• There’s Something Magical About This Place
    Wild at heart, but steeped in creature comforts, the Saugatuck-Douglas area has the irresistible power to soothe, inspire, and speak to your heart.
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  • Seven Ways to Explore Our Beautiful Harbor
    Between the towns, the wetlands, and the waves of Lake Michigan, there’s a whole blue world to explore – and a mode of travel for every mood.
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  • Dig In Your Toes and Stay a While
    With 10 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, Saugatuck and Douglas have six public beaches, each with its own captivating personality.
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Nature & Recreation
Sun. Sand. And water, as far as the eye can see. With 10 spectacular miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, one of Condé Nast Traveler’s “Top 25 Beaches in the World,” and inviting places to hike, boat, fish, and golf, you’ll find a natural playground that’s worth exploring 365 days a year.
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Art & Culture
Long known as “the art coast of Michigan,” this community traces its creative roots back 100 years to the day when The Art Institute of Chicago established its Ox-Bow School here. Today, dozens of working painters, sculptors, ceramicists, and other artists call it home, enriching our community with an open-minded outlook and an appreciation of art that spills over into the galleries around town. We’re also home to the Saugatuck Center for the Arts, which hosts art exhibits, stage productions, films, lectures, and other cultural events around the year.
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Hospitality
No vacation spot is complete without a good meal and a comfortable place to settle down for the night, and Saugatuck and Douglas know how to fill the bill. You’ll find award-winning chefs, locally brewed craft beer and cider on tap, and charming, friendly accommodations for a night, a weekend, or a season. It’s no wonder USA Today named this community the “Best Small Coastal Town.” Come discover the best of Michigan’s west coast, and let the good times begin.
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Shopping
Two distinct downtowns in Saugatuck and Douglas offer ample opportunities to window-shop, browse, and indulge. Treat yourself to a little retail therapy in our eclectic blend of upscale boutiques, outdoor gear, Michigan-made goodies, and other treasures.
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Bottoms Up! A Taste of West Michigan Makers

A creative culture. A prime location along the Great Lakes. And sun-kissed summers filled with long, hot days. The very qualities that make this area so appealing to visitors have also made it a prime destination for crafting beverages. James Beard-nominated Matthew Millar, a local chef and longtime advocate of local food and drink, shared his thoughts on what makes this area’s offerings stand out.

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Hit the Trail: Hiking in the Saugatuck Area

In Japan, there’s a concept called “forest bathing” where people spend time in the woods to improve their sense of well-being. In the Saugatuck-Douglas area, we take that concept one step farther, combining the tranquility of the woods with the meditative sights and sounds of the water.

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Outside In: How Different Became Part of Our DNA

Some towns grow from the inside out. But Saugatuck and Douglas have always grown from the outside in, opening their arms to people and ideas that were different and allowing them to shape the character of the towns.

This is a place where everyone is welcome and anything can happen—and as these tales from local historian Jim Schmiechen show, it frequently did.

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Saugatuck & Douglas the Other Nine Months of the Year

Sure, we’re known as beach towns, but Saugatuck and Douglas are worth savoring all year round. Whether you’re looking for some outdoor adventure, a wine or craft brew tasting tour, antiquing, or a romantic weekend by the fire, a little off-season getaway will let you experience the area in a whole new way.

Here’s a sample itinerary to inspire your next visit during winter, spring, or fall.

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Nestled into the sunset coast of West Michigan, we’re a short drive from several major cities in the Midwest and a quick hop from the Grand Rapids airport.