Bayside Inn

618 Water Street P. O. Box 186, Saugatuck, Michigan 49453
Innkeeper(s): Kathy Wilson
  • Introduction

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    Steps from Saugatuck's charming downtown shops and restaurants and just 14 feet from the water's edge, the Bayside Inn places you in a unique world of exceptional restaurants, marinas, antique and artisan shops. Relax in the waterfront Jacuzzi watching the boats sail down the channel, or settle in front of a cozy fireplace taking in the romantic views of the Kalamazoo River.

    Contemporary rooms and suites with private baths, air-conditioning, cable television, phones, and private decks await you at the casually elegant Bayside Inn.The spacious central living area invites you to relax in front of a cozy fireplace while taking in the romantic views of the Saugatuck Harbor.

    The BaySide Inn's prime location in the heart of Saugatuck places you in a unique world of exceptional restaurants, marinas, antique and artisan shops. So whether you're planning a group gathering, entertaining clients, or simply enjoying the charm of Saugatuck, the BaySide Inn makes it memorable.

  • BaySide Inn's Roots

    Bayside Inn waters

    The Bayside Inn Bed & Breakfast was originally built in 1927 as a boathouse with living quarters on the upper level. Flourishing during this period, it served as a boathouse until the mid-1940's.

    In 1945, the building was turned into a marina, its obvious prime location and mere steps away from the bustling downtown village of Saugatuck, it was in high demand. What stands today as the Harbor House (Bayside's two large suites, #9 and #10) served as a boat-garage during the period between 1945 and 1956, when the marina closed.

    For many years, high waters kept the building partially submerged. A seawall was added, but even that wasn't enough to hold the water back. The building sat with a failing foundation immersed in water until 1990. It was then that Kathy and Frank Wilson stepped in and purchased the challenged property. They proceeded to transform the property into Saugatuck's most prestigious waterfront bed and breakfast.

    Kathy and Frank raised the building with a new foundation and added three rooms on the third level. After much hard work, they have transformed the decades-old boathouse into the Bayside Inn Bed & Breakfast, a quietly, elegantly cool waterfront bed and breakfast.

    Just steps from downtown, with a spectacular view of the Saugatuck Harbor, The BaySide Inn is literally in the heart of Saugatuck, within walking distance to all the shops, galleries, restaurants and festivities and all that Saugatuck has to offer.

    The BaySide's warm and inviting rooms & suites along with their cozy commons area and outdoor hot tub (open all year 'round) makes the Bayside Inn a perfect getaway in any season!

  • Area Information

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    Saugatuck and the surrounding area has much to offer, whether you're interested in sightseeing, shopping, perusing the many art galleries or simply trying out the cuisine. And if sporting activities are more your thing then Saugatuck is full of opportunities, like golfing, fishing, or sailing, mentioning just a few.

    Or perhaps you're looking for relaxation, Saugatuck is the perfect getaway with renown Oval Beach just steps away. It's the perfect place to de-stress and let the sun & surf help melt those cares away. Saugatuck is also home to many festivals and events that make our quaint village a top tourist destination for visitors around the world. For more visit

  • Inn Amenities

    Bayside Inn oceanBreakfast

    A full breakfast including dry cereal, fruit tray, homemade flavored breads, coffee cakes, muffins, bagels, coffee, milk, and fruit juice along with a hot dish (often a French toast casserole or egg and cheese strata) are served daily.

    Commons Room

    With fireplace, television, video rentals, stereo system, and historic picture albums.

    Afternoon Snacks

    Enjoy a bowl of popcorn or a homemade cookie in the afternoon with assorted beverages.

    In-Ground Hot tub

    Just four feet from the water's edge, relax in our outdoor jacuzzi which is open year round!

    Outdoor Deck

    Watch the sailboats and yachts head for Lake Michigan with our river view patio table and chairs, or soak up the sun on our lounge chairs.


    Charcoal grills are provided during the warmer months for your outdoor barbeques.

    Local Restaurant Menus

    We have a collection of all the local restaurants menus in our commons room for your browsing.

    Fax & Photocopy Machines

    Available on premises for your use. Some charges may apply.

    Public Computer

    A computer is provided in our common's area for guest use. Check your email or just browse the internet.

  • Room & Suite Amenities

    Bayside Inn balcony

    Cable Television

    Over 50 channels including CNN, ESPN, Discovery Channel, and more.

    All rooms have DVD players. Complimentary movie rentals are available for in the common area during office hours.


    Phones are provided in each room equipped for calling card or collect out-going calls. Local calls are free of charge. Incoming calls are transferred by the front desk.


    Phones are equipped with voicemail so your friends, family or business associates can leave messages for you while you're out and about.

    Outdoor Balconies

    All rooms have an outdoor balcony or sun deck with a view of the harbor or quaint downtown Saugatuck.

    All Rooms

    All rooms have in-room private baths, some with Jacuzzi tubs, wireless internet access, central air conditioning. Ask about our rooms with fireplaces, kitchens and Jacuzzi tubs.

  • Village Highlights

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    Swimming Pool

    During the summer months, BaySide guests are welcome to use the pool at our other property, the Beachway Resort & Hotel. Ask for a pool pass from the front desk.

    Charming Shops

    All within walking distance, visit Saugatuck's unique shops such as American Spoon Foods, Fat Cats, Monkey Business, Of Title & Tinkers, and many more!

    Art Galleries

    Saugatuck is the renowned "Art Coast of Michigan" filled with a broad spectrum of art galleries and craft boutiques.

    Boat Cruises

    There are several boat rides and sailboat charters in town for sunset cruises on Lake Michigan and historic tours of the Saugatuck harbor.

    Bayside Inn boat

    Dune Rides

    Fun for the whole family. Enjoy breathtaking views and learn about the history of the area on these 35 minute dune rides, just minutes from the BaySide Inn!

    Hand-Cranked Chain Ferry

    Saugatuck has the only still-operating hand-cranked ferry in the nation! This 75-yard ferry ride takes pedestrians across the channel for walk-able access to Lake Michigan's public beach, Oval Beach during the summer season.