So here’s our second half of the trip! If you want to see the first half– Anchorage to Seattle– check it out here!
No one can deny the beauty of the mountains as you come down through Alaska, the Yukon, and British Columbia. However, as the blanket of terrain smoothed out and the mountains were pushed down to hills and then plains, we began to remember the love we had for the Midwest and corn fields and grasslands. We say it all the time, but it’s true– we leave a piece of our hearts every place we’ve lived.
But for now.. across to Detroit!
sleep– this hotel is exactly what you’d picture for montana– a huge wooden lodge// we see this place every time we drive through and haven’t stayed but admire it from afar// i did some research for you all and it turns out this hotel is as fun inside as out! hot tubs and trees. need i say more.
eat– this locally famous ice cream shop is located at the edge of a neighborhood and looks like the classic small town hang-out// make sure you get here early or budget plenty of time because the line can be long// the prices are reasonable and the flavors varied (my suggestion? the mexican chocolate)
shop- again, we were in power-through-driving-mode, and we literally couldn’t fit another thing in our car or mini trailer, so we didn’t shop here// but if we were to do any purchasing, i’d recommend Montana as the right place to scrounge for the perfect antique and vintage home decor
Traverse City, Michigan
sleep– we didn’t stay in a place with four walls in this city, so i did my research to pick the perfect spot to recommend// if we ever return i will certainly be booking a stay for ourselves in this charming b&b// this stone cottage is the quintessential old small town home that we love to ogle when driving through new cities
eat– this place is a classic and my college roommate (a michigander) even had their pies as her wedding dessert// we would recommend sticking to their pies though.. from pot pie to apple pie their baked goods are top notch, but the sandwiches and soups are slightly missing the mark in our opinion// we also were delighted to find they had gluten-free pies that we could purchase as a gift for gluten-sensitive family members
shop– this shop has a little bit of everything from home decor to clothing// it’s in a newly renovated warehouse-turned-shopping-district near downtown, a mix of industrial and earthy// reminiscent of anthropologie, the shop offers eclectic wares with little gifts perfect for anyone// and there are both a coffee shop and flower shop right next door to enhance the experience 🙂
sleep– this hotel is the place to stay for a great view of downtown// it’s just undergone a $30M (!!) renovation, so it’s swanky and up-to-date// unfortunately, that means that there are occasionally long lines and slow service, but if you avoid staying during a big event in the city, we think you’ll be just fine// there is restaurant on the top floor if you are the type to stay in, but as always we recommend heading out for more local flavor
eat– this place comes highly recommended to us and we’re passing the advice on to you// we will be trying it ourselves tomorrow when we finally end our cross-country move in detroit// everything we’ve heard and read about this restaurant makes it sound right up our alley.. i knoooow tyler will be getting the mac and cheese and i am already being tempted by the brussel sprouts
shop– this is the shop for all the ladies out there looking for a custom designed handbag// it may be founded and owned by one of our own #fulldisclosure but i have done the daily wear test on multiple products and can guarantee them myself// plus this is a business that gives back to its community in a big way so you can feel extra confident about your investment// if you’re lucky enough to be in town the one weekend of the month that the storefront is open, check out the brick-and-mortar of this largely online business// otherwise, find your perfect handbag on the site linked above
image missoula/traverse city/detroit
We doubt that many of you will be taking our exact road trip anytime soon, but next time you’re driving anywhere between Anchorage and Detroit, we hope you’ll check some of these places out! Let us know if you do, and if there are any places you think we missed be sure to comment on those as well!