8 Things to Do in the Fall Around Saugatuck

8 Things to Do in the Fall Around Saugatuck

We think Saugatuck, MI is a great summer spot in the state, but did you know it is also a great spot to celebrate the changing of the seasons? There is a lot to do in Saugatuck in the fall; here are a few of our favorites!

Oval Beach

 Enjoy a long walk on Oval Beach with a lot less traffic than you would see in the summer! At times you will have the whole beach to yourself! It is a peaceful place to take in the changing of the seasons. Come in the late afternoon and enjoy one of the most breathtaking sunsets over Lake Michigan.

Eat like a southerner

 Experience a bit of southern home cooking in Saugatuck! The Southern is a family-owned restaurant known for its southern-style meals and a favorite among the locals. Their fried chicken sandwich and homemade biscuits will make you feel like you are in the heart of the south.

Apple picking

 Fall is the perfect time for picking the most delicious apples! Crane’s Orchards is just a 15-minute drive south. Pick your own apples or grab a bushel already selected for you. While you are there, enjoy hayrides and get lost in their 20-acre corn maze. It’s the perfect place for all the traditional autumn activities!

Raspberry picking

 Not only does the fall bring delicious apples, but it is also raspberry picking season! Riverbend Farms has acres of raspberries for you to pick yourself. The season lasts through the end of October.

Walk downtown Saugatuck

 There’s so much to do in downtown Saugatuck! Treat yourself to some homemade ice cream at one of the many ice cream shops, or shop around all the little gift boutiques on Butler Street. You can make a whole day out of it. While you are there, stop in at the Sunglass Shoppe and say hi!

Climb Mount Baldhead

 If you are looking to get in a little more exercise, visit Mount Baldhead. Mount Baldhead has a one-mile loop around it for hiking, biking, or walking. Climb up 302 steps to the top and get a panoramic view of Saugatuck in the fall. It’s a perfect picture opportunity for sure!

Visit the sand dunes

 Saugatuck has over 2 miles of shoreline you can visit, and it’s worth the trip. Walk the shoreline and you will see 200-foot-high dunes that frame the beach! You won’t want to leave once you visit.

Go for a boat ride

 A boat ride in the fall is the perfect way to say goodbye to the warm weather. Rent a boat from Retro Boat Rentals, and you can enjoy a slow cruise on the Kalamazoo River, which leads into Lake Michigan. Choose from a variety of boats to rent. They are open through October, but it’s recommended to book ahead.  

Saugatuck is not just a beach town. There is plenty to do during the other seasons, so be sure to add it to your list of places to visit for some fall fun! 

Our Friends at The Butler

Our Friends at The Butler

If you have ever had the pleasure of visiting Saugatuck, MI, there is a good chance you walked down Butler Street, which is right around the corner from the Sunglass Shoppe’s newest location. If you did and made it to the end of the road by the water, you were confronted with a restaurant called The Butler, located at 40 Butler St. The Butler brings a mix of Saugatuck living and family tradition to the small town of Saugatuck.

The Butler Restaurant

The Butler first opened in 1961 as a two-story hotel with a restaurant on the bottom floor. In 1971, the top floors were removed, leaving only the restaurant standing. For 58 years, the restaurant has been run year-round, including during a global pandemic, by three generations of family.

The Butler is the perfect place to spend a hot summer’s day. Choose from sitting either inside or outside patio seating for lunch or dinner. Listen to live entertainment on the patio while you take in views of the Kalamazoo Harbor. After lunch, take a dip in the pool! If you are a boater and like to spend your summers on Lake Michigan, The Butler can rent one of its 58 dock slips to you for the summer.

Butler Boat Slips are available for rent during the summer.

The Butler restaurant is known for its famous Butler burger! The Butler burger is a ½ pound of ground Angus sirloin topped with grilled ham, American cheese, lettuce, and mayonnaise. If you are looking for a twist on the Butler burger, try the Tucson burger, topped with pepper jack cheese, bacon, lettuce, and chipotle mayonnaise. While the Butler is known for its burgers, there are numerous other delicious meals on the menu. Some of my favorites are the Cherry Chicken and Walnut Salad, the Reuben Sandwich, Lobster Mac & Cheese, and Pan Fried Great Lakes Walleye, which is a Butler specialty!

