After the tour we were free to look around the museum at all the fun things they had. The building itself was beautiful with stunning antique chandeliers and such.
Then we loaded up in the bus and headed to the Cherry Republic for a fun little rest stop and to get some lunch
During the cherry festival they have every year, they have special "cherry Olympic games" type championships. One of which is cherry pit spitting, and yes, they do have a certified arena. I NEED to come back some time during the cherry festival!
Inside the great hall, they have all sorts of cherry merchandise. Everything from cherry candies, to cherry salsa to cherry BBQ sauce! I truly wanted one of everything! Luckily, they had a ton of samples of most of the things they had for sale. I almost didn't need any lunch by the time we were done in there! Everything was very tasty!
We, of course, couldn't leave without getting a couple of things to try! My mom and dad got some cherry salsa and cherry chocolate biscottis. I got some chocolate covered cherries!
Then we wandered around the itty bitty little town trying to decide where we wanted to eat for lunch. All the buildings were so cute and charming!
Then we set off to exploring the two block town. We stopped in a few shops and did some window shopping.
After a little shopping, dad and I ran down to the beach of Lake Michigan to feel the sand beneath our feet and feel that great lake breeze on our faces. Since the lake is so massive and the waves were white capping, I totally felt like I was at the beach and had to constantly remind myself that I was on a lake shore not the sea side
Then it was back to town to catch the bus and travel on!
Our next destination was Sleeping Bear National Park. Here we made a couple stops at some very beautiful look out points. It was such a beautiful day!! But it sure was cold!
Aren't they the cutest
We also made a quick stop at the beach so the rest of the group could enjoy the gorgeous view. This time I took my shoes off when I got to the end of the board walk so I could feel the cool sand between my toes! I love that feeling.
I sampled some of their delicious sparkling raspberry juice. We all got to keep the glasses that we drank our samples from, such a fun souvenir.
This is also where we had dinner that evening. It was all delicious and so fresh! They grew some of the ingredients for our dinner right outside the restaurant.
All our rooms had ginormous bath tubs complete with jets, a massage bar of soap and lot of bubble bath. I just couldn't resist. After a long day of battling the coldest of winds at all our scenic stops, a warm bubble bath sounded divine! And it sure was divine, it was the biggest bath tube I have ever been in! It was a fabulous way to end the day!