Winter Wonderland in Saugatuck/Douglas

Experience the Small-Town Charm of Winter in Saugatuck

Snow on the ground means there’s fun to be had in Saugatuck/Douglas. Whether you’re strolling through galleries and shops, cross-country skiing through trails or warming up in our cozy lodging establishments or with our delicious local food and beverages, a winter getaway isn’t far from reach.

Just like being at home, the place where you rest your head sets the tone for your stay. Whether you’re looking for cozy cabins, sleek lofts, traditional bed and breakfasts, or something in-between, you’re sure to find the perfect spot to keep warm in Saugatuck/Douglas.

When it comes to things to do, there’s something for everyone. Strolling through our quaint downtowns through the shops and galleries is a popular choice, because whether you’re looking for gifts for others or seeking out unique finds to take home, you’ll find items you won’t find anywhere else at our locally owned shops. While shopping, enjoy a warm coffee or cocoa from our local coffee shops like Uncommon Coffee Roasters or Respite. Or head out to Virtue Cider in Fennville during any Saturday in December for a Percheron sleigh ride through the 48-acre property.

For the active traveler who is willing to brave the cold, go tubing, sledding, skiing and snowshoeing. These popular activities are fun for everyone, adults and children alike, and it gets you outside! There are lots of local spots across our region to enjoy, such as Saugatuck Dunes State Park with a total of 10 miles of cross country/snowshoeing trails. Here are a few other popular spots to enjoy during your Saugatuck/Douglas Winter getaway:

  • Saugatuck Dunes State Park
  • Oval Beach Trails and Mt. Baldhead
  • Schultz Park – Schultz Park Dr. Douglas, Michigan 49406 (Sledding)

If you’re an avid skier, make Saugatuck/Douglas your home base and drive a short hour to the following ski resorts and ski areas:

  • Bittersweet Ski Resort – 45 min. drive – 600 River Rd. Otsego, Mi 49078 (Skiing)
  • Timber Ridge Ski Resort – 50 min. drive – 07500 23 ½ St. Gobles, MI 49055 (Skiing + Tubing)
  • Allegan State Game Area – 4590 118th Avenue, Allegan MI 49010

For those who might not be quite as outdoor-oriented, there are plenty of indoor activities to keep you busy. Pamper yourself by relaxing at one of our many spas. Explore the history of the our region by touring the Saugatuck/Douglas History Museum, or stroll through the Saugatuck Center for the Arts to view their current exhibit.

One of the best ways to warm up after a long wintery day is by grabbing a drink at our local breweries, wineries and cideries and food at our local restaurants. The Saugatuck/Douglas areas are full of local artisans who create craft beer, unique cider, Michigan-made wine and restaurants serving delicious local food, and most are open year-round.

Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway for two or a winter family retreat, come to the snow-covered sidewalks of Saugatuck/Douglas for your Winter Wonderland destination.