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Spring is going to be here before we know it! As the lakeshore begins to get busy and the streets are filled with the hustle and bustle of people enjoying the warmer weather, there are many opportunities for different events. To make planning easier, below is a list of events happening in South Haven and Saugatuck/Douglas during March and April

 

South Haven 

 

Learn about the Cryptozoology of the Great Lakes on March 23rd at 6pm. Michigan based author Shetan Noir will be at the South Haven Memorial Library to show fossil records, share Native American legends, and historical sighting reports of some of the creatures that may be lurking under the Great Lake’s surface. On March 25th (from 11am-6pm), support local businesses at Modales Artisan Market! Taking place rain or shine, the market will feature over 13 vendors throughout the indoor and outdoor spaces. Try some local wine and shop for local artisan goods.

 

Going to be on the lakeshore in April? Check out the Easter Egg Hunt at the Kal-Haven Outpost on April 8th. For $5 per child, there will be two hunts, one for kids ages 2-6 and one for ages 7-12. All eggs will have prizes/candy and there will be a food truck on the property. On April 27th, Andy Baker will host Heather Styka and Josh Rose at the Black River Tavern for the Songwriter Showcase. The evening will consist of songs, stories, and laughs. To add to the event, the food and bar will be open. Doors open at 6pm and the showcase begins at 7pm.  

 

Saugatuck/Douglas 

 

The Grace Theisen Band is playing Salt of the Earth on March 19th at 6pm. Grace is an Americana/Blues artist from Kalamazoo. Tickets are $20 in advance and all ticket proceeds will go to the artist. Looking for a fun way to stretch and meet people? On March 25th, check out Yoga and Beer brought to you by Encompass Wellness Yoga & Fitness Center. Wicks Park Bar & Grille is hosting this event. Tickets for the event are $20 and will include a complimentary beer after the 45 minute class. The class is open to all levels and space is limited so reserve your spot today! 

 

International musical sensation, Cowboy Junkies will be taking the stage at the Saugatuck Center of the Arts on April 8th. Playing country/blues/folk rock, Cowboy Junkies have been touring since 1985. Tickets are $65 and the event starts at 7pm. Check out Friday Night Flights on April 28th. Taking place on the last Friday of each month, flights will include 4 (2oz) pours of Modales Wines. Each month, there will be two different types of wine flights to choose from. Outside food is welcomed or you can purchase a cheese & charcuterie box served with a fresh demi-baguette from Field & Fire.

 

Need a place to stay while visiting the lakeshore? Check out our listings in South Haven and Saugatuck/Douglas. 

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, but there’s still plenty of time to give your loved one the perfect gift! You could stick with the classics like flowers, chocolates, dinner and a movie, or you could really give them something they’d love with a weekend away at the lakeshore. Our Vacation Rental department has plenty of cozy cottages and adorable cabins that would be perfect for a romantic weekend away and are offering a 10% discount for Valentine’s Day! 

 

Here’s a list of just a few of the properties available this weekend and next along the beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline! 

 

SOUTH HAVEN:

 

The Harbours Condominium Association

Located right along beautiful Lake Michigan, the Harbours Condominium Association is home to multiple properties perfect for a small getaway. Units 10, 26, 44 and 9 are all managed by our Jaqua Rental team and are available for the upcoming holiday. Each unit offers various amenities and layouts to suit every guest’s needs. The units range between 1-2 bedrooms and 1-2 baths and are able to sleep 5-7 occupants each. The Harbours units all come with a fully stocked kitchen, plenty of living space and an unbeatable location. 

 

Check out each unit and book your weekend away by clicking here! 

 

Ground Floor Getaway

If you’re looking for a rental that has all the entertainment you need for a great weekend, then look no further than Ground Floor Getaway! Located in the Central Lofts, this stunning 2 bedroom and 2 bath unit features an industrial vibe with exposed brick and all new appliances. This property comfortably sleeps up to 6 guests and offers plenty of space for everyone to spread out. In addition to an amazing unit, you’ll also have access to the endless amenities this location comes with including a year round indoor/outdoor heated pool with hot tub, large outdoor patio with community gas grills, 2 movie theaters, gym and exercise room, and an additional patio with firepit. 

 

Don’t delay and book your vacation at Ground Floor Getaway by clicking here! 

 

The Colonial Building

With views of the Black River and walking distance to all of South Haven’s bars and restaurants, it’s no surprise that the Colonial Building is one of our most popular condominiums. Jaqua Realtors Vacation Rentals manages 3 beautiful units in the Colonial Building. Bridge to Beach Condo is a 1 bedroom and 1 bath apartment that comfortably sleeps 4 guests with 2 queen beds. Colonial #1 is an adorable studio apartment that also sleeps 4 guests with a full bed and a queen size sleeper sofa. And last but not least, Harbor View at the Colonial is also a studio apartment with one bath and offers a king sized bed and sleeper sofa. 

