Traverse City Film Festival: An Unexpected Adventure
Although we were reluctant to leave our beautiful waterfront campground in Petoskey we had no choice. The middle of summer on the Michigan coast is a bad time to go without reservations (at least in the popular/touristy areas).
|Our new campground was covered in flowers!!|
|Everflowing Waters Campground|
|The Mutiny at Everflowing Waters.|
|Planning out film festivities while waiting for a table at Pearl's New Orleans Kitchen.|
|Ok, so I had to try the Cajun Margarita as well, but it was all for research. You should get one too.|
|Traverse City is very dog -friendly with watering stations (size specific) in front of many shops.|
|Jordan Kenneth Kamp and me!!!|
|No after-party but we did get to stay for the Q & A session.|
With a place next door like The Little Fleet, which provides a seating area for the food truck patrons as well as handcrafted libations and all kinds of cool events (from World Cup Soccer viewing to special distillery tastings to a gypsy market), Traverse City gives Austin a run for the money. Personally, I'd choose Traverse over Austin, umm, every single time.
|We enjoyed Little Fleet's Chipotle Bloody Marys...a lot.|
We loved the great photo ops at the old Insane Asylum provided...okay, so the official term in "State Hospital" but the architecture says otherwise.
|Sorry for all the yoga poses but the backdrop was impossible to pass up.|
The hospital has been converted into The Village at Grand Traverse Commons with boutique shops, 5-star restaurants, Pilates studios, wine shops and the like. It's all very posh and business owners often live upstairs in $500,000 condos. Of course, rumor has it the place is haunted so take your chances if you decide to stay here in one of the vacation rentals.
|Sorry for the blurry picture...most of the shops utilize the old hospital equipment for displaying merchandise. It's a bit creepy.|
|Cleo (RIP) enjoying the flowers at the campground.|
|Miso intrigued by the sounds of frogs.|
|Avi scouting the area for danger.|