Monday, I went to Firekeepers casino with my mom and step-dad. I had never been gambling before. We played the penny slots. Took me a bit to get into it, but I found this game that I really liked. I had fun. I couldn't afford to do it often though. I lost roughly $60.
Tuesday, I went to the gym and watched the fireworks with the family.
Wednesday, I went to the water park in Marion with my mom, niece, and her boyfriend. We had dinner at Wings, Etc. that night. It was a fun day.
My goal for my vacation was to be in the sun and around water as much as possible. I wanted to go to the beach and listen to the water. After asking around, I decided on St. Joseph, MI. It was about a 2.5 hour drive. I got there Thursday around 12:30. I went straight to the beach at Tiscornia Park. I found that this beach was less popular than Silver Beach. Plus, it had a view of a lighthouse. The water was super warm. I ended up sitting in the water and reading my book.
I got hungry, so I packed my stuff up and went to Sch's Grill & Bar. Of course, I had to get the fish tacos. They were good - not great, but good.
After I ate, I walked around St. Joseph. There are little gift shops. I stopped in at Kilwin's and got chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream. I then drove back over to Tiscornia Park and stopped at West Basin Marina to walk around and look at the boats.
I then drove back up to the beach so I could walk down to the lighthouse. Nothing better than feeling like you're right in the middle of the lake with nothing around you.
I decided to sit in the shade and read my book for a little bit. There were some people that walked around, but otherwise, it was fairly quiet. I read and watched the boats fly by.
I was loving St. Joseph so much, I didn't want to leave. I got on Facebook and went to nearby places and found a few hotels nearby. One had horrible reviews. I found a bed & breakfast that had great reviews. I walked back to my car and drove to the bed & breakfast. I went inside and asked if they had a room. They had one room left and I took it! I paid, went to my room, and immediately took a shower. Thankfully, they had shampoo and body wash in the shower and they both smelled amazing! I put my dress back on and went down to the patio, with my book, and this view. Could you just die?
Here's a picture of the patio I was sitting on. I felt like I was just hanging out at a friend's house. There were two couples sitting out there and they were both really nice.
Another view of the Inn.
And....the beginning of the sunset. It was breathtaking. No amount of pictures could capture this view (even though I tried).
I watched the sunset, went back up to the patio, read some more, and then went to my room.
The next morning, I went downstairs for breakfast and back to this view. Could you imagine waking up to this every morning?
St. Joseph was seriously one of the coolest places I've ever been. It was absolutely beautiful. I will be going back and soon!
Oh, the inn was called South Cliff Inn. I highly recommend it.