When staying at Twin Oaks Inn in Saugatuck, Michigan, you’ll want to make the short drive down Blue Star Highway to the City of the Village of Douglas. Like Saugatuck there are shops and art galleries to be explored. Some unique shops that are well worth visiting are found on Center Street in downtown Douglas. Among them are Brackett and Company and Upscale Mercantile. Plus, downtown Douglas has a number of art galleries including Water Street Gallery, Button Gallery and LaFontsee Galleries.
There are several restaurants in Douglas of note – my favorite is just over the bridge from Saugatuck, on the right – Red Dock Patio. Park your car and walk down the pier to Red Dock Patio. On the way you’ll pass Shaka Surf, where you can rent a stand up paddle board (they even give lessons).
Open Memorial Day through Labor Day Red Dock’s eclectic atmosphere and location on the water make for a wonderful and leisurely lunch. They serve sandwiches, hot dogs, soft drinks, and they have a full bar. Red Dock typically features live music from 4:00pm until sunset. It is fun, fun, fun. Be prepared to pay cash as they don’t accept credit cards or checks.
Other restaurants that you’ll want to try in Douglas are Everday People Café and Wild Dog Grille (both on Center Street in downtown Douglas) and along Blue Star Highway are a few others such as Farmhouse Deli and Cristo’s Roadhouse.
Also on Blue Star Highway are the J. Petter Galleries, which include a huge gallery of fine arts and a wine shop. Enjoy a glass of wine while you stroll the art gallery.
For antique lovers, drive a little further south on Blue Star Highway and visit the Antique Pavilion. Then, stop in Saugatuck Brewing Company for a craft beer and a bite to eat. On Saturdays you can tour the brewery, but be sure to get there early for a ticket because spots are limited.
My favorite time to visit Douglas is at Christmas. In a future blog, I’ll write about all there is to do in Saugatuck and Douglas during the holiday season.