Live Like a Local!
The best season to visit us is Indian Summer when
warm weather lingers for another two months. Our days are still mild
enough for swimming in The Big Lake, kayaking the Kalamazoo, biking
through the farmland, meandering through our galleries and shops, and
lingering over an alfresco dinner.
There's a riot of color unfolding everywhere
with swans, blue heron, gulls, geese, bald eagles, deer, fox and coyotes
easy to behold.
Come and visit mid-week, when the pace slows
down even more. Night and day, it gives you a chance to understand why
we live here. Join us at Wickwood!
"Earth is so kind, that just tickle her
with a hoe and
she laughs with a harvest."
It’s All in the Journey!
Farmer’s Markets, Farm Stands, Green Markets, your neighbors garden, your own!
Seek them out for the very best ingredients to insure you
eat well! Make "the quest" an adventure and enjoy the hunt as well as
the treasure. We promise we’ve discovered the best to serve you at Wickwood.
"Everyone has the right to eat well."
The Trustees of
The Borough Market, London, established 43AD
Tricks and Treats ~ October 26 – 27,
All Hallow’s Eve is celebrated with a weekend Halloween Festival in Saugatuck/
Douglas. It’s the Village’s favorite holiday.
We have costume contests all over town, an
Arts and Crafts show in the village square, country music in the
streets, story telling, apple bobbing, caramel apples, and a fabulous
Children’s Parade in the afternoon. After dark, the night is just for
grownups as the Adult Parade winds through the streets of Douglas. Trust
us, there will be witches, ghosts and goblins lurking everywhere all
"What lies before us and what lies
beyond us is tiny compared to what lies within us."
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Celebration of Wine and Food Weekend at Wickwood
November 2, 3, 4, 2007
"Small farmers are going to be the next
Eat Like a Local!!!
We’re all confused! Extra virgin olive oil
has become slippery business as the Italians try to stop the Turks from
labeling their oil “extra virgin Italian”. There is a glut of wine in
France. Bio-engineered seeds are dictating our mass food supply. The
French and Spanish are striking over who has the fishing rights for
anchovies in the Bay of Biscay and “organic” greens from California have
made us unhappy. Not to mention toothpaste from China!!
But there’s good news!! Coffee helps woman
(only) with brain power and memory retention. Champagne protects brain
cells from injury. Moderate wine drinking gives men a 30% lower risk of
heart attacks. There is a glut of wine in France! Dark chocolate lowers
blood pressure! And, interestingly, over
the past 20 years, American’s are eating twelve times as much Caesar
Salad per year. Whew!
It’s enough to make your head spin.
Our solution --- eat local!!! Buy
from Farm Stands. Eat fresh! Buy the very best in every category of
foodstuff. Befriend a farmer!!! They’re the new heroes!!
One of the best ways to be” in the country”
is to go apple picking at Crane’s!!! Surrounded by Honey Crisp, Gala,
Mutsu, Fuji, Ida Red, Empire Golden, Ginger Gold, and Cortlands, it’s
easy to let your mind wander as you forget your other life.
Afterwards indulge at The Pie Pantry for terrific soups, homemade pies,
cider and cider doughnuts and life is good! That’s why we live in the
“Fruit Belt” of Michigan with orchards all around. Next, just try and
find your way amidst 15 acres of The Crane Corn Maze !! Its great fun
and every year it’s new! Then, at Halloween it becomes “The Haunted
Maze” with ghosts and goblins. It's really time to be a kid again! www.craneorchard.com
Shop 'Til You Drop!
Saugatuck and Douglas are really a shopper’s
dream come true. Small shops line our streets, each stocked to the hilt
with the most unique treasures! From garden antiques, to art, home
furnishings, Fall fashion, condiments and olive oils, outdoor and
fishing gear, kitsch and kitchenware,
pottery, handmade soaps, French and English antiques, cutting edge
design, Indian Art, antique posters and good things to eat!!. In this
world of chains, each shop here is very special!!!!
"Saugatuck is One of the
Top Five Art Towns in America."
American Style Magazine
~ October 6, 7, 8, 2007
prime time to visit our dozens of Art Galleries and Studios abuzz
during the Fall with Gallery Openings, Artist’s Receptions, painting
demonstrations, and classes! Saugatuck/Douglas has over forty
galleries exhibiting over 800 artists – all year long!
