Traverse City Wineries

Michigan Wineries
Black Star Farms

“I’d like to do a flight of beer.” This was my husband’s “winery joke” and I have to say, it was a success every time. Humor aside, there are just under 60 wineries in the Traverse City area, so we are slowly adding one or two to our repertoire on each trip. Continue reading Traverse City Wineries

Friday Finds, Take 3: Spotify, Books, and a Travel App

I hope that you had nice week! We got home this past Monday from our trip to Northern Michigan and headed out again on Thursday for another 3-day trip. It may be a sign that we need to slow down when our 4-year old writes at preschool that the thing that is special about his family is when we “stay home for a couple of whiles.” After this weekend, our travel will slow down and I’ll have more time to write travel posts. In the meantime, here are a few of the things that may be worth checking out …

open road

Continue reading Friday Finds, Take 3: Spotify, Books, and a Travel App

Travel-Inspired Shared Bedroom

Shared Kids' Room

Again, this may be a stretch… But I’m going to go ahead and write this post anyway. Just a little backstory… My kids are like puppies. They love to be wild and then snuggle, snuggle, snuggle. “Alone time” just really isn’t a thing with them, and my introverted self is amazed by and loves them for it. 

So, while they are young and think that sharing a room is fun and special, I’m more than happy to oblige. As I’m sure you have been able to gather from reading Mackinaw Road or following along on Instagram, most of our travels take us lake/oceanside. I tried to incorporate this “feel” without being to nautical or coastal.  Continue reading Travel-Inspired Shared Bedroom

Mackinaw Road: Goals and Updates

Well, summer is unofficially over. It’s disappointing for a lake girl like myself, but I love looking back at all of the fun memories that were created with family and friends.

Lake sunset

It’s also time to start thinking about goals for Mackinaw Road this year as the  1st anniversary is quickly approaching.  I have recently updated my Pinterest page to look more professional (and pretty) and I’d love for you to check it out. Am I missing a board? Any board that is of particular interest? Another goal I have is to increase Instagram followers to 2500 by the end of October; that’s just over 1000 followers to gain, so spread that word 😉  In relation to blog posts on Mackinaw Road, this is what I’m thinking, and I’d love your feedback…. Continue reading Mackinaw Road: Goals and Updates

Island Travel Interviews, Vietnam- Take 1

What to do in Phu Quoc
Photo Credit- Pixabay

I must admit I knew little to very little about Phu Quoc in Vietnam prior to this interview with Melissa from Thrifty Family Travels, so many thanks to her for sharing her insights into this beautiful island. 

Just a little background info before we begin….Phu Quoc is located in the Gulf of Thailand and is the largest island in Vietnam, boasting a population just over 100,000, this 222 square foot island has an economy made up mostly of fishing, agriculture, and ever-increasing tourism.  Continue reading Island Travel Interviews, Vietnam- Take 1

What to Do in Charlevoix, Michigan

I have to admit that Charlevoix has my heart. I don’t know if it is the cozy town, the amazing green water, or the chance to touch base with one of the first friend couples we met when we moved to Grand Rapids 11 years ago. It is amazing how quickly life goes and this chance to refresh is always welcomed. Where there was once a little blonde-haired toddler, there is now an almost teenager watching my preschooler and our other grade-school kids. We don’t see each other often even though we live quite close and that’s fine. It’s how life works sometimes. But it just makes this weekend all the more special for us. Continue reading What to Do in Charlevoix, Michigan

Indian Ocean Islands

Hi there! It’s been awhile since we last spoke about island travel. While the weather is still stunning in Michigan, I know that I will appreciate planning six months out, especially when we will likely again win the “grayest city in the world” contest. I don’t know much about Indian Ocean Islands, so I’m happy that Tickets for Two JC  and Bel Around the World will be providing their insights into some of the islands. Continue reading Indian Ocean Islands

East Coast Cocktails

East Coast Cocktails Living Lark
Photo Credit- Bridging Her Story

I am so excited about this collaboration post! I have once again been fortunate enough to team with Kate Bolt from Living Lark – this time to share her latest summer drinks. We both recently took road trips with our families out east, so these East Coast Cocktails seemed like a fitting match. Continue reading East Coast Cocktails

Leland Gal

What to do in Leland Michigan
Leland gal storefront in Fishtown

On a recent trip to Leland, Michigan, I was able to join in the festivities as Maggie Revel Mielczarek celebrated 5 years of Leland Gal in Fishtown. Maggie and I met years ago (i.e., before kids) at Bunco. (If you love to talk but don’t love learning card game rules, this is the activity for you :-).  Continue reading Leland Gal

Modern Traditional Mudroom Makeover

Are you ever inspired by the design in the places you visit? Even if it is just a hotel bathroom? I am. It is so much fun to see different design elements put together to create luxurious accommodations. Speaking of luxurious, our laundry room is the opposite. We live in a 1920’s home. Apparently in the 1920’s, laundry rooms were in the dungeon basements and mudrooms were non existent… Continue reading Modern Traditional Mudroom Makeover