Reviews-Saugatuck Michigan Bed and Breakfast

Michigan Living June 1999

Sherwood Forerst Bed and Breakfast
Douglas, Michigan

The Saugatuck/Douglas area has so many wonderful bed- and-breakfasts that it has earned the nickname “The Bed-and-Breakfast Capital of the Midwest.” One of the friendliest is Sherwood Forest, just a half block from Lake Michigan and surrounded by woods.

Owned by Chicago expatriates Keith and Susan Charak. the Queen Anne-style home was built for a local pastor, who lived in it until 1958. Today, guests enjoy the wide wraparound porch, hardwood floors and leaded glass windows, as well as Susan’s blueberry coffee cake, cinnamon-orange French toast and potato quiche, served in the lace-trimmed dining room or on the spacious from porch.

It’s an easy walk or bike ride lo the beach and a short drive into Saugatuck or to the nearby wooded dunes, which are full of great hiking paths. If you’re looking to extend that natural feel, consider requesting the inn’s Treetops Room, lined with murals that make you feel as if you’re sleeping in a treehouse. It’s one of five creatively decorated rooms, some of which have fireplaces and Jacuzzis. Another favorite is the Log Cabin Suite, which includes a double-sided gas fireplace - one side to warm the bedroom, the other facing a 125-gallon Jacuzzi.

Kristi Zimmeth, Senior editor