Art is not the only thing that Saugatuck and Douglas have to offer. Some of the best shops for Michigan-made foods, such as the Wooden Spoon, are a MUST stop. Some of the best imported and local spices for both the discerning chef and the backyard BBQ’er can be found at The Saugatuck Spice Merchants. Stop into the Butler’s Pantry right next door for your kitchen pantry needs, food, wine, etc. WE shop there too!! For items ranging from clothing and fun party supplies to interior décor, from the eclectic to just plain fun, shops for all styles and tastes abound.
For nightlife, Saugatuck has a broad range of styles and tastes for everyone. In the summer months, outdoor live music can be taken in at any one of several venues, Coral Gables, Marro’s (after 9PM), and the White House to mention a few. Just south of Saugatuck/Douglas, the What Not Inn features local and national jazz musicians on weekends. The Fenn Valley Winery has a music series right at their vineyards in the afternoon.
The summer season is when Saugatuck and Douglas are at their best. From around mid-May through the end of September, it is a picture postcard of lakeside resort life. All the shops are open, the parks which dot the city are in full bloom and glory, and decorated with some examples of the artwork that the local artisans, and some not so local, have created.
Late fall and winter months, especially during the week, may be a little slow. Some shops remain open year round. The shops that are open offer a broad range, including galleries and dining opportunities.
Christmas time in Saugatuck and Douglas is almost magical; the twinkle of lights lining the streets and the sound of a horse-drawn carriage clopping down the street set the tone for a delightful stroll, day or evening.
Saugatuck and Douglas offer a wide variety for dining, from elegant French country cuisine, contemporary and traditional Italian, and fine American cuisine to casual sidewalk cafes, everything can be found to suit your tastes. For Italian cuisine, Marro’s has been a perennial favorite for years. Everyday People Cafe is an art deco inspired building that features some of the best cooking in the area, and is one we recommend to our guests. For a more intimate setting, the Belvedere Restaurant is set in a historic mansion on the north outskirts of Saugatuck. The Belvedere features a sophisticated four-course menu at a set seating time. These are just a sampling of the many choices when it comes to dining in the Saugatuck and Douglas area.