We recently got back from our summer vacation up north! We spent each day of our trip in different cities, the first stop was Traverse City. We had lunch at Brew then went up the bay to Chateau Chanel Winery for a wine tasting.  Afterwards we went over to Two Lads Winery for the most delicious strawberry sangria I have ever had! On the way back in to town we stopped by the beach to enjoy the sun!

Last month we had our first anniversary as a married couple! We celebrated by spending two days in Detroit!

We started the day off by going to Eastern Market for their Sunday Street Market, which was full of local artists and food trucks! We tried Germack Coffee, saw Book of Mormon at the Detroit Opera House and caught a late lunch at Detroit Brewing Company. We had dinner at Cliff Bells while enjoying live music. We stayed the night at the Westin Book Cadillac, which was walking distance from everything we had planned.

The next morning we had lunch at The Hudson Cafe, then went over to Campus Martius, where we sat in the sand and enjoyed some adult beverages. We attempted to go to Astro coffee but they were closed. We ended up on a mini adventure seeking out Anthology Coffee.

Rain followed our arrival at the coffee shop so we forfeited Bell Isle and talked to the owner of the cafe. The space is still a work in progress, with everything being built and constructed by hand. Once everything is complete they will have proper advertising, until then, their customers are word of mouth. We found out not only do they roast their own coffee they supply to business around metro Detroit, including The Espresso Bar in downtown Ann Arbor!

Before heading for home we went for beer and pizza at Motor City Brewing Works, drooled over bikes at Shinola and wandered into some of my favorite gift shops.

I hate when people say bad things about Detroit because I couldn’t think of a better place to spend our special day. We only had to drive 30 minutes from home to have this fantastic adventure.

I reposted the Heritage Festival post with working links! So check that one out!

Get yourself over to Ypsilanti Heritage Festival this weekend and check out my friend’s booths! I was up there yesterday and I was so excited to find them all together under one tent! These awesome folks are proud Ypsi residents with unique products!

Artists from the top:

Megan and Lauren of 17DAND/

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Jess of CoolCritters

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Jonathan of Kriegerziet Woodcrafts

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Rick of Water Tower Candle

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After work last night we went on mini road trip to the other side of the state! The Alamo Drafthouse announced it was going to be playing a few movies honoring Robin Williams’ life and donating ticket sales to a local charity that helps with depression. Ben loves The Birdcage and it seemed a perfect choice since it is hilarious, sweet and shows the diversity of Robin Williams’ talents!

We stopped by Darkhorse Brewery on the way. It was our first time there without snow on the ground so we choose to sit in the beer garden. There was a guy playing an acoustic set, their blueberry saison was on tap and the atmosphere was very relaxed. We enjoyed the pumpkin seed-pesto cilantro pizza with marinated mushrooms instead of sausage.

Once we got to the drafthouse I ordered myself an adult milkshake, which you can enjoy during the movie. There is a full service kitchen and bar that you can order from any of their screen rooms.

The movie was even funnier than I remembered and we left the theater in a fit of giggles! That passed quick when we realized it was almost midnight and we had a two hour drive home in front of us! Luckily we made it safe!

At the begining of summer I traveled to Washington DC to visit my best friend. I had not been since childhood and I was amazed at how much it has changed. I had a blast. My friend had tickets for us to see Lion King on Broadway at the Kennedy Center, which was phenomenal. She worked a few of the days I was there and the metro made it super easy to get around, although I still waked a lot! I visited almost all the monuments and memorials, including Washington’s neighbor! The new World War II memorial took my breath away. I went to the zoo with another friend who lives in town where we visited Bao Bao, the new baby panda. I went to the International Spy Museum!  I drank really good coffee at Filter and ME Swings. I made it to DuPont Circle, the Eastern Market, the farmers market in Rockville, and so much more! I walked until I couldn’t walk anymore and then I caught a pedi cab!

I am a bit behind on my posts, but I have lots I want to share!

A few weeks ago we checked another item off our Ypsi Bucket List, Summer BEER FEST! This annual event is held every year in Riverside Park, Ypsi, which meant it was walking distance! This year the festival played host to 80 different Michigan craft breweries with over 800 beers between them. We sampled so many great beers I wish I could list them all! Two that definitely stood out: Brewery Vivant’s Whiskey Rooster–bourbon barrel aged Big Red Coq and Sherwood’s Ghost & the Darkness–Ghost Pepper Dark Lager(my chest was on FIRE). The evening was perfect, we ran in to friends, made new friends and drank a lot of great beer! I think the last picture sums up how I was feeling when we left!

Number 13 on our Ypsilanti Bucket list was the Michigan Elvisfest! Unfortunately Ben had to work both days, so I went with a friend on Friday night. We walked up there and went straight to the beer tent, not many options although I couldn’t resist the souvenir cup! We checked out The King memorabilia and listed to an Elvis impersonator croon in the back ground. There was a great mix of musical acts, from male to female, which kept it from being redundant. I’m a bit of a food snob(and vegetarian) so we went to Depot Town for dinner, but came back later for more beer and more performers. The night was perfect, the field was full of fireflies and a light show accompanied the evening musical guests.  All in all, it was a unique experience, and it comes to OUR town, so I would definitely recommend it. I know on Saturday there was a parade and a vigil, which would have been in interesting to see.

On the 4th of July I volunteered to wear a shirt, have my face painted, hand out candy and walk in the Ypsi Parade with Community Rebirth! The weather was perfect,lots of people packed the streets, I got to see old friends and make new, I couldn’t think of a better way to spend the day!

I have only just begun volunteering with this unique organization. For those of you unfamiliar with it,  it is a group that “advocates for visual artists by providing opportunities for artists to produce, display, and sell artwork at live public events.”  Most recently, Community Rebirth has helped to organize live painting and other activities at Ypsilanti Heritage Festival.

Find out how to get involved or just more info at communityrebirth.com

One of my very favorite things during the summer is Ann Arbor’s Top of the Park!  I love the whole festival, which includes bands and performers throughout the day, but the late night films are my favorite! This event last 3 weeks, from the end of June until the begning of July. You can find out more info on their website.  Together, Ben and I  made it up there for Blues Brothers and The Artist. (I went with friends to catch a few more). There is a 21 and over tent where that serves beer and wine, small booths that sell local food and snacks, including popcorn. Most events are free, they just ask a $3 donation to keep it that way. Bring a blanket and friend and enjoy one of the great things this town has to offer!