Midwest Living magazine ranked Saugatuck/Douglas #5 on its list of top vacation destinations in the U.S. The National Trust for Historic Preservation selected it as one of the "Dozen Distinctive Destinations" in the U.S. Together, these twin communities form "The Art CoastTM of West Michigan" - reflecting an artistic heritage that spans more than 100 years and is still going strong today.
Noteworthy attractions and events in Saugatuck/Douglas include:
Oval Beach. Ranked one of America's top five beaches by MTV and one of the top two in the USA by National Geographic Traveler magazine.
Saugatuck Dunes State Park. Long sandy beaches, 200-foot-tall dunes and a 300-acre natural area perfect for hikers and birdwatchers.
Art Galleries. A wide range of galleries and art events earn this area consistent recognition as one of America's top 25 arts destinations.
Saugatuck Center for the Arts. Hosts everything from art exhibits and concerts to summer farm markets and Broadway-style theatre.
Venetian Festival. Fireworks over the lake, a boat parade, live music, kid fun, food and more distinguish this annual event. 2015 dates July 24-26.