Monday, July 14, 2014

Sleeping Bear Dunes, MI

As you might have guessed from my instagram, we spent last week on vacation in Sleeping Bear Dunes, Michigan.  Sleeping Bear has been high on our list of places to see ever since we moved to Indy.  When planning the trip, I wanted to stay somewhere that felt like a vacation in and of itself….so that when/if Reese was napping or going to bed early we didn't feel like we were stuck whispering in a hotel room.  This spot I found on airbnb was even more perfect than I anticipated.  It was a darling renovated farmhouse off the beaten path filled with lots of charm and the most beautiful Turkish rugs.   This part of Michigan coincidentally reminded us a lot of the area we lived in upstate NY(on Lake Ontario) since Lake Michigan is surrounded by wooded areas and quaint little towns that seem more like villages than beach towns.  We felt right at home to say the least.  
I couldn't get over these gorgeous stairs!
This beautiful pond next to our house had the most beautiful Weeping Willows, very picturesque. 
Reese loved the squeaky screen doors and spent much of her time opening/closing them.
We did the dune hike, spent time on the beach, and had way too much ice cream than is good for any person.  For the record, Moomer's ice cream is the best I've ever had(and that's saying a lot).
Relaxing was key. We watched a lot of An Idiot Abroad (during nap time) and Reese was allowed to stay up extra late for family movie nights on the screened-in porch.
 This was honestly the perfect vacation with a toddler- there were fun and beautiful things to do/see, but not so much that we felt like we couldn't get it all in with the needs of a two year old.  We came home a little more relaxed with full hearts from a week spent together.