Our Easter Weekend

– I can’t remember the last time we got together with our family for Easter. It gets so busy with everyone’s schedule that we really don’t mine -LOL. Maybe one day we will either host/ go somewhere for a visit, but until then we are perfectly fine getting away just the two of us. ( & dogs)

Naturally, we went to our favorite place, or my favorite place, Traverse City! Yes, we go there a lot and no we probably will never get sick of it. We decided to go on Saturday which was great because we had awesome weather!

Our first stop was Hop Lot for some drinks & nachos! I swear, their nachos are the best! I’ve posted some photos before of the vibe, and for some reason this time I only managed to take one photo. Oh well, there always next time. πŸ˜‰

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Of course, Suttons Bay Ciders was on the list as well. If you’re ever in the area I highly recommend you stop in. They have the best view. The cider is good too, but this view on a nice day….. come on.

I will say we spent most of the time in the car on Sunday. – Lol. I didn’t realize that I forgot my purse until we had already been driving for 45 mins. -Oops. Oh well, we made it through.

Side note: We ordered Chinese food for dinner on the way home and when I went in to pick it up the lady felt bad we didn’t have a party to be at. -LOL.

Thanks for hanging out guys!

Always- Tara XOXO

Hikes & Drinks

One of my favorite things to do is go on little hiking adventures with our friends. -Mostly for what comes after….food & drinks! I mean listen, we like to get our fitness on, but we also like to enjoy our lives. -Lol & since I am clearly missing warmer weather here in Michigan, I decided to recap a little trip my fiancΓ© and I took last Labor Day weekend.

Our first stop was Hartwick Pines State Park. According to michigandnr.com, Hartwick Pines is one of the largest state parks in the lower peninsula. My favorite part of the park, however, is the little chapel. I adore this park because the trees are so lush and big!

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Most of the hiking/walking is on a paved path, however, there are some trails. Also, if you visit in the fall when the colors change – it’s amazing!

Naturally, after the park we went to get some drinks! -Yay! We stopped in the town of Grayling, which until recently only really had one restaurant/bar. Which, don’t get me wrong, I love because it gives it character. However, now they have a couple little breweries that are really cute! The one we stopped at was Paddle Hard Brewery.

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The atmosphere is very local with a rustic vibe, which I love. The picture above is the flight I ordered. Not expensive either! -I literally ordered all the ciders & stouts I could. There is also a food menu, which is mostly flatbreads, tacos, etc. BUT perfect for snacking on while you get your drink on! Make sure you try their local beers as well while you’re there!

Thanks for reminiscing with me! More adventures are to come, and hopefully warmer weather sooner than later!

Always,

Tara

 

Does This Ring Make Me Look Engaged?

Happy Sunday Everyone!

I feel like November is just flying by, don’t you? Christmas will be here before we know it, but don’t worry if you haven’t started shopping, I plan on posting some more holiday gift guides soon!

Anyway….. a couple weeks ago I went to Denver for the first time and it was amazing! So I thought I would share some photos with you and some things we did while we were there. It was a short trip, only four days, but still fun.

Right when we landed we got our rental car and headed to the Red Rock Amphitheater. I have to be honest with you, once we got there I felt so sick. Elevation is a real thing. BUT I did my best to be a trooper and hang out. ( I did end up going back to the hotel to sleep)

After walking around and hanging out at the Red Rocks, we stopped at Roof Top Tavern. It was literally right around the corner in a little town with other bars and shops.

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The second day we got up early and drove to The Rocky Mountains National Park. It was about an hour drive from our hotel, but the view while driving makes up for it.

The park is beautiful. Some parts had snow while others didn’t.

Ryan wanted to see wild life the whole time we were there, while I was terrified to see anything. Lol, I didn’t want to meet anything big and wild. However, we did see some deer at the park, which I was ok with.

While we were at the park we decided to do a little hike along Bear Lake Trail. It was beautiful! It was covered in snow, and you hike the loop around a lake.

& here folks is where it happened! I GOT ENGAGED! That’s right after five years of dating he finally popped the question! The photo below we took right after he got down on his knee. ( Awwww!)

A women walking the trail with her son stopped & took our picture because she said she saw us & we “looked too cute”. ( the snow was falling which makes the photo look grainy)

& thats pretty much all folks! It was a great time and I would definitely recommend visiting if you haven’t already. I’m sure I’ll be posting more photos on Instagram ( so go follow @ifyouseektara ) Thanks for hanging out and reliving our trip with me!

I can’t wait to start writing about wedding stuff….. haha too soon?! I do plan on going back so if you live there or have visited before I’d love to hear your recommendations.

