SAUGATUCK DOUGLAS - MICHIGAN'S WEST COAST PRIDE

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Tucked between soaring sand dunes and the glorious Kalamazoo River, Saugatuck-Douglas showers the spoils of resort-life on locals and visitors alike. With its beautiful beaches and eclectic cuisine and nightlife, the area’s relaxed atmosphere has charmed gays and lesbians for nearly a century. Whether hosting the club kids or the over 60 crowd, Saugatuck-Douglas proudly offers something for everyone.

Once a thriving lumber town, Saugatuck-Douglas became a popular tourist destination in the early 1800s. By 1870, Chicago and St. Louis natives commonly traveled to the Saugatuck-Douglas lakeshore to escape the summer heat, but the area’s true turning point came in 1910, when artists from the Chicago Art Institute established the Summer School of Painting on the Ox-Bow Lagoon. Oxbow encouraged a gay presence in Saugatuck-Douglas and over time, the community flourished as a gay safe haven. In fact, tourists have warmly nicknamed Saugatuck the “Fire Island of the Midwest.”

After forging a reputation as a gay-friendly weekend retreat, Saugatuck-Douglas emerged as a pillar of the greater Midwest gay community. Many who once called Saugatuck-Douglas a home away from home became full-time investors in the town’s success. As they fell deeper in love with their surroundings, the weekend warriors purchased and renovated homes and businesses. What were once abandoned storefronts and dilapidated cottages gradually became quaint bed and breakfast establishments and storefronts. Saugatuck-Douglas now features more than 30 art galleries and a local calendar loaded with music, art and film festivals. Currently, more than 30 percent of Saugatuck-Douglas’ impressive restaurants, hotels and shops are gay owned and/or operated.

The Saugatuck-Douglas dining circuit bridges the gap between top-shelf taste and low-brow attitude. American, French, English and Italian delicacies are available in abundance, as are the prerequisite burgers and ice cream demanded by most travelers.

Saugatuck-Douglas’ clothing, gift and antique shops run the gamut from classic to contemporary.

Tourists also enjoy many options when it comes time to rest their weary heads. Saugatuck-Douglas motels, resorts, cottages, suites and Bed & Breakfast inns are suited to every taste and budget.

For art enthusiasts, the area boasts more than 38 galleries and an ever growing Film Festival every June. The Mason Street Warehouse professional theater company in the Saugatuck Center for the Arts presents "uptown theater in downtown Saugatuck" every June - October.

Although business and tourism thrive year-round in Saugatuck-Douglas, things really heat up between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Swimmers and sunbathers soak up the scene on infamous Oval Beach. MTV once touted Oval Beach as one of the nation’s five best beaches, and Conde Nast Traveler rated it one of the world’s 25 best shorelines.

Saugatuck-Douglas has plenty of physical, outdoor diversions for the young and restless as well. Canoeing, jet-skiing and horseback riding can be arranged from several locales, and premier hiking awaits at Saugatuck Dunes State Park, Allegan State Park and picturesque Fenn Valley vineyard (269/561-2396).

When travelers tire of the sand in their suit, romantic Lake Michigan is on hand to conjure another stunning sunset each and every night.

For more information:

Felicia Fairchild, Saugatuck/Douglas Convention & Visitors Bureau
269-857-1701 or www.saugatuck.com

Mike Jones, Gay Saugatuck Douglas
616-836-2770 or www.gaysaugatuckdouglas.com

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GOIN' ON @ THE DUNES SAUGATUCK, MICHIGAN

April 2015

April 2015 - March 2015

Spring is in the Air!
 

Hours:

Monday - Thursday 10am - Midnight
Friday & Saturday 9am - 2am
Sunday 9am - Midnight
 


Karaoke Friday!

Karaoke Friday! - October 2014

Karaoke Every Friday Night


Pot Luck/Euchre

Pot Luck/Euchre - October 2014

Pot Luck & Euchre Every Thursday 6pm


Bingolicious

Bingolicious - October 2014

Bingo Every Sunday
4-7pm
W/Drink Specials 4-6

Proceeds Benefit
West Shore Aware!


Spring TG Prom

Spring TG Prom - February 2015

Spring Prom Weekend
Friday 4/11 Karaoke
Saturday 4/12 Prom Night w/DJ Doug R.
Sunday 4/13 Bingo


Spring Bear Weekend

Spring Bear Weekend - March 2015

Special Weekend Rates Available!
Be sure to get your weekend pass
$15 Dunes Members,
$25 for Dunes Resort Guest &
$35 for Non Guest

Weekend Pass Includes:

Admission to all Bar Events ($10 Value)
Friday Welcome Party ($10 Value)
Saturday Breakfast ($8 Value)
Saturday Night Snacks ($5 Value)
Sunday Breakfast ($8 Value)
(Actual Weekend Pass Value $41.00)

Plus Disounts @:
Petter Wine Gallery (Wine Tasting)
The Saugatuck Brewery (Beer Tasting & Pints)
Zing Eat Drink (Lunch/Dinner Discounts)
Clearbrook Restaurant (Dinner Discounts)
Scooters Pizza (Pizza Discounts)
....more to come


Miss Dunes Resort 2015

Miss Dunes Resort 2015 - February 2015

Miss Dunes Resort 2015
Sunday April 19th 9:30pm


Mr. Dunes Leather

Mr. Dunes Leather - February 2015

Mr. Michigan Leather IML Send Off Party 5/1

Mr. Dunes Leather Contest 5/2

Summer's First Tea Dance 5/3


Anniversary Weekend

Anniversary Weekend - March 2015

34 ANNUAL BLACK & WHITE

ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND

Friday Karaoke
 

Saturday Pool Tournament 2pm,
Masquerade Ball w/DJ Dour R 9p

Sunday Bingolicious 4pm


Cowboy 2015

Cowboy 2015 - March 2015

Rates:

Standard Hotel Room/Wiley A  $69 per night, 2 night Min, 3rd night $50
King Room/King Jr. $79 Per Night, 2 night Min, 3rd night $50
One Bedroom Cottage/King Suite $109 per night, 2 night Min, 3rd night $50
Two Bedroom Cottage $159 per night, 2 night Min, 3rd night $50
Duplex, Wiley B $159 per night, 2 night Min, 3rd night $50
Wiley C & D, $59 per night, 2 night Min, 3rd night $50

Can Only Stay One Night?
Standard Hotel Room/Wiley A  $99 per night
King Room/King Jr. $109 Per Night
One Bedroom Cottage/King Suite $149 per night
Two Bedroom Cottage $199 per night
Duplex, Wiley B $199 per night
Wiley C & D, $79 per night