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The Little Town Time Forgot!
The little town time forgot
"If you are not doing what you love - you’re wasting time.”  Billy Joel



"Not believe in Santa Claus!! You might as well not believe in fairies."
Frank Church

This season, join us in our little town that time forgot. Stop to recall fond memories, celebrate traditions and make new beginnings. Stop time.                                    Wickwood  ---




Everything in life is immoral, illegal or at least fattening."

Sugar and spice and everything nice abound at Wickwood during the Holidays. And, perhaps a sip of something swell as the evening begins ---                                          Recipes ---


November 1-January 4, Spanish Sculptor Jaume Plensa, Meijer Gardens
November 1-30, Rocky Kriethoff Artist, The Timmel Gallery
November 1-30, Hot and Cold Glass Show, Water Street Gallery
November 5 Fresh Pasta Cooking Class at the SCA
November 6, Great Performer’s Series, City Music Cleveland, Holland
November 7 - Year End, Michigan Water Color Society Exhibit, SCA
November 8, Holiday Gift Show, Meijer Gardens
November 8, Christy G, The What Not Inn 
November 9, Mary Rademacher, The What Not Inn
November 11, Annie Hotwagner Reception
, Fenn Valley Vineyards
November 12 Sensational Holiday Side Dishes Cooking Class at the SCA
November 13, Holiday Shopping Preview party, Good Goods, 6-9
November 15, Winemaker’s Harvest Dinner
, Fenn Valley Winery

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The Perfect Gifts Are Here!

This Christmas when “less is more” seems more appropriate than ever, it’s critical to select gifts more thoughtfully than ever. Thank goodness for our unique entrepreneurial shop keepers in Saugatuck and Douglas. They’ve done so much of the work for us as they’ve carefully edited the marketplace

Shops are now stocked with baubles and beads, the practical and the impractical. Gifts that are important and those simply improbable. You’ll find art, antiques, clothing, fragrances and spa products, books and music, home and garden furnishings and candy cakes and goodies galore. It can be simply overwhelming.

Our streets are the most charming place to wander as you shop --- in and out sipping refreshments as you meander, and carefully selecting what your special pal’s heart desires.

Wine Weekends

February 27, 28
& March 1, 2009

March 13, 14 & 15, 2009

March 27, 28 & 29, 2009

April 3, 4 & 5, 2009

April 17, 18 & 19, 2009
To give a Gift of a Wickwood Wine Weekend, click HERE for details


Cookbooks Galore!

Our favorites this season:
“Spain, A Culinary Roadtrip” by Batali and Paltrow
”Cooking, The Quintessential Art” by Herve This and Pierre Gagnaire
”Secret Suppers: Rogue Chefs & Underground Restaurants” by Jenn Garbee
”The Taste of Place” by Amy Trubek .
”Alinea” by Grant Achatz
“Ducasse Made Simple by Sohpie” by Shopie Dudemaine
“The Big Fat Duck Cookbook” by Heston Blumenthal
”Under Pressure” by Thomas Keller
”Robuchon” by Joel Robuchon . “Bakewise” by Shirley Corriher
“Eat Me “ by Kenny Shopsin
“A Platter of Figs” by David Tanis


Wickwood's Sour Cream Coffee Cake

A Story from Iraq

One mid-October morning, Wickwood's e-mails brought a note from the mother of a Marine stationed in Iraq. “Each week I make baked goods and send them off to my son. One recent one included your Sour Cream Coffee Cake. My son tells me that they are still talking about the coffee cake --- some of the troops said that they had never eaten anything that good. ‘Comfort food' for my two sons are those foods that bring back memories of their childhood, which include many recipes from your first Silver Palate cookbook."

I wrote back through tears streaming down my face, how touched I was, and that perhaps they’d also like our Carrot Cake Cupcakes and our Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies from Wickwood, and sent her the recipes. I heard back several days later that there’s to be a “Family Cookie Bake Off” with her son’s company in Iraq as judges. Our Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies will be there for judging baked by Mom. This Christmas, the Sassy Women of Wickwood (as we refer to one another) will be baking for the troops too  --- It’s high time!

Click HERE for the Original Sour Cream Coffee Cake.

Michael Holmes

“Everything Old is New Again”

Our favorite local Star --- and the wittiest guy around, singer Michael Holmes, has released his newest CD - “Let Yourself Go” which includes one of our Peter Allen favorites. You’re listening to it. This CD plus his original “If You Were Wonderin’” are available at Wickwood and Thomas Greene in Douglas.


