SAUGATUCK — The National Trust for Historic Preservation has named Saugatuck-Douglas to its “2009 Dozen Distinctive Destinations” list, which recognizes communities across the nation that offer “cultural and recreational experiences different from the typical vacation destination.”
From dynamic downtowns and stunning architecture to cultural diversity and commitment to historic preservation, the selected destinations “boast a richness of character and exude an authentic sense of place,” according to NTHP.
“Saugatuck-Douglas offers visitors a chance to enjoy history, art, outdoor recreation and spectacular natural resources,” said NTHP President Richard Moe. “Few vacation destinations provide such an extraordinary combination of tourism opportunities all in one location.”
The Saugatuck-Douglas area is home to the 99-year old Oxbow School of Art and Artists’ Residency, which has been affiliated with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago since its inception.
In its press release, NTHP further commented: “Saugatuck-Douglas has long had a reputation as the ultimate sanctuary for artists. The area is commonly referred to as the Art Coast of Michigan and is one of the top 25 art destinations in the United States. The mix of galleries in and around Saugatuck-Douglas comprises a vibrant kaleidoscope of the artistic experience. For those seeking rugged adventure or simple beach pleasures, activities abound on the two waterways surrounding Saugatuck-Douglas.”