“What an honor to be listed alongside amazing global destinations to visit in 2020 by Condé Nast. We know our communities are magical, hosting food connoisseurs, unique lodging and year-round fun activities,” said Lisa Mize, SDACVB Interim Executive Director. “Thanks to Condé Nast, our beautiful resort towns will be on many more travelers’ radar as a destination for the new decade. In addition, our areas boast a very active agritourism enticement for visitors wanting to get back to nature.”
The section of the article featuring Southwest Michigan focused on the rich agricultural heritage of the Saugatuck/Douglas region and our “laid-back” coastal town vibe, highlighting craft beverage makers and food-centric destinations in Fennville and Saugatuck. Their points of interest include:
· Virtue Cider’s “idyllic 28-acre farm”
· Modales Wines “small-batch, estate-grown grapes”
· Waypost Brewing Company’s “Farmhouse-inspired” beer
· Pennyroyal Café & Provisions “harvest-driven menu”
The article was a fantastic nod to all our region has to offer, not only in Saugatuck, Douglas and Fennville, but also the surrounding area, including the charm and exciting new developments in neighboring beach town, South Haven.
"We are thrilled that Southwest Michigan and South Haven are mentioned as a top destination for 2020 by Condé Nast,” said Scott Reinert, Executive Director of the South Haven Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We've long felt that the charm and beauty of our small Lake Michigan shoreline communities, combined with one-of-a-kind lodging, attractions and establishments, provide a wonderful escape for travelers in the Midwest. We hope this recognition encourages more visitors to experience all that Southwest Michigan has to offer."
National exposure from this award-winning publication not only benefits the featured destinations, but the state’s tourism industry as a whole, according to Dave Lorenz, Vice President of Travel Michigan, MEDC. Regarding this exciting media mention, he said:
“Travelers are always looking for new, authentic, interesting places to explore and when a publication like Condé Nast recommends a destination…They will visit that destination and places along their way...so this designation is a powerful endorsement for Saugatuck/Douglas, Fennville and South Haven, and for all of Pure Michigan.”
Click here to read the full article, published by Condé Nast Traveler on December 2, 2019.