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cross country skiing

Spectacular Cross-Country Skiing in Allegan State Game Area

Any time of year, the Allegan State Game Area provides endless opportunities for outdoor adventures with more than 50,000 protected acres to explore. Hiking, fishing, horseback riding, canoeing, bird watching, hunting, biking – if it's outdoor adventure you want, you'll find it here! But when winter comes and snow blankets the ground, the Allegan State Game Area offers unmatched...

Holiday Shopping

Holiday Shopping at Michigan's Open-Air Markets

Have yourself a merry little Christmas by knocking out your holiday shopping at some of West Michigan's most unique shopping venues. Check out local artisans and specialty shops who display their wares at open-air holiday markets, offering some of the most fantastic products, treats and handcrafted goods imaginable. From European-style marketplaces to shopping experiences that feature...


Get Spooked for Halloween in Saugatuck-Douglas

Are you up for a hauntingly good time? Sure, autumn in West Michigan is the ideal retreat if you love to take in fall festivals, pumpkin patches, apple picking and the colorful changing leaves. But for thrill-seekers who like to celebrate the scariest holiday of the year, Halloween is the perfect time to visit, with an array of frightening, ghostly events to celebrate the mystery of Halloween...

Music in the Vineyard

Wine and the Vineyards and on the Water

Ahhh...fall is upon us in Western Michigan! Trees are exploding in autumn colors of reds, yellows and oranges. Pumpkins, apples, grapes and fall-harvest crops are abundant. And cooler temperatures mean sweater weather and the perfect climate for spending time outdoors exploring all that Lake Michigan's coastline has to offer.

Beer Flight

Taste Handcrafted Beer at Saugatuck-Douglas Breweries

There’s nothing quite like sipping on a refreshing draft beer on a hot summer day. From wheat beer to IPAs, from stouts to seasonals, breweries here in West Michigan have a beer for every palate. Bottoms up! There are plenty of tasting opportunities within minutes of The Hotel Saugatuck, where you can find a style of beer that suits your mood and taste. Every day is a great day for a...

Mount Baldhead Challenge

Runners Take On the Mount Baldhead Challenge

They call it the race that will change your life. The Mount Baldhead Challenge is the ultimate multi-terrain race that begins and ends at our famous Oval Beach here in Saugatuck. After a year off in 2020, the race is back again on Sept. 11, 2021 – bigger, badder and better than ever!

The Southerner fried chicken

Saugatuck's Must-Visit Waterfront Restaurants

Though Saugatuck is known for its world-famous beaches and dunes and a thriving art scene, its dense culinary landscape should not be taken for granted. Summertime is the right time to grab dinner and drinks on a restaurant patio that overlooks Saugatuck's scenic waterways. This lakeside town is home to dozens of delicious, one-of-a-kind waterfront restaurants that make it the perfect...

Sidewalk sale

Visit Saugatuck's Annual Sidewalk Sale in the Shopping District

Apparel, jewelry, accessories, art, antiques and home decor are just some of what bargain hunters will find marked down during this year’s Saugatuck Sidewalk Sale. This much-anticipated annual event is slated for Thursday, Aug. 19, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Saugatuck along iconic Butler...

Dune rides

Unique Summer Adventures in Saugatuck-Douglas

With all that Lake Michigan, its dazzling waters and impressive sand dunes have to offer, there is no shortage of opportunities for outdoor adventure. In the summertime, we love to stroll along the beach, splash in the lake's fresh water, and get our hearts pumping with a good hike. But on your next trip to Saugatuck-Douglas, why not try something a little out of the ordinary? Here are a...

Art Fair

Summer Art Fairs on Michigan's Art Coast

If you're coming to Saugatuck this summer to enjoy the beaches, trails and outdoor adventures, be sure to also carve out time to enjoy the rich cultural offerings of the Art Coast of Michigan. Its artistic roots were planted a century ago, when Ox-Bow began as a haven for artists and grew into the school of art and artists...

Oval Beach

Lake Michigan's Best Beaches in Saugatuck-Douglas

Did you know that when you stay with us at The Hotel Saugatuck you are visiting one of Michigan's premiere beach towns? It's true. With miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, the Saugatuck-Douglas area has stretches of sand that will appeal to every type of beach-goer. Sugar-sand beaches and sparkling water that meets the horizon will have you wanting to soak in the summer sun and splash in...

Sailing on Desire

Guests Receive Special Discount for Private Lake Michigan Sailing Excursion

At The Hotel Saugatuck, we enjoy providing our guests with access to fun activities and unique adventures when they come to stay with us. We also are committed to supporting our fellow local businesses that take care of each other in this small community. That's why we're excited to enter a new partnership that is beneficial to us, our guests and the partnered business – a real...

