"Christmas Cookie Tour Of Inns" This Saturday Kicking Off With Whoville Holiday Parade
The Saugatuck-Douglas Convention & Visitors Bureau will sponsor a “Christmas Cookie Tour Of Inns” this holiday season this Saturday (December 7) from 2 .p.m to 5 p.m. following the 1 p.m. Annual “Whoville” Christmas Parade in downtown Saugatuck.
Nineteen of the area’s most popular inns, hotels and cottage rentals will participate in an area-wide holiday open house to welcome everyone into their festively decorated lodging facilities and share their family’s most treasured Christmas Cookie Recipes.
This self-guided tour will immerse you in the aromas, sights, and sounds of Christmas in Michigan’s most charming turn-of-the-century beach town while enjoying the legendary hospitality of the area’s local innkeepers.
Tickets will cost $12 per person and may be purchased in advance or on the day of the tour through the Saugatuck-Douglas Visitors Bureau, 95 Blue Star Highway, Douglas, MI. (269-857-1701).
Locator maps will be provided. Please don’t lose your tickets as they will be required for admission and will be punched at the door of each location that you visit.
Participants will receive one specialty cookie and the recipe for that cookie at each establishment. Following the tour everyone will be invited to vote for their favorite cookie and the most festively decorated inn at the Saugatuck-Douglas Visitors Bureau’s Facebook page.
Participating lodging establishments include: The Belvedere Inn & Restaurant, Blue Star Motel, Park House Inn, Saugatuck’s Victorian Inn, Rosemont Inn Resort, Bayside Inn, AmericInn Lodge & Suites, Castle in the Country, Mill Pond Vacation Rentals, Beechwood Manor Inn, Ivy Inn, Heritage Manor Inn, Captain’s Quarters Motel, Best Western Plaza Hotel, Timberline Inn, Lakeshore Lodging, The Seymour House, Shoreline Vacation Rentals, and Serendipity Bed & Breakfast.
All participating lodging establishments are located within five miles of Downtown Saugatuck with the exception of Castle in the Country which is located 30 miles east of Saugatuck-Douglas.
Many area lodging establishments are offering special weekend Cookie Tour lodging packages and discounts which will entitle their guests to be entered into a drawing for a free off-season weekend getaway at the Beechwood Manor Inn with a complimentary bottle of wine! Christmas Cookie Tour Weekend Lodging Packages must be booked through local lodging facilities.
This will be an action-packed Holiday Weekend, so consider bringing the whole family for three days of fun and merriment.
One hour before the cookie tour begins at 1 p.m. in downtown Saugatuck, dress up as your favorite Whoville character and join Saugatuck’s Festive Holiday Parade which will be led by Whoville’s fabled mayor as parade Grand Marshall.
The parade will include the Saugatuck high school band, The Whoville Peppermint Stick marching Brigade, The Snow Shovel Drill Team, Whoville’s best dressed parade pets contestants, and of course everyone’s favorite Christmas villain… THE GRINCH!!!
Various area restaurants and merchants will feature shopping discounts, refreshments and a variety of other special offerings including old fashioned horse drawn carriage rides from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Carriage rides will start at the corner of Mason and Butler streets at the entrance to the City Rose Garden.
For additional information, contact the Saugatuck Douglas convention and Visitors Bureau at (269) 857-1701. Check out lodging packages at Saugatuck.com.