The Belvedere Inn is one of the few European-style bed and breakfasts in Michigan. The Inn's success relies on one main ingredient – Excellence – a single minded belief based on good taste, quality service and an exquisitely restored mansion on 5 acres just 1 ½ miles from downtown Saugatuck. Built in 1913 during a period of wealth the Belvedere Inn epitomizes the character of a lovely English Country House where one can fantasize distinguished shooting partners dropping in for afternoon tea. The Belvedere, which means “Beautiful Views”, has been expertly modernized to provide the highest standards of comfort while retaining its old-world charm. The Irish chef patron and his fellow proprietor have created a beautifully appointed bed and breakfast in Saugatuck. To step inside is to recapture something of the vibrant past of the building. Its history is perpetuated through skillful restoration, gleaming hardwoods and the patina of fine antiques. The Inn will appeal to the hopelessly romantic because it was originally given as a token of love by a bridegroom to his bride on their wedding night. Bedrooms reflect the determination of the owners to combine history with discreet modernization. The rooms, all with fireplaces, are decorated in muted colors, fine fabrics and well-chosen antiques that showcase the style and taste of the owners. In the true tradition of Michigan country inns, the Belvedere Inn features a top-class provincial restaurant complete with log fires in an inglenook fireplace. The dining room makes a fine setting in which to relax over dinner or breakfast. This European-trained chef has an excellent reputation for his imaginative cooking. Through eclectic inspiration the accent is on dishes made with fresh local ingredients combined with lightness of touch resulting in classical cooking with a European flair. The Belvedere is a popular venue for wedding receptions and private functions throughout the year. In the winter the Inn is sought out as a romantic getaway for those just seeking private time together. In the summer guests enjoy relaxing on the terrace at small tables under shady sun umbrellas. These tables overlook the pond, fountains and formal gardens ablaze with color and scented with wild herbs. Come for dinner, stay for breakfast. The Inn offers lodge-and-dine packages year-round.
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