Monday, August 30, 2010

Honey...did we bring the U-Haul? (Part 3)

As our Anniversary Junking Adventure continues, we finally arrive in Saugatuck, a quaint little town on the Kalamazoo River leading to Lake Michigan. 
Me mourning the loss of my adorable hamper.
Hubby mourning the loss of his blue mermaid.
(Confused? Be sure to read Part 2!)

Saugatuck is wonderfully quirky.  The cobblestone streets are lined with neat little shoppes, breathtaking yachts bob along the big boardwalk, the scent of freshly made fudge wafts in and out of the crowds of tourists, and it brims with history.

I did say there was freshly made fudge here, didn't I...?

Oh, yeah....

We discovered this adorable stove vignette in the ever popular kitchen store in the center of town.

As you wander through town, there are homes that thrill your vintage yearnings.

All of them complete with picket fences and arbors.

Then it was on to the boardwalk lined with big money yachts.

Names on the boats can bring a giggle...

or a sigh.

We slowwwwly made our way back to the car.  To the AC!  It seemed that everyone was walking in slow motion due to the heat and humidity.  We were all wilted.  
We were ready for a reprieve.

We drove along the coast, oohing and ahhhing over the amazing views of Lake Michigan...and reveling in the cold air washing over us from the vents. was time to head home.  Our gaze lingered over the lake we turned the car east .... and 
be still my heart!  
Our eyes fell on this beauty.
Sitting empty.
Just waiting for us to move in.
To lovingly give her a new wash of white paint and some new rockers on her grand porch.
To fill her rooms with love, laughter,
and sandy feet from beach.

After we plant our money tree..... (*moan*)

Shaking ourselves free of our dreamlike, moronic state, 
we made a quick stop at a little farm market to check out their goodies, and get a closer look at their rosemary trees.

Last stop of our adventure was, of course......
for ice cream!

We couldn't eat them quickly enough.
The drips were gaining on us!

But, boy....were they good! 

As was the entire fun, memorable day!!


~ laurie


  1. Helloooo Girlfriend!

    I felt like I was right there with you-taking that anniversary trip. What a quaint little it! And the boats, oh the boats, what things of beauty. I wonder if any of them would want to trade for a pearl? (You'll see why later)

    I am sooo loving that house. I can see her go from dismal to grand in my mind's eye, can't you? It looks like it was someone's great old family home. I always wonder how something like that came to be abandonded...that there was no family member to step in and say, "I want her, she's mine".

    Okay-I am off to get this mass on my head (that is called hair only be dictionary definition) tamed. Put me in a pair of patched pants, a straw hat, knock out a tooth or two & prop me in the garden to scare away ...well...whatever wanders into your garden including the neighbors. Yeah...I need a stylist..BAD...TODAY! xxoo Diana

  2. Hi Laurie! Oh that screen porch looks so inviting through the arbor! You can have one too on that diamond in the rough (once the money tree blooms..he he)!! Thanks for the wonderful photos!

  3. What a beautiful trip you had! Saugatuck is so nice to spend the day at. I am glad that you had a great time and the ice cream was a great way to top it off!!! :)

  4. Good morning sweet sis~~~LOVE every single pic of your anniversary outing. I am still running around the house with pieces we found at the flea market yesterday....arranging, then re-arranging.
    I cherish the time spent with you my soul sister!!
    Thank you for a WONDERFUL weekend.
    ps...I didn't cry for too many miles after we left Heaven's Walk..just a few.

  5. Hi there Laurie! I sure do enjoy these installments of your fab anniversary trip. Thanks for sharing with us yet another beautiful town! OMG... That large abandoned old white house is calling my name (sigh)!! It sounds like you guys had such a great time. I want some of that delicious-looking ice cream!! ;o)
    Have a great week, my friend!
    Hugs ~ Jo :)

  6. Oh, I just love Saugatuck! We haven't been there in a few years, but I remember all of the neat little shops and galleries. And the fancy boats and "cottages", too! There is certainly alot of money in that town! Glad you had a great day!

  7. The perfect ending to a fabulous trip - CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM!

  8. Vacation, Husband, Antique hunting aaaaaaand Fudge? Sounds like pure heaven to me!

    Love this adventure.


  9. Oh, that big beautiful empty house has me drooling!

    Have a wonderful week!

  10. What a lovely trip with your hubby! Isn't it fun to just hang out and enjoy doing the same things. Love that house too . . . I'll help you fix it up :)
    ~ Julie

  11. This has been a wonderful trip to tag along with you on.

  12. I loved that old house too! Your photo of the two chairs that would give you a birds eye view of the lake, were also wonderful. And the ice cream, well........ :)

  13. That empty house is gorgeous. Wouldn't that make a cute B&B. Your trip sounded wonderful!

  14. Thanks for sharing all the fabulous pictures - what a fun trip.

    Welcome as my newest follower...I have so many more pictures to show of the shop for Fall so stay tuned!!

    I'll be back when I have more time.


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