Ship ‘N Shore is Saugatuck’s version of Club Med. It has cast off the traditional labels of resort, motel and hotel in Saugatuck and asserted its own identity as the social refuge for the sailboat and sun-seeking crowd. This "boatel" has its own personality – it attracts fun-loving people of every age and demographic. There is something alluring about this place. It has a Caribbean-cum-Key West feeling that makes one believe they are in a different place. You expect to see tall swaying palm trees. The open-air lobby, with its vaulted ceiling, welcomes sun-deprived guests with the melodic sounds of steel drums. The first and second floor rooms are connected by a circuit of stairs that overlook a large fresh-water swimming pool, hot tub, lanai and lush tropical gardens. All are perfectly positioned at the water’s edge to capture magnificent views of the river and harbor. The motel recently went through a facelift. All 40 rooms have been transformed by the use of plush, white contemporary bedding accented by bright tropical-island colors, mirrored walls and delicate mosaic tables. Standard amenities include the large outdoor heated pool and Jacuzzi, expansive lanai with two fireplaces, air conditioning, in-room refrigerators, WIFI and cable TV. A continental breakfast with home-baked cinnamon buns, fresh fruit, cereal, juice and coffee is served daily. Ship ‘N Shore is not a “chichi” resort but it is a convivial place where families, groups of friends, couples and those traveling alone feel perfectly at ease and enjoy interacting with each other. It’s an ideal vacation spot for people who love boats, water and have a proclivity for having a great time. It is an eclectic mix of Jamaica and St. Croix without the distance or the price tag. This is a year-round party destination but despite its frenetic heartbeat, the energy of Saugatuck is calming. Ship ‘N Shore offers its own brand of escapism – here each guest will discover their own perfect, private Saugatuck.
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