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Ring in the New Years w/the Dunes!

The Dunes Resort is open year round, closed on Christmas day, that's it!  So, if you're thinking you need to get out "dodge" and spend some time during the winter months at your favorite summer destination.. come on over!

Special rates available for New Years Weekend.. Call for details and availability!!!  269-857-1401

 Always something going on at the Dunes Resort...

Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday the bar closes at 8pm
Sunday & Thursday open till midnight
Friday & Saturday open till 2am

Make a Wish Benefit Show


October 9, 2012 – Members, guests, neighbors and friends from the Dunes Resortin Saugatuck & Douglas are coming together for the “Wishes & Dreams Come True” Show & Silent Auctionon Saturday October 20, 2012 9:30pm, to help raise funds for Make-A-Wish Michigan – a nonprofit organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses.
The Annual October Make-A-Wish Show brings together the states best in Female Impersonation and generous donations from area businesses for a drag show and silent auction.Entertainer tips, door cover ($5) and monies raised during the silent auction help to grant a wish to a child in need.
“This event continues to be one of the highlights of the year and we have been fortunate in the past to help grant partial & full wishes to a multitude of children …

Fall at the Dunes Resort

October 2012

 Bingo Every Sunday 4-7pm Beginning October 14  Proceeds benefit West Shore Aware  Make a Wish Benefit Show & Silent Auction
Hosted by Sydney Chablis 9:30pm
Halloween 2012
Scavenger Hunt Friday 10/26
Halloween Party immediately following the
Adult Parade in Downtown Douglas
Toys for Kids Benefit Show
Proceeds Benefit Christian Neighbors Toys for Kids
Bring an upwrapped toy! 

New Years Weekend: Friday 12/28 Karaoke Saturday 12/29 DJ Mark Vallese, Kelly & Rick in the Cabaret, Men of Manwatch Sunday 12/30 Bingolicious 4-7pm Monday 12/31 DJ Mark Vallese, Cabaret Hannaniah Whitely (Open till 4am) Tuesday 01/01 Ice Tea 4-9pm

Fall is in the air at the Dunes Resort

Always something happening at the Dunes Resort:

ColorFest Weekend October 5-7
Friday DJ Mark Vallese, Men of Manwatch Saturday DJ Mark Vallese, Cabaret Amy & Freddy Sunday Final Tea of 2012 4-9pm
Bingo Returns Sunday October 14
Every Sunday 4-7pm with Drink Specials 4-6 Proceeds benefit West Shore Aware
 October 2012 Event Calendar:

Halloween Weekend October 26-28 Friday Scavenger Hunt 6pm Saturday Downtown Douglas Adult Parade 10pm
After Party @ The Dunes Resort  w/Best Group, Costume and Drag! Plus Karaoke! Sunday Bingo 4-7pm
Can you believe it's almost Labor Day??
Friday 8/31 DJ Mark Vallese, Men of Manwatch, Dunes Divas in the Cabaret, celebrating Sydney's Birthday!
Saturday 9/1 Dirty Pop DJ at the Pool (Drew G.) 1-6pm, DJ Chris Cox9pm, Kelly & Rick in the Cabaret
Sunday 9/2 Tea Dance DJ Mark Vallese 4-7pm, DJ Tracy Young 7pm - Cl, Men of Manwatch @ Tea, Kelly & Rick in the Cabaret
Monday 9/3 Tea Dance 4-10pm

Our current Mr. Michigan Leather, Woody Woodruff, went to Chicago in May and WON!  He is the new Mr. IML.  Come say farewell and congratulations!!!!

Contest is Saturday Night!!!!  Tickets available....

Check out the glorious Fall Colors in Saugatuck/Douglas during our annual Colorfest Weekend, sponsored by GRAB Magazine!

Halloween at the Dunes is over the top.
Scavenger Hunt Friday October 26 6pm 
Theme:  Fairy Tails!
Downtown Douglas Adult Parade Saturday October 27 at 9pm with the official party at the Dunes Resort immediately after.  Costume contest includes best group, best costume and be…

Summer's Gonna Come Again!

Labor Day Weekend @ The Dunes Resort Saugatuck/Douglas, MI 269-857-1401
It's been a fast and fun summer, but we got a few more big weekends to go:

End of Summer Blues 8/24 - 8/26 DJ Mark Vallese
Men of Manwatch
Rick Santa Maria & Kelly Carey in the Cabaret
Hannaniah Whitley in the Cabaret

Labor Day Weekend
Thursday 8/30 DJ Mark V & Karaoke w/Tammy
Friday 8/31 DJ Mark V, Men of Manwatch, Dunes Divas in the Cabaret (Sydney's Birthday Party)
Saturday 9/1 Dirty Pop DJ Drew G at the Pool 1-6pm, DJ Chris Cox 9pm, Kelly & Rick in the Cab
Sunday 9/2 Tea Dance - DJ Mark V 4-7pm, DJ Tracy Young 7pm-2am, Kelly & Rick in the Cab, Men of Manwatch at Tea Dance
Mondya 9/3 Tea Dance w/DJ Mark V 4-10pm

