Memorial Day…in Michigan!

Sorry for being MIA all week. Needless to say it’s been a rough, painful week and I’ve basically been living for the weekend since Monday. Luckily, I had something to look forward to…a mini family vacation! Friday afternoon we packed our van and headed out to a small town near Saugatuck, Michigan.

Overpacking at it’s finest. Mom and I splurged on meats, fruits, and veggies from Whole Paycheck and Trader Joe’s to bring along for a weekend of home-cooked meals. The trip would normally take about 2.5 hours, but we had to pick up my sister from downtown Chi and an additional 2 HOURS was added to our trip thanks to extreme traffic. Ouch.

Finally, Michigan greeted us after almost 5 hours on the road.

We arrived to a small but cozy cabin perfectly sized for a family of 4 (photos of the interior to come tomorrow!), unpacked, and immediately relaxed with freshly brewed tea.

Candles optional required

After almost 10 much needed hours (!) of sleep, it was time to take on the day. On the breakfast menu: whole wheat crepes, French-pressed coffee, and freshly squeezed orange juice.

Us ladies went on a scenic walk following the energizing meal, and many many photos ensued. (Warning, picture vomit up ahead!)

Welcome to Timber Bluff:

Our charming cabin in the woods:

A short walk away…

I spy Lake Michigan!

Down the rustic staircase…

A view fit for paradise:

Sandy shoes:

And scattered footprints:

Follow the seashell path:

Back up again:

Naturally, we were starving after our mini excursion along the lake. But first, some major juicing was done. Yes, we did drag our massive juice-maker all the way here! Are you surprised?

In the mix: beets, celery, cucumber, carrots, ginger, tomatoes, apples

On the lunch menu? Tacos!

BBQ baked organic chicken, avocado, tomatoes, onion, cheese variety (swiss, mozzarella, goat), pickles, lettuce, and salsa. I bought a box of organic taco shells from TJ’s and am obsessed!


 The weather had been gloomy and rainy all morning, but the sun finally broke though the clouds in the afternoon. Sun means only one thing…BEACH!

No swimming, just sitting

We hung out in the sandy dunes for about an hour and headed home. And that brings us to now! We’re about to start grilling up some bison steaks (!) for dinner and then walking to the lake to watch a gorgeous blood-red sunset of my dreams.

What are your Memorial Day weekend plans? Are you staying home or traveling?

Are you an over-packer or under-packer?

♥ Irina


  1. May 26, 2012 / 7:20 pm

    I loooove Michigan so much. My parents used to take us to a cottage near Pentwater/Ludington for a week every summer until I was 18, and then a few years ago, my brother and our spouses and some of our friends went up a few times to the same area, and then one year to Traverse City. I love it so much! And it’s such an affordable vacation, especially if you bring or buy your own food instead of eating out every meal. I need to start making Michigan a regular summer thing again! It’s so relaxing up there!

    • May 27, 2012 / 3:38 pm

      What a great family tradition! I need to look into these different cities; it would be great to explore the state further. Michigan is truly incredible. This is only my second time visiting and I’m already planning my next trip here. It’s affordable, relaxing, absolutely stunning, and only a (relatively) short drive away. I don’t want to leave 🙁

  2. May 27, 2012 / 7:21 am

    Looks like you are having a fabulous time! Enjoy the holiday weekend girl!

    The fresh juice looks amazing : )

    • May 27, 2012 / 3:39 pm

      Thanks! Fresh juice is the way to go, if you don’t have a juice-maker I highly recommend one! You’ll be instantly addicted 🙂

  3. May 27, 2012 / 5:04 pm

    wow you guys are good packers! That is a good way to load up the car 🙂
    Glad to hear you are relaxing this weekend. enjoy the tacos

    • May 28, 2012 / 4:02 pm

      Haha the craziest part is that the majority of the bags you see are filled with food! We’re a foodie family 🙂
      Thanks for visiting!