Saugatuck Named One of the 10 Hottest Gay Destinations for 2019

Discover the open-minded charm that’s made the Saugatuck/Douglas area a favorite destination for many in the LGBT community. Our deep roots in the creative arts have grown into an accepting culture where you’ll find people from all walks of life mingling comfortably on the beach or out on the town.

This was highlighted in’s recent article, including Saugatuck/Douglas as one of the top 10 hottest gay destinations to travel to in 2019.

In the article, Orbitz talks about Saugatuck/Douglas’ arts scene, our outdoor amenities such as Oval beach and the dunes, and our wide range of LGBT-friendly businesses.

Here’s what Orbitz had to say about Saugatuck: “A heavenly slice of Midwest idyll, the arts-focused towns of Saugatuck and nearby Douglas are nestled on Michigan’s stunning west coast (think swooping sand dunes and pretty harbors). Collectively these small-town charmers boast more than 140 LGBT-friendly businesses, including the Dunes Resort, the epicenter of queer life and host to the women-oriented weekend Go Girl. Summer is high season (Oval Beach is oft fawned over as one of the best in America), but don’t overlook autumn when the leaves are crisp and the apple orchards and wineries are in full swing. Best of all, Saugatuck is just a three-hour drive from Chicago and Detroit.”

For us here in Saugatuck/Douglas, embracing everyone, including our LGBT community, is a way of life, and we are thrilled that Orbitz chose to highlight us as one of the top gay destinations for this year. With all of the great options this article showcases, we can’t forget all the other amazing things that make our community so great, such as hiking in the state park, taking a fall color tour during autumn on the Star of Saugatuck, eating at one of our acclaimed dining options or simply shopping the quaint downtown boutiques and art galleries.

The Dunes Resort, as Orbitz suggested, is a hub for LGBT entertainment, with their disco/bar complex with a high-energy dance floor, cabaret, game room and outdoor patio bar with a second dance floor. But, all of our luxury bed & breakfasts, hotels, motels and vacation rentals are LGBT-friendly, as well. We have it all here in Saugatuck/Douglas – come see for yourself!

For more information on Saugatuck/Douglas’ LGBT community, visit here.

Click here to view Orbitz full story.

For more information call the SDACVB Welcome Center at 269-857-1701.

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