Monday, September 15, 2014

Warmer Weekend #24: Rain Filled Wanderings






Just a handful of photos snapped while out of town several weekends ago. The rain, while derailing some of our plans, made for some lovely photos. Plus, there was ice cream and we saw a little buddy on the side of the road. 

All in all, a good weekend. What did you guys do this weekend? Any adventures? Make sure to share them with us using #warmerweekend!

Until Next Time, 
The Warmer Team


Friday, September 12, 2014

Day Trip: Grand Haven

Ah, summer. It never comes fast enough, and then you blink and school is starting again. I guess it's true that time flies when you're having fun, but really, it flies no matter what. Slipping away like a sunset on the shores of Lake Michigan. The whole team is trying to squeeze in last minute fun before the cold weather creeps in. We wont lie, we love the cool crispness of fall, but there's just something about the end of summer than makes you think, "But I didn't go to all those places yet!" 

With that in mind we're starting a new series on the blog called Day Trips. We'll have our whole team jumping in on this one from time to time, and I can't wait. 

First up, a Michigan staple: Grand Haven. At just about 50 minutes west of Grand Rapids, this little town offers everything you need to have a successful day trip. Food, entertainment and a beautiful beach. If sand isn't your thing, have no fear! The pier is well maintained and will give you a gorgeous view of the sunset without having to wade through the water or sand.












What about you guys? Do you have any fun places you like to head to for the day? A park no one knows about, a fishing hole that makes you feel lucky? We want to know! With team members all over the states, we're sure to have someone wanting to head somewhere new! 

Until Next Time, 
Margeaux + The Warmer Team


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Day Trip: Traverse City

It will never cease to amaze me how much has yet to be discovered in a state that I have resided my entire life.

While growing up in northern Michigan, there was what seemed to be an endless stretch of countryside surrounding my parents six and a half acres and my siblings and I did our best to explore as much of it as possible.

There is always adventure to be had as a child.

This summer, I made it my mission to embrace the desire to explore my state once again.
The beauty of Michigan is there always seems to be some region that hasn't been visited and thanks to the vast expanse of our surrounding lakes, there is always a view of the sunset over the lake that is as fresh as the beaches surrounding it.

I jumped in the car on Labor Day with two friends and made our way north, GPS in tow ready to tackle some of the beauty of northern Michigan.

Our first stop was Mission Point Lighthouse on Old Mission Peninsula, north of Traverse City.


The lighthouse was used for guiding mariners from 1870 until it was decommissioned 1933 and features a beautiful beach below with water shallow enough to wade out for quite a distance.


Tranquil would be one of the best ways to describe the beach. A silence that touched each individual who walked along it, enough so that hardly anyone spoke a word.

Following a quick stop in Traverse City for some fabulous pie at the Grand Traverse Pie Company, we made our way northwest of Traverse City to picturesque Suttons Bay.


This one of the most charming little towns that I have ever visited! This little gem lies along the eastern shore of the Leelanau Peninsula and features an environment that caters to every age group.
From the wineries that feature locally processed wine from the endless vineyards, to the local beaches to the charming marina, this little town is a location that everyone should take the time to visit.


The lesson we took from the day is to never keep your exploration in a box for fear of missing something that may very well be sitting right under your nose. Taking a single day to explore your state is the perfect get away from your daily routine and is sure to give you a fresh appreciation for where you have been planted.

Dream a little, think outside the box and take a day to get away.

Until Next Time, 

Emily + The Warmer Team


Thursday, September 4, 2014

North Shore Dreams

Today sucked.  My computer died in the middle of working on a project for work for the 7th time in 2 months.  Then I was on the phone with HP and trying to get a printer to work for a tenant and it wouldn’t.  Then another printer wouldn’t work. Then a scanner wouldn’t work. 
Tonight tried to do some videos for my channel and spent about 4 hours filming and editing to face 2 corrupted files  and a complete mess!

