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Every Dog Has Its Day



There’s no need to board your furry family members while you vacation with us—Saugatuck/Douglas is an extremely pet-friendly town. 

We have a number of lodging establishments that will welcome your canine companions, including the Starlite ResortBlue Star Motel, and The Dunes Resort, as well as vacation rentals from Mill Pond Realty Vacation RentalsBella Vita Vacation Rentals, and Vacasa Vacation Rentals. And once you’re here, here are some places you can go and things you can do with your pup:

Explore the Water

Rent a Donut Boat from Retro Boat Rentals. Donut Boats are electric and easy to drive. They are perfect for a day of swimming at the cove and, best of all, they’re pet friendly. Grab some food and beverages from The Old Boat House to bring on board, and then treat Fido to a fun, water-filled experience. Or, if you’re part of a large group, private charters on The Flying Dutchman, a 25-passenger catamaran pontoon, allows furry friends to join.


Hit the Trails

Stretch those paws and treat your pooch to some spectacular outdoor scenery at Saugatuck Dunes State Park. The park encompasses 2.5 miles of secluded Lake Michigan shoreline and 1,000 acres of steep slopes, rolling hills, and freshwater coastal dunes that are more than 200 feet tall. Dogs on leash are allowed on the trails but not permitted on the beach.


Run Free

Your four-legged best friend will love frolicking through the fields off-leash at Tails N Trails Dog Park, a fully-fenced 5-acre park with grass, sand, and trees for shade. There is also a separate fenced-in area for small dogs. This dog park offers doggie waste bags, a water spigot, a picnic table, and a gazebo to relax in. 


Get A Souvenir

And when it’s time to head home, don’t forget to stop at Lakeshore Pet Boutique in Douglas to pick up a special chew toy or sweet treat and gourmet snack to commemorate your visit.


Should you need to occupy your dog for the day while you do some adventuring on your own, inquire in advance at Camp Saugapup or nearby Dogs Bay Country Club for doggie daycare availability.

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