Way back in August, we took a trip to Northern Michigan.  
It was our first time vacationing in the beautiful state. 

We stayed in a cozy cottage in the woods in the small town of Bellaire
We made the short drive to a beach almost everyday. 

The water was so clean and the rock collecting kept the kids busy for hours. 

I thought it was more fun than collecting seashells. 

Here is my son's rock fortress.  They thought it was more fun than sand also. 

Don't worry, as soon as we got home, both boys got a haircut!

We loved hanging out in the little town of Bellaire.  
There were cute shops, great ice cream and fabulous restaurants. 
Believe it or not, they didn't intentionally color coordinate with the chairs.
Just stopped to take a break.

After a long day at the beach, we started a little fire at the cottage, roasted hotdogs and made s'mores.

The perfect s'more.

A look at our surroundings. 

Our favorite part of the vacation was a little day trip we took to Mackinac Island.
We loaded our bikes onto the ferry and spent the day pedaling around the island.

And of course we stopped to check out all the sights. 

The homes on the island were absolutely gorgeous.  I found myself daydreaming about living there.
I'm not sure I would love the winters, but I could definitely handle spending my summers living in one of those amazing homes perched on top of the hill.  

We also spent a day at the Dunes, which I also blogged about here.  
Standing at the bottom of the dunes, I thought the hike up would be pretty easy.
Not the case, my friends.  I am in good shape and I was huffing and puffing half way up the first dune.

The kids were troopers, but boy were they exhausted at the end.

Even though we didn't make it all the way to the Lake, this view made was worth the effort. 

Overall it was a great trip and the kids are already looking forward to going back. 

Where did you spend your summer vacation?


  1. I live in Michigan!!! I am so glad that you enjoyed your stay..we have the best of a lot of worlds here! Winters are not too bad but you have to get out and enjoy the snow!! I love reading your blog. The stories of you dog you lost make me cry!!

  2. it looks so beautiful!!!! what a great vacation. i am totally dying over the fact that your kids match those chairs- ha ha!

  3. Northern Michigan is one of my favorite places! Looks like you guys made the most of your time there. I agree with Cassie about the color coordination with the chairs!

  4. I have only passed through Michigan, but it looks like you found the best part. Looks like a great trip. Really beautiful.

  5. looks gorgeous...maybe a little too much "exercise" and a not enough beer for me ;)
    yes, i look at that dang couch to 5k everyday but if you can't run neither will i!!

  6. Would you mind telling me the cottage you stayed at? I'm always looking for new vacations for our family and Bellair sounds fabulous!

  7. This is my first time i visit here. I found so many entertaining stuff in your blog, especially its discussion. From the tons of comments on your articles, I guess I am not the only one having all the leisure here! Keep up the good work.

  8. You've got such a handsome family, Andrea. And I love how you rock the hats too.

  9. Being a Michigander, I cannot recommend northern Michigan enough to people that have never vacationed here...the beaches on Lake Michigan rival those found on the South Carolina coast, the hiking is phenom, and the people are beautiful. We go to Traverse City as often as we can (we live in mid-state near Flint) to restock our wine collection and visit The Grand Hotel at least once a year on Mac Island. So glad you enjoyed our beautiful state!!!


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