Do you feel like you need a bit of Key West every now and then? Hanging out in Michigan a summer ago, we found that piece of Key West in two places. First off, a whole mess of us headed to the Red Dock Cafe ( 219 Union St, Douglas, Michigan) located right on the Kalamazoo River (think lake). We ordered sandwiches and drinks from a couple of characters straight out of Berkeley in the 1960s. The place definitely has a 60s vibe to it. Being on the water, with the wind and warm sun, easily gave us the Key West feel. Sandwiches were very, very good. Generous portions, lots of meat, nice and drippy. Drinks (beer, wine) were on the expensive side, unfortunately. People pulled up in their boats for lunch and the place was a happy place. Its edgy, its cool, casual, fun, and interesting and there is so much to look at with all the signs around. You won’t be disappointed.
Our Key West adventure continued as we were staying at the Starlite Resort (http://www.starliteresort.com/) a newly refurbished old time motel. The type that you park in front of your room door. There is a chair right by your door waiting for you to sit in and watch people. Colors were turquoise and orange it gave you a definite feel of being down in Florida. Made us feel happy! They did it up nice, too. Comfy beds, clean rooms, great pool, grills for you to use. They took care of us.
Other things to do? Shop or wander in Saugatuck, walk the beaches of Lake Michigan, hike the dunes, or take a dune buggy ride.
Get your reservation early as hotels/motels fill up fast. The Starlite was reasonably priced. Accommodations are very expensive in this area.