Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Saint Joseph, Michigan

I get excited when I know we're going to Saint Joseph, Michigan. It's just a town that's always nice to visit when the weather is nice outside (and hurrah! the weather is nice outside). Our favorite part of it is just below the bluff, where the sugar sands of Silver Beach are so enticing we'll make our way down there even if we don't have free time until it's dark.

Silver Beach in St. Joe, MI. has THE best sugar sand around!
Last weekend we had a wedding to attend (which was very nice!) in St. Joe, and after the reception, we made our way to the beach. To get there, you walk the brick-paved streets, listen to live music (there were college-aged kids playing when we went down there Saturday night, and on Sunday morning there was an older gentleman playing guitar at one end, and an older lady playing violin at the other; walk down a ton of brick stairs; pass a gorgeous carousel; splash in the ground fountains for kids; stop at the big play park; and finally relax at your final destination...beautiful Lake Michigan.

The view offers the water, parallel piers, the working lighthouse, and a lot of great looking boats...just to name a few things, but the sand on the beach is what blows me away. It's that super soft, flawless sugar sand that just makes your feet h-a-p-p-y. Everyone notices it too, because it's just that awesome.


On the other side of the pier (we drove to get there) is Tiscornia Park. The sand there is nice, but not as nice and there are no restaurants or other places to happen into it (it is just the beach), but you have the great pier access and a far less populated beach, if that's what you prefer. I like both sides of the pier equally well.

The working lighthouse at the end of the pier.

The pier is nice to walk out on, and there were a few people fishing. Hubby took a selfie and later put it on his Facebook. His cousin noted on the picture that he'd been one of those guy out there with a fishing pole. If we'd have walked a few more feet we'd have come across him!! That would have been awesome. :)

Not only do they look alike, but that day they were dressed alike too. :)
I spotted a couple of really good looking fellas on the pier & had to snap a picture. ;)

On our way out we weren't in beach clothes but we still took about an hour or so to play in the sand.
On our way out we didn't have swim clothes on, but we did stop for an hour or so to play in the sand. You can't be a kid, be on the beach, and not play in the sand. That would just be plain torture. ;)

We had a good time, like we always do when we visit. If you're ever in the area, a stopover in St. Joseph is always a good idea. There's entertainment aplenty for young and old alike, and it's got a nice, laid back resort feel to it that's really hard to beat.

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Optimistic Existentialist said...

Oh my gosh this looks like an amazing place Rosey. I love that pier that leads to the lighthouse! Beautiful.

Almost Precious said...

Sounds like a great place to spend a vacation. It's obvious that you and your family had a wonderful time there. :)

Pat Hatt said...

That does look like an awesome spot indeed. Make your feet happy huh? Never knew sand could do that lol

Katherines Corner said...

What a lovely place to make some happy memories and celebrate love too. I have a favorite area of Michigan, well two really TraverseCity and Interlochin. If our retirement plans come true we will be Michiganders ( my hubby is from the UP) xo

Julie Corbisiero said...

Wow Rosey, that looks so nice there! Thanks for sharing your time you had with the family. Have a nice day.
Julie

Janine Huldie said...

Looked like so much fun. We have a wedding to go to this weekend, but it isn't not he beach and further north and west of us (about 2 hours away). Just hoping for beautiful weather now for the bride and groom :)

Joyce Lansky said...

Looks like a great place. My daughter is in Ann Arbor. I'm guessing it would be a good drive for her to get there.

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alissa apel said...

Oh wow that does look like a fun place! I bet the wedding party got some great photos there. Your photos are great to!

We stop by a place called St. Joseph, Missouri often. It to is nicknamed St. Joe.

Masshole Mommy said...

It looks lovely. I have never been to the midwest, ever, and Michigan is someplace I would love to visit someday!

Manzanita said...

Well, if you get sand in your shoes, take them off and you did just that. What a lovely day to frolic in the sand and sun. I bet the little guy really enjoyed it.

Sandee said...

I'd love to visit here too, but I live in California so it's a long way to travel. Oh well, I got to go with you.

Have a fabulous day. :)

Christy Maurer said...

That is so pretty! I wonder how far of a drive it would be for me....going to Google it now :)

Mama B said...

I live about an hour from St. Joe. It's so pretty there!

Aimee Fauci said...

this looks beautiful and so relaxing..I love beaches but really love beaches with added beauty.

Carla said...

That looks so pretty. We have never been to Michigan, but the beaches look lovely there. So far the only beaches we have visited have been in Florida and Washington (we live in North Dakota, and are originally from Missouri, so no beaches anywhere close to either of those areas!).

