Saugatuck: Five Beautiful and Instagrammable Locations
House Beautiful recently created a list of “The Most Beautiful Towns in Every State,” and we were lucky enough to take the title for our great state of Michigan! In honor of receiving the accolade of being the Most Beautiful Town in Michigan and one of the most beautiful in the United States, we came up with a list of some of our favorite Instagrammable locations in Saugatuck. Of course there are countless spots that showcase the beauty of Saugatuck and the surrounding area, so there are more mentions to come. For now, we hope you’ll put Saugatuck on your list and discover our five picks that showcase the beauty of charming beach town.
M o u n t B a l d h e a d P a r k
Take a trip to Mt. Baldhead if you’re looking for a wonderful scenic view of the town. You’ll have the opportunity to climb up 302 steps to the very top, which will provide you will a beautiful panoramic view of the Kalamazoo River and the downtown area. From there, you can descend onto the grassy coastal sands of Oval Beach. If the amount of steps seem daunting, not to worry. You can still get a wonderful picture from base of the park as well.
O v a l B e a c h
Our award-winning beach will surely be a highlight of your Saugatuck adventure. Oval Beach is the perfect place to soak in the sun and take a dip in the deep blue water, all while admiring the backdrop of rolling dunes – trust us, it’s just as perfect as it sounds.
W i c k ’ s P a r k
Watching the boats pass at this charming downtown park in Saugatuck is a very common past-time for many locals and visitors alike. Grab an ice cream cone at Kilwin’s and find a seat on one of the many benches along the edge of the park. From there, you’ll be able to sit back, relax and admire the beautiful boats glide into the harbor.
T h e S a u g a t u c k D u n e s
Do you want to know our personal favorite way of experiencing the beauty and history of the Saugatuck dunes? Riding through them, of course. Visit the Saugatuck Dune Rides, and you will be taken on a fun and memorable ride to learn all about the lost town of Singapore, while viewing all of the local wildlife and vegetation. Along the way, you’ll get to take a few great pictures, and get a few great pictures taken of yourself in a bright blue buggy.
F e n n V a l l e y
Another great way to experience the beauty of Saugatuck is through eating and drinking local favorites. If you’re looking to wine taste on your trip, opt for House Beautiful’s recommendation (and ours) and visit Fenn Valley Vineyard’s tasting room. Located in the heart of the downtown, this is the perfect spot to try a wonderful variation of curated wines and small plates. Want more than just the tasting room, head to the countryside and go to Fenn Valley Winery in nearby Fennville to see the vineyard up close, and while you are there, stop over at either Virtue Cider or Crane’s Orchard for more beautiful rural views.
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In addition to beautiful landscapes and wine tastings, Saugatuck is known for great food as well. Visit the Mermaid for a great seafood dish with a water view. Or, try Clearbrook Restaurant; this second alternative is right on Clearbrook’s golf course and is sure to provide you with a great meal and the perfect sunset picture.
*While you’re visiting, make sure you remember to snap a pic and tag us on Instagram or Twitter using #saugatucksummer or #saugatuck. We’d love to hear from you. Also, if you’re so impressed with the Saugatuck area, consider choosing one of our beautiful bed & breakfasts, hotels, motels or cottages and vacation homes around the Saugatuck, Douglas or Fennville area! Click here for availability.