This year is coming to a fast close but there’s still time to plan a Southwest Michigan New Year’s Getaway. Here’s how to celebrate the start of 2017 your way!

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Hoping to spend just-the-two-of-you time together? The Boulevard Inn & Bistro, 521 Lake Blvd., is one of the most romantic settings in St. Joseph. Located across from the glimmering Lake Bluff Park, you’re a short walk to downtown wineries, brew pubs, restaurants and shops. Equally enticing is the 5-minute drive to the shores of Lake Michigan, with its picturesque views of lighthouses, wintry waves and sunsets.

Dec. 30 to Jan. 2 this all-suite inn is offering two New Year’s Packages. Both include overnight accommodations for two in a spacious suite, several with Jacuzzis and lake views, and all with late checkout. You’ll receive a $50 dinner credit at the Inn’s acclaimed Bistro (its chefs have mastered French-style cooking with a flair for being deliciously adventurous with their menu selections). They’ll deliver a chilled bottle of champagne and keepsake flutes to your room. You’ll wake up to a breakfast buffet along with a choice of two Mimosas or Bloody Marys.
• Package One helps you create a romantic private party with Charcuterie served on a keepsake board, a box of six, house-made French macarons and six chocolate-covered strawberries.
• Package Two steps up your celebration with a bountiful fresh fruit and cheese basket and a box of Kilwins’ premium chocolates.

You can make reservations at 269-983-6600. There’s an enticing incentive to stay more than one night.

Meet Up with Adult Family and Friends
Several Southwest Michigan places are doing the New Year’s Eve party planning for you. All you do is put on your on-the-town clothes, invite your auld acquaintances and show up!

Vineyard 2121 2nd Annual New Year’s Eve Pre-Party takes place 12 noon-6 p.m. at 4110 Red Arrow Hwy, Benton Harbor. This party is planned for anyone 21-years and older. Festivities include an appetizer buffet, discounts on all drinks, door prizes given away every hour and end-of-year prices on cases of their reds, whites, hard ciders and sparkling juices. Cover: $10 for the public or $5 for Wine Club members. Call the winery if you need more details: 269-849-0109.

American Legion Post #49 New Year’s Eve Party will celebrate from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at its 129 Michigan Ave., South Haven location. The Undertakers Blues Band will entertain party goers with a mix of jump/swing blues, funky blues, traditional and hard blues ‘til the midnight champagne toast. You can get more information at 269-637-6817.

Inn at Harbor Shores New Year’s Celebration lets you decide how you want to party. Choose between party-only tickets, party and dinner tickets or an all-inclusive package that includes two dinner tickets, two party tickets, an overnight stay at the Inn and late checkout. This ring-in the New Year event includes live music, dancing, photo booth, late night snacks, a live screening of the New York City ball drop, champagne toast at midnight and fireworks. To join the revelers at 800 Whitwam Dr., St. Joseph, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 269-408-9115.

Silver Harbor Brewing Company New Year’s Eve Party will have you clinking your beer glasses at their 721 Pleasant St., St. Joseph location from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. The evening includes a three-course meal paired with a 4-oz. beer sampler for each course and live music. They’re taking reservations now at 269-281-7100.

Four Winds Casino New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Celebrations will transform all three locations (New Buffalo, Dowagiac and Hartford) into one big party complete with party favors and a chance to win a share of $90,000 in cash prizes. Come enjoy great entertainment (The Lepolion Effect is playing at New Buffalo’s Hard Rock Café on Dec. 31), enter to win fabulous prizes and more. For more information call 866-494-6371.

Put Party Hats on Your Kids
Celebrating the New Year is for the under-21 crowd, too. One of the most festive family spots below the bluff in St. Joseph is the Silver Beach Carousel, 333 Broad St. This truly magnificent machine will spin smiles from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 31. Bring the kids and choose your favorite figure to ride from 48 hand-carved and painted figures and two chariots (one wheelchair accessible).

You’ll find many other family activities in this happy place, most of them free. Play board games. Have hula hoop competitions. Color. Explore the hands-on Silver Beach Amusement Park memorabilia. Or pay a few cents to set the holiday decorated electric train display in motion.

Create Your Own Family Revelry
Dec. 30-Jan. 2 is a good time to extend your year-end fun with grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins by adding an overnight stay at one of the local lodgings – choosing one with a pool makes it even better!

Wishing you a happy 2017!