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The Wickwood Inn Notebook
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  A N D  L O R E  T H A T' S  F I T  T O   P R I N T Topiary S U M M E R  2 0 0 7

Lake Michigan Sunset
  "Blue skies smiling at me, nothing but blue skies do I see."    Irving Berlin

Live Like a Local
Sail with the breeze. Go fishing. Borrow a kayak. Meander. Live outside your bubble. Get lost on a country road. Break your own rules. Climb a dune. Roll down. Go body surfing. Watch the sun rise. Then set. Mingle. Act like a local. Do nothing. Come stay at Wickwood!!!

The Big Blue Lake
"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead
where there is no path and leave a trail."
 Ralph Waldo Emerson

Chain Ferry  Star of Saugatuck
"Wisdom at times is found in folly." Horace
Harbor Duck  Sail Boats
"Let them travel where there is good company and
good local food."
Sir Francis Bacon, 1601

Catch The Wind

Catch the Wind

Spend a couple of hours sailing Lake Michigan with our favorite Captain, Tom Van Howe, on his 42' Catalina. You'll have a ball! Guaranteed. Call Tom at 616.405.1599 or Mort at 616.836.0306



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.


Le Grand Aioli at Wickwood
"What is paradise but a garden, full of pleasure?"
William Lawson

Le Grand Aioli at Wickwood
To celebrate every stage of the wonderful heirloom vegetables ripening at our local Farmer's Market recipes, we're celebrating at Wickwood by serving "le Grand Aioli", the infamous village supper held all over Provence. It's a glorious way to begin every great evening.                                                          
Recipes ...

Wyncroft Wine
Wyncroft Wine

Wine Weekend at Wickwood
November 2, 3 and 4, 2007

You are cordially invited to join us for the first ever Wine Weekend at Wickwood. On the first weekend in November, Jim and Rae Lee Lester, the extraordinary winemakers of Wyncroft Wines will join Julee and Bill to co-host a spectacular few days of food and wine tasting. We'll all savor an array of fantastic wines, ( and more than a little food), learn a thing or two and surely laugh a lot!!!

This is a great opportunity to experience an array of Wyncroft Wines as they are only available on the very best restaurant wine lists and to Wyncroft's private customers. You'll find them at Alinea, Charlie Trotter's, Tribute, The Rattlesnake Club and Tapawingo.

Wyncroft Wines are very reminiscent of those of Burgundy. Their white wines remind us of the Grand Cru Mersaults, Puligny-Montrachets and their Pinot Noir reminiscent of Gevrey-Chamberlin and Vougeot. And their Gewurztraminer and Rieslings must be tasted.

The weekend will begin Friday evening with a Wine Tasting conducted by the Lesters. The Lesters will lead a Champagne Tasting Brunch on Saturday. On Saturday evening, we'll be in the capable hands of Chef Matt Millar at The Journeyman Cafe to experience a dinner with appropriate wine flights. Departure after Sunday Brunch. Call the Inn at 800.385.1174 for details.

Mason Street Warehouse logo



True to its Broadway Theater roots, the Mason Street Warehouse, an uptown theater in downtown Saugatuck, has announced its 2007 season. It’s terrific entertainment!
thru July 8 Altar Boyz
A musical comedy about a fictitious boys band
July 13 - July 29 Food Chain
An absurd comedy that’s poisonously funny.

 Altar Boyz Food Chain
 Lucky Stiff Shout

August 3 - August 19 Lucky Stiff
A musical murder mystery
August 24 - September 9 Shout
A musical of the coming of age of woman in the 60’s
Call 269.857.4898 for tickets


Travel Paradox

Travel is more popular today than ever, but many continue to surround themselves with, and do the same things as at home.

The most popular place to live today is a small town. When you’re visiting ours, we invite you to be one of us for a few days. And slow down.
• Walk the beach just after dawn.
• Play cards by the water.
• Shop the Farmer’s Market in Saugatuck.
• Work out on a bike path, our beaches or at The Pump House.
• Listen to music all around town.
• Play golf, tennis, climb Mt. Baldy or hike the dunes.

Dune Rides

• Bike the country roads and get lost.
Sit in a café and watch the world go by.
• Picnic at the beach at sunset.
• Play checkers or read on Wickwood’s back porch.
• Listen to the doves.
• Go on Historic Walks or join House and Garden Tours.
• Talk to the locals.

