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My boyfriend and I recently took our first weekend trip together. We traveled with friends to the northwest coast of Michigan to visit Sleeping Bear Dunes, a national park featuring stunning views of Lake Michigan. Spanning 35 miles of coastline, the steep, sweeping sand dunes drop off suddenly to reveal the gorgeous blues, greens, and teals of Lake Michigan. Truly a scene straight out of a travel magazine, this destination will forever be kept at the top of the weekend getaway list. If you haven’t been, the area not only offers breathtaking scenic vistas, but nearby Traverse City serves as a hotbed for creative cuisine, microbreweries and distilleries. Vineyards, wineries and quaint B&B’s abound, along with all things cherry related, especially during those summertime months. And yes, the lake was a bit icy but it didn’t stop us from dipping our toes.

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Written and photographed by Heather Nash of HMN Photography