When you visit Saugatuck, Michigan you are walking back in time. Saugatuck, Michigan is one of the rare communities in the U.S. that has escaped ‘Re-modernization’ and retains a majority of its original buildings, without the emergence of strip malls and shopping centers.
is a great destination in the summer time for the shopping, dining or just the feeling that you are walking back in time. The downtown district was originally a lumber port along Lake Michigan. Saugatuck along with its neighboring town of Douglas evolved over the years into art colonies, and a destination for those seeking to explore the arts and crafts movement of the late 19th century.
Today, the population of Saugatuck, Michigan is only 1000 to 1100 according to the 2000 census, and in the warmer months the population swells with tourism to nearly 3000 as people make this their vacation destination.
Nestled on the shore of the Kalamazoo River and Lake Michigan, Saugatuck and Dougl
as provide cool summer breezes during the summer time, but also icy chilling winds during the winter months, an aspect of many of the shoreline cities along the Western part of the State.
Saugatuck, Michigan makes one feel they are walking back in time as you stroll among the mix of historic colonial style buildings from the era untouched by the railroad cities of that era. Saugatuck is also a community that did not suffer damage from devastating fires which were common early in the century, a factor that has been the demise of many historic buildings throughout our national history.
So if you are looking to tour a great little community in Michigan, consider visiting Saugatuck, Michigan as you are walking back in time. It is a great place to spend an afternoon, a weekend or your entire summer vacation.