Traverse City, Michigan
For as long as I can remember, my family and I traveled to Traverse City and stayed at the Shoreside Inn. Sadly, in 2010, the Shoreside Inn was shut down and razed to make room for a park. (Yea, don't get me started...) Another family favorite was Don's Drive In - home of the best burgers and malts known to mankind. Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf saw my Mom "throw" many games just so none of her kids would finish last. (Saintly, yes?) It was also home to the greatest comeback in putt-putt history, but I don't want to talk about that - go ask my brother. No trip to Traverse was complete without a hearty pound (or two, or three) of Doug Murdick's Fudge. I credit this place with teaching us how to "shave off" a splinter of additional fudge without the owner of that particular wedge noticing.
My Grandparents (on my Dad's side) lived in Traverse City during my lifetime. Part of our excursion up north was visiting them in the evenings. Their house was immaculate, and all of us were amazed at Grandpa’s rock wall along the water. Their passing has, understandably, been hard on everyone. However, the memories made with them – and the new ones we make every year – shows the importance of spending time with family. Without a doubt, it has made our vacations immortal.