The Best Summer Weekend

Summer in Traverse City, Michigan  |  The Fresh Exchange

If you all follow us on instagram you may have seen many our adventures from this weekend, but I just had to share more on the blog today. It’s Wednesday and we need to be reminded why weekends are kind of the best, don’t we?

Living in Traverse City means that your 4th of July is always going to be hectic. There is the normal 4th of July celebrators and then there are the Cherry Festival tourists that come as well. It was possibly the busiest year in Traverse City I have seen in the 5 years we have lived here. Though I am always incredibly thankful for this crazy influx of tourists because in one weekend they can buy enough for some little shops to make it all year. However, I avoid the downtown as much as possible during those times, mostly for my own sanity. This means that since we live on the west side of Traverse at the base of Leelanau we stick to The County (local term for Leelanau County). Things are much more natural, slightly quieter, and much more like our own slice of heaven especially when Traverse City is so busy. This means we find the most remote hiking trails, we go sailing, we travel down dusty back roads, we go to a secret beach, we drink beer on Lake Michigan, and we sneak into the cherry fields to grab a handful of fresh pick cherries.

Summer in Traverse City, Michigan  |  The Fresh Exchange

This weekend we finally got back out on the sailboat. Mike was better so we finally could get back out again. There is something about that open water and how it sounds and feels. I love a good motor boat ride, but there is nothing like sailing.

Summer in Traverse City, Michigan  |  The Fresh Exchange

My dad was a champion sailboat racer, but we didn’t have a boat when I was growing up so I have only learned how to sail in the last 2 years. Though our boat is only 21 feet it is the perfect boat for quiet afternoons tacking across Suttons Bay. I love the feeling of moving with the wind, watching the waves, and almost being a part of the water.

Summer in Traverse City, Michigan  |  The Fresh Exchange

Summer in Traverse City, Michigan  |  The Fresh Exchange

Of course you cannot go sailing without a good beer or local cider. We took it upon ourselves to sail almost every evening to “properly celebrate” America. We took it easy and had a few drinks and dinner on the boat each evening. We felt this was the best way to welcome Summer in the most proper way.

Summer in Traverse City, Michigan  |  The Fresh Exchange

When we were not sailing we spent the warm days hiking. We would find the highest places and search out the greatest views. We took in the shores of Lake Michigan in all its glory. No matter how many times you see those beaches and shore lines they never get old. They are always just as beautiful as the last time and I hope that never changes.

Summer in Traverse City, Michigan  |  The Fresh Exchange

After long hikes we would get lost down dirt roads and I finally got brave enough to jump out of the car and wander into a cherry orchard…probably illegally, but our farmer friends can understand ;). The cherries are just reaching perfection now and goodness are they beautiful. For the last few Summers we had terrible crops here due to the drastic temperature changes in the Spring. This year we have had the perfect gradual warm up and the fruit trees and bushes couldn’t be happier and neither can we. Such a shame to have all this fruit coming in, isn’t it? 😉

Summer in Traverse City, Michigan  |  The Fresh Exchange

Summer in Traverse City, Michigan  |  The Fresh Exchange

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend as well. Make sure to watch our instagrams (Mike and Megan) for more photos of our adventures. We love capturing our every day adventures.

 

 

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  1. Ah!!!! We will be staying in Traverse City for several days next month. I am so excited to see your part of the country and enjoy it. Beautiful weekend…I, too, am such a lover of Friday – Sunday. 🙂 Here’s to hoping we can meet up for coffee!

  2. I was in Traverse City last weekend and it was crazy busy! But it was worth it because I couldn’t miss out on Cherry Festival 🙂

  3. My husband’s uncle lives in Traverse City and we love the area so much, this makes me want to take a trip back. It looks like it was an amazing holiday weekend!!

  4. I am forever in love with Leelanau County. My husband’s family is from Traverse City. The lake around that area is something special. Love your sailing photos – This blog post put a smile on my day!