Toast to new beginnings. Revel in a romantic retreat. Gaze in wonder at the ice-kissed lakeshore. Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast or prefer snuggling up by the fire, Saugatuck/Douglas is the perfect destination for an enchanting winter getaway.
From sparkling celebrations that herald new beginnings to quiet, leisurely strolls through inviting galleries and boutiques, there’s no shortage of things to do during winter in the art coast of Michigan.
New Year’s Eve Fireworks
Ring in the New Year on December 31 at the docks of Coral Gables for a stunning fireworks display over the Kalamazoo River.
Bid a fond farewell to the passing year with special New Year’s Eve dinners and rousing parties happening at the Belvedere Inn, Borrowed Time, GROW Café and Bistro, Salt of the Earth, Coral Gables, and The Dunes Resort.
Weekends in January
Winter Magic at Virtue Cider
Embark on a guided Snowshoe & Trails Tour at Virtue Cider followed by a cider donut alongside a warm fire, or a take a ride on a Percheron horse-drawn sleigh.
Beer School at the Guardian Brewing Company
Celebrate Galentine’s Day with your girlfriends by enjoying a Beer, Cheese, & Chocolate Pairing class at the Guardian Brewing Company.
Wassail at Virtue Cider
Enjoy a modern take on the old English tradition of wassailing with Virtue Cider. Watch as apple trees get blessed for a bountiful harvest. Take part in horse-drawn sleigh rides, after-dark orchard tours, and toast your toes by the bonfires.
Recapture the joy and spirit of childhood while sledding under a gentle cascade of snowflakes. Explore our tranquil woods and snow-covered dunes on snowshoe or cross-country skis. With such a variety of outdoor adventures available in Saugatuck/Douglas, you’ll find it easy to create warm winter memories that will last a lifetime.
Get ready to bundle up and feel the crunch of snow beneath your feet. Stop by Landsharks in Saugatuck to rent skis, boots, poles, or snowshoes, and then head out to Saugatuck Dunes State Park to explore miles of spectacular scenic trails. Or make your way over to the Oval Beach Trails or Saugatuck Harbor Natural Area, where you’ll breathe in the fresh cool air and marvel at the stark beauty of the wooded dunes and shoreline.
Don’t forget to bring your sled for some frosty downhill fun at Schultz Park in Douglas. For skiing and tubing enthusiasts, enjoy the charming and relaxing atmosphere of Saugatuck/Douglas as your home base and take a short hour-drive to the following ski resorts and ski areas:
Bittersweet Ski Resort – 45 min. drive – 600 River Rd. Otsego, Mi 49078 (Skiing)
Timber Ridge Ski Resort – 50 min. drive – 07500 23 ½ St. Gobles, MI 49055 (Skiing + Tubing)
Allegan State Game Area – 4590 118th Avenue, Allegan MI 49010 (Cross-Country Skiing)
Whether you’re planning a culinary-focused getaway or stopping for a sip while strolling through the galleries, winter is the best time of year to enjoy the variety of delicious dishes and craft beverages that our region has to offer. And the best part? You get to avoid the crowds.
There’s no better way to warm up after a long wintry day than with a Michigan-made craft beverage. If beer is what you’re craving, try out Saugatuck Brewing Company, Guardian Brewing Company, Waypost Brewing Co., and the Mitten Brewing Company. Hard cider fans will appreciate a visit to Virtue Cider or Crane’s Pie Pantry Restaurant & Winery. To experience our region’s wine varietals, check out Crane’s, Modales Wines, the nearby Fenn Valley Vineyards & Winery, or its Fenn Valley Tasting Room in downtown Saugatuck. And, for award-winning, handcrafted spirits, be sure to stop by the Coppercraft Distillery Tasting Room, and the New Holland Brewing Tasting Room.
A must-experience culinary destination, as noted in Condé Nast Traveler’s “20 Best Places to Go in 2020,” Saugatuck/Douglas is a foodie favorite. Tempt your taste buds with a stop at Pennyroyal Café and Provisions for fresh farm-to-table seasonal dishes or Coast 236 for approachable, coastal-inspired fare. For casually elegant dining combined with the region’s best live music, try Wick’s Park Bar & Grille or Salt of the Earth. Look no further than Bowdie’s Chophouse for an exceptional, intimate steakhouse experience that’s big on flavor. Or, if a burger is more your style, head for The Butler, where the selection ranges from the classics to more gourmet.
Enjoy the warm ambiance, welcoming vibe, and abundant amenities of our numerous lodging establishments. With options that range from charming and quaint to relaxing and rustic—we have the perfect accommodation for your ideal winter getaway.
Spend a night (or two) cozying up to the fireplace or indulging in a relaxing hot bath away from the hustle and bustle. With lodging deals and scenic outdoor recreational activities, winter is the best time for a romantic retreat or family adventure weekend. From independently-owned bed and breakfasts to historic inns, you’ll find the perfect place for a peaceful and memorable stay. Click for a full list of lodging options.