Chikaming Township, MI

We went away for a quiet family weekend to Southwestern Michigan over Memorial Day weekend. I found a quaint cottage and we were able to walk to the beach on Lake Michigan. C loved the sand and indulged us with a few quick toe touches of freezing Lake Michigan water. We hit up both Greenbush Brewing and Haymarket for lunches (and growler fill ups!) and cooked in for breakfast and dinner. We had very low expectations of going on vacation with a kiddo – we were home each afternoon for nap time, and we spent most of that time reading on the porch. We also went over to Warren Dunes State Park and did a great 4 mile hike; although it was a little too long for C. If we had realized we were hiking 2 miles thru sand dunes, we could have foreseen that and planned a better break. Overall, it was a lovely vacation, and no, I’m not telling you where the name of the cottage we rented. It’s our little secret!

Brew Review~Sweet Water 402 Extra Pale Ale

Let’s get in our way way back machine to revisit this brew shall we? I was in Atlanta a long while ago but was lucky to have one one these over dinner. My little sister went to college in the South and basically the first thing out of her mouth was ‘you have to Sweet Water!’ and it does not disappoint. This extra pale ale was crisp and refreshing while maintaining a very hop forward, West Coast style. It’s a must try if you can get your hands on it!