Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Michigan Weekend of Fun!

Been a little quiet on the blogging front this past weekend. The husband and I managed to sneak away for a Couples Weekend with a few friends at a cottage right off of Lake Michigan. Had a blast! A little rainy and chilly for my taste but had a marvelous time none-the-less!

Took a little detour on our 6-hour road trip to a winery we saw signs for on the highway (Fenn Valley Winery). Ended up finding an amazing Port that we couldn't live without! Anything with hints of nutmeg and chocolate has my a-okay!

Also met the official winery kitty - Pinot Meow!

Found out that Michigan doesn't have "fancy things" like nacho cheese dip for your breadsticks at Pizza Hut. :) Our waitress gave us that line, "We don't have fancy things like that...," when we asked for it. Chuckle.

After navigating some pretty hilly and muddy DIRT roads, we finally came to the cottage in all it's cozy, comfy glory!

Made dinner for all our friends that first night...had Flank Steak with Lime Marinade, Grilled Corn with Chili Powder and Lime, and Carmelized Grilled Fruit - all Martha Stewart recipes, of course!

Ventured out the second day to a few more wineries and happened upon the great Fox Barn full of apple, asparagus, wine and cherry goodness. Ever heard of Cherry BBQ Sauce?! It is freakin' delicious!

Also dined in at the scrumptious La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant in downtown Hart Michigan and took the scenic tour around Silver Lake where my husband proposed to me nearly 5 years ago!

The rain let up long enough to enjoy some great evening campfires complete with smores! During one lag in the rainy weather the men took quick jaunt out to the beach to test the waters. Luckily I "forgot" my bathing suit so I was unable to see what frigid Lake Michigan water feels like in 50ish degree weather...darn. :)

Stretched out our legs a little before our long journey back home by starting off the third day in Pentwater. Perused the marvelous The Bitchen Kitchen and came home with all sorts of goodies!

Hopefully this weekend becomes a yearly tradition!


Half Lotus said...

Awesome! Tom's Aunt lives on Silver Lake and that is where we spent Spring Break and 4th of July this year. Can't wait to go back!

Michelle said...

In the pic of your husband BBQing, it looks like he's holding the oven mitt with the tongs. I had to crane my neck a little to realize that he wasn't serving Barbecued Hotpads.

tina said...

Looks like fun. And also Matt's hand has healed properly.

Stacy said...

half lotus- I didn't know that! I love that area (Hart, Silver Lake, etc) it is so charming and beachy! As close as we can get to pretending to be at the ocean without actually being there...sand, sun, water and that swishy grass!

michelle - I noticed that too - haha!

tina - It was great fun! And yeah, his hand is healed for the most part, he just has problems with his grip which the next surgery will hopefully clear up.

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

Okay I'm so jealous...that looks like tons of fun! You guys are a really cute couple...you mesh well together! :)

Nadine said...

It does look like a great weekend! I'm glad you had a fun getaway!

prairievisiondesign : handmade said...

what fun, great pics!

Electronic Goose said...

That does sound--and look!--like a ton of fun. And the name "Bichen Kitchen" made me laugh. I'm glad you had such a good time!

Stacy said...

Shelle - Thanks! He is definitely my dream man - so glad I found him!

Nadine - I had a marvelous time!

PrairieVision - Thanks, it was fun taking them all!

GooseJuice- Yeah that is half the reason we had to visit that store! :)

BerryBird said...

Bitchen Kitchen is an awesome name for a shop. I love that picture of the lake with the stormy sky--it is so dramatic.