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The Wickwood Notebook
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  "Life itself is the proper splurge."    Julia Child

Heirloom Tomato Time is Here!

We’ve all become a little tomato crazy --- they’re just so darned good!!! Vine ripened tomato tastes from the past are one of harvest times chief joys. We all cherish that just ripened rosy heirloom treasure, still warm from the sun, eaten out of hand, simply sprinkled with sea salt; or enjoy popping jewel-colored miniatures into our mouths like candy. During this season, our menus abound with tomatoes. Come join us at Wickwood!

Wickwood Inn

"Life at Wickwood revolves around food"
The New York Times, September 3, 2006

At Brunch ---
l Heirloom Tomato and Sausage Arugula Strata
l Apple & Blueberry Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce
l Creamy Corn Pudding with Bourbon Maple Syrup
l Potato and Arugula Frittata with White Truffle Oil
l Bismarck’s with Fruits of the Season

At Evening Hors d'ouevres ---
l Roasted Heirloom Tomato and Basil Pesto Tart
l American Artasian Cheeseboard l Spiced Olives
l Armandino Batali's Sausage l Snappy Beans
l Carmelized Onion Focaccia l Sausage Puffs
l Sardinian Sheet Music Crisps l Caponata Tart
l Shrimp and Crab Crostini l Three Cheese Pinwheels
                                                              Recipes ---

Star of Saugatuck
"Set down a spell, that will wait."  -  Andrew Jackson Downey
Architect of the front porch

Color Tour
There’s nothing quite like floating down The Kalamazoo River to Lake Michigan anytime of year. It’s instant relaxation. Yet, it’s even more awesome during October’s color spectacle! Charter a sailboat, paddle a canoe or kayak, or hop on The Duck, The Star of Saugatuck, or The City of Douglas and drink in the changing of the seasons on a color tour that’s unique!

Treasures Galore
"A good home must be made not bought."  Joyce Maynard

Treasures Galore
Some head for the beach to comb for beach glass, stones, driftwood, antique lures or feathers. Some head to the galleries to add to their collections. And others seek a treasure to take home at the countless flea and antique markets in Saugatuck/Douglas. There’s Bentley’s, Amsterdam, The Old School House, The Bird Cage, The Blue Star Antique Pavilion, Water Street Antiques, Allegan Antique Market, Anderson’s School House, Elephant’s Trunk, Swell Times and The Olde Antique Shop. Hunting for the nooks and crannies that are filled with antiques is half the fun!! That's part of the adventure.

Join the Crush
"Don't be afraid to go out on a limb. That's where the fruit is"
  H. Jackson Browne

Join the Rush to 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 to:

l Warner l Tabor Hill l Karma Vista
l St. Julian l Black Star l Lemon Creek
l Contessa l Fenn Valley l Round Barn
  l Domaine Berrien  

Cheers!!!  Wineries and Map ---    


Maryjo Lemanski
  Maryjo Lemanski

James Brandess
  James Brandess

"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 Fall with Gallery Openings, Artist’s Receptions, painting demonstrations, and classes!  Saugatuck/Douglas has over forty galleries exhibiting over 800 artists – all year long!
Galleries ---

Town Notices

September 8-10 “Scenery” A World Premier of a mad-cap comedy set in the star’s dressing room of Broadway’s Balasco Theater - Mason Street Warehouse
September 8-16 Allegan County Fair - An old fashioned county fair. English Horse Show, The Pedal Power Pull, Harness racing, Tractor Pull, Open & Youth Livestock events. September 8 Saugatuck/ Douglas Green Market - Local farmers bring fresh produce and flowers-Saugatuck Center for the Arts
September 8 “Phil Vassar
with John Corbett” sing at Frederik Meijer Gardens
More Calendar ---

Life's a beach
"Life's a beach go walk on the sand." John Banks

Fireplace Drinks
The Villa
Julee at ther best
Backgammon at the Inn
Dessert at the Inn
Saugatuck in the Fall
Crane's Apple Orchard
Quiet on the Kalamazoo
Pumpkin Patch
Saugatuck in the Fall

Heritage Festival

Heritage Festival
September 16, 2006

The Saugatuck/Douglas Heritage Festival’s Home Tour is always a highlight of early fall. This year eight homes will be featured with charmingly reconstructed cottages, historic barns and examples of the “Arts and Crafts” movement. The “Clothesline Art Show” in Berry Field Douglas will feature paintings, drawings, sculptures and craft work from local artists. And, the “gentlemanly” Douglas Dutchers Baseball team will play a game with very old fashioned rules and loads of hotdogs, peanuts, and lemonade. It’s a great step back in time.

