5 Reasons to Celebrate the New Year in Saugatuck/Douglas

Whether your style is out on the town with champagne and fireworks, or cuddled up in front of a fire with a loved one, here are 5 reasons to ring in the New Year in Saugatuck/Douglas.

1. Unique Places to Stay

After the celebrations come to a close, retreat to one of our unique lodging establishments. If you’re looking for classic hotels, traditional B&B’s, private vacation rentals and or lively resorts, Saugatuck/Douglas has it all. Whether you’re celebrating with the family, having a romantic getaway for two or ringing in the new year with friends, our locally-owned lodging options are the perfect ‘home away from home’ for your New Years celebration.

2. Top-Notch Restaurants

Saugatuck/Douglas has a reputation for great food and it’s attracted cookbook authors, award-winning chefs to live and work in this area, and as a result, we’ve become a foodie-destination. From rustic, farm-to-table eateries, to upscale fine dining, you’ll be sure to find somewhere to eat out before going out (or staying in!).

Looking for something extra delicious this year? Make reservations now for these special New Year’s Eve dinners:

GROW’s Family New Year’s Eve Dinner – Bring the whole family to this New Years Eve Celebration dinner featuring 3 courses for the kiddos and 3 courses for the parents, a ‘faux’ midnight ball drop, party favors and a sparkling juice toast.

New Year’s Eve Celebration at the Belvedere Inn, offers an elegant, european-style dinner with 5:30 and 8 p.m. seatings, so you can feast before going out, or eat and stay in (yes, you can stay here!).

Borrowed Time’s Chef Tasting Dinner – Be prepared for carefully-prepared small plates, beverage pairings and a Roaring 20’s theme – reserve your space for one at 6 p.m. (6 courses) and one at 9 p.m. (9 courses) – take your pick!

GROW’s 6-Course Prix Fixe NYE Dinner – Ring in the New Year at GROW Café + Bistro with this 6-course chef’s dinner!


3. Quaint (but lively) Downtowns to Explore

The Saugatuck/Douglas region encompasses the downtowns of Saugatuck, Douglas and Fennville, so there’s always something going on. Looking for a low-key evening? Walking through the towns’ tree-lined streets, alive with lights and decorations, you’ll find cute boutiques, shops and galleries nestled among unique restaurants and bars filled with others ready to celebrate. Looking for dancing? We’ve got that too – get your dance on at The Dunes Resort for their New Year’s Eve Celebration, or at one of our other bar/restaurants like Wicks Park Bar & Grille or Salt of the Earth, many of which are hosting live music!

4. Amazing Breweries, Wineries, Distilleries and Cideries

Saugatuck/Douglas is home to many breweries, distilleries, cideries and wineries, making our region a great place to sample craft beverages with friends. Spots like Saugatuck Brewing Company, Virtue Cider, Waypost Brewing Company, Fenn Valley Winery, Coppercraft Distillery, Mitten Brewing Company and many more have made Saugatuck/Douglas home, and with our local transit, the Interurban (it’s free on NYE), or services like Coastal Tours, you and your friends can safely hop from tasting room to tasting room for a fun and delicious tour.

 5. New Years Eve Fireworks over the Kalamazoo River

One of our favorite Saugatuck/Douglas traditions is gathering downtown Saugatuck by the Coral Gables Docks to watch the New Year’s Eve fireworks display at midnight! Watching this stunning display glisten over the Kalamazoo River is an experience you won’t forget, and is open to everyone!


 Need help booking or recommendations on places to go and things to do? The friendly staff at the Saugatuck/Douglas Welcome Center is here to help! Call the welcome center office at 269-857-1701 or email staff@saugatuck.com.


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