Stay Gay Everyday at The Dunes Resort, Saugatuck Douglas, MI
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For 32 years, The Dunes Resort has provided a simple, comfortable place for gays and lesbians to escape the doldrums of Middle America. Now crowned the largest gay resort and entertainment complex in the Midwest, The Dunes is heralded as Western Michigan’s premier gay and lesbian vacation destination and a pinnacle of the gay Saugatuck - Douglas community.

Owners Mike Jones, Danny Esterline and Greg Trzybinski purchased The Douglas Dunes in 1999 and renamed it, “The Dunes Resort.” Since then, the trio has worked tirelessly to perpetuate a gay safe haven while offering top-shelf lodging and entertainment. “When the previous owners started this in 1981, people came here and they fell in love. We wanted to enhance the Dunes experience, update it and continue its legacy,” says Jones.

This illustrious coming-of-age process has introduced a metropolitan standard to the quaint surroundings of Saugatuck and Douglas. Sprawling over 20 acres, the Dunes Resort features spacious double and king rooms, one bedroom cottages, king suites and a one bedroom Jacuzzi suite. Two bedroom fireplace cottages, a one bedroom kitchen suite and a small studio come complete with shared outdoor Jacuzzi access. Although The Dunes offers exceptional quality and amenities, budget travelers are never left out in the cold. Three types of dorm style sleeping rooms offer an amiable option for travelers requiring comfortable accommodations minus five-star pricing.

Renovations to the pool area, upgrades to the guest rooms and cottages (plus an additional motel building) and the main building exterior add cutting-edge flair to the resort’s timeless comforts. The interior of the main bar was renovated in 2006.

Poolside is the place to be seen on sunny afternoons, and the Tea Dance deck is a perennial favorite of the local who’s who. A Cabaret with fabulous live entertainment (Amy Armstrog & Freddy Alle, Kelly Carey & Rick SantaMaria) and a game room that overlooks the bar and deck allow guests to retreat even further from the daily grind.

Whether you prefer it progressive or hard, the beat from The Dunes’ on-site nightclub is uncompromising. Resident DJ Mark Vallese and an impressive guest DJ schedule featuring Tony Moran, Paulo, Lydia Prim, Joe Gauthreaux, Roland Belmares, Chi Chi LaRue and Brett Lacascio rivals that of any urban dance venue.

The Dunes is a rare and special place where people of all walks can find themselves, lose themselves and most importantly, be themselves. Circuit kids, scenesters, couples and retirees all blend with ease in a congenial, come-as-you-are atmosphere. “You get to leave the real world for a little bit. You can hear fantastic music or come to the cabaret for a great show. You can be gay, straight, old or young, and feel comfortable here. It doesn’t matter who you are, everybody is welcome,” says Jones.

The Dunes Resort is open seven days a week, twelve months a year. The summer season kicks off the first weekend in May with the Annual Black & White Anniversary Party and continues through Labor Day Weekend. Major events are held year-round.

Call 269.857.1401 or click here for schedule and reservation information.

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April 2014

April 2014 - March 2014

Spring TG Weekend 4/4-4/6

Spring Bear Weekend 4/11 - 4/13
Miss Dunes Resort 4/13

Easter Bonnet Contest 4/20

33rd Anniversary
Black & White Masquerade Ball
4/25 - 4/27
Summer's First Tea Dance 4/27

Bingolicious 2014

Bingolicious 2014 - October 2013

Bingo Every Sunday 4-7pm
W/Drink specials 4-6!

Hosted by your favorite drag personalities!

Anniversary Weekend

Anniversary Weekend - April 2014

33 Annual Black and White anniversary weekend .. and Masquerade Ball!

Summer 2014

Summer 2014 - December 2013

The Best of the Best!

TG 2014

TG 2014 - February 2014

TG Weekend October 3-5

Summer Women's Weekend

Summer Women's Weekend - March 2014

Summer Women's Weekend
May 30 - June 1

Comedian Suzanne Westenhoefer 5/30 9pm
Advance tickets suggested 269-857-1401

Singer Songwriter Sami Grisafe 5/31
10:30pm in the Cabaret

DJ Monica Parker
Go/Go Girls
Hat Tea
Pool Parties