Valentine’s Weekend in Saugatuck
Snowy sidewalks, cozy fireplaces, warmly lit shops and soul-warming food help create the small-town charm that Saugatuck/Douglas offers in the wintertime, especially as part of a romantic Valentine’s getaway. A weekend away might include starting your morning with a hard cider inspired brunch at Virtue Cider before hitting the trails at Saugatuck Dunes State Park for some cross country skiing. Later that afternoon, check out our downtown wine shops before venturing out to Fenn Valley Winery for a sample or go straight to a romantic wine pairing dinner at the Belvidere Inn. After enjoying a perfect night’s stay at one of our lovely lodging establishments, start your second day of adventure with a stroll through the many art galleries in Saugatuck and Douglas before heading to Fennville for a treat at Root Cafe. Valentine’s season in Saugatuck is filled with inspiring events for you to enjoy with your loved one. Below are some of the signature events taking place in our region this February to help plan your adventures.
Spending your Valentines getaway at the Rosemont Inn Resort gives you a two-in-one benefit – a romantic place to stay right on Lake Michigan, and Aphrodite’s Fire: A Valentine’s Event. This event features drinks, hors d’oeuvres, music and a hand-made jewelry demonstration from local jewelry artist, Grace Koorey. In-person consultations will also available with the artist to create your own spark of Aphrodite’s Fire.
For those who love brunch and hard cider, this is the event for you. Come to Virtue Cider on Saturday, February 9 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. to enjoy a cider-inspired brunch. Starting at 1 p.m. the “Know Your Farmer” talk begins featuring a local farmer who will present on their business in Saugatuck/Douglas’ agricultural community.
Wine lovers will want to make sure to reserve tickets for this wine pairing dinner at the Belvedere Inn, featuring wines from the Loire Valley. This dinner includes six expertly paired courses, with six wines from the Loire Valley in the upscale European dining room at the Belvedere – a perfect addition to a romantic evening for two!
While you’re in Saugatuck/Douglas, if you’re looking to do some antique shopping, stopping at the Saugatuck Antique Pavilion for their annual Valentine’s Day sale is a must. You’ll find 175 dealer booths selling unique jewelry, vintage housewares, records, books, furnishings and more. And during the this Valentine’s promotion, everything in the store is 20% off.
There might be nothing more romantic than a spontaneous wedding on Valentine’s Day. Apple Blossom Chapel is hosting a one-day-only elopement package for Valentine’s Day, complete with a full ceremony with three location choices, music, a dressing room, minister, décor, flowers and professional photography, all in one. If you and your partner have considered marriage or are feeling a little spontaneous and in love, we’ll see you at the alter.
Coast 236 is one of Saugatuck’s newest restaurants and as the name suggests, their food is coastal inspired. For Valentine’s Day, Italy is the inspiration for their romantic “Amore” three-course dinner. If you love Italian food, you’ll want to make sure you add this to your list.
Spend the weekend at the Maplewood Hotel with your love, and if you want to celebrate more than just a day, receive half off your room rate on the second night’s stay. See more information about this special event at the Maplewood at www.maplewoodhotel.com/specials.html.
This is another two-in-one option, as the Belvedere Inn and Restaurant is a classically romantic spot to spend a weekend, with European style rooms, delicious upscale food and hospitality. But along with your lodging package comes credit toward this romantic 5 course Valentines Dinner in the Belvedere’s white tablecloth dining room that you won’t want to miss.
Stop out to Fenn Valley for a delicious addition to your Valentine’s celebration. Fenn Valley Winery’s “Vino-Tines” event offers wine, cheese and chocolate flights. After the tasting, carry on the romance at home with a souvenir sparkling wine flute, truffles and a rose to take home.
For the outdoor-oriented couple, this unique event at Virtue Cider is the one you can’t miss. Experience the English tradition of “wassailing” to bless the trees for a bountiful cider apple harvest the following year. Expect bonfires, cider celebrations, food (a brunch, and later a Wassail Feast), a processional through the orchards, live music from the Detroit Party Marching Band, mask-making and more. Don’t forget to dress cozy to brave the cold.
Theater lovers – plan to attend this dinner theatre event at Root Café in Fennville. This cozy café is a warm, romantic setting to enjoy dinner and watch a rendition of “Dear Elizabeth,” a play in letters from Elizabeth Bishop to Robert Lowell, performed by Collywobbles Theatre Company.
No matter which events, dinners or trails you decide to experience this Valentine’s Day, make it a trip to remember by booking with one of the area’s unique lodging options. You’ll find rustic cabins, cozy bed & breakfasts, and luxury hotels waiting for you and your partner to come be in love in Saugatuck. Explore our lodging deals here.