Vacation Spots: A-frame Cabins

There is nothing like a steady stream of below-zero temperatures to bring about dreams of cozy interiors and warm fires. And really, what better place to hunker down for winter (or just a long weekend) than an A-frame cabin?

Surging in popularity in the mid-1950’s-1970s, A-frames are synonymous with “vacation home” due to their modern style, relatively affordable building prices, and ability to be adapted to allow for more interior creativity.

Here are the A-frames on my list to try:

Aframe Cabins
Photo from @ashleymuirbruhn Instagram

Ashley Muir Bruhn’s Modern Tahoe A-Frame looks like just the place to hunker down for a long weekend or winter break in the woods. Located in Lake Tahoe, this fairytale-like setting is far enough away to feel relaxed but close enough to amenities to feel comfortable. A-frames and Lake Tahoe?! You really can’t go wrong here. Check out Ashley and the A-Frame’s Instagrams accounts for more photos of this beautiful setting.

Aframe Cabins | Vacation Rentals
Photo from @aframeflagstaff Instagram

A-Frame Mountain View Cabin in Flagstaff is a perfect spot to relax and take in the mountain views. Just 90 minutes from the Grand Canyon and dog-friendly, this seems like a great place to set up camp with the family and explore all of the natural beauty that the southwestern USA has to offer. Another fun fact? It was used in the American Eagle campaign. Check out their Instagram for more fun photos!

Aframe Cabins | Vacation Rentals
Photo from @aframehaus Instagram

A-Frame Haus will catch your attention immediately. Situated near in Heber City, Utah, this seems like an ideal place to explore the outdoors and then sip hot chocolate inside the cozy and stylish a-frame. Visited recently by the McGee family from Studio McGee, I have a feeling this a-frame is a-mazing! Check out more on their Instagram account here

Aframe Cabins | Vacation Rentals
Photo from @bringontheadventure Instagram

If you up for an overseas flight, this cute A-frame in Iceland (Fossar Cabin) allows for all kinds of snowy views. Check out Bring on the Adventure’s Instagram account here to read what they had to say about it.

Don’t forget to check out Skyscanner here for flights!

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Top 5 Posts in 2017

Happy New Year! I’m so thankful for this past year and grateful to all of you who have followed along on this travel blogging journey!  Here are the TOP 5 posts from 2017. When I look at all of the statistics, it looks like Michigan and some home decor are the more popular posts (the recipe posts- not so much- ha!). Is this true for you? What would you like to see more in 2018? Leave a comment below!

Where to Eat in Traverse City

#5 Where to Eat in Traverse City. Traverse City is an ever popular city and the bays remain its most beautiful draw. However, we always look forward to frequenting our favorite restaurants when there as well as trying a few new ones. 

What to do in Leland Michigan

#4 What to Do in Leland, Michigan. Check out this delightful Northern town. I hadn’t been in years and it exceeded my expectations (which were already quite high considering it’s location in Northern Michigan). 

What to do in Charlevoix
Mushroom House

#3 What to Do in Charlevoix, Michigan. Always a favorite, this charming town in Northern Michigan never disappoints. From water sports on the smaller lakes to sunset cruising on the big lake (and shopping the darling storefronts in between), this is a town not to be missed.

Inexpensive Laundry Room Makeover

#2 Inexpensive Flooring: How to Stencil Concrete Floors. A 6-week project that ended up taking 6 months (with plenty of travel breaks in between), this project was well-worth the time and the perfect solution for uneven floors and a small renovation budget. (Read more about the entire room makeover here.)

Grand Rapids, Michigan

#1 An Afternoon in Grand Rapids. Come along for an afternoon as we explore both old and new finds in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

There you have it! Thanks again for joining me on this journey, and don’t forget to leave a comment below!!!

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Friday Finds on Mackinaw Road: Local Lens, Ornaments, Snapseed, and a Drink (or 3)

Welcome Back!

I hope that you have all had a wonderful holiday season and are enjoying a new adventure or just some cozy time at home…

Christmas Table

As you are planning your 2018 trips (perhaps you are motivated by this 0 degree weather as I am), don’t forget to check out all of the Island Travel Interviews here from last year. Where would you like to go in 2018? Continue reading Friday Finds on Mackinaw Road: Local Lens, Ornaments, Snapseed, and a Drink (or 3)

Midwest Christmas Tour

Winter in Chicago

Snow days and travel difficulties signal that winter has officially settled into the Midwest. People working on the Beach Cabin had trouble getting up the hill and even had to shovel their way in. (But just looks at this beautiful progress!) Continue reading Midwest Christmas Tour

Holiday Gift List for Traveling Kids

 

Once again, I am scrambling to get last minute gifts. Often, I want my gifts to not only be thoughtful and fun but also practical and useful. This is especially true when shopping for my traveling kiddos. Here is a short list of suggestions for possible Holiday Gifts.

