Blue Coast Artists Driving Tour

Travel the scenic Blue Star Highway and back roads between South Haven and Saugatuck to discover a distinctive and diverse community. The Blue Coast Artists cultural heritage tour is a treasure trove offering a behind-the-scenes look into the studios talented working artisans, agri-tourism farms, wineries and sites within quintessential towns. The listings included in the tour are people, businesses and sites that have embraced and enhanced life within this region. Become enchanted by the array of art, the pastoral rural countryside and preserved wildlife habitats, as well as the breathtaking views and sandy beaches along the Lake Michigan shoreline.

The tour is free and open to the public from May-October. To fully enjoy the entire Blue Coasts Artists Driving Tour plan on 2-3 days. The driving tour can also be broken up into day-long adventures.

Discover West Michigan’s Best Kept Secret—Fennville, where small town charm meets natural beauty. Explore Lake Michigan beaches, unique eateries, historic B&B’s, U-pick/farm markets, and wine tasting. Fennville is also home to The Children’s Museum, summer concerts, Goose Festival, antiques, and artist/studio galleries. And with plenty of outdoor adventures such as the Heritage Trail, water sports, hunting, fishing, and biking, Fennville truly has something to offer for every visitor. 

Take the time to walk around and explore the nice quiet town of Glenn. With many stories about this once very important shipping port, Glenn offers quaint shops, historic structures and the last operational rural 2-room schoolhouse in Michigan; the Glenn Public schoolhouse only serves grades K-5.

Lattner Studio
319 Blue Star Highway
South Haven, MI 49090
Phone: (269) 637-1810
The working studio and Gallery of Suzi Lattner Zwissler features vibrant Michigan landscapes, still life, and informal portraits in a variety of media. Open May-October, Friday-Sunday 11am-5pm, or year-round by appointment.

Blue Star Pottery
337 Blue Star Highway
South Haven, MI 49090
Phone: (269) 637-5787
Take a behind-the-scenes look into the studio of professional potter Mark Williams. With over 30 years experience Mark captures the beauty of his wooded surroundings, as he uses a variety of leaves to decorate his functional stoneware pieces. Mark creates functional and one-of-a-kind handmade stoneware items. Commissions are welcome. The studio is located three miles north of South Haven on Blue Star Highway and is open May-November; Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11am - 5pm; open year-round by appointment only.

Sunset Junque Shop
856 Blue Star Highway
South Haven, MI 49090
Phone: (269) 637-5777
A one acre wonderland, the junk shop is an eclectic jumble of antiques and funkystuff. Spring/Fall hours Saturday-Sunday 10am-6pm; Summer hours 7days 10am-6pm

McIntosh Apple Orchards, Cider Mill & Winery
6431 107th Ave
South Haven, MI 49090
Phone: (269) 637-7922
Enjoy a lovely day in the country, visit the orchard, and browse through the farm market for fruits, vegetables and gifts and enjoy donuts, pastries and fudge. Take a tour to see how sweet cider is handcrafted into hard cider. We have u-pick and ready picked tart and sweet cherries, peaches, pears, apples and plums - or just sit out on the porch and relax. Open June - November, Friday - Sunday 9am - 5pm

Khnemu Studio on Fernwood Farm
6322 113th Ave
Fennville, MI 49408
Phone: (269) 236-9260
Enjoy the ambiance of this 1890’s farm estate, complete with an authentically restored barn which houses Khnemu Studio LLC, the working studio of ceramic artist Dawn Soltysiak and a unique contemporary fine art and craft gallery. The gallery offers an eclectic selection of hand-made contemporary ceramics and fine art by regionally and nationally known artists. The studio offers special events, classes and workshops taught by Dawn or visiting artists. Experience the beauty of the resident farm animals including peacocks, ducks and free-range exotic chickens. Striving for an appreciation of handmade and homegrown, by offering a connection to the artist and the land. Studio classes and special workshops are year round. Fine Art & Craft Gallery is open April - October, Wed. - Sun. 10am-5pm, or year-round by appointment.

