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Southwest Michigan Summer Vacation: Top Things to Do with Kids

A Fun-Filled Family Summer Getaway to Southwest Michigan Looking for the perfect summer vacation destination for quality family time and making amazing memories? Set your sights on the beautiful beachfront communities of Benton Harbor and St. Joseph in Southwest Michigan! These scenic towns hugging the shores of Lake Michigan offer an incredible array of attractions […]


An itinerary for a Glorious Day on the Lake

Ah, the lake life. It’s yours to soak up when you visit the Holland area. From relaxing on the beach to getting out on the water, you’ll find wonderfully refreshing ways to make the most of summer right here on the shore of Lake Michigan. While water is the star of the season, the Holland area […]

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Top 5 Reasons Why Art Coast Beaches Are The Best

There’s a lot to love about the Art Coast of Michigan, including being the home to some of the best beaches you’ll ever dig your toes into. If you haven’t experienced the magic of our sandy shores yet, here are the top five reasons why the beaches of Saugatuck/Douglas should be at the top of […]

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Silver Lake Dune Season: Ready, Set, Adventure!

Dune Season is Here Again! As the town buzzes with excitement, local businesses welcome visitors, and the beautiful Silver Lake Sand Dunes prepare for a new season of enjoyment. It’s time to relish the sunshine and the scenic charm of this lakeside spot. The Silver Lake Sand Dunes, known for their impressive sandy expanses, start to […]


Live Entertainment at Silver Lake Sand Dunes Area

A Season of Live Entertainment Throughout the summer season the Silver Lake & Hart area invites you to gather and enjoy live entertainment featuring local talent from around our region. Whether you are sipping wine at Fox Barn or visiting the Hart Commons, you are never too far from a live music venue during the […]

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Muskegon’s Summer Symphony: Free Outdoor Concerts

Sunshine, warm nights, and the sweet sounds of live music. That’s the soundtrack of summer in Muskegon County, Michigan! Looking for a fun, free way to experience the best of the season? Look no further than Muskegon’s incredible lineup of outdoor concerts. Unwind, Connect, Discover: The Magic of Muskegon’s Free Summer Concerts Ditch concert tickets […]

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Pickleball Fever

For the third year in a row, pickleball is the fastest-growing sport in the US, with over 36 million players and over thirteen thousand places to play. Along the Art Coast, courts are popping up everywhere. So whether you are a veteran player or a newbie, be sure to bring paddles when you visit Saugatuck/Douglas.  […]

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Discover Spring Hiking in Southwest Michigan!

As winter gradually loosens its grip and nature awakens with renewed vigor, Southwest Michigan beckons outdoor enthusiasts to explore its stunning landscapes through invigorating hikes. With the arrival of spring, the region bursts into life. From magnificent Lake Michigan dunes to lush forests, Southwest Michigan promises unforgettable journeys for adventurers of all levels. Let’s delve […]

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A Travel Team Guide to Fun Activities in Southwest Michigan

Are you getting ready to participate in an exciting sport or robotics tournament in Southwest Michigan? Welcome! Here’s a guide to what our competition-loving region has to offer. HOW TO ENTERTAIN RESTLESS CHILDREN BETWEEN GAMES Watching tournament action all weekend can be boring for children who come along for the trip. Here are some places you […]


Get Ready Dune Enthusiasts, Opening Day Is Almost Here!

Get Ready Dune Enthusiasts, Opening Day Is Almost Here! GENERAL NEWS|MARCH 18TH, 2024 The Silver Lake Sand Dunes are the perfect destination for dune and ATV enthusiasts. With three designated areas — the Pedestrian Area, ORV Area, and the area leased by Mac Woods Dune Rides — there’s something for everyone. 2024 Season Opening Information […]


Live Like A Local – A South Haven Guide To Culinary Delights

Greetings, fellow food enthusiasts! Nestled along the picturesque shores of Lake Michigan lies South Haven, a town as renowned for its scenic beauty and charming downtown as it is for its delectable culinary offerings. As a lifelong local and unabashed foodie, I’ve embarked on many a gastronomic adventure in our little slice of heaven. Today, […]

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Flight of Fancy

Why choose just one thing when you can try it all? Embark on a mini-culinary journey or craft beverage adventure by sampling a flight that lets you explore a variety of flavors in just one sitting. When we think of tasting flights, our minds automatically think of beverages. But aside from all the fabulous drink […]

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Spring Break in Muskegon: Plan for Family Fun

