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The Six Seasons of Saugatuck

Winter Wonderland

Early Spring




Indian Summer


"The country habit has me by the heart." ---Vita Sackerville West

Saugatuck is a perfect place to pause from the hustle of our busy world. It's the little town that time forgot. A perfect place to just relax and reconnect. Of course shopping, sightseeing, perusing the many art galleries or tasting our local fare at more than thirty restaurants can envelop all of your time. But we're also surrounded by water and there are an abundance of opportunities to relax with Nature ... fishing, sailing, swimming, surfing, kayaking, biking, running, tennis and golf. There is Theater, Concerts, Films,  Chamber Music Festivals, Art Shows, and restaurants filled with live music. We hear time and again that there is simply never enough time to do it all.

Winter Wonderland


"Winter is for good food and talk beside the fire in this magical snow globe world."
                                                                                                --- George R. R. Martin

The season of our White Winter Wonderland and crystal clear nights with ickety billion stars. A season of cross country skiing, snow sculptures, skating and sliding down dunes on old cardboard boxes . Huge snowflakes blanket from lake effect snow as we scurry from a Wine Tasting at The Petter Wine Gallery to Virtue Cider to dancing the night away at the Salt of the Earth over Valentine’s Weekend. Romance is in the air and it’s contagious. Cozy gooey Panini’s, bread pudding, warm homemade Sticky Buns and oozing Caramelized Onion Dip warm the cockles of our hearts after the always wonderful Fat Tuesday Parade. There’s the smell of pine, art gallery stroll, Keb’Mo at the SCA, reading by the fireside, lingering massages, seed catalogues, hot chocolate, warm Popovers and talking uninterrupted over Lemoncello late into the night.

Early Spring



"Spring sprang suddenly onto the land."   --- Jean Giano

Surprise and anticipation is everywhere with the mischief of April Fool's Day, ice melting on the Big Lake, boats out fishing for perch, smelt, salmon, the first crocus poking through the last snowfall. We love that it’s lighter later, the robins are back, wild asparagus appears in our Frittatas, sautéed morels from the shadows appear on crostini, an daffodils begin to dance across spring green lawns as young leaves start to unfurl. Then one day Spring pops and Saugatuck 's skies become a fairyland with flowering apple, pear, crabapple, peach, cherry, dogwood and lilac trees greeting The Easter Parade. They can make us giddy for weeks . . . til romance is everywhere. Masses of tulips of every hue engulf Holland and stores are getting their Spring sprucing up. Warm breezes carry The Sounds of Saugatuck so that jazz in the air leaves a light hearted optimism behind.




"Spring is when you feel like whistling."      --- Doug Larsen

Here comes the sun with warm sweet strawberries atop shortcake greeting Wickwood's guests at breakfast after their first beach walk of the season. It a time when you want to skip down cobblestones, see a Judy Collins Concert at the SCA, go antiquing, or sprint through the Town Crier Race. Shops and galleries are sprucing up outside, planting flowers and stocking to the gills inside. Enjoy Art Dart and The Red Barn films prepare us for a leisurely couples massage before dinner at Butch’s. The season’s first Farmer’s Market le’s us stock up on herb and vegetable plants for a head start to the growing season. Head for those days outdoors morning bicycling followed by a picnic at the beach and then eighteen holes of gold at The Ravines. The next day a long sail with a warm breeze makes the world glorious. Immerse yourself in our galleries, shops and spa treatments and feel reconnected and rejuvenated.




"Summer - sun drenched days and starlit nights."   --- Mama Cass Elliot

It's the season when there's no better place to be than in our small village on Lake Michigan . . . the sand sings under warm summer breezes and dips in the cool lake refresh. There are Berry Crisps, Heirloom tomatoes and pesto, young sweet corn fresh from The Farmer's Market on every daily menu at Wickwood. Sitting on our back porch with minty iced tea or a glass of Sangria while you leisurely savor the solitude of a summer afternoon is heaven. It's the season of beach picnics, all day sails, Parades and Fireworks, Mason Street Warehouse Summer Stock, The Chamber Music Festival, art shows and artists doing demonstrations in the galleries or at their studios. There's time for fishing, kayaking, rides on the chain ferry to Oval beach, bluegrass and folk at Salt of the Earth . . . just another lazy summer to savor where the living is easy.

Indian Summer



"Just tickle Earth with a hoe and she laughs with a harvest." ---Douglas Jerrold Indian

Summer invigorates. Cinnamon mornings and beachwalks along a still warm Lake Michigan evolve into lazy afternoons of shopping, cider, beer and wine tastings, antiquing, and gallery openings drift into electric evenings where music fills the crisp clear air. Wickwood bursts with the flavors of the local markets . . . heirloom tomatoes, squashes, smoky cheeses, mushrooms, corn pudding with spiced maple syrup, Honey Crisp apple bread pudding with vanilla sauce, pears, figs and prosciutto . . . comforting foods around the Inn's fireplaces. All season long there's a Corn Maze, Hay Rides, Apple Orchards for picking, Artist Studio Tours and demonstrations, Gallery Strolls, Goose Festival, Octoberfest, Chili Cookoff, Halloween Festival and Parades and concerts, and music galore.




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

From mid-November through the New Year Saugatuck sparkles with the spirit of an old fashioned Christmas. The spirit is contagious. Snowflakes twinkle the streets and our 75 foot Christmas tree glows as it floats in our harbor. The streets bustle as buggy rides transport shoppers, Dickens' Christmas Carol players entertain . There's a festive air as all of our unique shops brim with artisan crafted gifts, restaurants have special menus. Wickwood is decked out for the season with Christmas Trees loaded with ornaments from around the world in every room and traditional Holiday tastes titillate with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, chocolate and oranges in the air. Fireworks over Lake Kalamzoo greet the New Year at midnight.


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