Blue Roan Studio
6301 122nd Avenue
Fennville, MI 49408
Phone: (616) 283-3397
A schoolhouse that was originally built as the Loomis School in 1881, and operated until 1960, it now houses the working studio of artist Jessica Bohus. Located on a scenic back road this former two-room schoolhouse is now home to flocks of wire birds, dragons, dogs, ponies and more. Using a torch, Bohus makes glass beads that she incorporates into sculpture and silver jewelry. Blown glass garden figures, beads from around the world and do-it-yourself necklace corner for kids, make this a stop that has something for everyone.
May-October 15, Friday-Sunday 11am-5pm

Custom Quilts Unlimited
6184 Quilters Court
Fennville, MI 49408
Phone: (866) 561-6214
The quilting studio of Mary Smallegan offers finished quilts and quilting classes and supplies. Open year-round, closed Tuesday.

Fenn Valley Vineyards & Winery
6130 122nd Ave
Fennville, MI 49408
Phone: (269) 561-2396
Fenn Valley is a working landscape, where nature coexists alongside the 5,000-year-old tradition of winemaking.  This award winning winery is always keeping their eye on quality. Free tastings in the tasting room/gift shop. Private party facilities and picnic area available. Vineyard tours and special events. Fenn Valley is a 230-acre farm estate with 145-acres created into a conservation easement of vineyards and natural areas. Since Fenn Valley adjoins the thousands of acres in the Allegan State Game Area, the two preserve a sizable chunk of wildlife habitat. Award-winning wines since 1973. Open from Monday-Saturday 11am-5pm and Sunday 1pm-5pm

Crane's Pie Pantry Restaurant & U-pick Orchards
6054 124th Ave (M-89)
Fennville, MI 49408
Phone: (269) 561-2297
When HB Crane purchased the HH Hutchins farm in 1916, he knew he had chosen well. The lush rolling farmland was perfect for fruit with it fertile soil and sweet breezes. Today Crane's Restaurant & Bakery decor reflects the Crane family's love for history and tradition, with antiques and memorabilia in every nook...and don't miss their fun corn maze every fall.
Crane's Pie Pantry Restaurant is known not only for their delicious cider, homemade food & wonderful fruit pies but also as a place to purchase, in season, top quality fresh fruit. They only use the freshest ingredients and fruits from their farm or from fellow Michigan farms, allowing them to provide the best tasting, homemade foods and desserts time and again. Open from May-October, Monday-Saturday 9am-8pm, and Sunday from 11am-8pm. Open all year-round, call for hours.

Lake Effect Pottery
2139 66th Street
Fennville, MI 49408
Phone: (269) 543-8905
A rustic antique turkey barn is the setting for Lee McKee's working pottery studio and gallery. Lee specializes in functional hand-thrown stoneware and translucent porcelain designs including custom dinnerware, teapots, French butter dishes and many other affordable gift items. She fires with a high-fire gas reduction technique using original hand-mixed glazes that are guaranteed safe for everyday use. The gallery also features the work of other regional artists. Commissions are welcome. Classes available for adults and young adults are both fun and productive. Open from May-October, Friday-Sunday 11am-5pm, or year-round by appointment.

Stantall Studio
6691 120th Ave
Fennville, MI 49408
Phone: (616) 240-0984
Painter and photographer Kathy Stanton creates landscapes and still lifes which highlight the extraordinary within the ordinary. Her prints and small oil paintings, notecards and calendars make excellent gifts. Additionally, Stantall is a choose and cut Christmas tree farm where you can enjoy a great family outing. Open from May-October, most weekends from 11am-5pm 

Front Door Studio & Gallery 
6934 120th Ave (take Lakeshore or 70th Ave to 120th Ave)
Fennville, MI 49408
Phone: (269) 543-4660
The Front Door Studio is located in an almost century-old farmhouse close to Lake Michigan and has been lovingly restored. You'll find the paintings and abstract collages of Anke Richert-Korioth. Working with her own photographic images, she portrays these through a combination of rendered detail and amplified representational style using mostly acrylic paint. You'll also find framed photography and pottery by Chicago artist Pamela Haymond. Open from Memorial Day-Oct, Saturday-Sunday 11am-5pm

