St. Joseph North Pier Light

I’ve seen the St. Joseph North Pier light before, but it was before I started blogging, and I never took pictures… so here we are! After visiting a few wineries in the southwest part of Michigan, we headed into the (adorable) town of St. Joseph. It reminds me a lot of Grand Haven in a way. It’s very much a summer beach-town, with a lot of cute shops, restaurants and places to get ice-cream. I would definitely recommend, especially if you’re from the Chicago area, because it’s only a 90-minute drive!

When we arrived downtown, we stopped for burgers at The Buck Burgers & Brew… and it was maybe my favorite burger I’ve ever eaten in my whole life. So good! We split the buffalo bleu cheese chicken dip for an appetizer, and I made my own burger for dinner. A good friend recommended it to us, and I’d 100% recommend it to you. YUM.

After eating dinner, we headed to Tiscornia Park to head out to see the lighthouse. Unfortunately the pier was closed, so we couldn’t walk to the end. But, we walked out on the beach, and got to see it from a distance! I’m sure I’ll go back someday since it’s so close. This lighthouse reminds me a bit of Grand Haven too, because of the catwalk. Catwalks were built so that lighthouse keepers could access the lights when the lake was rough and the waves were crashing over the pier, making it dangerous to walk out there.

Even though it’s July, it was so chilly and windy on this day! Michigan is crazy sometimes. I wasn’t planning on wearing my denim jacket the entire time, but there was no way I was taking it off. Brrr! The last time I wore this lighthouse-print dress was at the Manistee Pierhead Light a couple of years ago. I can’t resist a lighthouse print! ;)

Outfit details:

ModCloth At First Lighthouse Dress (similar)
Forever21 Denim Jacket (similar)
Crossbody Bag c/o Pitaya (similar)
Madewell The Braided Sightseer Sandal (similar)

Bear Cave

During staycation, Eric and I headed south to Bear Cave located in Buchanan, Michigan. Bear Cave is the only cavern in the lower peninsula. It was formed in “tufa rock” which is a secondary limestone. It’s at least 25,000 years old and it’s resting on a glacial drift deposited during the last ice age, approximately 50,000 years ago. Isn’t that crazy?! There is a 40-foot winding stairway that leads you through the cave. You get to see stalactites, petrified leaves, and a lot of interesting shapes. 

This cave also has a ton of history to it (which I love). It was a significant part of the Underground Railroad during the slavery period. In 1875, the “loot” from an Ohio bank robbery was stored here in the cave. This was also the inspiration behind The Great Train Robbery, a 1903 silent film, which is considered a classic. The film was considered a milestone in filmmaking back then, at ten minutes long! So fun. I love quirky history, especially in Michigan.

You drive into the resort, through a gate, and you can park near the “Bear Cave” entrance. You walk down the stairs, into the gift shop, pay your $3 admission, and walk through a door in the gift shop that leads you down into the cave. It’s so cheesy that it’s awesome. This was a super short drive from Lavender Hill Farm, so if you’re looking for a fun day trip… there you go! We also went to several southwest wineries on this day too, which are really closeby. I’d recommend Round Barn Winery (my favorite), Gravity and Lemon Creek Winery. You could also head into St. Joseph afterwards! I’ll blog more on that this week. xo

Outfit details:

ModCloth Eye on the Ties Top in Bears (similar)
Madewell Skinny Skinny Crop Jeans (similar)
Crossbody Bag c/o Pitaya (similar)
Madewell The Braided Sightseer Sandal (similar)

Lavender Hill Farm of Niles

I’ve been wanting to visit a local lavender farm for years, so we finally made the trip out! There were two farms I wanted to see in Michigan – Lavender Hill Farm in Boyne City, and Lavender Hill Farm of Niles. I believe this one is a bit smaller, but super cute and quaint! We hopped on a back country road to get there, and pulled up to an adorable little house with a front yard of lavender. As soon as you entered the driveway, the air smelled so good.

We went inside to ask “How do we cut our own lavender?” and a super nice lady gave us a pair of scissors and said, “Head on out!”. There were several different kinds to choose from, but honestly, I just loved them all. I ended up making the smallest little batch, not realizing that I could have cut enough to fill up a twist-tie. So I ended up buying some lavender water too – it smells so heavenly!

The last time I wore this lavender dress on the blog was in 2010… so 5 years ago. Isn’t that crazy?! I’m baffled I’ve been blogging for that long. It will be six years in September. Eep! Time sure does fly. I love that blogging inspires me to visit new places, this lavender farm included. I seriously love adventures, and I’m not sure if I would have truly known that if I hadn’t started Selective Potential.

So, life is good! Today, Eric and I are celebrating 3 months until our wedding by going to a movie in the park, and grabbing tacos from the local food trucks. I’ll be back with more adventures next weekend from staycation – a new lighthouse, and the only cave in the lower peninsula of Michigan. See you guys then! Have a super fun weekend. xo

Outfit details:

Going to San Francisco Dress in Petals c/o ModCloth (similar here and here)
LuLu's Bubble Vision Yellow Statement Necklace (similar here and here)
Pretty Possibilities Wedge in Custard c/o ModCloth (similar here and here)