Crane's Cider Mill


Saugatuck Brewing Company

Apple Pie and Cider

Time to visit Crane Orchards to “pick your own” apples! Then go to their Pie Pantry for terrific soups, homemade pies, cider and cider doughnuts. In the orchard are, Ginger Gold, Honey Crisp, Gala, Mutsu, Fuji, Ida Red, Empire Golden, and Cortlands. They are great for apple pies, applesauce, cobblers, crisps, strudels, and cider. It’s a fine time of year and we live smack in the center of Michigan’s Fruit Belt with orchards all around us.

Corn Maze

During October, The Crane Corn Maze is open and good fun! Towards Halloween it becomes The Haunted Maze with ghosts and goblins. Time to be a kid again! Growing old is scary!

Johnny Blue

Blue, Johnny, Blue!

The Johnny Blue Gallery is presenting new creations of artists;
Jane Kramer, photography;
John Nelson, metalworks;
Brett Tappen, metalworks;
Ed Gray, oils;
Don Daughtery photography; and
Pat Gibson photography.

All are in addition to Johnny Blue’s infamous metal sculptures that have a cult following all their own. 36 Center Street, Douglas 269.857.8571

Get Juiced

Get Juiced!

Eat your fruits and vegetables everyday. We hear it over and over. Recently, The American Journal of Medicine reports that drinking juice --- only the real stuff (no watered down, sugary versions allowed) --- lowers your chance of Alzheimer’s by 76%.It’s all due to the fact that fruits and vegetable juices are very rich in polyphenols and antioxidants. This Vanderbilt University study gives us all a wonderful way to age gracefully.

Big Pumpkin

New Ox-Bow Fall Classes

For the first time ever in its almost century old program, this season Ox-Bow will offer a Fall "Art on the Meadow" program, of classes from September 12th to October 10th. Pure Heaven!! Glassblowing, twig furniture and sculptures, portrait drawing, the written word, painting, pottery and cooking will all be featured classes. Check our calendar for a brief overview of the schedule. To register: 269.857.5611 or

Better Late Than Never

Better Late Than Never!

It’s never too late to start being healthy. While the “experts” advice sometimes seems confusing, it’s really quite simple! Eat less. Eat more often. Exercise more. Emphasize fruits and vegetables. Go fresh, local and organic. Eat real foods. Nothing from a box. Little from a jar. Cook with the seasons. Select food at its peak. Befriend a farmer. Find sources you can trust. Serve smaller portions. Eat till you’re 80% full. Natural is the answer to eating well. Fruit is the solution to a sweet tooth. Daily exercise the only way to be lean for life. Rule of Thumb; the smaller the food resource, the more passionately produced the product. This is true for wine, beef, bread, apples and arugula, everything! Eat well!

Sunsets at the Shore

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 best shot.

Topiary  Topiary  Topiary

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
800.385.1174 ~ 

Saugatuck’s Micro Brewery

With its “Saison Belgian Ale” gaining rave reviews at the Michigan Brewers Guild- there’s much to celebrate at the Saugatuck’s own Brewing Company. “The beer is light and refreshing with just a little bitter bite exactly what a Saison should taste like”, the press praised. All of their beers are available all over town and at the Brewing Company-soon to relocate to the Blue Star Antique Pavilion.

The What Not Inn

Come to the Cabaret
All around town there’s cabaret, jazz, and blues –check it out at Chaps, Pumpernickels, The Lakeshore Jazz Connection, Everyday People Café, The What Not, Toulouse and Coral Gables.

Our favorites – Michael Holmes, Mary Rademacker, The Scott Bill Trio, Christy G, Rich Ruther, Mark Kahney, and Edye Evans Hyde.  We’ll be there!

Pesto Mortar

Pesto Perfect

“Pesto” means “to make a paste” and once Americans fell in love with the classic pesto, we’ve all taken it to heart and let our imaginations run wild! Using the traditional pounding method we often change the ingredients, first using different herbs: basil, parsley, tarragon, mint, oregano and arugula and spinach, then hazelnuts, macadamias, walnuts, or sunflower, pumpkin or sesame seeds, vary the oils and cheeses, then sometimes pushing the envelope even further to include, roasted tomatoes, roasted red peppers, chipotle, artichokes, kalamata olives, sweet peas, or ginger. There are no rules. Theses new pestos simply dazzle everything they touch. You’ll feel like a very rich cook when you have a stash of pesto.   
Recipes ---

Christmas at the Inn

Catch the Holiday Spirit in Saugatuck!
Plan now to visit us as the Holiday Season approaches. Saugatuck and Douglas become an Old Fashion Christmas Card – with twinkling lights everywhere beginning in mid-November.  For six weeks our towns are magical – horse drawn carriage rides, mulled cider and holiday cookies in shops brimming with unique gifts and stocking stuffers, even Dicken’s “Christmas Carol”.

The tradition at Wickwood is to sparkle from top to bottom – inside and out!  Every room has its own special tree with our own personal decorations collected from around the world!  We elves work very hard to bring you a new Christmas memory!  Come join us!!

Come play in our wonderful village soon, the weather is very very fine!!    Julee and Bill

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Julee's Cookbooks


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