Montague A Close-Knit Community With History, Arts, And Eats

Posted at 3:55 PM, Feb 12, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-25 11:12:31-04

In the second installment of West Michigan stories, we head north and west in Muskegon County to a small city perched on White Lake called Montague. Like many small towns, Montague is a close-knit community where everyone seems to know each other and love to congregate on a daily basis in local hot spots.

One of those spots is the Book Nook and Java shop located directly in the downtown area on Ferry Street. They were recently awarded entrepreneur of the year by the chamber of commerce. The shop is a fantastic place to sit quietly alone or with friends top read a book, have a drink from their full-service bar, grab a snack from their bakery, or sit next to the fireplace and simply enjoy the live entertainment (artists, musicians, poets, authors) that’s different from day-to-day. Click here for their website.

Another big draw and landmark is the old Dog N Suds drive-in. While their busiest time in typically July and August, they are open year round (weather permitting). Dog N Suds has been a Michigan staple for decades, but most of them have closed. It was in 1965 that the Montague location was purchased locally and has obviously stood the test of time. They offer the traditional 50/60s style favorites like char-broiled burgers, hot dogs, fries, malts, and shakes. The drive-in restaurant sits at the extreme east side of White Lake. Click here for their website.

The Arts Council of White Lake (ACWL) also plays a vital role in education and entertainment in the area. Local artists can showcase their work in the River Gallery, sculptures can be seen around the downtown area outside, while summer concerts are held free of charge on White Lake at the bandshell.

The other huge thing that sets Montague apart from any other city in the world? They have the largest working weather vane. It was built in 1984 and stands 48 feet tall and weighs more than 3, 500 pounds. Click here for more. Montague also has a large hotel called the WeatherVane that sits on White Lake, along with a Marina close by and a fish cleaning station and a farmers market open all summer.

You can get more information on any of the things discussed in our Montague visit by going to