Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Hope College. When it was established almost 150 years ago, Holland's founder Albertus Van Raalte said, "This is my Anchor of Hope for this people in the future". Thus, the beautiful anchor at the entrance to the campus is a reminder of its history and its legacy. Their motto is Spera in Deo, or Hope in God. The liberal arts college has about 3200 students just a few miles from Lake Michigan. This higher institution of learning has outstanding undergrad research programs and they are well known for their fine arts programs of music, theatre, dance and art. Their colors are orange and blue with the nickname the Flying Dutchmen.
Monday, August 29, 2011
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Pillar Church. Built in 1856, it is Holland's oldest church, being one of the few buildings that survived the huge fire of 1871. The founder of the city of Holland, Rev Albertus Van Raalte was its first pastor. This imposing structure stands right in the middle of downtown where everyone can hear their Wednesday 12:15 organ concerts in the summer. Jonathan Tuuk is performing this week.
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Monday, August 22, 2011
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Centaur. It has been proclaimed the best martini bar for at least 3 different years and one news media source calls it one of the top 25 new hotspots of the world. Guess you'll just have to check this out. The interior has an art deco feel to it and it is classy. Don't expect to hang out here in your sneakers, jeans and Tiger gear prior to a game. Save this venue for a special night. It opens at 4pm for the after work crowd. Kitchen open until 2am. You can't miss it as the centaur half man half beast looms over the entrance.
Friday, August 19, 2011
Sweet Dreams in Warren on Ryan and 13 Mile the best pastry shop three years in a row. We came, we saw, we took photos and we had to eat some, naturally. Those little fruit tarts are quite heavenly. They specialize in uniquely designed wedding cakes, but there is a whole lot more to choose from. They also make up gorgeous mini dessert trays of carrot cake, frosted brownie, petit fours, etc. This is definitely a great oo là là choice for parties.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
The town of Lexington is filled with many surprises! We enjoyed walking along the pier on Lake Huron during the sunset with a music tribute to ABBA playing in the Harbor Park. The food concessions were from local restaurants like the delicious Wimpie burger. We even did a little dancing. Music concerts are held in the park throughout the summer on week end evenings.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Beautiful Lemon Creek Winery is located on a centennial farm owned by the Lemon family for over 150 years! Tucked away in the southwest corner near Lake Michigan, they offer over 25 wines to choose from including their newest, a Cabernet Sauvignon Ice Wine. We did not get to try all their award winning wines, but our favorite so far is the Lighthouse White made with the seyval blanc grape. It won a silver medal. They are open year round.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Monday, August 15, 2011
Town Pump Tavern on Park avenue in Detroit is a popular place just a few steps from our sports venues. The tin ceilings are a dead giveaway that this is an historic building. Open every day of the year except Christmas, for $6 you can have a burger and beer lunch. Live entertainment after ballgames. When it's not a game day, they have a $1.00 Happy Hour Menu! You can ride the Night Move shuttle bus from downtown Royal Oak and it will drop you off right at the Town Pump's door. Can't beat that!
Sunday, August 14, 2011
This is a typical chapel made out of bark that was established by the Jesuit missionaries. The first ones were built in the 1600's by the "black robes" as the Indians called the Jesuits. Father Charles Dablon was the builder of the first birchbark chapel of which we see the recreation above, sitting below the fort on Mackinac Island.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
The Raymond House Inn is a luxurious and cozy bed and breakfast in Port Sanilac. Less than two hours from Detroit, 7 spacious bedrooms are available with warm period furnishings (five with private baths). The whole establishment is filled with antiques and collectibles. Ask Cristy and her mom where the shawl came from in the green room. A private residence for the Raymond Family for over 112 years, it was restored in 1983 and placed on the historic register in 1992. It is very reasonably priced and within walking distance of Lake Huron, the marina and some of the towns favorite restaurants. Don't forget to visit the Harbor Light Gift shop in the back for some real treasures!
Friday, August 12, 2011
V&M Polish Kitchen on 13 Mile Road in Royal Oak has been serving up traditional Polish favorites since 1988. They are open about 8:00 am most days to prepare many kinds of omelets --Polish, Spanish, Farmers and Greek! For lunch and dinner you have to try both the dill pickle soup and the beet soup. You'll swear you're in Polish Heaven. Or try the divine potato pancakes, the city chicken or the stuffed cabbage. It is total comfort food.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Doug West, Michigan's Upside Down Artist who just happened to have this intricate masterpiece hanging on a wall near the cars in his Rochester Hills home. What a conversation piece. He likes to paint with the images upside down to help him see details more clearly. Doug entered this painting in Grand Rapid's Art Prize and the funny thing is--we took a photo of this very painting in the Bob last year. If you click here and scroll down to the last page, there you can see and read about him in Detroit's Premier Business Journal. Wishing you much success, Doug, in your future endeavors!
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
We really enjoyed or visit to the Sanilac County Village and Museum. The hour and a half tour is about gives much interesting detail about the town, how people lived, what things were used for, etc. We began in the Loop Harrison Mansion built in 1872 and walked outside to the general store, dairy museum, carriage barn, log cabin, schoolhouse, cottage, church and depot. More buildings are being added. Take some time to enjoy a little bit of yesteryear in Port Sanilac.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Big Fish, a Muer seafood restaurant that is truly wonderful. This seafood bistro motto is "One bite and you'll be hooked". Wednesday nights, they feature jazz on the patio and the weekends offer live entertainment. Perhaps their biggest enticement is the Happy Hour rock bottom pricing from 3-6:30pm on weekdays. Come help them celebrate their 20th anniversary. We loved everything, especially this crab and corn short stack.
Monday, August 8, 2011
The Barn Theatre has been entertaining locals since 1980 just 15 minutes north of Lexington on Lake Huron. Arsenic and Old Lace, one of our favorites, is playing this weekend.
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Harbor Beach is a sleepy little thumb town of 1500 on Lake Huron with what they claim as the world's largest fresh water man-made harbor. We tried the inviting Williams Inn for breakfast and feel they offer great home cooking for a very reasonable price. The hot cinnamon rolls right out of the oven were our favorite at the buffet. Tables and dining area are spacious and old photos add to the ambiance. You leave feeling they really appreciate your business. Open seven days a week, they only offer the buffet on the weekends.
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Friday, August 5, 2011
Thursday, August 4, 2011
St Joe Monument Works, Bill Cooper, narrating about this sculpture and World War II. After the spiel, then you know to go search for the Kilroy was here symbol and SNAFU with the F backwards. Very well done, St Joseph and Bill and Genie Cooper.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Soé Café is pronounced SO ee. And we thought it was borderline divine. With an outdoor patio to take your meals al fresco and very attentive service, we can also recommend the food and wine. The trout rillettes or pâté was excellent served on toast points. The duck was perfectly done and very memorable. But the discovery of a new and delicious Michigan wine was astounding! Made by well known Château Grand Traverse, it is called Pinot Noir Vin Gris.....with just a pale hint of pink --it is a summer quaffer extraordinaire.