Stay at the Maplewood, and it's a short walk to all of the attractions in downtown Saugatuck. The Hotel is right next to the Post office, with the community park on the other side.
The building is very old, and many of the floors are sagging and creak (adds to the charm). The exterior facade is a beautiful Greek Revival style, with four large wooden Corinthian columns, and a covered entry canopy which extends over the public sidewalk to the street curb. If you are lucky, you can park your car RIGHT in front of the hotel.
The town is quaint, and reminds me of the feel of Mackinaw island, but with the added bonus of being able to drive your car there (with no parking fees), as well as a lack of horse-poop-smell all over town.
The hosts are extremely friendly and willing to go out of thier way to make sure your stay will be a wonderful one. Fresh cookies or brownies are available in the evening as well as goodies in candy dishes placed around common areas. The main seating area features a baby grand player piano, which the hosts will play for you if you ask... a nice extra.
The standard rooms are cozy (small) but comfortable. The TV with built-in DVD is small (but you really don't want to be watching much tv when there is so much to see in this town). In case of a rainy day, the hotel has a good selection of DVDs you can check out, and there are a decent amount of cable tv channels. The bed is a comfortable queen size, just right, not too firm, not too soft. Fancy thin mints on the dresser are a nice touch. The walls seperating the bathrooms do not have sound insulation, and it's possible to hear conversations from the adjoining rooms (so be careful what you say). It's best to use your library voice while in your room.
This hotel features a seasonal pool and patio area (closed during our stay).
The breakfast is good, and is different every day. Fresh fruit, baked goods and cereal are also available everyday. Coffee is available from around 8:15am and breakfast is served between 9:00am and 10:00am. The two main areas for dining include a sunny porch with 5 or 6 tables to the East, and an interior dining area with about 5 or 6 tables behind the second stairway.
My wife and I used a Groupon for a two night stay here. It was more than we usually pay for a romantic getaway, but it was well worth it. I can't imagine us staying here at full price during high season, but maybe someday if I hit the lotto... :) If you can afford it, I'd highly recommend staying here.
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