Looking for family-friendly activities during spring break? Look no further than Muskegon County! Whether you’re seeking indoor or outdoor fun, this Lake Michigan beachtown has something for everyone. Let’s explore Ten Spring Break Ideas for Families: Bowling Fun for All Ages “Strike” it lucky at the bowling alley! Gather the family and head to one […]


Spring Dreams are Made of These

Feeling ready for a change of seasons? Spring is soon upon us, and arriving with it are a host of fun opportunities such as Downtown Holland’s annual Girlfriends Weekend, a chance to relax with Spring Break, and the excitement of the upcoming Tulip Time Festival. If you are interested in a getaway with your girlfriends, […]

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Unplug to Recharge

Live your best life with a mini-vacation that focuses on putting your health and well-being first. By indulging in a bit of self-care during your getaway and a little digital detox, you’ll return feeling refreshed and in a better frame of mind to take on whatever comes your way.   The more dreary days of […]

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St. Joseph Winter Beer Fest

With the St. Joseph Winter Beer Fest happening soon (Sat. January 27, 2024 ), I thought I would share some tips on how to have the most fun at the event.   The first and most important thing to consider for the event is, how are you getting home. Be sure to plan, designate a driver […]

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Escape the Chaos and Embrace Tranquility with a Southwest Michigan Staycation

Escape the ordinary and rediscover the beauty of your backyard with a Southwestern Michigan winter staycation. Amidst the hustle and bustle of daily life, it’s easy to overlook the tranquil treasures that lie just beyond our doorsteps. A rejuvenating break doesn’t have to involve venturing far and wide; sometimes, all it takes is a change […]

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Holiday Shopping in Muskegon: Hidden Gems and Local Delights

‘Tis the season for holiday shopping! Grab your list and your favorite shopping buddies for a delightful outing in Muskegon County. With walkable shopping areas and unique options, there’s something for everyone. Shopping Areas with Social Districts Muskegon County boasts three pleasant walkable shopping areas. As a matter of fact, each possesses a distinct personality […]

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Plan a Winter Getaway to Silver Lake-Hart

Wintertime in Silver Lake-Hart. Although the Silver Lake & Hart Area is well-known for summertime fun on the dunes, winter is also a great time to plan a visit. Slow down your pace with a silent sport and give cross-country skiing a try on over 15 miles of groomed trails or be one of the […]

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Art Coast Holiday Bucket List

As the holiday season approaches, there’s no better place to embrace the festive spirit than the Art Coast of Michigan. Offering a unique blend of natural winter beauty, artful experiences, and holiday cheer, this charming destination is the perfect backdrop for creating cherished holiday memories. If you’re planning a visit, you’ll want to make the […]

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Holiday Magic in Holland, Michigan

Celebrate the holidays in Holland, MI with an endless list of exciting events during this magical season. We may be biased, but Holland does it best when it comes to holiday festivities. Holland is steeped in tradition; some old (like Sinterklaas), and some new. So, don’t wait too long to make your travel plans, book […]

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A Friends’ 4-Day Fall Adventure

Reconnect with your best group of friends in the Art Coast, where there’s something everyone can enjoy, including a hip craft beverage scene and fun nightlife activities that offer good times for all. So, seize the moment, embrace the season, and let the fall foliage be the backdrop to your unforgettable escape with friends. For […]

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Experience Muskegon County’s Beautiful Autumn and a Fun Fall Tradition.

Visit Muskegon invites you to the Take your car or bike on this self-guided color tour, stretching from19th Annual Depot to Depot Self-Guided Fall Color Tour and Photo Contest! Take your car or bike on this self-guided color tour, stretching from the Muskegon South Pierhead Light to the White River Light Station. Wind your way […]

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Top Things To See & Do This Fall in the Grand Haven Area

The Grand Haven area is famous for its beaches but there is still plenty to see and do in autumn. With many of tree covered parks and trails, the Grand Haven area offers lots of opportunities to take in the fall colors. Here’s our list of the top fall things to see and do in the area! […]

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Keeping the Harvest Tradition Alive in South Haven

Hot cider, pumpkin patches, apple picking, and hayrides: these are the hallmarks of the Fall harvest! South Haven is one of the best areas to keep the harvest tradition alive, especially for young families looking to craft and capture memories that will a lifetime! Plus, we can always use more excuses to enjoy warm cider and […]


Harvest Holland This Fall

What do watercolor windmills, running shoes, geodes, and muskets have in common? September in Holland! Kick off the first month of fall at the Art on the Island Gala. Enjoy free admission to Windmill Island Gardens, vote for your favorite artistic rendition, and even purchase a piece you love to take home. Next up, the Holland Haven Marathon, […]

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Here are Southwest Michigan’s best destinations for fall colors, bird watching, paddling and surfing.

