I'm super excited to launch My Northern Michigan Favs here on the blog. This will be a monthly little tidbit letting you know one of my favorite spots in the region. There is no rules to this so we may just do an entire year of coffee shops and wine spots and airbnb's, keep your eyes here for more. Trust this: any place I put on here is a spot I would tell you to go to. I get countless emails a year asking for Northern Michigan recommendations and these are the places that always top my list.
A few weeks ago on a night that was dark, with freezing rain splattering the windows, 4 friends met in a house.
And then unloaded from their cars the kind of stuff friends to show up with when they see one another for a special evening, wine, chocolate, grocery bags & pjs.
And they light a giant fire in the fireplace and put on their wool socks and started with hot apple cider and then moved to wine. And outside it was nasty, but inside 4 women bared their souls and laughed and laughed and laughed. And the oven was turned on and squash was roasted and on the stove risotto simmered.
And in the living room talks of business and marriage and friendship. Discussions about creativity and where we head next in this adventure. And upstairs perfectly made beds with warm flannel sheets waited for them. And candles going everywhere.
It was all happening at Fieldguide Farmhouse.
I chose Fieldguide for my Northern Michigan Favs this week because when I think of Northern Michigan I think of spots that make you feel welcome. I think of Lee, my dear friend who owns this magical place, and her ability to make anyone feel special. I think of the warm fuzzy feeling I get when I'm there. Whether its sitting by the fire on a rainy fall evening, leading a wreath workshop near Christmas, or sipping my coffee on the porch in the summer. Fieldguide Farmhouse has become a sort of escape for me.
It's perfectly Northern Michigan. A small business that does many different things. Events, retreats, romantic getaways, you name it- it's happened at Fieldguide. And each time this place seems to mold itself in a way to perfectly support the event vibe and goal. This is due to Lee. Because people make a place and she's damn special y'all.
It's also unique. Aside from a beautiful setting, this place forces you to slow down a bit and forget about the real world. Which we could all use a bit more of.
I encourage you to check it out. You can see more and read all about this favorite place of mine right here. And BONUS for Stems & Sprigs readers Lee is offering 15% off your stay in Nov - February this year. Just mention you found her through this blog in your request to book. (Note: not applicable to current reservations)
Make it happen. Grab your girlfriends and rent the entire house and bring the groceries and settle in by the fire and open the wine and let the candles burn down low and dive into the part of yourself that gets pushed aside. I know you won't regret it.
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