Sugarloaf Mountain

For the last two days of our honeymoon, we headed east to stay in Marquette for a couple of nights. I've been to Marquette several times, but haven't really explored too much before! As soon as we got into town, we went to the Marquette Harbor Lighthouse, but unfortunately due to renovation, it was closed. Since that's a really easy one to get to, I decided to not blog about that one until later when I can tour it fully! I know, nerd. So instead we decided to go and check out Sugarloaf Mountain. After been there, I would definitely say this is a "must-visit" if you're in Marquette. 

We parked in the small lot, and approached a sign that said "easy or difficult" trail with arrows. We decided to try the "easy" trail, not being great hikers. It was a relatively short walk to get to the top. Maybe a half hour at most? Most of the hills had stairs, and some were bigger reaches than others, but all in all, a very easy hike compared to others in the upper peninsula. Once you've reached the top, the view is 100% worth it. It's amazing! You can see everything from the lighthouse, to the iron ore dock, and on a clear day, all the way to Canada! We had just missed a water spout too. I think it happened as we were climbing up to the top, but I'm so bummed we missed that! That would have been insane to see.

I went very comfortable all weekend long, which, let's be honest, is my style these days anyway. I just picked up this coat from H&M because it was fleece-lined and really comfortable and warm! I stole Eric's hat, put on some jeans and some boots, and I could walk a million miles in this outfit. On our last couple of days, the temperatures definitely dropped from mid 50's to low 40's. So I'm glad I brought lots of layers!

After climbing Sugarloaf Mountain, we decided to go check out a very-well recommended restaurant called Portside Inn. It was super yummy! We ended up sitting at the bar to have drinks, and ate dinner up there. I'd definitely recommend their famous breadsticks (it comes with the best cheese to dip) and we split pasta and a small pizza. Very yum! We called it an early night after that to head back to our hotel and go in the pool (one of my favorite things about staying at a hotel). And hit the hay early! I have one more post from our last day in MQT, so I'll post that tomorrow!

Bond Falls

When we were up north in the Porcupine Mountains, we headed south to check out Bond Falls! Personally, I think it's one of the most beautiful falls in the upper peninsula (that I've seen). It was about an hour drive from downtown Ontonagon after we visited the lighthouse, but well worth the trip. Thankfully, we had the best weather, so we were able to climb out on the rocks and take some photos. It's located on the Ontonagon River, and has over six viewing locations, and three viewing platforms. You can pretty much see it at every angle, and climb out on the rocks at the bottom or top of the falls!

Outfit details:

Aeropostale High Waisted Jegging
Raindrop in Burnt Henna c/o Others Follow
Breakup Jacket in Black c/o Others Follow
Loch and Key Scarf c/o ModCloth (similar, similar)
Fudge from the Fair Flat in Caramel c/o ModCloth

Nawadaha Falls

On our day of exploring the Porcupine Mountains, we drove on back winding roads for maybe 45 minutes before reaching this spot on the Presque Isle River. There are three waterfalls on this river, but Nawadaha Falls was the easiest for us to get to at the time. Manabezho Falls is apparently the most scenic of the three, but unfortunately we couldn't get to that one due to a down pedestrian bridge. But, I loved this one, because you could so easily climb down the hill and sit right next to the waterfall. It was so beautiful!

After spending some time at this waterfall, and walking through the (very autumnal) woods, we hopped back in the car to head home for the night! Going through the Porcupine Mountains is a lot of driving if you don't want to space it out over a full week. Since we only had a few days here, we wanted to see as much as we could, and it wears you out! So we just headed back to our hotel, ate dinner at the restaurant there, grabbed hard root beers at the bar, played a game of pool and called it a night. I love the low-key atmosphere in the U.P. You don't feel rushed, and you're never stuck in traffic, and most of the time you don't have a cell signal, so you just have to enjoy the outdoors and play catch up when you're back at the hotel. It was definitely a good refresh.

It wasn't too chilly up there, maybe mid-50's most of the time, so I was able to wear a dress but I paired it with a heavier jacket, thick tights, layered socks and tall boots! I teamed up with Chrissy's Socks at the beginning of the month to style up some of their earthy, knit knee-high socks, and I love these! Super high quality, and I love the neutral colors I chose. They have a lot of different colors, patterns (really anything you can think of for knee-high socks) so be sure to check them out!

