News from The Forest
March is here and we couldn’t be happier—spring is around the corner! It’s been a long, cold winter, but we’re hoping that the Arctic Vortex has been given its marching papers, and that Mother Nature is back in charge. We still have snow, which is good for those who enjoy cross-country skiing or sledding, plus it’s always nice to curl up by the fireplace with a good book. We’ve got lots of things for you to enjoy in our neck of the woods, so give us a call and we can hook you up with some great cooking classes, dining, massages, shopping specials, antiquing, star gazing, or even a sunset or two.
St. Patty’s Month
Let Sherwood Forest B&B offer you the luck of the Irish this March! You can check out our website packages, including roses and champagne, chocolates, and massages (or give us a call for suggestions). We can also help you with dinner reservations (might be some Leprechauns sitting at the table next to you) at some of the best restaurants West Michigan has to offer.
You provide the birthday, and we’ll handle all the arrangements. All you need to do is bring your birthday suit (and suitcase). Upon arrival, you’ll enter a celebration-filled room with helium balloons all inscribed with messages foretelling of the wonderful event taking place, a birthday bouquet, and a bottle of Michigan champagne. We’ll also include for your gastronomic pleasure, the piece de resistance, a specially made birthday cake (singing optional). Cost: $75.
We’ve teamed up with 10 retail stores to offer you some great discounts and promotions in Saugatuck/Douglas, including clothing, food/drink, and art--what a great way to explore some of the distinctive shops this area has to offer, and on your arrival we’ll be happy to share these promotions with you.
Sherwood Forest Cottage (pet friendly)
Looking for a summer getaway? As of right now, our Cottage is available (weekly only): May 31-June 6, June 14-20, June 21-27, August 2-8, August 9-15, and August 16-22. It goes for $1400 for the week and sleeps up to 5 people, has a full kitchen, washer/dryer, pool privileges, and is only 1/2 block from Lake Michigan and the Douglas Public Beach. There’s nothing better than a summer vacation near the beach! There is still nightly availability for this spring, and yes, it’s pet friendly. For more info, visit The Sherwood Forest Cottage or give us a call at 800-838-1246.
Bed and Breakfast and Brewery
Looking for a weekend getaway involving brewing your own batch of beer? Sherwood Forest is offering a unique package that includes a 2-night stay plus access to Saugatuck Brewing Company’s brew-on-site facilities. SBC will provide the recipes and the ingredients, the professional brewing equipment, and 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 2weeks to bottle and sample your beer, which takes about 2 hours. Or you can have them bottle it and pick it up (an extra $20).
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.
We’ve designed a culinary getaway 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.
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, or visit our gift certificate page at Sherwood Forest Gift Certificates.
Here’s what’s happening in and around the area:
St. Patrick’s Day
There’s a whole lot of green happening for St. Patrick’s Day on March 15 in Saugatuck and Douglas. Did he really chase all the snakes out of Ireland and teach the Trinity using a shamrock? You’ll have to debate that for yourself over a green pint or two. Here’s the line up for all you leprechaun lovers: area restaurants will be serving up corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew, and fabulous desserts such as Bailey’s Irish Cream cheesecake, and don’t miss the St. Patrick’s Day parade in downtown Saugatuck at 2 p.m.
The Fenn Valley Winery, a local vineyard, will host an Ethnic Winemakers dinner that starts off with a cellar tour on March 22. Each course features a Fenn Valley wine specifically paired by the chef and winemaker. The winemaker and other Fenn Valley staff are also available to talk about the wine and theory behind the pairings. Reservations are required. For more info, call 269-561-2396 or visit Fenn Valley Winery.
Irish Tenor Paul Byrom
The Saugatuck Center for the Arts will present an evening of pop, jazz standards, and American songbook classics on March 1. Paul Byrom's lush tenor, soulful voice, and deep sense of humor will make for an evening of pure entertainment. For more info, call 269-857-2399.
Visit the Saugatuck Brewing Company for music: March 1, Formerly Hip (acoustic classic rock); March 8, Jack Lewis and John Gist Duo (jazz); March 15, St. Patty’s Day, The Moxie Strings (Celtic); March 22, Rich Burkholder (covers); March 29, Ry Petermann Band (originals and covers); April 5, Big Boss Blues (laid back blues); April 12, Schrock Bros (American roots and originals); April 19, Brian Fedewa (acoustic roots) and April 26, Pieces of Work (classic covers). For more info, call 269-857-7222 or visit The Saugatuck Brewing Company.
