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Give Thanks in Saugatuck/Douglas: A Four-Step Guide

Here in Saugatuck/Douglas, we are thankful for our region, our community, and, that as a vacation destination, we get to share both with visitors year-round, especially during the holidays. Whether you’re hosting a family reunion or a Friendsgiving, Saugatuck/Douglas has a generous bounty of all the things that make up a great Thanksgiving gathering: amazing food, fun things to do, and a place to rest your head after the festivities are over. All you need to do is gather your family and friends!

Step 1: Choose Where to Stay

Hosting a “destination Thanksgiving” is often a benefit to families or friend groups whose homes aren’t in a central location or don’t have enough space for the entire group, but it’s also simply a fun way to getaway with loved ones.

Pick your dates, then decide on what type of place you need for your gathering. Do you want everyone together in one vacation rental? Perhaps your group rents out one of our downtown Bed & Breakfast’s? If individuals in your group need more of their own space, perhaps one of our boutique hotels or motels would be what you need. Click here for a full list of lodging options to choose from for your trip.

Step 2: Choose What to Eat

After deciding on the dates, times and place, next comes the main event: The Thanksgiving feast. You may choose to bring your own food, and eat picnic style at one of our parks or pavilions, but if you’d rather leave the work to someone else, there are options for that as well.

Looking to dine out? The Belvedere Inn offers lavish European-style Thanksgiving Feasts on Wednesday, November 27 and Thursday, November 28 (Thanksgiving Day) at 3 and 6 p.m. Enjoy your traditional Thanksgiving feast in the Belvedere’s historic dining room with views into the gardens.

Looking to dine in? Farmhouse Deli offers a take-away Thanksgiving menu, complete with delicious traditional homemade dishes. Call in or order online – the only work you’ll have to do is pick up your feast and take it back to the table.

Step 3: Choose What to Do

Fight off the turkey coma by planning an activity or game after the main event. If the weather is nice, tell your group to bring their hiking boots and head to Saugatuck Dunes State Park to get some fresh air hike off the feast.  Take a walk downtown Saugatuck or Douglas, or, perhaps you embrace the food coma and head back to your room to rest up for the rest of the weekend.

Of course, if you’re coming for Thanksgiving Day, you’ll want to stay through for holiday shopping during Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. Find unique items at any one of the boutiques, shops and galleries in downtown Saugatuck and Douglas that are sure to please anyone on your list. On Saturday, swing by Saugatuck Center for the Arts for their annual Holiday Market featuring 30 vendors selling artisan products, Christmas trees, to view their current exhibition: Luminescence.

Step 4: Enjoy!

There are so many ways to host an autumn gathering in Saugatuck/Douglas. Whichever way you choose, make sure to enjoy your time with family and friends. Make memories this year in the Art Coast of Michigan.

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