At the risk of sounding like the Pure Michigan tourism commercial, I’ll just let the facts speak for themselves with my top ten photos of our week in Saugatuck, Michigan in early August.
at Saugatuck's mile-long Oval Beach, except maybe a beautiful sunny day that stretches to
Saugatuck II steam paddleboat along Lake Michigan and the Kalamazoo River.
have been known to call the area "The Cape Cod of the Midwest" based on some of the
best sport fishing along Lake Michigan.
of Douglas and Saugatuck on opposite banks of the harbor they share. It is the oldest and
last remaining hand-cranked ferry of its kind in the world.
Art 'Round Town exhibit. The village, known for it's love of the arts, is often referred to as
"The Art Coast of Michigan" for its emphasis on the creative. More than 30 galleries feature
everything from clothing to jewelry, paintings, pottery and sculpture. Undoubtedly much of
the credit goes to the founding of the Ox-Bow in 1910, a summer art colony now affiliated
with the Art Institute of Chicago.
stroll, shopping spree or meal a part of the appeal and charm of this small town.
another seep deep into the evening hours allowing daylight and delight to linger far beyond
constellation of 115 historic lighthouses. This one actually marks the entrance to South
Haven's harbor, a testament to Michigan's maritime history. The shifting sands at the
mouth of the Kalamazoo River along with a tornado in 1956 contributed to the
destruction of Saugatuck's historic lighthouse dating back to the mid-1800's.
Bottom line on Saugatuck, Michigan.
- Verdict: The peaceful, family friendly feeling of this small town and the close proximity to
the Chicago area makes a weekend getaway easy; a full week is heaven. This is year
two of a new family tradition my daughter and husband are cultivating for their children.
Count me in!
- How to Get There: From the Chicago area take Interstate 94 around the lake to I-196
(Old U.S. Highway 31) near Benton Harbor, then north to the Blue Star Highway at either
Exit 34 or 41; watch for signs. Average commute over the 140 miles is 2 1/2 hours barring
construction or heavy traffice.
- Insider Information: We rented a house within walking distance of the downtown area
and loved the proximity to the 8-square-blocks of shops, attractions and dining in the
downtown area as well as the harbor. Download Saugatuck's I-Phone/Android app on the
official city website to have instant access to dining, attractions, events and news for
the Saugatuck/Douglas area. There is one grocery store in the area with limited selections
and the usual high prices for a tourist town. We stocked up on groceries at Meiger in
- Nearby Food: Many of the local dining options are kid friendly; fast food is not available
anywhere is Saugatuck. One of our best dining experiences was at Phi's Bar and Grill on
Butler Steet in the downtown area. The menu and service were great, the food
excellent. Unless you plan to arrive fairly early for dinner, expect a wait; the dining room is