Experience the historical architecture and culture of pre- and post-civil war, as well as early 20th Century America in the town of Saugatuck. Key to the area's history and popularity is its natural environment. Saugatuck, as well as the neighboring community of Douglas, is nestled on the shores of Lake Michigan and the Kalamazoo River and is defined by steep, rolling dunes to the West and lush orchard country and farmland to the East. The climate is blessed by the moderating effects of Lake Michigan, which provides cool breezes on warm summer days and plenty of winter snow. A resort, tourist and "cottage" culture abounds with art galleries, eateries, marinas, privately owned lodging or bed & breakfasts, golf courses, and shopping opportunities. Take a walk along the boardwalk and explore the dockside shops. Voted 5 out of 100 vacation destinations by Midwest Living Magazine, this area must not missed.
Douglas is a well preserved "Michigan lumber village" established in the middle 1880s as a port for schooners and steamships carry lumber, leather and fruit to Chicago and elsewhere in the Great Lakes area. Retaining its original quaint charm and character, Douglas is now home to first class lodging, restaurants, recreation, shipping and cultural opportunities. Sharing much of its appeal and history with the adjacent town of Saugatuck, the town is nestled on the shores of Lake Michigan and the Kalamazoo River.
This small city nestled next to the Allegan State Forest offers small town charm and a sense of community. Unique restaurants, art galleries, historic bed & breakfast accommodations, u-pick berry farms and an award-winning winery are all to be found in this charming area. For those who enjoy the out-of-doors, there is plenty of space for horseback riding, hiking and cycling. Entertainment includes the annual Goose Festival, summer concerts and the Children's Museum of Fennville. With the close proximity to Lake Michigan as well as more populated areas, this city offers small town living within just minutes of more city-like pursuits.
Grand Haven is nestled in wooded dunes and surrounded by the waters of Lake Michigan, Spring Lake and the Grand River. In Grand Haven's early years, the lumber industry took advantage of the towering white pines that grew for miles around, providing lumber to Chicago, Milwaukee, and other port cities. During this period the mineral water spas in Spring Lake, Fruitport and Grand Haven spawned the area tourist industry that is still alive today. This small upper-class harbor town is rich in attractions including restaurants, shopping in historic downtown, marinas, public and private beaches, fishing, golfing, and a musical fountain for your evening enjoyment. The annual Coast Guard Festival is filled with 10 days of fun, celebration and tradition as they honor the men and women of the United States Coast Guard, some of who are stationed at the Grand Haven post.
Hudsonville is know as "Michigan's Salad Bowl," due to its excellent soil for growing all manner of vegetables and early truck farming activities. It is now recognized as being strategically centered in a strong economic growth area. Hudsonville is the third largest city in Ottawa County and is attractive to many people because of its well-kept homes, good streets, accessibility to churches and schools and an abundance of parks. Its businesses are known for their friendly and excellent service. Hudsonville is a great place to live, to shop and to do business. Today the population of Hudsonville is over 7,000 and the city's location, just off I-196, makes it minutes away from Holland or Grand Rapids.