A two-and-a-half hour drive from Chicago, Saugatuck, Michigan, is a culinary destination centering on the Wickwood Inn, a beautifully manicured 11-unit cottage helmed by chef and author of the famed Silver Palate Cookbook Julee Rosso (who ran a restaurant in New York for years). Fill yourself up on Rosso’s delicious frittatas, popovers and sticky buns for breakfast and charcuterie platters in the evening. Also consider an excursion beyond the B&B. 510 Butler Street; wickwoodinn.com
Where to Eat and Drink:
Sip an Oval Beach Blonde or a Michigan Wheat at Saugatuck Brewing Company. Lucy’s Little Kitchen (269-857-2053) offers seafood al fresco, along with a sugarcane juice bar. Locally roasted single-origin coffee is the draw at Uncommon Coffee Roasters.
What to Do:
Pack a picnic and watch the majestic Lake Michigan sunset from Oval Beach. Or take a Star of Saugatuck paddle-wheel boat ride down Kalamazoo River and out onto the lake. For a quicker trip, the hand-propelled Chain Ferry, in use since 1838, takes you across the river to the foot of Mount Baldhead. Climb 300 steps up the mountain for a stunning view.