These are a few of our favorite things, listed in the order in which we receive inquiries…

Restaurant Recommendations

• The Southerner, Saugatuck – This new restaurant is just down the street!  Best biscuits we’ve ever had.

• The Grill Room at Clearbrook Golf Club – We *love* this place, and it’s just a stumble down the street from Heartland House!

• Hercules, Saugatuck –

• Phil’s Bar & Grille –

• Mermaid Bar & Grill – Great place to sit on the water.

• Wild Dog Grille, Douglas – We try to go here every trip we make. *new, 2015 – they are closing for the winter months.  😦

• The Red Dock, Douglas – Cash only.  Mem. Day-Labor Day only.  On a dock overlooking downtown Saugatuck.  Great experience!

• Marro’s Italian Restaurant, Saugatuck – Only open during “the season”


• Pizza Mambo, Douglas –

• Back Alley Pizza, Douglas –

• Scooters, Saugatuck –


Oval Beach –

Other Beaches –

Other Things To Do

Shops & Such – Just 8 blocks away, visit Saugatuck’s unique shops, restaurants, pubs and harbor life!

Art Galleries – Saugatuck/Douglas is the “Art Coast of Michigan” filled with a wide array of art galleries and boutiques.  Our fave gallery:

Boat Cruises – There are several boat rides and sailboat charters in town for sunset cruises on Lake Michigan.

Dune Rides – Fun for the whole family. Enjoy great views and learn about the history of the area on these half-hour long dune rides.  Just minutes from Heartland House, you could walk or bike north on the bike path along Holland St (turn right out of driveway), or drive 2 minutes.

The Chain Ferry – Saugatuck has the only still-operating hand-cranked ferry in the nation! This 75-yard ferry ride takes pedestrians across the channel for walk-able access to Oval Beach during the summer season.  The hike from Heartland House to the ferry is 15 minutes, the hike over the dunes to Oval Beach is another 15+.  Pick it up on Mary Street at the river:,+Saugatuck,+MI+49453/@42.6583756,-86.2057534,17z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x8819f771c2b847a1:0x9ea620e530775b94

Cross Country Skiing – Enjoy the winter trails minutes from Heartland House.

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