America’s Best Little Beach Towns

Saugatuck, Michigan best beach towns
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These uncrowded and unpretentious beach towns, from Florida to Hawaii, promise fun that's (could it be?) actually affordable.

Saugatuck, MI

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This former lumber town on the shores of both Lake Michigan and the Kalamazoo River has been a Chicago artist magnet since the 19th century, giving it the nickname the Art Coast of Michigan. Come and sketch the crazy-high sand dunes—the most popular being Mount Baldhead, a calf-burning 282 steps high—or ride the hand-operated chain ferry, the only one of its kind left in North America.

Stay: Even if the beds at The Wickwood Inn are wrapped in chintz and romance, you definitely want to come down for breakfast. This 11-room B&B is run by successful cookbook author Julee Rosso, whose credits include The New Basics.

Katrina Brown Hunt

Saugatuck, Michigan best beach towns

America’s Best Little Beach Towns

Saugatuck, MI

This former lumber town on the shores of both Lake Michigan and the Kalamazoo River has been a Chicago artist magnet since the 19th century, giving it the nickname the Art Coast of Michigan. Come and sketch the crazy-high sand dunes—the most popular being Mount Baldhead, a calf-burning 282 steps high—or ride the hand-operated chain ferry, the only one of its kind left in North America.

Stay: Even if the beds at The Wickwood Inn are wrapped in chintz and romance, you definitely want to come down for breakfast. This 11-room B&B is run by successful cookbook author Julee Rosso, whose credits include The New Basics.

Katrina Brown Hunt

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