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City & Culture


City & Culture

For over a century of visitors from near and far, that special place with the power to soothe, inspire, and speak to their hearts has been the Saugatuck/Douglas area. Nestled along the eastern shore of Lake Michigan in a backdrop of stunning natural beauty, it’s a place rich with character, culture, and creature comforts. Whether you’re looking for romance, adventure, or relaxation, you’re sure to find it here – along with that special magical quality that turns so many first-time visitors into regulars.

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Nature and Recreation

Sun. Sand. And water, as far as the eye can see. With 10 spectacular miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, one of Condé Nast Traveler’s “Top 25 Beaches in the World,” and inviting places to hike, boat, fish, and golf, you’ll find a natural playground that’s worth exploring 365 days a year. More...



Two distinct downtowns in Saugatuck and Douglas offer ample opportunities to window-shop, browse, and indulge. Treat yourself to a little retail therapy in our eclectic blend of upscale boutiques, outdoor gear, Michigan-made goodies, and other treasures. More...



No vacation spot is complete without a good meal and a comfortable place to settle down for the night, and Saugatuck and Douglas know how to foot the bill. You'll find award-winning chefs, locally brewed craft beer and cider on tap, and charming, friendly accommodations for a night, a weekend, or a season.

It's no wonder USA Today named the community the "Best Small Coastal Town." Come and discover the best of Michigan's west coast, and let the good times begin. More...



Arts & Culture

Long known as “the art coast of Michigan,” this community traces its creative roots back 100 years to the day when The Art Institute of Chicago established its Ox-Bow School here. Today, dozens of working painters, sculptors, ceramicists, and other artists call it home, enriching our community with an open-minded outlook and an appreciation of art that spills over into the galleries around town. We’re also home to the Saugatuck Center for the Arts, which hosts art exhibits, stage productions, films, lectures, and other cultural events around the year. More...