Saugatuck Takes Top Honors In USA Today's Reader's Choice Poll
Saugatuck is officially Number One!
The local resort community is the nation’s top choice as THE summer weekend escape destination in the U.S.
Saugatuck took the gold medal in a USA Today readers’ choice poll to determine the favorite place in America that visitors and locals alike prefer to be during the hot summer season.
“I’m delighted,” Saugatuck-Douglas Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Felicia Fairchild said. “We wanted to win this badly.This award ranks pretty high. I think we will get a lot of recognition throughout the U.S. for this. I look forward to it having a positive impact on local business.
“We will display the honor proudly wherever we can,” she added.
Saugatuck beat out competing cities Granbury, Texas, and Sedona, Arizona, to win the prestigious honor.
The battle see-sawed early, but Saugatuck was in first place beginning Memorial Weekend and never looked back until the competition ended Monday (May. 26).
Reasons for the coveted victory come as no surprise to those who make Saugatuck their year-round home or even visit here regularly.
The beauty of Oval Beach, the arts, shopping galore, great restaurants and a wide range of lodging choices from B & Bs to hotels to home rentals were cited by many voters as reasons to visit the popular tourist town.
“The downtown streets of Water and Butler are lined with cute shops and galleries, while the stretch of the Blue Star Highway just south of town is famous for its antiquing,” USA Today’s report stated.
Fairchild noted it was a team effort of people from around the country that led to the victory.
“We received so much help from so many people and so many organizations throughout the state,” she said. “Plus, our fan base was magnificent. They never stopped voting for us.”
Rounding out the top five cities selected were Granbury, Sedona, Dahlonega, Georgia and Hollywood, Florida.
Fairchild pointed out Saugatuck was the only Michigan town and only Midwestern location nominated to participate in the USA Today poll. It joined 20 other towns nominated as finalists in the reader’s competition.
The victory won’t go without a celebration, promised Fairchild, who threw out the possibility of a weekend soiree.
“Perhaps in the fall. It would be fun to do that. We’d like to invite everyone who helped vote us into first place,” she said. “We’d like to do something to honor the people who put us there.”