Julee & Bill

“If you’re not where you want to be, doing what you love, you’re wasting time.”

~ Billy Joel


My husband Bill and I learned long ago that one of the keys to life is to follow your passion and call it work. We’ve enjoyed that resolve ever since we’ve owned Wickwood. It works! It makes each and everyday exciting. That, coupled with our guests’ appreciation of our efforts, reinvigorates us, and our very incredible staff, everyday. Everyone’s enthusiasm is simply contagious.

Wills and I are a bit like the odd couple, but it, too, works! He is a long-time resident of Saugatuck who knows everything and everyone in our town, and all of the best golf greens. I grew up in Kalamazoo and often spent Summers in Saugatuck. Next, I spent twenty-five years in New York City where I co-founded The Silver Palate gourmet take-out shop and authored five cookbooks.

I think my experience in the food world has brought an added dimension to Wickwood. I simply want to share my love of good food and wine and make it a part of our guests every day experience.



It’s Bill who keeps everything working at the Inn. He is a most congenial host and makes us all laugh with his wit many times a day.

The amazing staff keeps it all going. (If we’re honest, they often keep US going, too!) All of us at Wickwood share a love of good food and wine. We believe that life’s way too short not to have fun be a part of every single day, especially when we live in this very special corner of the world! It makes life pretty spectacular.

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We all look forward to seeing you soon!


“No trumpets sound when the important decisions of our life are made. Destiny arrives silently.”

~ Agnes de Mille