Farmers Market Produce

Seasonal Markets Offer Best of Michigan's Homegrown Bounty

Farmers markets on Michigan's west coast are exciting places that bring together local farmers, artisans and communities. Shopping at these seasonal markets is one of the best ways to eat homegrown and homemade foods while supporting the regional economy. Here in Saugatuck, the Market at SCA is a true treasure for...

Star of Saugatuck

Explore Lake Michigan and the Kalamazoo River with a Wine Cruise

Imagine taking in some of the most stunning views the Great Lakes have to offer while sipping on exceptional wines. If this sounds like the perfect outing for you and your special someone, then you'll want to take advantage of a Wine on the Water adventure. It's an ideal way to spend time together, savor tempting adult beverages, and get up-close access to breathtaking Lake Michigan....

Uncork a bottle of Michigan Wine

Uncork a Bottle of Michigan Wine or Cider

Any time is a good time to enjoy Michigan-produced wines and hard ciders. But if you need another reason to grab a bottle of your favorite libation made from fruit grown along the shores of Lake Michigan, this is for you: Saturday, April 10 is Open Local Wine Day. To participate, uncork your favorite Michigan wine or hard cider and post pictures to your social media using the hashtag #...

Tulip Time Festival

Tulip Time in Holland, Michigan

With spring just around the corner, it won't be long before tulips emerge with their colorful buds and bloom in vibrant rainbow hues. In celebration of these cheerful flowers and its Dutch heritage, the nearby city of Holland, Michigan, hosts the Tulip Time Festival — an event dating back to 1929. After cancelling the festival...

Cross Country Skiing

Cross-Country and Downhill Skiing Near Saugatuck, Michigan

Michigan’s stunning landscape was made for snow sports, and you'll find some of the most exciting, diverse cross country and downhill skiing terrains not far from The Hotel Saugatuck. So pack your gear for a winter weekend getaway and hit the trails and slopes with your favorite snowbunny.

Discover Art on Michigan's West Coast

Discover Art in the Heart of Michigan's West Coast

Spend an afternoon in downtown Douglas with your sweetheart this Valentine's weekend and find out why they call the Saugatuck/Douglas area the "Art Coast" of Michigan.

On February 13–14, 2021, six fine art galleries along Center Street are hosting a Winter Break Gallery Stroll from noon to 4...

Ice volcanoes

Ice Volcanoes and Ice Balls at Oval Beach

While Oval Beach is Saugatuck's premier destination for summer sun and sand, don't pass up a chance to view frosty Lake Michigan from its shoreline in the winter months. You might just get to observe some of Mother Nature's most amazing winter weather phenomena.

Hot tub and fireplace

A Michigan Getaway To Help You Rest and Recharge

Not every vacation has to be packed with adventure. It's OK for couples to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life to focus on relaxation and rejuvenation. Paying attention to your own health and well-being can strengthen relationships, improve productivity and simply boost your overall happiness.

Sleigh Ride through the woods

Magical Sleigh Ride Through the Woods

It's lovely weather for a sleigh ride together! Imagine bringing this classic holiday song to life – you and your partner snuggled together under cozy blankets in a horse-drawn sleigh. Wild West Ranch in nearby Fennville, Michigan, can help make this magical winter vision a reality.

Isabels Market

Couples Cooking Class in Saugatuck, MI

Couples who consider themselves foodies will find pleasure in sharing a romantic meal together during a getaway along the shores of Lake Michigan. The Saugatuck-Douglas area is home to stellar restaurants that offer both casual and elegant dining with mouth-watering local fare to please any pallet. But maybe you're looking to spice things up a bit in your own kitchen. A couples cooking...

Saugatuck Dunes State Park skiing

Winter Wonderland at Saugatuck Dunes State Park

Saugatuck Dunes State Park is the ideal vacation hideaway spot for couples interested in exploring challenging climbs and hiking along the long shorelines. The dunes and forest views of Saugatuck Dunes State Park will take your breath away, especially in winter, when covered by thick...

Saugatuck Dune Rides

Ride Among the Towering Sand Dunes in Saugatuck

(Photo by Duncan Wolfe) One of Saugatuck’s premier attractions is the Saugatuck Dunes State Park, a day-use public park encompassing two-and-a-half miles of secluded Lake Michigan shoreline and 1,000 acres of steep slopes, rolling hills and fresh water coastal dunes more than 200 feet tall. A long sandy beach and 300-acre natural area attract enthusiasts, birdwatchers and hikers...

Apple picking in Saugatuck

It's Apple Picking Time in Saugatuck

(Photo by Jill Devries) Revel in the natural, organic bounty of one of the finest orchards in Michigan, Crane Orchards in Fennville.  Fueled by the rich soil and abundant waters of the Great Lakes, the orchard is a great autumn destination to enjoy the outdoors and connect with nature. Available varieties for picking...