Lake Michigan’s beaches are beautiful in autumn!  Discover the best fall beach destinations in Southwest Michigan Summer isn’t the only time to visit Lake Michigan’s beaches in Southwest Michigan. Fall days and lake temperatures are often warm from September until early October. Then from October through November, pull on a sweater, fleece, or jacket and […]

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Fall in Muskegon County, Michigan: A Season of Splendor and Beauty

Make the Most of your Autumn Experience Visit Muskegon County, where you will find beautiful beaches, dunes, parks, trails – and forests filled with fall foliage. Muskegon County is not only a nature lover’s paradise. There are also exciting fall events, outdoor sports opportunities and unique outdoor activities. There’s something for everyone to enjoy. Stunning […]

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Savor the Fall Season at Silver Lake Sand Dunes

As the vibrant greens of late summer transition into the vivid hues of fall, the Silver Lake region of Michigan unfolds its unique charm and beauty. The changing seasons offer an array of captivating activities, from refreshing water sports to tranquil nature exploration. Here’s a guide to soaking in the best of Silver Lake’s late […]

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Celebrate Fall Saugatuck/Douglas-Style

There’s no better place than Saugatuck/Douglas to enjoy the quintessential outdoor autumn activities like picking apples, navigating a corn maze, or hiking the dunes to see the fall colors in all their glory. But if you’re looking to add different kinds of adventures to your fall getaway, check out these special activities.  Take A Walk […]

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Top 5 Hikes in the Grand Haven Area

Calling all hikers, walkers, nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. The Grand Haven Area has several amazing hiking and natural areas to enjoy year round. From hiking the dunes to get to the beaches to walking through the lush green wooded forest. Below are just a few of the many trails in our area.  All of […]

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Ride Tour with MI Bike Tours

Ride with MI Bike Tours, a new and exciting local business in Grand Haven, and enjoy a morning coffee or afternoon brew tour around downtown. Meet Alanna Kenny, the owner of MI Bike Tours and a Grand Haven-born resident. After pursuing a career in biochemistry, she shifted her path and combined her passion for bike riding […]

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July in Full Swing: Celebrate with Silver Lake and Hart’s Local Events

As the summer heat peaks, the Silver Lake and Hart region in Michigan brims with a variety of lively local happenings.   July Is Off With A Bang We kick off July with the Stony Lake Sparkler 5K Run, starting at 8:00am on July 2nd, at the Stony Lake Inn. This event is a celebration […]

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14 Reasons to Visit South Haven This Summer

South Haven is a small community situated comfortably within walking distance of the Lake Michigan shoreline. With a diverse array of lodging & dining options, as well as a legendary history of summer festivals and hospitality to match, South Haven is the perfect place for friends and families to visit and begin new traditions. Here […]

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73 Summer ideas for your Southwest Michigan bucket list!

Southwest Michigan is bursting with ideas about what to do this summer. It was tough narrowing this bucket list to 73! Here are some traditional and quirky ways to fill your days and nights. But don’t stop with just these. Spend the next few months at our region’s most popular events, hiking our trails, taking […]

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Let Us Entertain You!

Throughout the summer season the Silver Lake & Hart area invites you to gather and enjoy live entertainment featuring local talent from around our region. Whether you are sipping wine at Fox Barn or visiting the Hart Commons, you are never too far from a live music venue during the warm summer months. Be sure […]

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Silver Lake Dune Season: Full-Speed Ahead for Summer Fun

Dune Season Has Officially Begun! As the streets fill with people, local businesses reopen their doors, and the impressive Silver Lake Sand Dunes get ready for another thrilling season of dune riding. Simply put, it’s time for some fun in the sun in this beautiful lakeside town. The Silver Lake Sand Dunes, with their rolling […]

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Plan the Perfect LGBTQ+ Destination Wedding

You don’t need to book a flight to the Caribbean to have your wedding on a sandy white beach or travel clear across the country to find a dreamy destination where people will accept you for the wonderful person you are. Saugatuck/Douglas is a hidden gem of inclusivity, tucked along the beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline. […]

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Laffing It Up With Leslie Fitzell

When you step inside the Laffing Glass, a Saugatuck shop owned by Leslie Fitzell, it’s like crossing the threshold into Oz. A vibrant garden of glass flowers and dragonflies greets you, as does Leslie herself, ready with a smile and an endearing sense of humor. Her sunny spirit is even evident on the exterior of […]

