I’d love to romanticize the reason we packed our bags and flew to Maine. But the truth is that we were too scared to fly further than two hours the first time we had our kid in tow. So, we paired proximity with butter-drenched lobster rolls and ocean views, and had ourselves a vacation plan.
This past weekend, we loaded up the car to explore a part of the state we haven’t spent much time in - northern Michigan’s Petoskey area - and in particular, the quaint and charming Harbor Springs community situated on Little Traverse Bay.
Most of the time, it’s a destination that drives me to plan a weekend away. But in this case, late-night scrolling on Airbnb - which revealed one of the most swoon-worthy home rentals I’d seen - was the impetus for a trip to Elk Rapids, just north of Traverse City, Mich.
What do you get for a whisky-loving wanderluster that's nearing the big 4-0? A weekend away, family style, with a dabbling of distilleries and a whole lot of hiking (because that's also one of his favorite things).
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.