WEEKEND IN TRAVERSE CITY
Do you ever have an event on your calendar for so long that you kind of forget to plan the details for it? That’s exactly what happened to me for this quick trip up north to Traverse City, MI. The main reason for this trip was because I was asked to photograph a wedding on Saturday. I have been photographing weddings for the last few years but have recently decided to make this wedding my last hurrah (at least for now). Therefore, this little trip has been on the calendar for months, but I didn’t put a whole lot of thought into the free time I would have before and after the wedding to spend with Nick and Leo.
We hit the road mid-morning on the Friday before Memorial Day weekend. Yay for 4-day weekends right!? Our drive “up north”, as everyone in southern Michigan calls it, took about four hours. We stopped half way to stretch our legs and allow Leo to get some sniffs in.
When we arrived in Traverse City, we walked around the town and admired the beautiful bloomed trees that are already gone here in Ann Arbor. We grabbed lunch at the cutest food truck park and then headed down to the harbor area.
I think Leo was waiting for us to hop on a boat and hit the water ;)
From there, we headed to our Airbnb to drop off our bags and settle in before we drove to the small town of Suttons Bay. As we walked around this tiny town we laughed that the majority of shops and businesses were closed so soon for a Friday night but thankfully the fudge shop was still open!
Saturday was fully dedicated to photographing the wedding. Nick needed to crank out a long study session and Leo hung back with him of course. When the boys picked me up at the wedding after a long day of work, it only seemed right to get some ice cream. Eating sweets is what vacation is all about right? :p
We headed to Leland, MI about 15 minutes away to get our sweet tooth fix and walk around yet another tiny town. The ice cream shop we visited was dog friendly and even gave Leo a little treat of his own!
We woke up the next morning and got our things around. We originally planned on hitting up some of the beautiful wineries this area has to offer but it was only 9 am and we were running out of things to do in this laid-back part of the state. We love our wine but decided to just head home and relax after the long drive. We hope to visit this area again soon to make up for the lack of planning and activity this time around, but none the less we enjoyed this quick little get away!