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The Wickwood Inn Notebook
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Lake Michigan Sunset
  "The sky was painted such brilliant colors like an artist's canvas."    Paul Cezanne

Stretch the Days of Summer
Sunsets over Lake Michigan have long enchanted visitors to Saugatuck. Their brilliance draws locals and visitors alike each evening to the Dunes State Park and Oval Beach.

Yet, another local treasure, is the nightly quest for "The Green Flash". Julee and Bill have been witness to the shocking beauty of the phosphorous green light appearing across the horizon, several times. "It flashed for only a few seconds", exclaims the once "Doubting Bill". But now, to catch "The Green Flash" has become a nightly quest.

As the astronomer at the Adler Planetarium explains, "At sunset layers of atmosphere act like a prism and refracts light." The expanse of Lake Michigan creates perfect conditions for this natural light show that's only visible in a very few places in the world.

Food Is Our Passion

At Wickwood We Share A Passion For Good Food

What warms the cockles of our hearts day in and day out are the raves we hear about the foods at Wickwood.

We work really hard-every day- all year long to serve the very best-seasonal produce from the Farmer’s Market, breads from The Journeyman and Zingerman’s, tea and coffee from Intellegensia , sausage from Salumi and Amy’s, country ham from Virginia, Artisanal cheeses from Europe and the US. Berries from Earl’s (just down the road), donuts from Crane’s, and chocolate from Scharffenbergen, the shopping list goes on and on There are no Sysco deliveries to Wickwood, no shortcuts taken.

Once we’ve gathered the finest ingredients-we cook from scratch every day-all year long with our forty years of cooking experience. And while we begin every day with fresh ingredients it’s our curiosity and imagination that makes it the most fun!!                 Recipes ...

The Wickwood  Porch at The Wickwood
"To awaken alone in a strange town is one of the most pleasant sensations in the world. You are surrounded by adventure."
Freya Stark

Music in the Night

Music in the Night

Follow the notes in the air and you'll hear music all over town.

From jazz and cabaret, to music for dancing, listen for it at Chaps, Pumpernickel's, The What Not Inn, Coral Gables, Wally's, The Red Dock, The Boathouse, Toulouse, Everyday People's Café, The Blue Moon, The Sandbar, and Uncommon Grounds.

Check the schedule of the Lakeshore Jazz Connection Concerts and the Chamber Music Festival. Outdoors, music is at Fenn Valley Vineyard, The Butler Tiki Bar, and Wednesday night "Music in the Park" at Wick's Gazebo.

Wicks Park

Gallery Stroll

Art Round Town

"Saugatuck is One of the Top Five Art Towns in America" -- American Style Magazine

It’s prime time to visit our dozens of Art Galleries and Studios abuzz during the Summer with Gallery Openings, Artist’s Receptions, painting demonstrations, and classes! Saugatuck/Douglas has over forty galleries exhibiting over 800 artists – all year long! 
                           Galleries ...

James Brandess
"Your true passion should feel like breathing; it's that natural."
  Oprah Winfrey

Jolly Old England
"The empires of the future are the empires of the mind."
Winston Churchill

The Old Parsonage

The Food in Great Britain is Now Brilliant!

Over three weeks this Spring in England and Wales we only tasted fabulous food! England has come a long long way in the world of food.

In London - go immediately to St. John’s, The River Café, Petrus, The Grenedier Pub, Biddendum, Kensington Place, Admiral Coddington, The Ivy, Wiltons. In Woodstock, Feathers and the Bear Pub, In Oxford, The Old Parsonage, McDonald’s Shakespeare Hotel and Oppo in Stratford-Upon-Avon. In Cardigan, The Ship Inn and Castell Malgwyn. You’ll be very  pleased!

Salumi in Seatlle
"Simple pleasures are the best refuge of the complex."
  Oscar Wilde

Salumi in Seattle

The deep rounded savory taste that came from slow ripening is the essence of great dry-cured sausage. And Armandino Batali’s (yes, Molto Mario’s father) has created salumi perfection. We’re ardent fans and have been serving his salumi since he was first licensed to sell it.

Almost every night at Wickwood there are slices of smoky soppresseta fennel or green pepper flavored salumi, chorizo, proscuitto, culatello, spicy boar sausage, and coppa or lamb proscuitto.

