A Labor Day Weekend Must-Do List

September, sweet September. Labor Day Weekend is a glorious time in the Saugatuck area as there’s still the heat of summer, with a cool unassuming breeze as the sun goes down. Whether you hope to spend your last long weekend of the summer doing more adventurous activities or want to kick back and relax, you’ll find what you’re looking for this Labor Day weekend.



Seeing as Monday marks the unofficial start to fall, it is crucial to pack the most quintessential summer activities into one weekend; and starting your vacation off with a hike is never a bad idea. Visit the Saugatuck Dunes State Park for an unassumingly beautiful view of the shoreline and rolling dunes. The trails lead you straight to the beautiful Lake Michigan, so prepare for an amazing few hours.

Beach Day

Plan to spend a good portion of the day relaxing in the sand or taking a dip in the warm waters of Lake Michigan. If you haven’t checked out award-winning Oval Beach, this weekend is the time to do it. For a smaller or more secluded beach experience, click here for a full list of area beaches.


Travel down the Kalamazoo River in style. This is a fun activity that is sure to be the talk of your weekend. You will have the opportunity to effortlessly pedal down the river and view the scenic wildlife and vegetation that makes up the Allegan Forest. Whether you’re in a group or travelling solo, this is the perfect activity! All you need is yourself and your colorful hydrobike.

Get on the Water

Whether you’re cruising the Kalamazoo on the Star of Saugatuck, paddling in a Kayak or sailing the shores of Lake Michigan on Schooner Serenity, there are numerous unique ways to get- on the water without owning your own boat. If this is your last chance to get on the water before the summer ends, what are you waiting for – book your experience now!

Clearbrook Golf Course

Practice your swing and head to the course this weekend. Whether you’re interested in just getting some energy out at the range, or playing a full 32-holes, this is the course for you. Located just 5 minutes from downtown and a quick drive away, be sure to put this course on your list.


Kick Back and Relax

As you begin to think of your perfect Labor Day resting spot, everything from bed & breakfasts to hotels, motels and vacation rentals can be found in Saugatuck/Douglas. Whether you like to be right in the center of the action or nestled in a quiet beach-side community, there are countless options for you. Whatever you decide, don’t wait too soon, as properties sell out fast – check availability online call the Saugatuck/Douglas Welcome Center at 269-857-1701.


As you explore during your Labor Day weekend, discover both downtown Saugatuck and Douglas for their varied mix of Italian, American, and Mexican food options. Opt for Marro’s if you’re in the mood for a great Italian dish, or the Butler if you want to try Saugatuck’s notoriously famed “best burger in town.” Head to Douglas, the quieter of two towns, to enjoy an eclectic selection of restaurants. Or, make a trip to Fennville for farm-to-table restaurants and wineries that will elevate your vacation.

Wine/Cider Tasting

One of the top activities in the area includes visiting Fennville to sample some of our areas delicious wine, cider and beer. Whether you’re in the mood for Fenn Valley Vineyard’s ever popular Classic Port or Virtue Cider’s Michigan Honey cider, there are countless options for every preference.

Gallery Hopping

With over a dozen galleries within the Saugatuck/Douglas area, there will not be a shortage of art to look at during your Labor Day Weekend. Whether you’re looking for contemporary, traditional or sculptures, there is a particular gallery for you!

Express Yourself Art Barn

Visit the Fennville area if you’re in the mood to create. The beautiful barn-converted art studio will cover all the bases and allow those of all talents to explore and try something new. Spend an hour of bliss or an entire day painting, mosaicking or fusing glass and you will surely leave feeling inspired.

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder at Saugatuck Center for the Arts

Winner of the 2014 Tony for Best Musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is the hilarious story of Monty Navarro, an heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession by—you guessed it—eliminating the eight pesky relatives who stand in his way. See this musical live at Saugatuck Center for the Arts during Labor Day weekend!

Live Music Venues

If you’re interested in live music, you’re all set for the Labor Day Weekend. There are always performances taking place throughout the week at many of the local breweries, bars, wine bars, restaurants and parks. Whatever your music taste, we are sure you will find a venue and corresponding musical artist that suites you.


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