Enjoy the holiday season with us at Sherwood Forest! The area offers awesome shopping at some of the most unique stores in the Midwest, or you can enjoy a carriage ride, listen to the carolers, make snow angels, cross-country ski, or just curl up with a good book in front of one of our fireplaces. So join us soon for some R&R and holiday spirit—and we wish you all a fabulous holiday season!
Give the most amazing gift on the planet! Imagine receiving a gift certificate from Sherwood Forest B&B--after the recipient jumps up and down and hugs that special someone, he or she will rush to the phone to book a room at Sherwood Forest (just gotta have that fireplace/Jacuzzi suite). Call 800-838-1246.
Holiday Shopping Special
We’ve teamed up with some select stores in Saugatuck and Douglas to bring you fantastic discounts, deals, and freebies, from hip and cool clothing to kitchen appliances, wines from far away places, spices from the Orient, body butters, antiques, and artwork. If you’re looking for that great holiday gift or just want to splurge on yourself this season, all you need to do is book a night or two and then go exploring at these distinctive shops. For more info, give us a call at 800-838-1246.
A Culinary Getaway
We’ve designed a culinary weekend you won’t want to miss out on. Festivities kick off with martinis and risotto at a nearby restaurant--we’ll recommend a great place to eat so you don’t have to do the hit and miss thing. After a stress-free evening and gourmet breakfast, it’s off to Saugatuck and Douglas, where you’ll experience some awesome shopping, from hip and cool clothing to kitchen appliances, wines from far away places, spices from the Orient, body butters, antiques & artwork. Then it’s off to join either Chef LaPerriere or Chef Galligan in their kitchen, where you will hone your cooking skills. They will confidently guide you on a culinary journey, integrating their experiences, philosophies, and tricks-of-the-trade, leading you to a successful and rewarding experience in your own kitchen. Their passion for food, thorough explanation of techniques, and easy-going approach to learning will have you cooking like a pro in no time. Available for 2 to 10 people. For more info or to book this package, give us a call at 800-838-1246.
Melt Your Stress Away Package
Upon your arrival, you’ll find a beautiful wine and cheese basket with a bouquet of fresh flowers. During your visit you’ll each experience a soothing massage in a style suited just for you and a $30 voucher good toward a romantic dinner at a fine restaurant. Upon your departure (which we’re sure you’ll want to delay as long as possible before returning to the real world), a gift from us: a compact disc of relaxing music and an illustrated guide to massage. Price: $235 (does not include room rate). If you wish to have this awaiting your arrival, give us a call at 800-838-1246.
Sherwood Forest Cottage (pet friendly)
Looking for a quiet, relaxing place to stay? Our Cottage is perfect for that tranquil getaway or for spending time with friends or family. It sleeps up to 5 people, has a full kitchen, and is only 1/2 block from Lake Michigan and the public beach, and it’s pet friendly. For more info, call us at 800-838-1246.
Have a massage in the privacy of your room by a certified massage therapist in a style that’s just right for you. It’s 1 hour of pure relaxation...December special: $75/hour massage, so schedule some pampering soon.
Bed and Breakfast and Brewery
Looking for a weekend getaway involving brewing your own batch of beer? Sherwood Forest is offering a unique weekend package that includes a 2-night stay plus access to Saugatuck Brewing Company’s brew-on-site facilities. SBC will provide the recipes, from light to dark, with more than 70 different recipes available. They’ll also provide the ingredients and professional brewing equipment as well as the expertise to take you through the brewing process. You’ll brew at least 11 gallons of beer (sixty 22-oz. bottles). If 11 gallons of beer is more than you need, bring a friend or two and split the batch. It takes 3-4 hours to brew your batch and you return in 2 weeks to bottle and sample your beer, which takes about 2 hours, or you can have them bottle it and pick it up later (an extra $20). The cost runs from $512 to $695 depending on the time of year and the room. For more info or to book this package, give us a call at 800-838-1246.
