Along with visiting our famous beaches (Oval Beach, West Side Co. Park, & Pier Cove), the stops you absolutely can't miss (or you'll be sad) are the dune rides, boat tours (Star of Saugatuck, land & water Duck Tours, or rent your own at Retro Boat Rentals), wineries & breweries (FennValley Vineyards, Saugatuck Brewing, & Virtue Cider are within 3 miles & family friendly - AND have all partnered with the Hop & Vine to offer deals!), Forever Curious Children's Museum, galleries, creating art at the Art Barn, hiking trails in the Saugatuck Dunes State Park, kayaking & paddleboarding, riding the antique chain ferry across the Kalamazoo River to climb Mt. Baldhead, boutique shopping, antiquing, tasting goat cheese & seeing the goats at Evergreen Creamery, fruit picking, and eating at some of the top restaurants in the state (Borrowed time for tapas, The Southerner for elevated southern dishes overlooking the river, Phil's for crafted American & families, the Kirby for a delicious dinner on the deck, Red Dock for a totally chill on the water vibe, Crane's in Fennville for down home cooking, pie flights, & cider donuts, & Uncommon Grounds for coffee - try the nitro coffee!).
When the evening is this perfect, there is no better place than our backyard for a 4-course meal! Chef Sasha Ahmed brought her team to the Hop & Vine Inn and prepared a delicious meal in one of our townhome kitchens for the corporate retreat. So many chef options in the Fennville, Saugatuck, & Doulas area when it comes to have your meal prepared on site. Ask us if you'd like suggestions!
Bridget is the founding CEO of Kids Food Basket (KFB) and she just spoke in our living room! KFB is a nonprofit organization in Western Michigan who provides sack suppers to area elementary children (8000 of them per day!!), who would not likely receive an evening meal otherwise. Last season, we started offering materials for our guests to decorate the sack supper bags, and there were two things we didn’t know: ONE, that our guests (of all ages) would so willingly jump at the opportunity to show some love through artwork in their spare moments of vacation, and TWO, that the founding CEO would walk through our door today to personally share their mission with a group staying here for a company retreat. What a privilege to hear! Listening to her speak about the history of KFB brought us to the edge of tears, and makes us even more proud to be part of a community who cares for and supports each other! Thanks for sharing your passion - and for the selfie, Bridget! ;)
We're constantly overwhelmed with gratitude for our guests! Their kind words, sweet notes, and thoughtful actions leave us always exclaiming "We have the BEST guests!!"
The Hoemann family is one group that totally blew us away with their generous spirit. They held their family reunion here and brought their own cornhole game. Upon checking out, they let us know that they had so much fun playing cornhole as a family, that they were going to send us one, so future families could make the same fun memories that they enjoyed creating! Needless to say, we were overwhelmed with such an awesome gesture.
When Dustin from Butler's Cornhole Boards & More delivered it today, we completely freaked out about how incredible the board looked!! We had no idea the Hoemann family was going to the extent of creating a custom board. We love it, and we know our guests will love it for years to come.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, Hoemann crew!!!♥️
You just can't beat swimming in Lake Michigan when the water is in the upper 70s! What's your favorite Michigan memory from this season? Share below!
This super fun group of UofM friends and their kiddos were total champions at doing all the things: Campfires, volleyball, pool time, grilling, playground, and more pool time! Capped off with a memory saving family photo in front of our 1904 barn.
This homemade stars & stripes blueberry crumble from Dan's mom definitely says, "Happy birthday, America!" Made from local blueberries from down the street!
Who knows what this beautiful berry tree is? Annnd, can we eat them?!?? We have 3 of these trees around the inn, and you can earn a high-5 if you can spot all 3 during your visit to the Hop & Vine!
If you're bringing a big family reunion, retreat, or group to the Hop & Vine Inn, what are you going to eat? You could cook in any of our 3 townhome kitchens, orrrr, you could cater in delicious food! Tons of options in the area for everything from BBQ, to pig roasts, to on-site chefs, to food trucks, and even a hot dog cart!
These two handsome guys are pretty famous around here. They're our dads! If you chat with us, it's highly likely they'll come in in conversations about how we've gotten so many projects accomplished. They've worked so hard, and SO many hours here at the Hop & Vine Inn. Along the way, they've taught us about the proper way to do things and a lot about hard work!