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Saugatuck and Douglas [1] are small adjacent resort towns in West Michigan on the shores of Lake Michigan, and at the mouth of the Kalamazoo River. They are mostly a summer resort area popular with locals and Chicago residents, and have a lively arts scene and many out of the ordinary shops and restaurants. They offer a peculiar mixture of traditional small-town midwestern values and progressive alternative-lifestyle tolerance.


Saugatuck is known to be a popular destination amoung the midwest's LGBT community. It has been a favorite Lake Michigan destination for years for art-lovers and families taking their kids to the beach and for ice cream.

Tourist Information[edit]

  • Saugatuck-Douglas Convention and Visitors Burea, +1 269-857-1701, [2]. The official source for all visitor information on this popular tourist destination  edit

Get in[edit]

Get around[edit]

See[edit][add listing]

  • Amazwi Contemporary Art, 249 Culver St, Saugatuck, 269-857-5551, [3]
. Fine Art Paintings, Sculpture & Unique Crafts from Africa.
  • Art 'Round Town, PO Box 405, Saugatuck, 616-582-6001, [4]. 
An outdoor sculpture exhibit, a walking tour
  • Blue Coast Artists, 6301 122nd Ave, Fennville 269-236-9260, [5]. Six unique working artists studios specializing in many media.
  • Bruce Baughman Studio & Gallery, 242 Butler St, Saugatuck, 269-857-1299, [6]. 
A contemporary fine art gallery
  • James Brandess Studios & Gallery, 238 Butler St, Saugatuck, 269-857-1937, [7]. 
Area landscapes, still-lifes, portraits 

  • Button Gallery, Center Street, Douglas, 269-857-2175, [8]. 
Offering fine paintings and sculpture in Douglas since 1966.
  • Czarina's Treasure, 403 Water Street, Saugatuck, 269-857-7216. 
Upscale art glass, jewelry, bronzes, antiques, icons and gifts.
  • Discovery Art Center, 347 Water St., Saugatuck, 269-857-8225. A nationally recognized co-operative of Saugatuck artists.
  • Elizabeth Ellen Gallery, 21 Main St, Douglas, 269-857-1948, [9]. 
Heirloom quality oil paintings; rotating work of guest artists.
  • Good Goods, 106 Mason St., Saugatuck, 269-857-1557, [10]. 
Fine art, furniture, ceramics, glass, jewelry and wearable art
  • Janice Miles Gallery, 421 Water St., Saugatuck, 269-857-5202, [11]. Local and British landscape watercolors, jewelry, garden metal sculptures.
  • Koorey Creations, 104 Hoffman St., Saugatuck, 269-857-8050, [12]. 
Hand crafted jewelry, extraordinary gems in gold and platinum. Seasonal hours.
  • Ox-Bow, 3435 Rupprecht Way at end of Park St., Saugatuck, 269-857-5811, [13]. 
Summer School of art and artists’ residency.
  • The Peachbelt Studio & Gallery, corner of M-89 & 63rd St., Fennville, 269-561-5561, [14]. 
Oil painting by Dawn Stafford & sculpture by Jill Lareaux.
  • Petter Gallery, 161 Blue Star Highway, Douglas, 269-857-7861, [15]. 
National and regional fine art for thirty years. 

  • Saugatuck Douglas Art Club, - Saugatuck Gallery, 317 Butler St., Saugatuck, 269-857-1189, 
Largest selection of oil paintings in West Michigan, affordable prices.
  • The Timmel Collection Saugatuck, 269-857-7274, recently closed.
  • Tuscan Pot, 321 Water Street, Saugatuck, 269-857-5550, recently closed.
  • Water Street Gallery, 98 Center Street, Douglas, 269-857-8485, [17]. 
Contemporary Fine Art, Painting, Glass, Sculpture by national/regional artists.

Do[edit][add listing]

Stroll the art galleries, visit the eclectic shops and restaurants and walk along the Lake Michigan beach to watch the sunsets. Oval Beach – technically in Saugatuck, but accessible by driving through Douglas – was once featured by MTV as one of the "top five" beaches in the country.

Every June since 1999, Saugatuck has hosted the Waterfront Film Festival, a showcase of independent filmmaking, featuring a selection of movies ranging from (relatively) big-budget productions with well-known star or two to obscure shoestring-budget shorts, including many regional and a few worldwide debuts. [18]

