This Labor Day Weekend was perfect. We drove up north on Friday night to my parent’s cabin near Alpena, and had just the right combination of fun, activities, relaxing, food, and sweets. It was such a great and relaxing break from the everyday craziness that’s our normal lives right now.
The weekend started off with a failed pony ride. My niece, although pretty brave, wasn’t feeling the whole ‘getting on something 10 times my size’ thing, so we settled for being near a horse and figured next year she might get closer.
The girls then needed shopping time, so we headed in to Harrisville and went to the annual art fair. There was great vendors, views of the water, and of course, kettle corn.
After a lots of kettle corn, antiques, and new Michigan apparel, we headed back for lunch, long walks to the water and of course, tennis! Sometimes the best afternoons are the ones without plans and where we just relax.
That night we celebrated a few birthdays with the greatest caramel frosting. It’s an old family recipe, and I think I could 5 pounds with 0 regret. We sat by the fire after college football games and just enjoyed the stars and the perfect weather.
The next morning we drove in to Alpena in hopes of going on a glass bottom boat tour. There’s a ton of shipwrecks in Thunder Bay, and so the tour has been on our to-do list for a while up there. But with the price and the time it took, we decided to just tour the museum instead. The Maritime Heritage Museum was a really cool museum with a lot of information and artifacts, plus it was free! It wasn’t as cool as the Tennesee History Museum in Nashville (our last free museum experience), but it was really entertaining and we did still learn a lot!
After finishing up at the museum, it was time for ice cream and waffle cones, which means only one thing: Downtown Scoops in Alpena. I’m pretty sure I’ve been dreaming about this since last year. Soooo good. You can’t beat a homemade waffle cone.
After a wonderful sugar coma and a definitely needed lunch, we grabbed our towels and headed to the beach for a moment. It was perfect to relax and get some sun, even though we didn’t stay for long, it was needed to keep going.
Our tee times in the early evening made us finally get moving, and we hit the links for the first time this summer and for the first time on the course at Lost Lake. It was beautiful and peaceful, lots of birch trees, cattails, and wildflowers. An up north getaway for sure.
After a relaxing evening, we got up at the crack of dawn and headed home. I highly, highly recommend leaving before 7 am for anyone making their south from Up North, especially on a holiday weekend. Last year it took us 4 hours when we left in the early afternoon, but this time it was only 3. Plus, we got to see the sunrise over Lake Huron, which was a beautiful way to start the day.
Overall, it was an amazing weekend filled with memories, relaxing and laughter. I’m so grateful for little getaways like this that lets us get back to what we love.