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Being Different is
Part of Our DNA


Saugatuck/Douglas has a long-standing history of opening our arms to people and ideas considered different from the mainstream. It’s what has shaped the character of our towns—making this a place where everyone is welcome, and anything can happen.

From nonconforming art students in 1905 longing for a different perspective to pioneering women in the 20s who blazed the trail for women doing “men’s work” to same-sex couples who found this area to be a welcoming haven during the 1950s, Saugatuck/Douglas has a knack for putting people from all walks of life at ease.

For decades, wave after wave of untraditional people, including hippies and motorcycle gangs, have washed into town, bringing their energy, creativity, and unconventional thinking. After years of learning to embrace people who were thought to be outside the norm, it’s no wonder that Saugatuck/Douglas has become the kind of place where everyone belongs.

Artist Painting
Ox - Bow

Getting Here


Drive Times To Saugatuck
  • 2.5 hours from Chicago
  • 3 hours from Detroit
  • 3.5 hours from Toledo
  • 3.75 hours from Indianapolis


From The Airport

The Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR) in Grand Rapids features 6 airlines and offers more than 140 nonstop flights a day to 34 popular destinations. Via M-6 W and I-196-W, it is a 49-minute drive from the Airport to the Saugatuck/Douglas area.

Getting to Saugatuck Map

Getting Around


Once here, we’ve got lots of ways to get around. Rent bikes or explore our towns on foot. While there’s always Uber and Lyft, there’s nothing as fast and convenient as our local public transportation system, the Interurban.



A demand-response bus system, the Interurban is handicap accessible and provides transportation for Saugatuck, Douglas, and Saugatuck Township.

  • Cost only $1 for adults and children 12 and over
  • Just call 269-857-1418 to schedule a pick-up
Cycling around Saugatuck Marina




The Saugatuck Douglas Region will be recognized throughout the Midwest as an authentic, charming and relaxing leisure waterfront destination celebrating the Arts and the Outdoors where visitors are welcome to be who they are.


To promote the region as a premier destination and advocate for sensible, sustainable development to enhance the community’s Quality of Life and Sense of Place.


We enhance the Quality of Life and Sense of Place for our residents by attracting visitors to share in our exceptional lifestyle and experiences.

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