Favorite Friday: Northern Michigan

Although I’ve been going to northern Michigan every summer since I was in elementary school, each time I find new reasons to fall in love with the region. The first week of July we headed to the Petoskey region and spent six days in Michigan. Here is a selection of photos, thoughts, and stories from our time in the mitten state. 

On the first day, we had some down time and I wanted to do a little exploring (looking for some new places to photograph, perhaps), and so we ended up in Bay View, Michigan. I knew there were some gorgeous Victorian houses in the area, but what I didn’t know was there is a treasure trove of historic buildings waiting for me. Wikipedia informed me that Bay View is a National Historic Landmark historic district as “as one of the best-preserved examples of the Methodist Camp Meeting movement.”

Beautiful wood, community buildings.
Beautiful wood, community buildings.
The wooden bell tower.
The wooden bell tower.
The post office for Bay View. Small, but operational.
The post office for Bay View. Small, but operational.
Hall Auditorium, where concerts are held.
Hall Auditorium, where concerts are held.

Fireworks at Boyne City are best enjoyed from the lake. However, the sun sets in northern Michigan much later than the rest of the eastern time zone, so they typically don’t begin until 10:30. I did snap this wonderful picture of the sunset on our boat ride to view the fireworks.

Sunset on Lake Charlevoix, Boyne City, Michigan (7/4/2013)
Sunset on Lake Charlevoix, Boyne City, Michigan (7/4/2013)

A good friend of my parents arranged for a behind the scenes tour of the Boyne Theater in Boyne City. I mean, I couldn’t go on a vacation without a historic building tour! The theater needs a lot of work, but it has some great character and is located prominently in the downtown area. Plus, you can’t help but love the marquee!

Boyne Theater
Boyne Theater

Saturday morning included a trip to one of our favorite places: Legs Inn in Cross Village. Cross Village is located in the northwestern corner of the lower peninsula. Legs Inn has a beautiful view of Lake Michigan and the menu is authentic polish cuisine. It is one of my favorite historic restaurants, ever, for the total experience – the cuisine, the decor, the building, and the location. We had a great lunch and fun with taking photos on the patio looking out onto Lake Michigan.

Legs Inn
Legs Inn
Fun at Legs Inn, Overlooking Lake Michigan
Fun at Legs Inn, Overlooking Lake Michigan

I love kayaking, especially at dusk, when the water is calm and the sunset is creating great colors on the water. I was lucky my dad captured this picture of us kayaking on Lake Charlevoix.

Sunset Kayak
Sunset Kayak

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