Saugatuck, Michigan



"On the shores of Lake Michigan, a charming beach town sits on the Midwestern Cote d'Azur"
                                                                       --- Fred Bernstein, Departures Magazine, July 2011


"That American has a stunning coastline isn’t surprising, but that this coastline of hourglass-fine sand and hundreds of miles of sparkling blue water are in the Midwest, is. The beaches, along with the charming villages, are kept a secret, not by design but by the natural understatement of the Midwesterners who vacation here. Few outsiders know of Lake Michigan’s eastern shore.

Though the views here are stunning, you won’t find sprawling mansions with more columns than an accountant’s ledger. This lack of ostentation, says Julee Rosso Miller, owner of Wickwood Inn, is ‘the Michigan way. This is a place for cooling off, not showing off. For what you see is what you get. And what you see is unforgettable!"
                                    --- Fred Bernstein, Departures Magazine, July 2011


"Life without chocolate is like a beach without water."
                                                                        --- Betty White



Wickwood ---


Summertime Chocolate Recipes ---



Luke Winslow-King
July 19

Jake Armerding
July 26

My Sweet Patootie
August 2

Mary Sue Wilkinson & Roger Brown - August 9

Drew Nelson
August 16

Steppin In It
August 23

Nobody's Darlin'
August 30


Mason Street Warehouse

Summer Season

Through July 17

July 22 - August 7

August 7 - August 28

August 31 - September 4



A celebration of the black dirt produce and fruit belts best with our local farmers.
Every Friday until October 7
 8 AM - 2 PM and Every Monday through August 29  3 PM - 7 PM


Out On The Water

SS Keewatin

Star of Saugatuck

Harbor Duck

Chain Ferry



Charter Fishing



Pump House Museum

The Saugatuck-Douglas Museum is one of Michigan's best-known and most-visited small-town museums, annually drawing nearly 10,000 visitors to its exhibits and more than 40,000 visitors to its outdoor garden and harbor-front walkway at historic Mt. Baldhead and just steps from the Saugatuck Chain Ferry.

2011 Museum Exhibit
A Village Patchwork: Everyday Life in Saugatuck and Douglas

Museum is open daily from Noon to 4 pm Memorial Day to Labor Day and on weekends in Sept. & Oct.



Green Markets Here!

We’re surrounded by farms, farm stands, and several Green Markets that gather their harvest. Shop:

The Summertime Market for everything from Creswick farm raised cuts of meat to local eggs, goat cheese and produce. Open daily.
The SCA Green Market Highlights Farmers with produce and nurseries with flowers and trees. Every Friday morning and plus Mondays in the Summer.
The Holland Farmer’s Market abounds with stands from early Spring until the frost. Arrive early, it’s crowded. Every Wednesday and Saturday morning.


Sailboats in the Saugatuck harbor


Button-Petter Gallery
Artists' Receptions & Openings
Sundays 1-5 PM

July 24

Mary Hatch

Scott Jones

Carole Pickle

August 14


Brian Sauerland

August 14

Sue Holdaway-Heys

Carla Sutton

Meijer Gardens
Summer Concert Series


 July 11
Amos Lee

July 14
Mary Chapin Carpenter

July 21
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy | The Max Weinberg 7

July 29
Brian Wilson

August 3
Bright Eyes

August 5
Béla Fleck & the Flecktones and Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers

August 10
Sara Bareilles

August 11
Los Lobos & Los Lonely Boys

August 12
A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor – Summer Love Tour

August 21
Jeff Daniels

August 22
Lyle Lovett and His Large Band

August 24
Pat Benatar &
Neil Giraldo

August 31
Guster & Jack’s Mannequin


Reading the buildings is a way of connecting with our past. By taking the Saugatuck Walking Tour, you will enjoy learning its diverse and rich history, which is unique and yet in many ways a microcosm of the history of small town America.

Walking Tours are scheduled for 2:00 pm on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in July and August except for Sunday July 4 because of the parade. Tours start at the Information Booth on the corner of Butler and Culver Streets across from Town Hall at the traffic light.



Brilliant talent in our small village every summer.

Stretch Your Imagination

July 14 & 15
Art of the Harp

July 21 & 22
Aebersold & Neiweem

July 28 & 29
All in the Family

August 4 & 5
Lasting Impressions

August 11 & 12
String Quartet 2


Fruit Picking
strawberries | raspberries blueberries | blackberries
peaches | apples



The Red Barn

July 15

This hilarious farce has Bridget staying with her Grandmother for the summer and soon discovering that her sweet Nana has been running a lingerie boutique out of her rent-controlled apartment for years - illegally!

