Discover for yourself why Saugatuck is one of the Gold Coast's most popular resort areas. The area is known for its strong arts community, gay-friendly vibe and beautiful nature. Whether you're looking for an outdoor adventure, cozy indoor activities or delicious dining options, Saugatuck charms and beguiles visitors from all walks of life, all year round.
The great outdoors
Known as the "Cape Cod of the Midwest," Saugatuck is surrounded by the waters of Lake Michigan and sand dunes. With six beaches to choose from, enjoy the sandy shore and fun swimming in salt-free water. Enjoy extreme dune buggy fun on the sands, or rent a boat to take you through the miles of waterways along natural wetlands, an inland harbor and Lake Michigan. If fishing is your thing, then this area of natural beauty is stuffed with angling opportunities. Healthy populations of trout, walleye, salmon, and steelhead make their home here and you can fish from shore at Willow Park, the Kalamazoo River, or Lake Michigan.
Explore miles of trails on foot, bike or by horseback, with the gently rolling dunes in the harbor, the sandy forest paths of Saugatuck State Park or the steep climbs of Mt. Baldhead providing a rich variety of challenges and sights. During winter, enjoy amazing skiing, sledding or snowshoeing activities, for adults and children alike in this natural wonderland.
Art and culture
Stroll through quaint downtown Saugatuck and explore countless shops and galleries that will impress and tempt you. Find a unique gift or souvenir from one of the many independent shops, many owned or staffed by members of the LGBTQ community. You'll find clothing, locally-made food, home décor, and other treasures. The area is a well-known artistic center and many successful artists call it their home. Their work is displayed in various galleries across the town, including the Saugatuck Center for the Arts. Other indoor activities in the area include a relaxing spa, or the chance to explore the history of the region at the Saugatuck-Douglas History Museum.
Food, drink and nightlife
Enjoy food close to the source at the many restaurants and cafes in Saugatuck. Within a 10-mile radius, dining outlets can source fresh and in-season fruit, vegetables, herbs and honey. Soak up the summer atmosphere from their outdoor patios or cozy interiors during the winter months. The area is home to a community of brewers, cider makers, and wineries, meaning there's always a tasty tipple to accompany your food.
Naturally there's a fantastic array of nightlife on offer, particularly aimed at the LGBTQ community. The Blue Star Highway is the focal point for such offerings, with numerous bars and clubs that offer beachside cocktails and top-class DJ sets.