It doesn’t matter how many places I travel to in the state of Michigan, East Tawas will always be my favorite.
Where I currently live is just a few miles from where I lived as a small child before moving to Oklahoma. It is also a few miles from my grandparents house with a sprinkle of aunts, uncles and cousins here and there.
As a young girl I remember frequent trips to Tawas. When I moved to Oklahoma I couldn’t wait to come back every summer just so I could have a girl trip with my mother, grandmother, aunts and cousins.
I have so many wonderful memories of this town. If I could pack up and move there – I would.
The husband and I took another trip up there. We try to make it 1-2 times a year. It’s about an hour and a half drive, so nothing too terrible. This trip to East Tawas was a graduation and birthday present for him.
The weather and automobile were not cooperating, but I was determined to make the best of it. Sunday afternoon, after being stranded all day Saturday with no car, we decided to head downtown and walk around for a little while before we headed home. I am glad we did instead of leaving right away. I’m also glad we took the chance on trying to start the car again before calling AAA!
It’s been a little while since our last trip to Tawas, so I was thrilled when I saw a new shop had gone in. I am generally really sad when I see stores I liked are no longer there or for rent signs (even some for sale.) But, I understand how tough running your own business can be, so it was exciting to see a trendy shop go in.
Saturday when we walked by I wasn’t interested in going in. The place was empty and it didn’t seem like it had much. Honestly, for some reason I thought it was just tea-things for sale and they only had the drinks offered on the sign as that days samples. I’m glad I went ahead and looked inside on Sunday. I was extremely thrilled with what treasures were hidden in side. (even coffee was hiding in there!)
First, the decor is very zen. You could set up a yoga studio right there if you wanted to. I love the colors and lounge area. The wall paintings were warm, inviting, and thought-provoking.
The husband and I spent some time smelling all the amazing teas. There’s a counter with all these cool containers so you can open them and check out the goods. I felt like we were sniffing forever before we decided on a soothing Lemon Drop for me and Man Cave for the husband.
And yes, it does have a leathery woodsy smell. Also please note : Guaranteed to have no effect on the hair on your chest.
I believe we spent a few hours in there. I read some travel magazines, did a little daydreaming while listening to the shop manager and the husband discuss all things superhero. I popped in the conversation when I saw fit, but I was really enjoying my time.
Diversions Tea House was definitely that little place that takes you away from the hustle and bustle of the daily grind. I quite enjoyed my time in there.
We got to sample some wonderful homemade jams. Smoked Pineapple Basil and 5 Spice Plum made their way home with me. I’m still thinking about what sort of YUM project I can put together with them. We also brought home a bag of the Lemon Balm and a container of the Man Cave.
And I got to play with this really fun wood silverware.
I even learned about this new bubble tea craze. Strange. 😉
Have you heard about bubble tea? Have you tried it?
Diversions Tea House is well worth the stop if you’re in Tawas or heading up that way. Great conversation and company. Perfect customer service. They even plan to offer eatables! Oh, I’ll be back!
Check out their Facebook page or website for more information.
GiGi Eats says
I have never tried bubble tea but I have heard a lot about it. When I used to live in Boulder, CO… Everyone adored it!!! I adore tea in general, and I could smell it for days! I went to Teavana for an event the other day and I spent the entire time with my nose in tea canisters!! 😉
I <3 tea so hard. Cold, hot, any time of day! I love sticking my nose in those canisters!
Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says
I’ve never tried any sort of fancy tea before. I keep meaning to try it because I hear people talk about how loose leaf tea is so wonderful.
Liz Mays says
That tea house place sounds really cute. I think I’d dig the atmosphere and trying out the teas. I have heard of the bubble tea craze, it’s pretty popular in my son’s college town.
I live in a very rural town and just noticed the independent coffee shop next town over just got bubble tea in!
Megan @mnmspecial says
I love bubble tea. It’s one of the things that got me excited to move to CA because we had a serious lack of tea areas in SD. I love shopping for teas. I tend to go for coconut flavors.
I’ve never heard about bubble tea! Love the wooden silverware!
Sabrina @ Dinner, then Dessert says
I love tea! I also love the fanciness of tea houses and how it is such a beautiful setting!
Robin (Masshole Mommy) says
I usually only drink tea when I am sick, but a tea house sounds kind of fun! My dad is a tea drinker, so he would love this.
Marcie W. says
I don’t know much about tea but I think that is simply because I have never really been shown the ropes before. I am totally up for sampling and learning!
I LOVE Bubble Tea! We have a tea house near us and I love going there for lunch or High tea with my mom, it’s so fun and I always try all different teas.
Ora Lee Gurr says
What fun! I love the wooden silverware. It’s great there was someplace great to find with treasures and good company.
I have heard of bubble tea. I haven’t tried it, but since I love tea, I bet I’d like this. What a zen place!
The lemon drop sounds like a good choice. I laughed at ‘Man Cave.’ Definitely an appropriate choice for my husband to try too. 🙂
I have heard about bubble tea but I have yet to try it I think it sounds neat! Those forks, spoon and knives are funny I used one of those forks last night at an event and overheard people talking about them half the night!
Debbie Denny says
I have not heard of this. Sounds like a great place.
Ann Bacciaglia says
I love to sip on a cup of tea. i have not tried the bubble tea yet but i have heard of it. I would love to taste Man Cave tea.
It sounds like you have so many happy memories there, and there are many more waiting to be made. I’d love to visit the tea house myself some day.
Bubble tea is a new one to me. I love a good tea house though, loose leaf!
I grew up in Michigan but I’ve never been here. You’re certainly making me want to plan a visit.
Rachel Ferrucci says
I’ve never heard of bubble tea. I do love all kinds of teas and love trying new ones! Would love to go there!