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Dunes Resort Celebrating 35 years!

The Dunes, Celebrating 35 Years of being Gay!

1981 was a big year!  Reagan was sworn in as the nation’s 40th president, the Iranian hostage crisis ended after 444 days and Walter Cronkite signed off after 19 years with CBS.  It was also the year that both Reagan and the Pope were shot; Lady Diana Spender married Charles, Prince of Wales; and Sandra Day O’Conner became the first female Supreme Court Justice.  MTV, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Paris Hilton and Beyonce were all born….  And, the CDC reported that five homosexual men in LA had a rare form of pneumonia seen only in patients with weakened immune systems.  ’81 was a big year. 

It was also the year that the Douglas Dunes first opened its doors to curious gay men and women in Douglas (Saugatuck) Michigan. 

The original plan for the Dunes was to occupy a B&B space just as you enter the city of Saugatuck on Lake Street (the former Twin Gables).  However, after a band of bikers burned the only gay bar in town, the cit…