A while back we took a weekend trip to Michigan. Although I grew up in Indiana, I had never vacationed in Michigan. I had gone to the outlet malls but never spent any time seeing what the area had to offer. We decided to change all that.
Day One – On the Road and Such
As we were living in Indiana at the time, we simply drove up and found a cute little bed and breakfast to stay at for the weekend. We spent most of that first night sight-seeing and shopping. The Benton Harbor area (and the drive in between) has so many shops that are locally owned. We found so much interesting stuff. There are also a lot of antique malls if you enjoy them (which I do). Driving through several small towns, we saw tons of uniquely built homes and businesses alike. We stopped every chance we got to take pictures.
Day Two – The First Breakfast
This bed and breakfast was so wonderful. I found it through a friend and it has no name. I am so glad we went though. The owner of this lovely place relies solely on word of mouth and is doing just fine. The food was amazing and the pond out front for swimming was gorgeous. A man built (although natural looking) pond with a high dive and little beach area. The kids had so much fun and there is even a trampoline that is buried in the ground so they can’t get hurt. Breakfast that weekend consisted of egg casserole, fresh sausage, cherries picked that day, homemade yogurt (OMG!), fresh milk (like straight from the cow), pancakes, peach slices, and fresh squeezed orange juice. We were so full that it was hard to load the boat that afternoon.
Later that day we took the boat to a little lake (not Lake Michigan) just on the outside of Benton Harbor. We spent the afternoon fishing, swimming, and socializing with others out on their boats. We stayed out until the sun began to set and then headed back for a good nights rest. We didn’t catch any fish that day, but we all had a ball.
Day Three – The Weekend is Over
After another amazing breakfast, we loaded up the car and got ready to head home. The owner gave me 4 HUGE zucchinis from her garden to take home. We eat zucchini for weeks. Bread, cake, roasted, steamed, and even raw. I had to get quite creative with recipes to keep from throwing it out. On the drive home, we stopped at Lake Michigan to take some more photos and grab some lunch. Lake Michigan reaches into Indiana but for some reason, it seemed prettier on this side. Maybe it was just the relaxation from the days before.