Lakeshore city ranks as nation’s No. 1 ‘summer weekend escape’


Oval Beach in Saugatuck is rated one of the best beaches in world and U.S. Photo via

A popular summer vacation spot along the West Michigan lakeshore has been voted the No. 1 destination in the U.S. for a “summer weekend escape” by readers of a USA Today travel site.

USA Today’s 10Best site said last week that its readers voted Saugatuck into the top spot of its 10Best Readers' Choice contest for summer escapes, thanks to the city's artistic community, local dining, bed and breakfast options, prevalence of outdoor activities and, of course, breathtaking beaches.

Saugatuck beat out some worthy competitors to gain the top spot, receiving what the site noted was an “especially heavy” number of votes.

“Best summer weekend escapes”

1.  Saugatuck
2.  Granbury, Texas
3.  Sedona, Ariz.
4.  Dahlonega, Ga.
5.  Hollywood, Fla.
6.  Galveston, Texas
7.  Bainbridge, Wash.
8.  Asheville, N.C.
9.  Estes Park, Colo.
10. Lafayette, La.

Source: USA Today 10Best, 2014

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