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Saugatuck Chain Ferry

Nestled along the shores of Lake Michigan, the charming town of Saugatuck, Michigan, offers a delightful blend of natural beauty and rich history. Among its many attractions, the Saugatuck Chain Ferry stands as a unique symbol of the town's heritage, offering our Saugatuck bed and breakfast guests an enchanting river crossing experience. 

The last remaining chain-driven ferry in the country, the DIANE, has been delighting passengers since 1838, gracefully gliding across the Kalamazoo River. Its operation is based on a simple yet effective mechanism, with three pulleys ensuring a smooth journey along the river. Inside the ferry,...

People Celerating Pride Festival

The neighboring coastal towns of Saugatuck and Douglas along the shores of Lake Michigan are well-known as LGBTQ-affirming vacation destinations. Our vibrant art scene, charming downtowns and beautiful beaches all complemented by a welcoming atmosphere draw travelers looking for a safe, inclusive place for fun and relaxation. Each June, that inclusive spirit is celebrated in communities all over West Michigan, including Saugatuck and Douglas, during Pride Month with parades, festivals, drag shows, music and more.

Saugatuck Center for the Arts

You don't have to travel to New York City to see outstanding Broadway shows with high-caliber actors, music, sets and costumes. Every summer, performers from New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and other major cities audition to be part of Mason Street Warehouse, West Michigan's only Equity theatre company. Audiences can see them take the stage at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts for provoking plays and hit musicals.

Distillery Tasting

If you're a frequent visitor here in Saugatuck, it's very likely you've explored our local wineries and craft breweries during your getaway trips. And while Michigan is better known for its wine and beer scene, our state's reputation for handcrafted spirits is on the rise.

Bar Scene

People who flock to Saugatuck to vacation in our charming resort town spend their days playing on our award-winning beaches, exploring our vibrant arts scene, and shopping in our quaint downtown boutiques and galleries. However, what many people don't know is that Saugatuck also boasts a lively nightlife scene, with several great bars and clubs that are popular with both locals and visitors. While there is always plenty to do during the day, Saugatuck truly comes alive after dark.

Golf Course

Summer is just around the corner on the shores of Lake Michigan, bringing with it longer days, warmer temperatures and more sunshine. Time to put away the snow shovel and break out the golf clubs! Golf is a three-season sport here on Michigan's West Coast, and our scenic beauty is a natural complement to the game. Golf is a great way to enjoy time together, take in some fresh air and get a little exercise. If playing a round or two is on your vacation to-do list, Saugatuck and the surrounding area offer plenty of courses for avid golfers and beginners alike.

Grand Rapids Art Museum

When you visit Saugatuck to spend a relaxing vacation along the sandy shores of Lake Michigan, sometimes it's fun to venture off on a day trip to explore some of Michigan's other amazing destinations. Head just 40 miles northeast of The Hotel Saugatuck and you'll find yourself in Grand Rapids. As Michigan's second-largest city, it has much to offer visitors, including interesting museums, a thriving art scene, excellent craft beer, scenic parks and more. If you're looking for a fun day-trip destination, Grand Rapids should be at the top of your list.

St. Patrick's Day Parade

Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day, right? Whether you're of Irish heritage or not, you can still celebrate the patron saint of Ireland with festivities in Saugatuck and its neighboring communities. From a traditional parade and lively Irish music to delicious eats and endless green beer, there are plenty of activities sure to bring out your inner leprechaun. Make plans now for a mid-March stay at The Hotel Saugatuck and get ready for an unforgettable adventure that brings out your true Irish spirit!


Saugatuck, Michigan is a charming town that boasts beautiful beaches, art galleries, and unique shops. It is also home to some of the most romantic restaurants that offer a memorable dining experience you and your loved one won’t want to miss. Here are a few of the romantic restaurants in and near Saugatuck that we recommend to our guests at The Hotel Saugatuck, whether you're looking to celebrate Valentine's Day, a birthday, or an anniversary, or just want to enjoy a date night and make new memories together.

Art Gallery

Saugatuck's art scene is vibrant any time of year, even in the hush of winter when our lakeshore community enjoys a peaceful break from the buzz of summer crowds. For more than a century, art has been part of the culture of the region, appropriately dubbed "The Art Coast of Michigan." The area's creative roots date back 100 years to when The Art Institute of Chicago established its Ox-Bow School here to inspire and educate genuine artists.

snow tubing

Whether you like to swoosh down double black diamonds or prefer a leisurely glide down the bunny hills, you'll find the perfect terrain for your skill level at Cannonsburg Ski Area. This premier West Michigan ski and snowboard destination is located in Belmont, Michigan, less than an hour northeast of The Hotel Saugatuck. So during your next winter stay with us, make plans to take advantage of Mother Nature's white blanket of snow and enjoy an outdoor adventure only winter can offer.

Holiday Shopping

You've made your list and checked it twice. Now you're ready to do some holiday shopping! Forget Amazon or the mall. Instead, explore the unique retail shops and boutiques along one of the main thoroughfares in downtown Saugatuck – Butler Street – where you'll find distinctive gifts for everyone in every price range... and maybe even a little something for yourself.

Art Gallery

Right where the Kalamazoo River forms a harbor just before emptying into Lake Michigan is where you'll find the twin cities, Saugatuck and Douglas. While Saugatuck is larger and sometimes garners more name recognition, Douglas is equally as charming and inviting. When you stay at the historic Hotel Saugatuck, you're right across the river from Douglas, which has been dubbed "The Village of Friendliness." With a distinction like that, how can you not want to get to know the people and places of this quaint beach town during your next visit to West Michigan?