 

To book any of these units for your Valentine’s Day getaway or a summer vacation, click here! 

 

Sunchaser

This 2 bedroom and 1 bath home is conveniently located just half a block from Kid’s Park and 1.5 blocks from the blue staircase leading to the beach. You can walk to some of the amazing restaurants in town, or whip up a home cooked meal in the fully stocked kitchen. With a queen bed in one room and a twin plus twin bunk bed in the other bedroom, there is room to sleep up to 6 guests. It’s cozy vibe and intimate setting also makes it the perfect place for a romantic getaway for two. 

 

Click here to book your weekend at Sunchaser!

 

Quaker Street #4

Enjoy this 2 bedroom and 2 bath unit located in the Quaker Square Condos that overlook the beautiful Black River. Take in the scenery from the private patio off of the kitchen or the open deck facing the river. Looking for the beach? You won’t have to look too far since this condo is just a 10 minute walk from South Beach. No need to worry about snow or cleaning off your car, renting this unit means you also have access to a private parking space in the garage area.

 

Start planning your next vacation at Quaker Street #4 by clicking here! 

 

SAUGATUCK/DOUGLAS

 

DanJo South 

With one bedroom and one bath, this cozy apartment is located right on the main street of downtown Douglas. Take your pick of the many bars, restaurants and shops that are all within walking distance. After you’ve explored downtown Douglas, hop over to the other side of the river to experience all that downtown Saugatuck has to offer. Don’t feel like going out? Have the perfect night in with the fully stocked kitchen and TV in the living room. This apartment is the perfect spot for a long romantic weekend away!

 

Book your vacation at DanJo South by clicking here! 

 

Illustrator Cottage

Located in the beautiful Goshorn Lake Resort, this adorable 1 bedroom and 1 bath cottage is just a short drive from downtown Saugatuck. The property offers space for 4 guests with a queen bed and sleeper sofa. The screened in porch gives guests the perfect place to sit and enjoy the serene and peaceful location. Enjoy a quiet weekend away, while also being just minutes away from the top rated Oval Beach. In the summer, this property is also walking distance from the resort’s heated pool, sand volleyball courts and Goshorn Lake access with paddle boards and kayaks. 

 

Click here to book your next trip to Illustrator Cottage! 

 

Kingfisher Cove Association

What could be better than a weekend away in a log cabin? Each of our Kingfisher Cove properties are 3 bedrooms and 2 baths with a private hot tub located on the screened in porch. Capture that cozy winter vibe by turning on the fireplace and enjoying the sounds of nature surrounding you. Interested in a fun night out? Although the location gives you a private and secluded atmosphere, you’re still only 5 minutes from downtown Saugatuck and Douglas. Soak your worries away in the jet bathtub or talk a walk down the boardwalk to the Goshorn Lake access. 

 

Reserve your location at any one of our 3 cabins located in the Kingfisher Cove Association by clicking here! 

 

Piccolo Cottage 

Just a few blocks from stunning Lakeshore Drive, Piccolo Cottage is a 2 bedroom and 2 bath home located within walking distance to Douglas Beach. The fully equipped kitchen has everything you need for a date night in, or you can make the quick 5 minute drive to either downtown Saugatuck or Douglas to visit their top notch restaurants. With a queen bed in one room and two twins in the other, this adorable home comfortably sleeps up to 4 people. 

 

To reserve your stay at Piccolo Cottage, click here! 

 

Stone’s Throw 

If you’re looking for a cozy home with an unbeatable location, then Stone’s Throw is the place for you. Located up the hill and just a “stone’s throw” from downtown Saugatuck, this adorable 2 bedroom and 2 bath home is the perfect place to enjoy your weekend at the lakeshore. Curl up with a good book and take in all the natural light from the cozy living room, or venture outside into the beautiful backyard including a fire pit. However you decide to spend your time, you’ll be so happy you chose to spend it at Stone’s Throw!

 

Book your stay at Stone’s Throw by clicking here! 

If you still need another reason to book, don’t forget that all of our properties are also offering a 10% off discount for Valentine’s Day when you use the code vday10 when booking. Don’t wait any longer, book your Valentine’s weekend at the lakeshore today!

The lakeshore in every season is beautiful, but especially in winter! Whether you’re looking for fun outdoor activities or some shopping and dining, there’s plenty to do. To make planning your winter getaway easier, we have compiled a list of things to do in South Haven and Saugatuck/Douglas. 

