Up North

Up North 
The Northern half of Michigan's Lower Peninsula. 
For those residing in the lower half of the Lower Peninsular, it's the location of the cottage you go to every summer.

Nick and I went Up North to his parents' second home (used to be his grandparents) for Labor Day. We started the 3.5 hour trek on Friday night after work. We were unsure if other family members would be there, but we ended up being alone all weekend! It was so nice to just turn off electronics and just hang out together.

After arriving late on Friday night we slept in on Saturday and went for brunch at The Iron Skillet.

We enjoyed sitting outside with the dog and reading and napping.

In Nick's LBA (Life Before Ashley) he was a race car driver. Some guys he knows from racing have a house about 45 minutes from Nick's parents. They invited us for a fish fry on Saturday night. The house was about 4 miles into the woods and we got to see amazing wildlife. It was great to FINALLY meet Nick's old friends.

Sunday was more of the same. We took Scout on a few walks as we are trying to leash train him a little better (at 7 years old, haha), and ate some amazing pizza at a small pizza joint in town.

We headed home late Sunday afternoon and got some great sleep in our own bed on Sunday night. Monday, Labor Day, was spent doing chores and other such things around the house. We ended the the weekend with some US Open tennis.

I hope everyone had an awesome Labor Day!
Welcome, Fall!


  1. I love that last photo, it's cracking me up!

  2. I noticed his Sparco shirt in one of the pictures...we have a few of those shirts at our house also! That is cool that he raced cars! My son hopes to start racing soon!! The cabin is lovely, what a nice weekend. The Iron Skillet looks amazing. - Crystal

    1. That's so awesome you know Sparco! I got his newest t-shirt for him for his birthday is June! He loves that shirt, so I was glad I got it for him! What type of racing will your son do?

    2. Either drifting or global time attack. Maybe spec miata. I can't keep up! I just realized that the event we just went to is also in Michigan. It's called Gridlife, you guys might like it!

  3. What a relaxing weekend! That cottage sounds so nice. :) So neat that Nick used to race cars!

  4. That sounds like the most perfect weekend ever! Isn't it nice to simply soak in the season and just relax? Love!

  5. That sounds like such an amazing weekend, and as much fun as family can be, sometimes it's just nice to have some alone time! I bet that Scout loved having some off leash time too!

  6. Looks so lovely - that first photo is just taking me to a very summery place! I hope the Michigander husband takes me "Up North" sometime :)

  7. Sounds like the perfect relaxing weekend complete with a happy duggy! All that food looks DELISH :-D
    Green Fashionista

  8. You must live fairly close to us. We go Up North several times a year, I even did a post by this same title last Fall after one of our trips!! Michigan is so full of great little towns. Darling cottage and cute pictures!!

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