Friends Getaway

Four friends enjoying drinks on top of a sail boat.

Strengthen The Bonds Of Friendship On The Art Coast

Round up your closest pals and escape to the Art Coast for the ultimate friends’ getaway. Indulge in delicious craft beverages, catch a live music performance, relax on a quiet beach, or embark on a thrilling outdoor adventure. With your friends by your side, every moment spent in Saugatuck/Douglas will become a deeply cherished memory.

Four friends toasting over drinks.

4-Day Fall Adventure

Day 1

Experience the windswept waters of Lake Michigan on a sailboat manned by a local captain who can give you insider tips on area hotspots and a few pointers on how to rig a sail. Or climb aboard a fishing charter with Best Chance Too Charters and try casting a line for salmon and trout. For some outrageous evening fun, head over to The Dunes Resort for Drag Queen Bingo, karaoke, or a cabaret show.

A sail boat on the lake.
Sailing Saugatuck
A drag queen hosting bingo at The Dunes Resort.
Dunes Resort

Day 2

Take a cruise aboard the Star of Saugatuck paddlewheel boat during weekends through October for stunning views of the beautiful fall landscape. Or take to the trails and explore the gently rolling dunes and shoreline of the Saugatuck Harbor Natural Area or the sandy forest paths of Saugatuck Dunes State Park, where you can take in the fall colors at their peak. 

Star of Saugatuck
A group of friends hiking to the shore of Saugatuck Dunes State Park.
Saugatuck Dunes State Park

Day 3

Enjoy some apple picking, as well as fresh cider and donuts, at Crane Orchards. Then challenge yourselves through their 20-acre, intricately designed corn maze, available September through October. Rent bikes from Blue Star Barns Coffee & Bikes and explore the many downtown shops and boutiques. Finish out your evening at Coral Gables either at their piano bar or listening to some stand-up comedy.

Crane Orchards
Downtown Saugatuck

Day 4

Explore our region’s finest microbrews with a craft beer tour at Saugatuck Brewing Company, Waypost Brewing Co., and the Mitten Brewing Company. Or sample some spirits at the tasting rooms of Coppercraft Distillery and New Holland Spirits. Bring your designated driver or charter a private tour through Coastal Tours, Singapore Shuttles, or Untapped Sights & Tours for worry-free transportation. If your favorite brew leans toward java, learn how to roast coffee at Uncommon Coffee Roasters where private classes are offered for the coffee connoisseur. 

Waypost Brewing Co.
Pouring a drink into a glass.
Coppercraft Distillery

Extend Your Stay

Go for a Gallery Stroll 

Explore our many galleries and bring home your own covet-worthy conversation piece. Check out the Saugatuck Center for the Arts and Ox-Bow House for exhibits and open markets.

Play a Round of Golf

Hit the links at The Ravines Golf Club or Clearbrook Golf Club. Each provides idyllic views, challenging golf, and extraordinary clubhouse experiences.

Take a PrivateVineyard Tour

Explore the art of winemaking with a behind-the-scenes tour. Modales, Fenn Valley Vineyards, and Michigan Wine Co. let you learn from the experts in a group setting or through a private tour.

An image showing the cover and a page of the Saugatuck Douglas Discovery Guide.

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