22 Jun Weekend Away- Traverse City
I love living in a major city. I couldn’t imagine not being able to order food at any hour or have an Uber at my door in 2 minutes to take me wherever I may want to go. That being said, sometimes I need a break. From the noise, from the traffic, from the energy.
And a weekend away does it when we can jump on a plane to Asia! With so many beautiful destinations a short drive away, we had a hard time narrowing down our most recent adventure. Traverse City, Michigan won with that Lake Michigan shoreline!
We found a pet friendly cabin in Traverse City on VRBO, packed up our bikes, and drove the five (six in half after traffic and multiple stops, ugh) hours around the lake. We didn’t have a plan, but knew we’d want to hit up a brewery, ride our bikes, and relax.
On our first night we made our way to North Peak Brewing Company. With so many options we decided on a flight to give everything a try. My favorite, Shirley’s Irish Stout. I’m not usually a dark brew fan but this one was so creamy and delish!
We took the bikes out the next morning to burn off those extra calories on the TART Trail. We put in about 10 miles on this beautiful, well maintained bike path! I loved seeing so many people from all ages on their bikes, including this handsome guy!
For a late lunch and a couple cocktails we decided on a roof top we had noticed leaving the brewery the night before, The Franklin. This Little Gems salad, absolutely amazing. I don’t even remember what Jon ordered because I was so content with my own meal, normally I’m stealing a bite or two of his lunch! Our cocktails were great, I had the Sangria and Jon went with the Stellar Old Fashioned. Really though, we loved this rooftop ambiance, laid back but upscale. Our server was also phenomenal, she even helped find us taxi information for our evening.
After biking home and a little rest, we got ready to head out for the night. New experience, waiting 40 minutes for our taxi! I really, really appreciated our Chicago conveniences during this wait. I forgot what calling a cab and waiting felt like! Thankfully, after a few cocktails, we were able to grab one right outside our last stop.
Side-note, I was also surprised by the bachelor/bachelorette parties. Traverse City seems to be a very popular destination!
The next morning, before getting ready to pack up and leave, Charlotte and I enjoyed a little down time on the porch. She was so happy to be with us at this beautiful cabin, especially roaming down by the creek in the front yard. I sipped coffee and read a little more of my book, The 4-hour Work Week.
Jon and I wandered downtown one last time for breakfast at Amical, a little shopping, and of course, some Ice Cream.
We couldn’t get enough of Lake Michigan, the views are just stunning. And the detail on some of the boats, equally impressive. We spent most of our drive home daydreaming about our future Lake House and looking up listings. Someday…