What do you get when you combine an adorable, lakeside rental property in Union Pier, Mich., with the eye of a Chicago-based interior designer? A gem of a weekend retreat, no matter the season.
I'd been in search of an excuse to visit the luxe homestead Blackberry Farm for years, and lo and behold, I stumbled upon something that felt even more fitting ... Blackberry Mountain, the Farm's sister property, located up the hills outside the Smokies.
Brilliant fall colors, sprawling vineyards and crisp Great Lakes breezes ... these are the things that Traverse City brings to mind as fall tumbles toward lower Michigan. In an effort to fully embrace the changing seasons and also to simply put something (anything!) on the calendar that we could look forward to, I booked a weekend in the northwestern lower peninsula for our little crew of three, plus a few of our family and friends.
We snuck the babe's first road trip in just before COVID-19 quarantining took hold of the nation. Chicago's family-friendly Lincoln Park served as our homebase for a quick weekend away and we're listing the reasons it'd work well for you, too.
If you're seeking a low-key weekend that's filled with amazing food, southern charm and lazy seaside views, Charleston is just the ticket. We've found the perfect place to book your stay and encourage a laid-back itinerary that's heavy on impromptu exploration and cozy bars and restaurants.