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September 30, 2013

Out and About Weekend Trip to Manistee Michigan

 On Sunday we took a little road trip to Manistee.  It's about 67 miles away but a nice roll through the countryside.

There were pops of color over there, much more than our area.  I only had my iPhone and I captured some shots out my car window as moseyed along.

 I thought this was a cute display.  

We are approaching a scenic turn off in Arcadia.
It has commanding views of Lake Michigan and the countryside.  I did a post on our visit here in 2011 that you are welcome to view "here"
Note: This picture is from October 2012
I've always wondered about the church's steeple that you can see from here, so this time we drove into the town of Arcadia and found it.

 Trinity Lutheran
 Turns out to be historically significant
Completed in 1888

Pretty street with a canopy of trees.
We were surprised to see so much color since it's only the end of September.

 As we drove by the Fire Department the doors were wide open and made for a nice picture.  The cupola above is so cute.
See the bell, dog, hat and the 24/7 

  As we approached Manistee I could see a black cloud of smoke which turned out to be exhaust from this large ship.  We decided to follow it and jumped to three locations to capture some pictures. This is a river that connects between Lake Michigan and Manistee Lake.  

 As you can see it's called the Manitowoc
I did some research and found out it's a ship built back in the early 70's- it's been managed by a few different companies and was recently renamed the Manitowoc  (It needs a paint job!)  It hauls coal and stone.

 A friendly couple pulled in next to us in their 
1950 Bel Air.  He said to me "hey we're both driving black cars" and I replied "yes but yours is a lot classier!"  Definitely show room perfect!

 The ship is heading for the open waters of Lake Michigan

This ship is a bit shorter (630 ft.) than the Edmund Fitzgerald (728 ft.).  I couldn't help but think about the Edmund Fitzgerald as I watched this ship heading out to the big lake.

We headed back into the downtown area to do some shopping.  I should have done a better job of taking pictures of the buildings.  It's a Victorian town with a lot of architectural details that have been preserved.

The Ramsdell Inn building is a real gem.

I had Dan stand there to give a reference to the height of this corner detail.

This store has all sorts of things for kitchens and dining.  I thought this was an interesting display.
I found a nice April Cornell tablecloth.

An empty store's storefront window had this display I thought it was cute.  It's a hollowed out piece of a tree that they draped a sign across it (which I thought was creative) and trimmed it with faux flowers and pumpkins.

 In another store some rag rugs from India- I like the color choices.  My mom used to get rag rugs from a source in the UP of Michigan.  They weren't so designer'ish though- more of a hodge podge of whites, pinks, blues etc.

 I stepped into an Antique Store and found lots of nice things.  My  mother has always loved dolls and has a collection at home. She has a reproduction piece that looks a lot like this one, but this is a real antique.  I'd loved to have bought it for her, but I had to pass it up.

This little gem caught my attention.  I'm pretty sure that this is salt glazed pottery.  After I got home I did some research on it and it may be an old McCoy or Hall piece.  The person who had it in the store on consignment said it's from 1880.  I bought it because I loved the blue roses and the waffle like exterior.  It's about 8 inches across- I think it may have been a butter crock.  It's probably supposed to have a lid.

  On our way home more bits of fall beauty.  In the next couple of weeks it's going to become quite colorful around here!

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  1. Hi Liz, Thanks so much for taking us along on you day trip. What lovely views. We don't get the change of foliage colors here so it is so nice to see in pictures. That was a beautiful town and the church was so pretty and it's history was so neat to hear.
    Have a blessed week, Ginger

  2. What a lovely town and such beautiful scenery. Thanks so much for taking us on the trip with you, Liz.

  3. Liz
    This is like a trip down memory lane. My in-laws lived in Scottsville so we traveled home this way many times!
    thanks for sharing all your lovely photos.

  4. Lovely blues in the sky and water! Thanks for taking us on a tour of the cute little town of Arcadia.

  5. Thanks so much for taking us with you to Manistee. You saw some really neat sights. Love the pops of color, Trinity Lutheran Church, and the ship on the river.

  6. If these photos don't put a person in the mood for a crackling fire, chili, warm cocoa and sweaters, I don't know what will!!!!!! I love it that the fall foliage is already showing!!! It's still pretty green here for the most part. Funny that you thought of the Edmund Fitzgerald!!! I did, too, when I saw the ship!!!! That song is all in my head now! I'll have to pull out the ol' Gordon Lightfoot CD today! You really captured some beautiful sights. Funny how the simplest things (i.e. the fire trucks lined up, the vintage car on the side of the road) can bring out nostalgic feelings. These are beautiful photos, Liz!!!! I'm glad you guys enjoyed yourselves!!!!!

  7. Looks like a wonderful day out!!! Some beautiful sights and I love your new crock!!!

  8. What a beautiful place Liz! Thanks for taking us along. I love how blue the sky is in the Fall. Thanks for the map, too. It really helps put things in perspective. I've never been to Michigan. Closest I've come is Chicago and southern Wisconsin.

  9. Beautiful photographs. I love the iconic image of the steeple among the colors of the fall foliage.

  10. Beautiful, I didn't realize the fall colors are also gorgeous in this area - thanks for the tour!

  11. Wow, the fall colors are stunning, especially the Lutheran church with that colorful tree.

  12. These are beautiful photos! Thank you for sharing your trip with us.

  13. Love your trip and your meanderings. My husband and I love to wander when traveling.

    Wonderful to have you at "Oh, the PLACES I have been!"

    - The Tablescaper

  14. Loved your photos. Loved the map you provided also. I have been to Arcadia and taken that shot of Lake Michigan at the turnout. Been to Manistee as well. We camped at a State Park 4 miles from there on Lake Michigan. It is called Orchard Beach State Park. It is such a beautiful stretch of white sugar sand. To get to the beach you climb down a small cliff that someone built steps into. The actual camping area used to have 100's of fruit trees. There are still some fruit trees, but if I remember correctly there was a fire thru the orchard many years ago. Thank you for sharing your trip!


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Welcome to Home and Gardening With Liz. I have combined my previous blogs “Infuse With Liz” and “Sit With Me In My Garden” into this new blog. I love interior decorating and gardening. I enjoy redefining interior spaces by moving things around and reusing decorative items already found in the home. I also enjoy creating tablescapes and an occasional crafting project. I'm so pleased you've stopped by. I invite you to follow me and I do hope you will keep coming back! Liz
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