The Great Indoors – Indoor Activities to enjoy in Saugatuck/Douglas

Although we’re known for our vast array of outdoor activities – there’s so much to do indoors during the cooler months in the Art Coast of Michigan. As fall shifts into winter, plan to celebrate the great indoors during your holiday getaway, winter family retreat or romantic vacation for two, with these activities:

Experience the Arts

Luminescence Exhibit in Saugatuck Center for the Arts

Whether you’re gallery-hopping or attending an exhibition opening, with more than 20 galleries and artist studios in Saugatuck/Douglas, there’s always something arts-related happening here. Visit our arts page for a full list of galleries to peruse, or check out these special arts-related events coming up soon:

Billiards & Bowling

What better way to spend some time indoors than a friendly game of pool or bowling? Alley’s Diner in downtown Douglas offers bowling year-round and they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, so you don’t have to go far for snacks. For a game of billiards, head to The Dunes Resort, Sand Bar Saloon, The Butler Restaurant, The Cove and Saugatuck Brewing Company.

Shop till you Drop

Saugatuck and Douglas’ walkable downtowns make for the perfect shopping experience – warm up by spending time in each shop on your way down the strip, or plan your trip around these shopping-specific events:

Take a Holiday Tour of the Felt Mansion

During the month of December, head to the Felt Estate for guided or self-guided tours of the mansion! For the guided tours,

The Felt Mansion

expect to hear first-hand accounts of the restoration of the mansion and see the mansion decorated in holiday splendor. Tours are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors.

See a Film or Show

We’re lucky to have Saugatuck Center for the Arts in downtown Saugatuck, bringing in films, theater, art exhibits and more to our community, and this winter’s films are just as exciting as ever. If you’re looking for live shows, don’t miss our annual community performance of A Christmas Carol. See events and dates below:

Go Swimming

You heard us correctly – there are plenty of indoor pools and hot tubs at our local lodging establishments to keep the entire family entertained for hours. Call the Welcome Center at 269-857-1701 for more information on lodging accommodations.

Taste your way through Saugatuck/Douglas

Winter is the perfect time to learn or taste something new – and if you can do both in the same sitting, well, what’s not to love about that? Our region is ripe with culinary talent; taste your way through Saugatuck/Douglas with these fun classes and dinners:

Sit Back and Enjoy Live Music

It’s a myth that the live music in Saugatuck/Douglas dies with the summer season – it couldn’t be further from the truth. What better way to enjoy the indoors than with live music, delicious drinks and good friends? Check out these upcoming shows, dates and times to plan your next trip.

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