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First-Timer’s Guide To Summer in Saugatuck/Douglas

Stunning lakeshore views, exhilarating outdoor experiences, a thriving arts scene, and a renowned culinary and craft beverage scene—it’s no wonder why so many visitors flock to the Art Coast of Michigan each summer. If you’re visiting for the first time, it can be overwhelming when deciding on how to spend your time here. Save yourself […]

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Discover a Hidden Gem in West Michigan: Muskegon

Looking for a fun-filled summer vacation? Muskegon, Michigan is a must-visit destination for anyone! This beach-town is a hidden gem in West Michigan. Whether you’re looking for outdoor adventure, relaxation on sandy beaches, or a taste of local culture, Muskegon has it all. Beautiful beaches, stretch for miles along the shores of Lake Michigan. Whether […]

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Letterboxing Along the Lakeshore

If you’ve ever tried geocaching—using GPS coordinates to hunt for secret containers hidden all over the world—you might want to try the pastime’s analog cousin, letterboxing. Letterboxes are concealed all over the Art Coast. You only need a compass, curiosity, and a little determination to track down these hidden gems while visiting the Saugatuck/Douglas area. […]

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LGBTQ Family Fun Along the Art Coast

Looking for a family-friendly vacation spot in a safe, inclusive environment? Look no further than the Art Coast of Michigan. With stunning outdoor scenery and fun activities for every age, Saugatuck/Douglas provides a warm welcome to all families looking for their ultimate escape. A long-standing history of inclusivity, a vibrant LGBTQ+ community, and a plethora of kid-friendly […]

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Plan an Active Escape in the Art Coast

We know how addictive hobbies can be (ever tried pickleball, anyone?). Whether you’re visiting Saugatuck/Douglas for a workcation or traveling for pleasure, you don’t have to miss out on your favorite pastime while you’re here. To help, we’ve compiled a sport-by-sport breakdown of all the places you can go to stay active doing the hobby […]

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Top 5 Ways To Celebrate Dad In The Art Coast

With exhilarating outdoor experiences, a lively craft beverage scene, and so many more activities to explore, there’s no shortage of ways to make Father’s Day memorable. Here are our top 5 ways to celebrate Dad in Saugatuck/Douglas this year and every year. Ravines Golf Club Saugatuck Dunes State Park Lakeshore Drive 1. Hit the Links […]

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Itinerary Series: A Day In the Silver Lake & Hart Area (Spring Edition)

After the snow melts and flowers start to bloom, there’s no better time to shake off the winter blues and embark on a fun-filled day of adventure in the Silver Lake, Mears, and Hart areas. Located in Oceana County, these charming communities offer a variety of outdoor activities and unique local businesses to explore. Get […]

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New Wave Wellness In The Art Coast

A New Wave Wellness vacation can be a great way to prioritize self-care and living a more balanced life. Involving a wide range of physical, mental, and spiritual activities, New Wave Wellness embraces holistic health concepts and alternative practices to promote optimal health. Reset and recharge in the Art Coast with these less conventional activities […]

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Fat Biking on Silver Lake Sand Dunes

The Silver Lake Sand Dunes are famous for their 450 acre ORV area where people bring their favorite off-road vehicle for a day on the dunes. When the season would change to winter, that same ORV waited until spring for everyone to return. That is until now! From December 15th through March 15th, the ORV […]

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Fewer Chills, More Thrills with Holiday Shopping in South Haven

It’s never too early to form a shopping game plan— especially when it comes to avoiding long lines, excruciating traffic, and delayed shipping dates. Forego any retail woes and satisfy everyone on your shopping list with these important dates:   Dine On Us November 1, 2022 – May 15, 2023 Participating Lodging Members & Restaurants […]

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Unique Fall Experiences in Holland

Fall colors, pumpkin carving and trick-or-treating all are must-do autumn activities, and the Holland area is a great place to enjoy all of them. (More on that later.) Holland is also the only place for a variety of other unique fall activities that will make the season extra special this year. Where else can you meet Abraham […]

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St. Joseph: One of Michigan’s Best Places to Visit in the Fall

For fall colors and activities, Michigan tops the charts in the United States. But for the best fall vacation destinations near major Midwest cities such as Chicago, Indianapolis, Detroit and Grand Rapids, Michigan, St. Joseph is Number One! This Lake Michigan beach town loves celebrating sweater-weather days and nights with you! Be wowed by St. […]

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A Fall Guide To Michigan Beachtowns