  • A Christmas Carol, Saugatuck, Tickets: 269-857-1701 
The 28th season for this local "Humbug" of Dickens. 2 weeks in December.
  • Big Lake Outfitters, 640 Water St. Saugatuck 269-857-4762, [19]. 
Charter fishing, pontoon rentals, fishing & marine supplies.
  • Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck, Saugatuck Woman's Club 616-393-5555, [20].
Concerts Thursdays & Fridays in July & August.
  • Clearbrook Golf Club, Pro Shop & Driving Range, 6494 Clearbrook Drive, Saugatuck, 
269-857-2000, [21]. Golf Digest Four Stars - with friendly rates & great food.
  • Fenn Valley Vineyards Tasting Room, 310 Butler Street, Saugatuck, 800-432-6265, [22].
 Fenn Valley Tasting Room. Award winning wines of distinction.
  • Fennville Goose Festival, Fennville, 269-686-6854, [23].
  • Harbor Duck Adventures Co. Saugatuck and Douglas, 269-857-DUCK (3825), [24].
 Amphibious touring water taxi.
  • Lakeshore Jazz Connection, 269-857-2287, [25].
 Sponsoring jazz performances throughout the year.
  • Laketown Golf & Conference Center, 6069 Blue Star Highway, 269-857-5730, [26]. Premier location for receptions, meetings and conferences.
  • Mason Street Warehouse, 400 Culver St., Saugatuck, 269-857-4898, [27].
An uptown theatre in downtown Saugatuck; a professional theatre.
  • The Red Barn, 3657 63rd Street, 269-857-5300, Saugatuck, [28]. Plays, Cabarets, Art & Exhibits, Ballet at the Historic Red Barn.
  • Running Rivers Kayak Rental, Wade's Bayou Park, Center St., Douglas, 269-673-3698, [29]. 
No experience needed. All ages welcome! 8 hour river trips.
  • Saugatuck-Douglas Museum, 735 Park St., Saugatuck, 269-857-7900, [30].
Annual exhibits open Memorial Day - Labor Day, daily. Fall weekends.
  • Saugatuck Dune Rides, 6495 Blue Star Highway, Saugatuck, 1-269-857-2253, [31]
35 minute scenic tour thru the sand dunes of Lake Michigan.
  • Star of Saugatuck Boat Cruises, 716 Water St., Saugatuck, 1-269-857-4261, [32].
1 1/2 hour cruise on authentic Sternwheeler – snacks & spirits.
  • Saugatuck Center for the Arts, 400 Culver Street, Saugatuck, 269-857-2399, [33].
Arts and Entertainment year-round.
  • Saugatuck Dunes State Park, 6575 138th Ave., Saugatuck, [34]. A day-use park along a secluded strip of Lake Michigan shoreline, Saugatuck Dunes State Park offers 1,000 acres of land with 2.5 miles of shore line.
  • Waterfront Film Festival, 350 Culver Street, Saugatuck, 269-857-8351, [35].
Annual Independent film festival.
  • Lakeview Lanes & Grill, 229 Center Street (Saugatuck and Douglas), 269- 857-1107, [36]. Restaurant, Bar & Bowling  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • American Spoon Foods, 308 Butler St., Saugatuck, 269-857-3084, [37]. Gourmet artisanal foods celebrating the native flavors of Michigan!
  • Belvedere Inn & Restaurant, 3656 63rd Street, Saugatuck, 269-857-5777, [38].
Award winning B&B and dinner. All inclusive dine and lodge!

  • Blue Moon Bar and Grille, 310 Blue Star Highway, Douglas, 269-857-8686,[39]. Award-winning fine dining restaurant with weekend features, special bar menu, drink features and specialty martini menu, all-star service and an eclectic contemporary interior design. -CLOSED-
  • Blue Star Cafe & M&M's Ice Cream, 141 Blue Star Hwy, Douglas
269-857-1030, [40]. Ma & Pa Greek meals-Veggies-Omelets-Burgers-Pitas-Ice Cream.
  • The Butler, 40 Butler St. Saugatuck, 269-857-3501, [41].
Seafood, steaks & burgers. Waterfront dining. Open year round.
  • Butler Pantry, 119 Butler St., Saugatuck, 269-857-4875, [42]. 
Gourmet kitchenware, gadgets, specialty foods, wine.
  • Charlie's Round the Corner Ice Dream, 134 Mason St. Saugatuck, 269-857-2100. 50 flavors. Saugatuck's favorite ice cream shop for 30 years.
  • Chequers of Saugatuck, 220 Culver St. Saugatuck, 269-857-1868, [43].
Quaint English pub. English foods & more. Imported beers.
  • Clearbrook Restaurant, 6494 Clearbrook Drive, Saugatuck, 269-857-2000, [44].
Choose top-rated refined dining or award winning casual food.
  • Coral Gables Restaurant, 220 Water St. Saugatuck, 269-857-2162, [45].
Saugatuck's waterfront, entertainment complex, 5 bars, 4 restaurants.
  • DeMond's Super Valu, 237 Center St, Douglas, 269-857-2443.
Beer, wine, liquor, bakery, deli, fresh produce and tender steaks.
  • Everyday People Cafe, 11 Center St, Douglas, 269-857-4240, [46].
Casual, hip dining featuring eclectic American-Bistro fare.
  • Costa Azul (formerly Jo Jo's), 107 Blue Star Highway, Douglas, 269-857-1523, 
Authentic, family owned and operated Mexican.
  • Kilwin's Chocolates, 152 Butler St, Saugatuck, 269-857-1195.
Handmade chocolates, fudge and original recipe ice cream.
  • The Little Store, 6586 122nd Ave, Fennville, 269-543-8711.
Beer, liquor, pizza takeout, sporting goods, grocery, lotto, video.
  • Marro's Italian Restaurant, 147 Water St. Saugatuck, 269-857-4248, [47].
36 years of great "homemade" Italian food. Casual fun dining.
  • Mermaid Bar & Grill, 340 Water St. Saugatuck, 269-857-8208, [48].
Waterfront dining and cocktails, fresh seafood, pasta and steaks.
  • The Olive Mill, 220 Culver St., Saugatuck, 269-857-5900.
Olive oil tasting experience. 30 artisan extra virgin olive oils & balsamic vinegars.
  • Phil's Bar & Grille, 215 Butler St. Saugatuck, 269-857-1555, [49].
Hemingway's favorite Saugatuck hang-out. Damn fine food & drink.
  • Pumpernickels, 202 Butler St, Saugatuck, 269-857-1196, [50].
Breakfast, lunch, dinner & cocktails; relaxed atmosphere, patio & sun deck.
  • Providence Farms P.O. Box 848, Saugatuck, 269-857-1215. Organic Beef, Lamb, Pork, Chicken & Turkey. Pick up at th Green market on Fridays in Saugatuck
  • Restaurant Toulouse,[51] 248 Culver St. Saugatuck, 269-857-1561
French country cuisine in a beautiful, relaxed setting. Reservations.
  • The River Market & Deli, 650 Water St. Saugatuck, 269-857-8899, [52].
Full deli, groceries, beer, liquor, wine, bakery, cigars & gas dock.
  • Sand Bar Saloon, 141 Butler St, Saugatuck, 269-857-2676.
Friendly downtown bar with beer, wine, spirits, pool tables, gyros & Keno.
  • Saugatuck Brewing Co, [53]. Next door to the Antique Pavillion, Douglas, 269-857-7222
Hancrafted beer and brew. On premise brewery. Open 3-6PM Daily. Later by chance.
  • Saugatuck Coffee Company, 119-121 Butler Street, Saugatuck, 269-857-2633, [54].
Casual elegance located in historic Leland Alley behind Kilwin’s

