As I was finalizing grades and cleaning up my classroom, my husband texted me that we were going to Ludington for the weekend to stay at our friend’s cottage. Our friend was all, “Hey, my cottage is open this weekend. Wanna stay at it?” And we were all, “We’re on our way!” I chronicled some of our stay on Instagram, but it deserves its own post. If you’ve been to the Michigan shoreline (especially in the summer), you know that it just can’t be beat. In my shark-fearing husband’s words, “It has all the beauty of the ocean without the death wish of being eaten by a shark.”
It was too beautiful to put all the pictures into one post, so I’ll break it up for ya. Today, we’ll tour the exterior. ‘Cause let’s face it–that’s the meat and potatoes of the place. I gasped when we pulled up. You can’t see in the picture, but the lake is viewable from here. The blue exterior? The orange door? I was sold.
And here’s the back. Windows everywhere. If it were up to me, windows would replace the back of every house. Just can’t have enough of them. And yes–we totally used that hammock. Loved it.
The view from the deck was just amazing. We had coffee on the loungers, and we talked about what a perfect start to our summer this truly was.
The fenced in platform on the left is actually where the house was when our friend bought it. It was on the verge of falling into the lake, so he moved it back. The power of erosion, eh? It was the perfect amount of space for the kids to run around and for them to practice baseball.
And then there’s this. We watched a gorgeous sunset, and we saw a cool storm come in. It’s like mother nature was saying, “Hey! Let me show you what I can do!” during our stay.
Of course, being up on a bluff had it’s disadvantages–256 of them to be exact.
It was quite a treck going up and down the stairs, but we limited our excursions to a couple a day. It wasn’t very hot yet, so we didn’t feel the need to jump in the ice-cold water just yet.
Skipping rocks and exploring the shoreline was our pastime.
And fires. We love a good summer fire. We had one on the bluff and one on the beach.
Quite the view, eh?
I could go on and on (my photo library certainly says so!), but just know that it was a wonderful time with my family. If you haven’t visited the area, I highly recommend it! Next up? The inside of the cottage! I’ll be back.