On our last night in the U.P., we headed out to explore downtown Houghton, which is called the "gateway to the Keweenaw". It's the largest city in the peninsula, and it's been listed as one of the best "small towns in America". We arrived downtown, and grabbed beers at Keweenaw Brewing Company, or "KBC" if you're a local. They're a microbrewery, only serving up beers (no food), but it was surprisingly busy when we arrived! We grabbed a few drinks, and sat on the outdoor patio enjoying the view of the Quincy Mine.
I was also so excited to see and drive on the Portage Lake Lift Bridge. We drove across the bridge a week earlier to get to Copper Harbor, but had to take a few more trips across! It connects the cities of Hancock and Houghton, and crosses over Portage Lake, which leads out to Lake Superior. It's a landmark of the area, and it's the only land-based link between the north and south sections of the Keweenaw Peninsula. So if you're heading up north to the tip top of Michigan, you're bound to cross the bridge!
After enjoying a few drinks at KBC, we hopped over to The Library Restaurant & Brew Pub for dinner and drinks. Eric tried their own in-house beer, the Copper Town Ale, and I went for a strawberry margarita. For dinner, Eric had the caprese burger with truffle fries and I had the steak gorgonzola alfredo. Both were pretty tasty! Plus, again, we had an awesome view of the hill and Quincy Mine. I can only imagine the views in this town in the peak of autumn. It has to be so pretty.
I loved wearing this new aztec-printed maxi dress I picked up from Lee & Birch while we roamed the streets of downtown Houghton. It has a side slit, and it's perfectly breezy to wear in the summer heat. Plus, it'll look adorable with a denim jacket and ankle booties in the fall. I've been trying to halt any further summer shopping, because I love shopping for clothes in the fall! But, I'll definitely make an exception for anything that will easily transition. ;)