this past weekend, we finally got to take that little family beach vacation that we have been waiting all summer for. it was completely last minute, and not really planned, but i think those end up being the best trips. we decided to head north and explore the west coast of michigan.
on friday, we found ourselves in the cutest charming little town of south haven. we wandered the downtown and walked along the channel, stopping for a fish dinner at the tavern. we woke to a crisp, cool morning and gathered coffees for us + almond milk for the littles from a local cafe before heading down to check out the beach.
we wrangled the sticky, sandy babes and put them in the car and we continued heading north, this time ending up in holland. and you guessed it, another charming lake town. we grabbed the most delish sandwiches from a deli and continued driving up the coast to grand haven, where we would spend the remainder of the afternoon splashing in the lake and building sand castles.
on sunday, we woke up in manistee. this was probably the quietest, smallest town. we sipped on coffees in such a serene garden, where the children played on a tiny playground. we met the nicest man, that owned such a darling little barber shop. another hour in the car and we made it to sleeping bear sand dunes national park. we walked through a trail through the woods, and through a little lake. climbing up sand dunes before being greeted with a breathtaking view. the water was an icy cold blue, and the sand was so light. we picnicked on the beach, and basked in the sun.
our trip was short, but oh so special. who knew such beauty was so close to home.