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Cheat Weekend- Mini Vacation Edition

For the most part I have been very good on this Keto diet. But the second my husband mentioned he wanted to check out Traverse City this weekend, I knew I had to let it go and indulge. And yes, it does make you feel sick when you go from barely any carbs/sugar to ALLLLL the carbs and sugar. Honestly though…worth every craft beer and deep fried goodness.


My Hubby turns a quarter of a century tomorrow, so we spontaneously drove 4 hours up and across the mitten to the beautiful little town of Traverse City. It was Logan’s first time there, and my second- first being about 10 years ago and it is not so little anymore! We stayed at the Holiday Inn West Bayshore Resort which is about a 5 minute walk to all the fun.

Our first stop for the evening was Mackinaw City Brewing Co. We shared a flight of delicious local craft beers and a basket of dill havarti cheese sticks. My favorite beers were the oatmeal stout and the “Belgian Whitecap.”

Next we stopped at an awesome place called Olives and Wine. This place was super unique and had an incredible atmosphere. There are many wines to choose from as well as an interesting cocktail menu. I chose the blueberry pancake martini and Logan had the green beast cocktail. We shared a drink that was quite interesting- the mushroom nightcap. It contains bourbon, mushroom simple syrup, a raw egg (yes, seriously) and a few other ingredients. Although it sounds strange- it was oddly satisfying. It had an eggnog feel but without the sweetness. I would probably order it again!

We had dinner at The Franklin, and my was it amazing. We ordered the pulled pork croquettes for an appetizer. Logan had the lamb chops and I had the lamb burger with whipped feta for dinner. And then we shared the Boston cream cake for dessert.

It was a very quick trip…15 hours to be exact, but entirely worth the drive. I am happy that my husband had a great birthday weekend to ring in the big 25. We’re already planning a trip back when the wineries are open later so we can experience that as well 🙂


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