Saugatuck & Douglas: The Other 9 Months of the Year

Sure, we’re known as beach towns, but Saugatuck and Douglas are worth savoring all year round. Whether you’re looking for some outdoor adventure, a wine or craft brew tasting tour, antiquing, or a romantic weekend by the fire, a little off-season getaway will let you experience the area in a whole new way.

Here’s a sample itinerary to inspire your next visit during winter, spring, or fall.

9 AM — When you’re not competing with the summer crowd, you have your pick of the best rooms in town. Take advantage of it by lazing away the morning under down quilts and lingering over a delectable breakfast at your B&B or cooking up a smorgasbord with all the fixings in the comfort of your vacation rental.

11 AM — Once you’re dressed and ready to explore, it’s time to see the town. Browse for clothes and kitchen gadgets or look for a kite to fly on the beach.

12 PM —  Let your stomach be your guide, filling up on soup, sandwiches, or heartier fare. Look for different ingredients on the menu as chefs make the most of local produce from the current season.

1 PM — Pull on a parka and hike to the beach (which you may have all to yourself!). Crunch through the leaves, gaze at the unworldly moonscape of sand and ice formations on the lake, or look for spring flowers in the woods. Adventurous types can rent snowshoes or cross-country skis to explore farther into the dunes. If that’s not your style, pop into a gallery or antique shop and treat yourself to the first thing that catches your eye.

4 PM  — Thaw out with a craft brew or hard cider, ordering a flight to sample the menu. Or, sit down for a late afternoon coffee with your traveling partner so the two of you can stay up late.

6 PM — Return to your room to tidy up for dinner. Feel free to come as you are or put on the glam. Either way, you’ll be in good company.

7 PM — Plan a romantic night at your favorite restaurant. (There’s no wait for a table now!)  Linger. Tell your funniest stories or just gaze into each other’s eyes.

Nightcap — Head out to watch the sunset or look at the stars, which can be sparkling bright in the winter. Then head back to your room to call it a day and wrap up an unforgettable evening.