I have always wanted to go to a Michigan beach town but haven’t found the time. I don’t know if anyone reading is a Chicagoan, but summers here rule. There are tons of festivals, rooftops and - ta da - Lake Michigan. After I factor in everything I want to do, that leaves around 10 minutes of unaccounted time. But this year I was determined.

So, I convinced my wonderful boyfriend that we needed to set aside a weekend. The conversation went something like this…

Me - “Want to go to a Michigan beach town this summer?”

Jimmy - “Sure. When?”

Me - “June is already filled, so is July… so is August… How about September 14th?”

Jimmy - “Sounds good.”

Needless to say, I barely won the argument. :)

There are a lot of cool beach towns in Michigan. It was hard to pick, but we ended up with Saugatuck. We drove up late and stayed at a fancy Best Western (complete with fireplace) on Thursday night. The night was spent talking, drinking and endlessly snacking because - ya know - vacation. :)

Jimmy had to work on Friday, but I had a chance to explore… and a chance to meet my squirrel friend. Ha!

 He is smiling, but it is saying, “I’m working, move along!” :)

He is smiling, but it is saying, “I’m working, move along!” :)

We were able to check into Lake Shore Resort just outside of town that afternoon. It was so much better than I had expected!!!

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Our room was (obviously) immediately filled with our many things. However, if you are able to see past our loads of stuff you can tell just how stylish and updated the rooms are.

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The best part of this place was the insane view of Lake Michigan. It is odd how the water on Chicago’s side seems so mucky when on this side we could see to the bottom of the water equally as far out as our eyes could focus. Incredible. They had kayaks at the bottom of the stairs to be used at will. Obviously, we choose the two person kayak. #romance Also, neither of us had ever kayaked so it seemed like the smart choice.

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The sunsets we caught were cloudless. At first I was half excited that there was going to be a sunset and half bummed that there wouldn’t be any clouds at all to spread the light. My worry, per the norm, was ridiculous. The sunset was perfect.

 Sunset was beautiful, company was pretty good too. :)

Sunset was beautiful, company was pretty good too. :)

We ate. A lot.

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 Ok so this wasn’t taken on my pro camera, but I keep thinking about this donut. Seriously. I want one right now.

Ok so this wasn’t taken on my pro camera, but I keep thinking about this donut. Seriously. I want one right now.

 As soon as Jimmy knew where we were going, he found a vintage boat he wanted to rent.

As soon as Jimmy knew where we were going, he found a vintage boat he wanted to rent.

 Cruising down the Kalamazoo like a couple of winners. :)

Cruising down the Kalamazoo like a couple of winners. :)

 S’mores by the fire pits :)

S’mores by the fire pits :)

 Dreaming Big and Living Large

Dreaming Big and Living Large

 Gotta watch that moon set too.

Gotta watch that moon set too.

Looking back, I’m not really sure how we filled our time. But I know that it felt refreshing and incredible and that we will definitely be back. :) :) :)

Until next time,
Brittany