Friday 9/7 DJ Mark Vallese
Saturday 9/8 DJ Mark Vallese

Car Club Weekend
Thursday 9/13 Karaoke
Friday 9/14 DJ Mark Vallese, Men of Manwatch
Saturday 9/15 Car Show 1-4pm, DJ Mark Vallese, Dunes Divas in the Cabaret
Sunday 9/16 Tea Dance 4-9pm 

Mr. Michiga…

Pork Weeknd w/Colt Magazine 8/11

Colt Men Spencer Reed & Bob Hager at the Dunes Resort Saturday August 11
Labor Day is almost here, scarey to think how fast the summer has gone -- great weather, great crowds -- a really GREAT summer!
Reminder that we have pool side cabanas available & are a great place to call home any day of the week, especially on a busy holiday pool day.  To reserve, call the front desk at 269-857-1401 to check availability and rates!
The Dunes doesn't close after Labor Day.  Weekends in September and October are just as fun: September 14 - 16 Lambda Car Club Show September 21 - 23 Mr. Michigan Leather (current Mr. IML is our current MML!) September 28 - 30 Fall Women's Weekend October 5 - 7  Colorfest Weekend w/GRAB Magazine (Chicago) October 12 - 14 TJ Weekend and Sunday 10/14 is the return of weekly Sunday Bingo 4-7pm October 20  Make a Wish Benefit Show October 27  BIG Halloween Party and Parade in Downtown Douglas DJ Mark Vallese spins every Saturday night in November, December…

Coming soon to the Dunes Resort

Venetian Weekend 7/26 - 7/29
Allsion Arngrim Show Cancelled
Mardi Gras Weekend 8/2 - 8/5

 Colt Men @ The Dunes Resort 8/11 - Spencer Reed  Colt Men @ The Dunes Resort 8/11 - Bob Hager  Ruby Girls in the Cabaret, Sunday August 12 -- Benefiting Mr. Friendly

 Labor Day Weekend 8/30 - 9/3 Thursday 8/30 DJ Mark Vallese & Karaoke
Friday 8/31 DJ Mark V, Men of Manwatch, Cabaret Dunes Divas (Sydney's Birthday Bash)
Saturday 9/1 Dirty Pop DJ Drew G @ The Dunes Pool, DJ Chris Cox 9pm, Cabaret Kelly & Rick
Sunday 9/2 Tea Dance DJ Mark V 4-7p, DJ Tracy Young 7p-2a, Men of Manwatch, Cabaret Kelly & Rick
Monday 9/3 Tea Dance DJ Mark V 4-10

Coming up in July/August @ The Dunes Resort


July 4th Come ith...

July 4th Week @ The Dunes Resort Friday June 29 - Sunday July 8 Get a complete Dunes Schedule Here:

Be sure to catch this years Employee Turnabout Show, Thursday July 12:  The entire staff does Drag for charity!  Benefiting Harbor Humane Society.

Friday July 13 & Saturday July 14 -- Outside on the Deck!   Tickets available in advance at
Friday August 3 & Saturday August 4 -- Outside on the Deck! Tickets available in advance at

Waterfront Film Festival & More...

Join us for the Waterfront Film Festival
Friday June 15 - Sunday June 17

Outside on the deck, watch the following movies:

"This is What Love in Action Looks Like"
Friday June 15th 9:30pm & Saturday June 16th 11:30pm

Saturday June 16th 9:30pm

Sunday June 17th 9:30pm

Tickets available night of, or in advance at

Annual Dog Pound Tea Sunday June 10:
Wishbone Pet Rescue

New this summer: Dunes Pool Cabana Rentals

2012 Cabana Rental Policy
Daily (M-TH)  $40/per
Weekend Daily (F, S, S)  $60/per
Holiday Daily*   $100/per
2-Day Package (non holiday) $100/per
Weekly Package (non holiday – 6 days) $225/per
Seasonal Package (15 Weeks) $5000 - exclusively yours!
**Holiday’s consist of 5/26 & 5/27, 7/3 – 7/8, 9/1 – 9/3
All reservations done at the front desk in person or via phone (269-857-1401). There are NO Refunds.
If you reserve more than 24 hours in advance, you must reconfirm the day of by 11am (this includes all Packages mentioned above).  If you don’t re-confirm, you will lose your $$ and may not have access to your cabana on that day.
If you reserve less than 24 hours in advance you do not need to reconfirm the day of.

If Cabana is paid for and confirmed, the cabana will not be released to anyone other than you, whether you show or not.
Any Cabana not RESERVED by 1pm is available at ½ price for the day & will need to be reserved at front desk.
Cabana Rentals allow you & your group to run tabs …

Visit us during the Waterfront Film Festival

As part of the Waterfront Film Festival, the Dunes Resort will again this year be showing three fantastic films Friday 6/15, Saturday 6/16 and Sunday 6/17.

