My family had our annual family reunion this past weekend. We went the same place as last year: South Haven, Michigan. We also stayed at the same place: The Sun N Sand Resort. If you want to read about last years reunion, you can do that here. (There are rumors that we may go south next year.) We all rolled in between 5:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. Friday night. We always start out with a picnic supper of hamburgers on one of the provided grills and other picnic foods that we all bring. Then we end up catching up around the camp fire.
Saturday dawned gray, cloudy, and cool. The rain stayed away though and it even ended up being sunny by late afternoon. We started out Saturday morning at the Farmer’s Market.
It was a BUSY place!
Lots of berries, early vegetables, flowers, plants, food, baked goods, you name it! I came home with one of the plants in the picture above.
It is the sweetest little plant complete with its’ own beeskep. It is in its’ new home in my front room.
No visit to South Haven is complete without a walk down past the Marina and out to the Light House.
The annual Queen’s Cup Yacht race had just completed that morning. It crossed the lake from Milwaukee, WI to South Haven, MI so there were lots of boats at the dock.
Due to the cool wind, the Lighthouse Pier was not very busy.
After a light lunch, we visited the Maritime Museum and then most of our group boarded one of the Tall Ships for an 1 1/2 hr. excursion out on the lake and the rest of us boarded the Lindy Lou.
The Lindy Lou is a replica of one of the boats used by wealthy vacationers back in the pre-depression era. A lot of people came to South Haven, MI from Chicago, IL (and still do) to stay at resorts up and down the coast at South Haven. These small boats would take them to their resorts located on the Black River. We took an hour ride out of the marina to the fork in the river and back.
This is where the river forks: you can go to the right under the bridge, to the left, or turn around and go back. This bridge is part of the Kal-Haven Trail.
I cannot leave South Haven without a trip into my favorite store: Renaissance & Papyrus. The description on their business card reads: A Melange of Marvelous Clothing & Jewelry, Linens & Accessories, Books, Gifts & Home Décor. The downstairs is a boutique of the cutest clothes. Cute dresses and colorful, comfy vacation clothes. Then upstairs:
I wander from room to room in awed amazement. From light cotton nightgowns to books, to home décor, to gifts. It is all displayed so well.
And such a darling view from the upstairs windows that are open so the breeze can come in.
And then we were off to the BRIX Corner Oven for an early supper.
Lots of outdoor seating. They have wood-fired pizzas and sandwiches served outdoors in the fresh air. It is a seasonal restaurant.
Then back to the resort for another campfire and maybe a game of outdoor chess before falling into an exhausted sleep.
As some of you know, my oldest brother, Paul passed away at the end of last summer. So this was the last place I saw him for our reunion in June of 2014. In remembrance of Paul, I took along the small bottle of his ashes that I had been given after his death and this is where I sprinkled them as this is the last place we were together last year. Enjoy those around you and the time you have together!