One of the great things about joining a family means inheriting their family traditions. That can be in the form of a special recipe passed down from generation to generation, a phrase or expression that you hear, and in my case (and I think the best one), summer trips up to Michigan. John’s family members, both on his mother and his father’s side, have been spending their summers in Michigan for years! Nestled in the quiet woods of Interlochen, Michigan (about 20 min from Traverse City), there is a little cottage by the name of Maple Woods. The cottage is a cozy little get-a-way on a private lake. When up there, John and I immerse ourselves in the nature. We love to fish, boat, read and just relax! We spend time sitting on the deck with family with a nice glass of wine, or find ourselves in the water with the kids!
This summer was an unusually hot summer for Michigan with temperatures reaching the 90’s! We didn’t let that stop us though and had a wonderful week! There was a full house at the cottage! On the final night we had John’s parents, sisters, and 6 nieces and nephews! Needless to say, there was never a dull moment!
We hope you enjoy looking at some of our pictures!
Maple Woods is the lovely lake cottage owned by John’s parents. It is the perfect place to relax, unwind and enjoy life. The home inspires reading new novels, trying out new recipes, drinking great wine and letting you take a step back to enjoy each moment of life.
Jake loved being at Maple Woods! He definitely had a lot of nice chairs to sleep on!
Fishing was a daily activity while up on the lake even though we always let the fish go afterwards!
The kids enjoyed fishing more than John and me (and were braver than me with hooking worms and unhooking fish)!
John and I both enjoyed finding areas where the lighting was beautiful.
John and I took a drive while up in Michigan to the Mission Point Lighthouse. The drive from Traverse City is gorgeous, taking you through vineyards and cherry orchards. Here is some more info on the lighthouse and its history- http://www.missionpointlighthouse.com/
This cottage was built in the 1800’s and has been historically preserved for vistors to view while on the grounds of Mission Point.
Jake on the grounds of Maple Woods Cottage
We took a trip up to Legacy Art Park one afternoon. It’s a beautiful park with hiking trails and along the hike you will see many fun sculpture installations! Here is some more information on the park- http://www.michlegacyartpark.org/
John’s niece and nephews loved interacting with all the sculptures!
A quiet moment of fishing
John with his lovely niece, Lilly
There were many things swimming in the lake but one of the smallest impressed me the most! A baby catfish!
Summer fun at the lake!
The serenity in fishing
Enjoying a family night of fire and fireworks!
Lighting the firework
John & the nieces and nephews dancing around the flames!
On our final day, we visited Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Sleeping Bear was recently voted the most beautiful place in America by Good Morning America. It truly is breathtaking! Here is some more info on Sleeping Bear- http://www.sleepingbeardunes.com/
We loved sharing our memories and hope you enjoyed the photos!
– Tara & John