One of my favorite traditions every year is to head over to Holland to see the tulips during Tulip Time! And can you believe this is my 10th year blogging at the tulip fields? So crazy to see how long I’ve been running Selective Potential. I decided to check out Windmill Island this year instead of Veldheer Tulip Gardens just to mix it up a little bit from the past two years! I absolutely love the windmill in photos, but Veldheer has more tulips. But either way, you’re in for a real treat if you visit either place (or both) during this time of year. We always make it a tradition and go on a weeknight, because there’s less people and it makes for better photos! Afterwards, we usually head downtown to check out some of the wooden shoe street dancing and to grab a bite for dinner.
So Eric and I checked out Ando Sushi + Bar this past weekend… and it was such a great experience! We’ve been wanting to check out this place for a while, so when they invited us in for a visit, we jumped at the chance! It’s located on the west side of Grand Rapids, in a super fun and upcoming neighborhood. The vibe was awesome, their joyful hour had some serious deals, and the food was delicious. I’m wondering where we’ve been this whole time, haha! But I’m so glad we checked it out, and already can’t wait to go back to try other things!
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Helloooo from the winter wonderland of Michigan. We escaped to the “desert” for a day to beat some of these winter blues, which was just ugh, so refreshing. I could sit here all day long. If you’re in Grand Rapids or ever visit Grand Rapids, be sure to head over to Frederik Meijer Gardens! We ended up getting a membership last year (mostly to get first dibs on their concert series, haha) but it’s nice to be able to pop over anytime and walk around for a bit. Especially in their Tropical Conservatory. Ah, heaven! Trying to love every day of winter, but I don’t know, I just get to be a bit over it this time of year. It just drags on and on and onnnnnn. And we’ve had the craziest weather and my car has gotten stuck in the snow more times than I can remember this year. So maybe I’m not even desperate for spring yet… maybe just some normal 32º winter days. 😆Read More
Phew, long time, no see! I didn’t mean to take a couple of weeks off there, but we’ve just been so busy lately with traveling and wrapping up summer. Plus, it’s good to take a break every now and then! I’ve been blogging for 9 years now (my blogiversary was Labor Day) and it’s so hard to constantly be “on” all the time with the blog and IG. So those two weeks were needed, and now I’m feeling inspired to get back into it! I have one final summer post (with a lighthouse, of course) before I move into the desert from our trip to Phoenix! And after that… autumn content begins! I’m super excited. I love fall and can’t wait for all things apple, pumpkin + fall foliage related. But for my final post of summer… here we go!
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This past weekend, Eric and I decided to brave Tulip Time to check out Veldheers Tulip Farm in Holland, Michigan! I haven't been to this farm in a few years, so I was excited to check it out again. Veldheers is Holland's only tulip farm, and perennial garden. In 1950, Vern Veldheer, started a garden with 100 red tulips and 300 white tulips. Today they have over 5.5 million tulips! With rows and rows of beautiful color, it's picture perfect this time of year.
We checked out several of the tulips, and said hello to the American Buffalo they have on their farm! They have 19 bison, including Tacoma, who is their 14-year-old bull who is over six feet tall and weighs nearly 3,600 pounds. To keep him company, they have 13 females that are all trying to win his love and attention. Haha! They were a little shy though, so we only captured a few pictures from afar.
After exploring the farm, we ventured to downtown Holland to check out a little bit of Tulip Time. We stopped into Frances Jaye to do a little shopping, and then went for an elephant ear. It was honestly a bit chilly though, especially with the lakeshore wind, so we didn't end up staying too long. My goal is go back this week to check out Dutch Village, and maybe a few more tulips. I can't get enough! It's just so pretty in Holland this time of year.
I recently purchased this dress from the Ruche closing sale, which makes me a bit sad. I loved shopping there! But at least I have this pretty red scalloped dress to remember them by. I believe this is the exact same dress, but I'm not totally certain. Very very similar, if not the exact one. I also finally purchased this denim vest after looking at it every single Old Navy trip. I have a lot of cute dresses this will pair well with this spring!
I'm still in my cabin fever stage... where I just want to get out of the house and go! I spend so much time organizing our upcoming calendar, because I just can't wait for adventures and trips and warm weather! Until then, I thought it'd be fun to explore a few towns close to us! Rockford is just 15 minutes north of Grand Rapids, and the perfect place to hang out for an afternoon. We love to bike here in the summer on the White Pine trail too! Saturday was clear blue skies, but unfortunately it's a bit too chilly to get away with bare legs. I'm SO over tights... but it's okay. At least I got to break out a floral dress, and a new cozy cardigan I got on sale!
ROCKFORD DAM OVERLOOK
Our first stop was the Rockford Dam Overlook, which was built in 1843. Eric and I came here when we first started dating! The overlook is located on Bridge Street right downtown. It's the perfect spot for a picnic and people watching, especially fisherman! It provides a nice view of the Rogue River, which eventually leads to the Grand River in Grand Rapids. The White Pine Trail runs right past the dam too, so you can't miss it if you end up biking! This is definitely a fun view if you're in Rockford.
BAILEY & JAMES BOUTIQUE
We decided to stroll and check out some of the cute boutiques downtown. I've never been into any of them, so I was pleasantly surprised when we walked into Bailey & James! It was adorable! They had a lot of items from Rifle Paper Co. (which is one of my favorites) so I instantly fell in love. They have everything from cards, decor, prints, journals, notepads, mugs, various gifts, etc. I ended up getting a fun "Don't Worry, Be Happy" print in bright colors and a yummy smelling lemongrass candle from the Kalamazoo Candle Company. This was my favorite boutique in the area, for sure!
Next, we stopped into Jade after a recommendation from a friend! They specialize in clothes, accessories, bags, shoes, and fun gift items. They had a surprisingly large inventory too for a boutique! I wanted to try a bunch of things on, but unfortunately they were so busy, the waiting rooms were packed! I'll have to try and go back on a less busy day, because there is a super cute mauve crochet dress calling my name!
KAYLA RAE CELLARS
I've been really excited to try Kayla Rae Cellars. I've only heard good reviews about this place! Plus, I just love wine and wine tasting. They had a fun and unique set up too! You first went to the bar, chose your 'flight' selections and they brought them to you all at once. Most places in Michigan, you stand at the bar and they pour you one at a time. So we took a seat, and tasted a few wines. My favorite was the Blackberry Cider. Super good! I also liked their Sangria Wine too. They also have a cheese and crackers platter available, and chocolates too, if you're looking for a drink and a snack!
We also quickly popped into Sweetland Chocolates & Coffee. They've been in business for over 90 years, and serve up homemade candies and drinks! I got a small bag of a few of my favorites, which include the milk chocolate sea salt caramels and the milk chocolate pecan turtles. Yum.
ROCKFORD BREWING COMPANY
Our last stop before heading home was Rockford Brewing Company. They opened up in 2012, and are located right on the White Pine Trail, next to the Overlook Dam. This is the perfect end stop if you're biking from Grand Rapids. They have an outdoor patio, and collaborate with Vitale's to offer up pizza, grinders, salads and appetizers if you're hungry. I'm also not a huge beer drinker, so I'm always thankful for breweries that offer up additional options. Their Cherry Cyser, which is a blend of apple cider with honey and tart cherry juice, is absolutely delicious.
If you have any additional recommendations in Rockford, let me know in the comments, especially places to eat! We're so close that there's no reason to not pop over there more often for shopping or dinner. Plus, I really want to take a bike trip there this summer! It's a bit of work, but it's so much fun.