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Here's everything you must see as an LGBTQ+ traveler in Saugatuck, Michigan

Here's everything you must see as an LGBTQ+ traveler in Saugatuck, Michigan

Saugatuck, Michigan LGBTQ+ Pride Travel
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The small and adorable town is the hidden gem you didn't know you needed to visit.

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For LGBTQ+ travelers in the summer, many typical hot spots may come to mind for a fun getaway.

Take a quick Google search and the most visited places that would likely pop up include Fire Island, Palm Springs, Puerto Vallarta, Provincetown, Key West, and a few other top destinations.

Outside of Chicago as a top contender for Midwestern representation, there aren't a whole lot of cities in middle America that many gay travelers flock to for their summer vacations.

Well, it looks like that's all about to change. The charming town of of Saugatuck, Michigan is quickly rising in the ranks as a must-see place for queer people to visit.

Saugatuck is undeniably the most gay-friendly town in Michigan as the artsy downtown area proudly displays rainbow imagery, inclusive signage, and LGBTQ+ representation at many businesses.

One of the biggest things to consider while staying in Saugatuck, naturally, would be housing accommodations. Thankfully, there are so many wonderful options that welcome queer people with open arms.

First up, The Wickwood Inn serves as the ultimate bed and breakfast experience as the historic inn is located right in the heart of downtown and nearby all of the exciting activities Saugatuck has to offer.

Wickwood Inn’s owners, Shea Soucie and Martin Horner (who's a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community), have completely redesigned the boutique property to make every visitor feel like they're at their new home away from home.

The gorgeous hotel features the best Midwest hospitality you'll ever experience (I can fully attest), along with an unbelievable farm-to-table food experience, the comfiest beds, beautifully renovated bathrooms, and cozy indoor and outdoor sitting areas to mingle with other guests.

For those looking to have a bit of a Fire Island experience in Michigan, then look no further than The Dunes Resort.

This hotel serves as one of the largest LGBTQ+ and gay resorts in the country, located right in the middle of Saugatuck and Douglas, Michigan.

With electric parties, a pool oasis, countless amounts of drag shows, and plenty of queer guests at every corner, this is certainly a bucket list property for any traveler looking to experience an unforgettable gay getaway.

As the title suggests, The Dunes Resort is also located right by Oval Beach and the breathtaking dunes that sets Saugatuck apart from any other typical destination. Grab your Speedo, as there's so many tanning opportunities available in the summer.

Also, the Saugatuck Dune Rides are close by and give tourists an incredible opportunity to go on an exhilarating guided tour that'll give thrill seekers the rush they're looking for.

Beyond the stunning and inclusive properties in Saugatuck, there are so many small LGBTQ+ businesses that will make your visit even more special.

Uncommon Coffee Roasters, founded by Guy Darienzo and Stephen Keye as "the local gay coffee shop," is such a cute downtown gem to explore.

The company proudly shows off their support for the LGBTQ+ community by including rainbow imagery in all of their merch, offering a Pride blend for patrons to purchase, and featuring a rainbow bench just outside their adorable shop.

Plus, many of the kind workers are part of the queer family, so there's plenty of diversity all the way from the top to the friendly baristas serving up a flavorful cup of coffee.

Speaking of businesses to explore, there's truly too many delicious places to discover in Saugatuck.

Your taste buds will go on quite the journey as you try some of the signature dishes at all of the delectable local restaurants throughout the friendly town.

If you're looking to try some of the freshest food (literally plucked straight from the garden), then make sure you visit Farmhouse for the ultimate farm-to-table experience. Just a tip... make sure you try one of their handmade sandwiches. It won't disappoint.

For an elegant dinner, Coast 236 is the perfect place for a romantic night that'll leave you filled with glee. From the presentation to the final bite, this 5-star restaurant will whisk you away to a magical place that feels like an escape from reality.

Let's not forget the cooks (or lack thereof!) in the family. Lulu Cadieux may just be the most darling place in all of Saugatuck. The beautiful building acts as a cute shop for people to get the best knickknacks to bring home. Plus, visitors can join a cooking class that will leave you feeling beyond full and satisfied. The class is simple, but the food is out of this world.

It wouldn't be a proper vacation without some delicious drinks, now would it? Thankfully, this town has you covered.

Forget the iconic vineyards in Napa or Temecula, as the wineries in Saugatuck are really on another level.

Crane's not only offers flights of various types of wines, ciders, and alcoholic beverages, but this farm also bakes some of the best pies in the country that will satisfy any sweet tooth.

For a more sophisticated experience, Modales transports visitors on a boozy journey by offering some of the tastiest wines available in all of the Midwest. The different flavors will truly blow your mind and will likely give you a buzz as you sit outside in the perfect Michigan summer weather.

Speaking of wine, travelers can visit J. Petters Gallery to take a look at some of the most breathtaking art pieces in the world and sip on some succulent drinks as you browse throughout the many rooms.

Finally, The Cottage is the ideal downtown spot to sip on handcrafted cocktails and enjoy an exquisite happy hour with tourists and locals alike. Walking distance from Kalamazoo River, this is the best place to snack before enjoying dinner right on the coast or after a long day boating in the crystal blue waters.

It may seem like Saugatuck has it all... and that's because it does.

Finally, the Midwest is opening more doors for people in the LGBTQ+ community to feel safe and be their authentic selves.

With gorgeous properties, mouthwatering meals, thrilling activities, and the kindest people greeting you at every destination... there's nothing not to love about this inclusive town.

What are you waiting for? Don't miss everything Saugatuck, Michigan has to offer by learning more on the official website.

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Ricky Cornish is an on-air correspondent for Equal Pride, where he's breaking down the latest in pop culture for Out Magazine, Pride.com, Plus Magazine, The Advocate, and Out Traveler.

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Ricky Cornish is an on-air correspondent for Equal Pride, where he's breaking down the latest in pop culture for Out Magazine, Pride.com, Plus Magazine, The Advocate, and Out Traveler.

Based in Las Vegas, Ricky can be seen interviewing the biggest celebrities at red carpets and premiere events around the city.

To follow Ricky and see what's trending, you can follow him on Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, Facebook, andYouTube.