Fall in Love With Fall in Saugatuck
There’s something magical about fall in Saugatuck—especially if the getaway involves the Wickwood Inn. Right in the heart of downtown, the genteel Wickwood serves as the perfect home base to explore the town’s autumnal charms. The area’s uninterrupted coastline with its towering dunes and award-winning beaches beckon, and Lake Michigan’s moderate temperatures can still lure you in for a swim. Simply choose how you want to explore the area, and our expert innkeepers will help you plan your route during your Wickwood stay.
“I go to Nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put together.”
Drive Saugatuck, Michigan’s Idyllic Country Roads
Stop at area artist studios, galleries, farm-stands, markets, orchards, and vineyards that dot the way. You won’t want to miss the gorgeous work of Dawn Stafford at Peachbelt Studio. Taste the freshest chèvre at Evergreen Lane Farms and Creamery. Get lost and work up an appetite in the Corn Maze at Crane Orchards, where there’s a piece of homemade pie and a cider donut waiting for you! Stay a little longer and pick apples, find the perfect pumpkins, gourds, and squash for fall decorating and eating. Turn off and take a tour and taste at Fenn Valley Vineyards or relax on the patio and enjoy the expansive views at Modales Winery. Or simply walk the trails, visit the animals, and taste the bottle-to-branch ciders at Virtue Cider.
Hike Through Towering Dunes and Stroll on Sandy Beaches
Spend a day exploring nature in all her splendor at Saugatuck Dunes State Park, which boasts more than 14 miles of well-marked trails and 2.5 miles of uninterrupted Lake Michigan coastline. Fill your picnic basket with freshly made local fare at the Farmhouse Deli & Pantry, maybe a special bottle of wine from Mike at Wine Sellers, and enjoy a day in the pristine outdoors. Have the beach to yourself. Nap. Read. Swim. Or simply pull right up to our award-winning Oval Beach where you can walk to the pier or explore the trails at Saugatuck Harbor Natural Area. No matter where you relax, the colors of autumn surround you.
Bike Through Our Charming Villages
Biking is an ideal way to explore both Saugatuck and Douglas, especially in the fall. The roads are less busy, and it’s easy to make frequent stops at our unique boutiques: For the Love of Shoes, Landsharks, Chantal, Good Goods, James Brandess and Jeff Blandford Galleries, Butler Pantry . . . just to name a few in Saugatuck. If you’re in Douglas, we recommend Water Street Gallery, Endora, Articles, and Coastal Society. Stop off for refreshment at Borrowed Time, J. Petter Galleries and Wine Bar, or a super healthy smoothie or juice at Tree of Life. Need a little caffeine to pick you back up? Try Uncommon Coffee Roasters.
Soar to New Heights
Climb the 302 steps up Mt. Baldhead and be rewarded with panoramic views of Saugatuck, Douglas, and the harbor. This is prime viewing for fall colors! Hike down the back of the dune for expansive views of Lake Michigan and its stunning coastline.
Get Out on the Water
Paddle up the Kalamazoo River in a kayak or on a paddleboard, sail away on Lake Michigan on the tall ship Schooner Serenity, relax and take it all in on the Star of Saugatuck, or float into the cove on a pontoon boat or a retro electric boat. No matter the vessel, the views cannot be beat.