First, let me start off by saying I am really happy to see so many recent positive reviews about Wickwood Inn - it is hands down, the most beautiful inn I have ever stayed in! I have to admit that I was a bit nervous about staying here at first, due to some not so good Trip Advisor Reviews. But as soon as we walked through the door, I knew I had made the right choice. To this day, we still talk about our weekend at Wickwood...
Anyway, back to the review: So Thanksgiving was rolling around, and not having any friends or family close by, we decided to take a trip to Saugatuck for the holiday. We arrived late on the Wednesday evening and the Inn looked like something out of a Christmas movie - covered in a couple feet of snow and decorated with the most beautiful Christmas decorations.
We were warmly greeted by the innkeeper and offered an upgrade to a room that contained a fire place. Score! Before taking us up to our room, she gave us a quick tour of the living and dining area. The cozy Christmas decorations and warm crackling fire made us forget that we were away from our families on the Thanksgiving Holiday. Frankly, we don't like a lot of our family members lol (don't tell anyone!) so we secretly preferred the fact that we had the whole Inn to ourselves!!
Our Room was everything we could of expected and more. And we even had our own Christmas Tree! lol (ok maybe that was a bit much haha). You can tell the rooms have each been thoughtfully decorated with furniture and items from the owners' travels. We quickly unpacked and I changed into a robe, popped a Christmas cd into the CD player, and sat by the fire. Perfect. Just perfect. (One word on that though, and my only complaint..the fire made the room really hot! We should'v expected that as I did run in for about an hour or so..but I wish the innkeeper would've said something about it. We had to open a window (with considerable difficulty) to get some of the heat out! As far as we could tell, the Inn doesn't have AC..so we did have to spend the first night with most of the sheets off. But that is more my fault than anything else.)
Thanksgiving Day was absolutely perfect as we were literally the only two people in the Inn - and the innkeeper didn't at all make us feel uncomfortable for it. We popped out for a bottle champagne and the innkeeper kindly provided us with all of the orange juice we needed for mimosas! We spent the afternoon drinking and reading books in the study. I couldn't have pictured a more perfect day. Truly. We went to Thanksgiving Dinner at The Belvedere Inn - but I will talk about that in another review.
We spent "Black Friday" pretty much the same way we spent Thanksgiving..except we went into the town to check out the shops on Butler Street. Wickwood Inn is only a few minutes a way away from all of the art galleries, shops, and restaurants. We had coffee, bought two paintings, and headed back to the Inn. This definitely had to be one of the only times during my travels where I actually wanted to stay in our hotel/inn as much as possible. To be fair, Saugatuck is a small town. But Wickwood Inn is what made this trip truly memorable..it's the type of place that makes you want to open a B&B of your own.
I suppose I should address the breakfast as others had. I too was attracted by the fact that a famous chef was one of the owners..but I do have to agree that it seems like she/they aren't involved in the day-to-day management of the place. That being said, the breakfast was superb and we really couldn't have asked for more. We were served an egg casserole one day and a dutch pancake the next. There were also sausages and ham, pastries, yogurts, fruit, and as much bread as you could ever want. I can't really comment on the hors d'oeuvres as we weren't in the Inn when they were being served. And I do have to agree with some of the reviewers that while there were sweets in the living room throughout our stay, they were MUCH smaller in size than what the website made them seem/look like. But that's hardly a reason for me to dock a star.
Anyway, I'm rambling. Let me finish by saying that we loved Wickwood Inn so much that we have decided to return for a mini-honeymoon before our actual honeymoon after we get married this September.. And we are going to make it a habit of returning every Thanksgiving from now on. Thank you for a truly memorable stay! We can't wait to return!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Wickwood! Perfectly placed in the heart of Saugatuck's Historic District, our Inn is prodigious - providing you with more privacy than a Bed and Breakfast and more pampering than a Boutique Hotel. We can't wait for you to experience the difference of life at Wickwood! We are smitten by the fresh flavors of the seasons, and we're serious about celebrating local food. Everyday we serve our owner and Silver Palate Cookbook author's distinctive Champagne Brunch, Evening Sips & Small Plates, and Scrumptious Sweets & Treats throughout your stay. All of this is complimentary because we adore the cheer that comes from sharing good food and wine seasoned with a generous dash of laughter. Of course, high speed WiFi and private parking are also part of your stay. Life it too short to worry about additional charges and costs. As you step outside our doors, the charm of our coastal Village awaits. With its pristine beaches, award winning art galleries, unique boutiques and intriguing historic interests ... you may be unable to resist life in Saugatuck! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Wickwood Hotel Saugatuck
- Wickwood Inn Saugatuck, Michigan