Kay Adeola said...

This look amazing,we love spending time at the beach,The kids like picking up different shells to use for craft projects.

Melissa Carrier said...

I've never been to Michigan but your pics almost look like it could be in New England! Would love to visit someday!

Liz Mays said...

That's my home town! I'm totally guilty of taking it for granted too. I actually avoided those beaches because of tourists. I went to a little one near my house that had oodles of beach glass to collect!

Natosha Miller said...

I love the photos! They really look great and the place looks great as well!

Kung Phoo said...

Looks so nice and peaceful! Those are some really great photos!

Mom of Two said...

Beautiful pictures! I haven't met a beach I didn't like.

P Bishop said...

Great photos. I love the tranquility of them. Enjoyed my visit.

Lindsey Paris said...

I'm almost middle aged and still have never seen a lighthouse in person. #landlocked So awful, and this is SO beautiful!

ReviewsSheROTE Pamela R said...

I love the working light house--looks like a lovely place.

Theresa Mahoney said...

So you came to Silver Beach and didn't tell me!? Pft to you ;) I do love going to Silver Beach, though it tends to get really crowded in the summer. We love walking around the little area in front of the beach too. The shops are always fun to browse through, and the art they display is really neat!

mail4rosey said...

Well, you're in Indiana!! Are you close to Silver Beach? Never mind, I'm sending over an e-mail. :)

mail4rosey said...

If I lived there, I think they would have to drag me daily off of that beach. :) We lived in Palm Beach for 18 years though and never saw the Keys or the Everglades. I regret missing both now that we've moved. ;)

mail4rosey said...

I love the lighthouse too. Everything about that beach makes me happy (thought the water could be a little warmer ;) ).

mail4rosey said...

Thanks for reading. We really did have a good time!

mail4rosey said...

Happy Feet! Hey, that's a kid's movie (no copyright infringement intended). ;)

mail4rosey said...

I haven't been to either. I know huby's been to Traverse City and his parents go there from time to time. I'll get there some day. :)

And I hear the UP is gorgeous!

Elizabeth said...

I've never heard of it, but I LOVE lighthouses- what a great trip!

mail4rosey said...

Thanks for reading, Julie. And nice day wishes to you too. :)

mail4rosey said...

'tis the season for wedded bliss. We have another coming up soon too. :)

mail4rosey said...

Yep, that's kind of a hike. ;)

mail4rosey said...

They didn't get married there, we spent the night in the city so we could explore the beach after the wedding and the next day. :)

mail4rosey said...

Michigan's pretty in the Spring/Summer/Fall. Lots of cool places to visit. I bet your family would like Mackinac Island!

mail4rosey said...

Barefeet in the sand makes me happy (if the sand's not too hot). ;)

mail4rosey said...

And I'd love to visit California!

mail4rosey said...

If it's not too far, the weekends are the best time to go, I think. Though there's probably less people during the week. ;)

mail4rosey said...

St. Joe is pretty, agreed!

mail4rosey said...

They take such good care of Silver Beach. I really like it there. :)

mail4rosey said...

I love Florida beaches. I haven't been to Washington, N.Dakota, or Missouri! I'd love to visit each one of them though. In fact, I'd love to visit all of the states at least once.

mail4rosey said...

You know, now that you mention it...there were no shells there on either side.

mail4rosey said...

I'd love to visit New England!

mail4rosey said...

St. Joe is nice to visit!! One of my 'sort of local' faves.

mail4rosey said...

Thanks! It is peaceful...mostly. The racing boats came through though and they were pretty loud!! Gorgeous boats, but loud just the same.

mail4rosey said...

High five to that one! Me neither. :)

mail4rosey said...

Thanks for reading!

mail4rosey said...

My son married a lady whose family searches the US for lighthouses. I think that's cool. :)

mail4rosey said...

I loved it at night, and in the daytime. Totally different lighthouse perspectives...both very cool! :)

mail4rosey said...

Thanks, Elizabeth. It was nice!

Anonymous said...

I love when we get to walk in areas and listen to live music. I love the views of the beach - so beautiful. Sounds like a great day.

Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious? said...

Michigan really is beautiful. And as the days get longer, they seem to be super long there. I remember one summer the sun didn't set until well after 10pm!

Tough Cookie Mommy said...

I've never been to Michigan but these photos are really beautiful. We actually traveled to Chicago last year and had a wonderful time.

jaime said...

Such pretty photos! And I agree. You can't be on a beach/in the sand and NOT play in the sand.

Elephant's Child said...

What a wonderful place - thank you for taking us along.

mail4rosey said...