When you walk through The Butler, you will see 58 years of family history. You can learn about the history of the White and Phelps families who started the Butler. Sit at the table with the names of the family’s boats through the years. Spell your name out with the nautical flags they use around the restaurant. Before you leave, purchase a Butler t-shirt on your way out!

If you are visiting Saugatuck, MI, any time during the year, I highly recommend including a stop at The Butler. When you walk through the door, you will instantly feel like family here and leave with a belly full of delicious home cooking. Once you leave, walk off your meal by heading down to the Sunglass Shoppe, which is just around the corner!

5 Places to Visit in or Around Traverse City This Summer

5 Places to Visit in or Around Traverse City This Summer

Now that summer is in full swing in Northern Michigan, it’s time to get outdoors and explore! Here are some great places to visit in Traverse City that we think you will love!

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
 Visit the dunes for a hike and beautiful scenery. The scenery is gorgeous and goes for miles with stunning views of the lake. Plan a camping trip or spend the day hiking the trails. If you decide to visit at night when the stars are out, you won’t be disappointed with the views up above. Sometimes you can even catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights!

The Little Fleet
 During the day, the Little Fleet is a great place to take the family. You can always find a slew of food trucks there. We guarantee you will have a hard time trying to choose what to eat! During the evening hours, you can often find events happening. It’s a great place to wind down and let loose on the weekends after a long week of working!

Front Street Shopping
 Front Street in downtown Traverse City has over 150 shops, boutiques, and restaurants to visit. If you are looking for a shopping adventure, you won’t be disappointed here. Stop into the Sunglass Shoppe and say hi and check out the variety of glasses we carry!

Boardman Lake Trail
 If you are a lover of the outdoors and enjoy hiking, Boardman Lake Trail is a must-visit! This two-mile heavily wooded trail runs along the east side of Boardman Lake. Part of the trail is paved, and part of it is crushed limestone and boardwalks. There is something for every hiker on this trail!

Leelanau Wine Trail
 This trail is a must-go if you are a wine lover! The trail is divided into three smaller trails for touring. Stop in to various wine tasting rooms along the trail while getting a different experience in each one. Enjoy breathtaking views along the trail as an added bonus! These are just a few of the things you can do in Traverse City, MI. There are plenty of areas to go if you are looking to fish, boat, or bike, too. There is something for everyone in Traverse City!

6 Places to Visit this Summer in Saugatuck, Michigan

6 Places to Visit this Summer in Saugatuck, Michigan

Saugatuck, MI, is a quaint little town located on the west side of the state on Lake Michigan. This beach town is rich in relaxation and recreation; it’s the perfect place to visit during the summer with lots of things to do, an eclectic collection of shops, unique places to stay, and renowned restaurants for exceptional dining experiences.

Here are some of our favorite places to go during the summer in Saugatuck!

Saugatuck Dunes

Spend a hot summer’s day on Oval Beach
Ranked as one of the top 25 beaches in the world, Oval Beach is a hot spot during the summer months. Surrounded by tall sand dunes and bordering the Kalamazoo River, it’s the perfect spot to catch some rays (with your sunglasses on, of course). Plan to get there early when you go, as parking will fill up fast!

Take a sunset cruise on the Star of Saugatuck
Cruise down the Kalamazoo River in the evening on the Star of Saugatuck for the perfect sunset view. This paddlewheel boat cruises throughout the day, but we love the sunset cruise for the views. Enjoy a glass of wine or cold beer while cruising this scenic waterway. If you are lucky, you might see a bald eagle, fox, or even a deer during the cruise! It is truly a fun excursion for all ages.

Indulge in a Butler Burger
The Butler Restaurant, located in the heart of downtown Saugatuck, is known for its famous Butler Burger. This ½ pound ground Angus sirloin burger is topped with grilled ham, American cheese, lettuce, and mayonnaise, which will make your mouth water just thinking about it! Of course, there is more to the menu than just the burger. Enjoy spectacular views of the Kalamazoo River with outdoor seating and live entertainment on the deck during the summer months. Have a boat? There are plenty of docks for you to tie up and dine in!

Stay at a Bed and Breakfast Inn
There are numerous bed and breakfast spots in Saugatuck depending on your personal preferences. For a historic feel, the Belvedere Inn was built back in 1912 and has 10 European-style rooms. Your stay includes breakfast every day. If you are looking to stay right in downtown Saugatuck, try the BaySide Inn. This bed and breakfast was once a boathouse that has since been converted into an inn. All rooms include an outdoor deck or balcony with Kalamazoo River as your background.

