Saugatuck is a small city located in western Michigan, just steps from the shores of Lake Michigan. It has a lot of charm and a strong sense of community. Those who visit like to explore the town’s museum, admire the artwork displayed at the local art school or go wine tasting at a family-owned vineyard. In addition, the restaurants and cafes offer patrons al fresco dining, cider tastings, or a hot cup of tea at the town’s tea house. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Museum
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The Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Museum is a well-known museum in Michigan. Every year, thousands of visitors come to observe the exhibits, spend time in the outdoor garden, and take in the view from the harbor-front walkway. The museum has an eclectic range of permanent and temporary exhibitions featuring the history of dancers, artists, gangsters, shipwrecks, and more. A team of volunteer writers and designers help create the Saugatuck Museum’s unique style. The museum is run by local volunteers. There’s no admission or parking fee when visiting the museum, but donations are always welcome and appreciated.
735 Park Street, Saugatuck, MI 49453, Phone: 269-857-7900
2.Fenn Valley Vineyards and Wine Cellar
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Fenn Valley Vineyards and Wine Cellar was founded in 1973. The family who owns and operates the vineyards opened the business with one clear objective. Their goal was and still is to “produce world-class wines from grapes grown along the shore of Lake Michigan.” The Vineyards are located on a 240-acre estate just five miles from the lake. Throughout the year, locals and visitors can enjoy events like Vine Wine’d Trail Run, a Chili Cookoff, a Wine Festival, and Winemaker’s Dinners. On a more regular basis, the business hosts vineyard tours, private tasting events, and educational wine tasting tours.
6130 122nd Avenue, Fennville, MI 49408, Phone: 269-561-2396
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Ox-Bow is an art school that two Chicago artists, Frederick Fursman and Walter Marshall, opened in 1910. It’s situated on a 115- acre campus and provides year-round programs for professional artists, degree-seeking students and those who are new to art. The school offers course credit for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. These classes can fulfill degree requirements as well as off-campus study requirements. New and future students can apply for work scholarships or financial aid through Ox-Bow. After being in operation for over a century, Ox-Bow's mission still remains — to be a haven for artistic expression through instruction, example, and community.
3435 Rupprecht Way, Saugatuck, MI 49453, Phone: 269-857-5811
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4.Ridge Cider Co., Saugatuck, MI
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Matt Delong and Bruce Rasch started Ridge Cider Co. in 2014. Matt grew up loving all things apples and cider, and over his life, he developed a passion for fermenting apples into hard cider and wine. His business partner, Bruce is a 5th generation apple farmer who wanted to extend his knowledge of apple orchards and put Michigan on the map for its great tasting ciders. They opened up a tasting room in Saugatuck’s main drag and sell a variety of ciders on tap in a sit-down dining room setting. Some of their cider flavors include caramel apple, orange cranberry, and raspberry.
340 Water Street, Saugatuck, Michigan, Phone: 231-674-2040
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5.All Saints Episcopal Church, Saugatuck, MI
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All Saints Episcopal Church is a Christian Church where everyone is welcome to join in the services. Doors are open at all hours to reflect the Church’s inclusiveness. Visitors and long-term members are all treated with the same kindness and many attend the after-church coffee hour, and other parish events, to socialize and make new friends. The Church falls within the broad tradition of the Anglican Communion. This tradition is reflected in the liturgy of each worship service, in the contemporary music hymns, and in the awareness that people around the world face social and environmental challenges.
252 Grand Street Saugatuck, Michigan 49453, Phone: 269-857-5201
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6.Uncommon Coffee Roasters, Saugatuck, MI
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Uncommon Coffee Roasters, UCR for short, opened in 1994 under the name Uncommon Grounds. At that time, the cafe was sourcing its coffee from a local coffee roaster. This changed in 2000, when founders Guy Darienzo, and Stephen Keye started to roast their own coffee. A decade later, the popularity of their coffee grew so much that the owners opened up a wholesale business. UCR is a certified LGBT Enterprise that provides its products to over 200 businesses in the Midwest. This company is also conscious of its carbon footprint, so it serves coffee drinks in biodegradable cups that come with compostable sleeves.
127 Hoffman Street, Saugatuck MI 49453, Phone: 269-857-3333
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7.The Belvedere Inn and Restaurant, Saugatuck, MI
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The Belvedere Inn and Restaurant is a fully restored Gilded Age mansion. The name Belvedere translates to ‘beautiful view’ in Italian. The mansion was built in 1912 and is located two miles outside of downtown Saugatuck. It was later converted into an Inn and now features seven luxurious guest rooms and three magnificent suites. It covers 5-acres of manicured gardens and has amenities characteristic of a 5-star hotel. The Belvedere also has a top-class restaurant with a log burning fireplace, European inspired dishes, and a full wine and spirits menu. The Inn can also be reserved for private events and parties.
3656 63rd Street, Saugatuck, MI 49453, Phone: 877-858-5777
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8.Saugatuck Tea Cafe and Gifts
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Saugatuck Tea Cafe and Gifts is owned and operated by mother and daughter duo, Gina and Christina Demos. Its located in the historic part of downtown and is a social hub for visitors and residents. The tea room and gift shop offer guests an enjoyable small-town experience where they can gather and enjoy conversation over tea. The cafe serves a variety of certified organic, fair-trade teas grown around the world. Its menu also features coffee drinks, tea-infused chocolate drinks, and bubble tea smoothies. There are a few snack items on the menu as well, like pastries and locally made artisan gelato.
360 Water St, Saugatuck, MI 49453, Phone: 269-455-5593
8 Best Things to Do in Saugatuck, MI
- Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Museum, Photo: Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Museum
- Fenn Valley Vineyards and Wine Cellar, Photo: Fenn Valley Vineyards and Wine Cellar
- Ox-Bow, Photo: Ox-Bow
- Ridge Cider Co., Saugatuck, MI, Photo: Ridge Cider Co.
- All Saints Episcopal Church, Saugatuck, MI, Photo: All Saints Episcopal Church
- Uncommon Coffee Roasters, Saugatuck, MI, Photo: Uncommon Coffee Roasters
- The Belvedere Inn and Restaurant, Saugatuck, MI, Photo: The Belvedere Inn and Restaurant
- Saugatuck Tea Cafe and Gifts, Photo: Saugatuck Tea Cafe and Gifts
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