Day #140 – 2 great Michigan breweries in one day!

LOCATION:  Petoskey, Michigan – in northern part of state
CAMPGROUND:  Petoskey State Park.  On Lake Michigan, although our site has no view.  Paved site.  Really hard to get into – narrow with trees.  Quite shady.  Completely full/packed.  Electricity only.  Central water and sewer.  Standard Michigan State Park fire pit.  Picnic table.  Decent showers/bathroom.  $45/night.  3 stars out of 5
WEATHER:  Chilly in the AM, warming to 80 in PM
DISTANCE DRIVEN:  1.5 hour

It was very peaceful at the Harvest Host winery overnight.  It is so nice to be away from the crowds.  This farm is a u-pick cherry farm, but the season ended 2 weeks ago.  Lucky for us, there are still a lot of cherries on the trees.  George picked a few for our breakfast.

Even though this winery is remote, we had good cell service.  So, in the AM, in no big hurry to leave, we stayed around doing some internet work.  Our daughter and I are going to Puerto Rico in November, so I am looking at things to do, flights, hotels, etc.  If any reader has any suggestions, please let me know!

We took an alternate route from the winery to Petoskey to avoid the tourist cities/traffic along the coast.  That put us in a cute little town called Bellaire for lunch.  Lucky us – Short’s Brewpub to the rescue!  Short’s is one of Michigan’s most famous craft breweries.

We shared a mini pizza – a mushroom combo – delish.  George tried a couple of beers, since I was driving. 

Bellaire has lovely little alleys, all filled with flowers

There is a river that runs through town, leading to one of the many lakes nearby.  This historic inn sits right on the river front

It took some maneuvering to get Joy parked in our campsite.  Very tight.  George always does an excellent job while I try to be helpful.  (At least we don’t yell at each other like most couples do! Once we got settled in, we took a hike on a really nice bikeway.  There are bikeways throughout Petoskey, and in between towns. Many, like this one, used to be a railway bed.

And…..what did we spy from the bike path?  A brewery! 

We snacked on a thick pretzel at the bar.  I sat next to a young lady who had just hiked 29 miles today on the North Country Trail.  She is hiking the state from top to bottom.  I heard her talk to the manager to see if she could pitch her tent behind the brewery for sleeping tonight.  Brave woman!

DINNER:  Soy Ginger Chicken, another recipe I had clipped from a magazine.

  I marinated the chicken (I cheated and used frozen rotisserie chicken) in a combo of soy sauce, lots of minced ginger and garlic, chili paste, and sesame oil.  I sauted some finely chopped cabbage and onion and set aside.  Then, I fried some leftover rice in sesame oil with more garlic and ginger.  I mixed together the fried rice and chicken (including all of the marinade) and cooked some more.  To serve, I poured the rice/chicken over the cabbage.  It was quite easy since the chicken was already cooked.  And success – I finally got rid of the big head of cabbage! 

COOKNG HINT – The last time I shopped, I bought a big knob of ginger.  Google’s advice, on preserving the leftover chunk,  instructed me to store it in some sort of alcohol  – either vodka or rice wine.  Tonight, I used some of the vodka-preserved ginger and it was just like fresh! 

BOOK:  “Promise Me” by Harlan Coben.  Coben is one of the better detective authors out there.  Another book I picked up from an RV park exchange library.  4 stars out of 5

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