Saugatuck Douglas Michigan

The River Suites

Sometimes vacations yield surprises and River Suites is one of them. This waterfront establishment in downtown Saugatuck is an interesting study in contrasts. The exterior of this two story barn-red wooden structure looks like a picturesque New England fishing shanty. The pleasure craft and charter boats docked in front rock gently while charter captains scurry amid ropes, lines and pulleys to clean the morning catch. Small hand carved wooden signs tacked midway up the building read “Deli-Groceries-Beer-Wine”.

The outside wooden staircase leading up to two rental suites reveals no clue what lies behind the two discreet entry doors situated next to each other at the top of the landing.

Upon entering, one is struck by the vivid contrast between the interior and exterior of the building. The cathedral ceilings, supported by full length glass windows that have replaced the second story walls, are breathtaking. Both suites are flooded with sunlight and vistas of blue skies, fleecy white clouds, the bustling harbor and winding river as far as the eye can see. The rooms are chic, stylish and crisply decorated in light colors – white, off whites and tans. The thought runs through ones mind, “This is complete modern comfort”

The living rooms in both suites take full advantage of the spectacular views – both have waterfront balconies, fireplaces and fully stocked kitchens. One can just imagine martinis and animated guests! The bedrooms have king-size beds, private baths and Jacuzzi tubs. The standard amenities include air conditioning, cable TV, DVD’s and WIFI.

The most interesting amenity of all is “Room Service”.  The innkeepers, Menno & Jane Fairbanks, also own the vintage convenience store and deli located on the first floor. Jane is an excellent cook who whips up all sorts of baked goods and deli favorites. They do a brisk business selling everything from aspirin and newspapers to dinner specials, wine and beer.  Yep – you guessed it – they deliver!

River Suites is so strategically located, that within 100 feet one can rent a charter fishing boat, canoe, kayak, pontoon or two-person run-about. Take a ride on the Star of Saugatuck, hop aboard the Saugatuck Chain Ferry or just walk two blocks to all area restaurants, shops and art galleries.

This is a special hide-away – tucked away in downtown Saugatuck.

650 Water Street Saugatuck, Mi. 49453
Reservations 269-857-8899

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South Deck    North Living Room

South Deck    North Living Room and Kitchen

South Living Room    North Bedroom

South Living Room West Windows    North Living Room and Window

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