A Weekend Trip: Harbor Springs, Michigan

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Last weekend we headed north to Harbor Springs, Michigan. Harbor is a small town that sits on a harbor fed by springs that is just off of Little Traverse Bay and Lake Michigan. I was born in the area (in Petoskey to be exact) and my parents are both from the area. I have spent every summer coming back here and spending much of my childhood making memories here. The last few years we have come up here and spent at least a week or more hanging with family and friends and it never gets old getting to spend time up here, but I realized I haven’t ever really shown much of the area on the blog so today I thought I would.

A Weekend In: Harbor Springs, Michigan | The Fresh Exchange

A Weekend In: Harbor Springs, Michigan | The Fresh Exchange

Growing up here I can remember the things that have changed and the things that haven’t at all. Some things it is good to see them change and others not so much. As a child I have fond memories of things such as grabbing a Gurney’s sandwich, having ice cream at Kilwin’s or Yummie’s, eating a Tom’s Mom’s Cookie, and watching fudge being made in the windows of place’s like Howse’s. Mike jokes with me about how I always tell the story of going to the library above the fudge shop and all the books smelling like chocolate, but still to this day I have such a fond memory of that as a child.

A Weekend In: Harbor Springs, Michigan | The Fresh Exchange

A Weekend In: Harbor Springs, Michigan | The Fresh Exchange

Something that has become a new tradition over the years is driving out of downtown up M-119 (aka the Tunnel of Trees) to Pond Hill Farm. There you can spend the afternoon launching squash into fields, having lunch, drinking cider, picking raspberries, doing hay rides, and more. It is a true agritourism setup just off of the famous drive.

A Weekend In: Harbor Springs, Michigan | The Fresh Exchange

A Weekend In: Harbor Springs, Michigan | The Fresh Exchange

The weekend we were in town was the Regatta ( I mean you Ugotta Regatta, you know?) the harbor was filled with large 70′ sailboats as well as other large boats many people spend their summers on. Growing up and visiting the summers here, we would come down in the evenings and wander the docks while we had ice cream or after we had eaten dinner at the Pier. It is a tradition to wander the docks in our family.

A Weekend In: Harbor Springs, Michigan | The Fresh Exchange

A Weekend In: Harbor Springs, Michigan | The Fresh Exchange

In the Harbor Springs area there are a few cottage communities that fill up in the summer months. One is Wequetonsing which is the beach photo above and the other is Harbor Point. Both are unique and beautiful in their own ways, but I have always found Habor Point extremely interesting as no cars are allowed down the gated point. The homes on the point are huge and have been passed down for generations. In all the years I have been up to the area and even know family who do work on the homes, I have never been on the point. It is fun to paddle by on a paddle board you can rent from The Outfitter though.

A Weekend In: Harbor Springs, Michigan | The Fresh Exchange

A Weekend In: Harbor Springs, Michigan | The Fresh Exchange

There are many cute little stores in downtown Harbor Springs, but still to this day our favorite hands down is Huzza. We have done two different Simple Evenings with them here and here and featured the home of the creators here. It is a must not miss stop if you are in the area. The family run company is beautifully curated.

A Weekend In: Harbor Springs, Michigan | The Fresh Exchange

A Weekend In: Harbor Springs, Michigan | The Fresh Exchange

Most of our trip this time was spent introducing Hayes to our family, which was really cool. Say hi to three of my cousins above *cue emoji waves*. It was really fun to get Hayes acquainted with everyone and for them all to meet him. It was the first time we have all been together in a few years, so it was perfect timing for Hayes to meet everyone.

A Weekend In: Harbor Springs, Michigan | The Fresh Exchange

A Weekend In: Harbor Springs, Michigan | The Fresh Exchange

Finally, our last favorite stop is to American Spoon who we also have partnered with on a Simple Evening before. They have a store in Harbor Springs, but also have one in Petoskey as well. There you can visit their cafe for lunch or breakfast and nab some sorbet or gelato while you wander the streets of Petoskey, which are MY favorite in all of Northern Michigan.

A Weekend In: Harbor Springs, Michigan | The Fresh Exchange

This trip was all to celebrate my cousin’s wedding at Boyne Highlands, which has been a place many of our family memories have been made. My grandparents owned a home in the area for a long time, so we would all gather there since I was very little. It has been cool to have this place continue to be apart of life even as we have become our own family. Going to our first wedding with a 6-month-old was a little crazy and harder than I would have expected, but I am so glad we did it. Plus, how fun is it we are all dressed up?! Also, finding a dress to wear to a wedding when breasfeeding…whoa hard! I ended up on this dress from Everlane, which was perfect because it had pockets and was button front.

A Weekend In: Harbor Springs, Michigan | The Fresh Exchange

And…. just because it was so cool to have almost all of our family together (only missing one cousin) I had to share this awesome family photo of us all together at my cousin’s wedding. The best part is that none of us planned our attire. We simply all matched on our own. We are spread out all over the country and world so it was pretty special to get together as now 4 generations.

A Weekend In: Harbor Springs, Michigan | The Fresh Exchange

A Weekend In: Harbor Springs, Michigan | The Fresh Exchange

A Weekend In: Harbor Springs, Michigan | The Fresh Exchange

It was such an awesome weekend in Harbor Springs. I wish we could have stayed longer, but with a very busy week ahead (we have an awesome shoot coming up on Friday for a publication) and Hayes having a VERY hard time traveling we had to get back. We plan to head back up sooner rather than later because this place is so special to us as you can tell.

Have any of you ever been to Harbor Springs? What brought you there? Do you have favorite places?

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  1. I absolutely love Harbor Springs. I used to live in the Traverse City area as a kid and have so many amazing memories of Northern Michigan. Somehow, though, I’ve never even heard of the Tunnel of Trees. I just Googled images of it and wow! It’s definitely on my MI-To-Do List now!

  2. This looks like SUCH a wonderful place to visit! I’m looking forward to Hubs & I having a vacay… the last one we took was our honeymoon (5 years ago)! I’ve been up & down the East Coast since I was a kid, but never made it mid-west. Looks like I may need to add Michigan to my travel list! 🙂

  3. My family owns a home in Harbor Springs, and we’ve been going up to harbor springs every summer (and winter, and fall…) since I was a child. It is my favorite place in the world, for its beauty, its simple way of life, and the focus on family time there. The tranquility you spoke of is so real (which makes sense that we refer to it as “God’s country”). My husband and I were I actually married there (at Holy Childhood + the Perry Hotel) last summer, after we got engaged there two summers ago. One of the other comments referenced this, but it was funny when we first invited out-of-state friends + family up to Harbor. It wasn’t until they got there that they understood the lure of the magical town. A special place, indeed.
    I actually heard about your blog from my cousin, Haley Sieben (The Well Sought Blog), whom I know you are well-acquainted with via blogging! It’s been fun following along and seeing all the MI connections 🙂 All the best to you – xo

  4. Hi, just wanted to let you know you forgot to add the links to the two simple dinners that you did with Huzza. I didn’t want someone to miss out on seeing one of your awsome simple dinners. Also these photos of the water, I don’t know what it is but it just makes you want to jump in and never get out. I have got to make it a point to visit norther michigan. It’s like i’m reading a brochure from the 50’s on the perfect american life. I love it!