In Defense of the Weekend Getaway

Every year, two dear friends and I get together for a weekend getaway. We were lucky enough to live together when we all worked for the same organization in Indiana, and aim to recreate that sweet season for a few days each summer. These weekend trips are a tiny break from reality, a chance for the three of us to reconnect, to talk over coffee in the morning, and to laugh late into the night. For three girls from three different states, it’s pretty much magic.

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Winona Lake Getaway

Last year, our trip was a true walk down memory lane. We got together in the town we used to live in–Winona Lake, Indiana. It’s a tiny, artsy town, full of cute houses, delicious restaurants, and adorable shops. Admittedly, we bring a host of fond memories and nostalgia to our trips to Winona Lake, but if you’re looking for a quaint and quiet weekend destination, look no further! It’s an easy drive from Chicago, Detroit, and Indianapolis, and is about halfway between Fort Wayne and South Bend.

When you visit, you need to get lunch at Cerulean (a bento box!) and then head back in the evening for their beer garden. Coffee and breakfast on the porch at Light Rail Cafe is a must. And make sure to take some time to wander the shops and check out the locally handcrafted goods.

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The guest house we rented (it’s just past the lilies in the photo above) was truly delightful. Our hosts were so kind and helpful. The shower was incredible, and the studio apartment was furnished with everything we needed for our weekend. We booked through airbnb.com, and would stay there again in a heartbeat. When we were locals, we lived in a 3 story duplex with a walk out basement and porches overlooking the park. While we would have loved to stay in our old house for the weekend, we couldn’t. Something about current owners or whatever. The guest house was truly the next best option, and happened to be even closer to the coffee shop than we used to live!

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Airbnb, if you’ve never heard of it, is this awesome site that allows you to search unique and interesting vacation rentals–rooms in people’s houses, cabins, apartments, flats, entire houses–and rent them for anywhere from a single night to several weeks. I love, love, love staying in vacation rentals, and often find the experience better than a hotel for a much lower price tag.

A bonus for you! If you use my referral link, you’ll get $40 off your first trip! Even if you don’t want to go to Winona Lake, check out the thousands of other rooms and houses available for rent on airbnb. You won’t regret it! Full disclosure: I’ll get a small travel credit on airbnb if you sign up through the link and take advantage of the killer discount.

I want to know: Where are you off to this summer? Where will you stay? In a house or cabin? A tent? A hotel? Do tell!

Lately–A Life Update!

It’s been awhile since I’ve visited this sweet space, and you know what? I’ve missed it! I’ve missed documenting my favorite recipes and travels and life happenings in this little corner of the internet. So, I’m back. Here’s to new beginnings!

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The last year in a nutshell

September, 2015–We’re going to have a baby! Due May 22, 2016. We’re so excited!

September, 2015–The same week I found out I was pregnant, I opened a business! Because why not to do two hard things all in one year-grow a baby and a business simultaneously. Lake Notes Music Studio offers piano, guitar, and ukulele lessons to the greater Cadillac, MI, area. If you’re around, check us out!

The rest of the fall—I spent the first few months of pregnancy feeling generally exhausted and queasy, but didn’t have it toooo bad, all things considered. We first saw our sweet nugget on an ultrasound in November and had such a great time telling friends we were expecting!

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We decided not to find out the baby’s gender at our 20 week ultrasound, so I spent the winter and spring growing rounder and rounder and wondering if we would welcome a son or a daughter in May (but being pretty convinced I was carrying a boy).

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And in late May, we oh-so-happily welcomed sweet Julia into our family! A baby girl! I couldn’t believe it.

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Summer, 2016— In just her few months, Julia has been canoeing, camping, on several weekend trips, tubing down a river, to two Great Lakes… She’s our adventure baby and we’re so grateful we get to be her parents!

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As of this month, Julia is 5 months old. Her skills include being adorable, babbling, avoiding naps, and sprouting teeth. Some of these skills are more charming than others. As you can imagine.

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September, 2016–We bought a house! I’ll do another post giving you a tour, but in the meantime, here’s our little slice of northern lower Michigan paradise. We’re on a little river, tucked away in the woods, and we love it so.

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Photo credit to Bob (@bobs_the_word)

In short, it’s good to be back, folks! Get ready for some recipes I’ve been loving lately, home improvement projects, some budgeting tips, and recaps of our latest adventures.


If you’re interested…the most delicious apple crisp and one pot fall comfort food.