We followed up our trip to Mackinac Island, with a couple of days in Ludington. On our way from Mackinaw City to Ludington, we made a detour to Traverse City for a late lunch/early dinner at North Peak Brewing Company. I had been dreaming about their root beer float since last August. In addition to the root beer float, Dave and I split a chicken quesadilla and the mozzarella sticks. And while I enjoyed my float, Dave enjoyed his Oreo cheesecake (as well as a beer!).
The next day, we went for a very windy hike at Nordhouse Dunes, a wilderness area about 30 minutes away from downtown Ludington. And as you can see from the photo above, we had a great time! We were just hiking along when a deer jumped across the trail about 20 feet in front of me. And then Dave noticed a little fawn walking among the trees. We stopped for a while and watched and then it laid down next to a tree. We walked by quickly, keeping our distance, but I paused to take one last photo. We circled around, bushwacking a bit, hoping the mom would return soon. Totally a highlight of the trip!
After our hike, we had lunch at the Angry Tomato in Ludington. We split an Italian sub that was quite delicious. They offer numerous subs as well as New York style pizza. Later that day, we checked out the Mitten Bar, a small bar that focuses on Michigan-made beer, wine, and spirits. There was a tap takeover by Saugatuck Brewing Company, but Dave was interested in trying one of the Michigan-made liquors. He tried the straight bourbon whiskey from Traverse City Whiskey Co. and really enjoyed it. I had a glass of my favorite wine, the late harvest Riesling from Chateau Grand Traverse.
After our drinks, we went around the corner to the Jamesport Brewing Company for dinner. In addition to the beer sampler, Dave enjoyed the BBQ pulled pork sandwich. I had the cheeseburger, which wasn’t that great and was overcooked as well.
As my reward as designated driver as well as the fact that we hadn’t gotten ice cream on this vacation yet, we headed over to House of Flavors, a retro-style restaurant and ice cream shop that’s been around since 1948. I ordered a scoop of the Tennessee Toffee, toffee ice cream layered with sweet whiskey sauce and Heath Bar pieces, it had great whiskey flavor. Dave ordered a scoop of Caramel Caribou, vanilla ice cream swirled with caramel & chocolate covered caramel pieces. The photo above shows straw wrappers stuck to the ceiling. Back when the House of Flavors was known as the Park Dairy, it was featured in Life Magazine regarding how the youth of the time were sticking their straw wrappers to the ceiling with malted milk and it kind of became a tradition.
The next day we headed home for the long holiday weekend.