Cherish the Ladies
Next in the line up for the Hope College Great Performance Series on March 27 is Cherish the Ladies. Their blend of virtuosi instrumental talents, vocals, and step dancing combines all facets of traditional Irish culture. For more info, visit Hope Arts or call 616-395-7890.
Visit Salt of the Earth in Fennville for music: March 2, Annie and Rod Capps (rootsy vibe); March 16, AnDro (Celtic); March 19, Rachael and Dominic Davis (END OF WINTER PARTY!); March 23, Red Sea Pedestrians (original world music); March 30, Billy Strings and Don Julin (bluegrass); April 6, Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys (rockabilly party); April 13, Joshua Davis Trio (jazz); April 20, Younce Guitar Duo (acoustic country Americana); and April 27, Drive South (classic country Americana. For more info, call 269-561-7258 or visit Salt of the Earth.
Intriguing Conversation: Grand Rapids Ballet
The SCA will host an evening of conversation and dance with the Grand Rapids Ballet on March 13. Olivier Wevers, Princess Grace Award winner, is working on the GRBs world premiere of Midsummer Nights Dream and will give a sneak preview of the performance and share some of the choreography. There will also be the opportunity to converse with GRB Executive Director Glenn Del Vecchio about upcoming projects, and to meet some of the company's dancers. For more info or tickets, visit SC4A.org.
The Saugatuck-Douglas District Library is showing movies on Thursdays at 7 p.m.: March 13, Little Caesar with Edward G. Robinson and Douglas Fairbanks Jr.; March 27, The Public Enemy with James Cagney and Jean Harlow; April 10, Scarface with Paul Muni and Ann Dvorak; and April 24, Flying Down to Rio with Dolores del Rio with Gene Raymond. For more info, visit the Saugatuck Douglas Library.
Real to Reel Cinema Series
On March 20 at 7 p.m., the SCA will be showing Searching for Somm, a documentary by Jason Wise, who introduces his audiences to one the hardest tests few have ever heard of, the master sommelier exam. Every year dozens of sommeliers attempt to pass this test, one of the most difficult exams in the world. Those who pass are thought to be the world's experts of wine. Somm follows the adventures of four men, who put aside their own lives for a year, in order to study for the sommelier exam. Wine will be sold at this event. For more info, call 269-857-2399 or visit Saugatuck Center for the Arts.
The Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland will present: March 10-15, The Rocket, about a boy who is believed to bring bad luck to everyone around him and leads his family and two new friends through Laos to find a new home; March 31-April 5, Spinning Plates, a documentary about three extraordinary restaurants and the incredible people who make them what they are. For more info, call 616-395-7403 or visit The Knickerbocker Theatre.
Hope College Visiting Writers
Next in the line-up are Brenda Hillman and Rowan Ricardo Phillips, who write fiction and nonfiction. Hillman was educated at Pomona College and received her MFA at the University of Iowa. Her upbringing in a deeply religious Baptist family surfaces in many of her poems. Phillips is the winner of the 2013 Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writer Award in Poetry, and a finalist for the 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry. The readings are at the Winants Auditorium in Graves Hall, Hope College, at 7 p.m. For more info, call 616-395-7000 or visit Hope College Visiting Writers.
At the SCA is On Location: Balancing Point, Centered on KCAD. This unique collaborative exhibition showcases a bold transdisciplinary display of work from some of the Kendall College of Art + Design’s finest student and alumni artists. The show features four separate vignettes that each evoke a different design theme to tell a tale of craft, tradition, and innovation. For more info, call 269-857-2399 or visit Saugatuck Center for the Arts.
