Saugatuck’s Top 9 Reasons to Make the Drive
By Michael Dwyer
1. Award winning Oval Beach continues to be a hot attraction for visitors. People come to sunbathe, swim and build sand castles. Packed full of families having fun, the beach is open year-round to enjoy the sand dunes, waves or sunsets.
2. Since 1913 the Saugatuck Drug and Soda Fountain has refreshed everyone who walks through the door. Old-fashioned malts or sodas cool down the child of any age. Do you need a kite, beach ball or new flip-flops? They have it, along with funny t-shirts, snacks and toys.
3. Take a Duck Boat Tour. It’s a great way to get an overview of the entire area – by land and water – do it early in your visit. 31 feet long, 20 people, and one entertaining driver make this WWII amphibious vessel a splash with first timers to the area.
4. The Chain Ferry provides a unique way to cross the Kalamazoo River. This small ferryboat is tethered to both sides by chain. Human-powered by hand-crank makes the ride memorable. Only $1 each way per adult (50 cents for kids) and bikes, pets and infants are free.
5. A town without commercial stores – it’s true – Saugatuck has only one-of-a-kind, independent small businesses. Clothing stores, art galleries and specialty food stores are around every corner of this easy walking town.
6. Food and drink are plentiful as well. Unique dinning places, wineries, a brewery and even a cider mill will give visitors more than enough to keep them going all day and night.
7. Lake Michigan Sunsets are wonderful. Grab the kids or your spouse or both, and go listen for the sun to sizzle its way into the great lake.
8. The high population of Bed and Breakfast accommodations is amazing. So many to choose from, and all a bit different; check the Saugatuck Website for all the details.
9. Nearby Douglass is part of the same community. It’s an add-on to what makes Saugatuck a huge success for Michigan.
Michael Dwyer is a freelance writer and travel columnist. Michael writes about happenings in the Rochester area, travels across Michigan and destinations around the world. Contact him at Michael@RochesterMedia.com