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.
Whether you're seeking a quiet retreat for two or a big, ol' home for a holiday family gathering (only once you've all quarantined for two weeks, right?), these rentals - all within a four-hour drive from Detroit - will spark some inspiration.
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.