Climb the Mt. Baldhead Dune
Get your workout in by climbing 303 wooden steps up 250 feet for a fantastic view of the Kalamazoo River Valley as your reward! Once you get to the top, the observation deck offers a panoramic view of Lake Michigan. At the bottom of the dunes, you can enjoy your lunch in the picnic pavilion or go fishing across the street off the dock.

Ride the Dunes
If you’re not up for climbing the dunes, why not go for an adventurous ride up and down on them with the Saugatuck Dune Rides? Learn about the lost town of Singapore while taking a rollercoaster-type ride up and down the dunes. You might even come across some wildlife on your ride!

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Our Favorite Spots in Petoskey

Our Favorite Spots in Petoskey

Located on Lake Michigan’s shore, the quaint small town called Petoskey has always had our hearts. Learn from a local, our favorites spots in Petoskey.

Petoskey Breakwall: The Petoskey Breakwall is a must-see in Petoskey. A popular hang out for teens and families on sunny, calm water days. You can walk right out and take in the beautiful views of Lake Michigan and if you’re brave enough, take a jump into the water (at your own risk, of course).

Little Traverse Wheelway: This paved bike path runs from Charlevoix to Harbor Springs and is a whopping 26 miles long. Pack a backpack with some snacks and water, grab the bikes, and take a ride along Lake Michigan for a trip you’ll never forget.

Pennsylvania Park: Located in the center of Petoskey’s Downtown, this grassy park is great for a family picnic, a game of catch, or to visit with friends. The park has public restrooms, picnic tables, a gazebo, and several war memorials.

Magnus Park: Located on Lake Michigan, this campground is a hidden treasure within walking distance of Petoskey’s Downtown. The park has a sandy beach on Lake Michigan to swim or search for Petoskey Stones.

Ed White Field: Located on Lake Michigan, this softball field hosts many baseball and softball tournaments throughout the summer. It’s a fun place to grab some snacks from the concession stand and watch a ball game at.

Bayfront Park: At Bayfront Park, there’s a fishing pond, playground, marina, a history museum, and much more. All located on Lake Michigan, It’s a special place to enjoy the day!

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Fall in Northern Michigan

Fall in Northern Michigan

The leaves are quickly changing colors, the air is cool, and the days are shorter; it’s officially fall in Northern Michigan.

There are many things to do in Petoskey, Charlevoix, Traverse City, and the surrounding cities during the cooler fall months. Here are a few ideas that will keep you busy this season.

Pumpkin Patches/Farms:

Traverse City: Gallagher’s Farm Market and Bakery have plenty of pumpkins to pick from right in front of the old farmhouse. The bakery has all the yummy treats you’ll ever need and lots of in-season produce. Stop by for fall farm fun.

Petoskey: Bill’s Farms Market is located on East Mitchell St. in Petoskey. Bill’s offers hayrides, fresh cider, lots of apples, and a well-organized pumpkin patch that’s perfect for fall photos and picking out the perfect pumpkin.

Charlevoix: Friske Farm Market is located just south of Charlevoix and is one of our favorite farms in Northern Michigan. Friske’s has a U-Pick apple orchard, a small cafe, bakery, and gift shop inside. Outside you’ll find fall activities, a playground, tours, and events to partake in.

Fall Color Tours:

Traverse City: Take a drive out to Old Mission Peninsula for some beautiful fall colors along the lake. Make sure to bring a camera because you’ll want to capture Northern Michigan’s beautiful fall colors.

Petoskey: Michigan’s #1 scenic drive is just past Petoskey, from Harbor Springs to Cross Village. This 20+ mile drive is not one you will want to miss; the trees’ branches drape over the road, making a beautiful canopy or tunnel of trees to enjoy.

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Charlevoix: Take a ride along Lake Michigan or Lake Charlevoix to see some beautiful fall colors along the water. Stop at some apple orchards and farms along the way and make a full day of it.

The Best Caramel Apple:

Traverse City: Kilwins is a staple in Northern Michigan so don’t be surprised when the answer in all 3 towns is Kilwins. Here are a few caramel apple options to try at all three locations.

Try a milk chocolate sea salt caramel apple in Traverse City, you won’t regret it.

Petoskey: In my opinion, you can’t beat the classic caramel apple, try this in Petoskey.

Charlevoix: Try a turtle caramel apple in Charlevoix and head down to the water to eat it.

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