Wine and cheese

Pick Apples, Drink Wine and Enjoy Fall's Vibrant Colors in Saugatuck

It's that time of year when cozy fireplaces, farm-to-table artisanal cheeses, and flavorful wines and ciders call us to immerse ourselves in the colorful majesty of the fall season. Our region is rich in fall color tours and homegrown, wholesome ingredients harvested from our scenic rural lands and handcrafted by our farmers.

The Hotel Saugatuck

Listen to Condé Nast Traveler and Micro-cation in Saugatuck

Join the rapidly growing micro-cation trend and include Saugatuck on your next itinerary. Condé Nast Traveler and their vast network of writers and resources compile an annual list of geographically diverse destinations that appeal to travelers of all types.

Downtown Saugatuck

It's Opening Day at Michigan's Largest Antique Show

After you’ve enjoyed your homemade gourmet breakfast delivered to your lake view room or cottage at our luxury bed and breakfast, take a leisurely thirty-minute drive to nearby Allegan and be one of the first to visit Michigan’s largest antique show starting April 26th. Antiques Magazine rates the...

Ski trails in Saugatuck

Skiing at Saugatuck

In March, it’s not too late to venture into our winter wonderland to satisfy your passion for outdoor adventure. Explore the tranquil woods and snow-covered dunes surrounding The Hotel Saugatuck on cross-country skis or snowshoes, sled at Schultz Park or ice skate in South Haven.

Real to Reel Film Festival

Mountainfilm on Tour in Saugatuck

Our region is renowned as the Art Coast of Michigan and we invite you to celebrate, explore and enjoy the two-day Real to Reel 2020 Film Festival at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts on March 27 and 28. Held annually since 1979, the festival includes weekend-long exhibition openings, exclusive artist talks and demonstrations,...

Saugatuck Center for the Arts

A Unique Crossroad of Romance, Serenity and Culture

February is that special time of year when we celebrate the ones we love and, for many, it is also a time for reflection and exploration. In Saugatuck, this peaceful season allows you to embrace the quiet winter wonderland at the edge of Lake Michigan.

Coral Cables room at The Hotel Saugatuck

Love is in the Air at Romantic Hotel Saugatuck

Stay in a unique historic room, each with a fireplace, hydrotherapy tub and room service, as well as offerings to celebrate this holiday of love. Add that finishing touch of flowers, champagne and chocolate covered strawberries to honor your special love.

Featured in Forbes, The Hotel Saugatuck is one of the 25 best international destinations for transformational travel.  Wrap...

Saugatuck Center for the Arts Holiday Market

Holiday Market at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts

Celebrate the holidays with the Saugatuck community at the Holiday Market located at Saugatuck Center for the Arts on Saturday, November 30th from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The market features thirty vendors selling a variety of products that are perfect to take home as holiday gifts, decorate your home with, or to commemorate your time spent here in Saugatuck this season. 

Felt Mansion

Holiday Tours at Felt Mansion

Holidays at the Felt Mansion are one-of-a-kind, with over 25 themed trees and 5,000 lights that is sure to put you in the spirit of the season. 

Fenn Valleys Vineyards

Winemaker's Dinners: Harvest Celebration at Fenn Valleys Vineyards

There are dozens of ways to make date night special, but one of the best ways to make a night unforgettable during your stay is at one of the Winemaker’s Dinners at Fenn Valley Vineyard.

The Winemaker’s Dinner starts with a sparkling wine and cheese reception followed by a coursed dinner. Each course includes a Fenn Valley wine carefully selected by the chef and winemaker....

Saugatuck Center for the Arts

See Saugatuck in a New LIght

Starting October 18th and running until December 20th, the Saugatuck Center for the Arts (SCA) will be displaying interactive works from artists Simon Alexander-Adams, Patrick Ethe, and Cuppeteli & Mendoza daily in tandem with an outdoor, building-spanning installation, Playful Spaces, by Jeremy Barnett and Jason Maracani. The displays, called Luminescence, all use light...

Fall Foliage in Michigan

Experience the Excitement of Fall in Southwest Michigan

all in Southwest Michigan is so much more than leaf-peeping views and cozy fireplaces (although those are two of our favorites). Here, fall is the season of great food, freshly harvested from nearby, local farms and farmers; the season of exploring Southwest Michigan’s many vineyards and wineries; the season of jazz music sounds and intimate evenings; the season of getting lost in...

Fall Antique Market

Lake Michigan Fall Events in Saugatuck and Beyond

Contrary to popular belief, Saugatuck never really has an “off” season once the summers in the sun on Lake Michigan have come to a close. With our famous beaches clear of crowds and the fall season finally settling in, we are preparing for some of Lake Michigan’s best events all year long. From one-of-a-kind, art installations and one-weekend festivals to Saturday brewery...

