Walking in a Winter Wonderland – The 5 Best Winter Strolls in Saugatuck/Douglas

The weather outside is frightful, unless you brought your snow boots, gloves, a hat and coat, then it’s just magical. This season, grab a coffee and a loved one and embrace the beauty of the snow-dusted landscape in Saugatuck/Douglas with one of our favorite winter strolls.

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Center Street Stroll

Looking for art galleries, shopping and snacks? The Center Street Stroll in downtown Douglas is the one for you. Start on the east end of downtown Douglas at Wades Bayou and head west. Walk from shop to shop and gallery to gallery, warming up along the way with drinks and snacks in local restaurants like Every Day People Café and Borrowed Time. Check out local artwork at places like Water Street Gallery or Button Gallery, or purchase a unique gift from unique shops like Endora Bohemian or Kim Neuens Design & Interiors.

Butler Street Stroll

Taste and shop your way down Butler Street in downtown Saugatuck on this route! Start on the north end of the street near the Saugatuck Post Office and walk south. Pop into shops like Gina’s Boutique, Glik’s, American Spoon or Santa Fe Trading Company for a unique gift. Feast your eyes on local artwork from artists like Jeff Blandford or James Brandess in artist studios and galleries or taste your way down the street at various bars, tasting rooms and restaurants.

 

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Tallmadge Woods Loop

The Tallmadge Woods Loop is a 1.6-mile loop starting and ending at the mouth of Ox-Bow School of Art, great for nature lovers and people looking for a shorter outdoor experience. Park your car or get dropped off by the Interurban at the Mt. Baldhead parking lot on Park Street and walk north to the start of the trail. This quiet hike provides views of the Kalamazoo River and will take you along dune ridges, eventually leading to an overlook with views of Lake Michigan and Ox-Bow Lagoon. Good for people of all skill levels, only gaining 219 feet of elevation, this trail is an excellent location for bird watching and wildlife. Click here to download a map of the trail.

Wick’s Park Waterfront Stroll

Looking to enjoy the Kalamazoo River from a new perspective? Start at Wicks Park on Water Street in Downtown Saugatuck and walk South along the water for a winter view of the Kalamazoo River and Saugatuck Harbor.

Beach Trail Stroll

The most well-known outdoor area to hike, walk dogs (on-leash) or play a round of frisbee golf in our region is at Saugatuck Dunes State Park. Equipped with 13 miles of trails, the State Park is a must for outdoor visitors. For those looking for a leisurely winter stroll, the Beach trail is the one for you. This 2.5-mile long trail is low in elevation and has a look-out point where you can view the frozen waves of Lake Michigan – for your own safety, enjoy the views and icebergs from afar. Click here to download a map of Saugatuck Dunes State Park.

Whichever brisk walk you choose, warm up with a hearty meal at one of our area restaurants, or retreat back to your cozy lodging establishment for a glass of wine by a fireplace.

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