  • Saugatuck-Douglas Green Market, 400 Culver Street, Saugatuck, 269-857-2399, [55]. (June–September) Featuring Michigan farmers and artisan producers, dedicated to bringing fresh, high quality food to your table.
  • Spectators Sports Bar & Grill, 6432 Blue Star Highway, Saugatuck, 269-857-5001, [56].
25 TVs, outdoor seating, live music, meeting room for up to 50 people.
  • Tabor Hill Wine Port, 214 Butler St., Saugatuck, 269-857-4859, [57].
Fine wines, great food, incredible view, tastings & tours (800) 283-3363
  • Uncommon Grounds Coffeehouse, 127 Hoffman St, Saugatuck
269-857-3333, [58]. In-house roasted coffees, fresh baked goods, full juice bar.
  • The White House, 149 Griffith St, Saugatuck
269-857-3240, [59]. Food. Fun. Home of classic rock.
  • Wine Sellers Of Saugatuck, 247 Butler St., Saugatuck, 269-857-7815, [60].
Fine wine and beer, wine racks, gourmet foods, gifts and cigars
  • Lakeview Lanes & Grill, 229 Center Street, 269- 857-1107, [61]. restaurant, bar, bowling  edit
  • The Hickory Pit, 322 Culver Street, 269-857-6020, [62]. Michigans best Bar-b-que. Waterfront view and we also offer vegetarian and vegan barbecue.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Sherwood Forest Bed and Breakfast, 938 Center Street, Douglas, 800-838-1246, [63]. Just half a block from the Lake Michigan beach.
  • Beechwood Manor Inn & Cottage, 736 Pleasant Street, Saugatuck, 877-857-1587, [64]. An upscale bed and breakfast within walking distance to downtown Saugatuck.
  • Saugatuck Bed and Breakfast, 938 Center Street, 1-800-838-1246, [65]. A victorian home in a wooded setting just half a block from the Lake Michigan beach.
  • The Dunes Resort - 333 Blue Star Hwy, Douglas, +1 269-857-1401, [66]. Gay & Lesbian resort with motel rooms and multi-room cottages, set in 20 acres.
  • Hidden Garden Cottages & Suites, 247 Butler St. Saugatuck, 888 857-8109, [67]. checkin: 4PM; checkout: 12 noon. $135-$225.  edit
  • Hidden Garden Cottages & Suites, 247 Butler St., 888 857-8109, [68]. located right downtown.  edit
  • Lynn-Dee-Lea Houseboat, 868 Holland St, Saugatuck, (309) 360-7498, [69]. Sleep on the water in this boatel.  edit
  • Lakeshore Lodging, 735 Lake Street, 855-421-1084, [70]. checkin: 4PM; checkout: 10AM. With over 55 homes, condos and cabins ranging from Lake Michigan beachfront to downtown apartments we have the perfect getaway for your next vacation to West Michigan. Varies.  edit

Get out[edit]

The lakeshore city of Holland lies a short distance to the north.

Routes through Saugatuck-Douglas
Grand Rapids/MuskegonHolland  N noframenoframe S  South HavenSouth Bend

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