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 you’re looking for a quiet spot to relax or a place to enjoy water sports, there’s a beach for you. There is even a beach to bring your dog at Kruse Park!
When you’re done soaking up the sun, there are plenty other things to do in Muskegon. One popular attraction is Michigan’s Adventure. This “two parks for the price of one” is the state’s largest amusement park and includes a water park. For those who prefer a more active vacation, check out the Muskegon Luge Adventure Sports Park. Experience thrilling summer activities like ziplining, wheel luge, archery, rock climbing and more!
If you’re interested in history and culture, Muskegon has you covered there too. There are three lighthouses worth exploring. And two to tour: Muskegon South Pierhead Light and the White River Light Station. Tour historic homes, a WW2 landing ship or submarine – or visit one of many museums. The Muskegon Museum of Art features works by noted American & European artists. There are galleries of rotating and traveling exhibitions.
When the sun goes down, visit one of the 9 drive-in theaters that remain in Michigan. The Getty Drive-In Theatre offers double features on 4 outdoor screens. Tune your car radio to the cinematic sounds coming from the big screen.
When it comes to accommodations, there are hotels from names you know and trust. Or, if you prefer a cozy cabin or spacious beach house, there are vacation rentals to fit your needs – and budget!
Overall, Muskegon, Michigan is a summer destination sure to please. From sandy beaches to outdoor adventure to cultural attractions, there’s something for everyone. So, pack your bags, grab your sunscreen, and get ready to make lasting memories in Muskegon, Michigan!
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.
A must-experience culinary destination, as noted in Condé Nast Traveler’s “20 Best Places to Go in 2020,” Saugatuck/Douglas is a foodie favorite. Tempt your taste buds with a stop at Pennyroyal Café and Provisions for fresh farm-to-table seasonal dishes or Coast 236 for approachable, coastal-inspired fare. For casually elegant dining combined with the region’s best live music, try Wicks Park Bar & Grille or Salt of the Earth.
Look no further than Bowdie’s Chophouse for an exceptional, intimate steakhouse experience that’s big on flavor. Or, if a burger is more your style, head for The Butler, where the selection ranges from the classics to more gourmet.
If sampling a variety of small plates is what you’re after, your trip needs to include a visit to Borrowed Time where seasonally-driven ingredients are artfully prepared and meant to be shared. A local favorite and hidden gem is Clearbrook’s Grill Room Restaurant, who have been serving their house special walleye since 1985.
The town’s trendy art galleries, romantic lodging options, acclaimed dining and unique shopping – nestled along the Lake Michigan shoreline and defined by natural landmarks like the Kalamazoo River and Saugatuck Dunes State Park – create the perfect setting for outdoor enthusiasts and city-dwellers alike.
This Valentine’s Day, treat your special someone to a romantic trip to the Art Coast of Michigan, anchored by these holiday happenings.
Valentine’s Day Dinners in Saugatuck/Douglas
Say “I Love You” at the Belvedere Inn & Restaurant, February 14 & 15, 2020
Nothing says, “I love you,” like a fine dining experience at the Belvedere Inn & Restaurant; and Chef Shaun Glynn and his staff know how to create just that.Learn more
Cost: $75 per adult. Reservations Required
Valentine’s Dinner on the Italian Coast at Coast 236, February 14, 2020
Enjoy an Italian-inspired, three course l prix fixe menu at coastal inspired restaurant, Coast 236 in downtown Saugatuck.
Cost: $48 per adult. Reservations Requested
Valentine’s Dinner at The Loft at Borrowed Time, February 14, 2020
Enjoy an intimate 3-course dining experience with a birds-eye view of the restaurant from Borrowed Time’s loft.
Cost: $35 per adult. Reservations Requested
Winter Dinner in Eastern Europe at GROW, February 14, 15 & 16, 2020
Escape to Eastern Europe without the plane ticket at this pop-up dinner at GROW in Downtown Saugatuck featuring five courses, five bubbles and five toasts. Learn More
Cost: $75 per adult. Reservations Required
Valentine’s Day Dessert Plate & Coffee Pairing at Uncommon Coffee Roasters, February 14, 2020
After dinner out, enjoy a special Valentine’s Dessert for two, featuring a flour-less chocolate cake for two topped with espresso ganache, fresh berries and whipped cream. This shareable plate comes with two pour-over coffees using Uncommon’s favorite Love Wins Blend.
Cost: $10 per couple
Valentine’s Weekend Wine, Cider and Beer Experiences
Vino-tines at Fenn Valley Vineyards, February 15 & 16, 2020
Enjoy sparkling and still wines, cheese and chocolate, expertly paired by the staff at Fenn Valley Vineyards. Guests also receive a souvenir sparkling wine flute, chocolates and a rose for your valentine. Learn More
Cost $50 per couple
Galentine’s Day Beer Pairing, February 13, 2020
This event is part education, part decadence. Learn from instructor, Kim Collins, about pairing and Guardian beer. Three cheeses and three chocolates paired with six unique beers. Kim Collins is a Certified Cicerone, owner and head brewer of Guardian Brewing Company. Learn More
Cost: $25 per adult
Brew Your Own Beer at Saugatuck Brewing Company (by appointment only)
Base fee includes your personal instruction, brewing equipment and base ingredients up to (71) twenty-two-ounce bottles of your crafted brew. You may design your own label for an additional cost of $35 (must include government warning). Price includes beer sampling as well. Learn More
Cost: $275-$300 per couple
5th Annual Wassail at Virtue Cider, February 15, 2020. Noon – 8 p.m.
Head to Virtue Cider for horse-drawn sleigh rides, live ice sculpting, snowshoe tours, cider, traditional English fare, live music and a processional through the apple orchards to bless the trees for the coming harvest. Learn More
Cost: Entrance is free. Food, cider, sleigh rides and Chicago bus shuttle sold separately.
Make it a Weekend: Other Happenings and Activities During Valentine’s weekend
Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound, February 13, 2020
Screening at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts at 7 PM. Directed by veteran Hollywood sound editor Midge Costin, the film reveals the hidden power of sound in cinema, introduces us to the unsung heroes who create it, and features insights from legendary directors with whom they collaborate. Learn More
Cost: $12 per adult
Winter Gallery Stroll, February 15, 2020
Get away with your special someone for the evening and tour area art galleries, each open with specials and entertainment. Learn More
Joshua Davis Performs Live at Salt of the Earth, February 16, 2020
Come see singer/songwriter extraordinaire, Joshua Davis perform at Salt of the Earth in Fennville on Sunday, February 16. Enjoy a delicious, special Valentine’s Weekend dinner and drink menu during the show. Learn More
Cost: $20 for concert tickets in advance, $25 day of. Dinner and drinks sold separately. Reservations requested.
Book Your Valentine’s Getaway in Saugatuck/Douglas Today!
From romantic Bed and Breakfasts to sleek boutique hotels and everything in between, there’s a place for everyone in Saugatuck/Douglas. Click here for special Valentine’s weekend deals and rates! Learn More.