summer vacation - michigan style - part 2

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

click here to see part one of the vacation.

someone asked me why we chose northern michigan for a vacation.  well it was close enough to drive to in one day, the lakes are clear and beautiful, its not the "city"'s more relaxed and calm, the scenery is beautiful, its affordable, and there are so many quaint little towns to meander to.

we took two days of our vacation to drive around northern michigan.  

our first stop was at black star farms.  we drove through a gorgeous driveway surrounded by vineyards to end up at this beautiful inn and winery.  

we were there on a thursday morning, so it was not very busy at all.  

we stopped in to the retail shop/wine tasting room/cheese making viewing area.

dancy found the sparkling grape juice to be delicious.

dubs liked watching the cheese makers.

oh so many wines.  now, i am not really a wine drinker myself.  if given a glass, i will tend to sip on that one glass all evening.  i do find the process fascinating though.

we came across one white wine that even i found to be delicious!  it is the late harvest riesling.  again, not a big drinker, but we did purchase a couple of bottles for gifts and a couple for ourselves.

there was an extensive farm area for us to walk around.  we visited the goats, pigs, horses, ducks, and roaming chickens.

then is was back in the car and down the road a bit to sutton's bay.

isn't this phone booth too cute?  there was a working pay phone in it.

there were several art galleries and quaint little shops.

i really enjoyed the unique book stores in each town.....this one did not disappoint.

for lunch we ate at martha's cafe.  a MUST stop for a fresh, delicious lunch.

this is martha!  she was so sweet to all of our kids :)  we visited with her a little while and she shared the story and her love for martha's cafe.

this was my chicken salad with asparagus and ham sandwich.

of course i peeked my head into all the little home decor stores.  this one was my favorite!  at home.
those blue candlesticks are now in my front foyer :)

here they are in clear.  the ladies will gladly ship them to you! :) :)  give them a call. 231-271-4664.  i wish i got their names, they were so helpful and kind.

what a cute storefront!

of course a stop at the candy store is a must.  we keep it simple.  one item, nothing that spins or takes batteries.  the suckers and rock candy held us over until we reached our next destination.

leland, michigan.  otherwise known as "fishtown".

i really liked leland.  several of the stores are built up on the wharf with gravel walkways.

there are also several stores up on the streets.  another cute bookstore!

we found a pottery store in leland that i really liked!  the artist, ben maier, was not there but much of his work was just my style.

several light colored pieces with simple lines.

this technique really caught my eye.  we came home with some soup size bowls that looked like this vase.  white with grey edged sections.  i would love to add more ben maier pieces to my collection!

we took the kids out to the marina and looked at all the ships.  there are fishermen everywhere!  
we loved spending time together, exploring michigan.  this vacation spot will definitely be repeated!


  1. Love this! Such beautiful pictures to document your trip. Looks like you all had a wonderful time! :-)

  2. Such great pictures Sara! I have a silly question. Are your kids wearing KEEN sandals? We're taking a trip up the East Coast soon(Boston, Cape Cod, Maine & New Hampshire) nad I need some great all terrain shoes for the girls. I just recently heard of KEEN and wondered what you'd suggest.

  3. Beautiful family picture of you all! :) I'd love to visit after seeing all your pics! Sounds like a terrific vacation!

    ~ Ali

  4. In love this area of my beautiful home state, and I am so, so, glad you all enjoyed your visit. Michigan is sometimes known for the "rust belt"....but our jewels surround us: the great lakes! I have a whole category on my blog just for Michigan and have shared some of the same photos on my blog as you have here with your beautiful family in this post, so come back, there's much more to explore!

  5. Wow, you certainly managed to sample some fabulous spots in MI. Love all the photos.


  6. sarah, yes to the keens! we love them and are THE shoe of choice for the summer. the kids wear them in the water and riding bikes. we buy them from a local shoe store but they are available on zappos and other online sources. i would love to go east for a trip some day..have fun!

  7. My brother in law used to live in Traverse City and loved it. Thanks for taking us on part two of your travels, you have a beautiful family. We are a family of six total and love the large family. Kudos to you for taking them all on a trip.

  8. Thanks for visiting my home state. We love to spend our vacations up-north. We're heading to Petoskey soon.

  9. Oh, Sara... I am swooning over your photos of my very favorite places in this world. Usually by this time in our summer we have visited them all but it has not happened yet this year. I am praying that things let up soon so we can escape:)
    In the meantime, I will continue to visit your beautiful blog and dream:)

    I hope all is well with your beautiful family:)


  10. WOW! Such a fun filled trip!! I would love to go visit that area someday, even more so now! You have such a beautiful family! Thank you for sharing!!

  11. I just moved from Traverse City 3 weeks ago:( You ate and shopped at some of my favorite spots! Glad your family had a good time.

  12. You were just vacationing in my "second" back yard - we have a place in Suttons Bay on West Bay and love the area -- Martha's is the best for a bite to eat! Glad you enjoyed it.

  13. Janie of Kansas CityJuly 19, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    I absolutely LOVE that whole area of Leelanau County, Michigan. We 'found' it about four years ago and keep going back. We never before found a place we loved to return to - so it's great to see others finding their way up to that beutiful area of lake Michigan.


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