Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Traverse City Vacay.

We vacationed in Traverse City. It is, hands down, our favorite city in all of Michigan. The beauty of Lake Michigan is amazing because the water compares to that of the Carribbean. It's so clear and blue I forget I'm in Michigan!
We stayed at the lovely Cherry Tree Inn and had a suite on the water:
This was our view for the last few days: Lucky us, right?
Garth and I had every intention to go to Glen Arbor to cross-country skii and eat at our favorite restaurant over there, Boone Docks. But we got super lazy on this vacation and spent our days relaxing in the hotel, eating fabulous food, and walking around the city in the balmy 40 degree weather.
Oh, and we played games and enjoyed quality time together: On first day we ate at the BEST Mexican at Red Mesa for some unbelievably good fajitas. For dinner that night we enjoyed take-out pizza from That'sa Pizza while watching The Golden Globes. Perfection.
The next day we went to North Peak so Garth could get his beer sampler. I don't think I mentioned this yet, but the school I work for merged with another institution as of Jan. 1 and we are not allowed to drink now. So, I enjoyed a water. Cheers!
The fish and chips more than made up for the lack of alcohol. SO GOOD.
We also at the yummy Sweetwater American Bistro in the Grand Traverse Hotel and Spa. I highly recommend the Three Cheese Ravioli, it might change your life. And while you're at the Grand Traverse, you need to stop by the coffee shop and order a Princess Mocha. You'll thank me later! So yum.
Rest. Food. Garth. All the ingredients for a wonderful vacation!

57 comments:

Erin said...

Looks like sooo much fun! Glad you had a good time even without any drinks :) But really, your not allowed to drink ever again as long as you work there?

Mrs. McB said...

Sounds like you all had a great time! The food sounds awesome.

So you can't drink ever?!?! Wow!

katie + bret said...

ooo that looks fun and the fish and chips look AMAZING!!

And speaking of AMAZING, girl, you look so, so great!! I can definitely see all your hard work you have put in!

Shanny said...

It looks beautiful!!!!!
Glad you had fun :)

...::Mrs. Southern Bride::... said...

Looks wonderful!! Love the pictures. :)

Brittany Ann said...

I'm echoing the sentiments of everyone else? You can't drink out of work? Not that it's a problem. I myself rarely if ever drink. But I'm just curious why that's request of your employer?

Lauren Kelly said...

How incredibly fun!!!! Glad you two got to get away by yourselves!!!! :)

Natalie said...

Looks like ya'll had a great vacation! I am curious as well about the no drinking thing as well?

Shannon said...

I love that room - there is a hot tub thingy in it!!!! LOL That looks amazing, if we ever visit Michigan, we'll have to stop and see that water!

I love love love Mexican, yum!

But, you're not allowed to drink while working for them???? What kind of garbage is that?

Btw, you look amazing!

New Girl on Post said...

All the food you had sounds so GOOD!

Elizabeth said...

Looks like you had a great time! I am happy for you both! That food looks yummy!!

The Rest is Still Unwritten said...

You can't drink? That confuses me. Can work tell you that!?

Well, looks like a blast anyway. And can I just tell you how AH-MAzing you look! Way to go girl!

Pamibelle said...

Looks like you had a great time and with all the people commenting you might have to do a quick post on why you can't drink. The view looked amazing!

Amy Christine said...

next time you are up in traverse city, you should hit up fischers happy hour on 22 in northport! and leland is a great little town!!

The Shabby Princess said...

So glad you got to have some time away together. Drooling over the fish and chips!

Minnesota Girl said...

First off, you look fab!

Secondly, you can't drink?!? What?

Jon and Steph said...

Fantastic! Sounds wonderful. There's nothing better than quality time away! And the place y'all stayed at was awesome. Glad you had a wonderful weekend ;)

Mandy said...

How can a job stop you from drinking in your free time?!

Vineyard Vogue said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Traverse City. Definitely one of the best places to vacation in Michigan :o) So glad you guys had so much fun!

Jules said...

It looks like it was a wonderful weekend. I love the snowy balcony pics! It looks like you had some delicious food too.

Meg said...