Radio Play:
The Night of October 30, 1938
July 24 & 29

The experience of a lifetime What was it like in 1938 on a quiet and dark Autumn Evening? We were Enjoying "Burns & Allen", "Baby Snooks and Daddy", "The Chase and Sanborn Hour with Bergen and McCarthy". Then switched radio channels when Dorothy Lamour began singing. What were we hearing? Was it a news Bulletin? was it real? Were martians actually invading earth?

Bernhardt on Broadway:
The New Musical
July 30 & 31

A one-woman musical about Sarah Bernhardt, often referred to as the most famous actress who ever lived.

Shakespeare's HENRY IV PART
August 5 & 6

An epic history play which follows the exploits of Prince Hal, who rebels against his father Henry IV, preferring the company of Sir John Falstaff and London’s criminal element to his duties as heir to the throne..


Treasures are everywhere in the singing sands of Saugatuck. Aqua and cobalt beach glass. Skipping stones. Fish bones. Driftwood. Ancient lures. Fossils. Fool's gold. Medicine bottles. Petoskey pebbles. Arrowheads. Sandstones. Brimstones. Quartz. Seashells. Barnacles. Once found, a memory.




"Art resides in the doing. The process is not magic but that’s what artists crave."
---- Charles Eames

Ox-Bow and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Saugatuck Announces 2011 Schedule

For over 100 years, Ox-Bow has remained a haven for artists and fellowship and an integral member of the Saugatuck-Douglas community. This year take a class.





Saugatuck Douglas Art Club
Exhibit, through August 8


July 18 - Zach DuBois

July 25 - Nervous but Excited

August 1 - Catie Curtis

August 8 - Libby York

August 15 - Theo Katzman

August 22 - The Bergamot

August 29 - Lake Folk

Janice Ian
Thursday, September 8



Music in the Park
Under the Gazebo in Wicks Park in Saugatuck every Wednesday in the summer from 7-9 PM

• Jul 13 Zion Lion
• Jul 20 Bryan Michael Fischer Band
• Jul 27 Creolization
• Aug 3 Funktion
• Aug 10 Life Support
• Aug 17 The Niche
• Aug 24 Los Bandits
• Aug31 Schrock Brothers

 See you there!



A joyous musical about parents and children --- not to mention centuries of unresolved family business! Through August 12th, DeWitt Theatre, Holland

A wild ride in mistaken identity, misunderstandings and dysfunctional relationships in this ridiculously hilarious farce spanning just one night. Through July 26th, DeWitt Theatre, Holland

Fasten your seat belts, return your tray tables to the upright position and prepare to blast off for rock and roll! Through August 11th, DeWitt Theatre, Holland

The oldest daughter in this family of tight-knit Norwegian immigrants in San Francisco at the turn of the century takes us through her memories of their struggles with family conflict, loyalty, crisis and financial problems. July 22nd - August 13th, DeWitt Theatre, Holland

You’ve met them - they are your cousins, uncles, brothers or friends and they LOVE ice fishing. In a cold world, on a cold day, on a frozen lake, it is a secret culture that thrives right here amongst us. August 1 - August 10 - Knickerbocker Theatre

When Braid Beard's pirate crew invites Jeremy Jacob to join their voyage, he jumps right on board. Buried treasure, sea chanteys, pirate talk - who wouldn't go along? July 22nd - August 12th, Studio Theatre, Holland

The Borrowers follows the Clock family, tiny people that live beneath the floor boards of an old manor on the English countryside. July 13th - August 12th, Studio Theatre, Holland


Wine Tasting Rooms

Round Barn Winery


Fenn Valley Vineyard Events

July 23 Summer Evening Cookout
August 5 Summer Evening Cookout
August 13 Blues In The Vineyard

 Performing Arts In The Vineyard
August 7 Keith Scott - blues
August 14 Folias - guitar & flute tango
August 21 Third Coast Ensemble - string ensemble


Saugatuck Brewing Company

July 14 Music - Fremont John
July 16 Music - Mark Andrasko
July 21 Music - Lew Russ



Golf Courses in and around Saugatuck


When in Douglas, visit ---

Chicago-born Steve Rubinkam’s passionate and colorful art is on display at his new gallery in Douglas. Stop in to view his joyous expressionist works. Fans of Lautrec, Matisse, Dufy, Sargent and Chicagoan William Carr Olendorf are in for a treat.

20 East Center St., Douglas

Lake Michigan Sunset
"We don't stop playing because we are old. We are old because we stop playing"
                                                                                                               --- George Bernard Shaw 

We invite you to come and "cool off" in our neighborhood!
                                                              --- Julee and Bill


Reservations 269.857.1465
or 800.385.1174


Our Innkeepers answer 9am - 9pm
everyday of the year!


The Inn

Silver Palate Cookbook  Silver Palate Good Times Cookbook  The New Basics  Silver Palate 25th Anniversary

Julee and Bill

The Wickwood Inn
510 Butler Street, PO Box 1019 • Saugatuck, Michigan 49453-1019