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Saugatuck and the artistic tradition

Although less than 1,000 people call Saugatuck home, the place continues to magnetize visitors from all over the Midwest. The reason? Well, that's surely got to have something to do with the quirky art boutiques and characterful independent galleries that have dominated all the street corners since the 19th century. Or maybe it's the mind-boggling sculpture gardens and the watercolor workshops. Or maybe it’s the shimmering beaches on Lake Michigan and the undulating dune landscapes. Or perhaps it's those luxurious beach houses and timber-clad Saugatuck vacation rentals. Who knows?

Things to do

Between the galleries and the beaches in Saugatuck

Whether you choose to gawp at the curious sculpture works of the Art 'Round Town exhibit or delve into the fine art of the Bruce Baughman Gallery, take art lessons in the Ox-Bow academy, or shop for local masterworks in the Art Club, it's likely you'll be getting in tune with Saugatuck's galleries. After that, the banks of Lake Michigan offer the perfect getaway, coming in the form of the beautiful Mount Baldhead Park, the welcoming sands of Oval Beach, or the boating jetties and woods of the Kalamazoo River.

Activities

Art, art, and more art in Saugatuck

Saugatuck rose to fame during the height of the American Arts and Crafts movement. It was the de facto engine room of Midwestern creativity then, and countless galleries and workshops were established. It’s the same story today, with visitors flocking to purchase watercolors and sculptures, to learn how to paint, or to be immersed in famous art festivals filled with fellow creatives. If you've come to be inspired, why not search for Saugatuck vacation rentals close to the beaches and beautiful dunes of Lake Michigan – that's where all the painters go.

Weather

Summer sands in Saugatuck

It's hardly a surprise that most folk go in search of Saugatuck vacation rentals in the summertime. In fact, the town's population can triple on major holidaying periods then, bringing life and energy to the local teahouses, galleries, and beaches. The best weather is between June and August, when you can expect long, warm, sunny days to enjoy while flitting between the open-air sculptures, riding the chain ferries, scaling the Baldhead Mountain, kicking back on the sands of Lake Michigan – the list goes on.

Natural features

Mount Baldhead and the Kalamazoo combine in Saugatuck

Hop across the bobbing boat-filled waters and jetties of the Kalamazoo River and you'll discover the shimmering sands of Lake Michigan at spots like Oval Beach, or spilling down from the undulating hills of the Saugatuck Dunes State Park. Up above, the skyline is given over to the forested peak of Mount Baldhead, which offers hiking and boardwalk lookout points atop the water. On the other side of town is the River Bluff Park, known for its wetland habitats, bird life, boating courses, and forests.

How to get there

How to get to and around Saugatuck

The nearest airport is in Grand Rapids, MI (GRR-Gerald R. Ford Intl.), located 37.7 mi (60.6 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Saugatuck?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 702 vacation rentals near Saugatuck. From 311 Houses to 182 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Saugatuck for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Saugatuck?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Saugatuck:

  • Ottawa Beach: 108 vacation rentals
  • Miami Park: 32 vacation rentals
  • Bluffs of South Haven: 30 vacation rentals
  • Waukazoo Woods: 33 vacation rentals
  • Mount Pleasant: 29 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Saugatuck?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Saugatuck. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Oval Beach: 1,261 vacation rentals
  • Saugatuck Dunes State Park: 1,216 vacation rentals
  • Saugatuck Center for the Arts: 1,265 vacation rentals
  • Amazwi Contemporary Art: 1,264 vacation rentals
  • Mount Baldhead Park: 1,260 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Saugatuck listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Saugatuck?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 311 Houses in Saugatuck. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Saugatuck include:

  • Cabins: 182 rentals available
  • Cottages: 182 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 116 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Villas and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Saugatuck?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 141 vacation rentals with pool available in Saugatuck. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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