Fall in West Michigan is one of the most beautiful times of the year. The West Michigan Lakeshore offers a wide range of fall activities, including extraordinary fall color tours through the natural landscape, apple picking, cider tours, hayrides and more. The robust red, orange, and yellow canopy over the fall trails and the historic […]

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Fall in Love with The Grand Haven Area

Fall is a beautiful time of year to visit the Grand Haven area. The cooler temperatures, stunning colors, and festive activities make us a fall destination worth visiting. Read on to see all the things to see and do in Grand Haven and the surrounding areas of Spring Lake, Ferrysburg, West Olive, Coopersville, and Allendale. […]

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Family Fun in the Fall

There’s no time like autumn in Saugatuck/Douglas when the trees display a riot of color, the air is a little crisp, and the crowds have thinned out. It’s the perfect time for families to enjoy an active weekend getaway sure to leave lasting memories.   Places to Stay The AmericInn and Best Western are traditional hotel options, but families […]

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Visit Muskegon Depot to Depot Fall Color Tours

Experience Michigan’s Beautiful Autumn; and a Fun Fall Tradition. Visit Muskegon presents the 18th Annual “Depot to Depot Fall Color Tour” This October we invite you to celebrate the vibrant colors of our woods, dunes and water…and win prizes! Take your car or bike on this self-guided color tour; stretching from the Muskegon South Pierhead Light to […]

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All About Blueberries in South Haven, MI

South Haven is home to the largest concentration of blueberry growers in the world. There are nearly 300 blueberry farmers with roughly 18,500 acres of blueberry farms within a 50-mile radius. The beloved blueberry is celebrated when it’s in season at our farm markets, u-pick farms, and at our National Blueberry Festival. Let’s learn about […]

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Fall Fun in Silver Lake

It’s no secret the Silver Lake area is known for its splendid beauty and brilliant colors in the autumn months. New for 2022! Silverback Offroad and Sunbuggy ORV Rentals will be open everyday until the ORV area closes October 31! Silver Lake ORV Rentals With the dunes and lakeshore as a backdrop, the radiance of the […]


Add These Waterfront Bars to Your South Haven Itinerary

Summertime in South Haven! During the summer, streets are filled with people of all ages, hands are filled with shopping bags, and bellies are full of good food and adult beverages. Nothing draws a crowd like the three, beautiful bars/restaurants that are located right on Black River. The Idler, Admiral Jack’s, and Captain Lou’s are the perfect spots […]

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An Art Enthusiast’s Guide To The Art Coast

Saugatuck/Douglas has long inspired artists of all mediums and captivated the art lovers who visit. Home to numerous galleries, studios, exhibitions, and public art installations, art aficionados will find much to appreciate in the Art Coast of Michigan. Exhibitions The Saugatuck Center for the Arts regularly featuring exhibits throughout the year. From June 4-September 10, 2021, see Elevating […]

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Silver Lake Sand Dunes – Reflections on a Great Season

Reflections on a Great 2021 Dune Season GENERAL NEWS| January 2022 As start the new year, we wanted to take this opportunity to reflect on our past season at the dunes. Although as a region and a nation we faced many of the same challenges as we faced in 2020 this year, we are immensely […]

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At The Present Time – A 2021 Holiday Gift Guide

Support small businesses this year and check off your holiday shopping list with must-haves that don’t come from a mall. A host of specialty boutiques and independently-owned galleries and storefronts line the walkable streets of our downtowns, giving you the opportunity to find distinctive gifts in a more relaxed shopping experience. For the… Arts Lover […]

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Turn Up the Heat

Romance isn’t hard to celebrate when you’re spending time in our charming coastal towns. There’s something enchanting about the way this area makes people feel. For an unforgettable Valentine’s Day weekend getaway or romantic retreat, we invite you to discover some captivating ways to while away the winter hours together and get the sparks flying. […]

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Tantalizing Tastes of Winter

Whether you’re planning a culinary-focused getaway or stopping for a sip. Winter is the best time of year to enjoy the delicious dishes and craft beverages of the region. And the best part? You get to avoid the crowds. There’s no better way to warm up after a long wintry day than with a Michigan-made […]

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Explore Our Winter Wonderland

Recapture the joy and spirit of childhood while sledding under a gentle cascade of snowflakes. Explore our tranquil woods and snow-covered dunes on snowshoe or cross-country skis. With such a variety of outdoor adventures available in Saugatuck/Douglas, you’ll find it easy to create warm winter memories that will last a lifetime. Get ready to bundle […]

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Best Lake Michigan Vacation Spots for Your Summer Getaway

