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California – Bonfire on Carmel Beach

Preparing for a bonfire on Carmel Beach

During our West Coast trip last summer, we spent one night in the Monterey/Carmel area of California. We stayed at the Hofsas House Hotel in Carmel-by-the-Sea (more about that next time). Sometimes my job has some really nice perks and this was one of those times. The Hofsas House gave us some complimentary extras: a Beach Bonfire Bundle along with some wine and cheese. What I really love about the Bonfire Beach Bundle is that on our own we would not have come up with the idea to spend the evening sitting around a bonfire on the beach. It was […]

Michigan – A Traverse City Sunset

Traverse City Sunset 7

This article is different from my usual post. As I was planning what to write about our Traverse City trip, I came across these photos of a beautiful sunset that really didn’t fit it with any of the other articles, but the sunset was so pretty that I wanted to share the photos. So, as an extra bonus this week, and as my final post about Traverse City, I’m sharing my favorite photos from that evening. These were taken on a beach on the East Arm of Grand Traverse Bay. I think it’s best to just let the photos speak […]

Michigan – Old Mission Peninsula

Mission Point Lighthouse - Traverse City

While in Traverse City, we had the opportunity to explore the Old Mission Peninsula with a personal tour guide, Mike Norton, Media Relations Manager of Traverse City Tourism. Normally I don’t write about experiences that my readers can’t do themselves, and while you may not be able to have a personalized tour with Mike, you can certainly take a self-guided tour. This 16-mile-long finger of land protrudes into Grand Traverse Bay, dividing it into a West Arm and an East Arm. The peninsula is named for a Christian mission to the Native Americans founded in May 1839 by Rev. Peter […]