last weekend we took a little roadtrip over to chicago to celebrate our last weekend up north. we stayed with our good friend, aaron. he showed us around, took us to his favorite spots and is overall responsible for the five hours of sleep we got and the damn good time we had. twenty four hours is no where near enough time to explore this city. we are already planning for another visit. filled with more food, more drinks, more train rides, more sleepless nights and more laughing so much your ribs hurt. 


over the weekend we took a day trip to explore ann arbor. my new friend courtney emailed me with a list of places to visit and they did not disappoint. as we were driving in to the city, we noticed the colorful cottages lining the streets and the number of families enjoying their sunday by playing in their yard or walking their dogs. oh, how we long for those days! we walked up and down main street, stopping into different shops along the way. we picked up a frisbee at moosejaw, tried not to buy the entire store at rock paper scissor, and walked loops around the city. we grabbed a pineapple/mango batido at frita batidos which was perfect for the afternoon heat and then made our way back up main street to the jolly pumpkin. we wasted a few hours on the rooftop with blueberry infused cocktails and truffle fríes with the most amazing rosemary aioli. we visited nichol's arboretum where we walked several miles of trails along the huron river and the most beautiful peony garden. afterwards, we drove around making note of places to visit next time. ann arbor, we love ya. let's do this again sometime!


walking up to the sounds of birds chirping in the trees and waves crashing on the shore of lake michigan was a dream... until we stepped out of our tent. after an overnight rainstorm, we were greeted by hundreds of michigan's infamous mosquitos. we lasted all of five minutes before hopping in the car and driving down to an open area public beach access. we backed on to the sand and set up the camp grill on the truck bed. the cool breeze coming off the lake made our warm coffee that much more enjoyable. we scrambled eggs, grilled turkey sausage, and sat together by the sea. i wouldn't mind every weekend being spent this way.


we spent our first weekend in michigan in the woods. we drove up to muskegon state park where we pitched a tent for the night just a few yards from lake michigan. we arrived at the park mid afternoon and were excited to find our campsite tucked back in the trees. we got our tent set up, changed into our suits and made our way to the lake. those first few steps down the wooden boardwalk were breathtaking. i never imagined lake michigan resembling the ocean shore. there was a strong haze but water as far as the eye could see. we spent a few hours exploring our surroundings. walking along the beach and cooling off in the water before heading back for supper. we sat by the fire, roasting marshmallows while listening to the earth settle for the night. and after a few s'mores, we did the same.


we arrived in southern michigan after spending a week on the east coast. we will be staying for a few weeks and hoping to visit several nearby cities such as grand rapids, kalamazoo, and ann arbor. we are also looking forward to seeing a few great lakes for the first time. we've only been here for a few days but have already found a drive-in theatre, walking trail and a great ice cream shop. here's to another state!


a few more images from our time spent on the east coast. it's been over two years since we left charleston and ever since we have dreamt of the possibility of returning some day to raise a family. each time we visit, we talk about what that some day might look like. we drive around the old village, picking out dream homes and visit all of the places that are special to us. this trip was no different. after spending the first half of the week on folly beach with family, we spent the rest of our trip together, making every moment count. we walked around the market and the cobblestone streets of the battery, shaded and lined with flowers. we spent an entire day eating our way through sullivan's island and ended the week by watching the sunset from our favorite beach spot. 

this next year will bring so many changes for us. our next visit here, we will be husband and wife. and one step closer to that dream we envisioned years ago. there is something truly special about this city. 

places to eat, drink + enjoy something sweet:

+ black tap coffee
+ another broken egg
+ toast of charleston
+ dunleavy's pub
+ sugar bakeshop
+ poe's tavern
+ page's okra grill
+ d'allesandro's pizza