Fourth of July in Saugatuck: The Final Weekend (Part III)
Even though the 4th of July is over, fear not! There’s a whole weekend left to celebrate. We have composed a long weekend of fun activities – so get ready to explore, dine, (and possibly dance), all while soaking in the warm July weather. We know you’ll enjoy all that the Saugatuck/Douglas area has to offer!
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Breakfast: Two Ways
Whether you’re staying overnight and waking up in Saugatuck or just coming in for the day – there are tons of great options. If the latter applies to you, we suggest heading to Blue Star Café; this quaint diner has classic breakfast options and is located right off the main highway through town. Though easy to get to, we recommend getting there on the early side, as tables are limited.
Imagine at Express Yourself Art Barn
One of the most unique finds can be found in Fennville, just a short drive from Blue Star Cafe. This beautiful old barn encapsulates all that the Saugatuck area is – the art coast. Stop by to experience the history and beauty of an old barn-converted-art studio that can blossom your creativity. They offer everything from painting and mosaics, to stringing beads and ceramics – you just have to walk in to get started.
How About Hydrobiking?
After an artistic morning, consider this: have you ever hydrobiked down the Kalamazoo River before? Well now’s your chance. This unique opportunity allows you to effortlessly pedal through water to experience everything from West Michigan’s wildlife to the true serenity of the Allegan Forest. Whether you’re by yourself or with a group, this will surely be a highlight of your weekend.
Take a break from outdoor activities and head to Armstrong Degraaf Gallery for the Chinthala Jagdish’s opening. His work features beautiful masks, busts and life-sized figures depicting his perception of the outside world and human nature. It is sure to be an inspiring time!
After working up an appetite, head to dinner at one of the area’s premier restaurants. We recommend trying Phil’s, a true Saugatuck classic. When I say you can’t go wrong with anything on their menu, I mean it; and if you enjoy seafood, I highly suggest you try the fish tacos.
Live Music and Fun
Head to Saugatuck Brewing Company where you can enjoy live music, appetizers (if you’re still hungry) and unforgettable craft beers. The musical talent for the night is Steve Michaels, a Saugatuck Brewing Co. fan-favorite.
West Michigan Sunset
Right after dinner, head to one of the Saugatuck/Douglas area beaches to see an amazing West Michigan sunset. Bring a light jacket, as it does tend to get chilly as the sun starts to set. None the less, we guarantee you’ll be leaving with a few Instagram-worthy pictures.
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For a quick and easy breakfast, choose Pumpernickle’s Eatery. This restaurant in the heart of Saugatuck is great for all ages and taste buds. If you’re traveling with picky-eating little ones, there is a sure fix with their kids’ menu!
Ride the Dunes
After breakfast, consider visiting the Saugatuck Dune Rides, which is an absolute staple of the area. It is a shorter ride, so don’t worry about having to clear your entire day. Although this is the case, you can bet the guides pack so much fun, energy and beauty into one ride, you’ll want to go again!
Quick Bite to Eat
To refuel, stop by Spectators for lunch. It’s less than a minute drive from the Dune Rides, and is sure to satisfy whatever you’re craving!
Felt Mansion + the Melon Heads
Right after the Dune Rides, visit the beautiful Felt Mansion which is another short drive away. The tour guides do a wonderful job of taking you around the grounds and telling you about the history of the mansion, which includes the tale of the Melon Heads…I’ll let them take it from there.
Endless Hiking Options
After the tour, you have the option of hiking around the many trails that surround Felt Mansion. You can decide on the length and ultimate destination. If you want to head to the beach, a beautiful hike shaded by pines will take you there. We don’t blame you if you choose to spend a few hours here!
Head Downtown Douglas
After a day of hiking and dune riding, take a break and make your way to downtown Douglas. Grab a cup of coffee and a bite to eat at Respite Cappuccino Court and check out some of the wonderful galleries and shops that are nestled throughout the area.
Wine + Cheese, Anyone?
As you walk around, you’ll run into Borrowed Time where you can pair a glass of wine with a charcuterie board, which is sure to be the perfect prelude to any meal. You’ll be able to enjoy great food, drinks, and live music from acoustic musician Alex Mays – what could be better?
The Farm-To-Table Experience
At this point, you’ll most likely find yourself wanting some sustenance. We suggest making the drive to Fennville for a farm-to-table experience at Salt of the Earth. Everything is cooked from scratch and we guarantee you won’t be disappointed. If you’re in the mood for a killer-cocktail, they also have a wonderful selection of classic and contemporary drinks.
After dinner, opt for a quiet night in or head downtown to take advantage of Saugatuck’s vibrant nightlife. The town is just starting to boom around 9:30 p.m., so make your way over if you’re in the mood to dance, drink or do some karaoke at the Corner Bar; or choose Sand Bar Saloon for a more relaxed, but still equally as lively, feel.
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Brunch + Bubbles
Get an early start to your morning and stop by one of Saugatuck or Douglas’ cafes or choose to have a sit down breakfast at Everyday People Café in Douglas. They have a wonderful selection of brunch foods, as well as a bottomless bubbles and a build-your-own-bloody-Mary bar. Need I say more.
Get Some Last-Minute Energy Out
For a quick burst of energy before you head home, why not go paddle boarding or kayaking down the Kalamazoo River? Velocity Adventures in Fennville is the leading spot for various adventures which includes SUP fitness, guided excursions and yoga – sign us up!
Final Lunch Downtown
After working up an appetite, stop by Lucy’s Little Kitchen on your way out of town. With a great selection of American classics and the option of outdoor seating, it is sure to be an enjoyable lunch.
Come Visit Us
All good things must come to an end, and as much as we hate to see you go, we hope your holiday weekend was memorable! Before you hit the road, stop by our office and let us know your thoughts. We’d love to hear from you.
If you’re still looking for lodging options for this 4th of July holiday, check our website for availability!