In early October, I spent a beautiful weekend on the lower peninsula of Michigan for my friend Rachel's bachelorette party. I like to think it reflects well on me that my friends have all had pretty cool bachelorette parties. I have yet to parade through a club with penises on my head. Or make a sad bar crawl of my hometown holding a sucker bouquet.
Now that being said...bachelorette games were, of course, played. We just keep that crazy behind closed doors.
Rachel is my dance-partner-in-crime from college. (The same one I went to California with this spring). Her wedding was this past weekend at The Blackstone in Chicago, and I cannot WAIT to share. But, first things first.
The next day, we took a short 15 minute drive down the Blue Star Highway to Virtue Cider. I guess they are pretty widely distributed, including all over Chicago, so the other girls were familiar with it.
Salt of the Earth pizza (from nearby Fennville) was reallllly yummy. It was a bit chewy, but I think that was just from sitting a while before I got to it. I made an awesome Bachelorette Jeopardy game if I do say so myself, complete with answer board and remote control. And I played Cards Against Humanity for the first time and almost died of laughter. (I know, late to the game.)
Most importantly, I connected with some old friends, and met new ones.
Rachel had friends coming from all over (including Chicago, New York, and Iowa), so we were arriving at the rented house all hours of the evening. Thus, it was designated as the night of beer, pizza, bachelorette games, and general silliness.
They give tours if they aren't too busy, and we managed to get in on the last one before they got SLAMMED.
Their tasting room is teensy tiny, so our guide actually took us out to the tap handles they have right in the brewhouse. Brewhouse? Ciderhouse? I don't know, you get the idea.
The photo above was taken in the second building on the grounds. As you can see, it is mostly underground, though we had no idea looking at it from the outside! They use this geothermal environment for their production tanks to save energy. Very cool.
My only experience with ciders prior to this was an occasional Crispin, so I was prepared to be underwhelmed. Lo and behold, I ended up LOVING everything that was poured for us. The depth of the flavors was amazing and made my bitter-loving palate really happy. It was kind of a lovechild between really good beer and really good wine.
It is, after all, a craft beverage, and it is unfair I had let a MillerCoors-owned cider form my opinion. It would be like someone telling me they don't like beer, when all they have tried is Miller Lite.
Once we decided on our favorites, we grabbed several bottles and headed out to the picnic area. We had brought our own lunch, and were gifted an absolutely gorgeous day to enjoy it. (Thinking about it now is helping me get over the fact there is a dusting of snow on my car at this very moment).
These girls GET me when it comes to food. Cheese, hummus, pickled veggies, fruit, pita, crusty bread. All the good stuff was there. I ate so.much.
Our dinner reservations weren't until late into the evening, so we spent the rest of the day at the house and walking around downtown Saugatuk, which was just a few blocks away.
Part II coming soon! It includes our awesome dinner at Everyday People Cafe and a solo adventure to Mt. Baldhead and Oval Beach.
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Hello, there! My name is Nikki Jones and this is a place for me to write about my travels, my urban homesteading adventures, and whatever else my little heart desires at a given moment. Like many personal-blog bloggers, there are times I write daily and long streteches I'm not inspired to write at all. And that's ok! At any rate, I'm glad you're here.