Sherwood Forest Gourmet Dinners
Now’s the time to gather up that group of friends or family and plan a visit to Sherwood Forest B&B for one of our awesome Gourmet Dinners. From November through April, let us wine and dine you. Book the entire B&B for 2 nights or more and we’ll have such a feast catered, your taste palates won’t allow any leftovers. We’ve cornered the market on the best chefs Saugatuck and Douglas have to offer. These epicurean wizards of gastronomic delights will amaze you in what will be your own private dining room, and you’ll have the time of your life. Here are the details: dinner is $50 per person, you provide your own alcohol, and a 2-night minimum stay is required. You pick the date November through April and we’ll pick the chef. Bring your appetite and whatever you need to wet your whistle, sit down, and dinner is served. Black out dates are New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day weekends. You can see some of our past dinner menus HERE.
Here's what’s happening in and around the area:
Saugatuck Christmas Parade
Come meet Santa and Mrs. Claus in front of the Rose Garden on Mason Street at noon on December 7. Then at 1 p.m., don’t miss the Annual Christmas Parade on Butler Street—always full of lively characters! For more info, call 269-857-1701.
Join the folks at Everyday People Café for their Food and Libation Sensation on December 18.The 5-course dinner will be paired up with some fantastic wines. For more info, call 269-857-4240, or if you wish to book a room with us and enjoy the wine dinner, give us a call at 800-838-1246 and we’ll make the arrangements.
Fenn Valley Winery
Come and taste the first wine from this fall’s vintage at the annual Nouveau Fest on December 7. There will be the featured nouveau wines, hors d’oeuvres, cellar tasting/tours, and plenty of space to visit with friends and relatives over a glass of nouveau. For more info, call 269-561-2396.
On December 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., deck your halls with fresh, artful greenery and other holiday decorations during the 4th annual Winter Greenmarket at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts. Local farmers and artisans offer fresh holiday greenery from strands of garland and Christmas trees to hand-decorated swags and wreaths. For more info, call 269-857-2399.
What better way is there to help usher in the holiday season than to cut your own Christmas tree? Our friends at Baragar Pines Farm will help you choose just the right tree for the holidays, from Frasier Furs to Scotch Pines, wreaths, and potted Blue Spruces, too. They’re located at 2661 64th St. in Fennville. Call 269-857-4429 for more info.
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol will be presented December 13-15 and 20-22 at the Women’s Club in downtown Saugatuck. This classic Christmas tale, featuring Ebenezer Scrooge, various ghosts, and an assortment of lovable Londoners, is brought to life by community performers. For performance times or to purchase tickets, call 269-857-1701.
The Red Barn Radio Players
Head on over to the Red Barn Theatre and listen to the Red Barn Radio Players do their Christmas 1950s live radio show December 6-8 and 13-14 at 7:30 p.m. (December 9 at 2 p.m.). Enjoy the original Christmas radio episodes of Gunsmoke, My Friend Irma, and Father Knows Best, as well as music and vintage commercials. For more info, call 269-857-5300.
There is some awesome music being played at the What Not Inn (a neat little restaurant) every Saturday thru Monday in December. Enjoy the heartfelt show tunes sung by one of Saugatuck’s favorites, Michael Holmes, and there’s some cool jazz by vocalists Mary Rademacher and Edye Evans Hyde. Show times are 7-11 p.m. For more info, call 269-543-3341
The Salt of the Earth music series continues: December 8, Hoots and Hellmouth (roots/soul); December 15, Shrock Bros (SotE house band); December 22, Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys (bluegrass); December 29, Slim Gypsy Baggage (Michigan surfing band) December 31, Hired Hands (acoustic American); January 5, Drew Nelson (singer/songwriter); January 12, Crane Wives (Americana/folk/indie); January 19, Northern Skies (folk rock); January 26, Neil Jacobs (Gypsy, World, Balkan Folk); February 9, Red Tail Ring (Americana); and February 16, Springtails (20s-30s vocal jazz/blues); For more info, call 269-561-7258.
