FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. What are the hours of the shops & galleries in Saugatuck & Douglas?
A. In the Spring & Fall, most shops and art galleries are open 7 days a week, 10am - 5pm. During the summer season, many shops & galleries have extended hours into the evening. During the winter, although some stores may close, a select number remain open year round, though their hours may be limited.
Q. Directions to Saugatuck & Douglas?
A. Click here for directions
Q. Can you have a wedding/commitment ceremony on Oval beach or in the gazebo downtown?
A. Unfortunately weddings/committment ceremonies are not permitted at Oval Beach as they negatively impact beach operations. There are, however, multiple wedding and event venues in the Saugatuck/Douglas area. Click here for a list of event space options or call us at 269-857-1701 for other options related to your ceremony . An application for the City of Saugatuck's Gazebo/Pavilion Use Permit Application & Policy can be found here. However, you must first contact the City of Saugatuck at (269) 857-2603 or saugatuckcity.com
Q. Where can you go Camping in area?
A. There are family campgrounds in Holland Michigan, 20 minutes north of Saugatuck; South Haven, 20 minutes south of Saugatuck; and Allegan County has campgrounds 20 minutes east of Saugatuck.
Q. Directions to Oval Beach?
A. Take Blue Star Highway (A2) to the only traffic light in Douglas located at Center Street. Go west on Center Street, then right on Ferry Street to Oval Beach Road. Left on Oval Beach Road to Lake Michigan.
Q. Admission & Hours at Oval Beach
A. There is a fee of $8 per vehicle during the peak season or you can purchase a season pass for $50. Charging hours are 8:00am-9:00pm. The beach is open from 8:00am-10:00pm. Credit cards are accepted to pay for vehicle entrance and season pass fees. You can contact Sagatuck City Hall at (269) 857-2603 or visit saugatuckcity.com.
Q. Which lodging establishments will accept a one night stay on summer weekends?
A. It is not uncommon for our lodging establishments to have a 2 to 3 night weekend minimum stay requrement, particularly during the peak summer season. Most establishments have no minimum stay requirements during the week.
Q. Are dogs allowed on Oval Beach?
A. NO, but there is a dog-friendly park in Saugatuck Township named Tails 'N' Trails which is off 134th Avenue on the east side of I-196. Take 63rd St. south from Blue Star Hwy (off exit 41) and turn right on 134th Ave. For more information visit saugatucktownship.org
Q. Are Saugatuck and Douglas gay friendly?
A. Absolutely! We are a highly diverse community and everyone is welcome here.
Q. Chain Ferry Hours of Operation & Cost?
A. Memorial Day Week-end, 9am - 9pm.
First week in June: Week-ends only, 9am - 9pm
Then 7 days a week through Labor Day weekend 9am - 9pm. Conditions Permitting.
Admission: $1.00 Adults
.50 Children (under 12)
Q. Things for kids to do?
A. Go for a dune ride, take a cruise on a sternwheel paddle boat, ride on an amphibious boat that travels both by land and water, rent a kayak or canoe, charter a sailboat, receive a sailing lesson, go on a sports fishing excursion. And, make sure to visit the Kids Zone: the CVB's website developed for kids by kids.
Q. Where can one go in Saugatuck & Douglas for Internet access?
A. The Saugatuck-Douglas District Library, Uncommon Coffee Roasters, Repite Cappuccino Court, Saugatuck Tea Cafe, Spectators Sports Bar & Grill, Christos, Epic Wieners & Waypoint
Q. Where can you send and/or receive a fax?
A. Saugatuck Drug Store
Q. Places to have picnics in Saugatuck & Douglas?
A. Oval Beach, Mt. Baldhead Park, Saugatuck Dunes State Park & Schultz Park have picnic areas with grills. All city parks have picnic tables available.
Q. How to rent picnic shelters?
A. There is a covered picnic shelter located at Schultz Park in Douglas that is free to the public as well as one at the foot of Mt. Baldhead in Saugatuck. Picnic area for rent at Laketown Golf & Conference Center. Other shelters for rent in Allegan County can be found at www.allegancounty.org/parks including rental information.
Q. Things to do on a rainy day?
A. Visit the Saugatuck/Douglas Library, tour the Saugatuck/Douglas Historical Museum, go bowling at Lakeview Lanes, work on an art project at Express Yourself Art Barn.
Q. Are there any movie theatres in Saugatuck or Douglas?
A. No, the closest movie theatres are located in Holland, Michigan to the north and South Haven, Michigan to the south; a 15-20 minute drive to either community.