Saugatuck’s Ultimate Summer Foodie Vacation Guide

Posted on: June 30, 2021   |   Posted in: Food & Drink, Things To Do In Saugatuck

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downtown shopping district buildings and outdoor sculptures


Southerner Restaurant interior with round caneback chairs and blue glassware surrounded by big windows with views of the river


Fruit Bowls, Fritattas and Bundt Cakes on Breakfast Buffet


Buffet of various small plate appetizers, cheeses and charcuterie on a table with candles and flowers

A Summer Foodie Vacation Is The Best Vacation

A summer foodie vacation is just the ticket!  Remember your last summer getaway? A major part of any vacation is the food we experience. We all agree about that! Whether it is great or terrible, you remember the food. When you come to Wickwood Inn in Saugatuck, Michigan, the summer foodie in you is satisfied and delighted! We savor every detail and our menu changes with the seasons. Not only do we glory in good food at Wickwood, our community serves up the best local freshness with a side of amazing hospitality! Let us help you find the best food in Saugatuck this summer!


Before you even step out of Wickwood’s door for the short walk downtown for dinner, you must taste our fresh cookies.  Your summer foodie vacation begins with our love of food at Wickwood Inn. From the sweets that greet you in the lobby upon arrival, to the daily 3-course farm-to-table breakfast, we satisfy our food loving guests! Every night at 6pm we gather for Sips & Small Plates over mouth-watering appetizers and wine. It’s kind of the Wickwood way of doing happy hour! Taste our Yellow and Red Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta with Burratta and the charcuterie trays of local meats and cheeses.  Food lovers gather and become friends over food at the Inn. The passion of Julee Rosso, Award Winning Cookbook Author, The Silver Palate is on display in every taste of Wickwood Inn food. Just one mouthful gets you ordering a cookbook.


Enjoy Summer Menus In Saugatuck At Restaurant Week

As the summer foodie in you makes its way around our community, your mouth will water at every turn. From our pubs, restaurants, wineries and bistros, the chefs and business owners love to work with local farmers and make the most of our bounty of locally grown food!

To kick off your ultimate summer foodie guide is Restaurant Week in Saugatuck happening June 2-9. As a part of our month-long Saugatuck Expo, participating local restaurants in Saugatuck and Douglas are going above and beyond in their menus and community-wide specials ranging from $10-30. Experience the creativity and passion of our local chefs during this first week of June!


The Best Summer Foodie Restaurants & Cafes In Saugatuck

Ida Red’s Cottage, an easy 3-minute stroll from Wickwood Inn, serves delicious breakfast and lunch. Be sure to try the freshly squeezed orange juice! Read our entire review of this lovely local restaurant here.

If you’re looking for a dinner date night out, pop down to Bowdie’s Chophouse for the best steak in town! Enjoy a dinner view by the river with the best fried chicken at The Southerner. To enjoy live music every weekend this summer, in a friendly atmosphere that believes bacon makes everything better, pop into Borrowed Time in Saugatuck! For casual cocktails with your dinner, make a reservation at Everyday People’s Café or pop in for their daily specials and happy hour. You will leave this café feeling like you made a friend! We also love the broasted chicken or fresh seafood at Phil’s Bar and Grille, a real favorite! And fortunately, they are within an easy walking distance from Wickwood!

To find more summer foodie café style destinations, we love the fish and chips at Blue Star Cafe.  Or book some bowling lanes and grab a light lunch at Alley’sVicky’s is a delightful café that we love to recommend for their stuffed French toast, any time of day!


Saugatuck Breweries, Cideries & Wineries With Great Food

 Many of our cideries and breweries offer sides, samplings or pub-style food.Virtue Cider is always bustling with summer events to learn about the orchards and cidermaking. After a tour and tasting some Saturday at Saugatuck Brewing Companyenjoy a sampling in their Barrel Room before you bite down on a Southwestern Club in their pub. Soft pretzels and a craft beer at Guardian Brewing will remind you why carbs are so satisfying! And if you’re still on the hunt for the perfect pizza, The Mitten Brewing Co will make it worth the selfie as they rotate their specials weekly.

For the perfect summer mix of nature and food, mark your calendar for Fenn Valley Vineyards Summer Evening Cook-Outs on select weekends this summer. They provide the live music, appetizers and wine, meat and dessert, and all you do is grill it up with the perfect set atmosphere!


Great Saugatuck Delicatessens, Artisanal Foods & Farms 

A summer foodie experience is not perfect without devouring the freshest local food around.  Start with a café that offers seasonal locally sourced cuisine in an intimate atmosphere.  That is Penny Royal Provisions.  Their owners are an award-winning chef, a pastry chef and….a farmer!

Summertime is a season for joy on the go! And when we are on the go, we all wish that we could have something healthy and fresh, don’t we? Before you head out for the day, drop into the Farmhouse Deli, the best deli in West Michigan, for an organic coffee and a ham and swiss wrap and be on your way!

Evergreen Lane Farm & Creamery makes for a fun summer’s day trip to visit goat and get some farm-fresh artisan cheese. To pick out your own fresh in-season produce this summer, plan to visit some of our local farms. Our growers have long-standing traditions that have established them as sustainable and generational farmers. We love to visit Crane Orchards for fresh apples, cherries, peaches and pumpkins! Can you say pie anyone?  For fresh blueberries, plan to go to Pleasant Hill Farm or Blue Star Farms.


Satisfy the summer foodie in you with the best food in Saugatuck! It all starts at Wickwood Inn’s front door and will follow you through your entire visit! Call us 1.800.385.1174 today and get your summer foodie vacation started!

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