"The olive tree is the richest gift of
The Wild World of Olives
We’ve always served Spiced Olives as part of our “Evening Hors
d’oeuvres” Buffet --- finding these rich salty bites just perfect with
wine or mixed drinks.
year we’ve watched the varieties being imported become more and more
interesting. Today there are “Castelvetranos” from Sicily; “Lucques”,
“Nicoise” and “Picholines” from both France and Morocco (can you taste
the difference); Turkish “Gemlik”; Italy’s “Gaeta”, “Calabrese” and “Cerignola”;
“Kalamatas”, “Amfissa”, Knoservolias”, and” Hondroelias” from Greece;
and “ Manzanilla” and “Gorda”from Spain. Most retailers are now
regularly stocking 20-30 varieties and so its important to know your
Once home you can concoct your own signature marinades with
almost any area in the Mediterranean in mind: Italy (garlic, fennel
seeds, hot pepper flakes, anchovies), Greece (oregano, mint, lemon,
ouzo), Spain (orange zest, Sherry vinegar, cumin) and Morocco
(coriander, cinnamon, ginger, saffron). Just bind with a dash of extra
virgin olive oil and there will always be a glorious bite in your
If you’d like to savor a spectrum of
“Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the
end of a long day makes that day happier.” -
THE LODGE Red tartan
taffeta --- uptown country roses --- antique linens on a Queen
four poster feather bed. Red Wing Backs reflect in a roaring
SWEDISH COTTAGE Typical
Scandinavian clapboards --- pines reflected in a glacial lake --- Gustavian
--- handmade applique quilts atop a deep down King featherbed.
Wickwood Indian Summer Color Tour Specials
We've reserved a few rooms at special mid-week
rates for you, the newsletter "Tribe". Declare yourself one
when you call for your reservation
"Life itself is the most
wonderful fairy tale."
- Hans Christian Anderson
September 1-9 Shout!
A Celebration of the ’60s Mason Street Warehouse
September 1-2 Walking Tours of Historic Saugatuck
September 1-24 Natural Affinity Botanical photos by Kauffman, SCA
September 1-3 LABOR DAY WEEKEND
September 1 Crane’s Corn Maze Begins
Join The Crush
Local wineries throughout Southwest Michigan bustle all Fall. It's the
best time of the year - "the vendage" or the crush of the grape,
is the season to visit wineries and Tasting Rooms. Start in
downtown Saugatuck at the Fenn Valley and Tabor Hill Tasting Rooms
or head right out to the wineries as you follow The Wine Trail.
Come to the Cabaret
All around town there’s cabaret, jazz, and blues –check it out at Pumpernickels, The Lakeshore Jazz Connection, Everyday People Café, The What
Not, Toulouse and Coral Gables.
Our favorites – Michael Holmes, Mary Rademacher, Entyce, Christy G, Rich Ruther, Mark Kahney, and Edye Evans Hyde. We’ll
Sat., Sept 15 - 8pm
Sat., Sept 22 - 8pm
Kiyoshi Nagata Ensemble
Sat., Sept 29 - 8pm
Sat., Oct. 6 - 8pm
Sunsets at the Shore
We have breathtaking sunsets in Saugatuck!
Capturing them in photographs however is often a challenge. The object is to
make that shutter click and not have the flash go off. Shooting into the sun
can be tricky. The secret, according to one local pro
who specializes in sunsets, is to have a subject in the foreground giving
the photo both a silhouette and dimension, then turn your flash down or off,
now move around, bend, squat, twist, turn or shout --- anything to get your
Sat., & Sun., Sept 15 & 16
The Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Society has
planned a fun filled and informative weekend of activities
Homes Tour exploring seven houses of different periods,
overlooking our community's scenic Lake Michigan shore and
Illustrated presentation by two well-known local personalities
will lend historical perspective to our Tour theme.
Clothesline Art Show
Vintage Baseball Game
"Walls Talking: Stories Our Houses Tell" exhibit at the
Hayride Winery Tours
There will be music, free refreshments and history being made all
over our towns.
For years the
fragrance that has become my signature has intrigued. But it seems
that “my secret” was a lot of gals’ favorite and its been a best
seller at Bergdorf’s and Barneys’ for years.
If you’ve not discovered “Antonia’s Flowers” for yourself, seek it
out. The scent of fresh cut sweet peas, cassis buds, jasmine,
magnolia, lily of the valley --- you'll think that you’re
constantly surrounded by bouquets from your favorite garden. www.antoniasflowers.com
A Life of Lists and
A Life List!
We all make daily
lists --- at least if you want to get anything done, you do. Some
ask themselves daily:
“What is the most important thing I want to do today?”
“What are my top three current goals?”
"Who needs some love today?”
“What did I learn today?"
"Where will I find joy?"
Now many are making
Life Lists and asking themselves:
“Where do I want to travel in my lifetime?”
“What will give me a life well lived?
“What do I want to give back and to whom?”
“What do I want to experience that I never thought I could?”
It’s all about setting your secret list of goals. Don’t be shy,
have fun with it. Imagine the joy as you check them off. Some of
Work in a vineyard in Barolo for an entire year.
Exercise every day!
Visit The Terracotta Army in Xian
Go Porcini hunting in Umbria
Re-read all of Shakespeare
Have a farm
Moped around Portugal
Visit Patagonia, The Seychelles and Buhtan
Finish The Mother Book!!
Perhaps some of these will start you dreaming ---