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 all 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)
Our Cottage is getting booked up for the summer, but here’s what we have left:
June 1-7, 15-21, and 22-28. 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, you can visit the cottage website at Sherwood Forest Bed and Breakfast 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 Sherwood Forest Gift Certificates.
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 and they also have an outdoor garden area), then you'll be off to the Mason Street Warehouse (walking distance from the restaurant), where you'll experience professional off-Broadway live theater. The line up for this season is Xanadu (June 21-July 14); Game Show (July 26-August 11); and Closer than Ever (August 16-Sept 1). Package prices range from $268 to $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 $640. 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.
The Amazing Acro-Cats
One of only four cat shows in the United States, is performing at the Red Barn on May 18 and 19. The Amazing Acro-Cats delight and astound audiences of all ages as they perform their remarkable feats of agility pushing carts, riding skateboards, rolling barrels, ringing bells, turning on lights, walking tight ropes, and jumping through hoops. The Amazing Acro-Cats not only perform, but also educate the public. Trainer Samantha Martin teaches the importance of clicker training and how it can improve your cat's life. The majority of the Amazing Acro-Cats were adopted from shelters. The seats are general admission and tickets are available through www.circuscats.com, and the event will be held at the Red Barn, 3657 63rd St. at Blue Star Hwy. Saugatuck.
On May 4 from 6-8 p.m., preview some of the most exciting new items offered by the downtown shops of Douglas and Saugatuck, from furniture and original paintings by area artists to accessories for the home. You’ll also be able to enjoy snacks and beverages while strolling through the shops.
Derby Day in Saugatuck
May 4, all day! Did you know the Mint Julep has been the traditional beverage of Churchill Downs (Douglas) and the Kentucky Derby (Saugatuck) for nearly a century? Enjoy this delightful spring beverage as local restaurants and pubs vie for first prize in our Mint Julep contest. Also it’s the First Annual Saugatuck Derby Day Hat Contest, with promises of fun and entertainment. Prizes will be awarded for largest, most original, most glamorous, and funniest hats. Judging will take place at the Wicks Park Pavilion at 3 p.m. Grand prize of is 2-night’s lodging, dinner for two, a cruise for two onboard the Star of Saugatuck, and SABA Bucks gift certificates.
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 4-11, 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 11, 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.
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.
VisitSalt of the Earth in Fennville for music at 7 p.m. May 5, Graham Parsons and the Go Arounds (swampy blues/country waltz); May 12, Nobody's Darling (folk/old timey/bluegrass); May 15, May Erlewine & Samuel Seth Bernard (singer/songwriter); May 19, Nic Gariess and Jessie Nieves (Irish music/dance); May 26, Andy Young (hammered dulcimer); and June 4, Northern Skies.
On Thursdays at 7 p.m. at the Saugatuck-Douglas District Library, don’t miss: May 2, Like Water for Chocolate with Marco Leonardi and Lumi Cavasos; May 16, Eat Drink Man Woman with Sihung Lung and Yu-Wen Wang; May 30, Big Night with Tony Shalhoub and Stanley Tucci; June 13, Mostly Martha with Martina Gedeck and Maxime Foerste; and June 27, Julie and Julia with Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. For more info, visit the Saugatuck Douglas Library.
Real to Reel Cinema Series
On May 9 at 7 p.m., the SCA will be showing Detropia. Detroit's story has encapsulated the iconic narrative of America over the last century, the great migration of African Americans escaping Jim Crow; the rise of manufacturing and the middle class; the love affair with automobiles; the flowering of the American dream; and now, the collapse of the economy and the fading American mythos. With its vivid, painterly palette and haunting score, DETROPIA sculpts a dreamlike collage of a grand city teetering on the brink of dissolution. These soulful pragmatists and stalwart philosophers strive to make ends meet and make sense of it all, refusing to abandon hope or resistance. Their grit and pluck embody the spirit of the Motor City as it struggles to survive postindustrial America and begins to envision a radically different future. For more info, call 269-857-2399 or visit Saugatuck Center for the Arts.
The award-winning Saugatuck-Douglas Museum will unveil its 2013 exhibit: Dunelands, which tells tales of both change and permanence, a story of wide, restless beaches, forested dunes, hidden steams, marshlands, and rivers. All have been made and re-made over time by natural forces and human activity. The exhibition begins by telling the story of how ice age glaciers created the largest freshwater dunes system in the world. As humans entered the landscape, the exhibit explores how people changed the land and how they changed to adapt to the environment. Special attention will be given to historic sites scattered across the area and how our history set the stage for today's vibrant community. This exhibit will open to the public on May 31 and will be open daily, noon to 4 p.m., until Labor Day, and on the weekends only in the fall. Admission is free. For more information, call 269-857-7901 or visit the Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Society.
On exhibit at the SCA May 30-August 9, The Land and Sky: Frank Dudley and the Pageantry of Conservation reveals how art--from paintings and photographs to music and theatrical presentations--played a central role in our nation’s first dune preservation movement in northwest Indiana. Using Dudley’s majestic landscapes along with photographs and historical accounts, Land and Sky tells the story of Indiana dunes conservation movement at the turn of the 20th century. The exhibition showcases dune scapes painted by Dudley during five decades. For more info, call 269-857-2399.
The Allegan County Antique Market 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.
