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.
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.