GAY BARS AND ENTERTAINMENT AT THE DUNES RESORT
There’s something for everyone at The Dunes, Michigan’s premier gay resort, and one of the largest LGBTQ entertainment complexes in the Midwest.
Party and play at Michigan’s only gay resort, and see why visitors from all over the country choose the Dunes for their gay friendly vacation here in Saugatuck, Michigan. Enjoy:
- A four seasons gay nightclub (The Club) featuring the country’s top DJs
- A cabaret with live entertainment (Show Bar) – Summer weekends (May – October)
- One of the best outdoor patio gay bars in Michigan (The Deck)
- A game room that overlooks the main bar and deck (Vinyl Lounge)
- Poolside drinks and entertainment all summer long (Splash)
A Gay Friendly Vacation – For All Seasons!
The Dunes Pool and Splash are open daily May – September, and are the “place to be” on sunny afternoons during your gay friendly vacation. But the fun doesn’t stop when the weather gets cold! The party moves indoors with Karaoke Nights, Bingolicious, dancing at The Club, and more.
All the Dunes Venues are 21 and older, and all Venues are non-smoking.
Entertainment Highlights From the Dunes Gay Bars!
TRAVEL The Dunes Resort: A gay Midwest mecca
They ate pizza and drank margaritas that September day in 1998, brainstorming their future. Partners Mike Jones, Danny Esterline and Greg Trzybinski had just finished moving furniture out of a cottage in Douglas, Mich., when they came up with the idea to buy a gay bar.
The next day, they called a realtor friend of theirs. And so changed the rest of their lives – and the gay scene in the Midwest. On May 26, 1999, the trio took over ownership of The Douglas Dunes, which has since been renamed The Dunes Resort.
“Well, I guess you shouldn’t eat pizza, drink margaritas and try to plan your life…. You just never know what’s going to happen,” Jones said, laughing.
The Dunes Gay Resort – Come Out and Play…
For 37 years, The Dunes Resort has provided a simple, comfortable gay friendly hotel experience. Gays and lesbians come to escape the doldrums of Middle America and enjoy a day, weekend, or complete vacation. Now crowned one of the largest gay resorts and entertainment complexes in the Midwest, The Dunes Resort is heralded as Western Michigan’s premier LGBT vacation destination and a pinnacle of the gay Saugatuck – Douglas community.
The Club @TDR
The Club at the Dunes Resort is open every Weekend year round! Featuring the country’s top DJ’s, the Club is the place to go to dance and forget about the realities of the world. With state of the art sound and lighting the dance Club allows you to get your groove on, no matter who you are!
The Main @TDR
The Main Bar at the Dunes Resort is open 7 days a week (closed Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday in December, January & February). This is the place to meet up with old friends or make some new ones while in the comfort of the Dunes main building complex. Open from 11am – 2am daily (Summer) — off season hours vary — the Main gay bar is open to the public. (Must be 21) You can watch the Club from the Main as well as watch all the boys as they migrate from Venue to Venue — plus see who is checking into the Hotel. The big “floating” center bar is great to meet, greet, or simply watch the world go by.
Open 9am – 2am everyday!
The Deck @TDR
Enjoy this great space in the evening, sit and talk, watch the boys and girls come and go and relax in the summer night.
Sunday Tea Dance, the party really happens with DJ’s spinning outside – and that’s where all the action is! Try the Dune’s very special Long Island Tea!
You can enjoy the deck any day/night of the week, however the bar is only open on the Weekends (or during holidays).
The Dunes Deck is open every Friday & Saturday Night 9pm – 2am, plus Sunday Tea 4-9p (also during any Tea Dance). May 12 – October 07.
The Dunes Pool is open every day beginning May 19th from 10am – Dusk & closes September 3rd.
Splash (the bar at the Pool) opens every summer on the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend.
After that, every day from 11am-7pm Slash is open, serving up your favorite summertime cocktail.
Try one of the Dune’s special Frozen Slushys! Add an extra Test Tube Shot — delicious!
You can also enjoy lunch at the Pool (except Monday & Tuesday) from the Blue Frog from 11am-5pm (Memorial – Labor Day)
The Dunes Pool, like all the Dunes Venues, is 21 and above.
Every Saturday in July and August features a DJ at the Pool from 12-5pm
Cabanas are also available to rent daily (check out the Splash Venue Page for Details)
Show Bar @TDR
The Dunes Cabaret at the Show Bar features the areas greatest talent!
Open May – October, check out a show:
Memorial Day Weekend (Friday, Saturday & Sunday)
Every Saturday in June
July 4th Weekend (Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday)
Every Friday, Saturday & Sunday in July and August
Labor Day Weekend (Friday, Saturday & Sunday)
Every Saturday in September & October
Drag Shows (Dunes Divas), Chicago’s own Amy Armstrong and Freddy Allen, the fan favorites Kelly Carey and Rick SantaMaria, the incredibly talented Hannaniah Whitley grace the stage all summer! Check out the event schedule for details.
Vinyl Lounge @TDR
If the Main is open then the Vinyl Lounge is open.
Bartenders are always present Friday and Saturday nights (and on holiday teas).
If no bartender is upstairs in the Lounge, the Main is only a few steps down, so your taste buds will never be dry!
Enjoy some pool inside (or outside on the Lounge’s deck that over looks the main Deck), play a video game, connect to the internet or simply lay back in a comfy chair and watch a current sporting event or catch up on the news. This is a great space to relax with friends, while still being a part of the Main and the Club.