 

South Haven

 

For snowmobiling and cross country skiing, the Kal-Haven Trail is the perfect place. This 34 mile trail goes from South Haven to Kalamazoo and is picture perfect all year round. There must be at least 4” of snow to snowmobile. Snowmobilers must display a snowmobile trail permit and the snowmobile must be registered with the Michigan Secretary of State. Would you rather snowshoe instead? Check out the Sarett Nature Center. With 5 miles of groomed trails, enjoy the beauty of a Michigan winter while cross country skiing or snowshoeing. Need to rent equipment? As long as there is enough snow, equipment rentals are available during regular business hours. For a good sledding spot, check out the Coast Guard Hill. 

 

Need to warm up after a fun filled time outside? Lakeside Bowl is a great place for indoor entertainment. After playing some games on one of their 16 lanes, fuel up at their restaurant featuring pizza, burgers, salads, soups, and more! This bowling alley has been family owned and operated since 1987 and has state of the art technology along with professional and attentive staff. Do a little shopping at Lakeshore Trends where you can find clothing, gifts, home décor, and more. Check out Crescent Moon of South Haven for trendy clothes. 

 

For an indoor adult activity, check out Warner Vineyards. The vineyard is one of Michigan’s oldest and has a unique atmosphere and excellent views. Perfect for wine lovers, Warner Vineyards wines are made from fresh local ingredients. If beer is more of your thing, check out their brew haus. For a variety of food and beverages check out Clementine’s (closed on Sundays) in the heart of Downtown South Haven. Serving up scratch made favorites year round, The Lodge is a bar/restaurant that the locals go to that also is family friendly

 

For a place to stay, check out our listings for South Haven.

 

Saugatuck/Douglas:

 

Throw on some snowshoes or cross country skis and enjoy the beautiful winter views at Saugatuck Dunes State Park. Inside this day use park, there are four trails that lead to Lake Michigan making it a great place to see some ice formations. Looking for more of a challenge? Climb the 302 steps to the summit Mount Baldhead and enjoy the picturesque views of Saugatuck/Douglas and Lake Michigan. If sledding is more your speed, there are plenty of sledding spots

 

When it’s time to warm up, check out Isabel’s Market + Eatery for ready to eat items along with groceries. Looking to do a little shopping? Urban Found has clothing, jewelry, candles, and more. For stylish cold weather clothing, Landsharks has you covered. While you’re there, pick up some Saugatuck gear to remember your trip. For mid-century and vintage home décor or unique gifts, Upscale Mercantile is the place to go. 

 

After a fun filled day outside and shopping, fuel up at a restaurant. Whether you’re in the mood for fish, a burger, salad or sandwich, Wally’s Bar & Grill has options for you. Keep in mind, they are closed on Tuesdays during the winter. Check out Borrowed Time for chef-driven small plates using local ingredients. For a cold craft beer, check out The Mitten Brewing Company. In winter, they’re open Thursdays-Sundays. 

 

For a place to stay, check out our listings for Saugatuck/Douglas.

The calendar says fall is officially here! As the air gets chillier and the days shorter, nature doesn’t disappoint with the changing of colors. All of Michigan will soon see the beauty of nature at work when the leaves change to bright reds, yellows, and oranges. We’ve compiled a list of places in the South Haven and Saugatuck/Douglas areas that are perfect for enjoying the fall colors. 

 

Kal-Haven Trail

 

The Kal-Haven Trail is the ultimate leaf color changing spot. Stretching 34 miles, the trailheads are located in South Haven and Kalamazoo, but there are plenty of access points in between. As the weather cools down, it will provide the perfect temperature for taking in the colors while biking, running, or walking. Surrounded by beautiful wooded areas, the Kal-Haven Trail is the perfect backdrop for fall photos. 

 

Black River Preserve

 

With trails ranging from easy to difficult hiking levels, the Black River Preserve is another iconic place in South Haven to see the fall colors. Enjoy the fresh air while taking in the beautiful sights and sounds of nature. From ravines, streams, and the beech-maple forests, you’ll find yourself in the perfect spot for photos.

 

Oval Beach

 

Lake Michigan’s shoreline combined with dunes make a great place to view the fall beauty in Saugatuck. Stay close to the water to see the colors contrast with the shoreline or climb the dunes for a bird’s eye view. Either choice gives you prime spots to enjoy the colors especially during sunsets. 

 

Wades Bayou 

 

Want to be out on the water to enjoy the colors? Wades Bayou is perfect for you! Located in downtown Douglas, this is the perfect spot for fishing, kayaking, and wildlife watching. Rent a kayak and see the colors from the water or see the colors reflect off the water during the sunrise. 

