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Summer Evening Cook-Outs at Fenn Valley

07/18/2019

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

07/18/2019

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

06/16/2019

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

06/16/2019

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

05/18/2019

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

04/25/2019

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

04/25/2019

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

03/15/2019

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

03/15/2019

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.

Mountainfilm on Tour in Saugatuck

02/16/2019

Held annually since 1979, Mountainfilm is a film festival showcasing some of the most engrossing nonfiction stories in the world. From immigration in America and the upcoming Supreme Court case to Libyan refugees crossing the dangerous midsection of the Mediterranean, Mountainfilm uses film and the real stories and experiences of real people to inspire others to make a better world. In March...

Plan Your Girlfriends Getaway to Holland this March

02/16/2019

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

01/12/2019

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...

Skiing at Saugatuck

01/12/2019

Winter is noticeably a quieter time of the year in Saugatuck and Douglas. Most of our shops aren't open on Butler Street and our world-famous beaches lie dormant before the mid-summer rush. But that makes your trip to Saugatuck all the more special. With some much-needed solitude and intimate experiences abound, your winter adventures in and around Saugatuck will be unforgettable.

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

12/10/2018

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

12/10/2018

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

11/16/2018

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

11/16/2018

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

10/11/2018

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

10/11/2018

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

09/24/2018

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

09/12/2018

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

08/23/2018

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

08/08/2018

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

07/24/2018

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

07/06/2018

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

05/21/2018

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

05/11/2018

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

04/18/2018

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

04/05/2018

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

03/19/2018

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

03/19/2018

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

02/22/2018

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

02/22/2018

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

01/31/2018

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

01/07/2018

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

12/22/2017

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

12/12/2017

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

11/22/2017

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

11/10/2017

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

10/23/2017

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

10/09/2017

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

09/21/2017

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

09/08/2017

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

08/25/2017

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

08/25/2017

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

07/27/2017

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

07/07/2017

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

06/22/2017

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

06/12/2017

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

05/23/2017

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

05/12/2017

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

04/24/2017

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

04/17/2017

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

03/23/2017

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

03/03/2017

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

02/24/2017

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

02/13/2017

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

01/24/2017

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

01/06/2017

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

12/16/2016

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

12/07/2016

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

11/22/2016

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

11/09/2016

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

10/06/2016

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

10/06/2016

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...