Two Hands Toasting with Beer Glasses

Come along on a Southwest Michigan Brewery Tour

Saugatuck may be most famous for its beaches but it’s Saugatuck’s spirits and craft breweries that have also made our town a beloved vacation destination. Beer-lovers and IPA-enthusiasts will feel right at home in Saugatuck and with so many craft breweries to pick from, there’s always something new to see—and taste. Follow our insider’s guide below for a Southwest...

J Petter Bowman and Kara

Things to do on a Rainy Day in Saugatuck

While the warmer months are a busy time in Saugatuck as residents and visitors hit the beaches and the sand dunes to soak up the sun, it happens every now and then that the weather doesn’t permit sun-soaked tans and long walks on the beach. So if you find yourself staying with us on a rainy weekend or you’re just looking to do something interesting in town during an afternoon...

Summer Evening Cook-Outs at Fenn Valley

Looking for a mouthwatering plate of food to savor for date night? Head to Fenn Valley Vineyard for the summer evening cook-outs. Fenn Valley provides the grill and meat, you just have to provide the grill master. The cook-outs are an authentic celebration of a pure Michigan summer.

Saugatuck's Music in the Park Summer Concert Series

It’s summer in Saugatuck and there’s nothing quite like it. We love the energetic days spent on the beaches, the afternoons spent strolling down Butler Street to shop and grab a light lunch, and the evenings spent relaxing with our feet up and a refreshing cocktail in hand. Many evenings are also spent at one of our favorite summertime events on Water Street, held every Wednesday...

Summer Water Adventures in Saugatuck

It’s true. In Saugatuck, there are few things we love more than the water of Lake Michigan. But it’s more than just our award-winning beaches that have given us such a sentimentality. To truly enjoy the open water our town sits next to, book a fishing charter, cast a line, and see what you catch. Maybe you’re more interested in paddling a canoe through the winding Kalamazoo,...

Shop 400 Dealers at Michigan’s Largest Antique Show

Michigan’s largest antique show, the Allegan Antiques Market, draws visitors from across the region and country to one of the finest shows in America. Antiques Magazine rates it in the Top 10 antique markets to visit in the United States. The show, located at the Allegan County Fairgrounds in downtown Allegan is held the last Sunday of the month, April through September.

Saugatuck Expo

For 30 days straight, the Saugatuck Expo transforms June into a month-long celebration of the Art Coast of Michigan’s artistic communities. With a longstanding reputation for creativity, talent, and collaboration (and by longstanding we mean over 150 years), the Saugatuck and Douglas region has captivated tourists and visitors with its diverse art that displays itself in so many forms....

Book a Lake Michigan Fishing Charter

In Saugatuck, warmer weather means water--and lots of it. Whether it’s at the beaches or taking in the view from atop the dunes, the water of Lake Michigan is a breathtaking spectacle. One of the best ways to truly experience it is to set sail with one of our fishing charters.

It's Tulip Time in Saugatuck, MI

April showers bring May flowers and the month of May in the Saugatuck area gets a few extra petals. The famous Tulip Time Festival, an annual event that celebrates the Dutch heritage of the town of Holland, Michigan, features millions of colorful tulips. While other areas of the United States have similar tulip festivals, Holland’s is the largest one you’ll find in all 50 states!...

Learn Something New at Fustini's School of Cooking

We can’t wait for the spring weather to bring the warm breezes and seasonal crowds to our town of Saugatuck. It also brings the burst of springs flavors in our food. At Fustini’s School of Cooking, learn to master the art of spring cooking with chef Andy Stewart and his two hour interactive Spring Garden Party course. Whether you’re hosting friends or having a family...

Tour the Pub on 8th of New Holland Brewing

One of the region’s best names in craft brewing calls our neighbor, Holland, home. With a reputation for unique and bold flavors and a dedication to quality and excellent service, the distillery and restaurants of New Holland Brewing are a can’t-miss attraction during your visit to The Hotel Saugatuck.

Plan Your Girlfriends Getaway to Holland this March

The neighboring town of Holland is celebrating you and your girlfriends all weekend long this March with a full roster of fun in-store activities, hands-on workshops, pub crawls, and shopping sprees. Enjoy live music, an 80s party, or just kick back and relax with good friends, lots of fun, and a glass (or two!) of wine.

Tour a Frank Lloyd Wright House in Grand Rapids

Located in the Heritage Hill Historic District of Grand Rapids, the Meyer May House stands exactly as it's architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, intended it. From the landscaping to the linens, the Meyer May House has been masterfully and painstakingly restored down to the most minute details, including period correct furnishings. The property offers visitors a rare opportunity to tour the most...

