Sunday, July 3, 2011

Tawas City (or Why I Need A Nap to Survive My Stay-cation!)


Yep, that's me!  Yesterday was Day 2 of my stay-cation, and I spent it in the very beautiful coastal town of Tawas City, Michigan on Lake Huron.  In the mighty green dynamo, my rag tag band of family trekked north to enjoy all that is American this holiday weekend:
  • great food at Mr. Jack'ss, treats at the Village Chocolatier and ended the day with ice cream at Marion's
  • beautiful scenery (and the occasional lightning flash) at Tawas Point and Tawas Point lighthouse

  • fabulous shopping downtown and in the quilt shops - more later on that
  • geocaching on the rocks and the beaches - see my sister-in-laws blog on THAT adventure! There was blood involved.

  • and, obviously, putt-putt golf at Hubie's Wondergolf (I tied for first!)

On this voyage was (top) OriginalRager, Wikid Kriket, myself,  Rockin' Robyn, (bottom) Mr. Energy and Little Brother. 
They let us loose on Tawas City and we had clubs! 

If you have the chance to travel to the Tawas area, you must stop at Bayview Calicos in Au Gres on the way.  What a delightful surprise!  It's a little cottage tucked along the highway.  Inside, you'll find many patterns (including Australian embroidery), bolts & bolts of fabrics (black & whites, batiks, Christmas, 30's, patriotic), a good notions wall, kits, many samples (LOVE the series of applique lighthouses), and all the do-dads & trinkets you love discovering on quilt shop shelves!  The owner's daughter gave me the grand tour and was a lot of fun to talk to.  Conveniently, I had plenty of time to explore as my family was focused on the geocache hidden outside!

There's also the Cotton Patch Quilt Shoppe in the heart of Tawas City - wools, kits, and antiques, mostly.

I think one of the most awesome parts of the trip was heading home late at night - as we drove the 3.5 hours back towards Detroit, we saw fireworks display after fireworks display along the highway.  Best seats in the house!

Happy Independence weekend!

p.s. This was my favorite day so far this year!  Thanks everyone!


  1. Sounds like you had a great day. You are so lucky to have a fabulous family! Cherish them all every moment. Miss you and wish I lived closer so I could adopt your fam!

  2. Looks like a great day to me! Love the lighthouse! :0)

  3. Look how cute you are! I LOVE Tawas, and I'm keeping the Bayview quilt shop in mind - we're heading to Mackinac and Harrisville next month. What a lovely way to spend time with your family!

    Don't you just love watching storms roll in over the Lake? That area is my favorite place EVER.

  4. I grew up in summers in Oscoda... This was a treat to read this post all the way here from rural Australia. I used to golf at Hubies and last time I was home I discovered Bayview as well. Glad that it is still going...


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