Editor's note: Kendra is blogging about being a mom trying to rebound from the coronavirus pandemic at My Rebound by FOX 17. She is married with four kids: a 1-year-old daughter, 2-year-old son, 5-year-old son, 10-year-old daughter and 16-year-old bonus son. She is also the owner and lead fitness coach of Allegro Coaching in Grand Rapids, which she founded in 2009. She lives in Tallmadge Township.
Like most of you, we are in this weird holding pattern of doing anything too big or crazy for vacations.
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With the uncertainty of another wave or the economy, we are pinching our pennies and making the best of the Michigan summer. So, I’m doing what I do best: plan.
This week, we ventured out to Saugatuck and I forgot how beautiful and charming this city truly is. I was curious to see how many shops and restaurants were open and as a small business owner myself, I will go out of my way to support the local guys anytime I can. We enjoyed shopping and a bite to eat at a local deli, followed by a dune ride at Saugatuck Dune Rides. I would highly recommend reserving your spot ahead of time as they are booked solid but the tour guide was a hoot. The stories my kids will tell from that 45-minute joy ride will last forever! I didn’t even realize there was a lost city of Singapore, buried underneath the current sand dunes after cutting down all of their trees to help after the great Chicago fire.
If you’re going to visit Saugatuck, you’ve gotta take the chain ride ferry across the channel. It’s just $2/person and takes you right to the base of Mt. Baldy Park, where you can ascend over 300 stairs to view the panoramic views of Lake Michigan. Well worth the sweat and let’s be honest, I am a health coach so I’m always going to recommend an active tour day! We finished the day at Dairy Dayz, the local’s favorite place to grab ice cream on the way out from Blue Star Highway. Best dinner ever! By the time we got home, I had spent less than $100 for everything but had one of the best days of my entire summer. Well worth every penny and time planning our family adventure!
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