We’re moving! A few weeks ago, Ty and I were sitting at a Starbucks in our absolute favorite neighborhood of Grand Rapids, day dreaming about one day living nearby, able to enjoy the local resturants, evening energy, and everyday walkability. I pulled up realtor.com while sipping my coconut milk cold brew, and stumbled across the world’s ugliest condo, which was the only home in the area that was remotely within our price range. It was our dream location - sharing the street with some of our favorite shops and restaurants, with lake accessibility across the street. Oh, and one block from Starbucks...what more could you need? Because of its location, we decided to walk through the unit.
We hated it. The old building had character and was in great condition, but the unit itself was dark, dated, and covered in wallpaper. Did I mention weird smells? A total gut job. We walked away entirely uninterested. About a month later, we were sick of long commutes, and living so far from the places we frequent... so, after a change of heart, we called the sellers with a offer. We closed on the unit on Friday, and started demo immediately. We are in way over our heads, but are going to try and enjoy every minute of the chaos. Follow along as we renovate every inch of this 70’s condo over the next 8 weeks!
We were surprised to find the Maine coastline reminiscent of the great state of Michigan. That said, northern Maine yields some of the more spectacular vistas and hikes in the United States. From Kittery to Bar Harbor, and beyond, Maine was perhaps my favorite part of our east coast adventure. I truly wish we had more time to explore, but we had 8 states and 3,200 miles to cover on this trip so 2.5 days had to do! Our first Maine stop was in the city of Portland, which did not disappoint.
If you approach me mid February and ask me how I'm doing, I will probably respond with an overly dramatic description of how miserable my life is due to the blustery tundra I live in, called Michigan. Ask in October and you will be answered with a warm hug, and an obnoxiously perky explanation of how life is perfect and I couldn’t be happier. You local readers understand. For those of you who reside in warmer climates : 1) I hate you. Stop posting pictures in a bikini mid January. 2) Michigan is wildly magical this time of year, and you should add it to you bucket list. Michigan fall can’t be beat.
We stumbled upon Manchester, Vermont by accident. As we mapped out our road trip through Vermont and New Hampshire, we discovered that there was a Vineyard Vines Outlet on the way to the Green Mountains. We decided to take the short detour in order to take advantage of decent restrooms and grab a bite to eat, with hopes of procuring a few new VV pieces at discounted prices (which we did, duh). We expected a commercialized exit with chain resturants and gas stations. As we neared the small town surrounded by mountains, we started passing old, charming homes with lush landscaping and quaint details. Hannah's eyes grew bigger and I noticed her nose nearly pressed against the window gawking at the "quaintness." This town took us by surprise, and may be the cutest small town we have ever visited. Pictures do not do it justice.
Ty and I have been discussing adding a fashion segment to the blog for some time. Fashion is another form of creative expression. I certainly like connecting with other bloggers, friends, etc., on the subject. Here's to a new blog segment, not rooted in vanity, but creative connection. (This post includes white shorts...let me remind you that Labor day is NOT over yet, so I'm not breaking any rules, thank you).
Just an hour north of Saratoga Springs, NY, lies the foothills of the Adirondacks and Lake George. Miles of lush mountainscape accented by crystal clear fresh water lakes. I suggest heading to Prospect Mountain trail. If you are short on time, you can drive to the top, while stopping at several beautiful vistas of the lake and mountains. If you are looking for a workout, you can park at the bottom and enjoy a 3 mile hike to the summit.
As I scoured the web for a place to stay between Niagara and Lake George, NY, I decided upon Saratoga. What a pleasant surprise! Saratoga Springs is truly an underrated gem! Saratoga is quaint, yet robust with amenities, eateries, and places to shop and walk. We look back at out trip and recognize this town as one of our all time faves.