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Virtue Cider Orchard

Bless the Orchards at Virtue Cider's Winter Wassail

You've heard of wassail, the warm mulled cider drink enjoyed during the holiday season and the cold winter months that follow. But maybe you didn't know that wassailing is an old English custom of blessing fruit tree orchards with drinking and singing to ensure a good harvest in the coming year.

Saugatuck Center for the Arts

Wintertime Visual and Performing Arts on Michigan's Art Coast

The Saugatuck-Douglas area is known as the Art Coast of Michigan for its rich history of embracing visual and performing artists and encouraging a community with a deep appreciation of the arts. Many working painters, sculptors and other artists call this area home. Musicians and actors hone their craft here on the stage and in the concert hall. Together they inspire the creative culture that...

Downhill skiing

Downhill Skiing near Saugatuck, Michigan

When temperatures fall below freezing and snow blankets the ground, it's time to embrace the spirit of winter by getting outside and enjoying all that Michigan's winter wonderland has to offer. Don't let a little chill keep you indoors! Michigan’s stunning landscape was made for snow sports, and you'll find some of the most exciting, diverse downhill skiing terrains not...


Celebrate the New Year in Saugatuck

Ring in the New Year with an evening of festive dining, drinks and dancing, topped off with a fireworks extravaganza – all right here in Saugatuck. There are a ton of things to do in Saugatuck on New Year's Eve, whether you're looking for a big party, an intimate dinner or simply a change of scenery. Here are just a few of the options for how and where to bid farewell to 2021 and...

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 an outdoor adventure you want, you'll find it here! But when winter comes and snow blankets the ground, the Allegan State Game Area offers...

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 Street. During this one-day shopping extravaganza, local shopkeepers will line the streets...