I like live music too. I imagine New Orleans has live Jazz and Jamaica has live Reggae. I'd like to go hear both!

mail4rosey said...

You're right! When I talk to my family or friends in Florida, and we're outside late, it's already dark where they are sometimes!

mail4rosey said...

Chicago is one of my favorite big cities.

mail4rosey said...

It's the Cardinal Rule. :)

mail4rosey said...

Thanks for coming over to read about it! :)

Daisy B said...

This looks like such a beautiful place to visit! I'd love to take my family.

Today's The Best Day said...

This looks SO SO fun!!! I want to go - Summer is the BEST!!

Michelle Christopher said...

What a lovely spot. I love the water! The sand on the beaches sounds splendid.

Launna said...

It looks really great Rosey... and I agree you cannot go to the beach and not play in the sand, very important :)

Scott said...

Only been to Michigan once (Detroit) and have been wanting to go to the Upper Peninsula someday.

Pam said...

I've never been to Michigan, but if I ever get to I'll put St. Joseph on my itinerary. It looks like the pier would be an awesome place to visit.

Jennifer Zimmerman said...

Yay for finally having nice weather! I have been to Lake Michigan a few times and I love the beaches so much.

mail4rosey said...

Our first beach time of the year, and I was h.a.p.p.y. :)

mail4rosey said...

Summer is the best. You'll get no arguments from me. :)

mail4rosey said...

I dp love that soft sand!

mail4rosey said...

One of the fundamentals, to be sure. ;)

mail4rosey said...

I've been as far up as Mackinac and that's it. I'd love to explore the UP too, I hear it's gorgeous.

mail4rosey said...

There are two piers, and they're parallel to one another, so if you're standing in the distance, they look like one. It is very cool, and a place I highly recommend. :)

mail4rosey said...

The lake's still pretty chilly, but who cares it's beach season, woohoo!! :)

debdenny said...

Very beautiful place. I will have to visit amazing destination.

Heather said...

We totally love visiting Silver Beach!! It's one of our favorite "staycation" places in the summertime!

Shell said...

What a gorgeous place! It looks so relaxing.

mail4rosey said...

I love a nice beach, and they took good care of those two, for sure!

mail4rosey said...

Well we must be neighbors, so I'm waving at you. :)

mail4rosey said...

It is, I could have stayed there for a lot longer than we did, that's for sure. :)

becca said...

Wow that does look like an amazing spot to go. Really pretty view.

Holy Ghost Writer said...

Everything sounds like it would be wonderful to explore

My Captivating Life said...

That looks like a marvelous trip!!!! How funny that his cousin was there!

Sarah-Louise Bailey said...

What a beautiful looking place, I love the seaside, wish I could more myself :) x

Krystal Butherus said...

Looks like an amazing place. I love lighthouses and photography on the sand!

Janelle Shank said...

looks just beautiful!

Rochkirstin Santos said...

Is the pier for public excursion or do you have to pay any entrance fee to get into the waters?

Maria said...

I love the pictures!! have never visited the area but it is on my to see list!

Samantha Jackson said...

I have visited the area and it is always so pretty and the people are nice. I love it in the fall

Virginia Higgins said...

What a great spot! I love the light house, it's just beautiful!

bxcrochet said...

That really looks like a great place to visit. Great pictures.

Katrina Gehman said...

so pretty! i love lake Michigan. we are planning to take the ferry across this summer for a weekend trip

Sippy Cup Mom said...

So gorgeous! I would love to visit here!

BrettBMartin said...

that first shot brings memories flooding back of "our" lake we grew up going to in new hampshire. i love it <3

Rachael Ebner said...

It looks like a great place to visit. And I love the lighthouse. I have a "thing" for them.

Amanda Ripsam said...

You will have to make a pit stop at my place I'm not to far at all from there. I live in Otsego Michgian you'll have to look me up when your there and we can talk nerdy blog talk :)

valmg said...

The beach looks amazing! What is sugar sand? - Jenn @ The Rebel Chick

Angela Johnson said...

Saint Joseph, Michigan- Oh how amazing! I would love to visit someday!!

Emily - faliLV said...

Looks like a gorgeous day. I stopped in St. Joes once when I was a teenager. Pretty nice place!

Franc said...

I'm drawn to coastal areas because of how scenic, serene and peaceful the seaside feels.

Leira Pagaspas said...

Wow this is an amazing place that not a lot of people know about..Gorgeous photos too!!

Betty Taylor said...

St Joe looks like an amazing place. A little sand play is always fun!

Pam said...

