Monday, September 5, 2011

Port Sanilac Harbor {Lake Huron}

After spending the day before in downtown Detroit, we decided to head north to visit the Bavarian village of Frankenmuth.

Frankenmuth {Go ahead and sound it out.. it is fun to say!} was founded by German immigrants back in the late 1800's and is still a thriving European village today. Full of bratwursts, sour kraut, nutcrackers, and coo coo clocks, it is a place that made my family reminisce about the many years we lived in Nuremburg, Germany back in the 1980's {we moved to Germany when I was three and moved back to the states when I was seven.} Nestled in Michigan of all places, it is a very popular attraction. 

We ate jaeger shnitzel, spaetzle, bratwursts, and stollen at the Bavarian Inn,

visited with a nice man who serenaded patrons in the restaurant,

and snapped lots of pictures in the breezy 73 degree weather.

Frankenmuth is beautifuly landscaped and architecturally drool worthy. 

Part of the village includes an enormous Christmas store open year round that really put me in the mood for twinkling lights!

Afterwards, we headed east a few hours to Lake Huron and the picturesque Port Sanilac Harbor. 

The Great Lakes remind me a lot of the Pacific northwest- cold water, rocky brown sugar sand, but here, we are graced with tall lighthouses. Bracing the white capped waves, they stand tall and lonley amidst an endless ocean of lake water as far as the eye can see.

As dusk approached, the setting sun cast everything a glow and Harbor {for the first time} put his piggies in the sand of the Great Lakes.

What a picture perfect day. Driving back home the two hours to Detroit, I am reminded again of why we named our son, Harbor. A place of safety, peace, and refuge from rough waters and storms... This day was just that!

{To answer the comment about the pearl necklace pictured in our sitting room, it is from the Salvation Army and completely vintage. I wish you luck finding one- thrift stores are the best for jewelry! Thanks for asking.}


  1. Oh I love Frankenmuth. I'm so glas you got to go. I am from Michigan so it was always a tradition to go up to Bronner's for christmas ornaments.

  2. That looks like so much fun! Everything just looks beautiful! I know it much have been awesome having family there.

  3. Thanks for letting me know about the necklace. I will have to go thrifting soon. I thought of you yesterday when I was at the PG Clothesline Fair. Love the photos of Harbor in the sand.

  4. i am so glad you have made your way north! I am about 45 minutes from Frankenmuth now! We will have to hook up after my leg heals!!

  5. you and your family look so beautiful in the light on the beach!

    p.s. i adore crafts and paper creations as well!

  6. Im so glad your parents got to visit! I know how hard it is to be so far from home girl! As for our bank...we've changed too! Having arvest for so many years...we were totally spoiled! Im still using my brother Brandon in Arkansas for my hair, but this time it will be 11 weeks before we see each other again...I can't wait that long so I'm on a hair dresser mission!

  7. AMAZING photos!! I think I would love that little German town!

  8. oh jessica you just inspire me everytime i read your blog... i love the pictures and learning all about your adventures and what neat things you are making this time. I just moved back to GA where my sweet and wonderful boyfriend (soon to be fiance i might add) lives. I have a beautiful house to decorate and plan to borrow many of your ideas. Have a great weekend and thanks for bringing us along!

  9. Those pics of you, David, and Harbor on the beach look like they belong on a Christmas card! I know you make yours, but they are such great pics! Hope you're doing well :)

  10. All these pictues of the beach don't even capture the beauty of that place. We had such a great vist. I even brought home a few rocks from that beach,ha!!!And Harbor helped me put them in my rock garden after we got back home. Many wonderful memories on this trip. Going to that Germany town reminded me of the years we spent in Germany. Time has really passed so fast. We need to make plans to take Harbor & David to Germany someday to compare it. Wouldn't that be fun,ha!!!!Mom