This past weekend, Katrina had a conference up in Traverse City and I decided to tag along since I have been wanting to see more of Michigan. We had a great time up there. It’s a very beautiful part of the state, especially now that it is autumn. They have a few wineries up there, but the area is famous for its cherries. They even combine the two with many wineries selling cherry wine. We bought a bottle but haven’t had a chance to try it yet. We also couldn’t leave without buying some cherry jam and of course some chocolate covered cherries. 🙂

On Sunday, we went to the Sleepy Bear Dunes. We went on a pretty good hike, and it was nice to feel some real sand beneath our feet again. It was almost like being back in Santa Barbara. There are about 4 square miles of dunes, which is nowhere near the size of the dunes in Oceano, CA, but they were still fairly large. The contrast of Michigan forest next to the dunes was pretty amazing, and the National Forest Service set up a nice scenic drive through the forest area bordering the dunes.

Anyway, if you are ever in the area, check out both the dunes and Traverse City. Later this fall, we are hoping to drive up to the Upper Peninsula as everyone has been telling us that the colors are amazing.