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Saugatuck Sparkles








                                                                                            Ed Goelich, Photographer for Midwest Living
"Sleigh bells ring, are you listening. In the lane, snow is glistening. A beautiful sight, we’re happy tonight. Walking in a Winter Wonderland”
Bernard and Smith, 1934


Hooray for us!!

Our villages are once again about to become quintessential old fashioned Christmas cards. We truly live in a Winter Wonderland that is pure magic and beguiling to visit. Horse drawn buggy rides, shops dazzling, swirling snowflakes and twinkling lights everywhere. The spirit is contagious.

This Holiday Season Midwest Living highlights Wickwood in an 8 page article about to appear in their December 2007 issue. Very exciting! We thought we’d show you a few of the photos of how a shoot takes place. It takes a village!

To get ready for the Holidays, we've been tasting and testing, and designing new decor galore. Come savor the season with us at Wickwood!                                                               Recipes ---



October 27 Harvest Wine Maker’s Dinner, Fenn Valley Winery
October 28 - November 28 Holiday Gift Show, Meijer Gardens
October 28 Star of Saugatuck Last Season Trip
October 28 “Entyce”
at The What Not
October 30 “Tom Jones”
at The Red Barn
October 31 HALLOWEEN
November 1 Wine Trail ”Holiday Spice”,
Lake Michigan Shore
November 1 Holiday Gift Show & Horse Traditions Around the World Meijer Gardens
November 2, 3 & 4 Food & Wine Weekend at Wickwood
November 2 Collassal Calder Sculpture
at Meijer Gardens
November 2 Rachael Davis, folk music at The Journeyman Café
November 2 - 4 The Saugatuck Follies Comedy Tonight,
Red Barn Playhouse
November 3 Nobody’s Darlin’ and The Salt Miners, at SCA

                More Calendar ---



"Christmas waves a magic wand over the world, and behold, everything
is softer and more beautiful." - Norman Vincent Peale

        Holiday Parade

Gourmet Magazine
Journeyman Cafe

The Journeyman Café in Gourmet October 2007
“All food lovers dream of stumbling upon an undiscovered gem in the middle of nowhere and consuming a magical meal in the most civilized of surroundings” began Bill Rice’s review of our favorite local café as the only organic Michigan restaurant in “America’s Best Farm-To-Table Restaurants” that were “Worth a Trip.”

Our Wickwood guests who have visited have been thrilled as have we to have Chef Matt Millar and his wife Amy in our neighborhood. They’ve created a real food Mecca in the middle of almost nowhere --- just 10 minutes from us!

"You don't get harmony when everybody sings the same note"
- Darryl Floyd

Getting A Grip

A Must Read!!!
Today, go out and get “Getting a Grip: Clarity, Creativity, and Courage in a World Gone Mad” by Frances Moore Lappe (“Diet for a Small Planet”). This is a little “aha” book with a very big message as Lappe distills her world-spanning experience and wisdom in a conversational yet hard-hitting style.

This flouts conventional right-versus-left divisions and affirms readers’ basic sanity – their intuition that it is possible to stop grasping at straws and to grasp instead the real roots of today’s crises, from hunger and poverty to climate change and terrorism.

It will leave you feeling liberated and courageous and that’s the best Christmas gift we know to give.

Books! Books! Books!

So many great ones, so little time, but we do our best. Trust us and check these out.
“Suite Francaise” and “Fire in the Blood” by Irene Nemirovsky. Getting rave reviews, way beyond our own.
“The Secret History of the War on Cancer” by Debra Davis. A must READ.
“Welcome to Michael’s” by Michael McCarty. He feeds the movers and the shakers on both coasts.
● “The Tenth Muse” by Judith Jones. The illustrious culinary editor reminisces.
“The Vegetable Dishes I can’t Live Without” by Mollie Katzen. She's the best on vegetables.
“Mediterranean Harvest” by Martha Rose Schulman. A pal, but even better, a great cook.
“Park Avenue Potluck” for Memorial Sloan Kettering. The secrets of the savvy set.
“Those Mitford Sisters”, Charlotte Mosley. My favorite six scribbling siblings who are sparky, snarky, gossipy and oh so wise.
“Cheating at Canasta” by William Trevor. A treasure.
“Pudo Paris”, Better than The Michelin Man
“A History of Beans” by Ken Albola. Curiosity quenching.
“Journals 1952-2000” by Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. Share his exciting life.
“Before I Die” by Jenny Downhom. You’ll never forget this one.
“Pilgrims” by Elizabeth Gilbert of “Eat, Pray, and Love”. Her short stories.
“Two Lives”, Gertrude and Alice by Janet Malcolm. Perhaps a little more than we need know.
“The Abs Diet for Women” by David Zinczenro, Oh, will it ever be easier.
“ A Life of Picasso: The Triumphant Years, 1917-1932”, by John Richardson. In this third volume, we’re dropped into the artist’s life.
“Book of Unforgettable Journeys” by Conde Nast Traveler. Armchair traveling at its best with great writers on great places.

