Vacationers (and locals) now have a new place to “relax, renew and enjoy the view” in downtown Saugatuck.
“Yeah, that’s definitely our slogan — to relax, renew and enjoy the view out here,” said Katie Hoshor, assistant manager at Old Pike Cottages. “We just want you to have a great time here — it’s an escape from reality.”
Named after the historic West Michigan Pike, and located in the former location of Back Bay Cottages, Old Pike shares a piece of Saugatuck history for visitors to explore.
“We thought it would just be really neat to bring out that history,” said Birdie Holley, property manager. “Back Bay had been here since 1939, and some believe it was one of the stops people would make while traveling on the West Michigan Pike.
“We also named all of our cottages after automobiles from the 1920s, and our cottage posts resemble the original markers found along the West Michigan Pike.”
Opened earlier this summer, Old Pike Cottages offers completely remodeled, private cottages available for rent year-round. With sparkling views of Kalamazoo Lake, the cottages come with modern amenities, including heated floors and lamps, bathrobes and Wi-Fi, as well as kitchenettes and screened-in porches.
All of the cottages share a hot tub, heated pool, gathering area, and courtyard for bonfires and grilling. And, there’s an added bonus for boaters — boat slips.
“If you stay here, we can offer you a slip, and if someone wants to stay here for a full week, we’ll actually give them a boat slip for free, which is something I haven’t heard of anyone doing before,” Holley said.
Located close to downtown, Old Pike Cottages is in walking distance to a lot of Saugatuck hot spots, including local boutiques, eateries, parks, bars and coffee shops. “Saugatuck is just a super awesome place to be,” Holley said. “We’re hoping that people continue to find this history fascinating and will consider making us a stop, because you’re staying in a part of history, even if it doesn’t feel like it anymore.”