10 Things You Absolutely Must Do In Saugatuck This Spring
Posted on: April 27, 2017 | Posted in: Getaways
“It’s Spring Fever.
When you’ve got it, you want it.
It just fairly makes your heart ache,
you want it so!”
~ Mark Twain
“One of the secrets to a happy life
is continuous small treats.”
~ Iris Murdock
Saugatuck is buzzing with Spring Fever, and a Spring getaway to Wickwood Inn is certainly one that is full of continuous small treats!
Everyday a new flower bursts into bloom, a different songbird sings its tune, and a fresh ingredient arrives in our kitchen. There is new life everywhere! Including: 3 new restaurants, an awesome new bakery, new menu items all over town, inspiring art exhibitions, new music groups and concerts … there’s activity and excitement everywhere!
To help guide and inspire, we’ve created a list of 10 things you must see and do during your Saugatuck Spring Getaway.
We’re receiving unusually high bookings for this time of year, so reserve your guest room or suite at Wickwood today!
1. Explore The Art & Landscape With The Artz & Gardenz Tour, May 13 & 14
See behind the scenes in working artist’s studios and be the first to choose from their newest creations! All studios are within easy driving distance of one another; this is the perfect spring tour where you’re sure to find beauty and inspiration all along the way!
2. See The Sunset Picnic at Oval Beach or Saugatuck Dunes State Park
It doesn’t matter if you choose to drive, bike, walk, or arrive by boat, canoe, kayak or stand up paddleboard, you’ll want the perfect picnic for your Lake Michigan sunset. Try the Kale Caesar Salad or the Seven Super Foods from Farmhouse Pantry to get things started, or leave the contents of your basket up to the amazing folks at Grow when you order a picnic for two.
Need the perfect bottle of wine to round things out? Mike at Wine Sellers and Juli at J. Petter have just what you’re looking for.
3. Spend the day on the water, at the beach, or on a charter fishing trip
We believe that the B.E.A.C.H. really is the Best Escape Anyone Can Have … and Saugatuck’s Oval Beach is award winning for a reason! There’s no better playground than an expansive beach and miles of freshwater. Any opportunity to get out on the Big Lake is always a thrill: Want to catch some fish? Try your chances with Best Chance Too or Saugatuck Fishing Charters. Or, sail away with Captain Mort of Sweetwater Sailing Charters.
4. Take a class, see a film, enjoy a concert or a show at the SCA
Anything and everything happening at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts is THE hot ticket in town! Register for the “Springtime in Paris” culinary class or the Mixed Media Intensive workshop. See an award winning documentary film, take in an Intriguing Conversation, celebrate the return of the Farmers Market, or attend an exhibition opening.
5. Tour the Breweries, Wineries & Cideries
We understand that all this activity and fun in town might make a person thirsty. Take a tour or brew your own batch of beer at Saugatuck Brewing. Tour and taste at Fenn Valley Winery and Crane’s Orchards. See the chickens and pigs at Virtue Farm before trying a flight of cider in the bottle shop. Or, tour and taste the latest creations at New Holland Brewing & Distillery.
6. Immerse Yourself In The Local Music Scene
As the days grow longer, the sounds of music begin to fill the air. Try Salt of the Earth, The Felt Mansion, The What Not Inn, and the Saugatuck Brewery to hear the freshest sounds around … and don’t forget your dancing shoes!
7. Get Your Gourmet Fix With A Special Spring Foodie Event
If there’s a sure sign of Spring for foodies, it’s the first taste of local morel mushrooms. Don’t miss the Morel Dinner at The Southerner on May 18th! There’s also the Chef’s Tasting Dinners at Borrowed Time and Restaurant Week featuring special menu items from more than 20 area restaurants June 19 – 23.
8. Lose Track Of Time Antiquing
This area is full of treasure! Spend a day hunting for yours at Bird Cage Antiques, Upscale Mercantile, Saugatuck Antique Pavilion, the Allegan Antiques Show, Swell Times, The Country Store, Olde Farm House, Anderson’s School House, Willow Bend Antiques, Cottage Rose Antiques, and Lakeshore Antiques. With this many options, you’re sure to find just what you’re looking for!
9. Relax, Renew & Revitalize
Spend a morning relaxing and refreshing with a Yoga class at Satya Yoga, pamper yourself at the L Salon and Redefine Med Spa, melt your worries away with a massage at Wickwood, Rogue, or Peace Now, and finish things off with a facial at the Waterfront Day Spa.
10. Get Out & Gallery Hop
Be inspired when you visit Button Gallery, Thistle, J. Petter, Water Street, DeGraff, Mixed Media, Good Goods, VolMod, Amazwi, Roan & Black, Brandess, and all the other galleries and studios around!