I don’t think there will ever be a time that I can live without it. Beautiful rolling hills all shades of colors as you pull up. Sweet and wonderful aromas that hit you right when you walk in the door. Mouthwatering as you pick up the perfect one and take it to the counter… grabbing six other things you can’t live without on your way. Crane’s Restaurant and Bakery = legendary.
Located in Fennville, right next to Saugatuck, Cranes farmland was purchased in 1916. Apples, cherries, and peaches grown right on the land and used in the most amazing pies, ciders, and donuts are second to none. You can also stop in to eat a complete meal in the small and quiet restaurant while you’re there.
Grandma Betty had a love affair with Cranes. About once a week she would head over to make her weekly pick-up. Like I said, once you go in, you can’t leave with just one thing. Grandma always made sure to have Crane’s apple cider donuts on hand. If she knew people were coming to visit, she made sure to buy extras. She also usually left with a jug of apple cider and at least one pie. Our family favorite… the cherry crisp. Sweet and succulent ripe fresh cherries backed into soft and flaky pie crust and topped with crunchy and delish oats, it was like biting into a piece of heaven. Of course, once a holiday came along though, we would come home with multiple flavors… pumpkin being the favorite around Thanksgiving.
Nowadays, every time I head up to Saugatuck, Crane’s is a must stop before heading back home. I make sure to buy a dozen donuts, a jug of cider, and of course a cherry crisp pie… just like Grandma Betty would have wanted.