Saugatuck, Michigan

--- E. B. White

"Since we must eat to live, we might as well do it with both grace and gusto!"
                                                                                                 --- MFK Fisher

The sun is out today in Saugatuck!! The Big Lake is sparkling. The temperature is a glorious 45 degrees.

Weather predictions are for an early Spring here with temperatures reaching the mid-50's in Mid-March, upwards to the 60's in the early days of April, and the 70's by mid-May. If we can believe any future predictions for our weather, June/July/August and September will be in the 70's and low 80's . . . perfect weather for our neighborhood. It should be fabulous! Be sure to plan to escape to Wickwood soon.

"The world is full of people who have, ever since childhood, met an open doorway with an open mind." --- E.B. White

All to say that the town is beginning to bustle early this year with people packing Pennyroyal for creative and splendiferous dinners (and all day long); Guardian Brewery and their terrific food pleasing all; high anticipation for the SCA's March Film Festival; the new Modales Tasting Room is busy; and there's painting and building going on at Isabels, the new International Food Marketplace opening very soon.

"If baking is any labor at all, it's a labor of love. A love that gets passed from generation to generation.' --- Regina Brett

The only word to describe them is "heavenly".

I'll never forget the day that Barry and Susan Wine (later to open the NYT 4 star Quilted Giraffe in NYC) bounded into our very humble Silver Palate kitchen in 1978 with a tray of melt-in-your-mouth Pecan Squares fresh from their home kitchen in New Paltz, NY. The sweet and tender pecan squares stopped us in our tracks!

So we stopped everything we were doing and began trial and error testing for our own recipe. Those were the days when recipes were secrets and the thought of asking The Wines for their’s never occurred to us. Believe me, it was not an easy nut to crack (no pun intended). We had days on end of butter, sugar and toasted nut aromas tantalizing us until we finally nailed the taste we wanted. Silver Palate Pecan Squares became part of our Repertoire, Cookbook and my own cooking for WIckwood forever more. I don’t think The Wines have ever been given proper credit along the way for inspiring us and so I thank them as I share this recipe again with you.

Eaten out of hand or slightly warmed and topped with something cool and vanilla . . . gelato, whipped cream, crème fraiche . . . they are simply magnificent and make as grand a finale to any meal as you would like.

• Butter, for greasing the pan
• 2/3 cup confectioners' sugar
• 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
• 1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature

• 2/3 cup (approximately 11 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted
• 1/2 cup honey
• 3 tablespoons heavy cream
• 1/2 cup light brown sugar
• 3 1/2 cups shelled pecans, coarsely chopped

1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Grease a 9 x 12-inch baking pan.
2. Make the crust: Sift the sugar and flour together. Cut in the butter, using two knives or a pastry blender, until fine crumbs form. Pat the crust into the prepared baking pan Bake until golden brown, 20 minutes; remove from the oven. Leave the oven on.
3. Prepare the topping: Mix the melted butter, honey, cream, and brown sugar together. Stir in the pecans, coating them thoroughly. Spread over the crust.
4. Return the pan to the oven and bake for 25 minutes more. Cool completely before cutting into squares.

36 squares

"Cooking creates a sense of well being for yourself and the people you love and brings beauty and meaning to everyday life." --- Alice Waters

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"We should all do what, in the long run, gives us joy, even if it's only picking grapes or sorting laundry."  --- E.B.White

"Change your thoughts and you change the world." --- Norman Vincent Peale

"Nobody can discover the world for somebody else. Only when we discover it for ourselves does it become common ground and a common bond and we cease to be alone."
--- Wendell Berry

"Hugs were invented to let people know you love them without saying a word."
                                                                                              --- Bill Keane





The Reminders - Feb 28

Cowboy Junkies - Mar 7

Small Glories - April 18


The Capitol Steps - Jul 6

Paula Poundstone - Jul 23


Jason Stoll - Feb 23

Bob Milne - Mar 8

Maxim Lando - Apr 26


Mountainfilm on Tour
March 18 - 28


Thru March 7

"Autumn, the year's last, loveliest smile." --- William Cullen Bryant

Live Music
Every Saturday & Monday



Disney On Ice Presents Celebrate Memories! - Feb 27 to Mar 1

LaughFest Presents Jim Gaffigan
March 5

Lauren Daigle World Tour
March 12

Monster Jam Triple Threat Series
March 20 - 22

Dan + Shay The (Arena) Tour
March 26

An Evening With Michael Bublé
March 31


Great Performance Series
February 22 - Los Angeles Theatre Works in "Seven"
March 27 - Spanish Brass


800 Lake St., Saugatuck
Native American Art & Jewelry



Feb - 23 The GoRounds
Mar 1 - Michael Beauchamp &
                Kaitlin Rose
Mar 8 -Steel City Rovers
Mar 22 - Elizabeth Landry Trio
Mar 29 - Carrie McPherrin, Josh Rose,
                  Cole Hanson


