Good morning and hello friends. I am back after what was a really hectic week last week that fortunately ended on quite the high.
In a nutshell, last week included more house construction, a trip to the ER at 1am for me (I am recovering and doing ok), a huge launch at work and Mitch not sleeping at all at night. All of it equated to one exhausting week. While I hate to leave the blog quiet, I was focused on my health and family and sleeping when I could to catch up. It was a week. And we unfortunately received news of the passing of a special grandma, my sister-in-law’s grandma passed away. While she was not related by blood, GG had a way of making everyone feel like family from the moment you met. She gifted us a sweet hand-knit gift when Mitch was born that we cherish.
On Friday morning, I kissed the boys goodbye and was on the road by 6am heading north for my hometown. The four-hour car ride sailed by thanks to a few work calls and satellite radio. There is something so peaceful to an early morning drive. I arrived in time for the visitation and funeral where I paid my respects and greeted my family and extended family and friends.
In the afternoon, I started to receive texts from my girlfriends with updates of their arrival! We had plans to spend the weekend wine tasting and enjoying some quality girlfriend time.
We stayed in Leland, about 40 minutes north of Traverse City. But we had dinner plans in Traverse. So I was able to rest at my parent’s house with my sister, brother-in-law and niece and nephew before heading out to meet up with the girls.
Dinner was at Amical, a sweet French restaurant in downtown that has been a mainstay. I was looking forward to dinner as I have only ever visited for brunch, also delicious. And dinner did not disappoint! We made the drive out to Kate’s house in Leland and spent the rest of the night chatting away before heading to bed.
When I awoke on Saturday at 7:15 am, it took me a moment to orient myself. I had slept like a rock – open windows and the sound of the waves are so relaxing. Soon after the rest of the girls were up and ready for our day of wine tasting.
The day started at Brys on Old Mission Peninsula. A stunning winery that overlooks the bay and serves amazing whites and rose, the perfect start to the tour.
Wineries up north offer tastings and/or tours. We opted for the tasting flight that included five wines, a glass and chocolate. All of the wines were fantastic and we snagged a few bottles to come home with us.
We also snapped a few photos out on the terrace. The view was so stunning and the perfect place to relax under an umbrella with a glass of wine.
Before heading into town, we stopped into a new winery that was fairly underwhelming and then drove to Traverse for lunch followed by a sweet treat. Over Easter, my mom and I picked up some of the small custom donuts from Love, Peace, Donuts and we were instantly smitten. The small donuts are fresh and then topped as you like with hundreds of options.
The next stop was back in Leland for the Wine and Food festival. The event ended up being quite crowded, so we opted to visit Blue Stone Winery, hands-down our favorite. Located just outside of Lake Leelanau, Blue Stone is located on rolling hills and offers a variety of wines that are all winners.
The wine did not disappoint! We sipped our tastes and grabbed bottles to enjoy back at home.
Everyone was ready for some downtime on the beach before dinner. The water is still a bit cool, but it felt amazing to put our toes in and feel the soft sand under our feet.
Dinner was at Bella Fortuna, a local Italian restaurant that serves fresh, organic ingredients. We started dinner with a toast to good friends, good wine and amazing weather.
After dinner, we popped back down to the water to watch the sunset and enjoy the soft breeze.
We all jumped into our cozy clothes and snuggled into the couches for a movie night to wrap up the weekend.
Sunday morning, I enjoyed another slow morning and then headed out for a morning jog followed by coffee. We all packed up by late morning and started our drives back home.
I left feeling more relaxed then I have in some time and beyond grateful for such amazing friends.