{Pure Michigan} Holland + Traverse City + Grand Rapids

Friday, April 03, 2015

Michigan, you were cold. Like REALLY cold.
But you sure were pretty!
Some highlights from our trip included:
Coffee at Milktooth, BLK/MRKT, Madcap & Lantern.
The best sweet potato doughnut holes I've ever had.
Seeing a 254 yr old Dutch windmill.
Visiting the Big Red Lighthouse in Holland State Park.
Fishing for steelhead on the Manistee River.
Watching the sunrise on West Grand Traverse Bay.
Getting free dessert at Marie Catrib's.
Watching the March Madness games at Short's and the Jolly Pumpkin.
Getting to visit Bell's Brewery in Kalamazoo.
Seeing my alma mater for the first time in 13 years.
Aaaaand eating a #58 sundae from Ivanhoe's.
Happy Friday, brave ones.
What do you like most about Michigan?


Elizabeth said...

Oh my goodness! I can't believe you were in my town! Marie Catrib's is practically in my backyard and my very favorite place! Windmill Island is also beautiful/funny. So glad you enjoyed your trip!

Haley Reeves said...

Oh, oh, oh Emily Loerke... I have wanted to move to Michigan since I was 16. This blog post just may have done it. It might really be time for me to say good bye to Illinois and make that dream come true.

the bergmans said...

Love Michigan! So glad you made it to Grand Rapids...love living here! Lantern is right around the corner from where I used to work and we frequented it often! Come back sometime for pizza and brews at The Mitten Brewing Company...it's right in our neighborhood! Love that you made it to Holland, too. Nothing like that section of Lakeshore!

Jen said...

I love beer samplers at Bell's, running the streets of South Haven first thing in the morning, and swimming in Lake Michigan.
Your trip looks like the perfect getaway. Did you stay in hotels or airbnbs? I would love to make it all the way north to Traverse City this summer.

Today's Letters said...

e, marie catrib's is LEGIT! our favorite place to eat on our road trip.

haley, that's amazing! i definitely want to go back in the summer! lemme know if you take that leap and move to the mitten.

thebergmans, we went to lantern! thanks for the Mitten Brewing Co rec. I'll add that to our list of places to go the next time we stop!

jen, you know michigan well! yes! we stayed at an airbnb just north of traverse city by about 6 miles. it was right on the water. so much cheaper than a hotel downtown!

Anonymous said...

I have never been to Michigan - but came hear to with you a happy easter! We have a holiday on friday and monday here - which is nice to have some time off!

Sarah H said...

So fun that you went back to TU? How was it being back? Do you have any friends still around there that you got to see?

Lindsay Hufford said...

We moved to MI six years ago from Louisville:). We live outside Ann Arbor and just started to do some exploring of the mitten state last year. We love Petoskey and have some great friends who live there. Hoping to hit Holland this summer. All the breweries and outdoor adventure make Michigan one of my most favorite places I've ever lived. Looks like you had a great trip. P.S. So glad a friend recommended your blog. Louisville has a piece of my heart and I live there vicariously through your photos. I miss all the great spots to eat in the Highlands!!

Anonymous said...

My husband is from there. My fav part :)

Happy Spring to you.

Erin said...

Oh such goodness! Lived in Grand Rapids for about 10 yrs. Thebest MI hasto offer is Marie Catrib's and Lake Michigan in the summer! You reminded me to book a trip there in July.

Stephanie said...

As another Taylor grad, I am so glad you got to go back and go to Ivanhoe's! I love their strawberry shortcake and will have to get it next time I'm in the area!

Stephanie said...

As another Taylor grad, I am so glad you got to go back to campus and go to Ivanhoe's! I loved the strawberry shortcake so I'm looking forward to getting one when I'm in the area!

Cassie Boyd Baker said...

I always went for the #24 shake myself! It's too rich to even finish! I went back to the alma mater 2 years ago to when I was invited to teach a workshop there! It was great to see everything! The area is practically a booming metropolis in comparison! Gone are days where Ivanhoes and Toppit Pizza were the only options! There's even a Starbucks in Gas city... Next to a hotel!!!!

Beth said...

We ate at the Jolly Pumpkin this summer and LOVED IT!! So glad others enjoy Michigan like we do.

Heather Wix-Aguilera said...

I'm from MI and I'm so glad you got to visit and see the beauty of this state. I just love your blog! Thanks for sharing all this loveliness.

Anonymous said...

Uhh, weird question, but where are those green pants from?? Love!

Today's Letters said...

JCrew! ☺️

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