• Saugatuck Honored for Its Beauty

     
    POSTED October 5, 2021
     
  • Saugatuck Honored for Its Beauty

     
    POSTED October 5, 2021
     
  • Saugatuck Honored for Its Beauty

     
    POSTED October 5, 2021
     

Saugatuck has long claimed boasting rights as one of the most stunning destinations in the country and a breathtaking setting for a corporate retreat. Now it’s official. Conde Nast Traveler has named Saugatuck one of “The 26 Most Beautiful Towns in America.”  The ‘tiny hamlet,’ the publication wrote, “is nestled among the sand dunes on the east coast of Lake Michigan, making it a playground for sunbathers, kayakers, and dune buggy-riders. It’s a favorite among Chicagoans for its close proximity—about a two-hour drive—and impressive art scene, not to mention a wealth of wineries and travel-worthy restaurants.” 

“We are so honored to be recognized among this impressive list of beautiful American towns,” says Lisa Mize, executive director of the Saugatuck Douglas Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Saugatuck is very beloved to visitors who come back year after year as well as our residents who call it home. Our miles of gorgeous Lake Michigan shoreline, award-winning beaches, charming downtown main streets, and stunning dune landscapes truly make the Saugatuck Douglas area a must-visit beautiful destination.” saugatuck.com 

When you meet in one of the country’s great leisure destinations, sparks fly and creativity soars. 

Known for dense forests and trout streams, remote Great Lakes beaches and cottage living, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (U.P.) and Mackinac Island have long been the settings for memorable vacations. The same natural beauty and endless outdoor activities that attract leisure visitors make the area an appealing destination for corporate meetings and retreats. 

 

If you’re looking for evidence that the tourism and meetings industries are rebounding in Michigan, turn your gaze to Ludington. The Mason County city experienced its strongest tourism year ever in 2021, with room rental income at an all-time high of $19.2 million. (Note: This metric includes figures collected only from lodging members of the Ludington Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, LACVB.)

 

Incorporating the host city into the framework of the meeting is an effective way to enhance the content of the conference.

Host in Local Hotel
While attendees might flock to flag hotels, consider a boutique hotel as overflow to showcase the destination. In Lubbock, the DoubleTree by Hilton offers a local flair through design and cuisine; meanwhile, just a few streets over, the Cotton Court Hotel pays tribute to the area’s cotton history.