Like most Michiganders we try to go up north every year and this past summer we rented a little farmhouse in one of the nicest corners of the state and we liked it so much we rented it again for the Thanksgiving weekend and headed up into the snow for an early and cozy little glimpse of the winter to come. It was a treat to see all the heavily-touristed areas more subdued. We walked (and sledded) along empty, ice-encrusted beaches and hiked in the woods while the old snowmobile tracks we followed filled with fresh powder. And we ate a lot of good food.
When we got back I remembered I took a bunch of pictures last summer that I never shared. . . and after looking at all the pictures I took over the holiday weekend I thought maybe I should share just a few to show how beautiful it is up there in Leelanau County all year round.
[1. woolens by the wood-burning stove 2. Christmas Cove beach in winter 3. Christmas Cove beach in summer 4. rowboat at the farmhouse 5. outside the farmhouse 6. running along the beach on South Manitou Island 7. running through the forest behind the farmhouse 8. heirloom tomatoes from our community garden (a gift for the farmhouse owner) 9. Wendell, farmhouse porch 10. farm stand near Northport lighthouse 11. ad hoc leather workshop in the farmhouse 12. Wendell at Sleeping Bear 13. Fishtown, Leland 14. Cottage mailboxes on rural road 15. Hiking in the ancient cedars on South Manitou 16. Rockhopping at the state park 17. sledding at Christmas Cove 18. Wild turkeys crossing the road on Thanksgiving Day! 19. Thanksgiving Day cookbook 20. Abandoned farmhouse in Sleeping Bear 21. Our friend's sister's cherry orchard 22. Her rescue thoroughbred 23. abandoned farm on the way to Cedar 24. field behind the farmhouse 25. snowball fight! 26. Fieldstone church in Lake Leelanau 27. Hiking at the state park]