we just returned home from a northern michigan vacation. if you have never traveled these parts, please put it on your list of places to vacation!
full of fresh water lakes, adorable towns full of boutiques and local eateries, wineries, and gorgeous gorgeous scenery. gorgeous.
we rented a house for the week on one of the several beautiful inland lakes. take your pick from glen lake, silver lake, torch lake and on and on......
oh, and if you're into fishing....well kevin vandam IS from michigan :) boone caught this fish.
seriously, moments like this melt my heart.
there was lots of kayaking, paddle boating, tubing, boat rides and turtle catching. the water is so clear and i love not worrying about the salt getting in eyes and mouths.....
we painted the back of one turtle with nail polish :) maybe someone else will find him one day....
on to the eateries! in traverse city we ate at poppycocks. it was fabulous! fresh, eclectic and right up my alley! the grilled eggplant bisque was de.lic.ous.
another great stop is the blue tractor. yummy grille type food in a cool atmosphere.
downtown traverse city is full of wonderful boutiques, bookstores, restaurants, art studios and home stores.
as you drive along you'll notice several barns! this was taken while we were driving out my car window. someone could definitely make a picture book photographing all the cool barns in northern michigan.
oh! and the antique shops! there are so many, and they are great! this one, lilacs antiques, is in elk rapids. i am collecting plates for a plate wall so plates were what i was on the hunt for this trip.
while in elk rapids we ate at pearl's for dinner. spicy, new orleans menu that was wonderful! they have a very friendly kid's menu as well.
this is the crawfish & corn chowder. delish!
to be continued..............