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A L L  T H E  L O C A L  N E W S,  G O S S I P,  R E C I P E S  &  L O R E  T H A T' S  F I T  T O   P R I N T    I N D I A N  S U M M E R  2 0 0 5

  "The best show in Saugatuck debuts with autumn's foliage."  -  Midwest Living October '05

Good Morning!

Indian Summer is here!! And for Saugatuck it’s one of the most dazzling seasons of the year – it lasts forever!! Breezes warmed by Lake Michigan give us almost three months of the most perfect weather imaginable – sweater weather until Thanksgiving. No exaggeration!!

Come and take advantage of it with us! It’s great for long beach walks, trekking the dunes, gallery strolling, wine tasting tours, antiquing, bicycling, and getting an early jump on holiday shopping. Often our guests visit “Same Time Next Year” style – but there are Six Seasons in Saugatuck – each with a unique mood – each mesmerizing! Come to The Inn and share our secret!!!

"I love to go swimming in Lake Michigan long after Labor Day"
    meteorologist Jeff Anderson

It's Warmer Longer Here!
The warm waters of Lake Michigan that blow warm breezes toward Saugatuck make Indian Summer last forever in our towns. It’s a well kept secret, but true! That’s why it’s sweater weather here until the snow flies.

It’s simple – the unique contour of

our Saugatuck shoreline and the warm breezes result in a longer growing season for our Fruit Belt gardeners and farmers, and a longer season at the beach for the rest of us! Saugatuck-Douglas simply has a weather world unique from the rest of the Midwest – and we love it!

"Events are sometimes the best calendar."  -  Benjamin Disraeli

Town Notices

September 1~11 What a Glorious Feeling  Musical at Mason Street Playhouse  September 2~11 Saugatuck Historic Walking Tours
September 3
~October 7
Mix With Water  15 artists Water Street Gallery
September 6 French Cottage Back Yard Sale
September 8 Douglas Social  
Food, live music, Fun!! Downtown Douglas
September 8 ~11Wine & Harvest Festival Tastings from 15 Wineries Paw Paw
September 9~17 Allegan County Fair – A real county fair
September 10   Douglas Sidewalk Sales  10 - 5
September 10 Homegrown Jazz Concert  Saugatuck Woman's Club
September 11  Classic Car Show 300 Antique Cars  11 - 4
Downtown Douglas
                     More calendar ...

"Sophisticated Autumn"
The October Midwest Living calls our towns "sophisticated" - and we like to think of ourselves as "funky". Somehow we all have our own style!! Come live like a local!


"The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it"
 Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tastes of the Inn

The local harvest is in at our Green Market under the Red Arches.  It’s the best time of year to cook! 

At Breakfast
Corn Pudding with Spiced Maple Syrup
Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce
Slim’s Scrambled Eggs with Heirloom Roasted Tomatoes
Very Berry Crisp with Cream Fraiche
Glazed Country Ham and homemade Artisinal sausages

At Cocktails by Candlelight
Crispy Roasted Potatoes with Basil Cream
Roasted Heirloom Tomatoes with Herb Cheese
Carmelized Onions Foccacia
Our Cheese Board is loaded with Batali sausages,  and incredible American Artensial cheeses Redwood Hill Farm’s impossible-to-get “Camelia,” Lazy Lady’s “Misty Meadow’ and “Trillium,” and our “most favorite cheese on Earth,” Carr Valley’s “Cave Aged Cordona” and Green Mountain’s “Gore Dawn Zola” (get it?).  Every evening is a tasting adventure!!
               Wickwood Recipes ...

The Villa
Luxurious velvets reminiscent of the Medici's surround sketches of lost Medieval Towers of Florence's Nobility

The Vineyard
Vintage grapes lithos and superlative "Le Vin" watercolors accent our red Country French décor.

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 ~ 



  Ken Cadwallader

  James Brandess

Round Barn Winery

"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 ….

“Looks may be deceiving.  It’s eating that’s believing.”
             James Thurber

The Journeyman!
Ever since Chef Matt and Amy Millar made a commitment to share their culinary curiosity and creatively with the rest of us at The Journeyman – well, we’re in heaven!!!  It’s a haven for local foodies and the few visitors we’re willing to share the secret with. We’re thrilled every time we visit! Run don’t walk to The Journeyman!

Matt knows exactly how to coax flavors you’ve never known!!  You’ll be in awe! There are fresh Cockles and Prince Edward Mussels – Sautéed White Sardines –  Wild Mushroom Gnocchi –  Sablefish, White Salmon, dry aged beef , great pizzas, fabulous herbs and to die for desserts –  Chocolate Hazelnut Soufflé, Pannacotta, and Chocolate Amaretti.  Wow!!

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, and The What Not.

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


Halloween Weekend brings out the best creativity all over town!  Houses look scary and a glow – Costume Contests prevail and everyone dreams up and struts their stuff in one parade or another…The Children’s Parade, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” is re-enacted, Haunted Houses and Corn mazes, and the wild Adult Parade after dark in Douglas are not to be missed events!! October 28th and 29th all around town!

Our Little Black Book on Tuscany
If you're not in Saugatuck during the season - we hope you're on your way to Tuscany! Some of the best places we know to create memories ...
                  A Tuscan Fall ...

Late Breaking News

According to the New York Times on 9/6/05 – Researchers have pinned down another important reason to use olive oil – it has a naturally occurring anti-inflammatory chemical, “oleocanthal” –  creating similar benefits to ibuprofen.  Look for “extra virgin olive oil” with a good throat sting indicating it has a high level of oleocanthal.  That’s good enough for us!!

Our Red Book

Books are funny little portable pieces of thought." - Susan Sontag

Nemisis – the “Real” story of the Onasis/Kennedy love triangle
Peter Evans
Palladion Days – tales of an American restoring a Venetian Country Home – Sally Gable
Apples America – as only Johnny and his friends can see it!  A must! – R.W. Apple Jr.
The Clumsiest People in Europe – hysterical travel proclamations by Mrs. Mortimer – Todd Pruzan
La Cocina de Moma – new insight into “home cooking in Spain” – Penelope Casas
The Real Greek at Home – the real deal – Theodore Kyriakow
Families of Wine – Seasons of Winemakers in SW France – Michael Sanders
Summer – always a treasure to read – Edith Whorton
Family Food – a brilliant nugget on every page – Heston Blumenthal
Character Studies – profiles of the curiously passionate Mark Singer
The Prince – a refreshing course in today’s politics – Niccolo Machiavelli
Islands – Great Lakes Stories of 20 islands; intriguing call for adventure – Gerry Volgenau

Join the Rush of 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, the best season for visiting 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:

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

Domaine Berrien

          Wineries and Map ...

American as Apple Pie
Ginger Gold, Honey Crisp, Gala, Mutsu, Fuji, Ida Red, Empire Golden, and Cortlands – great for apple pies, applesauce, cobblers, crisps, strudels, and cider.  It’s a great time of year and we live smack in the center of Michigan’s Fruit Belt so there are orchards all around us.

Time to visit Crane Orchards to “pick your own” apples!  Then go to their Pantry for terrific soups, homemade pies, cider, and cider doughnuts.

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

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 lighting in med-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, 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!!

"Now Christmas is come
Let's beat the drum,
And call all our neighbors together,
And when they appear.
Let us make them such cheer."
      Washington Irving

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

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