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"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas everywhere you go. There's a tree in Wickwood Inn and one in the Lake as well - the sturdy kind that doesn't mind snow" apologies to Meredith Wilson 1951


Happy Holidays to you!!

It’s true! The Inn is beginning to sparkle with our Festival of Trees and, the villages are starting to glow as everyone gets ready for the Holiday Season. Horse drawn carriage rides will soon begin, rehearsals for Dickens, “The Nutcracker” and musicales galore are in progress The shops and galleries are brimming, as restaurants are cooking the glorious menus that make this, “The most wonderful time of the year”.

Come and see for yourself .We promise real old fashioned Holiday spirit. And, days that are both merry and bright!! Join us at WICKWOOD and catch our Christmas Spirit.


We love to pamper our guests at Wickwood, and never more than at Christmas! Our Champagne Brunch may begin with Apple Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce, Upside Down Cranberry Cake, Truffled Frittata, Bismarks with Berries, Country Ham or Spicy Sausage, Pecan Sticky Buns, or Cappuccino Mousse. Candlelight Evening Hor’s d’ouvres may be Sausage and Parmigiano Pinwheels, Two Pesto Tart, Crispy Potatoes with Basil Cream, or Caponata Foccacia. Before bedtime, Pomegranate Brandy, Peanut Butter Squares and Brownies. Sweet Dreams.



"The Silver Palate Cookbook" Turns Silver!!

Wickwood will be celebrating in a big way for the next year as Julee’s first cookbook turns twenty-five. There will be a special edition published in the Spring of 2007 of this Cookbook Hall of Fame classic and loads of fun ahead. Both Julee and Sheila will be out across the country visiting bookstores, and cookware shops, large and small, to see the friends we’ve met along the way. To say “Thanks for the memories.” It’s been a fabulous journey together!

At Wickwood we’ll be hip-hip-hooraying all year long with Chicken Marbella, Salmon Mousse, Pate Maison, Chocolate Mousse, Bishop’s Cake, on and on --- serving our favorites that never seem to go out of style!! We love to share the foods that we adore!!! Come visit!!!!!! If you’d like to reserve an Autographed copy of this "Silver Palate Cookbook 25", send me an e-mail with all of your info to:

Clippity Clop!

It's fun to climb up on an old-fashioned buggy and be pulled by four Clydesdale horses through the streets of our sleepy villages. It's a step back in time for just an hour or so. Sing Jingle Bells as you go.


November 17
Our "Festival of Trees" Celebration Begins

December 26 ~ January 1 "Lazy Christmas Week"
at The Inn

December 31
New Year’s Eve
"Candlelight Cocktails"
"Fireworks at Midnight!"

January 1
New Year’s Day
"A Grander-Than-Ever
Champagne Brunch"



It's Not Too Late

For good giggles and grins, homemade brandies can’t be beat!! While we’ve long loved Lemoncello, Raspberry and Damson Plum, our new favorite is Pomegranate!!! We wanted it ready for Christmas, so this time we cheated! But you can’t wait a moment longer. It will need at least a month to age --- remember nothing instant!

Begin with a 24 ounce bottle POM 100% Pomegranate juice, one Fifth of vodka, and 1 cup sugar. Place in plastic or glass and mix well. Place in dark cool place and twice a week shake gently to blend.

Cult Wines

We love to seek out cult wines. These artesian treasures are truly gems in a glass. Favorites:

Magdalena Abakanowicz:
The Drawings

"One of the most startingly innovative artists of our time,” raves The Metropolitan Museum of Art of Abakanowicz, an internationally acclaimed sculptor. Fifty drawings that are being seen for the first time present an immediate and lasting impression of this artist. Self-portraits, flies, flowers, and animals display close attention to materials, texture, mood, and emotion. Not to be missed. Meijer Gardens.

“Those who eat breakfast everyday are thinner." Dr.Oz.

It's all in the oats!

