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Traverse City Birthday Getaway

Recently, Connor and I visited the beautiful Traverse City to celebrate my 26th birthday! Last year, I felt like we really didn’t get out of Chicago much, and as a former military brat, I was starting to feel a little claustrophobic. This year, we opted to go for a no-gifts year, and instead, put that money toward more trips and outings. So far, it’s been perfect! It makes us appreciate Chicago and each other more, and helps that travel-itch I get nearly every day.

I’ve loved Traverse City since I spent two summers in High School very close to there when I attended Interlochen Arts Camp. For the last few years, it’s been named one of the top places to visit, and if you’ve gone, you know why! Lush green farm land, with wineries around every corner, bay and lake views and great food. Sounds pretty perfect for a birthday vaca!

We arrived Friday night, and popped into Seven Monks Taproom. It’s best known for the amount of beers on tap including 46 local beers on tap. We walked around for a bit, and enjoy the night.

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The sunset over Traverse Bay our first night.

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The next day, we woke up early ready to go on an epic bike ride. We ended up biking the whole Leelanau trail which is 35 miles! I was pretty tired afterward, but it was totally worth it. We passed tons of wineries, cute barns, and even walked around Sutton’s Bay.

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A picture of Sutton’s Bay which was our turn around point! Such a cute little town.

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After our ride home, we headed up North in the opposite direction to see the mansions and the wineries. If you haven’t checked out the 36 hours books yet, you totally should! So many great suggestions for a weekend getaway.

As suggested by our book, we headed up to Chateau Chantal Winery. The place was packed! It was definitely a favorite in Traverse City. I’m not a big drinker, but had to try the Cherry wine. Traverse City is known for all their cherry trees, and I loved it! traverse-city-wineries-wine-cherry-wine

cherry-wine-traverse-city-chateau-chantal-wineriesThe views from the winery were amazing. It was such a relaxing treat.

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Later that evening, we headed to Trattoria Stella for a very yummy dinner. It was suggested not only by a friend but in my book as well! It’s located in the cellar of an old asylum which is a little creepy, but the food totally makes up for it!

The next morning, we had breakfast on the canal at Morsels. Then, we headed to Interlochen Center for the Arts. I was so excited to finally show Connor one of my favorite places on earth. I spent two summers attending their arts camp during high school. At the time, I studied music, but the memories way surpassed my “attempted” music career.  This place is where I met one of my best friends, grew up and learned so much about the world. Let’s just say spending 8 weeks in a cabin with 16 other girls from all over the world really makes you realize there is a lot more to life than just you!

One of the orchestras was practicing, and it was nice to listen before walking around. interlochen-center-for-the-arts-interlochen-arts-camp-orchestra-summersA picture of one of the orchestras practicing in Kresge. The quote says “Dedicated to the promotion of world friendship through the universal language of the arts.” It perfectly sums up my experience there!

All in all it was a wonderful weekend! This weekend, I’m head to Nashville. I’ll be sure to update you soon!

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