Artisan Chocolate Lovers Alert

If you love the Scharffen Bergen “bean to bar” concept (not easily accomplished) with new American chocolate makers sourcing their cacao beans directly with farmers and then controlling every aspect of the roasting, grinding and making of chocolate, you’ll love this new group of artisans.

The prize is deep chocolate flavor, high in cacao percentage with nuances of tropical fruit. It is an epiphany in to chocoholics! As is, of course Mort Rosenbaum’s book, “Chocolate”. If chocolate is your quest, these are the cutting edge companies to discover:

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Holidays 2008 at
Wickwood Inn

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November 14
Festival of Trees Begins

A tree graces every room and tasty surprises are around every corner.
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November 26 - 30
Thanksgiving Weekend

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November 28
Sparkle 2008
Lighting Ceremony

Santa Arrives
Carolers & Refreshments

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December 6
Christmas Parade

Horse Drawn Carriage Rides
Dickens' Christmas Carol

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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’oeuvres
Fireworks at Midnight

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January 1, 2009
Happy New Year’s!!

“Needles on the pine trees turning to the west means snow.”
Bird in a Christmas Tree

It's for the birds!

This Holiday Season, as you trim your tree indoors, trim one outside too. This time for the birds. Just string it with popcorn, berries and seeds and you’ll have a delightful ballet to watch. It’s far different that ordinary bird feeders and it will enrich your every day.

Peanut Butter

Dreamy Peanut Butter

This is the stuff of legend. Virginia peanuts blended, roasted and round til smooth with just a little salt added. No sugar in sight. Taste a natural, intense, velvety mouthwatering sensation. We love to snack on it spread atop apple slices. Koezes of Grand Rapids, Michigan

"It is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas."
Charles Dickens


Round Barn Winery

 Wine Tastings in Saugatuck

Wineries Tabor Hill, Fenn Valley and now Round Barn of Baroda all have tasting rooms now in Saugatuck. Nearby are Saugatuck Brewery and McIntosh Winery. A nice way of meandering our towns.


Bacon at Its Best

The slow, dry wood smoked bacon, hams and prosiutto from Benton Smoky Mountain Country Ham in Tennessee is to our mind, just the best in the country!! You have to get in line, but your patience will be rewarded. (423) 442-5003

Bronze Turkey

Better than Butterball!

When Abraham Lincoln declared the first national Thanksgiving Day in 1863, he never knew that the taste of turkey served to celebrate it, one hundred and forty years later, would have gradually diminish so much ! Now, if you don’t want to settle for that, and instead enjoy the true taste of turkey, there are many choices --- Heritage Turkey, Organic Turkey, Antibiotic-free Turkey, Free Range, and Wild Turkey. Most are sold fresh and are improved with brining before roasting. Shop at: Your Local Farmer’s Market

Mary's Fish Camp

Mary’s Fish Camp

World Class Lobster Rolls, Herb Stuffed Whole Fish, Fried Oysters and Clams with Fish Camp (unbelievable!) Tartar Sauce, Salted Crusted Shrimp, Herb Roasted Whole Fish, Rich & Creamy Lobster Pie, and the best Apple Cobbler we’ve EVER had. This West Village secret needs to be shared but sparingly. It’s just too wonderful to keep to ourselves. No reservations, so make sure you time it right for lunch or dinner. 64 Charles Street at West 4th Street, New York City.

The Holidays 2008 Saugatuck & Douglas

November 13, Good Goods Holiday Preview
November 21. A Night Before Christmas - Saugatuck welcomes the Holidays
November 22 Douglas Shops Open House
November 28 Sparkle 2008 - Village Lighting Ceremony & Santa Arrives
December 5, Festive Fridays in Saugatuck & Douglas
December 6, Christmas Parades in Saugatuck & Douglas
December 7, 8, 12, 13, 19 & 20, Dickens' A Christmas Carol at The Women's Club

December 19, Moonlight Madness Shopping in Saugatuck & Douglas
December 31, Good Goods Big Sale
December 31, Fireworks at Midnight


“The ornaments of a house are the friends who frequent it.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Wickwood in winter


Julee's Cookbooks


Julee and Bill








Wickwood Inn   |    510 Butler Street P.O. Box 1019   |   Saugatuck, MI 49453
Tel (800) 385-1174   |  |    Bill and Julee Rosso Miller, Proprietors