All are well marbled and aged to perfection resulting in the rich full taste that puts these among the world’s best.

If you’re in Seattle, be sure and visit Armndino and Marilyn for lunch at Salumi: 309 3rd Avenue South (206) 621.8772 or you can order at

Remember, a jug of wine, a loaf of bread, a hunk of artisinal cheese and some truly fabulous sausage makes a great Summer supper.

Saugatuck Sign

Saugatuck Time in a Bottle

When you visit take the time to immerse yourself in the wonders of why we live here.

Walk the beach just after dawn - you'll find the best beach glass then.
Climb Mt. Baldhead at sunset, bike Lake Shore Drive, or slide down the Dunes at the State Park.
Pamper yourself!! Soothe your tired bones with a massage at any of our day spas - Belle Vita, Spring Renewal, Waterfront Center Stage Salon
Slow down on Wickwood's Back Porch surrounded by flowers and just read ... or play checkers with your "best pal" while you're tasting cookies and lemonade. Guests forbid phones or tv's - so savor the cooing of the doves.
Or work those muscles with a bicycle ride, walk or run our country roads and paths, or pump iron at the Pump House.


Chatsworth House

We loved visiting this most extraordinary estate in England-the Derbyshire home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. It’s surely worth a detour on your next trip across the pond.

When Deborah Mitford (one of “those fabulous Mitford sisters”) became Duchess of Devonshire just after WWII - it was much to her surprise. She’d married the “spare” son not the heir, who was killed in the war, and suddenly she and her husband were delighted but burdened with a 67,000 acre estate and inheritance taxes that would take 24 years to pay.

Debo (as the Dowager Duchess is known) went to work-with cleaning staffs, carpenters, and restorers, eventually refurbishing the house and opening it to the public to help gather some income. This was a first among the “great houses of England”.

Chatsworth Dining Room

Over the past 60 years the work has constantly continued. Today, there are fabulous restaurants, gift shops, a Farm Store with game, eggs, meat dairy, baked good and produce all from the estate.

Fresh Vegetable Baskets

There are lambs and sheep wandering the estate And gardens-gardens galore.

Chatsworth Gardens

And best of all - fabulous refurbished sheep barns where all can now stay and “live” at Chatsworth. The vistas and villages on the outlying estate are glorious. Amidst the sheep and cattle fields separated mostly by dry stone fences, bordered by brilliant daffodils-tens of thousands of daffodils, you feel as though you’ve stepped back in time to a fairy land. Go if you can.

Slow Down

Slow Food

“Regional, seasonal, sustainable, convivial”
  - Slow Food

If you’re as passionate about food as we are, there are several food organizations you might want to join to keep abreast of the food talk

Slow Food
James Beard

And some blogs we like

Chocolate and Zucchini

Red Books
"A good reader must learn to love to fondle the details." - Nabokov

Counting My Chickens, by Deborah Devonshire. An exquisite peek into an extraordinary life by the Dowager Duchess.
Pudding & Pie, by Jessica Mitford. And anything else. All are true treasures.
A Culinary Traveler in Tuscany, by Beth Elon. Culinary travels off the beaten trail.
The Kitchen Diaries, by Nigel Slater. His writing is sassy.
The Notebooks of Michael Brass - Awesome
Second Honeymoon, by Jo Anna Trollope. You won’t put it down.
Heat, by Bill Buford. Behind the scenes of New York and Tuscan Restaurants.
Abundance, by Sena Jeter Naslund. Marie Antoinette in all her glory.
Return to Paris, by Collette Rossant. Always a treasure.
Twelve, A Tuscan Cookbook, by Tessa Kiros. Fabulous.

