Saugatuck Wins Best Small Town Weekend Getaway In The USA!
Reserve your getaway to Saugatuck, Michigan this Spring or Summer and find out what all the buzz is about!
In 2014, the USA Today’s National Readers Choice Awards named Saugatuck the “Best Small Town Weekend Escape In the USA!” Now, we have been honored a second time with this same award. There are good reasons we’ve won first place as a USA today’s Best Weekend Escape twice in the last three years. Life here really does sizzle, and there are more things to do in Saugatuck than you can imagine!
First, there’s our abundance of sweetwater. This means you can stroll for hours along our award winning Oval Beach, soak up the sunshine, and swim in our freshwater. Grab a kayak, a canoe, or standup paddleboard and play in the Kalamazoo or the Big Lake. Charter a fishing trip or reserve your seat on the Star Of Saugatuck or the Harbor Duck. Beachcomb, take in the splendor of our sunsets, and watch for the Green Flash.
Next, there’s the vibrancy of our arts, theater, live music, and nightlife. Experience an Open Studio Night and Glass Blowing Demonstration at the more than century old Oxbow School of Art. Visit our more than 30 artist studios and galleries … whether it’s contemporary galleries like LaFontsee, Petter, and WaterStreet … or the breathtaking variety of the BlueCoast Artists, you’re sure to be inspired. Take in an Intimate Evening with JD Souther on stage at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts or see one of three great shows (Million Dollar Quartet, Murder For Two, or The Great American Trailer Park Musical) produced by MasonStreet Warehouse this summer season. Take a Plen Air Pastel or Oil Painting Class from Easel On Down The Road artist Anne Corlett. Be foot loose and fancy free as you dance your way across town to the live music at the Saugatuck Brewing Company, Red Dock, Coral Gables, The What Not, and The Sandbar.
Of course, we love all things food, so we can’t forget to talk about the explosive food and beverage scene in our area … it’s a thrill to see all that’s happening! Because we are the second most diverse agricultural area in the country, this time of year is always tasty … ramps and morels will brighten our dishes before giving way to strawberries, blueberries, tomatoes, corn and peaches. We find inspiration for our complimentary Farm To Table Breakfast every day from our farmers, markets, orchards, vineyards, and fruit stands. The freshness coming straight from the fields enlivens our Evening Sips & Small Plates, so everyday at Wickwood you can enjoy a mouthwatering array of dazzling tastes beginning at 6p.m.
Just outside our doors, you’ll find an impressive variety of restaurants, pubs, bistros, coffee houses, wine bars and tasting rooms. Reserve a table at Bowdies, the Grand Rapids Restaurant Of The Year for 2015; watch the boats cruise by while eating the freshest and best at The Southerner; enjoy an outdoor table at our new favorite lunch spot, Grow; try the new craft beer list for dinner at Pumpernickel’s; enjoy the energy of everyone at Everyday People Cafe; become fast friends with the folks at Phil’s. For wine, shop, taste, and/or tour at Petter, Wine Sellers, and Fenn Valley. Brew your own batch of beer at Saugatuck Brewing and taste the branch to bottle cider at Virtue, Crane, and McIntosh.
We have yet to mention the unique boutiques, studios, galleries and stores throughout our downtown; they don’t disappoint. There’s also a first rate yoga studio just across the street. (Stay tuned to our next blog for MORE about outdoor adventure and staying fit in Saugatuck!)
ALL of this is within easy walking distance from your room at Wickwood, and our easy access, complimentary parking lot makes life even simpler.
Reserve a piece of the good life by planning your spring or Saugatuck summer getaway to Saugatuck. You’ll soon know why Saugatuck is USA Today’s Best Small Town Weekend Escape In the USA!