“Don’t be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life. You don’t have to live forever, you just have to live.” – Natalie Babbitt
Saugatuck, MI – For a traveler looking to experience all things Michigan, this small town is definitely the best choice. Widely recognized as a resort town, we’d say this place is more of a community. Why? Because it’s not just a great place to visit. At the same time, it represents a lovely place to work and live. Everybody seems to love it here. And we decided to find out why.
Located in Allegan County, Michigan, Saugatuck has a population of just under 950. It became a noted art colony and tourist destination, along with the adjacent city of Douglas, in the Arts and Crafts movement of the late 19th century. Having started off as a lumber town and port, the town was home to the famous Big Pavilion in the early 20th century. The Pavilion was a massive dance hall that attracted visitors and bands from all over the Midwest. Unfortunately, it burned down in 1960.
Why Should You Spend Your Time In Saugatuck, MI?
Today, many artists enjoy the natural beauty of these twin towns that boast white sandy beaches and grassy dunes. Affectionately called “The Art Coast of Michigan,” Saugatuck was actually one of USA Today’s “Best Summer Weekend Escapes.” Visitors from all over are lured by special events, comfy lodging, fine dining and interesting shops. And all that wrapped up in small town rural America charm. Complete with a bow on top.
And since this is Michigan we’re talking about, there’s an abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities. The sweet water and miles of sandy beaches along Lake Michigan offer plenty to see and do. Kayaking, surfing, swimming, sailing, fishing, beachcombing and many more activities await visitors of all ages. Winding country roads amidst fields and fruit orchards are yours to explore.
Wine And/Or Beer After A Hike? Why Not?
Furthermore, if you prefer having fun and being active on dry land, Saugatuck will provide that, as well. Endless jogging, biking, dune climbing, tennis, hiking, golfing and walking are also favorite activities for many travelers here. And the best part? These are all available for both people on planned vacations and those on spontaneous, weekend getaways. It feels good to break out of the routine every now and then, doesn’t it?
HopAmerica.com’s recommendation for spending your time in Saugatuck is to make sure you check out some of the area’s breweries and wineries. The Peter Wine Gallery is a great place to start, or you can also kick things off with the Fenn Valley Vineyards & Winery. Some other options include Virtue Cider, Tabor Hill Wine Port and the Saugatuck Brewing Company.
Saugatuck, MI – Where Making Mistakes Doesn’t Happen
Art galleries in Saugatuck number in the dozens, and you won’t make a mistake by visiting any one of them. Our top choices include Amazwi Contemporary Art, Amaru Leather and Affordably French. But if these aren’t your cup of tea, you can also check out Discovery Art Center, Blue Coast Artists, Armstrong Degraaf Fine Art and the Button Gallery. However, this is not a top list and we’re limited by space. That said, you can’t go wrong here.
When it comes to accommodation in Saugatuck, bed’n’breakfasts are our preferred type of lodging, so we’ll just name a few of our favorites. Castle In The Country Bed And Breakfast Inn is awesome, just like the Belvedere Inn & Restaurant and the Beechwood Manor Inn & Cottage. But as aforementioned, there are dozens of contenders and it’s impossible to make a mistake. Other recommendations include J. Paule’s Fenn Inn, Ivy Inn, Heritage Manor Inn, The Maplewood Hotel (pictured below), The Newnham Suncatcher Inn and countless other ones. Your job? Take your pick and don’t worry about anything else.