Jump start your metabolism with breakfast, don’t miss it. Make it automatic by having the same thing everyday! We love McCann’s Steel Cut Oatmeal --- the original steel-cut Irish oats with the nutty flavor. They take twenty minutes to cook, so make a batch, divide it into bowls, cover and refrigerate. Then nuke. Top with blueberries, walnuts, all-fruit preserves, dried cherries, a dash of maple syrup, or cream. We often eat them cold, sprinkled with sea salt. But, everyday it gives you energy all morning long and helps cholesterol levels. What a start.

Holiday Open Houses

All around our villages the wineries, art galleries, and shops all host receptions to make the Holidays more festive six full weeks. The weekend of November 18-19 is the kick-off in Saugatuck and Douglas with extended shopping hours, music, refreshments, holiday specials, good cheer, warm treats, special wrapping services, all in an effort to give you the Holiday Spirit and help make your Holiday gift giving a joy.

The Gift of Wickwood

We think that the greatest luxury we have today is Time. And so we marvel at the number of people who are giving the time to relax at Wickwood as gift certificates to their family and friends for all kinds of occasions. We think what they’re really giving is loving memories. That pleases us enormously.

Holiday Traditions

Make new traditions yet, keep the old. That’s the secret.

Be a Secret Santa. Pick a pal, surprise them with thoughtful treasures and be serendipitous about where and when they appear. Then get together to reveal yourself. It’s nice to show someone you care.

Cook as a family for one entire weekend. Every meal.

Turn off the TV and get out the board games or cards.

Have the family exchange only homemade gifts or those of time together.

Send old fashioned Christmas cards by snail mail.

Make a pot of soup for a neighbor in need.

Find time to pamper yourself.

Dine for one week together, uninterrupted.

Adopt a family, a friend, or a homeless pet. Care!

Play as a couple or family – dance, build a snowman, climb a tree and talk, take a hike. Forget television as time together.

Connect, really connect with those you love. Show them they are important.

The Journeyman Cafe Pours!!!

Our favorite restaurant can now serve you a glass of wine with your meal. And, of course, not just any wine! Well researched fabulous wines from France, California, Oregon, Chili and Michigan --- emphasis on fabulous! And, the press reviews are echoing our admiration for Matt and Amy Millar’s café. Raves such as “outspoken flavor”, a dish with plenty of attitude”, “Bar none, it was the best pizza we’ve had!”. We second that. Matt makes everything taste WOW! The dinner menu is rewritten weekly as Matt takes us along on his adventure of discovering great farm-to-table organic ingredients and making magic!! Save room for dessert, it’s brilliant too!

The Felt Mansion

A fabulous Christmas tour of the Felt Mansion all decked out for the Holidays!! A trip to Christmas past.

● Friday, Dec. 15 ~ 6 - 8 pm
● Saturday, Dec. 16 ~ 6 - 8 pm
● Sunday, Dec. 17 ~ 2 - 4 pm and 6 - 8 pm
● Thursday, Dec. 28 ~ 6 - 8 pm
● Friday, Dec. 29 ~ 6 -8 pm
● Sunday, Dec. 31 ~ 2 - 4 pm
● New Year's Day ~ Jan. 1, 2007
2 - 4 pm

Red Books
The latest on our nightstand well worth the time:

Provence A-Z, Peter Mayle – anecdotes on everything Provencal, from the master Francophile.

French Women for All Seasons, Mireille Guiliano – Simple
reminders of a common sense life with style.

The Improvisational Cookbook, Sally Schneider – Take risks in
your kitchen for great results.

YOU: On a Diet, Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen – The best medical and
common sense diet advice around.

The Lay of the Land, Richard Ford – A must from one of the most
brilliant orators of our day.

The Inheritance of Loss, Kiran Desai – Extraordinary intelligence.
Booker Prize winner.

Join us at Wickwood and catch our Christmas Spirit! It's contagious and will bring
"the carol that you sing right within your heart!!" - Julee and Bill








Wickwood Inn   |    510 Butler Street P.O. Box 1019   |   Saugatuck, MI 49453
Tel (800) 385-1174   |  |    Bill and Julee Rosso Miller, Proprietors