Embracing Rainy Days: Exploring The Art Coast’s Indoors

While the Art Coast is known for its stunning natural beauty and outdoor adventures, sometimes the weather doesn’t cooperate for our visitors. But don’t let a little downpour dampen your spirits. Rainy days in Saugatuck/Douglas offer a unique opportunity to discover the region’s many vibrant indoor gems and activities. From inspiring art and informative exhibitions to cozy cafes and indulgent craft beverage tastings, here’s a guide to embracing rainy days in this captivating corner of Michigan.

A woman and her daughter selecting a piece at Express Yourself Art Barn.

Explore the Arts

Start your rainy day adventure by immersing yourself in the thriving arts scene of Saugatuck/Douglas. Wander through the numerous galleries and studios showcasing thought-provoking works of talented local and regional artists. Hop from one gallery to another, admiring paintings, sculptures, photography, and more. Each gallery offers a unique perspective, providing a glimpse into the thriving artistic community of the area. Also, check out the Saugatuck Center for the Arts, which showcases diverse art exhibits and hosts a dynamic lineup of theater performances and concerts throughout the year.

Saugatuck Pump House
Saugatuck Pump House
Saugatuck Center for the Arts
Saugatuck Center for the Arts

Uncover Local History

Delve into the rich heritage of the area at the Saugatuck Douglas History Center located in the historic Douglas Union School and at the Pump House History Museum located at the foot of Mount Baldhead. These captivating museums boast fascinating artifacts, photographs, and stories that shed light on the region’s natural and maritime history, cultural evolution, and architectural heritage. Stroll through the changing exhibits and gain a deeper appreciation for the area’s vibrant past.

Indulge In Some Retail Therapy

Spend your rainy day perusing the charming boutiques and specialty shops that dot the walkable downtowns of Saugatuck and Douglas. Pick up handcrafted souvenirs and one-of-a-kind treasures, or browse through the many unique clothing boutiques and home decor stores. For those with a love for treasures of the past, delve into a world of vintage wonders of the Saugatuck Antique Pavilion. This 24,000-square-foot facility is considered by many to be one of the best antique shopping experiences in the country and is home to carefully curated collections of furniture, decor, jewelry, and artifacts from the Civil War era to the 1950s and 70s.

Make A Strike

For a dose of indoor excitement, head to Alley’s Classic American Diner And Bowl, where you can enjoy a classic game of bowling along with some amazing food. Lace up your bowling shoes, grab a ball, and engage in some friendly competition with family and friends. With its fun and active ambiance and delicious diner fare, Alley’s offers a unique rainy day experience for visitors of all ages.

Unleash Your Creativity

Drizzly days are perfect for channeling your artistic or crafty side. Visit Express Yourself Art Barn, where you can create your own masterpiece by painting pottery, fusing glass, or making mosaics. Projects are available for both adults and children, regardless of previous experience or talent. Items that require additional finishing, such as kiln-firing, can be shipped to your home. Rain or shine, Express Yourself Art Barn provides a welcoming and inspiring space for visitors of all ages to tap into their creativity.

Pennyroyal Café + Provisions
Pennyroyal Café + Provisions
Salt of the Earth
Salt of the Earth

Explore The Culinary Scene

Enjoy a comforting meal at one of the area’s many cozy cafes and restaurants. Delight in farm-to-table cuisine at a rustic restaurant like Pennyroyal Café & Provisions or Salt of the Earth, or savor the flavors of Michigan’s Fruit Belt with a pie flight from Crane’s Pie Pantry Restaurant & Winery. From small plates to sweet treats, Saugatuck/Douglas is filled with places that will please even the most discerning palates.

Go Craft Beverage Tasting

Indulge in a tantalizing tasting experience by visiting the wineries, breweries, and cideries that call this area home. Rainy days provide the perfect opportunity to sample craft beers, fine wines, and ciders while taking shelter indoors. Experience the flavors and craftsmanship behind each beverage and learn about the art of brewing and winemaking from passionate experts.

Cozy Up With A Good Book

Dreary, windy days create the perfect ambiance for curling up with a good book, and the Saugatuck/Douglas area offers wonderful options for book lovers. Visit The Book Nook, a beloved independent bookstore with a vast collection of new and gently-used books across various genres. Browse the shelves, chat with knowledgeable staff, and find the perfect read for an afternoon spent indoors. Or consider visiting our local public libraries. The Saugatuck/Douglas District Library and the Fennville District Library offer a diverse selection of titles for book enthusiasts of all ages and host various classes and events throughout the year.

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