Saugatuck, Michigan: Explore the harbor village just miles from Holland's Tulip Festival. This quaint community offers dune-lined beaches, picnicing, recreation, and a paradise for the sportsman.
Tucked away along the shoreline of Lake Michigan, Saugatuck draws the appealing eye of art and pleasure connoisseur alike. Dressed with character, atmosphere lures vacationers year-round to its streets.
Autumn appeal abounds in late October as the forests of the Allegan State Game area, hugging Saugatuck’s east side, explode with color. Grand orchards provide a season of apples fresh off the trees, waiting to tempt the palate with fruit by the bushel, or in pies and jellies.
Winter recreation and hunting bring the sportsmen in. Miles of snowmobile and hiking trails provide hours of enjoyment in this winter wonderland. Hunting lodges and log cabins hug the roads leading into Saugatuck. Favorite to the sportsman are the abundance of small game and deer in the neighboring forest.
Springtime offers early fruits and vegetable stands filled to capacity as one enters and exits the village. Enjoy flowers? Just minutes away, the hustle and bustle of Holland’s tulip-time flourishes with activities to fill the vacationer’s day. Once finished, the jog down to Saugatuck provides the weary traveler a relaxing journey back to a serenity.
Saugatuck comes alive in summer. Upon entering its Oval Beach, one finds an abundance of sand to laze the day away. Opposite the beach, Mt. Baldhead’s (Mt. Baldy to the locals) dunes reach into the sky. Climb up her many steps and run down the dunes to the other side, arriving at the beach. Mt. Baldy rests at the base of the river channel overlooking Saugatuck’s harbor. Its picnic area and pavilion sit along the channel where pleasure crafts make their way out to the big lake. Take a stroll down the road to the chain ferry and enjoy a hand pulled ride across the channel to the center of town.
Bed and Breakfast retreats and small motels retain an atmosphere of privacy for vacationers. Visit one of the unique shops adorning this quaint little village. Art and pottery, boutique and novelty shops, line its quiet streets. One is hard pressed to find a large grocery chain or department store for several miles.
After a day of shopping, dine on a grand old Lake Michigan ship, or stop into one of the many coffee shops and restaurants dotting the channel. You won’t find any fast food here, Saugatuck is known for its sit-down dining. Follow your dining experience with a stroll down the boardwalk to enjoy ice cream and cabin cruisers docking for the night in the many slips adjacent to the walk.
Late July draws visitors to the Venetian Festival. Join in the festivities on the last Saturday in July as boats are dressed in lights, setting the stage for an enjoyable water parade. The sky dances with flame as fireworks follow, lighting the night sky with their magnificent flares.
Similar villages dot the coast, some as quaint as Saugatuck, others much larger and commercial. State campgrounds appeal to the nature and beach lover, but whether a water and beach enthusiast, sportsman, or seeking relaxation, the village of Saugatuck, one of southwest Michigan’s jewels, will satisfy your desires.