Friday, 22 August 2014

Our Little Trip to Michigan 2014

My family and I went on a little trip to Michigan last week. We've been going to Michigan for a little trip every summer for 4 years now. The first time, we went to Mackinac Island which was amazing and I can't wait to go back! The other three times, we've stayed in Birch Run, gone to Frankenmuth, and gone to another town or city in Michigan (a different one each time). This time, the other town that we went to was Holland.

I'll start off with what it's like for us to travel to the U.S. as Canadians. It's exciting! Prices are lower than Canada, sales taxes are lower than Canada, and there's so many neat products that are hard to find or can't be found at all in Northern Ontario. I love shopping in the U.S.! Also, the rest of my family (not me because I don't drink) gets excited by the fact that alcohol is cheaper than in Canada and it's weird to see the alcohol being sold in grocery stores and gas stations (here in Canada, in all provinces except for Quebec, alcohol is specifically sold in liquor stores).

While in Michigan, some of our favourite restaurants that we like to go to are Olive Garden, Cracker Barrel, Sonic, and Bob Evans. All of those great restaurants that we don't have here at home! We always look forward to going to them; it's always a treat!

In Birch Run, we always shop in the outlet stores. I like going to the Book Warehouse. Such great prices on books!

In Frankenmuth, we always get pickles at Rau's Country Store because they are AMAZING! We like to joke that the reason for our trips to Michigan is just to get those pickles! Frankenmuth is also a really pretty town with their neat buildings, pretty flowers, and outdoor decorations. It's a beautiful town to walk through.

Finally, Holland. It's always interesting to visit new towns and cities in Michigan because they each seem to have their own little things that make them special. Holland is known for having a Dutch theme.
We visited DeKlomp Wooden Shoe & Delft Factory; the only Dutch delft blue pottery factory in the U.S. which also produces wooden shoes. We got to learn about how delft blue pottery is made from a lady that was actually making it and opened the pottery room window to explain the process to us. All of the rooms where they make the pottery and wooden shoes have windows so that you can see inside. The factory sells many items made there and also imported items but my Mom didn't buy any because she got real delft blue pottery when she actually went to Holland in Europe years ago. The factory also had some information about the Netherlands along the walls.
We also visited Holland State Park where we saw the Big Red Lighthouse which is a well-known Michigan lighthouse. The beach there is beautiful and it was fun to walk along it and have an ice cream cone afterward.

I hope you enjoyed reading a little bit about our trip to Michigan this year!


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