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Saugatuck and Douglas are small adjacent resort towns in West Michigan on the shores of Lake Michigan, and at the mouth of the Kalamazoo River. They are mostly a summer resort area popular with locals and Chicago residents, and have a lively arts scene and many out of the ordinary shops and restaurants. They offer a peculiar mixture of traditional small-town midwestern values and progressive alternative-lifestyle tolerance.


Saugatuck is known to be a popular destination among the midwest's LGBT community

Tourist Information[edit]

Get in[edit]

Saugatuck is off I-196, south of Holland.

Get around[edit]

Map of Saugatuck


  • Saugatuck Chain Ferry, 407-513 Park St. A rare still-operational chain ferry. Only open during the summer season, it's a neat way to get across the Kalamazoo River. Check the website for full details. $1.00.

In Douglas[edit]


Stroll the art galleries, visit the eclectic shops and restaurants and walk along the Lake Michigan beach to watch the sunsets. Oval Beach – technically in Saugatuck, but accessible by driving through Douglas – was once featured by MTV as one of the "top five" beaches in the country.

Every June since 1999, Saugatuck has hosted the Waterfront Film Festival, a showcase of independent filmmaking, featuring a selection of movies ranging from (relatively) big-budget productions with well-known star or two to obscure shoestring-budget shorts, including many regional and a few worldwide debuts. [1]

In Douglas[edit]



  • 6 The Mitten Brewing Company, 329 Water St, +1 269-455-5719. Pizza, sandwiches and more along with a selection of unique craft beers.
  • 7 The Southerner, 880 Holland St, +1-269-857-3555, e-mail: . A restaurant on the water serving fantastic Southern food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The chef is excellent, and the parking lot reflects that. Call ahead to check on the wait time.
  • 8 Ida Red's Cottage, 645 Water St, +1-269-455-9834. A great selection of options for breakfast or lunch in a charming setting. There's often a waiting list, and they're closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
  • 9 Wally's, 128 Hoffman St, +1-269-857-5641. 11:30AM-2:00AM. A pub serving typical American food with a lively atmosphere. It can get fairly loud, but the food and drinks are pretty cheap and good.

In Douglas[edit]

  • Blue Star Cafe & M&M's Ice Cream, 141 Blue Star Hwy, Douglas, +1 269-857-1030. Ma & Pa Greek meals-Veggies-Omelets-Burgers-Pitas-Ice Cream.
  • DeMond's Super Valu, 237 Center St, Douglas, +1 269-857-2443. Beer, wine, liquor, bakery, deli, fresh produce and tender steaks.
  • Everyday People Cafe, 11 Center St, Douglas, +1 269-857-4240. Casual, hip dining featuring eclectic American-Bistro fare.
  • Costa Azul (formerly Jo Jo's), 107 Blue Star Highway, Douglas, +1 269-857-1523, Authentic, family owned and operated Mexican.
  • 10 Saugatuck Brewing Company, 2948 Blue Star Hwy, Douglas, MI 49406, +1 269-857-7222. Open 3-6PM Daily. Later by chance. Next door to the Antique Pavilion, Douglas, Handcrafted beer and brew. On premise brewery.



In Douglas[edit]

Go next[edit]

The lakeshore city of Holland lies a short distance to the north.

Routes through Saugatuck
Grand Rapids/MuskegonHolland  N I-196.svgUS 31.svg S  South HavenSouth Bend

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