Saugatuck Named One of America’s Best Lake Towns

Saugatuck/Douglas was recently named by Thrillist and USA Today as one of the top lake towns in the United States!!

Thrillist named us to their “America’s 20 Best Summertime Lake Towns” thanks to the amazing world-wide reputation for Oval Beach, our famed Mount Baldhead Park and our fantastic charter fishing on Lake Michigan. And USA Today says we are one of the “Top 10 Best Lake Towns in North America”.

Here’s what writer Matt Meltzer of Thrillist had to say: “The “twin towns” of Saugatuck and Douglas sit three hours west of Detroit and just 45 minutes from Grand Rapids, making them a perfect road trip destination for city dwellers in search of a lakeside refuge. After you hit the shore and soak up some sun on the renowned Oval Beach, hike through Mount Baldhead Park or maybe do a little charter fishing on Lake Michigan. Once you’re ready to sit back and relax after a day of, y’know, relaxing, stop in for a beer at Sand Bar, or some choice eats at Bowdies Chop House. Technically Saugatuck and Douglas are two separate cities, but they’re essentially two sides of the same coin. They’re also an especially gay-friendly destination; dubbed the Fire Island of the Midwest, the towns boast a whopping 140 businesses that are LGBTQ-owned or support and welcome that community; and one of the country’s top LGBTQ resorts at The Dunes Resort.”

And USA Today writer Jaime Moore had this to say: “In this scenic lake town, soft sand piles up in heaps along the shoreline of the vast Lake Michigan. Sitting atop Saugatuck’s dunes and watching the sunset on the lake, you can easily imagine you’re overlooking the ocean.Oval Beach is consistently ranked among the Midwest’s top beaches, and Saugatuck Dunes State Park draws numerous thrill seekers who zip around on dune buggies or cross-country ski on the 200-foot mounds. Little resorts and B&Bs provide bicycles for guests to pedal around this artsy town with plenty of galleries, ice cream shops and craft breweries … Check out a performance or exhibit at the new Saugatuck Center for the Arts. At the Express Yourself Art Barn you can paint or fuse glass in a 19th-century barn. Pick cherries or peaches in summer at a nearby orchard and cider mill in Fennville.”

We, of course, can’t help but to agree with Thrillist and USA Today and we can’t forget all the other amazing things to see and do in our region including the family favorite Saugatuck Dune Rides, the Star of Saugatuck II paddle boat tours, hiking in Saugatuck Dunes State Park or simply shopping the quaint and cute downtown boutiques and art galleries in our historic districts. Add in the world-class dining options, vineyards, orchards, blueberry patches and more and you will see that the opportunities for the perfect vacation or weekend getaway are all here in Saugatuck/Douglas.

Find your perfect place to stay, USA Today recommends The Belvedere Inn, or try one of our other famous Saugatuck Bed & Breakfast options or perhaps a vacation rental home or luxury resort or hotel. We have it all in Saugatuck. See lodging specials here.


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