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, Saugatuck/Douglas is the place to ring in the New Year.

1. Cozy, Unique Places to Stay

After the celebrations come to a close, retreat back to one of our unique lodging establishments. If you’re looking for classic hotels, traditional B&Bs, 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 good 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!). Don’t forget about New Years Day brunch options too – because we all know you’ll need that!


3. Quaint (but lively) Downtowns to Explore

The Saugatuck/Douglas region encompasses multiple downtowns: Saugatuck, Douglas and Fennville! 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 multiple breweries, distilleries, cideries and wineries, many of whom are nationally known. Places like Saugatuck Brewing Company, Virtue Cider, Waypost Brewing Company, Fenn Valley Winery, Coppercraft Distillery, Mitten Brewing Company and many more have made Saugatuck/Douglas their home, and with our local transit, the Interurban (you can ride for just $1!), Saugatuck/Douglas makes a great spot to hop from tasting room to tasting room, trying a little something at each stop.


 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. For more information on New Year’s Eve in Saugatuck, visit Facebook.com/SaugatuckCVB/


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