News from The Forest
Spring is upon us, and Mother Nature is stretching her arms wide to show us her new wardrobe. The leaf buds are popping, and the trees are reaching for those sun-filled days. What a great time of year! Our cool pool will be open by Memorial Day weekend, and the bikes are being tuned up for that awesome ride along Lake Shore Drive or into town. So we hope you can make it for a visit soon.
Sherwood Forest Cottage (pet friendly)
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 block from Lake Michigan and the public beach. And of course, there is still nightly availability left for this spring and fall, and yes, it’s pet friendly. For more info, you can visit the cottage website at Sherwood Forest Bed and Breakfast Cottage.
Our Cottage is getting booked up for the summer, but here’s what we have left:
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.
We’ve teamed up with some select stores in Saugatuck/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 gift or just want to splurge on yourself, all you need to do is book a night or two with us, then go exploring at some of the most unique shops the area has to offer.
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 $635-$715, 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, and 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—cost ranges from $150 to $850. 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.
Sherwood Forest and Hungry Village Tours
We’ve teamed up with the local food movement to provide you with a couple of culinary opportunities to taste, sip, and learn what makes the shops in Saugatuck and Douglas a food lover’s dream. The first is a 3-hour walking tour that offers a culinary peek into our village food and life. This area continues to be a food-producing hub on the lakeshore, expanding on the fruit farms of Gerber and the fishing village of Singapore. The second one is a Delicious Drive that changes with the seasons to explore what’s fresh from the farm and new at the market and includes niche farms in operation, including organic fruits and vegetables, artisan cheese producers, wineries, orchards, a bakery, and an earthenware potter. The cost ranges from $142 to $544. Available for up to 10 people. For more info or to book this package, give us a call at 800-838-1246.
Tulip Time Festival
Can you believe it? The third largest festival in the United States is just 15 miles north of Saugatuck/Douglas and it’s going on through May 10. 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. 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.
Annual Walk on Water Street
Merchants on Water Street are hosting their Walk On Water Street event May 17-19. Preview new products, enjoy new fare, and listen to local musicians while strolling Water Street. Enjoy Water Street merchant discounts, specials, games, and prizes.
Mike Super – Illusionist
No you see it, now you don’t! The Saugatuck Center for the Arts is hosting an evening of illusion with Mike Super. Audiences love Super’s sense of humor and down to earth presentation. His unique style and breathtaking tricks have earned him millions of fans across the globe. The performance is on May 18 at 4 p.m. For more info visit SC4A.
There is some awesome Jazz being played at the What Not Inn (a neat little restaurant) every Saturday evening from 6 -10 pm, plus open mike night every Monday with the What Not Band. For more info, call 269-543-3341.
Visit Salt of the Earth in Fennville for music: 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.
On Thursdays at 7 p.m. at the Saugatuck-Douglas District Library, don’t miss: May 10 ,The Gay Divorcee with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers; May 24, Top Hat with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers; June 5, Swing Time with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers; and June 19, Shall We Dance with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. For more info, visit the Saugatuck Douglas Library.
Real to Reel Cinema Series
On May 8 at 7 p.m., the SCA will be showing Inequality for All. At the heart of the film is a simple proposition: what is a good society, and what role does the widening income gap play in the deterioration of our nation's economic health? A passionate argument on behalf of the middle class, this film features Robert Reich, professor, best-selling author, and Clinton cabinet member as he demonstrates how the widening income gap has had a devastating impact on the American economy. For more info, call 269-857-2399 or visit Saugatuck Center for the Arts.
On May 18 at 7 p.m. the SCA will host A Fatal Crossing, a discussion about the mysterious disappearance/crash of NWA flight 2501, a DC-4 with 58 people on board who flew from New York toward Minnesota over lake Michigan. Then on May 29 at 7 p.m., the conversation switches to Equality is Not Always Equal, about the timely topic of equality issues related to same-gender marriage, adoption, and workplace discrimination in Michigan, around the country, and around the world with Connie Thacker, resident of Saugatuck and an attorney with Miller Johnson in Grand Rapids and Jay Kaplan, an attorney for the Michigan ACLU. For more info, visit SC4A.
The Blue Coast Artists’ Springfest Studio Open House will be happening on May 24-26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Preview the new works and new member artists, while enjoying the countryside during spring. For more info, visit Blue Coast.
Material Girls: Quilts by Judith Jarzembowski and Rugs by Judy Bowman Anthrop will be on display at the SCA through 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.
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 through 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 HAAC.
The Allegan County Antique Market’s next date is May 26 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.
Melissa’s book of the month is The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. It’s a beautiful story about a young boy whose life takes a astonishing turn when an art museum explosion presents him with the opportunity to emancipate a priceless painting that will always hauntingly remind him of his mother. It’s a window into the world of the his loves and obsessions, his meditations on friendship, loyalty, and of the role of art in our lives. You can purchase or order this book at the Singapore Bank Bookstore in Saugatuck (269-857-3785). You can see more of our book picks here.
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.
From the Sherwood Forest Files:
Holly’s Asparagus Rolls
Holly became a friend of ours while on a dig in the sands of forgotten Egypt. We were deep in the desert sifting through an old kitchen from some long forgotten third millennium B.C. line cook and on a slab of hieroglyphics was this recipe. The original is hanging in the National Museum of Egyptian Asparagus located in the Dakhla Oasis. A smuggled copy (rubbing) was brought to our attention over tea at the Royal Order of Asparagaceae in London. It’s delicious, please enjoy and pay it forward.
4 sheets of phyllo pastry
4 Tb. butter, melted
16 asparagus spears, trimmed
Serves 2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut the phylo sheets in half and brush a half sheet with melted butter.
Fold one corner of the sheet down to the bottom edge to form a wedge shape.
Lay 4 asparagus spears on top at the longest edge and roll up toward the shortest edge.
Continue with rest of asparagus/phyllo to make 3 more rolls.
Lay rolls on a greased baking sheet. Brush with remaining melted butter and bake for 8 minutes (until golden brown).
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.