News from The Forest
Mother Nature is welcoming in spring with warmer weather and longer, sunnier days--yay! We’ve seen wild turkeys strutting through the back woods and deer drinking from the creek, along with the return of the robins. It’s beautiful to witness, and it’s a great time of year to stretch your legs, either at the beach or the Saugatuck Dunes State Park. So we hope you can plan a visit soon, and we’ll help you shake off those winter blues.
April special: stay 2 nights (or more) Sunday through Thursday in April and we’ll treat you to a $25 gas card--that should help lighten the load for a midweek getaway!
Sherwood Forest Cottage
Our Cottage is getting booked up for the summer, but here’s what we have left: May 31-June 6, June 14-20, and June 21-27. 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 public beach. And of course, there is still nightly availability for this spring and fall, and yes, it’s pet friendly. For more info, visit the Sherwood Forest Cottage.
Sherwood Forest Picnic Baskets
Venture forth from Sherwood Forest with your own basket of goodies this summer. The picnic includes a fine selection of Italian meats, cheeses, and baguettes, along with fresh fruit and sweets to make your afternoon rendezvous complete. To wet your whistle, choose from spritzers or bottled water (vegetarian selection also available). Price: $55 for two.
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 gastronomical pleasure, the piece de resistance, a specially-made birthday cake (singing optional). Cost: $75.
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.
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.
Dinner Theater Package
Looking for a great getaway including fantastic lodging, an incredible meal, and some awesome off-Broadway theater? We can help you out: you'll get 2 nights at Sherwood Forest B&B, a dinner voucher for $50 at Hercules in Saugatuck (which offers the best of casual fine dining in a relaxed setting with outdoor garden seating), then you'll be off to the Mason Street Warehouse (walking distance from the restaurant), where you'll experience professional off-Broadway theater. The line up for this season is Steamheat (June 27-July 13); Death Trap (July 25-August 10); and Beehive (August 15-Aug 31). Package prices range from $276to $603. To book this package, 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). The cost runs from $637-713, 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.
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 and cost ranges from $150 to $1470 (plus regular cost of room). For more info or to book this package, give us a call at 800-838-1246.
Sherwood Forest & The Ravines Golf Club
Spend one or two nights at Sherwood Forest B&B, and we'll arrange for you to play at The Ravines, an Arnold Palmer signature championship golf course--a sweeping, 18-stanza epic, where nature meets sport in ways you simply must witness to believe. Here's what you get: a one- or two-night stay (additional nights available at regular room price) at Sherwood Forest B&B, 18 holes of golf for two (with a cart) with a guaranteed tee time at The Ravines, and some great dinner recommendations, so you don't have to do the hit-and-miss thing. Cost ranges from $300 to $645. For more info, give us a call at 800-838-1246.
Here’s what’s happening in and around the area:
Tulip Time Festival
Can you believe it? The third largest festival in the United States is just 15 miles north of Saugatuck/Douglas. The Tulip Time Festival dates back to 1929, and today you can still experience some of the same traditional shows that started more than 75 years ago. From May 3-10, there will be Klompen dancers who perform Dutch folk dances, and of course you can tour Windmill Island (Queen Beatrice did) with an original working windmill. The grand finale of the festival will be the Muziekparade at 12:30 p.m. on May 10, with nearly 50 bands, giant helium-filled balloons, and so many floats you’ll lose count. For more info, call 800-822-2770 or visit the Tulip Time Festival.
Join the folks at Everyday People Café for their Food and Libation Sensation on April 16. The 5-course dinner will be paired with wines from legendary winemaker Nils Vengee of Saddleback Sellers of Napa Valley, sure to please the palette. 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.
With Earth Day just around the corner, the Saugatuck Center for the Arts will host a timely conversation with the Outdoor Discovery Center’s Executive Director Travis Williams on April 17 at 7 p.m. He will focus on the importance of green space and spending time outside in it (without electronics!). He’ll also give an update on projects the Discovery Center is doing in Holland, Zeeland, Hamilton, and in Saugatuck/Douglas. In our own backyard, the Outdoor Discovery Center is working to preserve the Pottawatomie Marsh. For more info, call 269-857-2399 or visit Saugatuck Center for the Arts.
Visit Salt of the Earth in Fennville for music: April 6, Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys (rockabilly party); April 13, Joshua Davis Trio (jazz); April 20, Younce Guitar Duo (acoustic country Americana); April 27, Drive South (classic country/Americana); May 4, Drew Nelson and Josh Rose (songwriter/folk); May 7, Mark Lavengood Bluegrass Band (Michigan roots/dobro); May 11, The Accidentals (bluegrass); and May 18, Fauxgrass (traditionally inspired acoustic). For more info, call 269-561-7258 or visit Salt of the Earth.
There is some awesome music being played at the What Not Inn (a neat little restaurant) every Saturday: April 5, Mark Kahny Duo; April 12, Christy and Velvet: April 29, Mary Rademacher; and April 26, Christy & Velvet. Show times are 7-11 p.m. plus every Monday Jazz Jam with the What Not Band. For more info, call 269-543-3341.
Visit the Saugatuck Brewing Company for music: 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.
The Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland will present Spinning Plates March 31-April 5, a documentary about three extraordinary restaurants and the incredible people who make them what they are. A cutting-edge restaurant named the seventh-best in the world whose chef must battle a life-threatening obstacle to pursue his passion; a 150-year-old family restaurant still standing only because of the unbreakable bond with its community; and a fledgling Mexican restaurant whose owners are risking everything just to survive and provide for their young daughter. Their unforgettable stories of family, legacy, passion and survival come together to reveal how meaningful food can be, and the power it has to connect us to one another. Screenings at 7:30 p.m. (subtitled). For more info, call 616-395-7403.
Real to Reel Cinema Series
On April 10 at 7 p.m., the SCA will be showing More Than Honey. Over the past 15 years, numerous colonies of bees have been decimated throughout the world, but the causes of this disaster remain unknown. Depending on the world region, 50% to 90% of all local bees have disappeared, and this epidemic is still spreading from beehive to beehive--all over the planet. Colony collapse disorder is what it’s called, and scientists have good reason to be worried: 80% of plant species require bees for pollination. For more info, call 269-857-2399 or visit Saugatuck Center for the Arts.
On April 5, The Red Barn Theatre will host The Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company, presenting A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Then Macbeth, a 1-night performance, will be on April 6. They’ll give us Shakespeare at his most dazzling, using few unoriginal resources. For more info, visit the Red Barn Theatre or call 269-857-5300.
Hats Off to Dr. Seuss!
In honor of the 75th anniversary of Dr. Seuss’s second book, The Holland Area Arts Council will feature The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins from April 24-May 11. This never-before-seen Dr. Seuss hat collection will be exhibited alongside his little-known collection of Midnight Paintings. For more info, visit the http://www.hollandarts.org/hats-off-to-dr-seuss.html.
Material Girls: Quilts by Judith Jarzembowski and Rugs by Judy Bowman Anthrop will be on display at the SCA from April 11-June 8. This fiber exhibit showcases more than 30 pieces from these acclaimed regional artists, inspired by their communities, families, and the Saugatuck-Douglas environment. For more info, call 269-857-2399.
Michigan Maritime Museum Exhibit
Discover what rescue crews from the United States Life Saving Service went through to save passengers and crew. Explore the science behind bodies of fresh water maintaining shipwrecks in exquisite shape. See for yourself evidence of the traumatic plane crash of Northwest Airlines Flight 2501. Several shipwrecks will be featured in this exhibit, including the Ann Arbor No. 5, the Verano, the Hennepin, and the Mystery Sloop. The Museum is in South Haven. For more info, visit Michigan Maritime Museum.
Next in the Hope College Visiting Writers series line up on April 17 is novelist Amy Bloom, who is author of two novels, three collections of short stories, and a nominee for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her most recent novel, Away, is an epic story about a Russian immigrant. She will be reading from selected works at the Knickerbocker Theatre, downtown Holland, at 7 p.m. For more info, call 616-395-7000 or visit Hope College Visiting Writers.
The Allegan County Antique Market starts up April 28 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Allegan County Fairgrounds. The 400 exhibitors will be there rain or shine--200 indoor and 200 under canopies (the market is always the last Sunday of the month, April through September). For more info, call 269-735-3333. And don’t forget about the antique hot spot in the area, the Blue Star Antique Pavilion at 2948 Blue Star Highway in Douglas.
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. Here’s the link for our Gourmet Dinner details and a sample menu.
Sue’s book of the month is Things I Like About America: Personal Narratives by Poe Ballantine. Meet the new guide on the lonesome highway. Ballantine’s wry voice, clear eye, hilarious accounts and lyrical language bring us up short by reminding us that America has always been about flight, and for most of its citizens it has been about defeat. His wanderings, drifters, bad motels, cheap wine, dead-end jobs and drugs take us home--the home Betty Crocker never lived in. You can purchase or order this book at the Singapore Bank Bookstore in Saugatuck (269-857-3785).
From the Sherwood Forest Files:
Gabriela's Grapefruit Salad
Gabriela, a siren form Israel, grew up on a Kibbutz. Where they grew grapefruit that had their origins from the days of Adam and Eve, they are so delicious. When she visited with us this spring she brought us some and they were so mouth watering and incredibly sweet, we created a salad and immortalized her. Enjoy!
1 small red grapefruit
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
One-quarter teaspoon salt
One-quarter teaspoon black pepper
4 cups lettuce, torn or cut into small pieces
One-quarter cup crumbled feta cheese
One-quarter cup toasted walnuts
- Peel and section grapefruit over a bowl; squeeze membranes to extract juice. Set sections aside; reserve 3 tablespoons juice. Discard membranes.
- Combine juice, olive oil, sugar, salt, and pepper, stirring with a whisk. Divide lettuce evenly among 4 plates; sprinkle feta cheese and toasted walnuts over each salad. Divide grapefruit sections evenly among salads and drizzle with oil mixture.
For more hip and groovy recipes, visit our Sherwood Forest Recipes Page.
Hope to see you soon!
Peace on Earth--
Keith & Sue
Sherwood Forest Bed & Breakfast
938 Center St.