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Philipsburg, Montana, Philipsburg Blue, and How They are Related

Travel | Philipsburg, Montana

My brother has always been the adventurous one- in fact, at one point, he accused me (the definite homebody) for not preparing our parents at all for what was to come. So, it shouldn’t have been a surprised when he headed west to Montana after college. Just his packed car, his dog, Georgie, and hit the open road. Now that was brave in my book. He quickly settled into life in the small town of Philipsburg, working during the week and camping and fishing on the weekends. Aside from the somewhat regular June text that it was snowing, he seemed to enjoy being out west. I tagged along with my parents one June (thankfully, it wasn’t snowing) and could see why he liked it. Just look at these photos… Continue reading Philipsburg, Montana, Philipsburg Blue, and How They are Related

Island Travel Interviews, USA- Take 1

This week, we are privileged to hear from Anna of  travelgig. She will be filling us in on her home, Whidbey Island. Whidbey Island is located 30 miles from Seattle and is the largest island in Island County, Washington (4th largest in the contiguous USA). With approximately 55,000 residents, the island is about 55 miles long and anywhere from 1.5 to 12 miles wide. Thanks to Anna for more insider info! Continue reading Island Travel Interviews, USA- Take 1

What to do in New Orleans

New Orleans is known for Mardi Gras and Bourbon Street, but there is so much more to this charming southern city. From historic hotels, to trendy restaurants, and hole-in-the-wall bookstores, this city has much more to offer than red punch drinks and all-night parties. This was our second trip to New Orleans. We stayed in the downtown area, although we couldn’t help but revisit some of our favorites in the French Quarter. Continue reading What to do in New Orleans

Chasing Fall

While summer sun and lake time has my heart, there is something about fall that is simply magical. From the stillness to the brightly colored leaves to the sweater weather, fall takes a very close second (and only that due to the fact that I know what follows fall). Michigan autumns are simply the best- apple picking, pumpkin patches, rich colored trees… the list goes on and on…

Chasing Fall
Michigan in the Fall

We are always incredibly hesitant to miss out on Michigan falls. However, after looking at some of the Instagrams below, I may be more inclined to do so… Just look at this beautiful autumn foliage worldwide.

New York, USA: Kaaterskill Falls, Catskills Mountains

Colorado, USA

Quebec City, Canada

Kotor, Montenegro

Switzerland

Sigulda, Latvia

Gouda, South Holland

Brussels, Belgium

Ontario, Canada

Kyoto, Japan

Eikan-do Zen Temple | Kyoto, Japan⠀ ⠀ Many people head to Japan during the Cherry Blossom season as Spring arrives but I find the Autumn a much more beautiful time to visit. The viewing of Autumn leaves is called ‘momijigari’ in Japanese and the pop of colour that flows across the country from mid-September to early December is wonderful to see and a photographer’s delight. ⠀ ⠀ At most tourist offices you will see wall charts tracking the spread of the Autumn leaves as they make their way from the Hokkaido region in the north to Kyushu in the south. They also show the strength of its colour, making it easy to choose the best locations and days to visit. ⠀ ⠀ These Autumn colours in the Hojo Pond at the Eikan-do Zen Temple in Kyoto were captured in mid-November.⠀ ⠀ #Kyoto #Japan

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Iceland

Paris, France

Como, Italy

I love the feeling of autumn 🍂 #havesomecolor

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Gavarnie, (French Pyrenees)

New Zealand

I have been waiting to leave ever since I figured out there were roads willing to take me anywhere I wanted to go. It was a great day..Day full of the colors. Autumn is beautiful season. Do you like it or you prefer for example summer, spring or winter time? . . #Autumn leaf #color is a phenomenon that affects the normally green leaves of many deciduous #trees and shrubs by which they take on, during a few weeks in the autumn season, various shades of red, yellow, purple, black, orange, pink, magenta, blue and brown.The phenomenon is commonly called autumn colours, autumn foliage  and fall colors. #travelphoto #travel #traveller #travelling #instatravel #instatraveling #exploringtheglobe #traveltheworld #girlsborntotravel #travelphoto # #womenwhoexplore #worldtravelpics #travelworld #purenz #neverstopexploring #newzealand #travelawesome #warsawgirl #solotravel #ladiesgoneglobal #thetravelwomen #aroundtheworld #girlaroundtheworld #purenewzealand #southislandnz#worldpackers #travellingtheworld #polishgirl

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Wachau Valley, Austria

Baden-Baden, Germany

Artists Bluff- New Hampshire, USA

Many thanks to the Travel Instagrammers who contributed their photos and experiences to this post. I’m 100% inspired to explore the world during autumn…next year 🙂 Until then…

Chasing Fall Around the World
Michigan Autumn on the Beach

What about you? Did any of these photos stir some wanderlust? Where will you explore next fall? If you found this helpful and would like to save it, here is a pin:

Places to visit in Autumn

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The Lazy Mom’s Guide to non-Pinterest Travel

Lazy Mom's Guide to non-Pinterest Travel
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While I love a good scroll through Pinterest, I have to admit that often times a big red FAIL could be plastered across my final projects (except this one). And, even when I do feel I’ve successfully copied a Pinterest suggestion, often times, my kids could care less (they are probably used to my FAILS;-). Just a quick example… for our Road Trip to Washington D.C. this past summer, I printed colored scavenger hunts and road games, bought all of our kids’ favorite snacks, made 100 trips to the $1 section at Target, created art packs complete with new crayons, put all of the activities into neatly organized boxes, etc. etc. And you know what the 4-year old did? He talked to us for the 10 1/2 hours, falling asleep only when we were crossing from Maryland into D.C. The clipboards were a hit for a hot minute as was the sheet with all of the fast food restaurant signs that they were supposed to find (I think there were clouds with Happy Meal heaven thoughts in their heads). But, other than that, the boxes quickly became drawing boards and the backseat floor an endless array of spilled crayons and granola bar wrappers. Continue reading The Lazy Mom’s Guide to non-Pinterest Travel