The area known as Michigan Beachtowns is a great place to visit, especially during blueberry season. Head on up the Red Arrow Highway along Lake Michigan and stop in South Haven for the 48th Annual National Blueberry Festival August 11th through August 14th. Every year from Thursday through Sunday, you can enjoy lots and lots of blueberries; blueberry pancake breakfasts; a parade; a fish boil dinner; lots of family events; art shows; pageants; craft show; 5k run; blueberry bake off competition and free concerts! (See more at Then continue another 20 miles up the road to Douglas/Saugatuck, an area known for its shops, galleries and great restaurants. We recommend staying at the Douglas House Bed and Breakfast, a cozy Queen Ann style inn built in 1904. You’ll enjoy a great breakfast at the inn, but if you are looking for a place for lunch try Ida Red’s in Saugatuk, recommended by another member. For dinner, a member suggests Everyday People Café for phenomenal food and live jazz or try the Wild Dog for more casual dining.
Getting there:
US 12 enters the state of Michigan west of New Buffalo near the town of Michiana. Follow the Red Arrow Highway (named after a WWI army unit that included many local men) which becomes M63 north. Near Lake Michigan Beach, follow the Blue Star Highway (rt 31) to Douglas/Saugatuck. This highway is dedicated to America’s veterans. A “blue star” was originally used in World War I as a symbol that families placed in windows to commemorate their service personnel.

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