Douglas shares the Kalamazoo River with Saugatuck as it enters Lake Michigan. It is often overshadowed by its flashier sister city, Saugatuck, but Douglas is just as beautiful, charming and art-focused.
Douglas is a well preserved "Michigan lumber village" established in 1851 as a port for ships carrying lumber, leather and fruit to markets in the Great Lakes area. Douglas is best known for its fine, restored, 19th century houses. The Historical Society has its center in the Old Schoolhouse, one of the best-preserved public school houses in Michigan.
More recently Douglas has become known for its old–fashioned “basebol” team, restaurants, and shops.
The main street has a cluster of distinctive shops for home accessories, antiquing and interior design.
There is a Village Beach on Lake Michigan.
Douglas and Saugatuck form the small, progressive, community centered school district which ranks 5th in the country. Residents have developed a comprehensive master plan designed to manage development and to preserve the rural, small town environment. In ’08 it was ranked 23rd in America’s top 50 best places in the US to raise a family for less by Business Week.
Douglas is a vibrant and growing community reflecting a balance between established neighborhoods, schools, churches with newer businesses and residential developments. It is an easy day trip from Chicago or Detroit. It is welcoming to newcomers.