5 Ways to Celebrate Dad in Saugatuck/Douglas

With outdoor activities like fishing, biking, boating and hiking, a plethora of beer, wine and cider to taste, live entertainment and more, there are so many ways to celebrate dad this Father’s Day in Saugatuck/Douglas.

Here are our top 5 ways to celebrate Dad in Saugatuck/Douglas this year:

1. Get Active

If enjoying the great outdoors is an interest you and your dad share, there’s no better place to do so together than in Saugatuck/Douglas. Home to Saugatuck Dunes State Park, you’ll find miles of trails waiting to be explored. If hiking isn’t your thing, biking and running are one of the best ways to tour our area, and bikes can be rented at Just Add Water or Big Lake Outfitters. For competitive runners out there, it’s not too late to sign up for the Town Crier 5k, 10k and Half Marathon taking place tomorrow, Saturday, June 15.

2. Enjoy our Waterways

With three distinctive waterways right here in our towns, there are so many ways to enjoy the water. For some, a fishing excursion with one of our charter fishing partners might be the perfect adventure to make memories with dad this year. Not into fishing but still want to get on the water? Rent a retro boat or head down to Wade’s Bayou to rent kayaks and explore the Kalamazoo River and Lake Kalamazoo. For a more relaxing way to experience all three waterways – Lake Kalamazoo, The Kalamazoo River and Lake Michigan – hop aboard the historic paddlewheel ship, the Star of Saugatuck for a tour of our towns like no other.

3. Sit Back and Relax

Sometimes the best gift dad can get is the gift of relaxation. Take him on a beverage tour, sampling beer, wine and cider from our region. On the tour, be sure to hit some of the venues of Sounds of Summer to listen to live music while enjoying your beverages. After the tour, stop for a bite to eat at one of our delicious restaurants offering everything from a classic steak dinner to southern comfort food – you’re sure to find the perfect place dad will enjoy. After dinner, kick back and relax at one of our Bed and Breakfasts, boutique hotels or unique vacation rental homes. Visit saugatuck.com/stay/ for a full list of lodging accommodations.

4. Attend an event

Is dad an art lover? The Friday Night Open Studios at Ox-bow School of the Arts is the perfect event for dad. Expect a casual evening with art demonstrations, a live auction and art exhibitions. Or perhaps dad would be more interested in a Brewery Tour at Saugatuck Brewing Company on Saturday – registration takes place at 11:30 a.m. Keep the fun going with the Father’s Day weekend cookout at Virtue Cider in Fennville. Enjoy cider, a barbershop pop-up, a market and more. After a day of fun, perhaps you head back to your Bed and Breakfast, hotel or vacation rental for a nightcap before bed, but for dad’s with little ones, the Dive-In Movie night might be the perfect way to relax and enjoy time with the kiddos, watching a family-friendly movie from the pool at Starlite Resort.

5. Shop

If dad is a shopper or if you can’t spend time with dad this weekend but want to find him the perfect gift, spend your weekend wandering through the shops, galleries and boutiques in downtown Saugatuck and Douglas, or get him tickets to the Laughshore Comedy Festival, taking place next Saturday, June 22. There’s no better gift for dad than laughter here on the lakeshore.

Whether your itinerary begins with a fishing excursion, or hitting the links at Ravines or Clearbrook golf course, spending your afternoon grabbing a brew at one of our many breweries, exploring the State Park or wandering in and out of our many artist galleries and studios, there’s no wrong way to celebrate dad in Saugatuck/Douglas. Whatever itinerary you choose, there’s plenty waiting for dad (and for you) in the Art Coast of Michigan. Plan your trip today at Saugatuck.com/stay/.

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