Visit the 19th Century Farmhouse of Holland’s Founding Father

Now maintained as a park and recreation area, the Van Raalte Farm is deeply rooted in the heritage of Saugatuck’s neighbor, Holland. Built by Benjamin, the son of the City of Holland’s founding father, Albertus Van Raalte, in 1872, the property remained in the Van Raalte Family until the 1980s when it was purchased by the city for $350,000 from Albertus’s granddaughter.

Explore Saugatuck’s Dune’s on Snowshoes

Landsharks is your premiere winter season outfitter with all the gear you need to explore the outdoors in Saugatuck this winter. Snowshoeing and cross country skiing is great in Saugatuck during the winter months and you get to know the surrounding area in a different light--literally--from our busy, summer months. Stop in at Landsharks to rent top-of-the-line skis and snowshoes from Fischer...

Christmas at the Cappon House, Holland, MI

Constructed in the 1870s originally, the current Cappon House has been restored to its circa 1900 appearance. Back then, it was the home of Holland’s first mayor and local tannery proprietor, Isaac Cappon. Admire the beautiful Victorian architecture and decorative details, as well as holiday decor, on your visit to the Cappon House this Christmas.

Foodie-Fans Will Love Fustini’s in Holland, MI

Foodie-fans will love Fustini's Oil and Vinegar Shop in Holland, especially during the holiday season when great food is a plenty and family members await impressive gifts on Christmas morning. Besides being a specialty shop selling healthy and nutritious oils, vinegars, pantry items, and more, Fustini's is also a tasting room and a hub for everything culinary.

Gift Shopping at the FennMagic Holiday Maker’s Market

Shopping for friends and family this holiday season doesn’t have to be stressful. Why not make a trip out of it and spend a relaxing weekend at the Hotel Saugatuck while shopping our diverse community of artisans and craftsmen? You’ll also escape the packed stores, long lines, and stress that usually comes with gift shopping this time of year (and probably spare yourself a few grey...

Bubbles at J. Petter Galleries in Douglas, MI

The perfect start to your holiday season takes place in Saugatuck! At J. Petter Galleries, make a pairing unlike any other when fine art and fine wine come together. This November, the annual “Bubbles” sommelier-led event pairs wine with the perfect appetizer, giving you the ins and outs on this year’s best holiday servings for your own home when hosting family and friends....

Blue Coast Artists Driving Tour

Travel the scenic Blue Star Highway and back roads that connect South Haven and Saugatuck if you’re interested in discovering one of the state’s hidden (but one of its most treasured) gems. The artistic communities located in these quaint coastal towns make up the Blue Coast Artists Driving Tour, a behind-the-scenes look into the studios of some of the most talented working...

Ox-tober at the Ox-Bow School of Art

It wasn’t always called the Art Coast of Michigan, but the communities of creatives in and around Saugatuck trace their roots to a small group that sought refuge here from Chicago’s industrialization more than 100 years ago. Nestled in a bend along the Kalamazoo, the Ox-Bow School was once the Riverside Hotel, a 20-room inn for traveling tradesmen. But when the Kalamazoo was...

Hungry Village Tours in Saugatuck, MI

Hungry Village Tours is a great way to get that authentic, behind-the-scenes glimpse into what makes Saugatuck “tick,” so to speak. Local culture, food, wine, and customs will all have some of their secrets revealed. Before you know it, you’ll be feeling like a local. Hungry Village Tours offers two options: walking or riding.

Saugatuck Boat Cruises

Situated on Lake Michigan (and named one of America’s Top 10 Lake Towns!), Saugatuck has been defined by water since its first days. From the layout of the streets to recreational activities, exploring the waterways and freshwater beaches of Saugatuck will allow you to get to truly know our town. If you’ve already discovered the world-famous sugar sand of Oval Beach, then it’...

Visit Saugatuck's World-Famous Oval Beach

The summer is here in Saugatuck! As one of the best beaches on the planet (according to National Geographic and MTV), Saugatuck’s Oval Beach offers visitors and residents alike clean sandy shores and all the outdoor summer fun you could ask for. Walk along the shoreline hand-in-hand or make a splash in the Caribbean blue water; chow down on concessions or clock in on tanning time. There...

Gift Shopping at the Holland Bowl Mill

What started in the 1920s as a wooden shoe manufacturer has since turned into one of the few remaining locations that still turns wooden bowls. Skillfully crafted, the artisan wooden bowls and serving sets that come from the Holland Bowl Mill are sold in all 50 states and around the world. 

Cruise Saugatuck's Waterways on a Restored Retro Boat

If you haven’t been to Saugatuck before, then you may not know that there is always more to explore. There are dozens of ways to see and experience Saugatuck and Douglas. With warmer weather finally settled in for good (doesn’t it feel good!) try getting to know our special towns from the water with Retro Boat Rentals.