 

With plenty of places along the lakeshore to see fall colors, you’ll want to make a weekend out of it! Book your stay here and enjoy the beautiful sights of nature in South Haven and Saugatuck/Douglas.

Enjoy the final weeks of summer by spending time on the lakeshore. From relaxing on the beach to water activities, to cruising around town on a bicycle there is something for everyone to enjoy! Read on to find out some of the things available to rent in South Haven and Saugatuck/Douglas.

 

South Haven 

 

Adventure Water Sports

 

Looking for some fun on the water? Check out Adventure Water Sports for your jet ski and boat rental needs. Boats launch from the South Haven Boat Launching Facility at Black River Park. Minimum age to operate a PWC is 18 years old. Must have a valid driver’s license or state I.D. to operate. 

 

Click here to learn more.

 

SoHa Surf Shop

 

If laying on the beach isn’t your thing then rent a kayak or paddle board from SoHa Surf Shop! Located in downtown South Haven, SoHa is a family run-lifestyle and sports store. Easily book your rental online for Black River, North Beach or South Beach. 

 

Learn more and book your rental here.

 

Rock ‘n’ Road Cycle

 

For a fun way to get around and explore South Haven, rent a bike from Rock ‘n’ Road Cycle! Ebikes, hybrids, kid’s bikes, and more are available for rent. The trail heads for Kal-Haven and Van Buren trails are less than a mile away from the shop. Check out the electric scooters if biking isn’t your thing! 

 

Check out Rock ‘n’ Road Cycle here.

 

Click here to book your stay.

 

Saugatuck/Douglas 

 

In The Elements Rental 

 

Whether you prefer spending time at the beach or biking around town, In The Elements Rental has your rental needs covered! Rentals include beach supplies, kayaks, bikes, and more. Hourly, daily, and weekly rentals are available and you can have it delivered to your location making fun in the sun easy. 

 

Click here to learn more.

 

Retro Boat Rentals

 

Hit the water this month with a boat from Retro Boat Rentals! From donut boats to duffy boats, there is a boat for everyone. Some of the boats available are dog friendly and life jackets are available in all sizes. Stop by the Old Boat House for delicious food and drinks! 

 

Click here to learn more about Retro Boat Rentals.

 

Big Lake Outfitters

 

Want to rent a pontoon to experience a scenic tour of the Kalamazoo river? You can when you rent from Big Lake Outfitters! From bikes, paddle boards, kayaks, and more, get your rental needs taken care of in one stop. If you would rather go fishing, you’ll find fully equipped rods, bait, and tackle available! 

 

Learn more about renting from Big Lake Outfitters here

 

Book your place to stay here

Enjoy the dog days of summer on the lakeshore! From farmers markets to live music performances, there is something for everyone to enjoy this month on the lakeshore. To make your planning easier, continue reading to see what events are happening in South Haven and Saugatuck/Douglas! 

 

South Haven

 

The National Blueberry Festival | August 11th-14th

The National Blueberry Festival has been a signature event in South Haven since 1963! It’s a weekend filled with fun and blueberries! The festival will include a parade, free concerts, kids activities, blueberry pancake breakfasts, and more! 

Learn more about the festival here.

 

Ghostorama | August 20th

For a spooky good time head to the Paw Paw Playhouse! Kicking off the spirited event is an outdoor market and a building tour followed by a ghost tour. Also featured at the event will be paranormal groups, food trucks, live music, spooky vendors and more! 

To learn more about Ghostorama click here.

 

Rock the Boat | August 26th and 27th

Michigan Maritime Museum is throwing a totally 80’s summer blowout party! Spend the evening listening and dancing to live music from “The 1985” band while enjoying delicious food from Wood, Stock and Grill Food truck! Proceeds will benefit the Michigan Maritime Museum.

Click here to learn more about Rock the Boat.

 

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Book your place to stay here.

 

Saugatuck/Douglas

 

Annual Sidewalk Sale | August 18th

Sponsored by the Saugatuck Douglas Area Business Association, the much anticipated sale is back! Stroll through the colorful canopy filled street and find bargains on clothing, accessories, home and garden items, and more! 

Learn more about the sidewalk sale here. 

 

Beer on the Boat Featuring New Holland Brewing | August 20th

Enjoy a 90-minute cruise on the Star of Saugatuck! A representative from New Holland Brewery will provide information on a selection of their brews and samples! Must be 21 years and older to attend with a valid ID. 

Click here to learn more about the event.