You don’t need to head to the ocean to enjoy a relaxing beachfront summer getaway. The best Lake Michigan vacation spots bring you the beauty and serenity of the beach with no need to board a plane. There’s dozens of gorgeous beaches to choose from along Lake Michigan, and we’ve selected a few of the […]

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Social Distancing – Saugatuck/Douglas Style

We in Saugatuck/Douglas take pride in our community as a one-of-a-kind place for respite, and we want nothing more than for our wonderful visitors and local residents to remain healthy and happy during these challenging times. As our community continues to follow CDC guidelines for social distancing, we’re loving how locals (and visitors, too) are still […]

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Cheers Your Way Across the Beachtowns Craft Beverage Trail

As you travel through the Lake Michigan Beachtowns, don’t miss stopping at the many spots along our Craft Beverage Trail! We have breweries, vineyards, tasting rooms, distilleries, and cider mills. Discover some new favorites and bring them home as souvenirs and gifts! Holland New Holland Brewing was founded in 1997 and today is recognized as […]

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Planning Your Destination Wedding in South Haven, Michigan

Here at the Visitors Bureau we receive calls, emails, and visits asking about South Haven’s opportunities for weddings and receptions. This being the case, I’m happy to put together this wedding guide for those who are interested in marrying, having a reception, or simply having engagement photos taken in the South Haven area. Photo credit: Katlyn […]


Silver Lake Sand Dunes Camping

While snow may be blanketing the Silver Lake Sand Dunes at the moment, summer will be here sooner than you think! Here in Silver Lake, many area campgrounds are already taking reservations, making now the perfect time to reserve your spot.   Why Choose Silver Lake as Your Summer Camping Destination? Never camped at the […]

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Most Romantic Things to Do Along the Michigan Beachtowns

If you are looking to plan a romantic getaway look no farther than the quaint and friendly towns along the Lake Michigan Beachtowns! We offer traditional wine & dine experiences along with some adventure, quiet time for just the two of you, and the most stunning sunsets you will ever see in your lifetime. Go […]

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Valentine’s Weekend in Saugatuck/Douglas

Romance is everywhere in Saugatuck/Douglas year-round, but especially so during Valentine’s Day. Lovebirds have made the Art Coast of Michigan their destination for honeymoons, anniversary trips and romantic getaways for years; in fact, we’ve been dubbed one of the five best mini-moon spots in the state of Michigan! The town’s trendy art galleries, romantic lodging options, acclaimed dining and unique shopping […]

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Explore the Lake Michigan Beachtowns in the Winter

While we are the Michigan Beachtowns and we are most famous for our summers, there is still plenty to do and discover in the winter months along Lake Michigan! Silver Lake Sand Dunes + Hart This area is best known for their towering sand dunes that keep watch over Silver Lake and Lake Michigan. The […]

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Planning the Perfect South Haven Vacation: Accommodations are Key

Everyone loves a good vacation: the break from routine that lets us escape into what we long for, whether it be rest and relaxation, adventure, special moments with family and friends or expanding our view of the world. With quiet charm, festive nightlife, stunning scenery and maritime culture, South Haven offers it all. What you […]

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A Winter Guide To Michigan Beachtowns

Plan your winter vacation in Western Michigan along Lake Michigan’s coast to enjoy beautiful scenery and exhilarating activities. Lake Michigan Beachtowns are full of wonder in winter. Marvel at natural ice sculptures as they form before your eyes along the shoreline, or cozy up inside a charming winery, restaurant, or boutique. Tour colorful Christmas lights […]

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How to Halloween in Muskegon!

Muskegon offers SO many unique ways to get your chills and thrills! We love this time of year; and know you will too! The chills and thrills range from historical to hysterical.  We have compiled a list of not too frightful fun for the little ones, eerie entertainment for the entire family, and ghostly good-times for […]

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Celebrating the Harvest in South Haven, Michigan

Hot cider, pumpkin patches, apple picking and hayrides are the hot buttons that make us all think of the Fall harvest. The leaves are turning and creating a colorful backdrop, temperatures are cooler giving us the excuse to start bonfires, and whether or not you believe the spirits are among us, we are evoking earlier […]

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The Arts Help Make Southwestern Michigan a Top Pick

Recently, Forbes magazine published an article about the 10 best places if you want to retire early in the U.S. In it, southwestern Michigan tied for second place nationally and leads the pack in the Midwest. MagnifyMoney, the source of the ranking, studied 217 metropolitan areas throughout the United States and scored each on cost […]

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World Class Fishing on Lake Michigan