Looks like such a fun weekend!!!

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

What a great view.

I'm confused though, you cannot drink at all?

Blonde Bookworm! said...

Oh this looks like it was such a great time!!! So happy to hear your weekend went well :) PS. You aren't allowed to drink during your weekends? How can a job dictate that sort of thing?

Preppy Little Dress said...

Glad you had a great time! Our cottage is 1/2 way between Glen Arbor and Leland. Hopefully you made it over to Leland and Suttons Bay....if not, add it to your next trip! Love Boone Docks and Red Mesa --- very popular amongst the locals, hee! hee! Great pictures, thanks for sharing!!

M said...

Those little beers are too cute!

Anne said...

Awww, I miss Traverse! That's where we spent part of our honeymoon and I completely fell in love with that city. We went to North Peak one night too! :) Glad you had such a great time together!

Jules said...

We were in Michigan once and stayed at the Grand Traverse. Love those getaways....

Lauren said...

What a great time!!! I LOVE Traverse City, but haven't had a chance to spend much time there. Up-North Michigan is so beautiful!

Glad you were able to have such a great time!

Glamorous Newlywed said...

Still giggling over the phrase, "balmy 40-degree weather" :) 40 degrees in Dallas would have people complaining about how cold it is!

Looks like a super-fun vaca! Sad about the no drinking... I'm guessing your work merged with a church of some kind?

Kt said...

Looks like a wonderful little vacay! And I'm so confused about this no-drinking rule??

Autumn said...

Looks like an amazing time! :)

Our Happy Married Life... said...

i've been to traverse city in the summer and it IS fabulous!

SnoWhite said...

I figured you were going to TC!! We love that city :)

Amey said...

Looks like fun! I am guessing you work for a school that merged with a Christian school? I know at some Christian schools the staff and students aren't allowed to drink.

Mrs. S. said...

So, you can't drink at all? The school you work for controls this? I am a little confused on this...it isn't like I drink all the time, but I would have a problem having that dictated.

It looks like you had a wonderful time! I would love to get away for awhile.

Allyson said...

What a fun weekend trip! Glad yall had a good time!

Jen Caputo said...

looks like a blast! What does it mean that because of the school you work at that you can't drink? Your job can really dictate what things you do on your own time if they aren't illegal? That seems weird. I hope you can elaborate :)

Brown Girl said...

That looks awesome, those fish and chips look ah-mazing!

CJ said...

Looks like a lot of fun! Pics look great!

Garrett and Meagan said...

gorgeous pics!!! you need to dish on the drinking!!

Brown Eyed Girl said...

Awww so much fun!! I love that you all just relaxed and enjoyed each other! Sounds like perfection :)

Crystal said...

Looks like a great get-away... I love lazy vacations :-)

I have to echo what everyone else is saying... How can your job say if you can or can't drink away from work?

Megan said...

Looks so fun! You guys are so cute and always do such fun things!!

Kristin @ the Waiting Game said...

Glad you guys had a wonderful time!

Tara Gibson said...

girl you are looking FABulous!

sabrina said...

it sounds like so much fun!

1. I love tango-grams!
2. What is it you do at work? Apparently you work for a Christian school?

Mrs. D said...

That view is amazing!! Sounds like you two had a lot of fun! :)

Lil' Woman said...

I love all your little mini vacays you guys go on! :)

MissJody said...

So jealous.

The View! The food! It all looks wonderful!

I'm glad you guys had a great time :)

Rebecca Jo said...

I wouldnt have let that chair in front of the fireplace... or a chair on the balcony! Bring food to me in those places! :)

a H.I.T. said...

Looks like a great vacation! What game were you playing?

morewineplease said...

WOW! Nice scenery! What a relaxing trip!

The Southern Housewife said...

My hubby lives not very far from there! We were just there over Christmas! :)

Blair @ Reasonably Swanky said...

Looks like an amazing time!

prashant said...

your not allowed to drink ever again as long as you work there?

Work from home India

Samantha said...

Do you live in Michigan?

Traverse City Hotels said...

Traverse City is wonderful, and most of the hotels are top-notch. I would love to visit soon.