Break from the norm with these unique things to do this Spring

Spring is the starting line in the race to summer. Which makes this fleeting season easy to overlook. While many participate in the rite of spring break, we’re embracing the season. Spring is a time of reawakening and Saugatuck is blossoming with experiences that break from the speed of everyday life.

An Inspiring Story

The documentary film “The Biggest Little Farm” is a great source of inspiration. In it, a city dwelling couple follow their dream of building a farm. After watching the trailer, it got us thinking about all the unique farm experiences available in the Saugatuck/ Douglas and Fennville area.

By the way, if you loved the trailer as much as we did you can see the film at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts on April 18.

Local Farm Experiences

There is so much to experience at Virtue Cider in Fennville beyond the obvious sampling and taking home of delicious hard cider. They have a comfortable and welcoming outdoor space with rows of fire pits, picnic tables, and outdoor games. It urges you to hang out for awhile. Beyond the Tap Room and Bottle Shop, you can explore the farm grounds where you’ll find the vegetable gardens and heritage breed animals that make Virtue a working farm.

It’s the variety of experience coupled with unique events happening year round that make the farm at Virtue Cider a place worth frequenting.

What’s happening in April at Virtue Cider

Virtue Cider Birthday Party- April 13

Wish Virtue Cider a happy 7th birthday! The tap room will have cake and frozé from 4pm- 7pm.

Lapinette Weekend- April 20

The event features an educational rabbit show and the opening of a new dome home for Virtue’s farm rabbit, Grimes. In addition to the bunny laden festivities, s’mores from Chicago-based XO Marshmallow will be on deck.

Arbor Day- April 27

Tree sale, plant workshop and cookbook signing with Abra Berens. Get a copy of their soon-to-be released book “Ruffage: A Practical Guide to Vegetables”. Berens is chef at Granor Farms in Three Oaks, MI.

Pedal through the countryside

Farm country is full of sights, sounds and smells that are missed when driving from place to place. The best way to get the lay of the land is on a much slower mode of transportation. Which is why we think this event is brilliant! The first annual Great Douglas Bike and Brew takes place on April 27th. This event invites bike and brew enthusiasts to embark on a self-paced 28-mile ride connecting three different breweries in Saugatuck, Douglas and Fennville. See you there!

Get to know Saugatuck through its food with Hungry Village Tours

hungry village tours

Michigan is the second most diverse agriculture state in the United States, known for its cherries, apples, blueberries, Christmas trees, and more. Allegan County, home to Saugatuck, holds several titles for its many farms including blue ribbons in crop production, number of farms, and average farm size in Michigan. So it’s no wonder Saugatuck and its surrounding area are brimming with delicious, locally made produce and goods. Delight your taste buds and experience it all with Hungry Village Tours.

Explore the lakeshore’s plate with Hungry Village Tours

Hungry Village Tours gives you the opportunity to explore West Michigan’s farms, organic fruits and vegetables, artisan cheese producers, wineries, orchards, and handmade goods. Offering two styles of tours, you have your choice of exploring the area on foot or in an air conditioned coach.

Your tour guide is David Geen, who started giving culinary tours in Europe in 1995. After years of showing people Italian, French, Spanish and Irish cuisine, Geen decided it was time to offer tours of his hometown in 2010. Ever since, his guests have enjoyed tastes of the lakeshore’s eclectic plate.

Tours to try

Hungry Village’s “Culinary Walk” is a 3-hour tour on foot through the restaurants and shops of Saugatuck and Douglas. Small groups of participants take part in demonstrations and free tastings, getting a crash course in the food and drink scene in Saugatuck. The cost for this tour is $30 per person, or $15 for those under the age of 18.

The “Delicious Drive” is a 6-hour tour of farms, wineries, restaurants and artisans along the lakeshore in an air conditioned coach. It changes seasonally to highlight the area’s freshest offerings. Taste blueberries, wine, ice cream and enjoy an included lunch at Fennville’s Salt of the Earth, a popular farm-to-table restaurant with delicious offerings. The cost of this tour is $90 per person, $75 per person for groups of 8 or more, or $50 for those under the age of 18.

All tours depart from the Saugatuck Center for the Arts. Learn more about Hungry Village Tours on their website, and book your own tour for your next trip to Saugatuck!