11. Point Betsie Lighthouse – Frankfort, MI

While heading to Sleeping Bear Dunes, we decided to make a detour to Point Betsie after seeing pictures in a gift shop (supposedly one of the most photographed lighthouses in all of Michigan). An absolutely lovely red and white lighthouse situated on a bluff on a nice stretch of sandy beach. It was so windy while we were there and the waves were crashing over the breakwater making for a memorable visit. Definitely worth a stop.

10. Big Sable Point Lighthouse – Ludington, MI

This was the first stop on our way up the Michigan shore to Mackinac Island. It is about a 2 mile walk one way from the parking lot to the lighthouse and for some this might be a problem (there is a bus that runs occasionally—you can find dates/times here http://www.splka.org/schedule.html). For us, after being in the car almost the whole day, it felt great to stretch the legs and take in some of the lakeshore. […]

9. The Don Cesar Resort on St. Pete Beach – St. Petersburg, FL

A wonderful long weekend spent at The Don Cesar Resort & Spa (aka “The Pink Palace”) on St. Pete beach was such a treat. I love Loews properties anyway, but this is probably one of the nicest boutique resorts I’ve ever been to. Upscale but not too out of reach and very family friendly. The pool area was clean, plenty of lounge chairs and within a quick walk across the beach to the warm waters […]

7. Baby Beach & Palm Beach – Aruba

While these are two very different beachs, I listed them together as they are both equally beautiful in their own rite.  Baby Beach is practically deserted with only a few locals hanging out.  But the water is still and bath warm and it’s a great place to snorkel.  There are no restaurants on the beach so pack a picnic and a cooler.  Palm Beach is full of high rise hotels, restaurants and beach bars.  A two […]

6. California Lighthouse – Aruba

Found this gem while on a drive around the island.  The 360 degree views from here of the island are amazing.  We were not there at sunset but we heard that is the best time to go.  

5. Sea Trek – De Palm Island, Aruba

Sea Trek on De Palm Island was the coolest thing we did on the trip and as soon as we had finished, I would have done it again. We were given a quick lesson and felt very safe the entire time. The next best thing to scuba diving without the lessons and required certification. There were so many colorful fish amongst the wreckages down there and they provided food to feed and attract them. We […]

4. The Flying Fishbone – Aruba

We chose Aruba as a destination for our vacation because it is not in the hurricane belt and the temperatures are pretty constant – in the 80’s, desert like with little rain.  It is, however, pretty much always windy and you shouldn’t plan on a good hair day. We loved everything about Aruba–the beaches, restaurants, and shopping district are all top notch and we would go back without hesitation. For an excellent dining experience while […]