Friday, February 21, 2014

100 Best Midwest Small-Town Getaways Votes Saugatuck, Michigan

Saugatuck/Douglas, Michigan

Exploring Saugatuck, Michigan ...and editors of Midwest Living Magazine ranked Saugatuck/Douglas fifth among the top 100 vacation destinations in the Midwest.

 These side-by-side Lake Michigan shore villages are so artsy, residents take for granted having their portraits painted. Their likenesses hang in one of the 40 galleries that liberally mingle with an appealing collection of boutiques. Visitors not only fine original art adorning studio windows, but also they get accustomed to encountering sculptures on almost every corner of Saugatuck and Douglas.

Artists set up easels among the swimmers and sunbathers enjoying the crescent of white sand to capture Oval Beach (considered one of the county's best) on canvas. Summer also brings an acclaimed film festival and jazz- and chamber-music series.
Saugatuck--One of Yahoo! Travel's Great American Beachtowns!  Michigan's featured Beachtowns, Saugatuck and Douglas are known as "The Art Coast of Michigan". Artists, smitten by the natural beauty of the area’s rolling grassy dunes and white sand beaches (among the top 25 in the world according to Cond√© Nast International Travel Magazine)

The Saugatuck Harbor Natural Area last week ranked among the top 50 vote-getters out of 350 places nominated in the Virtual Tourist website contest for “Eighth Wonder of the World.”

The 173 acres of Lake Michigan dunes and beach north of Oval Beach, both owned and run by the City of Saugatuck, is holding its own in voters’ eyes with the likes of Niagara Falls, Stonehenge, Mt. Rushmore, the Matterhorn, Big Sur, Galapagos Islands, Yellowstone National Park and more, said Saugatuck-Douglas Convention & Visitors Bureau executive director Felicia Fairchild.

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