8 Ways to Experience a Tour of Saugatuck/Douglas
Guided tours are a great way to experience the Saugatuck/Douglas community, as many of them are tailored toward specific interests like food, beverage, art or activities like running or biking. Below are nine ways that you can tour the Saugatuck/Douglas area this fall:
Coastal Tours offers a way to “experience the shore like never before,” with their on-demand wine and brewery tours. Saugatuck, Douglas and Fennville are home to a diverse variety of wineries, breweries, distilleries and cideries, and with Coastal Tours you can choose one of those options, or a combination of all four depending on your taste and group preferences. Because they’ve worked with local establishments in the past, Coastal Tours also offers discounts at partnering businesses as well! For more information, visit https://www.coastaltours.org/
If you’re a foodie, Hungry Village Tours is the tour for you. Created by David Geen, founder of Villas and Vines (France, Spain and Ireland), Hungry Village Tours shows off Michigan’s bounty as the second most diverse agricultural state in the country, and Allegan County, which ranks #1 in Michigan for its diversity and quantities of farms. To “explore the lakeshore’s plate,” with Hungry Village, you can choose between taking a walking taste tour or a delicious drive tour to get a behind the scenes look and taste of local food and culture. For more information, visit https://www.hungryvillagetours.com/
Fall Vineyard Tours at Fenn Valley
For vino lovers, what better way to experience the local scene than by touring Fenn Valley Vineyards in Fennville. Fenn Valley offers fall vineyard tours on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from August 24 through October 14. The tours typically last about an hour and 45 minutes, and involve wine tasting, touring the vineyard and an explanation of how the grapes are grown and what is involved in the wine-making process. For more information or to book a tour, visit https://www.fennvalley.com/tours/
Vine Wine’d Trail Run at Fenn Valley
If you love wine but you also love to run, Fenn Valley also hosts a fall 5K, 10K and 1-mile race tour of the vineyards! This sixth annual race takes place on October 6, at 10 a.m. Not only will runners get a behind the scenes look at the vineyard, but they’ll also be able to see the changing fall colors as well! If you’re a spectator or just want to come enjoy the fun, this event also includes a grape stomp contest, live music, wine, hard cider or sparkling grape juice and a cookout! For more information, visit https://www.fennvalley.com/vine-wined/
Brewery Tour at Saugatuck Brewing Co.
If you aren’t into wine but beer is more your style, Saugatuck Brewing Company might be the place for you. Every Saturday at 2 p.m., Saugatuck Brewing Company hosts a brewery tour of their facilities. For just $7.50, the tour includes beer samples, a pint glass with the Saugatuck Brewing Company logo on it, and a full tour of the brewing facility. For more information, visit https://saugatuckbrewing.com/events/sbc-brewery-tour/
For those who love to bike, this fall bicycle tour runs along a rolling, picturesque route near the coast of lake Michigan and has prime views of the colors. With four different routes, there is an option for all skill levels. This year’s 7th annual event will be held on Saturday, September 15. Unlike other bike tours, this one allows riders to stop at shops, art galleries and cider mills and wineries. For route information and registration, visit https://www.lhride.com/
If art is more your thing, The Blue Coast Artists Fall Tour might be the type of tour you’d like! On October 6 and 7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., this west Michigan event will include a tour of eight studios between South Haven, Saugatuck, and Fennville, featuring original artwork, refreshments and demonstrations. For more information, visit http://www.bluecoastartists.net/fall-tour.html
On October 6, join art lovers from across the state in the Saugatuck/Douglas Annual Gallery Stroll from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. This free event is available for any art lover who wants a walking tour of the charming towns of Saugatuck and Douglas. Come see all the art coast of Michigan has to offer at this community event. For more information, visit here.