Top 6 Fall Instagrammable Spots in Saugatuck/Douglas
Colorful leaves, flattering fashion and sweater weather make fall the ideal time to refresh your Instagram feed. Down the tree-lined streets and through the wooded trails of the state park, there’s no shortage of spots for the perfect shot.
This fall, we challenge you to refresh your feed in Saugatuck/Douglas. Don’t forget to #SaugatuckDouglas! These are the top 6 instagram-worthy locations sure to deliver that dose of autumn goodness you’re looking for:
1. The Felt Mansion
This historic estate is located on 138th Ave on the north end of town and offers expansive grounds and a multitude of well-preserved (and picturesque) buildings. Situated with Saugatuck Dunes State Park as it’s backdrop, the estate has a natural setting and historic architecture primed and photo-ready.
2. Lyon’s Fruit Market
This small fruit and vegetable market in between Douglas and Fennville is certainly picturesque throughout Spring and Summer, but there’s something about the look of fall produce at this small-town farm stand that is just stunning. Colorful mums, fresh pumpkins, corns stalks and more displayed at differing heights on wooden fruit boxes make this location explode with fall visuals that are sure inspire.
3. Oval Beach
Morning, noon and night; Summer, fall and winter, Oval Beach is always instagram-worthy. With Saugatuck Dunes State Park as it’s backdrop, this stunning stretch of shoreline gets more picturesque as the year goes on. Climb up the dunes to get a panoramic birds-eye view, or stay close to the water to show the colors contrasting with the winding shoreline. Whatever you choose, make sure there’s space in your phone for the images you’ll capture while here.
4. Saugatuck Harbor Natural Area
This lesser-known nature preserve is a hidden gem offering 173-acres of magnificent and picturesque duneland just north of Oval Beach. Hike the short trail to find the perfect spot for your pictures, but know that great views aren’t hard to come by and you might leave with more images than you want; luckily, there’s the slideshow feature on Instagram so you can post more than one picture at a time.
5. Wades Bayou
Wades Bayou in Downtown Douglas is probably most commonly known as the perfect fishing or kayak launch spot – but it’s also a beautiful location to watch the sun rise or see the fall colors reflect off the water. A less trafficked area of the river, you’ll get the chance to see more wildlife than you would further upstream, all making the photos ops that much richer. If you have a kayak (or you want to rent one) the list of amazing shots just keeps getting longer, since you can shoot from the water toward land. Just be sure not to drop your phone in the water.
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Downtown Douglas is undoubtedly one of the best places to behold the rich Autumn Season in Michigan. This is because Douglas has a profusion of all the right stuff: foliage vistas, water fowl migration, Beach to Bayou Trail, and wide-open canopied roadways that lack the clutter and congestion of cities. 1. By October if you’re taking the time to seek out unobstructed leaf peeping locations, you’re likely setting yourself at Wade’s Bayou enjoying morning coffee and a pastry. It’s one thing to visit an area with great foliage, but if you can’t get to a vantage point where you can relax and soak it all in, then what’s the point? 2. Shop Downtown Douglas with an abundance of hardwood and softwood furniture, gorgeous contrasts of clothing in bright oranges, dark reds, and vibrant yellows against dark green accessories. Pick up candles in scents of spruce, fir, and cedar. feel the culture in any of our local galleries followed by dining outside on many of our downtown patios for local flavor. 3. Focus on getting out on the water via kayak for the best migration of hawks, eagles, ducks, geese and other birds. This migration is in full swing and occurs after the arrival of a high-pressure system, when the cold, clear air collides with the heated earth creating columns of warm air called thermals, which rise high above the ground providing a lift for migrating hawks. The fall migration continues right alongside the foliage season, from September, October, and into November. 4. Be sure to take a self guided tour of Downtown Douglas by visiting Saugatuck-Douglas History Center for walking tour brochures, and lastly 5. Attend all Downtown Halloween activities on October 26: Scary Beery for fun with kids followed by the adult Halloween Parade in the evening. https://m.facebook.com/events/712640302449399?ti=icl
6. Mt. Baldhead
It may not be an actual mountain, but the view from the top of this extra-large dune never disappoints, especially during the autumn months. Climb the 302 stairs to the top of Mt. Baldy for a scenic overlook of the Kalamazoo River, separating the towns of Saugatuck and Douglas. This vantage point is one of the best ways to see the fall colors in their full glory and makes for amazing photos.
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