The harbor villages of Saugatuck and Douglas, Michigan feature charming demeanor and personality that is sure to leave one with a smile as they stroll along the picturesque streets. In many ways it seems that both of these villages act as the perfect oasis for slipping away from life’s troubles.
Whether it’s the painted storefronts, intriguing window displays or just natural ease in pace of movement along the sidewalks there is no denying the quaint feeling felt within this corner of the globe.
Nestled within southwestern Michigan, Saugatuck is a village that features upscale boutiques, eclectic eateries, and retail havens for foodies and gourmets alike. Both locals and onlookers can peruse a variety of international food goods in storefronts found within the village. Even more so, the village serves as inspirations to local artist and gallery owners as well.
According to the visitor information website Saugatuck.com it seems that artists have continually drawn wonder toward the village in times both past and present. “For over a century, artists have been drawn to the area’s towering dunes, pristine beaches and natural splendors of this jewel-like setting on Lake Michigan's eastern shore. Today that artistic heritage persists through strong ties to the Art Institute of Chicago with its affiliated summer school at Ox-Bow as well as a broad spectrum of art galleries and art-based activities and events. Consistently named one of America's top 25 arts destinations, it's no wonder the area has become known as 'The Art Coast of Michigan.'”
Aside from the delights of the streets in Saugatuck, this village too features beachfronts that are sure to amuse both locals and onlookers. The visitor information website also went on to say that it’s not surprising to find Saugatuck in the travel headlines as the village features fun for a variety of mindsets and personalities.
“It's easy to understand why Michigan’s governor named Saugatuck one of Michigan's 19 Coolest Cities. The town's Oval Beach is ranked one of the top 25 beaches in the world by Condé Nast and one of the top two in the USA by National Geographic Traveler. More recently, the Chicago Tribune rated it number one out of the Midwest’s five best beaches. Plus, Saugatuck hosts the internationally-acclaimed Waterfront Film Festival each June, named the third most popular film festival in the world – after Sundance and Cannes – by the Screen Actors Guild’s national magazine.”
Charming, intriguing and ever so whimsical Saugatuck is sure to enchant onlookers as they slip away in the sights and stirrings of this eclectic harbor village.