Lake of the Clouds

One of our first stops on our "porkiemoon" was the Lake of the Clouds! We slept in a little bit to recover from our nine hour drive the day before, and grabbed coffee. We went for lunch at a place called the Konteka! It was maybe the closest restaurant other than our hotel, and also had a general store, bowling alley, bar and more. There's really not much in this part of the upper peninsula, besides amazing nature. After lunch, we headed back toward our hotel and up to Lake of the Clouds! This is one of my favorite sights, because it's insanely gorgeous, and really accessible. No hiking required!

You park the car, walk up a slight "cliff" and then all of a sudden, you cannot believe your eyes. We honestly lucked out. Usually by now, the peak colors are over with and most of the leaves have fallen off the trees this far north. But luckily, we've had a late autumn and the colors were perfect. I kept blinking and was like... am I really seeing this?! It felt like you were in a real-life painting. Every which way you looked, the trees looked like they were on fire with color. Seriously, so stunning. I feel so lucky to have seen this sight as it was.

After leaving the scenic lookout (and I really didn't want to leave), we drove for a long time into the mountains. If you want to see different things, you really have to do a lot of driving. From here, we drove maybe 45 minutes to another scenic lookout called Summit Peak. We had to hike maybe a mile to the top of the overlook, but it was also just incredibly beautiful! It's just always slightly creepy being in the U.P., if you've never been. There's hardly anyone around, and you're miles and miles out into the woods with bears, and who knows what else! I always get a little nervous walking down a trail, but at the same time, it's incredibly peaceful.

I have another post coming with our second half of the day exploring the Presque Isle River... such beautiful waterfalls! So I'll be back with that. If you ever have the chance to get up to the U.P., you should really put it on your bucket list. It's truly amazing, and I'm not just saying that because I adore Michigan. It's insane, and there's so much to explore! xo

Outfit details:

Post-Production Finesse Tunic c/o ModCloth
Forever21 Folk Girl Fringed Cardigan (similarsimilarsimilar)
Aeropostale Solid Long Parka (similar)
Old Navy Boots (similar)

Music City

On our third day in Nashville, we headed back to the 12 South neighborhood. It was one of my favorites from last year, so I was excited to come back! We ate lunch at our favorite restaurant in Nashville, Edley's Bar-B-Que. We also went to Jeni's for the first time to try their ice-cream. I've heard rave reviews, so I'm glad we checked it out! I went with the brambleberry and the goat cheese with cherries. Yum! We checked out a few shops and grabbed jumbo margaritas at Las Palmas, and then headed to The Sutler for dinner and to see a bluegrass band. Woo!

Outfit details:

Acoustic Crooning Dress c/o ModCloth (similar)
Forever21 Denim Jacket (similar)
Madewell The Transport Tote (similar)
Fudge from the Fair Flat in Caramel c/o ModCloth (similar)

East Nashville

During our long weekend in Nashville, we stayed in and explored East Nashville! I love this neighborhood! It was all new too, since we didn't get to see any of it last year when we were there. Our Airbnb was right across the street from the Holland House, The Pharmacy and Mas Tacos Por Favor. It was an ideal location, for sure. On our second day, we walked over to Barista Parlor for breakfast. I loved it. It was perfectly decorated, and the food was delicious. Eric and I got the lattes - vanilla bourbon and whiskey caramel, along with their biscuit sandwiches. Yummmm.

After breakfast, we ended up exploring the area slightly. We checked out a few local shops, and then grabbed tacos for lunch at Mas Tacos Por Favor. It was very good! Maybe not as good as our beloved Donkey Taqueria in Grand Rapids (sorry, Nash) but we still loved it. They were out of the pork tacos, which I think would have been my favorite... but we did end up trying their special of chips and cheese, with chorizo. I also had a chorizo and fish taco, along with a strawberry Jarrito!

After lunch, we ended up going to 3 Crow Bar for bushwackers - my very first! I really liked it too, which is dangerous. ;) Usually I cannot drink anything strong alcohol-wise, so I was surprised, but it's basically like a boozy milkshake. You can't go wrong with a boozy milkshake. Haha. We ended up checking out a local record store after that and staying to watch a band playing in the yard. One thing I love about "music city" is obviously the music everywhere. So fun!

Hope you guys are having a good start to your week! I'll be back with a few more posts from Nashville, and then onto the spring posts. It's finally blooming here in Michigan and I couldn't be more excited. Especially for tulips!

Outfit details:

American Eagle Skinny Jeans (similar)
Where Are You Flowing? Top c/o ModCloth
Moorea Seal Woodland Wide Brim Hat (similar)
Vintage Coach Purse
Now We're Cookin'! Wedge in Black c/o ModCloth