Grab a cup of coffee and settle in! If you’re like me- the coffee should be spiked with pumpkin spice Baileys 😉
Last week, Tony and I took a road trip to visit his cousin in Michigan. Tony’s birthday is on Veteran’s Day so we wanted to do something fun. We absolutely love taking road trips together. Tony and I live 2.5 hours away from each other right now, so having that time together on a long car ride is really nice. Plus the town we visited (Grand Rapids) was literally voted Beer City USA by USA Today hahaha! So prepare for a LOT of brewery pictures.
I also love road trips beacause it’s an excuse for me to pack a bunch of snacks! Someday I’ll learn to pack less as we didn’t touch half of them, but oh well. I’d rather have a variety in the car than have to stop for fast food all the time 🙂
I drove to Tony’s place after work last Wednesday and we went to bed early so we were ready for the long drive. Thursday morning we were up before 6am and on the road by 7. Thank God for coffee.
It was the perfect day for traveling.
After about 5 hours, we stopped for lunch and gassed up the car. The gas station had a bunch of different restaurants. We both got subs and they were delicious!
We made it to Chicago at about 2 pm.
Once we hit Michigan, the time zone changed and we lost an hour (BOOOO!) So we arrived at his cousin’s place about 7 pm. We were starving so we headed out to a bar called Hop Cat. Yes there were cats all over, and yes, I was in Heaven.
It was a really cool place. There were pictures hanging on the ceiling and we decided it was probably so people have something to discuss on awkward first dates hahaha.
I started my vacation with a Woot! Russian drink. SO GOOD.
My freaking delicious burger.
After eating, we went home and played some games. Tony and I were exhausted and crashed fairly early. We woke up Friday morning to this cute face (his cousin’s pup) <3
We went to breakfast at a place called Wolfgang’s. I had a delicious hash and eggs benedict and Tony had a burrito and a coffee with half hot chocolate. Everything was delicious!
Coffee’d up and ready to go explore the town!
Chewie was ready to explore too.
We stopped at a place called the Craft Beer Cellar (I.E. Tony’s Heaven on earth).
I tried a sip of most of the beers throughout the weekend, but the only one I really LOVED was this “apple pi” one. IT WAS DELICIOUS.
Craft Beer Cellar was also cool because we could bring Chewie in with us! “Gimme another, barkeep!”
We dropped Chewie off at home and headed to the mall. We went to a candy store (I.E. MY Heaven on Earth) and got some of their fresh made popcorn! They also had boxed water.
We wandered the mall a bit and then headed to Barnes and Noble. Where I found a bunch of Yoshis!
And a book that literally made cat purring sounds. It was so odd! (Also pictured: the giant bag full of popcorn I bought)
I also finally got to see a Pottery Barn store in person. Granted, I couldn’t really justify buying any of it, it was still fun to look.
We checked out an antique store and I found my scarf twin. #MaybeIAmTooBasic
Next up was a giant liquor store. And then a place called Meijer that we don’t have around home. They had the cutest Hedwig mug! I wanted it so bad!
For dinner that night, we went to a local pizza place. Tony and I split a pineapple pepperoni pizza and it was deeeeeeeelicious.
We wanted to hit up as many breweries as possible on this trip, so we stopped at another one after dinner called Founders Brewing Company. It was HUGE and packed. We all split some beer cheese dip and they had some beers. I stuck with water.
When your crew is super cool.
We did a lot of walking in Michigan. Tony’s cousin lives downtown so a lot of stuff was within walking distance. There was also a beautiful church nearby. It looked stunning at night.
On Saturday, Tony, Chad, and I went to Yesterdog for lunch. It was a really cool hole in the wall type of place. And fun fact: the hotdog place in the movie American Pie is based off of this restaurant 🙂
There was an Italian store across the street, so obviously I had to go there. They had TONS of homemade pastas, sauces, seasonings, etc. It was amazing. I am a pasta FREAK, so it was a perfect store for me.
We stopped off at Grand Coney Diner to get a hand-dipped milkshake (well Tony got one and I drank some). It had literal apple pie blended into it. PHE-NOM-ENAL.
I got a cup of coffee.
Next we headed to yet another brewery.
Ohhh my birthday boy 🙂
I had popcorn and water haha.
Later that afternoon once Emma got off of work, we all headed to the New Holland Brewery for some snack food and drinks. It had an awesome atmosphere. Plus a dragon.
We shared a cheese plate. *drool*
They also had some gorgeous plants outside. Anyone know what these are?? I loved them!
The next place we went (CityBuilt Brewing Co) had broccoli on the wall… just kitten. But it sure looked like it!
Their beer names were so clever and funny.
After a couple sampler flights, we all headed back home and played games then headed to bed.
On Sunday afternoon we road-tripped about a half an hour to another brewery. I got a coffee from a nearby coffee shop and the other three each got flights to share.
Tony and Emma also played an intense game of checkers hahahaha
Once the checkers match ended and our drinks had settled we headed out to look at Lake Michigan. Even in the cold weather it was beautiful.
My travel partner for life <3
I adore this girl!
Tony was tired after the lake. So he napped on the half hour drive back.
Once we got back to town, we went to our final brewery of the trip, Brewery Vivant. It was so cool inside. It was like an old-timey pub you’d see on Game of Thrones or something.
The food…. oh my LORD, THE FOOD. Tony and I split the duck nachos and the egg-topped poutine (poutine is french fries covered in gravy and cheese curds if you were wondering what on earth I was talking about). They were both absolutely incredible. I’m drooling thinking about the duck nachos.
After dinner we headed back to Tony’s cousin’s and played games again.
We were up and on the road by 7 am. WOOF.
I got back home to my town at about 8:45 PM. I ran up the stairs like a crazy person to see my babies <3 I’m so thankful to have a trusted friend who gladly cat sits them 🙂
It was a fantastic, food and drink-filled trip!
What is your favorite road trip you’ve ever taken?
Are you doing anything fun for Thanksgiving?