"We must cultivate our garden." Voltaire

How to Eat

The secret to good eating today is to eat directly from the garden. as close to your kitchen as possible!. Grow your own. Find a neighbor who farms organically. Haunt your Farmer's Market. Eat only with the seasons. Learn that craving is part of the flavor. Indulge. Obsess. Preserve. Freeze. Pickle. Then know when a season is over! There's another one!


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Art 'Round Town


Sculptures magically appear all over our village. Thanks to an extraordinary competition that allows us to enjoy the very best. Stone, metal, bronze, and marble are all in evidence - and all around town everyone’s snapping photos.


Our golf courses are in perfect condition and
tee times are available

Clearbrook - 269.857.2000 The Ravines - 269.857.1616
HawksHead - 269.639-2121 Westshore - 269.857.2500

Red Books
Those we haven't been able to put down
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. A year of local food and it’s lessons.
A Pig in Provence by Georgeanne Brennan. Memories of good food and the simple pleasures.
Luncheon of the Boating Party by Susan Vreeland. One of our favorite authors lets us visit Renoir as he creates a masterpiece.
How Doctors Think by Dr. Jerome Groopman. A must.
The Road by Cormac McCarthy. Haunting.
The Wines of France by Jacqueline Friedrich. A passionate, unpretentious and useful guide.
The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy. A madcap read from Kenneth Tynan’s first wife of love in London in the 50’s. Wonderful
The Maytrees by Annie Dillard. Breathtaking description of beach life.
Rules of the Red Rubber Ball by Kevin Caroll. Find your life’s passion and therefore your work.


June 25-28 Sketching at Ox-Bow with Theresa Gray - Ox-bow
June 26-July 1 Strawberry Festival
- Earl’s Market
June 26-October 12 Friday Greenmarket - SCA 8am-2pm
June 26-July 31 The Art of Carl Hoerman - SCA
June 26-July 10 Ways of Wax Water Street Gallery
June 26-July 1 Gert Olsen - Constance Petter Gallery
June 26-July 5 John Wohlever’s Art - Red Barn Playhouse
June 26-30 Joanne Porter Watercolor Festival - The Timmel Collection
June 26-July 1 Horizon Oils at The Button Gallery
June 26-October 31 Rodin’s The Thinker at Meijer Gardens
June 26-September 3 The Amazing Chocolate Tree at Meijer Gardens
June 26-September 2 Introspective
by sculptor Sophie Ryder at Meijer Gardens
June 26-July 8 Altar Boyz-Mason Street Warehouse
June 27 South Side Evolucion Music in Wick’s Park
June 29 & 30 Nimrots -White House Bistro
June 30 Jack Tabler - The What Not
June 30 Estate Auction at the Old School House - Douglas
June 30 Pig Roast - Red Barn Playhouse

                More Calendar ...



Keewatin Turns 100

The magnificent Great Lakes liner, built in Govan, Scotland in 1907, is the last grand passenger steamship to have sailed Lake Superior. Its mahogany carved circular staircase, Italian etched glass solarium and gracious dining room salon carried the rich immigrants, missionaries, and animals alike.

For forty years, the Keewatin has rested at The Red Dock in Douglas and serves as a maritime museum ... allowing visitors to step back in time. At 11:00 on July 6, 2007, there will be a Rechristening Celebration for The Keewatin.

Heirloom Tomatoes

Heirloom Tomatoes

Heirloom ('er lōōm, noun, a valuable object that has belonged to a family for several generations)

Heirloom fruits and vegetables are irresistible. They have
retained their flavor while they've acquired histories as they're saved as seeds for generations being passed on from one gardener to another. They're treasured as family.

The reason is always flavor. They are the sweetest tomatoes. The snappiest beans. The most fragrant melons. The eggplants without bitterness. The juiciest berries.

No longer are we charmed by eating everything, anywhere, all the time. We want to eat only food at its best. Heirlooms in their season. Food in its locale. Heritage breeds raised as they should be. Food that tastes the way it used to! The way we deserve.

On The Road Again

On our recent book tour from East to West, for six weeks, I met many "Silver Palate Cooks", most holding torn and tattered books. How fun it's been! Along the way some fabulous "don't miss restaurants" ... Higgins' in Portland, Pigalle's Bistro in Cincinnati, Mozza in Santa Monica, Fred's and The Masa Bar in NYC, Bistro 990 in Toronto, and Michael Minea's in San Francisco. There's great eating all across America today.

Summer Time is Picnic Time
Peterson's Mill
Water Street Gallery
Saugatuck Beach
The Star at Sunset
Tomorrow is a New Day

We'd love to have you stretch your imagination with us! Come Visit.
Have a great summer!!!  
Julee and Bill



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