Nature Contained Workshop at Saugatuck Center for the Arts

There’s no better way to celebrate the coming of spring (and soon, the summer!) than to get in touch with your inner nature-lover. Whether it’s garden-fresh herbs to cook with or the sweet aromas of the fields of spring flowers, the season is truly the most beautiful. During your stay with us at The Hotel Saugatuck, spend a morning in the tranquil garden space of the Saugatuck...

Craft Beer and Breweries Tour in the Saugatuck, MI Area

Plan your next getaway to Michigan’s Art Coast with a stay at The Hotel Saugatuck, just minutes away from dozens of craft brewhouses, wineries, distilleries, and cider houses. With thousands of breweries popping up all around the country in recent years, craft beer is here to stay (we all knew wine wasn’t going anywhere!). Discover the full flavors of Saugatuck’s craft...

Get A Taste of Saugatuck’s Restaurants

One of the most common questions our visitors ask is, “Where should we go to eat?” While your delicious breakfast is already taken care of in your luxurious room (baked French toast and double-smoked bacon, anyone?), it helps to plan a trip ahead of time and make some reservations to some of Saugatuck’s finest eateries. Make a reservation for a different venue every evening...

Visit Michigan’s Allegan Antique Market

Michigan’s largest and finest collection of antiques can be found at the Allegan Antique Market. With over 400 dealers in every field of antiques and collectibles, you’re guaranteed to find something that suits your interests or needs, whether it’s a vintage jewelry gift for someone back home or that new piece of furniture or home décor that will liven up your space...

Explore the Great Outdoors in Saugatuck this Spring

Spring is just around the corner in Saugatuck and that means that visitors and residents alike are starting to head outdoors. With miles of hiking trails and some of the best beaches in the country, we take full advantage of the warmer seasons, from start to finish. So lace up your boots and grab your water bottle; these parks and natural areas are just the thing you need to celebrate spring...

Take a Historic Walking Tour in Holland, MI

There’s a lot to see in Holland and the surrounding area, just a few minutes north of Saugatuck.

Browse Art and Sip Wine at J. Petter Galleries in Douglas, MI

One of Saugatuck’s most interesting destinations are J. Petter Galleries, a 12,000 square foot fine art gallery that displays local artists in tandem with the wine gallery. An unusual find for any art enthusiast and wine lover, the combined Petter Art and Wine Galleries were once the Historic River Guild Gallery Center on Blue Star Highway in Douglas. Home to more than 60 award-winning...

Savor the Salt of the Earth in Saugatuck, Michigan

Winter in Saugatuck and Douglas can absolutely be the most wonderful time of the year, and it often is. Despite being known for our beautiful, sugar sand beaches and summertime fun, Saugatuck is a great place to be in the winter. Cozy fireside chats, relaxing indoors with a good book, or enjoying a great meal, live music, and dancing at Salt of the Earth all make winter in Saugatuck the best...

Spend Valentine’s Day in Saugatuck

Saugatuck may be known as a popular summer destination to travelers around the world, but the quaint, small-town charm of our “seaside” community also makes it one of the most romantic and peaceful locations to spend Valentine’s Day with your special someone. Besides the luxurious amenities and gracious hospitality you will find while staying at The Hotel Saugatuck, (like the...

Explore Saugatuck’s Winter Art Exhibits

There’s always been a great mystery to the Great Lakes. Maybe it’s their unexpected presence in North America, those characteristic stormy seas that have sunken ships and taken lives, or just the sheer size of each one. After all, the Great Lakes contain more than 80% of the continent’s fresh water within a cycle that can take up to 200 years to reach the ocean, so it’s...

Take a Date-Night Cooking Class in Holland

Register for a cooking class this winter at Fustini’s School of Cooking Oils, a classroom teaching everything from the basics to the most advanced cooking skills. There are a lot of options, but it may be the right time of the season for the Winter Date Night cooking class. The interactive, small-group teaching ensures you’ll not only learn something but also have a great time...

Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo

Tour one of Michigan’s oldest original breweries in the nearby city of Kalamazoo. With more than 40 different beers on tap, Bell’s Brewery also offers a full-service restaurant, café, beer garden, and patio. Enjoy a craft brew or delectable dish in the café, take a tour of the facilities, or get some holiday shopping done in the general store. With its Two-Hearted...

Christmas in Saugatuck, Michigan

Celebrate the season Saugatuck style at Saugatuck’s Festive Holiday Parade on Saturday, December 2nd at 1PM on the famous Butler Street. The Whoville themed celebration, the main event of the long day of holiday activities, also features the Mayor of Whoville as parade Marshall and everyone’s favorite Whoville characters from How the Grinch Stole Christmas. See the women...

