Perfect Three Day Winter Getaway

The time is right to plan your trip to Saugatuck. A cold-month sojourn to the picturesque town means you get to embrace its charming streets, glorious trails, and thriving arts scene without the madding crowds of summer. Here, a proposed itinerary for your getaway: a delightful mix of relaxation and adventure—with the Wickwood as your home base, of course.

Getaway Day: 1

After a sustaining New American breakfast at the Wickwood, the moment you step out the door you’re in downtown Saugatuck’s charming shopping haven. Nestled along tree-lined streets perfect for leisurely strolls, boutique storefronts and eclectic stores showcase a diverse array of treasures, from locally crafted art and jewelry to upscale fashion and home decor.

From there, your winter adventure starts with a stop to rent snowshoes at Landsharks. The locally owned shop’s knowledgeable staff ensures a seamless experience for both beginners and seasoned outdoorsy types to explore the serene landscapes surrounding Saugatuck, from snow-covered trails to scenic vistas.

Return to the Wickwood Inn where we can arrange for a deep-tissue massage to soothe your aching muscles. Book a three-day stay, and your massage will be included in the price of select rooms.

For dinner, make reservations at Everyday People Cafe, a charming standout in neighboring Douglas. The inviting atmosphere and creative menu—think braised lamb shank with leek-chive mashed potatoes and pickled fennel—make it the perfect spot for a memorable repast.

“To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake it is necessary to stand out in the cold.”

~ Aristotle

Getaway Day: 2

Get your blood pumping by embarking on a hiking journey at Saugatuck Dunes State Park. The trails wind through rolling sand dunes, creating a dynamic terrain that challenges and rewards in equal measure. With each ascent, panoramic views of Lake Michigan unfold, periodically enhanced by the rhythmic sound of waves accompanying the trek.

Afterward, stop in at Wick’s Cottage or Wick’sPark Bar & Grille, a beloved local gem with a rustic charm and friendly ambiance: an ideal setting to unwind over a burger and a craft beer or glass of wine.

Find your own personal Zen with a sound bath at Satya Yoga, just across the street from the Wickwood. Harmonic frequencies and soothing vibrations—paired with the studio’s serene ambiance—will guide you into a rejuvenating state of deep relaxation.

Dinner at the tiny, casual-cool Borrowed Time means chef-driven small plates made with local, seasonal ingredients. Split a chef’s charcuterie board, deviled eggs, or a brie tarte with your dinner mates over smartly made craft cocktails and feel the warmth of a restaurant oozing with confidence.

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”

~ John Steinbeck

Getaway Day: 3

Breakfast at the cozy Pennyroyal Café and Provisions involves a menu of locally sourced delights, artisanal pastries, and savory brunch classics. In the hands of James Beard-trained chef Melissa Corey, even the humble Dutch baby soufflé pancake with powdered sugar and real Michigan maple syrup becomes a showstopper.

Immerse yourself in the glory of the Art Coast by taking a gallery stroll through Saugatuck. The town’s artistic spirit unfolds like a vibrant canvas in eclectic galleries such as James Brandess, J. Petter, and Amazwi Contemporary Art, each showcasing a kaleidoscope of paintings, sculptures, and striking mixed-media works. While you’re basking in creativity, take it a step further a register for an art class at the legendary Ox-Bow School of Art.

Stop for a mid-afternoon sandwich at the Farmhouse Deli & Pantry, Christine Ferris’s wonderful roadside destination. It’s worth the trip just for a shot at the Belly Buster, six ounces of local pork that’s been smoked four hours over cherry wood, slow roasted, pulled, dressed with house-made barbeque sauce, a nestled into a toasted ciabatta roll with slaw and sweet hottie pickle chips.

Reserve Your Winter Getaway!

Come and experience the wonders of a romantic winter stay in West Michigan. Join us for a romantic winter getaway at Wickwood Inn! We have plenty of great ideas for you to enjoy Saugatuck in all its glorious seasons.