Family Trip to Michigan

People enjoying the sun on Michigan City Beach

Hello! I’m alive! This time it really has been a long while since I posted on here, but I am excited to make a comeback with new posts now that I have met the first deadline for my online class. I mentioned in my June goals, that one of my goals was to have an amazing vacation with my family, and I did! We stayed in Michigan City (for those who don’t know, it’s about 3 hours out from Chicago) and went to the beach overlooking Lake Michigan. It was BEAUTIFUL. Considering the last time I was on a beach I was approximately 2 or 3 years old, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. So today, I’m going to talk about and share pictures with you from my trip.

*All photos, opinions and statements are my own.

Shore of Michigan City Beach

Our first day, we explored Michigan City and checked out the beach. I can’t even remember the last time I was on a beach, so it felt extremely weird to put my toes in the sand. I was completely unprepared for the sinking sensation felt when standing on wet sand, and I entertained myself wholly by searching for shells on the shore. I felt like I was reliving a part of my childhood I couldn’t even remember.

We also drove around downtown Michigan City, past the numerous antique shops, small boutiques, and bookshops. We didn’t shop the first day, but we did make time for it later on in our trip.

Sign seen while leaving the Shoreline Brewery

Our second day we spent most of the afternoon on the beach before getting dinner at a local restaurant and bar called Shoreline Brewery. They had wonderful food and even better service. My sister has celiac disease, which means she is gluten free only not by choice. It’s not a diet or something she can “cheat,” gluten (wheat and other similar grains) will make her sick. So cross-contamination, preparing her food using the same utensils and appliances as food made with gluten, is an issue. We had contacted the chef ahead of time and was willing to comply with her needs, which doesn’t happen as often as you might hope. The outcome: the food was wonderful and it did not make her sick, so I’d say it was an extremely successful meal and we will eat there again.

Outside of the restaurant, The Stray Dog

Our third day we headed towards New Buffalo and St. Josephs. In New Buffalo, we ate at another wonderful restaurant called the Stray Dog. The ambiance was charming and the food fantastic. With luck, it turned out to be another restaurant that was willing to accommodate my sister’s dietary needs.

We also went up to take a look at St. Joseph’s. Let me tell you, this place was marvel. The weather was beautiful, the sights were remarkable, and the people were lovely. It had everything you would want in a small town. It had the unmistakable small town vibe, but was a bit more modern and bright than Michigan City. We only spend a short while there, but we decided to travel back to St. Joseph’s before heading home.

Our fourth and final day we had a wonderful breakfast at Sophia’s House of Pancakes. I’d never eaten here before, but I was most impressed. After that, we shopped a bit at the local shops in Michigan City before traveling back up to St. Joeseph for the rest of the day.

I was already impressed with the feel of St. Joseph’s from the day before, but after spending the afternoon there, I was in love. The shops were so cute, the people were incredibly kind, and the food was delicious. We shopped around for a bit until we realized we were a little hungry (not too hungry because breakfast was filling). We were very interested in going to the ice cream shop, Kilwins, but we decided to eat some real food first.

Vivi’s Italian Garden Restaurant

So we went across the street the the italian restaurant Vivi’s. We all had pasta (including my sister because they had gluten free pasta and understood her celiac disease needs) and it was wonderful.

My mother holds her fancy ice cream proudly for the camera

We made sure not to fill up on pasta and breadsticks because we were more ham excited to get ice cream from Kilwins. I’m not even going to lie, I firmly believe that I had the best ice cream I have ever had. I got the cake batter flavor and it was SOOOO good! Not too sweet, but it had chocolate chunks. AMAZING.

We shopped a little more before we decided to head home, but the whole trip was fantastic. I had a wonderful time with my family and I couldn’t be happier. We had a good time, good food, and are left with several good memories. We loved this little getaway so much because it’s so different than what we normally do when we vacation. We usually have a plan and stick to it religiously. On this trip, we just went with the flow and it was relaxing.

My mom, who goes just a little crazy when planning vacations, actually relaxed and enjoyed herself. All the restaurants in the area we went to on a whim (except Shorline Brewery), she didn’t have to panic about food and who would serve things that my sister could eat with her allergy.

We enjoyed this trip so much, we are going to go back again later this summer.

I know this might not have been the most exciting post for everyone to read, but I really liked being able to share about my trip. I have several other wonderful posts coming this week, so stay tuned!

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