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.
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.
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
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.
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
Inn offers lodge-and-dine packages year-round.