Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Tower Marine in Douglas

Saugatuck is a major fun-seekers boating  destination, but it can be noisy and expensive. One solution is to anchor at the channel near the mouth of the River or just off the channel near Singapore Yacht Club. Another option is to bypass Saugatuck and follow the channel markers to Tower Marine in Douglas on the other side of Kalamazoo Lake.

Friends from our Club in Chicago have moved their boats to Tower and one of them was away, so we asked for their slip. The marina has about 300 slips on very wide lanes so it's easy to get a slip and maneuver to it. The pool is very comfortable and the showers are first rate. 

It's a half mile to the center of Douglas where there is fine farm-to-table dining at Everyday People Cafe and other eateries on Center Street. Walk up and down Center Street to shop, buy stamps at the Post Office, buy a used book at the library, or fetch supplies at the grocery. 

On the way back from town, follow Union Street toward Hamilton and stop at the Summertime Market for fresh fruits and vegetables. The market also has meat for the grill and pie for dessert.

Perhaps you'll decide stay awhile like the family in the tiny house boat in the image. 
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