Borrowed Time
22 East Center Street


2170 62nd Street, Fennville



Waypost Brewing Co.
1630 Blue Star Hwy

Feb 29 - In The Blue - Jazz At Waypost



Winemaker's Dinners
February 14 & March 21
Vino-Tine’s February 14 & 15
New Release Wine & Food Pairings April 18/19 & 25/26

"I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than to be crowded on a velvet cushion."
                             --- Thoreau


Saugatuck Brewing Company

Brewery Tours Every Saturday at 2 PM


Saugatuck and Douglas Galleries

Dawn Stafford's Peachbelt Studio & Gallery
Corner of M-89 & 63rd St., Fennville

James Brandess
Studios & Gallery
238 Butler St., Saugatuck

Armstrong-De Graaf International Fine Art
403 Water St. on Main, Saugatuck

Water Street Gallery
98 Center Street, Douglas

Amazwi Contemporary Art
249 Culver St., Saugatuck

Good Goods
106 Mason Street, Saugatuck


"Fall is when everything bursts with its last beauty as if nature had been saving up all year for one grand finale!"
          --- Lauren DeStefano

Private Tasting at The Petter Wine Gallery 161 Blue Star Hwy., Douglas

Expand your knowledge by scheduling your own private time with the Somm who will focus on your favorite varietal or region and broaden your horizons.

Antiques Abound right on our doorstep

• Anderson Antiques in Fennville
• Blue Star Antique Pavilion
• Olde House Antiques



DeVos Performance Hall

Grand Rapids Symphony
Presents Harry Potter and the
Half-Blood Prince - February 21

Grand Rapids Symphony
Presents Symphony with Soul
February 29

Grand Rapids Symphony
Presents Beethoven's Pastoral
March 6

LaughFest Presents Russell Peters
March 8

Broadway Grand Rapids Presents Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - March 10

The Price Is Right Live!
March 17

MasterChef Junior Live
March 18

Grand Rapids Symphony Presents UP - The Movie With Orchestra
March 20

GR Symphony Presents
Beethoven Celebration
The Five Piano Concertos
March 27



Who am I? A Butterfly Ballet
Feb 28 - Mar 1

Rebecca Louise Law Exhibit
The Womb - Thru Mar 20

Winter Wonderland Activities

Cross Country Skiing
and Snow Shoeing

Saugatuck Dunes State Park
Saugatuck Harbor Natural Area
Outdoor Discovery Center
Kal-Haven Trail
Pigeon Creek Park
Allegan State Game Area
Country Hills and Dales

Old Fashioned
Sleigh Rides

Wild West & Bittersweet Acres

Woods and Country Trail Walks - All around our Villages



Bowdie's Chophouse
The Southerner
Everyday People’s Café
Salt of The Earth
The Black Sheep
Hawk’s Head
Saugatuck Brewery
The What Not Inn
The Butler
The BARge
Coast 236
Phil's Bar and Grill
Lucy's Little Kitchen
Ida Red's


Wyncroft Winery
Fenn Valley Winery
Virtue Ciderie
Petter Wine Gallery
Crane's Cider Mill
Tabor Hill Winery
McIntosh Winery
Clogdal Winery
Big Lake Brewery
Coppercraft Distillery
Saugatuck Brewing
New Holland Brewery
Fireside Brewing
Macatawa Ale
Our Brewing Company
Great Legs Winery & Distillery
Brewery 4 Two


 Relax at Wickwood's Spa

Swedish Massage
Hot Stone Massage
Couples Massages
Deep Tissue/
European Facials
Anti-Aging Facia


Now just across the street
from Wickwood Inn

Staying Fit in Saugatuck

It’s easy here. We have miles of beaches to walk, trails to cycle, streams and rivers, and one Big Lake, to canoe, kayak, and surf, and paths and woods to walk. We also are lucky to have the Satya Yoga Center which is dedicated to our best selves with yoga, Pilates, meditation, martial arts, dance and even Boot Camp. There are classes, personal training, and workshops for all.


Lakeshore Pilates is committed to upholding the highest standards of Joseph Pilates with Group Reformer & Mat classes and personal training. Lakeshore Pilates takes Pilates seriously training men and women of all ages. Visitors welcome.

Pumphouse Gym

The Pump House Gym is everyone’s favorite for hitting the Cardio Mezzanine with Elliptical Bikes and Treadmills, free weights and Magnum weight and strength training equipment. Classes, day rates, personal training, it’s all here seven days a week. Walk-ins welcome.


Local Michigan Wineries


"In the Spring at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt."
--- Margaret Atwood


Blue Coast Artists

Lattner Studio
Lattner Studio

Blue Star Pottery
Blue Star Pottery

Khnemu Studio LLC
Khnemu Studio LLC

Blue Roan Studio
Blue Roan Studio

Lake Effect Pottery
Lake Effect Pottery

Blue Star Studio of Wood and Glass LLC
Blue Star Studio of
 Wood & Glass LLC



Button Gallery



"The future is in the hands of those who explore for they develop for nature and for humankind an infinite love." --- Jacques Yves Cousteau


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everyday of the year!


Wickwood in winter

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The Wickwood Inn
510 Butler Street • Saugatuck, Michigan 49453-1019