Frederk Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, MI

Visit one of the country’s most significant botanical locations in Grand Rapids, a forty-minute drive from Saugatuck that is well beyond worth the drive. Besides its outdoor four-season plantings, the campus includes five indoor theme gardens, nature trails, sculpture galleries and collections, a café, gift shop, and the state’s largest tropical conservatory.

Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer, and Food Festival

Whether you’re seeking to learn more, or just taste a delicious glass of wine (or two) this fall, Grand Rapids is likely the place you want to be. Luckily, while you’re staying at The Hotel Saugatuck, you’re just over a half-hour away from the Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer, and Food Festival held November 16th to 18th. Sample over 1200 wines from...

Michigan’s Arts and Eats Fall Tour

Traveling through Michigan’s southwest corner has never been more creative—or as tasty! Once a year, Michigan’s Arts and Eats annual fall event brings together the art, food, and farms of the region. From Saugatuck to South Haven, this backroads tour will bring you face-to-face with some of the area’s most talented local artists and hardest working farmers. Explore...

Harvest Time in Holland, Michigan

Visit Saugatuck’s neighbor this October for Downtown Holland’s Fall Fest. Celebrate your favorite things about the fall like pumpkins and jack-o-lantern carvings as well as some of the best food of the year. Visit the Farmers Market or stroll through beautiful downtown; harvest time in Holland doesn’t get any better than this!

Experience Autumn at Fenn Valley Vineyards, MI

Fenn Valley is less than fifteen minutes away from the Hotel Saugatuck. That’s a short drive for such a great tasting room that has plenty of activities, attractions, and events. Visit the tasting room and bar and learn about the passion for wine and grape-growing behind Fenn Valley’s Welsch family. Last year, the popular winery received over thirty medals, eleven of which were...

Discover Douglas Michigan this September

For more than century, the Saugatuck-Douglas duo has been one of the Midwest’s favorite locations to escape the stress and work of daily life. Knowing how to relax, have fun, and unwind is something every resident knows well—and we’re good teachers, too. Learn everything you can about our laid-back beach town on the other side of the Kalamazoo River by taking your own tour of...

Art in the Park in Holland, MI

The first Saturday of August is approaching and that means Holland is holding its Art in the Park event. Up to 300 artists and artisans from eight different states will be displaying and selling their work. The art show brings the most visitors to Holland, second only to Tulip Time. Support local and regional creative talents in the Holland and Saugatuck areas and find a unique piece to bring...

Take a Tour of the Felt Mansion

Near the gigantic sand dunes north of Saugatuck sits a historic mansion built by Dorr E. Felt, the inventor of the first office processing machine able to quickly perform four math functions. It may sound questionable to us today, a far-off invention that is no longer relevant, but in 1886, the Comptometer dramatically increased bookkeeping skills that meant office and industry production...

Cruise Down the Kalamazoo

Experience Saugatuck and Douglas from the waters of the Kalamazoo River on the downriver hydrobiking adventure. The two-three hour “bike” rides by Saugatuck HydroBikes on the Kalamazoo River are just $25 per person and I’ve got a feeling you’ve never done this before, so try something new and make another memory while you’re here in Saugatuck.

Explore the Saugatuck Sand Dunes

Start exploring one of Saugatuck’s most interesting attractions, the Saugatuck Dunes State Park. The day-use public park features fourteen miles of hiking trails through the scenic hills of Saugatuck’s wooded sand dunes that are over 200 feet tall. With two miles of Lake Michigan beachfront with a quiet and serene atmosphere, the Saugatuck Dunes State Park makes a perfect location...

The Waterfront Film Festival in Saugatuck, MI

Ranked one of the top five film festivals in the world by the Screen Actors Guild, the care-free beach vibes of the Waterfront Film Festival in Saugatuck, Michigan has been bringing indie films to the Midwest, and thousands of moviegoers, since 1999. In the past, Waterfront has been the location of hit premiers like the Academy-award winning documentaries March of the Penguins and Born into...

The Hotel Saugatuck Musical Retreat Package

The 2010 Tony-award winning musical takes to the stage at the Mason Street Warehouse at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts beginning this June for an explosive performance with dancing, original songs, and an enthralling and heartbreaking tale of fame and forbidden love. Set in the 1950s and based on true events, Memphis is an experience that...

A Culinary Adventure in Saugatuck, MI

Take a culinary adventure through the storefronts of Saugatuck and Douglas with Hungry Village Tours, the perfect way to get to know the area better and have a fun time sampling food and wine tasting. Started by David Geen as a way to further experience the cuisine of Europe, you can now enjoy the fun of these tours right here in Saugatuck and Douglas.

