West Michigan’s coast is known for it’s sandy beaches, harbor towns, outdoor recreation, culture, history, and so much more. Saugatuck, Michigan is one small town that has it all. Widely known for it’s award winning beaches, and art scene, we spent a day in Saugatuck Michigan while staying in Holland.
Breweries in Saugatuck
Let’s be honest…visiting breweries was the main reason we decided to visit Saugatuck. And, there’s no shame, because Saugatuck happens to be the home of two pretty impressive breweries. For those who aren’t beer drinkers, you can also find a distillery, some wineries, and even a cider place.
Saugatuck Brewing Company
Believe it or not, we were introduced to our first Saugatuck Brewing beer down in Florida. We came across their Blueberry Lemonade Shandy from a local beer store several years ago. From then on, it’s been a staple in our fridge. Also, a must for watching, or taking to, a Michigan Football game.
Matt and Emma tasted some flights, and left finding several new beers to love. Both Matt and Emma said the Peanut Butter Porter is their favorite. Lucky for them, we snagged some on sale to take home.
Mitten Brewing Company
After visiting the original Mitten Brewing in Grand Rapids back in 2018, we knew we had to stop in their downtown Saugatuck location. Not only do they serve great beer, but their pizza is top notch! We even went back the next day to have it again.
Best part of visiting during the summer is Mitten’s Peanuts & Cracker Jack on tap!! We first heard about this limited release many years ago. Every summer we have looked for the cans in multiple stores, with no luck finding it. Finally, we got to try it, and Peanuts & Cracker Jack lives up to the hype. Our server almost talked us into the last case during our second visit, and now we wish we had grabbed it.
Guardian Brewing and Waypost Beer
Sadly we didn’t have the time to stop at Guardian Brewing, which is just north of downtown. I personally would love to go back, since it’s a female run brewery. Waypost Beer is just south of Saugatuck, in Fenville. You can actually see it on the east side of 196, and we drove past. Such a bummer we were over in west Michigan during the week, and many places still had limited hours of operation, thanks to the pandemic.
A Day in Saugatuck Michigan: Outdoor Recreation
Saugatuck Dunes State Park
With six different beaches to choose from in the area, we decided to check out Saugatuck Dunes State Park. I wanted the girls to see some dunes. There’s several walking trails from the parking lot, and the beach is a two-thirds mile hike. Not exactly the best beach to lug a bunch of stuff to, so thankfully we were just there to take a walk then head back to downtown Saugatuck.
Also, because of the dunes, this beach doesn’t have lots of room between the dunes and water. Must be why this park mostly attracts nature lovers, birdwatchers, and hikers. We walked along the water for a bit, then took the trail back. It was nice to put our feet in the water, and take in the sights.
Historic Saugatuck Michigan
The Felt Mansion
Just before getting to the parking lot at Saugatuck Dunes State Park, we passed the Felt Mansion. Built between 1925 and 1928 by Dorr Felt for his wife Agnes, but sadly they both passed in less than 2 years after the mansion was finished. There’s lots more history, and they do offer tours, sadly not when we were there. Me and my historic homes, you know I’d love to go back.
Singapore, The Buried History of Saugatuck
Outside the historic Saugatuck Village Hall is a marker is the story of Singapore, a former bustling Lake Michigan town, founded in the 1830’s. Sadly, after the lumbering industry grew dry in the area, the town grew quite, and was slowly buried under the waters of Lake Michigan.
The Arts: A Day In Saugatuck
Saugatuck is well known for it’s art culture, going way back to the early 1900’s. The Social District, and beyond is full of art galleries, and it really reminds me a lot of our local Central Florida town, Mount Dora. With the historic buildings, shops, arts appeal, bed & breakfasts, and culture. It’s no wonder they’ve evolved into a place where everyone belongs.
Final Thoughts On Our Day In Saugatuck Michigan
Although our main reason for visiting Saugatuck was the breweries, I would say we fell in love with this town, and see why it receives such rave reviews and awards. In addition to the couple things we were able to do during our short visit, there is so much more to Saugatuck, Michigan. If you’re anywhere near the area, I highly suggest taking a look at what you can do.
Be sure to also check out our Day Trip to South Haven, which is just south of Saugatuck.