Saugatuck is a boating community less that fifty miles up the road. It is charming and long been a summer tourist attraction. It’s got an inland lake, access to the big lake (Lake Michigan for the uninitiated), plenty of slips for boaters, plenty of curio stores for shoppers, and plenty of restaurants for diners of all calibers.
Today I met a friend from Chicago who visits Saugatuck every summer for a couple weeks with her husband. We met for lunch at a restaurant called the BARge. And, yes it was. A bar and a stationary barge right on the water. It was delightful. The grilled shrimp tacos were too.
Earl and I used to visit Saugatuck frequently when his daughter and son-in-law lived there. But they escaped to Mexico as ex-pats a few years ago; so we haven’t been there very often since then. It’s our loss.
I must suggest this as a day trip for the two of us.