Labor Day Weekend: Must-Do List

September, sweet September. Labor Day Weekend is a glorious time in the Saugatuck area as you still get the heat of summer, with a cool unassuming breeze as the sun goes down. As you prepare for the fall season, we have created a must-do list of activities for whatever your interest may include. Whether you hope to have a more active or perhaps leisurely weekend (or a mix of both), you can surely find it in the Saugatuck/Douglas area.

A C T I V E 

Seeing as Monday marks the unofficial start to fall, it is crucial to pack the most quintessential summer activities into one weekend; and starting your vacation off with a hike is never a bad idea. Visit the Saugatuck Dunes State Park for an unassumingly beautiful view of the shoreline and rolling dunes. The trails lead you straight to the beautiful Lake Michigan, so prepare for an amazing few hours.

Beach Day

Plan to spend a good portion of the day relaxing in the sand or taking a dip in the 70-degree water. If you haven’t checked out our award-winning Oval Beach, we highly recommend making that a stop on your list. As the blue water beautifully contrasts the rolling sandy dunes, we know this will be a favored summer memory. If you’re looking for a more secluded spot, visit Douglas Beach, just minutes from downtown Douglas.


Travel down the Kalamazoo River in style. This is a fun activity that is sure to be the talk of your weekend. You will have the opportunity to effortlessly pedal down the river and view the scenic wildlife and vegetation that makes up the Allegan Forest. Whether you’re in a group or travelling solo, this is the perfect activity! All you need is yourself and your colorful hydrobike.

Sailing Lessons

Remember that bucket list item from the beginning of summer? Well it’s not too late. There are a number of locations that provide sailing lessons in Saugatuck and will be happy to accommodate your Labor Day Weekend activities. Don’t hesitate and make the call today!

Clearbrook Golf Course

Practice your swing and head to the course this weekend. Whether you’re interested in just getting some energy out at the range, or playing a full 32-holes, this is the course for you. It has hosted some of the finest players and tournaments – and is excited to do the same for you! Located just 5 minutes from downtown and a quick drive away, be sure to put this course on your list.


L E I S U R E 
Wine/Cider Tasting

One of the top activities in the area includes visiting Fennville to wine or cider taste. Whether you’re in the mood for Fenn Valley Vineyard’s ever popular Classic Port or Virtue Cider’s Michigan Honey cider, there are countless options for every preference.

Gallery Hopping

With over a dozen galleries within the Saugatuck/Douglas area, there will not be a shortage of art to look at during your Labor Day Weekend. Whether you’re looking for contemporary, traditional or sculptures, there is a particular gallery for you!

Express Yourself Art Barn

Visit the Fennville area if you’re in the mood to create. The beautiful barn-converted art studio will cover all the bases and allow those of all talents to explore and try something new. Spend an hour of bliss or an entire day painting, mosaicing or fusing glass and you will surely leave feeling inspired.

Once at Saugatuck Center for the Arts

Visit the Saugatuck Center for the Arts for their beautiful performance of the the 2007 film turned musical, Once. Go on the journey as they tell the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes an interest in his haunting love songs. As their chemistry grows, we guarantee you’ll be captivated as you begin to connect with all of the performers.

Live Music Venues

If you’re interested in live music, you’re all set for the Labor Day Weekend. There are always performances taking place throughout the week at many of the local breweries, bars, wine bars, restaurants and parks. Whatever your music taste, we are sure you will find a venue and corresponding musical artist that suites you.


Annual Labor Day Bridge Walk

Be a part of a Saugatuck/Douglas tradition and walk across the Blue Star Bridge which connects the two towns. This walk will commemorate the end of summer and celebrate the beginning of the new fall season. Walkers will meet on the Douglas side of the bride at 9 am, and The Town Crier will wave the grand American Flag with pride as he leads the walk at 9:30 am. This is sure to be a short and sweet event you won’t want to miss.


B O N U S 

There are a number of outstanding eateries around the area. As you explore during your Labor Day weekend, discover both downtown Saugatuck and Douglas for their varied mix of Italian, American, Greek and Mexican food options. Opt for Marro’s if you’re in the mood for a great Italian dish, or the Butler if you want to try Saugatuck’s notoriously famed “best burger in town.” Head to Douglas, the quieter of two towns, to enjoy an eclectic selection of restaurants. Or, make a trip to Fennville for farm-to-table restaurants and wineries that will elevate your vacation.


As you begin to think of your perfect Labor Day resting spot, everything from bed & breakfasts to hotels, motels and vacation rentals can be found. Whether you like to be right in the center of the action or nestled in a quiet beach-side community, there are countless options for you. Whatever you decide, don’t wait too soon, as properties sell out fast – get thinking about yours today and check availability online give our office a call!



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