Holland Symphony Orchestra & Chorale
On December 14 at 3:30 and 7:30 in the Dimnent Chapel in Holland, enjoy a holiday concert with the Holland Chorale singing A Symphony of Carols with music ranging from popular carols to Puccini’s Gloria. For more info, call 616-796-6780.
Film Studies at the Red Barn
Local Douglas resident and film concept developer John Hardy will introduce each film and lead a brief discussion afterward during the Red Barn Film Studies: December 10, Duck Soup with The Marx Brothers; December 17, The Great Santini with Robert Duvall and Blythe Danner; December 24, White Christmas with Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye; and December 31, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel with Judy Dench. All screenings are at 7 p.m. For more info, call 269-857-5300.
Stop in at the SCA through January 31 for YELLOW: The Uncanny Life and Legacy of Harry Brorby. Explore the career of notable West Michigan artist Harry Brorby through this show of pieces of his striking Yellow Series. Brorby was Harvard educated and opened a studio in Holland where he painted and taught from the 1950s through 1980s. His works are in the permanent collection of the Walker Museum of Art (Minneapolis), Art Institute of Chicago, Boston Museum of Art, and Los Angeles Museum of Art. This exhibition also shares the intriguing story of how Brorby’s pieces came to the SCA--via a bequest to a local family. For more info, call 269-857-2399.
Through December 30, The Holland Museum presents From Craft to Industry: The Boat Builders of Holland, an exhibit portraying the men and women of the Holland boat industry. Through their stories of innovation, struggle, and achievement a portion of the Holland community’s industrious spirit is revealed. For more info, call 616-796-3329.
Sue’s Book of the month is Autumn Bones: Agent of Hel by Jacqueline Carey. This is the second installment of Carey's suburban fantasy series (after Dark Currents). Fathered by an incubus, raised by a mortal mother, and liaison to the Pemkowet Police Department, Daisy Johanssen pulled the community together after a summer tragedy befell the resort town she calls home (sounds like Saugatuck/Douglas?). Things are back to normal—as normal as it gets for a town famous for its supernatural tourism, and presided over by the reclusive Norse goddess Hel. Carey's ability to create a diverse, enjoyable cast of characters in a setting that feels natural to all of them carries it through. You can purchase or order this book at the Singapore Bank Bookstore in Saugatuck (269-857-3785).
Dec 5, Reel to Reel, I am Devine, SCA, Saugatuck
Dec 7, Nouveau Fest, Fenn Valley Winery
Dec 7, Sensational Saturdays, Retailers Open late
Dec 7, Bridge Lighting Ceremony, Blue Star Bridge
Dec 8, Music, Hoots and Hellmouth, Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Dec 8, Lakeshore Community Chorus, SC4A, Saugatuck
Dec 10, Movie, Duck Soup, Red Barn Theatre, Saugatuck
Dec 12, Movie, Touch of Evil, Douglas Library
Dec 13-15, Charles Dickens Christmas Carol, Women’s Club
Dec 14, Sensational Saturdays, Retailers Open late
Dec 15, Music, Schrock Bros, Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Dec 17, Movie, The Great Santini, Red Barn Theatre, Saugatuck
Dec 20-22, Charles Dickens Christmas Carol, Women’s Club
Dec 21, Sensational Saturdays, Retailers Open late
Dec 22, Music, Lindsey Lou and the Flatbellys, Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Dec 24, Movie, White Christmas, Red Barn Theatre, Saugatuck
Dec 31, Music, The Hired Hands, Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Dec 31, Movie, Best Marigold Hotel, Red Barn Theatre, Saugatuck
Dec 31, New Years Eve
Jan 5, Music, Drew Nelson, Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Jan 12, Music, Crane Wives, Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Jan 15, Fenn Valley Winery Chili Cook-off, Fennville
Jan 19, Music, Northern, Skies Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Jan 26, Music, Neil Jacobs, Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Jan 26, Sky Hempy Keyboard Series, Saugatuck Center for the Arts
