Picture this. Sandy beaches, crystal clear water, kids running up and down the sand dunes. Swimming, hiking, great restaurants, plenty of shopping, and at the end of the day you’re relaxing by the lake sipping a cocktail. Sounds like the perfect destination for a family getaway. We thought so!
The car was packed and we were ready to trek up to Traverse City. The drive was about 5 1/2 hours from Glen Ellyn but well worth it. I suggest visiting during the week because the weekends tend to harbor more tourists.
We stayed at the Bayshore Resort. It was a bit of a walk to get to the heart of downtown. The hotel was a little dated but VERY clean and the staff was incredibly friendly. Just a typical up north hotel, nothing fancy, but right on the water with their own swimming beach. If you go early June the kids will welcome the heated pool. When booking your reservation make sure to get a bayside room so you can take in the lake view.
spend the day shopping. My kids loved the amazing (not so little) Horizon Books.
And the food! There are so many great places to eat. We didn’t get a chance to enjoy all of the top notch restaurants with the kids in tow. Instead we ate fabulous pizza at Paesano’s and had great burgers at Bubba’s. Our favorite was the local, all natural, organic ice cream at Milk and Honey.
We will for sure go back and do a culinary tasting tour 🙂 As far as getting around there is plenty of public parking. You are better off finding a lot and parking rather than driving around hoping to score a meter.
As much as we loved spending time downtown our highlight was driving to Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore. AMAZING!! On the way up we ate at Horizons and Sunsets in Empire. It’s like eating at a hole in the wall gas station (minus the gas) but the Mahi Mahi Tacos were the best, plus our family loves a good dive restaurant.
Our first adventure was the Dune Climb. Lucky for us the weather was perfect. When planning your getaway take that into account because the sand can be hot on little feet!
Next on the list was Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive. The overlook to Lake Michigan is spectacular. I thought to myself are we still in Michigan? The water was so blue and crystal clear. It looked like the Caribbean (I started pining for a pina colada).
It was a star-spangled celebration in Glen Ellyn. This is one of the many reasons we love our charming village. Red, white, and blue covering the town in true American style.
The The New Philharmonic Orchestra was amazing!
Walk down the streets of Glen Ellyn and you will find a shop that is more than the beautifully handmade bags and clutches that are displayed.
A shop that is giving back in more ways than one.
Re:new is more than a business. It is a way of life for refugee women in Glen Ellyn.
Women from different backgrounds. Women who have struggled in ways we can’t even image. Women who are determined to make the best of what they have been given.
When you walk into Re:new it becomes clear that you are stepping into a shop that is filled with hope, inspiration, joy, and most of all faith.
Since their founding in 2009, Re:new has served over 120 refugee women from all over the world.
These are strong women. Like minded women. Women who are blessing our Glen Ellyn community.
They create beautifully crafted products from these fabric filled baskets
that line the walls.
Each product is made onsite in the Studio by these remarkable women.
Re:new accepts donations and has partnered with local retailers to accept fabric remnants.
One thing is clear when walking through this space organization is key and there is no lack of creativity.
Plaids, stripes, and florals become the back drop to this unique shop.
And with help from volunteers Re:new can focus on what they do best.
Creating a space for refugee women to thrive.
And when they do. The results are amazing!
Re:new believes all people are made in the image of God and are therefore valuable and worthy of the highest honor and respect.
They believe in the value of coming alongside those in our community who are in need, regardless of religion, race, or nationality.
They believe that the act of creating things of value is a powerful exercise in restoring hope to broken lives.
They believe that loving and serving one another transforms lives.
They believe that we are stronger when we are joined together in our common humanity.
It has been an honor to partner with Re:new and learn about their exciting campaign with
100 Extraordinary Women.
to learn more!