Always,

Tara

Going Somewhere? I’ve got 5 Travel Tips For you.

Hey everyone! I hope you are all having a wonderful week!

My week has been busy but I am off to Denver on Saturday for a little mini vacation and I couldn’t be more excited! This will be my second trip of the year (took mom to Vegas for her 60th in June) but I was feeling a little unprepared this time around. Has that ever happened to you? You know you should start doing stuff but get sidetrack with work, Netflix, and naps ( just me… oh ok).

Anyway, I figured I can’t be the only one who needs help when it comes to traveling so I pulled myself out of my Netflix binge (FYI: The Haunting of Hill House = SO GOOD) and wrote down my 5 Travel Tips just for you!

1. Research Your Destination

I know this may seem like a no brainer, HOWEVER I think most people miss the different things there are to do around the city/country they’ll be visiting. Of course you have a general idea, but I personally like to visit places local’s go, not just tourist stuff, which is usually what the travel websites will post about.

You have to dig a little deeper. I tend to look on Instagram and search certain hashtags to view different restaurants and bars that look good. Usually, they will post their drinks and food, but you can also see other people’s pictures who check in and post about it! Gives you a better idea of the vibes. Of course asking friends/family who have been works too!

2. Visit Your Airlines Website

Ok, again you may be thinking ” who doesn’t do this”, but you would be surprised. I have witnessed people at the airport in shock because they have to pay for their carry on bag that they thought was included. The worst. Make sure to visit the website of whatever airline/ transportation you plan to take. Check to see how many bags you can check/ carry on, and what is allowed in your bags (size, weight, etc.).

3. Plan Your Outfits Ahead Of Time

Ladies, I know how we can be, especially when it comes to what we wear. My biggest piece of advice would be to plan out what you want to wear BEFORE you pack it. Try on the clothes so you get a good idea of how you look and feel in it even if you’ve worn it before.

I also tend to pack shoes that will go with more than one outfit. You don’t have a lot of room in your suitcase so you want to make sure your getting the most out of what you pack. Think black or neutral colors, they go with everything!

P.s – Make sure to check what the weather will be while there!

4. Start Packing Early

The worst thing you could do is wait until the last minute to pack your bags. More than likely you will forget something you REALLY needed! I generally start to pack 3 days before I leave. This gives me time to run to the store if needed, and make sure all my clothes are washed and accounted for.

5. Order The Drink!

Yes, yes, and more yes. When you get to the airport, or if you wait until your on the plane ORDER A DRINK! You are on vacation now and trust me you deserve it! If you forgot anything, you can always buy it ( that’s what credit cards are for, right?!) and if you are afraid of flying it will calm your nerves. πŸ™‚

I can’t wait to share our time in Denver with you & if you have any advice, or tips of your own I’d love to hear!

Always,

Tara

Traverse City Weekend Vibes

Hey everyone! I hope you all enjoyed the weekend & I know this post is a little late in the evening, but you gotta do what you gotta do.

Any way, I wanted to share with you my weekend in Traverse City. It is probably my favorite place to go here in Michigan. So much so that I get territorial when I see other people there, like it’s solely for me ( I know irrational). So, I thought about it and since it’s not just mine ( insert sad face) I thought I’d share a couple of my favorite spots for others to enjoy!

We started the day with some friends at Right Brain Brewery. I had never been there before, probably due to the fact I am not a big beer drinker. However, recently I have found a love for stouts. I decided my first drink of the day would be their Imperial CEO Stout ( 9.6% …. starting the day off right I know) with some chips & salsa of course!

The inside is pretty cool as well. Lots of random decor that doesn’t really make sense but somehow goes together, and a salon attached. That’s right, you can get a little buzz and your hair done all in one spot!

On to the next! Our second stop was Suttons Bay Ciders. My partner and I stumbled upon this place by accident on day, but ever since it has become our favorite place to go when visiting the Traverse City area. The view is amazing, and the cider & staff are great as well. Our friends who met up with us had never been before, so I was excited to show them! We were lucky enough that the rain stopped just in time to check out the view ( the wind on the other hand was in full swing).

Our final stop of the day was Hop Lot Brewery. It’s not far from Sutton’s Bay so the drive isn’t bad. The vibe is pretty rustic with more outdoor seating than indoor. Also, if you find yourself still wanting cider from the second stop, its covered! Since it was pretty cold and windy the outdoor fire pits were perfect to sit and have a drink by. We even made some new friends!

I hope you enjoyed viewing a little piece of my weekend. If you ever find yourself in the Traverse City area I hope you check out these places for yourself! If you have a favorite spot you’d like to share I would love to hear!

Always,

Tara