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How do you like to enjoy the great outdoors? Is it by fishing, sailing or kayaking? Is it by hiking, biking or walking on the beach? Whatever you like Saugatuck, Michigan has it and Twin Oaks Inn B&B in downtown Saugatuck is located within steps or a short bike ride or drive from it.

From Twin Oaks Inn you can bike to Mt.Baldhead Park and Oval Beach, to Saugatuck Dunes State Park where you can hike one of the trails in the 1000-acre park that features over two miles of secluded shoreline, or follow the trail from Saugatuck to Holland (about 11 miles).

You’ll find a great source for sailing and fishing charters and rentals of all types, including kayaks, paddleboards and bikes on the site for the Saugatuck-Douglas Visitors Bureau.

Saugatuck Chain Ferry

If you’re adventurous and looking for a workout for the legs and heart, take the hand-pulled chain ferry from Wicks Park in downtown Saugatuck across the Kalamazoo River, and walk the 282-steps to the top of Mt. Baldhead (aka “Mt. Baldy”) sand dune. The cost is minimal (take your bike at no charge), and they may even let you pull the chain yourself.

More my speed is the quick two-mile drive to beautiful, pristine Oval Beach. There’s on-site parking for $8.00 daily in season (or $50.00 seasonal), and if you hike in or ride a bike, it’s free. Saugatuck’s beach features concessions, picnic tables, grills, plus restrooms, showers, and a playground.

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It’s easy to see why Saugatuck’s Oval Beach was named one of the top 25 beaches in the world by Conde Nast Traveler. The expanse of white, sandy beach and waters of Lake Michigan are beautiful. You feel like you’re on a secluded, sandy beach on the ocean. Bring your beach chair, towels and suntan lotion. Don’t forget your book and iPod. And then let all those work worries just float away like big fluffy clouds in the deep blue sky.

There are many reasons why Saugatuck was voted 2015 Best Small Coastal Town by USA Today readers; come visit and stay at the Twin Oaks Inn B&B and experience Saugatuck’s great outdoors!

 

 

 

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