Saugatuck, MI, USA

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Saugatuck, MI, USA

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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?

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.

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.

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.

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.