My birthday (July 22) came and went oh-so quickly. I can’t believe it is August. It seems like just yesterday I was knee-deep in winter weather. I can’t believe how hot it has been here in Michigan, and I am trying not to complain about the Oklahoma-like heat wave because I know soon enough it will be winter again. I had a weekend planned to go to Cedarville again. I was looking forward to sunshine, water, friends and tons of smiles.
Sadly, a few friends got sick and could not make it. Others had to work. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do until Tanya was blessed by a co-worker who let us use her cabin in the woods. And when I say cabin in the woods, I legit mean a log cabin in the middle of the woods. I had sent a pic to a few of my friends when Tanya and I first arrived and everyone replied with “That looks like the Crystal Lake cabin from Friday the 13th!” I was not amused 😉
Tanya and I have been friends for about 8 years and we have never been able to do a getaway trip together. We were long overdue. We arrived Friday night, spent all day Saturday doing pretty much nothing, stayed up really late both nights and then Sunday we took a drive over to my favorite place in Michigan, Traverse City. The last time I was in the TC was a trip with the ex and we got snowed in. So, it was a welcomed treat to be able to head there for a few hours.
The cabin is a log cabin. The inside is knotty pine. There is a living room with high ceilings. A loft off the living room which had twin beds. There is a little dining spot by the front door in the living area. The kitchen was amazing and I had a great time cooking again. For a cabin, the bathroom was really spacious. There was a bedroom off the kitchen which had a slider door leading out to the patio which matched the one in the living room. Off the kitchen was also a set of stairs leading down into the basement where we spent most of our time because it was cool. There was a large family room and a bedroom off of it.
No matter what I did, the knotty pine made everything look orange, even in natural light 🙁
When I say we did absolutely nothing, I mean we did nothing.
Friday night we arrived pretty late, but we stayed up and watched Sister Act. For realz. 😉
Saturday morning I spent some time on the back porch and realized just how awesome it was to be surrounded by nature. But, I still missed the water 😉
Later that morning we took a drive in to town to make a stop at the grocery store for food and of course, we had to get the important stuff.
Despite the boozefest, we did eat really well. Lots of low carb sugar free salads (chicken salad for lunch and deconstructed burgers (salad, no buns) for dinner, greek yogurt and oats for breakfast with nuts.
I spent Saturday laughing, cooking, coloring, drinking, and just having a great time hanging out with my bestie. We watched Titanic and had some fun with SnapChat.
Sunday morning I spent some time on the front porch because it was raining and that was the only place outside to stay dry.
Nature was in its full glory and I spent some time thinking about how much life has changed for me these last few months and how incredibly blessed I am for all these memories I am making.
Life is a new journey for me right now. I have no idea where I am going, but I am never going back to where I was.
Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says
That looks so wonderful. I always love staying with the family in cabins like this. We’ve stayed at several in the mountains of Tennessee so this is perfect for us.
That looks so relaxing! It appears as though you had a great time. I’d love to have a little getaway to a log cabin in the middle of nowhere!
It looks so peaceful there! I would love to go there for a weekend!
Oh this looks so lovely. I’m scared I’d never want to come back if I went off for a weekend getaway somewhere like this. Looks so relaxing!
Catherine Sargent says
This looks like a wonderful place to get away from it all. I would love to stay in a log cabin.
I love that cabin. I don’t do camping, but I love a good cabin getaway like yours.
Lisa Favre says
Yes, yes, and yes for Titanic! 🙂 Seems like a lot of fun!
Vera Sweeney says
What an amazing weekend away!! I have not seen Titanic in so long, this sounds like the perfect weekend getaway!
My mom is a big fan of off grid living. She would have loved it there.
Sounds like a fun weekend away! I think I would be to scared to sleep in a cabin in the middle of nowhere!
What a peaceful looking place! What a great getaway! And time for a movie without interruptions? I can’t imagine!
It is totally my dream to spend a couple of weeks at a nice lakeside cabin far far away
Liz Mays says
Oh my gosh, that sounded so quiet comfy and relaxing! It’s great that you were able to spend some time out there!
Rachel Ferrucci says
We can so be friends!!! My kind of weekend! I never stayed in a log cabin and would love to. maybe someday!
This is so interesting. Looks a peaceful place. I wish I can go there with my wife.
Nikki Wayne says
Wow, this is a very refreshing vacation. This place is so relaxing and peaceful too.
Toni | BoulderLocavore.com says
Love your photos! Seems like you had a lot of fun. Love the place, looks so peaceful!
Kristen Dann says
A rustic cabin in the middle of nowhere is a dream vacation of mine. It would be the perfect opportunity to disconnect and recharge yourself.
Mary Edwards says
Some times being able to get away and do nothing is the best. I’m glad you guys enjoyed yourselves.
Nicole Escat says
Oh, what a nice place. I want to enjoy a gadget-free weekend there. i wish I can do that!
HilLesha O'Nan says
This would be my ideal getaway! I have actually never stayed at a cabin before, but I definitely want to someday.
Amanda Love says
It’s always awesome to be able to do this with a close friend. It doesn’t matter if you have a day filled with activities or if you’re planning to stay in and just enjoy each other’s company!
Dawn McAlexander says
I have always wanted to stay in an authentic log cabin. I gotta admit that I am a little jealous right now.
This looks so fun! I have always wanted to stay in one of these little cabins, a much better way to camp. HA!
That sounds like a lot of fun. I think it’s great to get away and stay in a cabin. It’s always so peaceful and quiet in cabins too.
You truly are blessed. I’ve been wanting to experience having a weekend getaway like that – in a cabin and just enjoy the beauty of nature around me.
Rebecca Swenor says
This looks like a great place to relax. I have not been to any camp for a while but I have to admit places like this is why I love living in the U.P. of Michigan. Thanks for sharing your awesome weekend.
I love the UP! I was just there in May; in Cedarville to another friends lake house. It was so much fun and gorgeous.
Kita Bryant says
Awww, it sounds like you had a ton of fun. I would love to go there and get away from everything for a bit!
The Cubicle Chick says
Looks like you had fun. My friends and I went to a cabin for a weekend and it was a great experience. I need to go back soon. – Yolonda
A friend with a cabin is pretty daggone sweet. 🙂 Glad your friend got to borrow it, and that you had a good time!
Heather Pfingsten says
This is my kind of cabin, my kind of trip, and I am completely jealous. We need to go somewhere where we can unplug, get some REAL quality time in, and just relax and breathe. This looks like so much fun!
Ooooo now this trip sounds fun!!!! I have always wanted to get a cabin for a weekend!
That sounds like a dream. I love the log cabin, the lack of plans, and definitely your movie choices. Glad you had a getaway for your birthday.
Emma Spellman says
I would love a getaway with my bestie. Omg my anxiety shot up when you said Friday the 13th. I am glad you stayed and enjoyed I probably would have ran for my car. Lol.
Robin Rue says
I love the feel that a cabin has especially as a getaway! Sounds like you had a great time.
Jocelyn Brown says
Ohhhh, please take me there too! This looks so gorgeous and peaceful! So lucky you are!
Claudia Krusch says
I’ve always wanted to stay in a cabin like this! Love your pictures! Awesome!
Marielle Altenor says
Happy belated birthday! Happy to hear you ladies had fun at your getaway! You have such a positive view for the future! That’s wonderful!
being in a cabin up north with my family is always a great vacation, I love it! glad you had that opportunity to vacation in a cabin!
Shaney Vijendranath (youbabyandi) says
Never stayed in a cabin before, I’m sure it must have been an awesome experience. Definitely need to plan something like this. 😉