Saugatuck and Oval Beach highlight London Times visit to Lake Michigan

The London Times recently sent a reporter to tour Lake Michigan, with an overnight stop along the way in the Saugatuck and Douglas area. With a stay at Judson Heath, one of our region’s many luxury bed & breakfast options, a ride on the Star of Saugatuck cruise along the Kalamazoo River and out to Lake Michigan, food from our downtown diner Grow, and a few other adventures along the way, the highlight is the description of seeing Oval Beach, which always amazes first-time visitors.

“On our first stop, I made a significant geological discovery. The owner of Judson Heath Colonial Inn, our B&B in Saugatuck (from £136 a night;, recommended that we hit the beach, apparently voted one of the best in America on several occasions. Naturally, I scoffed: lakes don’t have proper beaches. But it was sweltering, so we picked up a picnic, dumped the car at the bottom of a dune and found Oval Beach — where I ate my words. Here was a long stretch of ochre sand, backed by shimmering meadows of a matching yellow and spotted with gaudy, rainbow-hued umbrellas. Huge long-haired dogs lolloped in the shade. Children built sandcastles. The water was as calm, clear and fresh as you’ll find. The burrata and barley salad with sprouted seeds from the organic deli, Grow, was as on trend a lunch as I could imagine.”

You can read the full story that appeared in the Sunday Times on June 24, 2018: A Road Trip Around Lake Michigan.

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*pictured are Judson Health, The Star of Saugatuck, and Grow.

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