Thursday, September 27, 2012

Mini Vacation

I had the pleasure of joining my husband on a trip to upper Michigan. 
 I say joining him because he is a pilot and he flew up there and 
I drove up to meet him (corporate rules). 
 He flew in to Harbor Springs but we stayed in Petoskey  
Turns out his flight got delayed. 
 I was almost to our hotel so I decided to find the nearest quilt shop. 
 Turns out it was in Charlevoix, about 15 minutes away.  
It is a cute little shop called Hearts to Holly.  
I met the daughter of the owner and we chatted happily until my hubby called to say they had landed.  She recommended some places to eat and I left a happy camper!  
This is what the shop looked like inside. 
 Very cute and LOTS of great modern fabrics!


This is actually what I saw as I ran up to the door in the pouring down rain!


I drove back to our hotel and met my husband.  We had a room with a great view on the balcony!


We went driving around and exploring.  
We ended up eating at Mims, the bright orange house!
My husband had the fish and it was excellent but 
by far the BEST part of the dinner was his pickled coleslaw!!! 
 They make it there and it was fabulous!
The owner's son was running the place and he did a great job.


After dinner we were driving down the lake shore on the back side of the town 
when I saw some clouds like I have NEVER seen before.  
All the bottoms were pink. 
 Just the bottoms.  
We were driving and it was kind of at the top of the hill but I snapped a few pics.


By the time we were at the bottom of the hill the same sky looked like this 
(and it was only a matter of a few minutes)



We ended up going out to buy a cable so we could watch a movie that night.  
We watched Atlas Shrugged.  
Now I can't wait for the second part to come out!  
Excellent movie.  

I sat and bound a quilt while we watched the show.  
I needed to rinse the blue marking lines out so I did that in the sink and 
hung the quilt over the shower railing to dry. 
 I was hoping to get some good photos of the quilt in a cool place while we were out the next day.  
Of course the weather didn't really cooperate...at all. 
 It was VERY windy and off and on rainy.  

On Saturday morning we went back to Charlevoix to poke around.  
We bought some fudge (of course) and
 I happened to find some pumpkin (white chocolate) covered pretzels at the Taffy Barrel!  
Fabulous!!!
Took a few photos while we were there. 
 There was this HuGe ferry and we couldn't figure out to where.  
Turns out it was Beaver Island.  

"Hey Gwen Marston how you doin'?"


 I withstood the wind on the drawbridge long enough to take a photo of this light house too. 


We left Charlevoix and decided to drive back to Petoskey
but trouble is that you either drive WAY around the lake or take the local ferry.  
You bet we took that ferry!!  
Right across Lake Charlevoix!
It's on cables.  
I had never seen anything like that before.  
That's our rental car on the ferry.


This was the view from the ferry looking out the passenger window.


We headed toward Harbor Springs and decided to take the scenic Tunnel of Trees drive. 
 It took about half an hour but the drive was spectacular. 
 Lake Mi on the driver's side and beautiful houses on my side. 


We were on our way to Legs Inn in Cross Village. 
 A very unique place to visit. 
 LOTS of additional photos in my Flickr stream.  
(See hubby in the red hat??)




They serve authentic Polish food. 
 I almost ate all my pierogies before I remembered to take a picture for you guys to see them. 
 They were delish!
 

Here we are in front of this weird carved *thing*.  
I have no idea what it was but it looked like a gigantic sea monkey.
** giggle**


Took a different way back to the hotel  met the other pilot and his girlfriend for dinner.  
On the way back from dinner we could see the waves in Little Traverse Bay and
 they were breaking over the pier by the lighthouse.



One of the neatest spots we discovered, by accident, was this neat church. 
 I was totally fascinated by it.
 It was so beautiful.  
I wish we could have gone inside. 
 I did manage to take a few pictures. 



Sadly the mini trip ended too soon and with a 5 hour drive home. 
 Of course it was raining on the drive but look what I saw on the way.
 (Do you think it's a bad idea to take a photo or 7 and drive?)  
Me neither.


Now if you have read ALL the way to the end of this I have something to tell you.  
I will have some pretty exciting news to share with you all tomorrow so please come back. 

 The something I have been working on will be revealed tomorrow!!  

OMGosh I am so excited!!!
How will I sleep tonight???

~XOP


16 comments:

Impera_Magna said...

What a wonderful trip to such beautiful country! I would love to visit Hearts to Holly some day! Thanks for sharing all the wonderful photos...

RE: tomorrow's surprise
You tease, you!

:)

Annemiek said...

great pics! It sure looks like a wonderfull trip. And for tonight: just breathe and you'll be okay :)

Quilt n Queen said...

Beautiful northern Michigan...looks and sounds like you had a fabulous weekend...except for the 5 hour drive home! Can't wait to see your reveal!!

Dhia said...

Im so jealous, sounds like a perfect trip, perogies, ferry rides, quilt shops and pink bottom clouds. Great trip, thanks for sharing.

BlinkeysBlog.blogspot.com said...

Your pictures are wonderful especially those of the sky. Love them. You should print and frame them. What beauty Our Heavenly Father shows us to enjoy. Thank you

Rachel said...

Looks like a fantastic mini vacation!

Jodi said...

Interesting post and pics, especially the pink clouds! Glad you had a mini vaca. Love the rainbow at the end - God's promise to us that He will never again flood the earth!

MB in MI said...

Great post! Thanks for the wonderful pictures, especially those clouds. We sure have a pretty state don't we?? Glad you had fun.

dianne said...

wow ... serious wow!

Anonymous said...

I love Hearts to Holly! We drive to Traverse City from London Ontario as often as we can. Then we make day trips. Charlevoix. Sutton's Bay,Petoskey. Oh,I love everything! Michigan is beautiful. Also, there is a fabulous quilt shop in Davison.Michigan, Linda's Country Quilts. Both stores are worth the drive in my opinion.I have always been treated like a valuable quilter at both stores.

Sheila said...

Great pictures! Thank you for sharing your vacation!

Pat / Silver Thimble Quilt Co. said...

I'm so excited to read your post. I am coming to Petosky and other places in Michigan next September. I just can't wait. Oh BTW will you be at Market. Would love to see you again.

purduepam said...

Love the tunnel of trees. We have biked it and stayed at the legs inn. BTW you can walk on the beach all the way from legs inn to mackinaw city.

Denise :) said...

What a lovely, fun trip!! Love that picture of the sunset -- red sky at night, sailor's delight! :)

Michele said...

It looks like it was a great mini trip. Those perogies would have been the best part for me.

Mary-Kay said...

Great photos! I love that area so much, hubby and I are thinking of buying a second home there. We go at least 6 times a year. And I just love Hearts to Holly, it's my favourite quilt shop!

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