We both took the week off last week and ventured up north for a few days to Traverse City. It was overcast and spitting rain on the first bit of the drive up, but we were listening to good tunes on the iPod with SYNC and it was just so nice to get away that we didn’t care.
After a bit, the weather totally cleared up and the sun came out and it was beautiful the entire trip. It was sunny and warm but not too hot – just perfect.
We stayed at the Cherry Tree Inn. Our room was nice, and though not exactly as advertised (it was a regular hotel room rather than the condo style room that had been described to me on the phone, and we could hear a guest snoring and baby crying through the door that connected our room to the next one. It didn’t keep us awake, but I’d think twice before staying there again), it was comfortable and had a great view of the bay.
We enjoyed walking around downtown looking at the shops and people-watching. There was a small garden near the LYS and it had been yarn-bombed! Pretty fun.
We ate (and drank) plenty of good stuff while we were there. One evening we drove up the peninsula to the Jolly Pumpkin, where we had tasty food and refreshing microbrews. I had a North Peak Archangel which was delicious.
The view from our balcony was lovely in the early morning:
Of course while we were there we looked up the local comic shop, too, and while the selection was a bit disappointing, it was fun to see the art on the outside of the building. (Ellis was alarmed.)
We drove up the peninsula a second time and visited Chateau Chantal for a wine tasting. Well, K did the driving and I did the tasting (he’s not into wine), and we both appreciated the scenery.
View from the winery:
While we were up there, we drove around to some places that K lived when he was a kid. He has an incredible memory!
We also walked along the shore and noticed this cool ship out in the water:
We so lucked out on the weather – it could not have been more awesome!
This reminded us of @andrea_perez:
What a beautiful vacation! Thanks go to my folks who inspired us to take this trip.