Needless to say it was just one of those days….

On days like today I try to go to a happy place.  And for me it is always the same.  The happiest I have ever been was on the North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii.  I literally think about it every day I’m not there, and one of the dreams of my life is to have a little place to go to on the North Shore whenever I want.  Even if it is 200 square feet and had a shared bathroom I wouldn’t care because I’d be where I love.
When I was asked to write this blog I thought what would be the perfect day on the North Shore and this timeline immediately came to mind. 

My Dream Day on the North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii.

First thing I would do is wake up early and head towards Sunset Beach.  At SB they have a lovely bakery and restaurant called Ted’s Bakery.  Ted’s is famous for their cream pies (they were selected by Food and Wine Magazine as one of the US best pumpkin pies and that’s not even their specialty)


 Donuts and pastries are delicious.



Get a hearty breakfast with local specialty spam and eggs. Will stick with you all day in the sun and beach


Pack a cooler with some sandwiches and get some pie for lunch!

With a good breakfast you are ready to go to Waimea Bay which has great surf most of the year and a long shoreline.  Parking is limited, so you may have to sit in your car and wait till someone leaves, but don’t worry it is worth it. 


I mean does it get better than that? Not for me.

Although signs warn against it, many jump off the large rock into the bay.


You can surf, enjoy the waves, swim, or get some sun.  Last time I was there I even saw some dolphins


Here I am with the surf boards after a day in the water


 Once you are ready to leave the beach you can go over to the Waimea Bay Falls and take the leisurely trail to swim with waterfalls.   I am not a hiker but this trail is super easy and beautiful.  Plus, swimming in the falls is super fun.






After all that you will be exhausted, so head over to the shrimp trucks like Giovanni’s.




Full of delish food, beautiful waves and scenery, you will be ready to crash and then start all over again.
Heaven…

Do you guys have a dream place you wish you could go to when the days get stressful? Let us know where and why it is special?  What would be your ideal day?

Until Next Time,
Rachel + The Warmer Team

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Warmer Weekend #23: Labor Day Weekend pt. 2

The second part of my trip for Labor Day has 3 parts:

1. Fishing
2. Cleaning Fish
3. Four Wheeling Adventuring aka Mushroom Photography

We were out on the lake for a good chunk of the day fishing, eating sandwiches and enjoying the lovely weather. 






Once we got back to the cabin the cleaning started! Look at all the fruits of our labor. They'll make for some delicious dinner, that's for sure. 





To finish the trip up we had to get one four-wheeler ride in. It rained most of the time we were up there, so we went on an adventure for all the mushrooms that popped up and took photos. Can't wait to bust out the mushroom book and figure out what all of these are!




Had to get a photo to show the scale. These mushrooms had grown together and were huge!


Oh our way home we stopped at this gorgeous rest area. We've stopped here before and love it. It has some walking trails, and even a place to launch your boat into the river. People were fishing off the bank, but we had our fill of that for the weekend. ;)

We would love to see what you guys did this weekend! Make sure to tag us on facebook or twitter using #warmerweekend. 

Until Next Time, 
Margeaux + The Warmer Team






Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Warmer Weekend #23: Labor Day Weekend pt. 1

It's funny how I just wrote about Mio, because that was my destination for the holiday weekend. I took so many photos, that I've broken them down into two parts. I'll share one today and one later in the week. First up: fishing and grilling out!












We got some nice keepers the first time out fishing. To top the whole thing off, we had a delicious dinner with fantastic company! Lots of laughter, chicken and roasted potatoes. We were afraid the rain would drive us inside, and there was a tornado warning for close to a half an hour - but at the perfect time the weather cleared up and we were able to grill over the open fire outside. It doesn't get much better than that, if you ask me. 

What do you guys grill out on Labor Day, or do you cook inside? Show us by using the hashtag #warmerweekend on twitter, facebook or instagram!

Until Next Time, 
Margeaux + The Warmer Team