Ever Green Lane Organic Farm and Orchards
1824 66th St.
Fennville, MI 49408
Phone: (269) 543-9900
If you are looking for a serene stroll in a healthy environment, then you are looking in the right place. Ever Green Lane Farm grows USDA certified organic foods - apples, vegetables, garlic & herbs. Open from July-November, Thursday-Sunday 11am-6pm

Blue Star Studio of Wood & Glass
1684 68th St. (Blue Star Hwy.)
Fennville, MI 49408
Phone: (269) 227-3647
Artist Barb Hogarth creates wall pieces and nested Shaker boxes using marquetry and veneer techniques, using exotic and native woods. She also brings out the natural beauty of wood grain by turning on the lathe to create bowls, boxes and objects. Barb captures light and color in her stained glass panels and boxes; blown vessels, paperweights and ornaments. May-October, Friday-Monday (and holidays) 11am-5pm, August, Wednesday-Sunday 11am-5pm, November-December, Saturday-Sunday 11am-5pm,or year-round by appointment.

Willow Bend Antiques
1673 Blue Star Highway
Fennville, MI 49408
Just outside the quaint town of Glenn is a selection of antiques and wrought iron objects for your home and garden.

At Last
1395 Blue Star Highway
Glenn, MI 49416
Phone: (269) 227-3859
Tucked inside a restored historic building in beautiful downtown Glenn, At Last offers an intriguing mix of original art by regional artists, garden and home decor, antiques, handmade rugs, books, cards, candles, gourmet food and unusual finds of all sorts for the home or cottage. Whether its that special piece for your special place or a gift for a friend or host, you'll find what you've been looking for...At Last. May-December, open weekends, call for hours

Hudson Heritage Farm Vista
(Located on 66th St just south of M-89)
This "Michigan Centennial Farm" site celebrates the farm heritage of the Hudson Family. This scenic viewpoint displays a sculpture created by Babette Bloch of Redding, Connecticut and Offers an interpretive panel about the original log cabin where Herbert Husdon was born in 1861.  The pastoral views take you back to a time when small farms filled the Michigan landscapes.

William Erby Smith Preserve "Wau-ke-nau" (forest-by-the-water)
(Located north of Blue Star Hwy on Lakeshore Dr)
William Erby Smith's bequest of Wau-Ke-Na ("forest-by-the-water") is a 365 acre Lake Michigan shoreline land preserve. It includes forests, fields, streams, ponds, bluffs, and beaches. Wau-Ke-Na gets its name from the rich forest along the shores of Lake Michigan that makes up the northern tract of the preserve. These woods are home to magnificent specimens of red oak, tulip tree, yellow birch, American beech, sugar maple, hemlock, sassafras, and more. On the southern tract, Mr. Smith spent a great deal of time and resources improving wildlife habitat, creating wetlands and sowing grasslands. Fields of prairie grasses and wildflowers provide foraging and nesting areas for rare birds like sedge wrens, bobolinks and eastern meadowlarks.
Wau-Ke-Na is a special place for wildlife.  The SW Michigan Land Conservancy plans to maintain the natural areas and expand upon Mr. Smith's efforts to create wildlife habitat & efforts are already underway to enhance and expand the beech-maple forest by transitioning the pine plantations to hardwoods, providing better food and shelter for wildlife.

West Side County Park - Lake Michigan Beach
(Lakeshore Dr south of M-89)
Enjoy the sandy beaches along the shoreline of Lake Michigan at this outstanding Allegan County Park. This site offers a good access point to the lake. However there are several others within minutes of the tour route including Oval Beach in Saugatuck, as well as the sandy beaches of South Haven.

Pier Cove
(Lakeshore Dr south of M-89)
The village may only be memories today, but before the Civil War it was a bustling community and a major point for lumber distribution. The shipping port was then mainly used for the agricultural fruit industry for the surrounding agricultural communities. By 1917, most shipping had ceased and Pier Cove village had faded. It now offers outstanding views of Lake Michigan.