Last week we were lucky enough to get away to Traverse City for a long weekend, it was a much needed escape and we had a fantastic time!
We went by way of Mackinac City and the picture above was the view steps away from our room. We were right across from Mackinac Island! Mike’s Mom and Step-dad were nice enough to bring over Mike’s canoe so we could fish on our trip. We had the chance to have a delicious breakfast together Friday morning, it was a short visit, but it was great to catch up!
The sunrise over Mackinac Island.
We got an early start so we could do plenty of site seeing in Traverse City on Friday! The drive over was an experience in itself! Petoskey and Charlevoix were both adorable towns and there was lots of rolling farm land with views of the water in between.
We pulled into D.H. Day Campground right by the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lake Shore around noon. It was stunning! We had the surrounding area almost entirely to ourselves.
As soon as we let Ron out of the car he immediately started rolling in the dirt, I can only presume out of joy!
Mike was very proud to present our tent. He suggested we do timed set ups in the back yard at home to see if we could beat our record. I’m still considering…
We had lunch at a cute little restaurant on the way to Old Mission Peninsula, the view was hard to beat!
We split the Michigan Harvest Pizza that had local asparagus, bacon and corn on it with a garlic white sauce… I’d never thought about asparagus on pizza but it was sooo good!
The lighthouse on Old Mission Point
If you aren’t familiar with the area, Traverse City it is jam packed with local wineries! The most beautiful we visited was called Chateau Chanel. You can see water every way you look and rolling hills while enjoying a nice glass of local wine. We spent all day winery hopping and stopping to take in the beauty of the area. You start to exhaust words like “beautiful” or “stunning” because everywhere you turn is worthy of some kind of exclaim!
After a restful night’s sleep, we got ready for perch fishing on Glenn Lake the next morning. The inland lake has views of Sleeping Bear Dunes and ultra blue water. Look how happy that guy is!!
The lake was beautiful but unfortunately didn’t give us any fish… We made a few mistakes. We started late and assumed the local pro shop would have minnows which is what the perch were biting on according to the locals. We had to settle for night crawlers with no luck. It was still lots of fun to get out on the water in our boat’s maiden voyage!
After fishing for a few hours we headed out to he Leelanau Peninsula. We stopped in a little tourist town called Leland and visited “Fish Town” that had lots of shops and restaurants.
We ate a a restaurant right by the dam who’s specialty was the “Chubby Mary” a Bloody Mary with a whole smoked Chub sticking out of it. While I love Bloody Mary’s and fish, I prefer them on their own, so I passed!
While a camping trip is certainly better than being stuck at home while we are at work for our pup, he still was cooped up in the car more than we would have cared for… We made a pit stop to a local public beach for a swim and he loved it!
He felt so tough!
We headed back to camp a little early so we could enjoy a bonfire and some R&R.
The boys, showing off their collective cutie-pie-ness
We reluctantly packed up camp the next morning but decided to take one last scenic drive. It was by far the most spectacular part of the trip! The water was so still and blue and Sleeping Bear Dunes is like nothing else I have ever seen….
North Bar Lake
On our way out of town we stopped at a local farm to pick up some fresh asparagus and some homemade soap. The asparagus is for pickled asparagus… Stay tuned for the recipe and tutorial!