Fennville is another small town located just minutes from Twin Oaks Inn and fall is the perfect season to make the short trip. Innkeepers Sherry and Lisa will be happy to point the way. Fennville has orchards, wine vineyards and restaurants that are well worth visiting. The annual Goose Festival is held in early-October in downtown Fennville and includes a 5k run, an arts and crafts show, and a car and truck show.
Just outside of downtown Fennville are Crane Orchards growing a variety of seasonal fruit you can pick yourself including cherries, peaches and apples. Fall is the season for apple picking. It’s also the season for Crane Orchards’ corn maze. They create a new and challenging design every year.
Located on the grounds of Crane Orchards is Crane’s Pie Pantry Restaurant & Winery which specializes in delicious fruit pies and desserts. Their bakery puts out bread, cinnamon rolls and much more. When my sister and I visited Crane’s we had time to stop in their bakery and we bought the most wonderful apple cider donuts.
For barrel-aged apple cider, you’ll want to stop by Virtue Farm and Cider. Go there for cider tastings, tours and their farm market. Check their website often for events like Thursday’s Night Market Series featuring farm-fresh fare and artisanal crafts.
Head to Fenn Valley Vineyards and Wine Cellar and try their award-winning wines. In addition to winery tasting and cellar tours, Fenn Valley hosts popular events in the fall such as the popular Wine Vine’d 5K Run, a scenic trail through their vineyards, meadow and forested ecosystems, and the annual Nouveau Fest where they introduce the first wine from the vintage.
Salt of the Earth Rustic American Eatery & Bakery in downtown Fennville is well-known among foodies. On my next visit to Saugatuck I plan to dine at this farm-to-table restaurant and I want to try the Campfire Coffee from their dessert menu! When you go be sure to buy one of the perfect loaves of artisanal bread to take home with you.