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Dear Michigan, I <3 You!

Kathy Dixon

Last week I traveled to Michigan - to Michigan Fibre Studio, specifically, for what is turning into an annual trunk show!  I love visiting this cheerful shop set in the heart of the most hipster part of Grand Rapids! Heather and Michelle are wicked funny!  They've created a lovely space where knitters congregate on Saturdays, knitting, snacking, and chatting. I would have been delighted to have had a wee bit of snow fall while I was there (the reason I chose to go in February this year rather than March) but I won't complain as otherwise the welcome was all I could hope for! (And, miraculously, I returned home to a little snow storm!)

This year's trip was slightly shorter than last year's - and I did it solo - so I didn't cover as much ground, but I did travel a bit!  Here is a brief re-cap of my days spent driving and eating!

First, I drove north to Traverse City - a beautiful, small city on a bay of Lake Michigan.  It was snow covered and perfectly wonderful!  The trees were bare and their long shadows on the snow satisfied something deep inside.  As lovely as it is up there in the winter - I can only imagine what it looks like in spring with the cherry orchards in bloom, or summer on Lake Michigan, or fall as all those deciduous trees put on their Autumn colors.  I feel a great need to see all four seasons in this beautiful state!

While up north, I took a quick trip to Wool & Honey, in Cedar, as I had seen that this sweet little shop is now a stockist for one of my favorite enamel pin makers Twill & Print. I "may"  have bought an enamel pin or two, and also I might have acquired another Petoskey stone and some Leland Blue stones at a nearby shop...

On my trip last March, I went further North and East to Mackinaw City and crossed the Mackinac Bridge - the longest suspension bridge in the Western Hemisphere!  But this year I was tasked with looking at potential locations for one of my daughters to move to after nursing school!  (I think I found a keeper in Traverse City!)

I do not want to play down the appeal of Grand Rapids however!  Driving down Weathly Street to get to the yarn shop is one of my favorite parts of the trip - it's a BRICK STREET!!!  AND it's filled with huge, glorious, historic homes, funky shops (one looked like a Hobbit hole) and it has great restaurants. I was highly amused to see people ordering coffee from a vintage camping trailer, and sitting in inflatable, heated igloos to drink it at Outside Coffee Company.!

For those of you with dietary restrictions - a brand new bakery/coffee house opened on Valentine's Day near the zoo.  Rise Authentic Baking Company  offers gluten free and vegan baked goods and serves a great cup of tea (and coffee, I assume).

 

They were delish....

And this is the end of my report, working title - "What to see and eat in Michigan!" Until next year!


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