Monday, November 5, 2012

Pure Michigan

This weekend was the first time B and I have gone away to a hotel for no reason since 2008. To say we needed a bit of a get away would be an understatement. Amongst wedding plannin', remodelin', and a whole lot of work, Michigan was calling our names.

We ventured up to New Buffalo, Mich. It was only an hour and a half from Chicago, and the perfect distance for a quick get away. We decided to stay at The Harbor Grand for a hotel with a quaint feel. 

1. The fire place in The Terrace Room. 2. Breakfast waiting at our door in the morning. 3. Vosges Chocolate in the lobby. 4. S'mores kits available every night at their bonfire (for free!).

The hotel was full of so many personal touches that won us over from the start. Every night you fill out what foods you would like delivered to your door for breakfast, and at what time. They have Ben and Jerry's ice cream available 24/7, countless DVDs to rent for free, complimentary s'mores kits, etc. I can't wait to go back! 

The only shopping B and I both like to take part in involves antiquing. After breakfast we ventured out down Red Arrow Highway and hunted for historic hidden gems. 

1. Wooden taxidermy, 2. Vintage wine bottle holder, 3. 1930's Shipping trunk turned coffee table, 4. Braided rope wrapped vase. 

After an afternoon full of antique shops we found Soe Cafe. Soe uses locally raised produce and has an extensive list of cocktails. Soe has such a beautifully decorated dining room that I may have inquired about what color the walls were painted. You can take the girl out of the remodeling but you can't take the remodeling out of the girl. 

1. Soe dining room. How about that painted horizontal paneling? 2. B and I in a self portrait. 3. Drinks and sweet potato chips. 

We headed out to the casino in New Buffalo and I had my first experience with gambling. A gambler, I am not. It was a great time, but I can't say I'll be heading back any time soon. 

The following morning, after our breakfast in bed we headed to local Round Bar Winery for a tasting. The wines were delicious and my personal favorite had to be their Gew├╝rztraminer. 

1. Outdoor patio overlooking the vineyard, 2. Wines on display in the tasting room, 3. B and I at our tasting, 4. The barn ceiling, it reminded me so much of our wedding venue. 

Let me tell you, Tim Allen isn't lying when he depicts Pure Michigan. Even in the Winter months Michigan is such a great escape, if only for the weekend!


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