Summer is a time where people usually lean towards the second part of the phrase, “work hard, play hard.” We might cut out of work a bit early, linger a little longer on the porch and add a little extra wine to our glass.
This is the final installment in our 3-part blog series on how to spend a relaxing long weekend at Kirby House. We know it’s your last day here and we’ll be sad to see you go, but we want to make sure you squeeze every last drop out of your trip, so let’s jump into our picks!
This quaint breakfast spot has been a Saugatuck institution for 25 years because it offers the small-town cozy atmosphere visitors love. Take a seat at one of the outdoor tables to watch to watch the downtown Butler Street action or cozy up inside to enjoy a view of the local artwork on display. And, since you’re on vacation, you might as well take advantage of their weekend Bloody Mary bar, complete with every fixing you can imagine.
- Saugatuck Dune Rides
This area is famous for its beautiful rolling sand dunes. The best way to take them in is with an adventurous dune ride. Expect to get a little history lesson, a bit of stand-up comedy and a wild ride on the open-top dune buggy. There are a couple of short stops for taking photos and enjoying the views from the very top. Just be sure to choose your seat wisely – passengers in the back get a much bumpier, more heart-racing 40 minutes than those in the front.
No trip to this agriculturally rich area of Michigan is complete without fruit picking. At the Crane Orchards, you can help yourself to their bountiful varieties of cherries, peaches, and apples, depending on the season. They’ll weigh up your haul and you can take home sweet Michigan fruit that you know is farm fresh.
- Lunch: Crane’s Pie Pantry & Restaurant
After your work, enjoy the fruits of the orchard’s labor at Crane’s restaurant. It’s the type of place that makes big city folk love this charming part of Michigan. Entering the delicious bakery and restaurant, you’re immediately met by the enticing smells of homemade fruit pies and the welcoming old-timey atmosphere. It kind of feels like stepping back in time to visit your great grandmother’s country kitchen. Definitely enjoy a sandwich on a homemade fresh-baked bun, but it would be a sin not to leave room for pie
This local ranch offers a variety of activities, so you’re sure to find something that suits your mood. You can go horseback riding for anywhere from one to three hours or opt instead for a romantic carriage ride if you’d just like to relax and enjoy the passing scenery as you contemplate how wonderful your weekend has been.
- Dinner: Everyday People
For your last night in town, we’ll send you to one of our favorite local restaurants. Everyday People consistently does a great job with their fine dining menu, which is diverse and boasts many fresh, local ingredients. We like it because the food is high end but the atmosphere is friendly and unpretentious. They also offer live blues and jazz music to add a bit of ambiance to your dining experience.
We hope our blog series has given you a bit of inspiration for your upcoming trip and that you’ll get to check out these unique attractions while you’re here. We can’t wait to meet you and help you make your Saugatuck stay exactly what you had in mind.
If you’re looking for a place to wind down, relax, and have great conversation you’re in luck. We offer a very cozy, intimate wine lounge which combines classic and modern style to create a very unique environment. The selection of wines is outstanding. We have old world wines by the glass, a thorough bottle variety, wonderful cocktails, and of course…local beers and ciders. These options come from countries all over the world, and locally from Michigan.
Welcome to the second installment of our 3-part blog series on how to spend an idyllic weekend in Saugatuck. We’ve thought long and hard about our favorite homegrown attractions and what we’d do if we only had a few days to spend in this lovely Michigan haven.
Day 1 was all about getting you acquainted with the area and easing you into the vacation mindset, but by the end of Day 2 you’ll be feeling like a true Saugatuck local.
There’s much to do today, so we chose a casual, quick place to grab an amazing coffee and some house-made pastries. These folks are dead-serious about quality java, so feel free to consult the barista about what to order. We recommend grabbing some joe, a few of the day’s best-looking baked goods and posting up in the pretty little garden out back for a chilled out morning.
- Sailing with Seasun Sailing Charters
If you’re not taking advantage of the beautiful coast every day you’re in Saugatuck, you’re doing it wrong. If you had enough of the beach on your first day, a few hours on a sail boat is a great way to enjoy the water on Day 2. There are several great sailing charters in the area, but we like Seasun – Captain Bill is a serious sailing pro and has extensive knowledge of the area. Trips last about 3 hours, so we suggest bringing along some sandwiches and enjoying a casual lunch aboard while you enjoy the open waters.
- Express Yourself Art Barn
The Saugatuck area is known for its art – over the years it’s become a major haven for artists who want to create in a beautiful, peaceful place. So, while you’re here, why not get in the game and channel your creativity? The Express Yourself Art Barn is the perfect place to play studio artist for the day. Visitors pay an $8 studio fee and have the choice of several kinds of projects: mosaics, glass, jewelry, pottery, or painting. Enjoy the breezes coming in the wide open doors of the barn, the fun songs playing on the old juke box and tune out the rest of the world. You can take your art piece with you or have them ship it to you later – whatever you make will be a perfect reminder of your perfect weekend away.
- Dinner: The Kirby Hotel
We don’t want to toot our own horn here, but we just happen to be one of the best places for dinner in the Saugatuck-Douglas area. We offer great a creative selection of cheeses and charcuteries, delicious appetizers, small plates as well as thoughtful wine & food pairings. But that’s not all – our gourmet pizzas and sinfully decadent desserts are so good that you might not want to eat at any other restaurants during your stay. We suggest trying a glass of Sicily’s Tami Nero d’Avola with our amazing lamb chops. The tastes combine perfectly and really build on one another’s strengths.
If you have any energy left after your long day, you should grab a craft beer at this local brewery. They’re actually the only Michigan brewery that lets visitors try their hand at the brewing process – you can make up your own brew, which will be ready to be picked up in a few weeks (great excuse for a return visit). If you’re not looking to become a brew master, you’ll be perfectly happy to try their best sellers in a beer flight. If you find a favorite, you can even pick up a six-pack to go.
We hope the Day 2 itinerary gave you some fun ideas for your upcoming visit. Please feel free to reach out if you have any specific questions about any of our recommendations or any other activities you’d like to try during your stay with us – we l ove helping our visitors make their trips as memorable and enjoyable as possible!