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Two Bikes

Saugatuck, Michigan enchants nature and biking enthusiasts alike with its scenic beauty and recreational opportunities. From the tranquil shores of Lake Michigan to the lush trails of Saugatuck Dunes State Park, our quaint town offers diverse landscapes for exploration. With its charming atmosphere and outdoor amenities, Saugatuck is a haven where nature and biking enthusiasts can thrive.

Saxaphone Players

Live music has been a part of Saugatuck’s cultural scene for generations, dating back to when musical luminaries like Duke Ellington, Dave Brubeck, and Dizzy Gillespie played at our downtown jazz festival in the late 1950s. In later years, the Saugatuck Pop Fest brought acts like Bob Seger and Muddy Waters to our town in the 1960s, putting Saugatuck on the map for its lively, open-minded arts and music community. That tradition continues today, with live music filling the calendar throughout the year, especially during the busy summer months.

Although Saugatuck gay pride is ever-present – intrinsic to our quaint town’s cultural fabric and always celebrated – LGBTQ+ festivities hit a high point in June, when the Pride Parade, Pride in the Park, and other events turn Saugatuck and Douglas into a Pride party to rival any. This event always sells out so we recommend that you book early for June. Learn about Saugatuck’s fascinating history and importance in gay culture, support LGBTQ+-owned local businesses, and ring in Pride month with thousands of like-minded revelers on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan.

Mother and Daughter Shopping

With days spent exploring nearby trails, shopping in charming boutiques, eating excellent meals, checking out local art, getting facials at day spas, doing yoga together, and wine tasting in the scenic countryside, Saugatuck is a daydream come true for Moms. Surprise your Mom with a Michigan getaway to our Saugatuck bed and breakfast, where your Mother’s Day weekend will be one to remember.

Brunch on the Water, Getting Out in Nature, and Shopping Downtown

Lady Biking by a Lake

Saugatuck is a dream destination for your next solo female travel getaway, from its hiking and outdoorsy charm to carefree days spent browsing in hip boutiques, treating yourself to spa days and yoga classes, and diving into the diverse local restaurant scene. It’s all just minutes away from our Michigan bed and breakfast – so stay in luxury in the heart of Saugatuck and escape to the picturesque coast of Lake Michigan.

Frozen Dock in Saugatuck

During the cold months of winter, many of us elect to stay indoors. Sitting by the fire, drinking hot cocoa, and watching a movie under a warm blanket, all perfect pastimes of winter. However, come spring we start to get cabin fever and the great outdoors is calling. You just need to know where to go!

In our small town of Saugatuck outdoor enthusiasts have their fair share of activities to take part in, no matter the season. You can fish on the frozen lakes, cross-country ski at Saugatuck Dunes State Park, and snowshoe on any of the many winter hiking trails.

Couple Hiking in Winter

Saugatuck’s snowy outdoor destinations make the perfect backdrop for your Michigan romantic escape. Weather the cold together with a scenic winter walk through the lakeside city filled with breathtaking natural beauty. Hike over sandy dunes, enjoy the simplicity of a small city park or take in the picturesque view of a nature preserve together all within a short distance of our Saugatuck bed and breakfast.

Saugatuck Romantic Getaway

Love birds have escaped to Saugatuck and the idyllic shores of Lake Michigan for generations, attracted by the stunning natural scenery, charming small-town ambiance, fantastic restaurants, award-winning wineries, and cultural events during every season. When you stay at our Saugatuck bed and breakfast, you’ll have all of this just a short stroll, bike ride, or drive away, so make your daydream a reality and ease into a wintertime Saugatuck romantic getaway with your special someone.

a group of women relaxing at a spa

Unwinding on the Shores of Lake Michigan: Day Spas and Relaxation in Saugatuck

With the sloping dunes along Lake Michigan and idyllic views of the Kalamazoo River providing a backdrop of natural beauty, Saugatuck is the perfect place to escape the daily grind, where you can relax, rejuvenate, and recharge. Some of the best day spas in Michigan are in downtown Saugatuck and neighboring Douglas, each with differing focuses ranging from facials and yoga to various types of massage and bodywork, run by longtime locals who bring decades of experience to their craft.

Couple Shopping

Discovering Saugatuck’s Hidden Treasures: Unique Shops and Boutiques

With our walkable downtown filled with blocks of locally-owned shops and small-town charm, Saugatuck boutique shopping is a treat, whether casually browsing for a Michigan-themed souvenir to bring home or a stylish new outfit. These boutiques take pride in sourcing the best products, often from local artisans and with fair trade in mind, in line with the Saugatuck ethos of shopping local and supporting small businesses. 

From our convenient location on Lake St, our Saugatuck bed and breakfast is the same short distance from Saugatuck’s Butler St. and Douglas’s Center St, the main shopping thoroughfares on either side of the picturesque Kalamazoo River....

Hotel Lobby Decorated for Christmas

Wintry Beauty and Holiday Charm on the Shores of Lake Michigan

With autumn’s annual tapestry of fall foliage winding down and brisk, beautiful wintry days arriving, the holiday season inches ever closer, a time of year when Saugatuck takes on a festive and joyful ambiance. Saugatuck events add to the seasonal cheer, offering residents and visitors a variety of activities to celebrate the winter months. Although some businesses and eateries focus on the summer season and shut their doors during the slower winter months, plenty stay open year-round, with stores less crowded and restaurant reservations easier to snag during the quieter stretch of winter.

Lady at Art Gallery

Michigan’s “Art Coast” – An Artistic Haven for Over a Century. Since the early 1900s, Saugatuck has attracted artists and art lovers alike, drawn by the gorgeous natural scenery along eastern Lake Michigan, welcoming culture, and thriving galleries.   With the founding of the Ox-Bow School of Art in 1910, Saugatuck became an esteemed destination for local artists and those from afar, sharing studio space on their sprawling 115-acre campus and exhibiting in town at various gallery spaces. Today, Ox-Bow still has a renowned artists’ residency program through its association with the Art Institute of Chicago, and the rows of Saugatuck art galleries have only grown more diverse and impressive over the decades.

Halloween Party

A Saugatuck Halloween Tradition and Parade Unlike Any Other

As autumn sets in, with the leaves putting on a vibrant show around town and a chill in the evening air blowing in off Lake Michigan, it’s a beautiful time of year to visit. The days are generally quieter and more relaxed after the always-busy summer season, but Saugatuck and Douglas come alive in fantastic fashion around Halloween.

None of the Halloween Saugatuck festivities are more legendary or over-the-top fun than the adults-only parade when a costumed celebration takes over downtown Douglas – spend the whole evening in Douglas getting dinner, having drinks, and joining in one of Saugatuck’s wildest, spookiest, and memorable events of the year.