Saugatuck draws visitors with an exceptional beach, dune rides, and plenty of shopping and restaurant options.

March 20, 2015
Oval Beach, Michigan.
Oval Beach.

1 Oval Beach Voted one of the world's best, this fine-sand playground has a wide, deep beach; views of Saugatuck's original lighthouse; and 302 steps to the top of Mount Baldhead. (269) 857-1701;

Oval Beach, Michigan.
Oval Beach.

2 Saugatuck Dune Rides Stomachs jump and arms fling into the air as trucks dive down the faces of dunes and fishtail through tight curves during the 35-minute ride. (269) 857-2253;

Saugatuck Dune Rides. Saugatuck, Michigan.
Saugatuck Dune Rides.

3 A Culinary Walk Three-hour tours don't cover more than a half-mile, but in that distance you'll taste many regional favorites, including Michigan jams and jellies plus Michigan wines. (269) 857-1700;

4 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;

5 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;

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