Hotel at a Glance: Maplewood Hotel
The historical Maplewood Hotel has been providing luxurious, bed-and-breakfast-style accommodations since the 1860s. With 15 guest rooms uniquely decorated with antiques, the hotel imbues a vintage charm. Start your morning with the complimentary, European-style continental breakfast, which you can enjoy in the dining room or while overlooking Saugatuck’s village square on the enclosed glass porch.
- Curl up with a book or have a conversation with other guests in one of the inn’s cozy gathering spaces.
- Grab a bite at one of the many restaurants within walking distance of the inn, offering such cuisines as Italian, French, and contemporary American.
- Watch the sun set The shores of the Kalamazoo River and Kalamazoo Lake are both within walking distance.
- Climb the dunes at nearby Saugatuck Dunes State Park, some of which are more than 200 feet tall. The parks boasts 2.5 miles of beautiful shoreline.
- Winter activities: Cross-country skiing through Saugatuck Dunes State Park, visiting the wineries in the Lake Michigan Shore AVA, and Saugatuck-Douglas Winter Fest on Valentine’s Day weekend.
Saugatuck, Michigan: Scenic Lakeside Town Voted “Best Summer Weekend Escape”
There are many charming beach towns along Lake Michigan’s east coast, but Saugatuck is considered one of the best. USA Today readers chose Saugatuck as the “Best Summer Weekend Escape” in 2014, and Budget Travel named Saugatuck among the “Coolest Small Towns in America” in 2010 thanks in part to its old-fashioned feel and scenic Lake Michigan coastline.
The waterfront sunsets and bright-red lighthouses have served as inspiration for painters and sculptors; the area encompassing Saugatuck and its neighboring village, Douglas, has been dubbed “The Art Coast of Michigan.” Stop inside the galleries and boutiques clustered along Water and Butler Streets in Saugatuck to find work by local and national artists, visit one of the Saugatuck wineries and sample a taste of the regional wines.
Coastal dunes tower more than 200 feet in the air at Saugatuck Dunes State Park; from the top, you can get beautiful views of the water. One of the most popular pastimes in the area is riding dune buggies—all-terrain vehicles with massive tires that whip up and down the dunes. Numerous outfits in town offer buggy tours. The park itself also features four trails that are well suited for cross-country skiing in winter, too.