Friday, October 2, 2009

Good Morning Douglas and Saugatuck, Michigan. No Sunset again last night, but rain on and off which should make for some beautiful fall colors to come.

Today in West Michigan! Showers. High near 54. West southwest wind between 14 and 18 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Great nap weather if your inclined to catch a college game (Michigan vs Michigan State) on tv.

Here at Sherwood Forest Bed and Breakfast, with the forecast calling for rain for a few days, here's a few indoor suggestions.

You can hit the Antique Mall and see all you grandparents old stuff, wander over the Lakeside Lanes in Douglas, they have 8 lanes. Tour the keewatin (that old steamship from the 20's.

Porkapalooza! An Invitational Cookout and Music Festival at the Red Horse Ranch, Noon to 10 p. m. 62nd street, 3/4's of a mile south of M-89 in Fennville.

Downtown Douglas will be the site for this year's Oktoberfest on October 3. While it's not Munich, Germany, it does have a festive atmosphere to help you celebrate the traditional season's first batch of new brew. There will be a parade in Downtown Douglas at noon, followed by a rifle ceremony, tapping of the keg with Alphorn Performance, and the opening of the Bier Tent at 1 p.m. Music will be provided by the Ein Prosit 35-piece Traditional German Band from 1-4 p.m. and the Strudel Meisters German band will start at 5 p.m. Adult Keg Toss and Stein Holding competition will be at 6 p.m., and finally the best dressed Herr and Fraulein competition will be at 6:30 p.m.

There's a couple of local museums in the area, the First is the Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Societies Museum, located across form Mount Baldy-this years exhibit is pretty cool-this years exhibit traces 100 years on what it's like to live in a summer beach town. Then you can head to the The Holland Museum it's located at 31 W. 10th Street in downtown Holland, an awesome place to spend a few Hours!

The Blue Coast Artists 20th Annual Fall Tour of Studios will be held October 3-4 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Travel the Blue Star Highway between South Haven and Saugatuck to discover some of Southwest Michigan's finest artwork, from stoneware and Raku pottery, sculpture and fine jewelry, to wood marquetry, blown glass, and painting.

If you don't mind pickin apples in the rain or if it lets up for a moment, head to Cranes Orchards, just one of West Michigan's U-Pick Apple Orchards (they might have some peaches left), is less than 7 miles from our front door. They have 14 different varieties, such as Gala, Macintosh, Honey Crisp, Cortland, Golden Supreme, Jonagold, Empire, Jonathans, Ida Reds, Golden Delicious, Mutsu, Red Delicious, Fuji, and Braeburn. For more info, call 269-561-8651 or visit And there's also Earl's U-Pick Farm--through October 15, you can pick red or gold raspberries. For more info, call 269-227-2074 or visit

Breakfast this morning is Cinnamon Orange French Toast, Canadian bacon, Zucchini Chocolate bread, fresh fruit salad, and of course Italian Espresso organic coffee (yes-free trade too).

Don't forget to check out our calendar of events for October at

From all of us here at Sherwood Forest, have a great Day!!!

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