Mar 1, Paul Byrom, Irish tenor, SCA, Saugatuck
Mar 2, Music, Annie and Rod Capps Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Mar 6, Brenda Hillman/Rowan Philips, Visiting Writers Series, Holland
Mar 9, Music, Shari Kane and Dave Steele Salt of the Earth Fennville
Mar 10-15, Movie, The Rocket, Knickenbocker, Holland
Mar 13, Intriging Conversation: Grand Rapids Ballet, SCA, Saugatuck
Mar 13, Movie, Little Caesar, Douglas, Library
Mar 15, St. Patricks Day
Mar 16, Music, AnDro, Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Mar 19, Music, Rachel and Dominic Davis, Salt of the Earth Fennville
Mar 20, Movie, Reel to reel Series, Somm, SCA, Saugatuck
Mar 22, Fenn Valley Winery Wine makers Dinner, Fennville
Mar 23, Music, Red Sea Pedestrians Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Mar 27, Movie, The Public Enemy, Douglas Library
Mar 27, Cherish the ladies, Great Performance Series, Holland
Mar 30, Music, Billy Strings and Don Julin, Salt of the Earth Fennville
Mar 31-Apr 5, Movie, Spinning Plates, Knickenbocker, Holland
Apr 6, Music, Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys, Salt of the Earth,
Apr 10, Movie, Scarface, Douglas Library
Apr 10, Movie, More than Money, SCA, Saugatuck
Apr 13 Music, Joshua Davis Trio, Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Apr 17, Amy Bloom, Visiting Writers Series, Holland
Apr 19, Easter Weekend in Douglas and Saugatuck
Apr 20, Music, Younce Guitar Duo, Salt of the Earth Fennville
April 21, Lord Admiral of the Douglas Navy’s Birthday
Apr 24, Movie, Flying Down to Rio, Douglas Library
Apr 27, Music, Drive South, Salt of the Earth Fennville
Apr 27, Allegan Antique Market, Allegan
May 3, Douglas Spring Preview, Douglas
May 3-10, Tulip Time Festival, Holland
May 4, Music, Drew Nelson and Josh Rose, Salt of the Earth, Fennville
May 7, Music, Mark Lavengood Bluegrass Band, Salt of the Earth,
May 8, Movie, Inequality for All, SC4A, Saugatuck
May 10, Nature Walk, Saugatuck Harbor Natural Area
May 11, Music, The Accidentals, Salt of the Earth, Fennville
May 14, Movie, The Gay Divorcee, Douglas Library
May 18, Music, Fauxgrass, Salt of the Earth, Fennville
May 22, Movie, Top Hat, Douglas Library
May 22-24, Blue Coast Artists Wee
May 26, Memorial Day
Sue’s book of the month is And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini. In a village in rural Afghanistan in the mid 1940s, a father tells a folk tale to his two young children. On the next day, they will travel to Kabul and start a chain of events that will take the reader on a journey across the world and through the decades. Every character had something to share. This is a book to be savored. You can purchase or order it at the Singapore Bank Bookstore in Saugatuck (269-857-3785).
Sherwood Forest Staples
We will pamper you to your heart’s content 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 visit our Sweetheart Specials at Sweetheart Specials Here’s the link for gourmet dinner details and a sample menu: Sherwood Forest Gourmet Dinners.
From the Sherwood Forest Files:
Alicia’s Mozambique Piri-Piri Chicken
Alicia, the Siren of Mozambique. While on safari deep in the bush land along the border of South Africa and Mozambique, we came across a camp. At first glance it looked like it had been unoccupied for decades. Then out of the corners of one’s eye, as if she’d been there all along a blond woman appeared. She was wearing the traditional Capulana and a huge smile. She said she’d been expecting us and that lunch was ready. Not wanting to turn down a free meal while deep in darkest Africa. We sat down to a wonderful Helmeted Guinea Fowl complimented with Peri Peri, a locally gown chili that enlightens and brightens one’s taste palate. She shared, therefore we share.
8 chicken thighs
For the piri-piri sauce:
6-12 fresh red piri-piri chilies (depending on how hot you want it)
1 Tb. chopped garlic
1 tp. Kosher salt
½ tp. oregano
½ Tb. paprika
One-half cup olive oil
One-quarter cup red wine vinegar
- To make the piri-piri sauce, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and place the chilies on a pan and roast them for 10 minutes.
- Cool and roughly chop the chilies. Place the chilies, garlic, salt, oregano, paprika, olive oil and vinegar in a saucepan, and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
- Allow the mixture to cool, then blend it to a purée in a food processor. Store in a lidded container at room temperature (it will keep for about a month). Shake before using.
- Place the chicken in a sealable plastic bag. Add half the piri-piri sauce, spreading it evenly over the chicken. Seal and marinate in the refrigerator for at least one hour or overnight.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and roast chicken for 30 minutes, or until cooked through. Alternatively, place the chicken on a medium heat barbecue, covered, for 10-15 minutes on both sides or until cooked through, basting regularly with the remaining piri-piri sauce.
You can visit, copy, cook and peruse more of our delicious recipes at Sherwood Forest Bed and Breakfast Recipes.
Hope to see you soon!
Peace on Earth--
Keith & Sue
Sherwood Forest Bed & Breakfast
938 Center St.