Really beautiful. I love lighthouses and after a trip to the northeastern coast, I started collecting lighthouses. Michigan is a beautiful state!

Cam said...

I grew up in Michigan and had never heard of this place. Sounds and looks gorgeous!

Mel@Mellywood's Mansion said...

Rosey that beach looks just beautiful, and I know beaches ;)

mail4rosey said...

I saw some winter pictures today when I was looking for info on the lighthouse, and oy!!! I'm glad it's summer! :)

mail4rosey said...

It's hard to go wrong with a pretty beach. :)

mail4rosey said...

I know! I wish we'd have run into him. We saw him the day before, but that would have been cool too. :)

mail4rosey said...

I wish we could too, it's a few hours for us to get there.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Rosey .. love the photos and to know that you had a very happy time after the wedding ... and obviously you can't go to the beach and cancel the sandy play! Good games paddling in and out too ..

Lovely - cheers Hilary

Emily @ Busy Mommy said...

I have never been to Michigan, but I've heard it's awesome! It's also not too far away from us compared to other states.

mail4rosey said...

I like outside scenery for pictures too!

mail4rosey said...

Thanks, Janelle. That beach is really pretty!

Savory Experiments said...

Beautiful, beautiful photos! I need a vacation!

mail4rosey said...

On the side in the first picture, parking and entry is free (and though I like both sides, this is the nicer of the two to me).

The other side (in the last four pictures) is free to access, but it's $5 for all day parking.

mail4rosey said...

There's lots of fun to be had right in the immediate area too. It's a nice place to visit.

mail4rosey said...

I haven't been in the Fall, but that is a pretty time of year in Michigan so I imagine it does look wonderful there too. :)

mail4rosey said...

Lighthouses are cool! My son married a gal whose family travels the US looking for great lighthouses. :)

mail4rosey said...

Loves me some beach! :)

mail4rosey said...

The ferries are so nice to me. I was sad to see the one in Sandusky (Ohio) go. I'm glad there's one that comes to MI!

mail4rosey said...

If there's a nice beach, I'm very happy to go. :)

mail4rosey said...

I'd love to get up that a'way and explore a bit!

mail4rosey said...

They do lend a cool feel to the scenery!

mail4rosey said...

Someone who will understand (and appreciate) blog talk. Hurrah! :)

mail4rosey said...

It's super soft make-your-feet-happy sand. :)

mail4rosey said...

It's been raining non-stop since we got home. I guess we picked the right time to visit. :)

mail4rosey said...

My hubby was reminiscing about his teen years while we were there. :)

mail4rosey said...

I love coastal areas too. The views are unbeatable!

mail4rosey said...

Thanks for the visit, Leira. It was a really nice visit.

mail4rosey said...

Perfect time of year too, Betty. Not too hot yet. :)

mail4rosey said...

Michigan is beautiful three seasons of the year. ;)

mail4rosey said...

My husband grew up there and has family there still. :)

mail4rosey said...

You DO know beaches (lucky!). :)

mail4rosey said...

Thanks, Hilary. Always happy to see you visit. :)

mail4rosey said...

Wisconsin is next to us, and hubby's been but I haven't. I'd like to get over there to visit. I'd also like to get to New England...but that's a little further away. :)

mail4rosey said...

I am always up for vacation time. :)

Mandi said...

Look like a great place! We aren't too far from Michigan

Danielle @ We Have It All said...

What a beautiful place, I'll have to keep it in mind for a vacation spot maybe.

Jinxy and Me said...

That pier looks so pretty. I love old lighthouses!

Christie C said...

Wow, a beach and a lighthouse! This looks like a perfect place for a family visit!

Marina@EBMR said...

What gorgeous pictures. So serene. The perfect spot for a family vacation

Krissyar said...

How gorgeous! I haven't been up to that part of Michigan since I was a kid. I am hoping to take my kids back up for a weekend this summer!

Amanda & Jenni said...

This looks so beautiful. We have a sailboat docked up on Lake Michigan and try to spend as many weekends as possible there!

Nicole said...

In the Midwest, there aren't a lot of sandy beaches with beautiful landscapes so it's fun to hear about ones I've not known about before.

Annie said...

What a gorgeous place! I'd love to visit St. Joseph in the future :)

Casa Vilora Interiors said...

This looks like an amazing place! I love that lighthouse in the background

MikiHope said...

Beautiful photos of an amazingly beautiful location. I never think of Michigan except with snow! It has been years since I have been there. If I ever make it back there I will certainly check this place out.

The Lucky Wife said...

