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.
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.