Skip to main content

The Hotel Saugatuck Blog

Flight of Cider Samples

The scent of crisp air, the tapestry of orange, yellow, and red leaves, and the taste of freshly pressed apple cider must be Autumn in Michigan. Michigan Cider is an experience you won’t soon forget.  Join us this fall at our Michigan bed and breakfast and visit some of the best cider mills in Michigan. 

A Rich History of Cider Making at Michigan Cider Mills

Michigan ranks third in the nation for apple production. The soil and weather make it the perfect location for growing apples. More than 775 apple orchards, with a variety of apples, are dotted throughout the state and are all family-run farms, with some being in cider production for generations. Many of the apples you see a...

Farm to Table

Saugatuck Restaurants – Where Farm-Fresh and Locally-Sourced Ingredients Shine

Saugatuck is bordered by natural beauty on all sides – to the west lies the expansive waters of Lake Michigan, while to the north, south, and east, you’ll find scenic countryside and a bevy of family-owned farms. With plentiful moisture, moderate temperatures during the growing season, and supportive soil, southwestern Michigan has long been a hotspot for growing everything from heirloom vegetables and delicious wine grapes to a wide assortment of fruits like cherries, apples, and berries.

Romantic Fall Getaway

Nestled alongside the scenic Kalamazoo River, the picturesque town of Saugatuck is a haven of charm and romance and is one of the most romantic places in Michigan. While this gem on Michigan’s west coast is a sought-after summer destination, it's during the gentle embrace of fall that Saugatuck truly shines. When the summer crowds disperse, and autumn hues paint the landscape, Saugatuck transforms into the perfect backdrop for your Lake Michigan romantic escape.

Renowned as one of the top romantic getaways, Saugatuck, Michigan, is an enchanting destination that captures the hearts of couples from all over.

Kalamazoo River Boating

From Paddling to Wildlife Watching: Top 5 Summertime Activities on the Kalamazoo River

Indiana Dunes State Park

Lake Michigan – Home to Preserved Nature, Outdoor Adventure, and the Midwest’s Best Beaches

With its 2,000 acres of nature preserves, pristine beaches, and miles of trails throughout sloping dunes and dense forests, there is no better place to experience the beauty of the Lake Michigan shoreline than Indiana Dunes State Park

Recreation abounds, as there are three miles of beaches within the park’s boundaries, perfect for planning a relaxing day on the sand and in the water during the hot summer months; meanwhile, spring, fall, and winter offer great opportunities for hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. And birding enthus...

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!