How To Plan A Saugatuck Holiday Getaway
A Saugatuck Holiday Getaway Just For You
Come and enjoy a Saugatuck holiday getaway that’s fun, festive, relaxing, and efficient. That’s right. All things are possible during your time at Wickwood Inn in downtown Saugatuck. November and December make for an ideal time to visit Saugatuck. There’s festivity in the air, everywhere. You truly will enjoy the best of all worlds, and here’s how.
Celebrate The Perfect Holiday Getaway Stay At Wickwood
A stay at Wickwood Inn’s bed and breakfast means you are well taken care of from the moment you arrive. Simply drive in to our complimentary off-street parking and take a big breath. Time is now yours. Once inside the Inn, you’ll be greeted with stunning holiday decorations and a roaring fireplace. As always, we have fresh flowers, fine art and a little sweet something emerging fresh from our kitchen. Plu, there’s a holiday jingle in the air. Wickwood’s Festival of Trees emanates celebration!
“Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle!”
Holiday Shop A Little, Or A Lot
If you came to stay at Wickwood Inn with a gift list in tow, you are in the best place. Our villages are lined with small, owner operated businesses. That means everything inside the stores is uniquely curated and has a story behind it. Nothing big-box or generic happening here. Shop for your art-loving friend at Jeff Blandford’s pottery & glass studio. Or, discover Marcia Perry’s ARK gallery filled with carved wood wonders large and small. Maybe visit Jim Brandess and schedule the sittings for a portrait for your favorite guy after the holidays. Wander into Good Goods, always filled with artisan treasures. Find jewelry to photography, glass tables, clothing, purses, fine art, and the full line of STIX furniture. Plus, there’s Upscale Mercantile where you might find carefully selected vintage pieces from cool furniture to planters or pedestals. And don’t miss Kindel & C0 with its curated home accessories and their new Christmas Shop.
“What I like about the Holidays is you can make people forget the past with the present.”
~ Don Marquis
Discover Art Galleries & Holiday Markets
This is the holiday getaway where you finally experience Saugatuck’s special Art Exhibitions and Holiday Pop Up Markets. Grab a pint and immerse yourself in the power and motion of Theresa Gray’s paintings at Waypost Brewing. Enjoy wine while you shop at Holly Days at Everyday People Cafe in December. Be SURE and collect a few jars of Dona’s famous homemade hot honey mustard, Mikey’s hot sauce and curry noodles. Enjoy Jessica’s fanciful wirework and handmade jewelry. Do not miss Sue’s upcycled cashmere accessories. These ponchos, scarves, wristers, hats, leg warmers and more are the best! Try your luck at HoliDart at Water Street Gallery. Explore the savings at Button Gallery’s Holiday Sale. Pop in to the SCA and tour the nationally renowned art exhibitions. Take a snow-free stroll through downtown Holland. Then, visit Holland Kerstmarkt, where local artisan talent shines.
Do You Hear The Choir Sing?
Of course, your holiday getaway is not complete without the cheer of live music and theater. This year, our own Lakeshore Community Chorus features holiday music from around the world. Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is live at the Women’s Club. Frederick Meijer Gardens in nearby Grand Rapids hosts the Original Dickens Carolers and a Christmas Cabaret. Of course, there’s live music all around the Saugatuck area: Saugatuck Brewing, Little Lucy’s, Salt Of The Earth just to name a few. See Harry Connick Jr., The Nutcracker, or Sesame Street Live at the DeVos Performance Hall in Grand Rapids. Watch Rear Window, The Shop Around the Corner, or It’s A Wonderful Life at the Knickerbocker Theater in Holland.
Stay Fit During Your Holiday Getaway
While you’re in town, there’s no reason you can’t stay fit. Take a yoga class right across the street at welcoming local downtown Saugatuck studio, Satya. Head to Snap Fitness or Blue Star Community Gym. Get outdoors and walk Oval Beach, climb Mt. Baldhead or hike the trails at the Saugatuck Dunes State Park. Experience some cross country skiing and snow shoeing through our towering dunes and stunning woods.
“Happiness is . . . making the first tracks on fresh snow.”
~ Jean-Claude Killy
A Taste Of The Holidays
Our favorite topic any time of year at Wickwood is .. food and beverages! Take part in the rotating Regional Dinners at the Mermaid. Your holiday getaway isn’t complete without a delicious cozy Loft Dinner at Borrowed Time. Grab a glass of joy at the Noveau Fest or Sip & Shop at Fenn Valley. Sit by one of many roaring bonfires and sip a pint of European style cider at Virtue. And don’t miss their Holiday Buzz Market on December 1. Enjoy special menu items at restaurants all over town: Bowdies, The Southerner, Phil’s, Wally’s, Clearbrook, Ida Red’s, The Butler, and many more. Linger for Happy Hour at Everyday People Cafe, Borrowed Time, or Little Lucy’s. Grab a pint of local goodness at Saugatuck Brewing or a steaming cup of caffeine at Uncommon Grounds. Taste your way through everything at Fenn Valley Vineyards. And, that’s just the start!
A Taste Of The Holidays…At Wickwood
Of course, during your holiday getaway to Wickwood Inn, our holiday joy turns into even more love. Wait until you see what’s emerging from our kitchen. In fact, here are 3 of our favorite mousse recipes just for you. But why not leave the cooking to us? Your stay includes complimentary Farm To Table Breakfast, Sips & Small Plates Evening Hour, and Sweets & Treats throughout the stay. Plus, experience our wondrous plates of Holiday Cookies: Pecan Squares, Toffee Bars, Spicy Chocolate Wafers, Butterballs, Chocolate Chippers, Dark Chocolate Bites, Vanilla Sables, Raspberry Shortbread Bars, Almond Bark, and Chocolate Jumbles. At Sips & Small Plates Hour At Six, try the Curried Squash with Mango Chutney & Roquefort Crostini, Shrimp & Crab Atop Crostini, Spinach Pies, Three Cheese Gougères, Cheddar Olives, Artisanal Cheese Board with Spiced Cranberry Chutney, and Ginger or Spiced Elderberry Wine.
“Nothing says the holidays, like a cheese ball.”
~ Ellen DeGeneres
And So Much More!
Don’t miss the Saugatuck Christmas Parade or the Tree Lighting Ceremony. And, there’s the visit from Santa, Winterfest at the Felt Mansion and the New Year’s Eve fireworks. Like we said at the beginning, there’s festivity in the air, and holiday lights everywhere!
Take some time and truly celebrate this holiday season. Either before all the family or after the hoopla. There’s lots here that put you in the spirit of the season. Festivities happen from mid-November through January 6. Gift yourself a getaway to Wickwood Inn in Saugatuck this year!