Top Things to Do in Saugatuck, Michigan | Midwest Living

Top Things to Do in Saugatuck, Michigan

Oval Beach, Mount Baldhead, Saugatuck Dune Rides and Saugatuck Dunes State Park draw visitors to this town on the Lake Michigan shore.

What to do

Art galleries Two dozen galleries reflect Saugatuck’s artsy spirit. Favorites include the co-op Discovery, Marcia Perry’s Sculpture Studio, Good Goods, and James Brandess’ Studio and Gallery for oil paintings. (269) 857-1701;; Discovery; Marcia Perry Sculpture StudioJames Brandess Studio & Gallery

Fenn Valley Vineyards Nine miles southeast of Saugatuck, sip premium wines and take in-depth tours that include the vineyards.

Mount Baldhead Climb 282 stairs up the dune for a great overlook of Oval Beach and the surrounding area.

Oval Beach This popular beach is known for its sweeping shoreline around Lake Michigan and the backdrop of dunes.

Oval Beach, Michigan.

Oval Beach.

Saugatuck Chain Ferry Step aboard the hand-crank ferry for a 5-minute float across the Kalamazoo River to near the base of Mount Baldhead.

Saugatuck Dune Rides Take an exciting and entertaining 40-minute ride among the dunes.

Saugatuck Dune Rides

Saugatuck Dune Rides

Saugatuck Dunes State Park A 2.5-mile sandy beach and dunes more than 200 feet tall draw nature enthusiasts, bird-watchers and hikers. Trails lead over steep slopes to secluded beaches. (269) 637-2788;

Where to eat

Bowdie’s Chophouse The dining room seats just 25, ensuring an intimate experience at the steakhouse in Saugatuck. (269) 455-5481;

Marro's Dine on Italian classics such as shrimp scampi, lasagna and ravioli. The Piano Lounge provides live music Thursdays through Sundays. (269) 857-4248;

Where to stay

Bella Vita Spa and Suites In Saugatuck, six modern suites overlook downtown and have flat-screen TVs. (269) 857-8482;

The Belvedere Inn and Restaurant On 6 acres just northeast of town, the 1913 Prairie-style mansion has fireplaces in each of its 10 guest rooms and elegant furnishings. (877) 858-5777;

The Pines Motorlodge Travelers find a cluster of retro-chic 1950-era motor inns near Saugatuck’s beaches, restaurants and shops. Sleep in Amish-crafted beds with pillow-top mattresses. (269) 857-5211;

The Pines Motorlodge. St. Joseph, Michigan.

The Pines Motorlodge

Wickwood Inn Owned by chef-author Julee Rosso, this romantic B&B offers way more than just breakfast. Guests are also treated to afternoon sweets and evening "sips and small plates."

For more information: Saugatuck/Douglas Convention and Visitors Bureau (269) 857-1701;


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