FAQ's

 

Can I reserve tickets in advance?

Tickets should be reserved in advance as they sell out quickly ahead of time. To maximize your chances of getting the day and number of tickets you prefer, please reserve well in advance.  To reserve your space, please call 269.857.1700 or email info@hungryvillagetours.com and leave your name, tour date desired, number of people, and a phone number.  You will receive a confirmation within 24 hours.

 


 

What forms of payment are accepted?

MasterCard, Visa, and Cash are accepted and will be taken prior to your tour departure.

 


 

What if a tour is sold out, can I be placed on a waiting list?

Yes.  If there are cancellations prior to a tour, we will gladly notify you of the openings. If a date is sold out, there is a good chance that we will add an additional tour on that day. Please email us to let us know what date you are interested in, always mentioning a possible alternative date.

 


 

How much food is served on the tour?

A Culinary Walk: Secrets Behind the Storefronts includes ample sips and samples.

A Delicious Drive: Colorful Area Farms and Creative Artisan Producers includes all tastings and a “farm to fork” lunch at the Salt of the Earth restaurant.

 


 

How much walking is involved? Is it a fast-paced tour?

A Culinary Walk is approximately 3 hours, and participants can expect to be standing or walking for a majority of the time. We walk at a moderate pace and also provide at least two shaded resting locations.
A Delicious Drive is approximately 6 hours and participants will be escorted in a van to each location; there is some standing and walking.  Lunch is provided at Salt of the Earth restaurant.

 


 

Do your tours have anything to offer a native from Saugatuck or Douglas?

A majority of Hungry Village Tours attendees live right here and participate in order to learn the best specialty culinary shop locations, local food markets, farms and artisan producers.

 


 

Does the tour leader accept gratuities?

Gratuities are greatly appreciated, but are not mandatory. The standard gratuity in the service industry is 15%.

 


 

What if I have dietary restrictions or allergies?

If you (or anyone in your group) has a dietary restriction or allergy(e.g. vegetarian, diabetic, etc.) please let us know when you purchase your tickets. We can accomodate to your needs if we know in advance.

 


 

Can I shop during the tour?

In order to stay on schedule, we ask that you wait to shop until the tour has ended. Continuing with the informative tour and tastings in a timely manner is important. Please allow yourself time at the end of the tour to return to your favorite locations and/or shops.

 


 

When is the best time to take the tour?

We highly recommend taking our culinary tours at the beginning of your visit to Saugatuck/Douglas so you allow plenty of time to revisit the wonderful shops, markets, farms and producers during your stay. Since tours usually sell out well in advance, there is not a better day of the week versus another.

 


 

Can I take children on the tours?

While we offer youth tickets (under 18 years old), the Culinary Walk is 3 hours and the Delicious Drive is 6 hours; some children have a limited attention span and therefore the tour may not be appropriate for some of them. Parents, who know their children best, should assess the situation individually. Because there is a lot of standing and walking, please consider this when deciding whether the tours may be appropriate for your child.

 


 

Is the tour wheelchair and baby stroller accessible?

The Culinary Walk establishments are wheelchair and baby stroller friendly and accessible. However, the Delicious Drive is not wheelchair accessible.

 


 

Can I purchase gift certificates?

Yes, Hungry Village Tours Gift Certificates are available for all tours offered. To purchase or learn more about our gift certificates, please email us to request a gift certificate. A member of Hungry Village Tours staff will respond with payment and further instructions.

 


 

Are private group tours available?

Yes, private Hungry Village Tours are available for both tours. To set up or learn more, please email us to request a private group tour. A member of Hungry Village Tours staff will respond within 24 hours.

 


 

Are there vegetarian options on the tour?

Yes, all tours offer alternative tasting options for vegetarians.

 


 

Are any beverages served on the tour?

All Hungry Village Tours have drink tastings included in the tour. You can however purchase water and/or beverages prior to all tours.  In addition, most of the tasting locations provide water and/or beverages during the tour.

 


 

Does the tour end at the same place it starts?

Yes, both Hungry Village Tours start and finish at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts, 400 Culver Street, Saugatuck, MI 49453.

 


 

Do the tours include wine tasting?

Yes, there is a wine tasting on the Culinary Walk, and a winery visit on the Delicious Drive.  Wine and beer is included with lunch on the Delicious Drive, and additional alcoholic beverages are also available for purchase at lunch.

 


 

What types of foods are served on the tour?

Samples and sips showcasing specialties are provided by unique food shops, farm markets, and producers.

 


 

Do we only walk around and sample food?

Absolutely not! The Culinary Walk and the Delicious Drive from Hungry Village Tours combine commentary with a bit of history, local folklore, and culinary insight into a unique tour adventure. Imagine walking through Saugatuck/Douglas sampling our local artisans’ most delicious foods while learning about our villages, farms, and producers from real locals!

 


 

Are tours offered in languages other than English?

Yes, we only offer tours in English at this time; however tours in Spanish can be easily arranged with advanced notice.  Please email us if you would like to make arrangements for your own interpreter to join the tour or if you are interested in a tour in a different language, as we are able to accommodate most requests if made in advance.

 


 

Will tours continue if it rains or snows?

The tours will continue as planned regardless of rain or snow. In the event of inclement weather, we will be able to go inside many of the establishments on the tour. We also provide umbrellas in case of sudden weather changes. However, we advise to check the weather conditions for your day’s event and dress appropriately.

 


 

If I am bringing an infant/very young child, do I need to purchase a ticket for them?

If you are bringing an infant or very young child and they will not be participating in the tastings, you do not need to purchase a ticket for them. However, please do let us know if you will be attending with an infant or young child when you purchase tickets.

 


 

Are restrooms available along the tour?

Yes, restrooms are available during the tour at selected locations.

 


 

Can I bring my camera on the tour?

Yes. Cameras and filming are allowed during the tour. We strongly encourage participants to take photos during the tour. We would love to post your pictures of the tour on our website.

 


 

Is there parking near the tour meeting point? Is there a public transportation option to the meeting point (SCA)?

Yes, there is both private and public parking located near the Saugatuck Center for the Arts. Parking is limited and The Interurban is a great option to pick up and deliver your group to the meeting point. The Interurban offers local public transportation service in and around the greater Saugatuck/Douglas area. Just call 269.857.1418 for a pick up. Adult fares are $1.00, children under 12 and seniors are just 50 cents. Forget the hassle of driving and parking and enjoy the ease of being shuttled anywhere in the area including Oval Beach! Lift equipped vehicles are available. The Interurban also runs a free shuttle service from the parking lot of the Saugatuck High School to downtown Saugatuck with stops at the chain ferry and the information booth on Butler Street. The shuttle will operate on weekends from May 28 through Labor Day weekend, Saturday 9am-8pm and Sunday 10am-6pm with additional hours on special event days. The shuttle also runs July 4th and July 29th (Venetian Night) from 10am until after the fireworks.