Experience the Allure of the
Art Coast of Michigan
For over a century, the Saugatuck/Douglas area has been a special place with the power to soothe and inspire visitors from near and far. Rich in character and culture, this area is awash with stunning natural beauty and never-ending fun that’s sure to steal your heart. Delight in long summer days on the beach and outdoor adventures on the water. Wander through colorful galleries and shops and sample our local harvest. There’s always something new to discover in every season.
Condé Nast Traveler - 20 Best Places to Go in 2020
Condé Nast Traveler - Top 25 Beaches in the World
National Geographic Traveler - Top Freshwater Beaches in the USA
MTV - Top 5 Beaches in the USA
Being Different is
Part of Our DNA
Saugatuck/Douglas has a long-standing history of opening our arms to people and ideas considered different from the mainstream. It’s what has shaped the character of our towns—making this a place where everyone is welcome, and anything can happen.
From nonconforming art students in 1905 longing for a different perspective to pioneering women in the 20s who blazed the trail for women doing “men’s work to same-sex couples who found this area to be a welcoming haven during the 1950s, Saugatuck/Douglas has a knack for putting people from all walks of life at ease.
For decades, wave after wave of untraditional people, including hippies and motorcycle gangs, have washed into town, bringing their energy, creativity, and unconventional thinking. After years of learning to embrace people who were thought to be outside the norm, it’s no wonder that Saugatuck/Douglas has become the kind of place where everyone belongs.
The Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR) in Grand Rapids features 6 airlines and offers more than 140 nonstop flights a day to 34 popular destinations. Via M-6 W and I-196-W, it is a 49-minute drive from the Airport to the Saugatuck/Douglas area.
Once here, we’ve got lots of ways to get around. Rent bikes or explore our towns on foot. While there’s always Uber and Lyft, there’s nothing as fast and convenient as our local public transportation system, the Interurban.
A demand-response bus system, the Interurban is handicap accessible and provides transportation for Saugatuck, Douglas, and Saugatuck Township.
The Saugatuck Douglas Region will be recognized throughout the Midwest as an authentic, charming and relaxing leisure waterfront destination celebrating the Arts and the Outdoors where visitors are welcome to be who they are.
To promote the region as a premier destination and advocate for sensible, sustainable development to enhance the community’s Quality of Life and Sense of Place.
We enhance the Quality of Life and Sense of Place for our residents by attracting visitors to share in our exceptional lifestyle and experiences.