Saugatuck, Wineries, and South Haven

(I’m going to try to wrap up the rest of the trip in this post.)

Monday we drove up to Saugatuck.  On the way, we stopped at a large antique store that’s on the way into town, if you’re coming from the south on Blue Arrow Highway, called the Blue Star Antique Pavillion.  We spent quite a bit of time wandering around in there.  It’s pretty big, with a huge inventory, including a big section of old records.  I spent less time looking at the records than I would have liked, but I did see a few things I should have picked up (but didn’t), including an original copy of Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk.  (I didn’t have any cash on me a the time, and didn’t want to use a credit card.  By the time we went back later, they were closed.)

Next door to the antique store was the Saugatuck Brewing Company.  This wasn’t on our list of brewpubs to visit, so we decided we’d come back later that evening.  When we did, we only stayed for one beer.  It was an alright place, with decent service (it seemed like a family run place), but the beer just wasn’t anything special.  (We ended up going back to New Holland.)

Anyway, the rest of the visit to Saugatuck was pretty uneventful.  It’s a nice little town, with all of the expected touristy small town stores.  Nothing big.  We did stop by Kilwins Chocolates and Ice Cream, which was definitely worth it, and there was a small store specializing in different types of spices and spice mixtures.

The next day (Tuesday) we planned on hitting a few wineries.  We went to Fenn Valley, and then to the tasting room for Warner Vineyards in South Haven.  (Both had good wines, but nothing we tasted was all that extraordinary.)

We decided to get lunch in South Haven, and then, since the first time we went there it was evening, we decided to just spend the rest of the day there.  It was a break in our plans, but we ended up having a really nice time walking down by the pier and beach.  Sometimes ditching your vacation plans is the best plan.

(I’ve added a few pics from this second visit to South Haven to my Flickr page, as well as some panoramas from various points during the trip.)

Still in a spontaneous mood, when we left South Haven, we actually just decided to drive home that evening, instead of the following morning.  We had done pretty much everything we wanted, and it wouldn’t take us long to pack and hit the road, so that’s what we did.  It would be nice to get home, and we’d be able to spend the next day just relaxing with no plans.