Take a stroll along the Black River in downtown South Haven and you’re likely to encounter the serious fishing boats. If you’re already a fisherman (or fisherwoman), you may know what fishing on the big lake is all about. But if you’re like me, lake fishing invites curiosity and a certain mystique. I’m not a […]

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Southwest Michigan’s Best in Breakfast, Brunch and Bloody Marys

Vacation may be the only chance you get to make time for breakfast, and when in Southwest Michigan, you will be glad you did. Whether you live for breakfast food or you’d rather drink your breakfast you’ll definitely want to start your day at one of these amazing restaurants: Staymaker at Journeyman Distillery, Three Oaks, […]


Saugatuck Named One of the 25 Greatest Beach Towns in America

What do you see when you envision the perfect beach? For us, it’s pretty hard to beat Oval – the largest beach in Saugatuck/Douglas. Although our beaches are a beloved part of our community, our year-round attractions, local character, food scene and charm factor, all distinguished Saugatuck/Douglas from the rest when Thrillist Travel chose the […]

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Exploring Public Art in the Twin Cities

Southwest Michigan is home to the vibrant and artistic Twin Cities of Benton Harbor and St. Joseph. Visiting the waterfronts of Lake Michigan and the St. Joseph River, walking along Lake Boulevard in St. Joseph or exploring the Arts District of Benton Harbor soon reveals that there is a wide range of artists and artworks […]

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Fun at Full Sail Onboard Friends Good Will

The ropes are untied and the boat embarks. You slowly steer through the Black River channel and into the blue sprawl of Lake Michigan, which reflects the diamond chips cast by the sun. Once you’re on the lake, the strengthening air begins to cool: You pull on a sweatshirt. Crew members dressed as 1800s merchant […]

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Silver Lake Summer Food Tour

No matter what your taste buds are after, Silver Lake offers a wide range of dining options to please every palate. Choose from delicious local flavors, fresh-off-the-grill burgers and dogs, mouthwatering chicken wings and pizza, Mexican fare, and cold sweet treats for those late-night cravings — we’ve got everything! Here’s a bit more about what […]

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Find Your Sensory Feast at the South Haven Farm Market

Farm-to-table produce and meat. Freshly picked berries and nuts. All-natural Amish cheese. Herbs and spices. Artisan woodwork. Whimsical jewelry. Candles and soaps. Leather wraps. You’re not in the middle of an exotic bazaar – you’re among the 80 vendors at the South Haven Farm Market at the Huron St. Pavilion, an annual highlight of downtown […]

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Top 5 Autumn Activities in Saugatuck/Douglas

There’s lots to do in Saugatuck/Douglas all year round, but fall is an especially special time to visit. From traditional autumn activities like apple picking and color tours to more creative ones like gallery walks and beverage tours – spending time in Saugatuck/Douglas in the fall is an experience you’re sure to enjoy. 1. Fall […]

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Planning a Beach Day in SWMI

Sitting on the beach with your toes in the sand. It’s an iconic image of summer – and frankly, no summer feels complete without at least one beach day (at least to me). If you’re looking to spend a day at the beach in Southwest Michigan, consider these tips while planning your trip. Choose your […]

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8 Super Ideas for Summer Fun in Silver Lake

Whether you’ve been planning your trip to Silver Lake for months or have just decided to stop by on a whim, we’ve got the perfect summer-fun ideas for your visit! Summer Amusement at the Dunes… How could we not put the Silver Lake Sand Dunes first on the list? This extraordinary landmark remains the main […]

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Summer Fun in Holland, Michigan

The Beach Arguably the best place to be in Holland, Michigan during the summer months, the sandy shores are a favorite getaway.  Stroll the white sandy beaches at Laketown, camp out at Holland State Park and enjoy the sun setting over Lake Michigan before retreating back to your campfire, or, walk through a concrete tunnel […]

White River Light House

Visiting Muskegon, MI on a Budget

Visiting Muskegon, MI on a budget Traveling on a budget can be hard, with transportation and accommodations taking up a chunk of the budget, it can be hard to find interesting places and activities to visit while on a trip. Muskegon, MI, however, plays host to a range of activities that will satisfy all travelers, […]

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Early Industry and Community Beginnings in South Haven, Michigan

South Haven is a vacation destination with a rich history of progress and expansion, making it one of the favorite stops on the West Michigan Pike by adventure-seeking travelers. Industrial innovations and circumstances have shaped the area over time, leading to the charming city we know today. 2019 marks one hundred and fifty years since […]