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The Tulip Time Festival

Last month, as spring made its very first appearances, the town north of us, Holland, was a hot topic. Its ability to transport you to its European namesake in a variety of ways has made Holland one of the most interesting, and beautiful, American towns. And it’s about to be in bloom. Named by USA Today as 2016’s Best Flower Festival, Tulip Time breathes life into the town with its...

Take a Tour of Holland, Michigan

It’s not Europe, and you won’t be sipping coffee along the sparkling canals of Amsterdam. But it is pretty close; you don’t need a passport and you’ll still find yourself charmed by the waterfront cafés and breathtaking beauty of Lake Macatawa and the mighty Lake Michigan. With a history rooted in its founding by Dutch settlers in the early 1900s, Holland has...

Antiques in Allegan County, Michigan

Hunting season just started for Michigan’s antique aficionados and the state famous for its summers has just thrown open its doors for springtime. Michigan’s largest antique show, Allegan Antiques, hosts more than 400 exhibitors at the Allegan County Fairgrounds on the last Sunday of the month, from April through September. It’s only a thirty minute drive from our bed and...

Fenn Valley’s Winemaker’s Dinner

Visit Fenn Valley Vineyards and Wine Cellar for the special dinner event you won’t forget: the Around the World with the Winemaker dinner. The dinner starts with a sparkling wine and cheese course followed by a dinner paired with a select wine. The wine is, of course, one of Fenn Valley’s own, and selected by the chef and the winemaker. You’ll find Fenn Valley staff as well...

St. Patrick’s Day Weekend in Saugatuck

There’s always something to do in Saugatuck and St. Patrick’s Day Weekend has its own list of festivities for you to celebrate your Irish heritage, grab a beer, or enjoy the parade. The parade and festival takes place on March 11th at 2PM but start your day early at the Saugatuck Brewing Company’s Irish Breakfast. 

Cannonsburg: West Michigan’s Premier Ski Destination

For over fifty years, West Michigan’s premier ski and snowboard destination has been Cannonsburg. With the 2015 addition of the Zipline Adventure Tour, Cannonsburg turned itself into a year-round attraction located an hour’s drive north from The Hotel Saugatuck, but well worth the trip if you’re up for it or just a big fan of winter sports.

Saugatuck’s February Local Chef Series

Situated in a historic 19th-century Victorian house, Borrowed Time is a casual dining place that serves specialty wines, craft beer, small plates of meats and cheeses, and homemade desserts. Works by local artists from Michigan’s Art Coast also decorate the walls, adding more to see and do with your wine pairing meal.

Be Inspired at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts, MI

On display at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts until January 14th is Donna F. St. John’s internationally-recognized exhibit, Tributes of Authentic Heroism. This one will make you think. It evaluates and compares different types of heroes, from the famous to the obscure, from the epic, to the ordinary. Who, or what, is a hero?

Snow in Saugatuck, MI: A Winter Hike in Snowshoes

Michigan’s natural landscapes make it one of the most unique states in the country, and its wildlife and endless forests make it a gem in the Midwest. In Holland, a fifteen minute drive north of Saugatuck, the Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway (ODCMG) is a nonprofit organization leading the way of conservation and education about the natural world in Michigan. And even in winter...

Shopping on Saugatuck’s Butler Street

Saugatuck’s main thoroughfare, Butler Street, is a shopping hotspot and one of the most popular attractions in the Saugatuck-Douglas area. The town’s intimate, small-town appeal appears full throttle along these few blocks, with vibrant-colored storefronts, catchy shop names, and family-owned businesses that usually make their own products right here in town. Expect to find...

Belvedere Restaurant Wine and Dine

Enjoy a romantic night out at one of the most interesting restaurants in Saugatuck. The Belvedere Restaurant uses its breathtaking Victorian elegance, white tablecloth dining, and extravagant home décor to dazzle its customers.  Be transported to the 19th century itself and feast yourself on its delicacies. Coupled with wine, this night out is due to be a date to...

Going for Gold: Fennville's Award-Winning Vineyard

Fenn Valley Vineyards lives and breathes by its slogan, or at least its grapes do. "The Lake Effect Everyone Loves" is part of a brand that specializes in the growth of world-class grapes, made possible by the moderating effect of the Great Lakes climate, that are enjoyed and loved all across the country. Owned by the Welsch family since the 1970s, the family's love for food and...

The Big Apple: Crane Orchard's U-Pick

What does an apple remind you of? Is it the cliche gift for a teacher or the story of Johnny Appleseed? Snow White's iconic Poison Apple? The overused phrase: "an apple a day keeps the doctor away"? The apple was also the ancient symbol of the deity Persephone, queen of the underworld, goddess of flowers. And a golden apple started the legendary Trojan War, the campaign featured...