Jan 30, Ismet Prcic and Benjamin Busch, Visiting Writers Series, Holland
Jan 31, Eighth Blackbird, Great Performance Series, Holland
Feb 2-3, Sales of Saugatuck and Douglas
Feb 7, Keb Mo, SCA, Saugatuck
Feb 9, Sky Hempy Keyboard Series, Saugatuck Center for the Arts
Feb 9, Music, Red Tail Ring, Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Feb 16, Music, Springtails ,Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Feb 18-19, Aquila Theatre, Great Performance Series, Holland
Feb 23, Music, Madcap Midnight Blues Journey Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Mar 1, Paul Byrom, Irish tenor, SCA, Saugatuck
Mar 2, Music, Annie and Rod Capps Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Mar 6, Brenda Hillman and Rowan Philips, Visiting Writers Series, Holland
Mar 9, Music, Shari Kane and Dave Steele Salt of the Earth Fennville
Mar 16, Music, AnDro, Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Mar 17, St. Patricks Day
Mar 23, Music, Red Sea Pedestrians Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Mar 23, Sky Hempy Keyboard Series, Saugatuck Center for the Arts
Mar 27, Cherish the ladies, Great Performance Series, Holland
Apr 6, Music, Potters Field Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Apr 17, Amy Bloom, Visiting Writers Series, Holland
Apr 21, April 21, Lord Admiral of the Douglas Navy’s Birthday
Sherwood Forest Staples
We will pamper you to your heart’s content during the Holidays with one of our Sweetheart Specials (we now can include Godiva Chocolates), or you can try one of our in-house massages--doesn’t get much better than that. And of course, there’s our ever-popular Famous Chefs of Saugatuck Gourmet Dinners November through April. You can sample our Sweetheart Specials and Gourmet Dinners with just a click.
From the Sherwood Forest Files:
Uncle Williams Kale Rolls with Goat Cheese
Remember Uncle William and his Camel Mr. Thirsty. I don’t know how many time’s I have asked him not to leave his camel in the den, Mr. Thirsty takes up the entire sectional sofa. All I am told is tell him your self. Does not work, plain and simple. A 2000 pound two-mumped camel that likes to watch soap operas does not listen, enough of that folderol. Uncle William was in the kitchen evangelizing the wonders of Kale. It’s magical health benefits. Also displaying some amazing Goat Cheese he said was from goats a friend of his in Morocco (heard that story before) hand fed and played classical music to. All the while he was gracing us with stories of his Moroccan friends goats, he put together this amazing dish, so good, so healthy and so delicious. Share the recipe as we always say here at Sherwood Forest.
1 Tb. olive oil
28-oz can diced tomatoes, drained
1 med. onion, chopped
1 tp. dried basil
5 cloves garlic, diced
One-half tp. kosher salt
12 large kale leaves (approx. 1 large bunch)
2 cups cooked rice
One-half cup chopped walnuts, toasted and divided
4-oz. goat cheese, crumbled
Heat large saucepan over med. heat and add oil—add tomatoes, onion, basil, and garlic. Cover and simmer 30 minutes. Remove pan from heat and add salt; stir.
Cook half of kale in large pan of boiling water—cook 1 minute. Remove kale from pan and plunge into ice water. Repeat with remaining kale. Drain and pat dry. Remove center rib from each kale leaf, leaving the leaf whole and uncut at leafy end.
Add one-quarter cup walnuts to cooked rice.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Spread approx. 1-cup tomato sauce over bottom of a greased 11x7-inch glass-baking dish. Working with 1 kale leaf at a time, place about 2 Tb. of rice in center of leaf; roll up jellyroll fashion. Repeat, making 12 rolls. Place rolls, seam side down, in dish. Spoon remaining sauce over rolls.
Cover and bake for 20 minutes.
Sprinkle with remaining walnuts and cheese and bake uncovered anther 5 minutes.
For more hip and groovy recipes at visit our Sherwood Forest Recipes Page.
Hope to see you soon!
Peace on Earth--
Keith & Sue
Sherwood Forest Bed & Breakfast
938 Center St.