Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Destination of the Week: Saugatuck, Douglas & Fennville Area, MI-Douglas

Destination of the Week: Saugatuck, Douglas & Fennville Area, MI-Douglas

Douglas is a nice little quiet counterpoint to Saugatuck.  Mostly made of permanent and summer homes, the town is touristy without the normal outward appearance.  A large central park is perfect for kids who need some play time.  

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Address:
Saugatuck Brewing Company-Great beer and food!
2948 Blue Star Hwy, Fennville, MI 49408
http://saugatuckbrewing.com/

Dunes Resort-One of the largest gay resorts in the Midwest.
333 Blue Star Hwy, Douglas, MI 49406
http://dunesresort.com/














Monday, March 30, 2015

Destination of the Week: Saugatuck, Douglas & Fennville Area, MI-Saugatuck

Destination of the Week: Saugatuck, Douglas & Fennville Area, MI-Saugatuck 

If you cannot relax in Saugatuck, there may be an issue.  Located between ever-moving dunes, the town has a number of great small restaurants, stores, and bars.  Two theaters, one within walking distance of downtown, provide a nice intermission with high-quality productions of light plays.  Daytime activities also include wine tasting, boat cruises, and dune rides.  Most hotels are locally owned and are a bit dated.  But really, how long is one expecting to hang out at a hotel?  If the comfort of a chain hotel is more to your liking, check out Holland which is only a few miles away.  

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Address:
Harbor Duck Adventures-It is almost impossible to have a bad Duck tour!  
121 Griffith St, Saugatuck, MI 
http://harborducks.com


Saugatuck Center for the Arts/Mason Street Warehouse-Theatre steps from all the downtown action.  
400 Culver St, Saugatuck, MI 49453
http://www.sc4a.org


Star of Saugatuck Boat Cruise-Take a break with a cruise up and down the river all the way to the lake.  
716 Water St, Saugatuck, MI 49453
http://www.saugatuckboatcruises.com




Douglas Historical Society’s Pump House Museum-Learn about the great history of the area in this small museum.  
735 Park St, Saugatuck, MI
http://sdhistoricalsociety.org/sites/museum/museum.php










Mount Baldhead Park & Oval Beach-One of the best beaches on Lake Michigan.  Mount Baldhead rewards a tough climb with some amazing views.  
698 Water St, Saugatuck, MI 49453
http://www.saugatuck.com/beaches.asp






Saugatuck Dune Rides-Hold on to your hats for this activity!  If you have a purse/carrier bag, leave them in the car!  
6495 Blue Star Hwy, Saugatuck, MI 49453
http://www.saugatuckduneride.com/

Lakeshore Arts Alliance/Red Barn Playhouse-Great theatre at a perfect price.  
3657 63rd St, Saugatuck, MI 49453
http://www.redbarnsaugatuck.com


Sunday, March 29, 2015

Destination of the Week: Saugatuck, Douglas & Fennville Area, MI

Destination of the Week: Saugatuck, Douglas & Fennville Area, MI

Summary: 
The Saugatuck, Douglas, and Fennville Area, for being a small collection of very small towns, has an outsized reputation as being one of the best vacation areas in the Midwest.  Recently USA Today’s Readers Choice selected Saugatuck as the 2015 ‘Best Coastal Small Town’.  The focal point is Saugatuck with its small business district, a number of great restaurants and bars, and one of the best beaches on Lake Michigan.  Douglas, only about a mile away, is even smaller with a business district of about three tiny blocks.  Douglas is also the home of one of the largest gay resorts in the region.  Fennville is nearly a welcomed afterthought.  The least touristy of the three (with prices to match), it is the home address for a number of agritourism attractions and the area’s second largest gay resort.

Go if you like:
-Beaches
-GLBTQ activities
-Wineries/Breweries

Distance (Driving):
-Chicago: 141 miles/2h 9m
-Detroit: 190 miles/2h 46m
-Indianapolis: 225 miles/3h 36m
-Columbus: 331 miles/5h 17m

Also serviced by:
No commercial airport.

No Amtrak service.

Link:
http://www.saugatuck.com

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Destination of the Week: Detroit, MI-Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Destination of the Week: Detroit, MI-Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History 

Like nearly every other Detroit museum, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History has faced major issues, only to come out stronger.  While some museums focus only on slavery, this museum begins with the rich culture prior to the forced migration and follows the African American experience since the end of the Civil War.  The galleries are well designed and provide a nice transition from subject to subject.   Two special exhibit areas are often included in the admission price.

Note: The ‘cafĂ©’ is really just a lunchroom with vending machines.  Fortunately there are a number of great restaurants nearby.

Address:
315 E Warren Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
http://thewright.org/

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