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8 Gay-Friendly Destinations to Visit This Year

Condé Nast Traveler Logo By Paul Jebara of Condé Nast Traveler | Slide 1 of 8: A nickname like the "Art Coast of Lake Michigan” does a pretty good job of summing up Saugatuck as a Midwestern cultural and outdoor activities mecca. Here, world-renowned art institutions like the century-old Ox-Bow School of Art and the Saugatuck Center for the Arts attract the country’s most ambitious creative personalities to further their education and showcase outstanding works. As a town historically anchored in the creative arts, Saugatuck has always been a welcoming place, and today, more than 140 LGBTQ-owned businesses operate here, including the sprawling Dunes Resort, an epicenter of local nightlife, and the annual Saugatuck LGBT Music Fest, which takes place in early September. It doesn't hurt that Saugatuck is beautiful, either: immensely steep sand dunes front this pristine stretch of the Lake Michigan coastline, making it a playground for sunbathers, kayakers, and dune buggy-riders addicted to whiplash.

Saugatuck, Michigan

A nickname like the "Art Coast of Lake Michigan” does a pretty good job of summing up Saugatuck as a Midwestern cultural and outdoor activities mecca. Here, world-renowned art institutions like the century-old Ox-Bow School of Art and the Saugatuck Center for the Arts attract the country’s most ambitious creative personalities to further their education and showcase outstanding works. As a town historically anchored in the creative arts, Saugatuck has always been a welcoming place, and today, more than 140 LGBTQ-owned businesses operate here, including the sprawling Dunes Resort, an epicenter of local nightlife, and the annual Saugatuck LGBT Music Fest, which takes place in early September. It doesn't hurt that Saugatuck is beautiful, either: immensely steep sand dunes front this pristine stretch of the Lake Michigan coastline, making it a playground for sunbathers, kayakers, and dune buggy-riders addicted to whiplash.
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