May 2, Movie, Like Water for Chocolate, Douglas Library
May 4, Douglas and Saugatuck Spring Preview
May 4, Art and All that Jazz, Douglas
May 4-11, Tulip Time Festival, Holland
May 9, Movie, Real to Reel, Detropia, SCA, Saugatuck
May 16, Movie, Eat Drink Man Woman, Douglas Library
May 17-19, Play, Love, Loss & What I Wore, Red Barn, Saugatuck
May 24, Chain Ferry starts chaining for the season
May 24, Farmers Market, SCA, Saugatuck
May 24-25, Play, Love, Loss & What I Wore, Red Barn, Saugatuck
May 26, Allegan Antique Market, Allegan
May 30, Movie, Big Night, Douglas Library
June, Every Friday, Farmers Market, SCA, Saugatuck
June 6, Movie, Real to Reel, Brooklyn Castle, SCA, Saugatuck
June 8, Art & All That Jazz, Douglas
June 13, Movie, Mostly Martha, Douglas Library
June 15, Douglas Dutchers Baseball Game, Douglas
June 21-July 14, Play, Xanadu, Mason Street, SCA, Saugatuck
June 22, Douglas Dutchers Baseball Game, Douglas
June 26, Music in the Park, Saugatuck
June 27, Movie, Julie and Julia, Douglas Library
June 29, Taste of Art Tour, Saugatuck and Douglas
June 30, Allegan Antique Market, Allegan
July, Every Friday, Farmers Market, SCA, Saugatuck
July 3, Music in the Park, Saugatuck
July 4, Independence Day
July 6, Art & All That Jazz, Doulgas
July 6, Waterfront Invitational Art Fair, Saugatuck
July 9, Music, Tuesdays in the Park, Fennville
July 10, Music in the Park, Saugatuck
July 11, Douglas Social, Douglas
July 11, Music, Tuesdays in the Park, Fennville
July 11-12, Chamber Music, Saugatuck
July 13, Douglas Dutchers Baseball Game, Douglas
July 15, Summer in the Studio, Brant Satala, SCA, Saugatuck
July 17, Music in the Park, Saugatuck
July 18, Comedy, Paula Poundstone, SCA, Saugatuck
July 18-19, Chamber Music, Saugatuck
July 20, Taste of Art Tour, Saugatuck and Douglas
July 22, Music, Tuesdays in the Park, Fennville
July 24, Music in the Park, Saugatuck
July 25, Douglas Social, Douglas
July 25-26, Chamber Music, Saugatuck
July 26-Aug 11, Play, Game Show, Mason Street Warehouse, Saugatuck
July 27-28, Venetian Festival, Saugatuck
July 27, Douglas Dutchers Baseball Game, Douglas
July 28, Allegan Antique Market, Allegan
July 29, Summer in the Studio, Doug and Telisha, SCA, Saugatuck
July 31, Music in the Park, Saugatuck
Carol’s book of the month is Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain. This novel illustrates the way many Americans have become bewitched with inserting themselves into every situation they deem newsworthy. Even down to hobnobbing with war heroes to make themselves feel more important, influential, and impressive. It also calls attention to the country's caste system of haves and have-nots, the lower castes often being on the front lines of our wars. Unfolding over the course of one Thanksgiving Day, this book follows the 8 survivors of Bravo Company and the battle of Al-Ansakar Canal, and especially focuses on Specialist William Lynn, a 19-year-old Texas native. Over the course of this day, Billy begins to understand the difficult truths about himself, his country, his struggling family, and his brothers-in-arms, soldiers both dead and alive. In the final few hours before returning to Iraq, Billy will drink and brawl, yearn for home and mourn those missing, face a heart-wrenching decision, and discover pure love and a bitter wisdom far beyond his years. 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. And of course, there’s our ever-popular Famous Chefs of Saugatuck/Douglas Gourmet Dinners November through April. You can visit our Sweetheart Specials. Here’s the link for our Gourmet Dinner details and a sample menu.
From the Sherwood Forest Files:
Liz’s Granola Cookies
Liz is a Selkie from the Faroe Islands in the North Atlantic, she claims to have swam the coastline of the America’s back in the day when the cod where the wind of the ocean (how old are you?). She fell in love with a human around the time of the Great Baker Migration from Iceland to Nova Scotia, (I told her no one is ever going to believe that one!) We discovered her one night in a rainstorm as she was dancing in our cool pool. Well we joined her, played a wee bit of water polo, dried off and then she mixed together some delicious granola cookies she emphatically told us came over in the Great Icelandic baker Migration.
One-third cup packed dark brown sugar
Two-tablespoons canola oil
One-tablespoon butter, melted
One-half teaspoon vanilla extract
One-quarter teaspoon salt
One-quarter teaspoon baking soda
One large egg
One-half cup all-purpose flour
One-half cup quick-cooking oats
One-quarter cup chopped pecans
Two tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Combine first 7 ingredients in a large bowl; stir until well combined. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Add flour, oats, nuts, and chocolate chips to sugar mixture; stir until just combined.
- Scrape the dough into a 9-inch greased glass pie plate, and spread to edges using a spatula. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until set. Cool slightly on a wire rack. Cut into squares.
For more hip and groovy recipes at visit our Sherwood Forest Recipes Page.
Hope to see you soon!
Keith & Sue
Sherwood Forest Bed & Breakfast
938 Center St.
P.S. Peace on Earth