Fourth of July in Saugatuck: How to Make the Most of Your Weekend (Part I)
BBQs, boating, fireworks: all of the 4th of July must-dos; but in Saugatuck we have so much more. To get you in the red, white and blue spirit, we’re creating a three-post series to make the most of this classic summer holiday. Since the 4th falls on a Wednesday this year, we’re giving you the low-down on a week full of festivities starting the weekend prior. Whether you’re looking for special events or Saugatuck/Douglas area staples, we’ve got your pre-holiday weekend covered. To hear about additional holiday fun happening the day of, check out our “Part II” blog!
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Breakfast Day I
Start your morning off right at GROW, with a fluffy plate of carrot cake pancakes or a wonderful breakfast panzanella. Pair this with a cold brew coffee or GROW’s house-made lavender lemonade and you’ll surely have a great start to your morning. Or, if you’re looking for quick jolt, stop by the popular Uncommon Coffee Roasters in the heart of downtown.
Explore Downtown Saugatuck
After breakfast, wander downtown, as many stores open around 10 a.m. This is a great way to beat the crowds (and the heat) and enjoy some of Saugatuck’s finest boutiques. Also, make sure to stop by the farmers market in the SCA parking lot for an eclectic mix of fresh produce, baked goods and hand-crafted gifts! For more information on the farmers market and local shops, click here.
Hungry for Lunch?
After working up an appetite, wander into one of Saugatuck’s many eateries or head over to Farmhouse Deli, which is right down the road from downtown Saugatuck. This is a great place to grab a quick sandwich, soup, salad or dessert. Nothing you choose will disappoint – especially their decadent chocolate cake! If the weather is nice, enjoy your lunch on one of the outdoor picnic tables.
Float Across the Kalamazoo River
After refueling, hop on the hand-cranked Saugatuck Chain Ferry. It’s a quick 5-minute ride across the Kalamazoo River which drops you off at the base of Mt. Baldhead. If you’re feeling adventurous, make the trek up the 302 stairs. It is quite the climb, however, the view at the top is entirely worth it (and there are benches along the way)!
After climbing Mt. Baldhead and working up a sweat, head to our award-winning Oval Beach! With temperatures soaring into the 80s, it’ll feel great to take a dip in the water or lay in the fine white sand. With miles of beautiful shoreline and a backdrop of the Saugatuck dunes, we can guarantee you won’t want to leave.
Mamma Mia! Pre-Theater Dinner Special at The Kirby
Interested in seeing SCA’s performance of Mamma Mia? Make a night out of it at J.Paul’s at The Kirby! Mention that you’re heading to the show, and you and your group will receive a complimentary (and delicious) wedding appetizer platter. If not, you can still enjoy at great dinner at J. Paul’s.
End your night with Mason Street Warehouse’s presentation of Mamma Mia! at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts. This smash hit will surely bring non-stop laughs and an unforgettable time. For more information, click here.
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Breakfast Day II
Nothing beats a plate of Southern comfort food paired with a spectacular view of the Kalamazoo river at The Southerner. Enjoy some of the restaurant’s popular (and delicious) biscuit sandwiches or go for the classic farmer’s breakfast. Either way, you will leave feeling satisfied and well fed.
The Art Gallery Scene
After breakfast, check out some of the dozen art galleries in the Saugatuck/Douglas/Fennville area. There are a myriad of options, however, a few great choices include Roan & Black Contemporary Art Gallery, J. Petter Galleries (which includes a wine gallery) and The Palette.
Star of Saugatuck and Dune Rides
Take a break from gallery hopping, and head over to The Star of Saugatuck or the Saugatuck Dune Rides. Both options are Saugatuck classics and are sure to be instant favorites. All you have to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy the beauty of Michigan, while learning about the natural history of the Saugatuck area. For a more adrenaline filled experience, try the Dune Rides.
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After relaxing on a boat tour or getting your adrenaline fix on the dunes, enjoy another unique opportunity that brings you inside Saugatuck Brewing Company’s brewing facility. SBC is home to some of West Michigan’s most popular craft beers and you will get to taste that for yourself – the first 20 people in attendance will get taste variety of samples and take home a SBC logo pint glass!
Enjoy the Gems of Downtown Douglas
As you’re coming back from Saugatuck Brewing Company, make a stop downtown Douglas to walk the quaint downtown. You’ll find a combination of home goods shops, galleries, spas and coffee shops, like the quaint Respite Cappuccino Court, for a pick-me-up. If you’re interested in relaxing, simply sit by the docks and enjoy the sounds and sights of summer in Michigan!
Dinner & Drinks
While you’re still downtown, grab a glass of wine and an appetizer at Douglas’ Borrowed Time, while enjoying their “Weekend Music on the Lawn” series with Brad Vredevoogd and Jordan Beel. After you’ve worked up an appetite, make the short commute to Everyday People Cafe for dinner (it’s only a block away)! It’s a lovely place with great dishes, drinks and a quaint atmosphere to match.
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Sunday Morning Breakfast
Start your Sunday morning off right with one of Root’s many specialty drinks and exceptional food. A quick 15-minute drive to Fennville will bring you to this restaurant’s charming environment, which will surely be the perfect start to your Sunday.
Virtue Cider or Crane’s Pie Pantry Restaurant & Winery
After a leisurly Sunday breakfast, stop by either of these wonderful locations to try craft cider and take a tour of their orchards and cider houses. Both locations offer tours on Sundays, so you won’t want to miss this unforgettable experience. Click here for contact information on Virtue Cider or here for Crane’s.
Take the scenic route back to Saugatuck or Douglas and pop into the Pavilion’s 24,000 sq. ft. facility. Carve out at least an 1+, as this building is chock full of beautiful treasures that could be yours! You’ll definitely need some time to look through it all.
Want to extend your holiday? Consider choosing one of our beautiful bed & breakfasts, hotels, motels or cottages and vacation homes around the Saugatuck, Douglas or Fennville area! Click here for availability.
Stay tuned for our continued series which will mention all of the festivities surrounding the 4th of July holiday!