Film #1: This is What Love in Action Looks LikeIn the summer of 2005, Zach, a 16-year-old boy from Memphis, Tennessee wrote on his MySpace blog that he had told his parents he was gay. Within days of his coming out, his mother and father would send him to Love In Action (LIA), a fundamentalist Christian program that refers to homosexuality as an addictive behavior. The depressed and fearful teenager shared his feelings on his blog.

Film #2:  Kawa, A Coming Out Drama A powerful coming out movie, KAWA is a gorgeously cinematic drama that tells a transcendent tale of bravery, love, family and pride. Based on the semi-autobiographical novel Nights in the Gardens of Spain by Witi Ihimaera (the writer of The Whale Rider), this deeply moving New Zealand drama has earned critical and popular acclaim on the LGBT film festival circu…

Summer Approaches!

Don't miss our Second Annual "Save a Horse/Ride a Cowboy" Weekend May 18 - 20 @ The Dunes Resort
Friday 5/18
Fundraiser for MIGRA with Country Dancing 9-midnight, DJ Mark Vallese midnight - Close & the Men of Manwatch
Saturday 5/19
Fundraiser for ILGRA (daytime events) w/Country Dancing 9-midnight, DJ Mark Vallese midnight - Close & The Dunes Divas in the Cabaret 10pm
Sunday 5/20 
Fundraiser breakfast by Grand Rapids Renegades & Country Tea with Chicago DJ Michael B (Charlies) 4-9pm

Kick off the summer with all things Saugatuck/Douglas and the Dunes Resort over Memorial Day Weekend May 25 - 28:

Friday May 25 DJ Mark Vallese 9pm, Men of Manwatch & Niah Whitley in the Cabaret 10:30pm Saturday May 26 Opening Day at the Dunes Pool w/the Men of Manwatch! Gay Days DJ Randy Bettis 9pm, Men/Women of Mawatch, featuring Playboy Playmate Rachel Morgan & Hammer & Kelly Carey & Rick SantaMaria in the Cabaret Sunday May 27 The Pool is now open every day all summer…

Dunes Resort Anniversary Weekend

The Dunes Resort, Saugatuck/Douglas, MI is celebrating it's 31 years of being the largest GLBT Resort & Entertainment complex the weekend of April 27 - 29

Friday April 27        DJ Mark Vallese & The Men of Manwatch
Saturday April 28    DJ Mark V, Men of Manwatch & Amy Armstrong & Freddy Allen in the Cabaret
Sunday April 29      Summer's First Tea Dance 4-9pm, Bingo 4-7pm

Special Weekend Rates Available!  Call or visit us on line. 

Leslie Jordan & Alison Arngrim @ The Dunes Summer 2012

Funny Man and Emmy Award Winner Leslie Jordan returns to the Dunes Resort for two shows only, Friday July13 & Saturday July 14, 8:30pm showtime outside on the Dunes Deck.  Tickets available beginning May 14 @

Remember Leslie Olsen from Little House on the Prairie?  She (Alison Arngrim) is bringing her one woman show to the Dunes Resort for two shows Friday August 3rd and Saturday August 4th.  Showtime 8:30pm outside on the Dunes Deck.  Tickets available beginning May 14 at

Miss Dunes Resort Contest


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It’s not a boardroom, there’s no conference table or uncomfortable chairs and there are clearly no suits. It’s just another day in paradise. It’s Douglas, Michigan, a hot September day and three friends are unwinding after a day of moving furniture. Of course, there are the requisite margaritas and pizza underscoring the brainstorming and the abundance of laughter.

Spring is in full force at Saugatuck’s Dunes Resort

On Friday the 13th, the bears descend on Saugatuck for the Spring Bear Weekend. Friday starts with a Bear-e-oke (don’t make me spell it out for you) and Mr. Bear DJ himself, Mark Vallese will spin some retro disco. Saturday will have Mark spinning at the main bar, and Goldie Locks & the 3 bears performing in the Cabaret. Bear Bingo closes the weekend on Sunday from 4 to 7 pm. Bears from the Great Lakes, Chicago & Detroit will be on hand, so don’t miss out!

April 20th’s weekend is Spring TG Weekend, complete with a TG Prom on Saturday, and as always, closing with Bingolicious on Sunday from 4 to 7 pm.

April closes with a bang with the 31st Annual Black & White Anniversary. The Masquerade ball on Saturday is not to be missed! Amy & Freddy of RSVP / Atlantis Cruise fame will also be there, so make sure you catch them for a song of two. Close your weekend with Bingolicious on Sunday from 4 to 7 pm and enjoy the ‘summer’s” first Tea Dance outside on the deck (till 9pm).