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Boating In The City July 10, 2013

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The best view of the city of Chicago is when you’re on a boat in Lake Michigan. Chicago has such a beautiful skyline and it’s pretty rare that you can see it from that angle unless you know someone with a boat. Luckily I do. And I’m even more lucky that they take me out on it pretty regularly!

Diversey Harbor

Diversey Harbor

This weekend Matt and I spent a day down at Diversey Harbor with our friends Mia and Doug. We started off the afternoon grilling brats dockside, drinking beer and enjoying the view. Mia had cut up some watermelon and I brought some home made rice krispie treats for dessert. It was perfect. Oh, and let me tell you, some fabulous people watching too. Apparently we came on a calm day since most of their boat neighbors were still recovering from the 4th of July…worked out perfect for us!

After lunch, we headed out on the lake. It was a little choppy but made for a fun boat ride up to Montrose beach. We anchored nearby to enjoy the techno “thuds” from the Wavefront Music Festival. Doug and Matt were brave and swam a few times. Mia and I however stayed on the boat. I need the water to be a over 65 if I’m going swimming otherwise I turn into a popsicle. We spent the rest of the afternoon talking, having random dance parties and ogling at other large boats wishing we had millions of dollars to spend. Time to buy a lotto ticket.

Matt, me and Mia

Matt, me and Mia

Once dusk hit we headed back into the harbor. Mia and Doug convinced us we needed dinner so we followed them to an adorable sushi restaurant close to the harbor called Torajiro Sushi. We continued our dance party in the restaurant much to the owner’s delight. So much so we got a free order of rolls and a free round of saki. Yes, we brought our best moves and were rewarded. But seriously, the food was amazing and the owners were wonderful. Matt and I told Mia and Doug we have a new tradition whenever we go on the boat with them – the evening must conclude with sushi.

Now I’m just waiting for my next boat invitation…


Summer Traditions June 29, 2011

Visiting the lazy harbor town of St. Joseph, Michigan, has become a tradition with my friends Jill and Bethany.  In March I book our “rental”, which is the home of friend who graciously allows us to borrow it for the weekend, and is conveniently located three blocks from a public beach. In May and June the emails start flying between Bethany, Jill and myself about who is bringing what grocery items, board games, cards, etc.

We’ve gotten a comfortable routine down. Friday night, get in, unload and grab dinner at Clementine’s. Onion rings for an appetizer are a must – if you’re feeling hungry you can tackle the 12” stack or if you’re just looking for a warm up the 6” is a great option. Main course usually consists of a burger or sandwich. Dessert? Of course! Especially when traveling with Jill. Order the apple dumpling and you won’t be disappointed. After dinner we head back to the house and either head to the beach for the sunset or plan out the next day’s activities.

Saturdays are a mix of wineries and beach. This year we hit up four of our favorite wineries in the early afternoon. Southwestern Michigan is known for their semi-dry whites, which happen to be my favorite types of wines. Our tour started with Lemon Creek Winery (great peach spumante), followed by Tabor Hill (which bottles a demi-sec that’s been served in the White House since the 70’s), then Hickory Creek (nifty apple wine made with 30 different apples), and lastly Round Barn (their Edel Doux is my favorite). We usually back a lunch to enjoy at the beach or at the winery as well. Round Barn has an excellent patio to relax in the outdoors with a meal.

Round Barn Winery

The rest of Saturday afternoon was spent building up our summer base coats of redness followed by cooling off with ice cream at Kilwin’s in downtown St. Joseph. Sunday we cleaned up the house and headed back to the beach for one more round on sun.

I love the time I get to spend relaxing on the beach, talking with good friends and sampling wine. It’s one quality weekend and I’m glad it’s become an annual summer tradition.

Sunset on the beach


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