walk from Douglas Beach. This home boasts three screened porches. Relax in the hot tub or stargaze around the fire pit.

By the Beach

Sleeps: 8, Bedrooms: 4, Bathrooms: 2

By the Beach is an 8-minute walk from Douglas Beach. This home boasts a classic lake cottage feel and plenty of space to convene. The shady yard and spacious back deck are sure to be favorite spots on summer evenings.

Meadows Edge

Sleeps: 8, Bedrooms: 3, Bathrooms: 2

Meadows Edge is tucked in a cute neighborhood located 9-minutes walking distance from Douglas Beach. This home is perfect for a small family getaway or for a group of couples. The home’s neatly manicured landscaping gives way to a grassy meadow, lending the yard a sense of privacy. Eat out on the patio, or gather around the fire pit.