Saugatuck, MI

Thanksgiving in Michigan: Scenic, delicious, and fun!

thanksgiving in michigan

The best remedy to the short days and cold nights that November brings is a warm, homemade meal, surrounded by family, and no family meal is quite as good as Thanksgiving dinner! Thanksgiving holds a special place in our hearts, but Thanksgiving in Michigan is especially good. The weather might be chilly, but get-togethers and events here are cozy. In Saugatuck and the surrounding area, the weeks leading up to the holiday are full of great events—you’ll be in the holiday spirit in no time. Spend Thanksgiving in Michigan with us this year and see for yourself what makes Saugatuck so inviting, year round.

Thanksgiving in Michigan, Art Coast Edition

Things to do during a Saugatuck-Douglas Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day Buffet, Nov. 22, 2018. Don’t miss the Thanksgiving Day at The Kirby from 2pm-6pm. You can look forward to a traditional menu plus a few surprises. The cost is $40 per guest plus tax, gratuity, and beverage. The cost for children 10 and under is $20.

Small Business Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. Black Friday is typically associated with swarms of people flocking to large retail stores and Thanksgiving night cut short. Why bother with that when you can save your shopping for Saturday and support your favorite Saugatuck businesses?

FennMagic Makers Market, Nov. 23-25, 2018. Another opportunity to shop small in the area. Visit Fennville to find one-of-a-kind gifts for the upcoming holiday season.

Places to call home during your Thanksgiving in Michigan

A Thanksgiving vacation calls for a home that provides all the amenities for whatever kind of holiday you have in mind. With properties with fully equipped kitchens and gorgeous food-prep spaces, Lakeshore Lodging is the best vacation rentals to find your Thanksgiving home away from home. Here are some of our homes we think would be great to host an extravagant Thanksgiving meal in.

Aqua Vista

Sleeps: 12, Bedrooms: 4, Bathrooms: 4

Stylish Aqua Visit boasts abundant space to gather with friends and family. Eat your Thanksgiving dinner with a view of Lake Michigan. Cuddle up on the spacious sectional couch and stay warm while you watch movies. Enjoy the company of your family in a beautifully designed home.

Mixed Doubles

Sleeps: 11, Bedrooms: 4, Bathrooms: 3

This home is located right on the lake. In terms of Thanksgiving-related amenities, it has a spacious dining table and a freshly renovated kitchen that’s a dream to cook in. Plus, the living area has a wood-burning fireplace to kick back by while you digest a legendary meal.

Switching Gears

Sleeps: 11, Bedrooms: 4, Bathrooms: 3

Switching Gears has lots of great spaces to gather, whether that be around the dinner table or around the fireplace. Downtown Douglas is just a mile away and Saugatuck is just two miles away from this home, so you’ll be close to the festivities in town.


Sleeps: 10, Bedrooms: 5, Bathrooms: 2

This spacious vacation rental has a great kitchen and dining space fully stocked with any equipment you could possibly need to make the ultimate Thanksgiving dinner. Great for big gatherings!

Borrowed Thyme

Sleeps: 10, Bedrooms: 4, Bathrooms: 3

Borrowed Thyme is a perfect home away from home. Its gorgeous kitchen will have everything you need to prepare a perfect Thanksgiving meal. Watch the game on big screen TVs on the first floor and in the basement. Set the mood with seasonal music played over the speakers throughout the first floor.

Don’t Wait Until Thanksgiving to Enjoy Michigan!

If you’re planning on spending Thanksgiving in Michigan, great! However, you don’t have to wait until the end of November to enjoy Michigan. Here’s a quick look at what the Great Lakes State offers leading up to the holidays

Fall Foliage

Anyone who loves the amazing display of colors that autumn brings will love Michigan in the fall. Brilliant burnt hues, accompanied by farmland and Great Lakes shoreline, make Michigan a living postcard in autumn. All across the state, the changing leaves provide amazing views. Grab your jacket, a cup of hot apple cider,  and check out this Michigan fall colors map!

Michigan Fall Festivals

In October, Downtown Saugatuck hosts its Fall Fun Days events, where families can enjoy games, food, and music, during this month-long celebration.