A Quick Getaway to Saugatuck
Ryan and I recently snuck away to Michigan for a couple of days and we had such a fun, relaxing trip! It is about a 3 hour drive from our spot in the western suburbs of Chicago, which is a totally doable distance for a brief weekend (or for us, mid-week) getaway. On the way up to our final destination of Saugatuck, Ryan picked out not one, but TWO great wineries for us to stop at. He knows the way to my heart is wine.
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Our first stop was Cogdal Vineyards - located on a 8+ acre property in South Haven. When you arrive, you'll follow a long gravel driveway through the vineyards to a private tasting room and gorgeous patio space. We opted to start with a tasting at the counter, which offers a sampling of 5 wines for just $5. Their tasting menu allowed us to try wines from both their Cogdal Vineyards label (your tradition Rieslings, Merlot, etc.) and their Little Man Winery label (blends). I opted for Charlie's Choice, the Dry Riesling, Big Lake, Vision, and Cabernet Franc. Speaking of Charlie - he was the winery dog that greeted visitors until 2017, when he passed. Wine AND heartwarming dog stories?! Right in the feels. After our tasting, we snagged a bottle of their Vision wine, sat out on the patio, and enjoyed the vineyard views. We didn't finish the bottle, so the staff happily corked and sealed our wine for us to take with us!
Next, we continued down the road for about 10 minutes to Fenn Valley. The property was gorgeous and reminded me of some of the smaller wineries in Napa. The inside of the tasting room was a little underwhelming in terms of aesthetic/decor, but we had a great tasting of their wines here, too! After sampling their selection, we purchased a bottle to take with us and brought a glass of red out to their patio, where a musician was setting up for a live music event. We stuck around for the first couple of songs and then headed out to check into our accomodations in Saugatuck.
We stayed in a private cottage at Hotel Saugatuck, which offers main-house rooms, also. Upon check-in, we were give a little card to choose what we wanted for breakfast and when we would like it delivered! Our cottage itself had massive windows for a view of the bay, a spacious living area, fireplace, and all the essentials (aka a mini fridge, wine opener, wine glasses, etc.). We also had a jetted tub, large shower, separate vanity area, and of course - a great porch! We even had a little sampling of carrot cake waiting for us inside - so good!
Once we settled in, we spent some time in the Adirondack chairs on our porch listening to music, appreciating the water views, and sipping wine. It was so relaxing! It is nice to unplug and enjoy a new place with a great drink and great company. Afterwards, we freshened up and made the brief 5 minute walk to the downtown area for dinner.
We ate at Black Walnut Restaurant for dinner and everything was so delicious! Ryan and I usually order a few different things so that we can split them, and this evening was no different. We opted for the Cold Smoked Caesar Salad, House Fries, Brussels Sprouts, Scallops, and Hanger Steak. We sat inside, but they also had a great patio to enjoy if desired. After dinner, we roamed the ADORABLE downtown, had a drink at The Butler, and headed back to enjoy our cottage.
The next morning, the staff delivered our fresh breakfast choices and we ate on the porch. It was such a great way to start the day! We relaxed for a bit and then headed back into the downtown area. There are so many cute shops, restaurants, farmer's markets, boats, parks, and more to enjoy in downtown Saugatuck. I don't think we really saw the half of it! We stumbled upon live music, found a garden made from recycled hoses and other products, and nabbed a Chai Tea Latte from Uncommon Coffee Roasters (definitely recommend). They even had a walk up window for people with pets so they didn't have to leave their pet alone outside! Again, all the dog feels.
If you are looking for a picturesque spot to steal away for a moment, consider the Sauguatuck area! We will definitely be back, and can't wait to explore the other towns along this coastline of Lake Michigan. Enjoy!