Hi 👋 These past weeks have been crazy—right after we got back from our trip to Grand Rapids, we immediately started packing (which we, in true K&A fashion, put off till the last minute) and moving stuff to our new place. Then this past week has been a bunch of unpacking and settling-in kind of stuff. We LOVE our new space. Anyway… here are some photos from our anniversary trip to Michigan!
We left early Sunday morning (I got up at 4:30 😳) and drove for 6ish hours listening to Bossypants. We arrived at Founders Brewing Co. in a Tina-Fey-narrated daze, ready for a good beer & hearty sandwich. They delivered.
We did not sit outside (it was only 60º), but it was super cute.
We planned on visiting Have Company this day as well, but after seeing a ‘closed’ sign on their door and doing some social media research, found out they were no longer doing official hours. So that was a bummer. But we visited Hunt & Gather, an antique shop:
Loved these blankets so much.
Next we went to the Grand Rapids Art Museum, which had a great modern, clean feel going on.
We caught the museum at a great time, because they had a Where the Wild Things Are exhibit and a modern art one (also a whole floor was closed, to which we reacted ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ because we were very tired).
Design kid doing design kid things
This was made of thin glass panels—nothing three dimensional. Neat!
More good, clean designy things.
When we arrived I took a three hour nap (I said I was tired, okay?)
Cute little living room
I love that Michigan loves Michigan like Ohio loves Ohio (even though they hate each other because sports)
We noticed the woodwork here was very similar to our new place’s 😁
After my nap we ate pizza (we originally had plans to go to another place but they rebranded and the new one was terrible and that’s how we make decisions, but IT’S OKAY because we had excellent pizza here) at Harmony Brewing Company.
Okay but this pretzel (& beer cheese) was the best pretzel we’ve ever eaten. 😭
…The pizza was good too
The next morning (our anniversary!) we went to Marie Catrib’s which was so delicious. That’s honey butter for my toast there ^ YEP, honey butter.
We held out for Rowster for our morning coffee (pronounced “roaster”… not that we were calling it the wrong thing for most of the trip)
I got an americano and it was perfect. PERFECT. 10/10, would drink for the rest of my life.
Loved this green chair/tile combo. They know what they’re doing.
We spent the morning at two antique places (the first was huge and crowded with stuff… we got through one floor. But I found 3 wire baskets for $8! Those things are so overpriced these days).
This is Lost & Found, the less crowded, more curated one.
This is from the other. I couldn’t get over these glasses 😂 I was telling Alex that it’s good he’s around to have a say in our space, because I’d probably just buy things that made me laugh and end up regretting it because nothing would fit together. Thankfully we have photos to document ridiculous cups instead of having to buy them. Thanks, Doug. (just now seeing that the pattern spells “Doug.” Maybe too far, Doug?)
Donkey Taqueria: cutest taco place! If you know Alex, you know we had to get tacos on our trip (p sure he had tacos for breakfast as well).
I had this mango margarita and proceeded to forget to take photos of the rest of the meal ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Me & the tropical plants… we like the same environment.
They had a giant outdoor Japanese garden surrounding this lake.
For dinner we went to Maru for sushi. I had read online that they might give you free food if you sat at the bar and/or were a first time visitor—and we received both. It was so kind. And besides that, the food was so good!!! Especially these crab-stuffed mushrooms! 😍😍😍 Thanks, Maru. We’ll be back.
The next morning (our last day) we went to GR Bagel & Sip (which happened to be right next to each other) for breakfast to go.
We got coffee & bagel sandwiches from GR and juice from Sip.
We were told to go see dunes, so we planned on spending our last day at those… we were originally going to one farther away but ended up picking a random one that was closer (this is Silver Lake Dunes).
We were blown away by how steep this was… I was not sure how I was going to make it up there. It took a lot of work. And I was out of breath the rest of our time there 👍
Just a bunch’a sand
We got about this close to the water & decided that was good enough (we still had to drive home, etc.)
Going down was much easier and much sandier.
Three days was a perfect amount of time in GR—we weren’t bored, and our days were a good amount of packed. We ate out for every meal, but it didn’t get overly pricey since we were only there for 6 meals (plus some coffees and beers sprinkled in there…). Anyway, we’re excited to go back someday! Thanks GR for a great 2nd anniversary trip!