 

City Music Hall | August 25th

Enjoy a summer evening of free live music! The concert will feature New Orleans Brass music from the group Great Lakes Brass. The fun kicks off at 6:30pm and all ages are welcome! 

Learn more here. 

 

See more Saugatuck events here.

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It’s summer time in West Michigan! Enjoy everything the lakeshore has to offer from the beaches to the events! To help plan your lakeshore getaway, we’ve made a list of some events happening in South Haven and in Saugatuck/Douglas. 

 

South Haven

South Haven Evening Farm Market | July 7th

Stop by the market and pick up some fresh local produce, meats, cheese, flowers, plants, and more! The market takes place from 4pm-7pm at the Huron Street Pavilion in Downtown South Haven, MI 49090. 

Learn more about the market here.

 

Live Music: Jim Cooper Jazz | July 10th

Enjoy an evening at Harbor Light Brewery while listening to live music! Cool Jazz and the Jim Cooper Trio will be performing on July 10th starting at 4pm. 

Click here to learn more about the event.

 

Riverfront Concert Series: Ken Cooper and Company | July 14h

After a day of fun, enjoy a free concert at the Riverfront Park. Ken Cooper and Company is a Chicago based jazz trumpeter. Our Town Players will provide pre-concert activity at 6pm and the concert will begin at 7pm. Picnics, blankets, and lawn chairs are welcome.

To learn more about the event click here.

 

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Saugatuck/Douglas 

Tuesday Market at SCA | July 12th

Stroll through the market enjoying live music as you shop the local goods. Vendors will have a wide variety of items including fresh picked produce, custom coffees, all-natural honey, farm fresh eggs, and much more! Grab some food to go from local vendors and visit the cash bar. The market takes place from 10am-2pm. 

Learn more about the market here.

 

Saugatuck-Douglas Garden Walk and Perennial Plant Sale | July 23rd

Enjoy a tour of spectacular private gardens at the Saugatuck Douglas History Center! You’ll have the opportunity to purchase perennials to take home to your gardens. This event will begin at 10am and go until 4pm. Proceeds will go to scholarships for Saugatuck and Fennville High school seniors. 

Click here to learn more about the event.

 

Village Square Art Fair | July 30th

Fine arts artists will showcase their work in a variety of media. From painting, glass, wood working, photography, there is something for everyone to enjoy! The art fair is a juried show with awards being presented to winning artists in the afternoon. The fair takes place from 10am-5pm. 

Learn more about the fair here.

 

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Summer is here and it’s time to get to the lakeshore! Enjoy the sun, sand, beach, and the events! To make your trip a little easier to plan, we compiled a list of events for South Haven and Saugatuck/Douglas.

 

South Haven 

 

Swap Meet/Flea Market | June 10th – June 11th

The 24th annual swap meet will take place from 8am – 4pm. Featuring over 100 vendors selling a wide variety of things from antiques to apples. As a fundraiser for the Michigan Flywheelers Museum, it has grown into one of the largest flea markets in the area! 

 

Click here to learn more about this event.

 

HarborFest | June 17th – 18th 

Big boats are back! Celebrate the Michigan Maritime Museum with two days of fun! The 29th festival will feature dragon boat races, delicious food, live music, and more!  The fun starts Friday June 17th at noon and Saturday June 18th at 10am. 

 

Learn more about the event here.

 

Allegan Antiques Market June Show | June 26th

Featuring hundreds of antiques and collectibles, the market is one of Michigan’s finest antique shows! Exhibitors will have a wide variety of antiques and collectibles including furniture, advertising, vintage jewelry, sport and fishing, and more! The market takes place the last Sunday of each month through September and will be open from 8am – 4pm. 

 

Learn more about the event here.

 

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Saugatuck/Douglas 

 

The Market at SCA | June 3rd

Shop the seasonal market and enjoy fresh produce from local farmers. Also available will be a large variety of baked goods, farm fresh eggs, meats, cheese, coffee, and more! Browse the market while listening to live music, visit the cash  bar, and grab some food to go! The market takes place from 9am – 3pm through the end of September. 

 

Learn more about the market here.

 

Family Fun and Unique Wheels Show | June 18th

Jump into summer with food trucks, drinks, and hands-on art making activities! While soaking up the sun, see some unique vehicles! Head across the street for some family fun activities. 

 

Learn more about the event here.

 

Father’s Day Car Show | June 19th

The Major Auto Show is a free event for all ages! There will be games, live music, roasted chicken, and let’s not forget the cars! This year’s event will raise money for Semper Fi and America’s Fund, an organization assisting wounded veterans and their families. The car show starts at 1pm and ends at 5pm. 

 

Click here to learn more about the event. 

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