St. Joseph Beach

Last Days of Summer Checklist

Southwest Michigan is one of the best places to visit during the summer because there are so many ways to relax, play, and get outside. As summer rushes by, you may wonder “what’s the best way to enjoy it before it’s gone?” Here are 10 things to add to your “Last Days of Summer” checklist […]

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Think Dunes Starting April 1

As winter fades away, we find our sweet reward for surviving another frigid season: the opening of Silver Lake Sand Dunes. While you may recognize four seasons, around here we only know two: Silver Lake Sand Dunes Season and its offseason. On April 1st, the only true fools are the ones not at the Silver […]

Mt. Baldhead Beach

A History of the Mount Baldhead Radar Tower

One of the most iconic sights along the Saugatuck shore is the moonlike sphere of the Mount Baldhead radar tower. This Cold War relic dates back to the 1950s, when the escalating arms race between the U.S. and the Soviet Union had many Americans living in fear of an atomic bomb attack. In 1949, the […]

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Make Muskegon Your Maritime Stop!

Make Muskegon Your Maritime Stop! Known for their abundant history in lumber, manufacturing and shipping, Muskegon is also home to two, very important, World War II maritime vessels. The USS Silversides is a historic Gato class (built for the US Navy launched between 1941–1943) submarine. During her service, she received 12 battle stars and was […]

Windmill Island Gardens

Visit Windmill Island Gardens

Visit Windmill Island Gardens, one of Holland’s must-see attractions and our very own “treasure island”! Spend an afternoon wandering through 36 acres of beautifully manicured lawns and gardens filled with over 122,000 tulips during our annual Tulip Time Festival; the tulips are replaced with breathtaking annuals and perennials for the summer months. In a nod […]

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Collecting Beach Glass

By Joshua Nowicki Like collecting fossils, stones and driftwood, searching Lake Michigan’s shoreline for beach glass is a relaxing hobby that beachgoers of every age can enjoy. Over the years, when I have been out taking photos along the lake, I would pick up the occasional piece of beach glass bring it home and put […]

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View Big Red Lighthouse

Holland’s beloved and popular “Big Red” lighthouse, which stands proudly at the south side of the Holland Channel, has a long and rich history dating back to the first structure built on that site in 1870. Currently the lighthouse is owned and maintained by a non-profit lighthouse commission and is Michigan’s most photographed lighthouse. For […]


Top 10 Places for Families

Finding the perfect place for family fun isn’t hard to do in Holland, Michigan. Whether you are looking for fun outdoor recreation, traditional Dutch activities, or indoor play, there are plenty of options for fun and adventure! Dutch Village One of Holland’s favorite attractions, Dutch Village offers an authentic Dutch experience for the whole family. […]

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The Magic of Ice Cream

‘Come sit with me, both of you,’ she said. ‘We’ll talk of strange ice creams and such things as we seem to have a bent for.” ~  Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine Dandelion Wine is the enchanting American novel of a young, Midwestern boy’s magical summer. Naturally it includes ice cream…because what is summer without this delicious, […]

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Josh’s Fall Favorites

By Joshua Nowicki Summer is definitely the most popular time to visit southwest Michigan, however, I feel that there is even more to enjoy in the fall. Here are some of my fall favorites: Enjoying the Fall Color: Whether on foot, by bike, stand-up paddle board, kayak, or in the car, enjoying the colors of […]

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Best Pizza Places in Southwest Michigan

By Erika Peterson Looking for the best pizza places in Southwest Michigan? Check out what these local guest bloggers had to say about their favorite pizza places in this corner of the mitten. Some of them may surprise you. Josh Nowicki The Livery & Haymarket Taproom Two of my favorite pizzas in Southwest Michigan are […]

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The Fish Monger’s Wife

The winter ice has melted from the lakes of Muskegon County. There will soon be blooming daffodils, robin sightings…and a lot more fishing! Another welcome sign of Spring is the anticipated re-opening of The Fish Monger’s Wife. The Fish Monger’s Wife celebrates the tradition of America’s First Industry – Commercial Fishing. Owners Amber Mae and […]

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West Michigan Pike Named State’s Newest Pure Michigan Bywaytm

Muskegon, MI – State and local officials and tourism organizations will gather Monday, July 25 at 10:00 a.m. at Muskegon’s Heritage Landing to celebrate the designation of the West Michigan Pike as the state’s newest Pure Michigan Byway™. Speakers at the designation event include State Senator Goeff Hansen (34th), MDOT Director Kirk T. Steudle, Travel […]

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Start Planning Your Lake Michigan Beach Vacation

Our guide to Michigan Beachtowns makes it easy to plan your trip and find exactly what you’re looking for along the West Michigan shoreline.