A travel guide on what to see, do and eat in Saugatuck, Michigan.
Saugatuck, Michigan is located along the shores of Lake Michigan. Saugatuck is a well known artsy beach town that has something for everyone. Whether you like shopping, admiring a vibrant art scene or spending the day at the beach, you’ll love the charming quaintness of this West Michigan beach town.
Saugatuck is a charming place for a summer weekend getaway. It is conveniently located just over 2 hours from Chicago and about 3 hours from Detroit. Grand Rapids, where I live, is just 40 miles from Saugatuck, making it the perfect day trip destination. I have done a few day trips to Saugtuck and thought that I’d share some of my favorite things to see, do and eat.
Grab a cup of coffee at Uncommon Coffee Roasters
I like to start my trip to Saugatuck with a stop at Uncommon Coffee Roasters located in downtown Saugatuck. Whenever I travel, I love finding unique local coffee shops that offer quality coffee. The coffee at Uncommon Coffee Roasters is the perfect morning pick-me-up.
Explore the Shopping District
The streets of downtown Saugatuck are filled with art galleries and boutique shops. There is a little something for everyone, no matter their taste. As you stroll through downtown, visit the unique boutiques and galleries that you won’t find anywhere else. Wander along the docks of the Kalamazoo River and watch the boats go by. If you love a good glass of wine, be sure to stop by one of the tasting rooms for a wine tasting.
Hike to Lake Michigan at Saugatuck Dunes State Park
Oval Beach is one of my favorite beaches in West Michigan. In order to get to the beach at Saugatuck Dunes State Park, you have to hike about .6 miles from the parking lot, which isn’t a strenuous trail. It is worth the short hike once you get to the beach. If you are an avid hiker, I recommend hiking the South Trail. This hike is one of my favorites in West Michigan. The trail starts off hiking through a wooded area which will lead you open grassland and then to Lake Michigan. If you continue the loop back, you’ll hike in the sand dune portion.
Michigan requires the Recreation State Passport to visit any of the state parks in the state. If you are a Michigan resident you can add the passport to your license plate for $11. If you don’t have one when you arrive to a state park, you can purchase a sticker.
Lunch at The Farmhouse Deli & Pantry
Every time I visit Saugatuck, I have to stop at The Farmhouse Deli & Pantry for lunch in Douglas. The restaurant is located just a couple minutes from downtown Saugatuck. There are a few vegan options available including a delicious Vegan Bahn Mi Sandwich. They usually always have a vegan and gluten-free soup option too. The food is always amazing and great service and atmosphere.
Drink Craft Beer at Saugatuck Brewing Company
Saugatuck Brewing Co. is conveniently located right off Blue Star Highway in Douglas. It is located right next to Saugatuck Antique Pavillion. If you like antique shopping, be sure to check out the store. Saugatuck Brewing is home to some delicious craft beers. During the warmer months, enjoy a refreshing craft beer on the outdoor patio.
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