Happy Monday! That was way too enthusiastic of a start to a Monday blog post but I can’t help it. I’m so excited to finally be able to share my travel photos with you.
Even though I’m originally from the Mitten, I’ve never been to the top of the state, let alone the UP. So one night back in the winter, I sat bundled up at my computer, pup on my feet and decided to plan a northern vacation for the spring and then last week, it was finally time!
From Detroit to the top of the state, it’s about a 5 hour ride.
Not terribly bad if you have good music and better company. The highway is lined with tall pines that make you sing over and over . . . and over some T-Swift the entire time.
Thankfully for us we had a gorgeous day which makes long drives all the better.
When we finally arrived, we dropped our bags off at the hotel and raced over to the beach for my first view of The Mighty Mac.
The Mighty Mac or Mackinac Bridge, is the largest suspension bridge in America. Stretching 5 miles long, it crosses over the Straits of Mackinac (which connect Lake Huron and Lake Michigan) and connects Michigan’s Lower Peninsula to the Upper Peninsula.
We sat on the beach, soaking up the sun as the waves lapped against the shore.
It was utter bliss and I would have been more than happy to stay there all day but I had a town a few blocks away that just had to be explored.
Mackinaw City is located right on the edge of the Lower Peninsula and is the first place to visit if you plan on heading over to the island.
The town itself feels like a combination of Frankenmuth and your typical Michigan beach town. There are families, friends, couples and everything in between strolling around, popping into touristy shops, big waffle cone in hand.
Did I mention my number 1 travel buddy came with us too?
My Mom is not only my very best friend but the person who taught me to love traveling. The best part about traveling together is on every single matter, we’re on the same wavelength.
I didn’t realize how important this was until I traveled with a friend in college who didn’t want to spend money, walk around, eat at authentic restaurants or live in the moment. I’m a firm believer that who you travel with is more important than where you go and, for me, there’s no one better to go anywhere with than her.
If you ever plan to visit Mackinaw, it’s the perfect first day spot. When you’ve sat in the car all morning and have a few hours to kill before dinner.
The only frustrating thing about Mackinaw was the complete lack of outdoor dining patios.
You would think a city with as spectacular of a backyard as MC would take advantage of it but there really was only 2 places that had them.
We went for Nonna Lisa’s. A restaurant, winery and brewery all in one.
I was in love.
The patio wasn’t open for customers yet but the staff told us they’d bring us takeout and let us sit out there with a glass of wine and the Wolf.
Surrounded by trees, a pond and hidden but not quiet, wildlife. It was the perfect spot to enjoy a chilled glass of wine with the Wolf by our side.
Plus they have great wood oven pizza. I mean, just look at that!
The perfect end to the perfect first day.
Isn’t it funny how you plan and look forward to something for what seems like ages and then all of a sudden it’s here and then it’s over.
The thing is, I can’t even be sad it’s over because I had the best experiences.
Plus I get to relive it all over again with you this week!
P.S. be sure to check out tomorrow’s post – it’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been