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Road Trip to Saugutuck, Michigan

Instead of driving 45 minutes to Downers Grove, Illinois, I decided to continue driving I-94 South two weeks ago.  I exited I-94 and began driving on I-196 North.  After two hours of driving, I exited I-196 North to arrive in downtown Saugutuck, Michigan.

I was born and raised in Saginaw, Michigan.   In the 21st century, I didn’t even know Saugutuck existed.  My co-worker friend, Kim, put me on to this quaint town sitting on one of Michigan’s beautiful lakes.  And yes, the temperature was a crisp chilly 35 degrees, but the wind chill made the air feel like it was in the low 20’s.  Apparently, I didn’t care since I was bundled up enough to walk along Butler Street.

At the end of the street was an awesome store by the name of Spice Merchants.  Spice Merchants was a dream come true for me.  When I first walked in, I was greeted with a friendly smile and ‘Hello’.

The woman at the register, maybe the owner, left me to explore the store.  I had only 20 minutes before paradise was set to close.  I had to hurry and take it all in.  The wooden shelves were filled with a wide variety of jars containing spices, teas, and cocoas.  You can even find bags prefilled with same items found in the jars.

I purchased adobo spice blend, New Mexico green chile powder, crystallized ginger and two cocoas.


I used the first two items.  They were amazing.  I seasoned some chicken thighs with the adobo spice blend.  I seasoned a medley of carrots, green onions, sweet potatoes, red peppers, green peppers, with Trader Joe’s South Africa Smoke, fresh cilantro, and the New Mexico Green Chile Powder.  I lucked up on creating a well seasoned chicken chili.  I will definitely be going back to spice merchants.

Chicken Stew Ingredients

Chicken Stew

While you are in Saugutuck and if you by chance have a sweet tooth, you have to stop by Kilwins Chocolates on Butler Street not far from Spice Merchants.  I had the pleasure of experiencing the pecan caramel apple as well as a pretzel rod covered in chocolate, pecans, and caramel.  The rich caramel tastes of butter, butter, and more butter.    I look forward to trying their salt water taffy, fudge, and any other mouth watering tempting sweet treat that will catch my eye.

I didn’t spend much time in Saugutuck.  But the time I did spend there was most enjoyable.   I will return to Saugutuck when it is warmer and I am able to ride my bike to explore the town.  By the way, I did try a restaurant while I was on Butler Street; but I will save that review for when I return and is able to compare it to other restaurants in Saugutuck.

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