The Mitten

There is just something about taking a trip home that is good for your soul. SO much nostalgia and so many memories. This week at OHBI we're talking all about A's recent adventure back home to the mitten that holds a special place in her heart. If you're anything like S you're probably asking yourself, "What is the mitten?!" Well, it's Michigan! We've come to the conclusion that only people from Michigan will use their hand as a three deminsional "map" to answer the question, "Where in Michigan are you from?" Keep reading for all the details on the gems in this mitten shaped state! 

Black Overalls/Michigan Girl

Michigan may not be the top destination for a paradise vacation but there are a few noteworthy sights. One of those sights (or in this case five) being the Great Lakes surrounding the state. So a visit to Lake Huron was paid. There are many points of access that will get you to this large fresh water lake and we picked the beautiful city of Port Austin. A teeny little beach town that makes up the tip of the thumb (refer to the hand sized map above). The city's lack of size isn't a factor in all it has to offer. It's equipped with kayak and bike rentals, a few great restaurants, and a beautiful view of the lake! Of course we took a stroll down the breakwall at Veteran's Waterfront Park to take in the view. This breakwall was no joke! The wall is lined with pretty yellow flowers and lake rocks.  

Michigan Great Lakes / Port Austin / Lake Huron / Michigan Dock 
Michigan Great Lakes / Port Austin / Lake Huron 

For lunch we stopped at Paks Backyard Cafe and Beer Garden. A dreamy little cafe with good food and a stellar view. Paks is equipped with an outside patio, Bolo Ball, and some OHBI-esque Facts of the Day. This spot is the perfect place to soak up some sun and catch the view of the lake in the distance. 

Michigan Great Lakes / Port Austin / Lake Huron / Kayaks / Paks Backyard Cafe
Pak Backyard Cafe / Michigan Great Lakes / Port Austin Michigan / Michigan Brewery 

Later we made a stop in Hell, Michigan. This town is literally just five acres of land about 15 miles from Ann Arbor. This popular tiny stretch of road is full of prime photo opportunities! Perfect for our "For the blog!" motto. Plus, after visiting you can say "I've been to Hell and back!" We stopped for lunch at Hell's Saloon where we snagged one of their craft Michigan beers on tap and a "Hell" of a good homemade pizza pie. The decor in this spot fulfilled all of our Halloween dreams! We even picked up a souvenir shirt to remember our visit. We also made sure to pay a visit to Screams, the local souvenir shop. Make sure to grab some ice cream from the "Creamatory" and even some Hell inspired flare to add to your favorite denim!

Hell, Michigan / Michigan Tourist / 
Patches / Hell, Michigan / Michigan Tourist 
Hell, Michigan / Black Dad Hat 

Our next adventure spot was Detroit! Now before you start putting on your protective gear and singing along to "Lose Yourself" give this city a chance! This historic city was once in a rut but has slowly been re-emerging with new restaurants, boutiques, and renovated landmarks. Our first stop was The Fountain Detroit where we could sit back and relax on the beach in the heart of downtown! That's right, the city has established a beach and restaurant/bar right in the middle of the high rise buildings. We were having all the beachy feels while drinking our Detroit Vice and listening to a live reggae band. We definitely recommend paying this place a visit!

Michigan Sights / Downtown Detroit, Michigan / City / Sky Scraper
The Fountain Detroit / Downtown Detroit, Michigan / Beach 

Next on our list is Rusted Crow. It helps that one of our favorite gal pals manages this joint but we were also wowed by all of their crafty cocktails and gothic medieval style. Rusted Crow Distillery started with a vision for adventure and that has certainly been accomplished through providing seven different types of spirits in over 650 different locations in Michigan. They even opened a second location last July in the heart of downtown with a full kitchen so you can pair your perfect craft cocktail with their mac n' cheese burger. YUM. This spot is a must!

Rusted Crow Distillery / Detroit Michigan 
Rusted Crow Distillery / Detroit, Michigan / Downtown Detroit / Cocktails

Our last stop of this OHBI adventure was Detroit's Eastern Market. This market is actually the largest historic public market district in the U.S. You go Detroit! The Eastern Market is open every Saturday year round and a few other times during the summer months. You can find anything from fresh flowers to homemade Pierogis. The market area is full of culture, murals, and adventure. We made a pit stop at Beyond Juicery + Eatery for some extra energy for the long travel back to the West Coast and this place did not disappoint! They've been blending since 2005 so they know a thing or two about making delicious smoothies. We chose the Tahitian Smoothie, made with pineapple, cream of coconut, banana, honey, and vanilla *HEART EYES* 

Eastern Market / Detroit Michigan / Downtown Detroit / Flea Market / Fresh Juice / Organic
Succulents / Black Slip On Shoes / Detroit Eastern Market
Eastern Market / Detroit Michigan / Built in Detroit / City 

We've said it before and we'll say it again, Michigan may not be a paradise destination but it has so much history and beauty to offer. We'd encourage you to take a trip back home and play tourist in your home state. We're sure you'll discover some hidden gems you may not have appreciated as a child.

Michigan Sunset

We'd love to hear about your next trip home or even your next paradise vacation. We'll live vicariously through y'all!