Round the Corner Ice Cream Saugatuck Marina The Harbor Duck
"Everything uncommon raises a pleasure in the imagination"

The Green Flash

The Green Flash ... not a UFO


June 20 Art ‘Round Town 6th Annual Exhibit
Fabulous sculptures in and around Saugatuck
June 20 The Pump House Museum is Open for the Season  Raising the Roof. The Buildings and Architecture of the Saugatuck & Douglas Area - Second Story
June 21 Music in Wick’s Park by “Deep Blue Underground”
Funk-Rock-Fusion 7pm-9pm
June 23-July 9 Mason Street Warehouse presents Hunka Hunka Burnin’ Love - the off Broadway smash hit!! Tickets- (269) 857-4898
June 23 Saugatuck/Douglas Green Market Local farmers bring fresh produce and flowers-Every Friday thru October. Saugatuck Center for the Arts (269) 857-2399
June 23-August 5 Shakespeare in Hollywood Hope Summer Repertory Theatre (616) 395-7890
June 24 “RAIN” Summer Benefit, The Saugatuck Center for the Arts (269) 857-2399
June 24 “Art on Center”
Downtown Douglas art galleries host an evening of art, food and music 5-9pm
June 24 “Boxes, Bowls, & Beyond” Open House-Blue Star Studio 7pm-10pm (269) 227-3647
June 25 Michael Holmes with Mark Kahny & Steve Anzivino
at the What Not Inn
June 25 New Moon Drumming 7pm-9pm (269) 543-4029
June 25 Allegan Antique Market 400 exhibitors rain or shine 7:30am-4:00pm
June 26-29 Oxbow Art Course “Painting Figures in the Landscape” 10am-1pm
June 28 Music in Wick’s Park by “Cheap Date” Rock 7pm-9pm
                  More Calendar ...

Al Fresco Food

Summer Time is Picnic Time

Summer is about eating outdoors - whether you’re grilling, having a picnic - supping by the pool or on the front porch - you don’t need much reason to dine under the sunshine or stars. But here are just a few:
While reading Proust at high noon.
After a bicycling race.
After a housecleaning spree.
After shooting the rapids.
At a rock concert.
As a birthday surprise.
After a tennis match.
After planting an herb garden.
While antique hunting.
Organizing photo albums.
During a backgammon tournament.
In a hot-air balloon.
After watching or running a marathon.
During the Boston Pops at Tanglewood.
Watching the sunset.
In a vineyard.
                             Recipes ...

World’s Top Beaches

Saugatuck Beach
"I don't want to work ... only to dream. Anybody can do the work." - Diana Vreeland

Time and time again Saugatuck’s beaches have been labeled as “the best”-and we can’t agree more. Our “singing sand” beach that stretches for more miles than you can walk in an afternoon, anchored by its 200 foot dunes-and the blue water you can’t see across... It just dazzles us everyday.

We’ve seen some of the others- Crane’s Beach in Ipswich, Mass-Ojai in Santorini, St. Tropez-Cap Ferat, Taketomi Island, Joulter’s Cay in the Bahamas. Nice but... we can’t believe we live on just one of the very best! When you’re here, please don’t forget to visit our fabulous beaches!!

Chain Ferry
Star of Saugatuck

Food Basket

What to Eat Today

It often sounds confusing, but its really quite simple. Eat less. Move more. Emphasize fruits and vegetables. Go natural. Eat real. Don’t buy anything in a box or a jar. Eat with the seasons. Junk food- Never!

It’s all simple enough. Natural is the key to eating well. Fruit is the answer to your sweet tooth. And exercise is the only way to lose weight for life.

What To Eat

Countless diet books and food pyramids later, Marion Nestle, the dean of US nutritionists, has written “What to Eat”. It will answer all of your “how to eat” questions.


New York New York

It’s often been called, “the best place you’ll never eat”. Somehow, before you croak - find a friend who “owns” a reservation at Rao’s in Harlem. Next, cajol them to taking you with them. You’ll have plenty of notice - reservations are generally made 3-6 months in advance, but it’s well worth it.

You’ll have the time of your life. Trust me!! It’s a party from the moment you enter the door and your heart will sing for days afterward. The food’s great-but the people-AH HA!

Second best - get a copy of The Rao’s Cookbook by Frank Pellegrini, the owner. Simple yet terrific recipes. Soon, they’ll duplicate the magic and you can visit Rao’s in Las Vegas at Caesar's Palace after their December 2006 opening. There you’ll be able to make a reservation. You can’t at the original - they don’t answer the phone.

Rao’s 455 East 114th Street, New York, New York

We'd love to have you stretch your imagination with us! Come Visit.
Have a great summer!!!  
Julee and Bill



Julee's Cookbooks


Julee and Bill




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