Welcome to The Saugatuck
The newly christened, Saugatuck Motel, aims to build on the property's decades old reputation of family-owned quaintness and hospitality. The resort takes guests back in time to the days of small roadside motels where the owner checked you in complete with flashing neon signs, large grassy yards with big shade trees and cozy rooms. Built in the early 1950's, the property's original developer felt it evoked the spirit of Shangrai La, a permanently happy land isolated from the outside world, as referenced in the novel Lost Horizon. As you enter the five acre park-like property, it is easy to understand the original owners' point of view.
Vintage postcard of the former Shangrai-la, now known as The Saugatuck
While only 5 to 10 minutes from all the Saugatuck / Douglas renowned eateries, galleries and shopping districts, The Saugatuck Motel's location still affords guests a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of these thriving beach towns. The property provides a perfect opportunity to return home after a busy day of shopping or beaching to retreat poolside for a cocktail or afternoon dip. If the idea of a good book coupled a glass of local wine or beer or a catnap before the evening's festivities is more appealing, take shelter under any one of the plentiful shade trees throughout the grounds. If the day's activities were too taxing, simply chill and grill listening to crickets and tree frogs while watching the stars.
Pool side at The Saugatuck
2014 marks the renaissance of this property to its former glory as a premier lodging establishment. The new owners invite you on a journey with room and property renovations to include WIFI, new room furnishings and décor, a newly landscaped pool area, and a new welcoming lobby and hospitality suite with fireplace for lounging and relaxing. In a nod to the property's past, enjoy classic amenities such as shuffleboard, horseshoes and croquet.
Not only does The Saugatuck Motel enjoy close proximity to Saugatuck / Douglas and Lake Michigan, the property is convenient to 2 championship quality golf courses, a conference center and driving range, charter fishing on Lake Michigan, scenic dinner cruises, paddle boating, winery and brewery tours, and ferrying down the Kalamazoo River. Miles of sand dunes and water also promise opportunities for swimming, sunbathing or dune-schooner rides.