Make Your List and Check it Off in Saugatuck & Douglas

Our very unique stores, all individually owned, are stocked to the brim with bubbles, baubles, bangles and beads. Stockings to stuff, tiny sleighs overflow, and whimsy galore.
There are lamps, chairs, dressers, drapes, stools, tables, couches and picture frames, candles, candy, coffee, fudge, toffee, and chocolates.
Bronzes, oils, pastels, drawings, photography, papier mache, mobiles, hand blown glass vases, ceramics, carved trees and raku.
We have ornaments, and decorations, flowers real and faux. We have antiques galore as well as cutting edge design. Fantasy as well as function. Fun, shock and awe. Our streets are the most charming place to refine your art of shopping while you wander in and out of shops carefully selecting everything someone’s heart desires.

Candy Cane Lane

Candy Cane Lane & Santa's Arrival

November 16 & 17
November 23 & 24

The villages kick off the Holiday Season with a bang both weekends. All the wineries, art galleries, and shops host receptions to begin six full weeks of Holiday festivities. These two weekends the shops of Saugatuck and Douglas have extended shopping hours, music, refreshments, holiday specials, good cheer, warm treats, special wrapping services, all in an effort to give you the Holiday Spirit and make your Holiday gift giving a joy. Be sure to check shop schedules for late night shopping throughout the season.

Kalamazoo Lake

Kermit Lynch - Wine Merchant

A Stellar Wine Tasting

If you’ve just recently become curious about wine, and have somehow missed Kermit Lynch’s "Adventures on the Wine Route”, by all means pause and pick it up. Kermit, one of America’s foremost wine importers from Berkeley takes us on his tasting journeys to the cellars of France. You’ll feel so present with Kermit that you can smell the dampness and taste from the “thief” as he does. Plus, you’ll learn things you never knew there were to learn. It’s a jolly good time and you’ll never consciously select a filtered wine again. We promise.

New York, New York

New York, New York

Of course, There are many fabulous places for music, but if we had to pick one --- it would be The Café Carlyle with its charming Marcel Vertes murals.

Long home to Bobby Short crooning Cole Porter, you now never know who you’ll find now --- perhaps Barbara Cook , Ertha Kitt, Woody Allen and The New Orleans Band, John Pizzerelli, Peter Cincotti, Steve Tyrell, Judy Collins and back in January, our favorite, Elaine Stritch. This is a quintessential New York gem, that the poshest locals try to keep secret. 212.744.1600

Healthy Aging

The Fountains of Youth

Everyone we know is seeking it one way or another, and so we rejoice as Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Michael Roizen bring all of their latest antiaging research to us in their new book – “YOU! Staying Young”. It teaches us all the tricks of how to slow down the aging of our cells with a two week plan (the length of time it takes to develop new habits). They tell us exactly what to eat, and to do everyday, the habits we need to have three times a week, once a week and once a month. Get with their program and we can all live a much healthier and fuller life. We trust these guys!!

We have also long admired Dr. Andrew Weil and his books “A Guide to Aging Well” and “Eight Weeks to Optimal Health”. 

In his recently published book “Good Calories, Bad Calories” Gary Taubes a frequent New York Times Magazine author has opened a challenge to some widely accepted ideas on nutrition and weight loss. While a weighty tome (pun intended) it is an important read for those determined to be healthy for the long haul.

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give"
- Winston Churchill

The Giving Season

The talk is all about giving because it makes us feel good. During the Holidays we can all get carried away and forget some important aspects of giving:
Give of yourself. Your time, your love, your talent and your knowledge.
Give quality not quantity.
Give in surprising ways.
Give new memories and remember together the old.
Give yourself time to celebrate.
Give to those who truly need.
Some we favor:


Julee and Bill
A Carriage Ride Thru Saugatuck
A Carriage Ride Thru Saugatuck

 Tis The Season

It’s easy to stop your world and become immersed in an old fashioned Christmas card --- just a bit of Christmas Past in our villages. Take a horse and buggy ride. Sip a soda. Enjoy “Dickens” Christmas Carol” or a Christmas Concert. Shop a church bazaar. Watch the snow fall amidst our snowflake wonderland. Address Christmas cards by a fire. Drink mulled wine in the afternoon. Enjoy the season's concerts at the SCA and the Red Barn Playhouse and all around town.

Tour the fabulous Felt Mansion all decked out for The Holidays:
December 14 - Victorian Wedding
December 16 - Christmas Past
December 21 - Music of the Season
December 28 - A Holiday Dance
December 30 - A Christmas Tea


Holidays 2007 at
Wickwood Inn
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November 16
Festival of Trees Begins

A tree graces every room and surprises are around every corner. Mulled Wine, Christmas Cookies, special Holiday Brunch and Hor’s d’ouevre surprises
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November 22-25
Thanksgiving Weekend

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November 23
Sparkle 2007
Village Lighting Ceremony
Santa Arrives
Carolers & Refreshments
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December 1
Christmas Parade
Horse Drawn Carriage Rides
Dickens Christmas Carol
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December 26 - 31
Christmas Week
Unwind, walk our trails, enjoy the fires ---
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December 31

New Year's Eve
Champagne and Spectacular Candlelight Evening Hors d’ouevres *Fireworks at Midnight*
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January 1, 2008
Happy New Year’s!!

Have a glorious Holiday season filled with love, laughter and great feasts!! - Julee and Bill

Wickwood at night


Julee's Cookbooks







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