Gorgeous pics! Never heard of sugar sand before. Excited to get to go to the beach soon myself. :)

Casa Vilora Interiors said...

the light house has to be my favorite part. I do love the water

Lisa Codina said...

Wow! It looks beautiful there! My family and I go to Sardinia, Italy every summer (and although the beaches in North America will never compare!) this looks like somewhere my husband (who's from Italy) would appreciate!!!

Tiffany Cruz said...

What a beautiful place. I wish we had more light houses were I live, but we don't have any out herein the desert. I'm always dreaming of a coastal getaway though.

Debra Rutt said...

So pretty. I love going and looking at lighthouses, they seem so majestic to me.

Autumn said...

Your pictures are so lovely! I would love to visit Saint Joseph some day. I've heard wonderful things about Michigan, though it's not a state that I would have considered a vacation state (until recently!)

Rebecca Swenor said...

I live in the U.P. of MI and all of Michigan is gorgeous. Of course I may be a lil bias.

Jeanine said...

What beautiful photos! Looks really great!

mail4rosey said...

Michigan's sure got a lot of pretty places to visit when the weather's cooperating (i.e. NOT winter). ;)

mail4rosey said...

It's a nice area. We like to take mini vacays there every once in awhile. :)

mail4rosey said...

They're charming!

mail4rosey said...

Agreed!

mail4rosey said...

It's a nice break from day-to-day, for sure. :)

mail4rosey said...

I'd like to go even further up north...I hear the UP is stunning. :)

mail4rosey said...

Lake Michigan is SO nice for sailing!

mail4rosey said...

On the Ohio coast, where I spent my childhood, the water was too rocky (Lake Erie) to swim in much (though we were kids and made due anyway). It's nice to have these open smooth bottom beaches so close by here in Michigan!

mail4rosey said...

I'd like to visit again soon too. ;)

mail4rosey said...

Lighthouses add a nice charm to the scenery, I think. :)

mail4rosey said...

Winter is so long here I forget how beautiful the other seasons are...and then they roll around and I'm happy again. :)

mail4rosey said...

Hurrah for beach season!

mail4rosey said...

I've been to Italy, but not Sardinia. I've seen pictures though, and it does look gorgeous!

mail4rosey said...

I'd like to visit the desert. :)

mail4rosey said...

I've never been inside of one. That might be a fun thing to do with the kids this summer!

mail4rosey said...

Mackinac Island is an AWESOME vacation spot in Michigan...no cars allowed, just horses, bikes, and by foot. It's very dreamy!

mail4rosey said...

I hear the U.P. is the prettiest of all!

mail4rosey said...

Thanks for swinging over, Jeanine. :)

mail4rosey said...

I love the lighthouse too. :)

Binky said...

Sounds like a very nice place.

Mama to 5 said...

Wow what beautiful beach pictures, looks like an amazing time.

Couponing in Central Florida! said...

Beautiful pictures. The sand is so different than what I'm used to here in Florida

Jaredamy said...

Im interested in seeing sugar sand! We have a lot of beaches here in Massachusetts, but nothing tropical or totally amazing.

StacieinAtlanta said...

I just showed your post to my husband and he said "it looks like the perfect way to spend the day". It's more than the beach....it's the feel of the place.

Cheap Is The *New* Classy said...

What beautiful views. I need to get to a beach stat!

Kristen said...

We spent last weekend in MI for a wedding too!

Unknown said...

The pictures are gorgeous especially the one of the lighthouse. I would like to visit that beach someday.

MyDomesticDish said...

We have a place very similar to this nearby- It's called Port Dalhousie-
So hello, from Ontario! :)

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Toni Patton said...

What a beautiful place to visit. It looks like a quaint town!

mail4rosey said...

I'm so happy the weather's nice and we can get out and about again. :)

mail4rosey said...

It's fun to go to the beach!! I wish we were going again today. ;)

mail4rosey said...

It does have a different feel from the sand in Florida. :)

mail4rosey said...

Just the same, I'd love to make my way to your coast. I hear there's a lot of pretty over your way (and a lot to do!).

mail4rosey said...

It does have a nice feel. It's very laid back and relaxing to be there. :)

mail4rosey said...

I'm almost always up for a beach visit. :)

mail4rosey said...

'tis the season (for graduations and weddings). :)

mail4rosey said...

I like the lighthouse too. They're nice at night too, w/the light going.

mail4rosey said...

Waving back from the other side of the border. :)

mail4rosey said...

Quaint is the perfect word for it. :)

Colette S said...

You really make me look at Michigan in a new light than what I hear other people say.
What a beautiful spot!
And yes, beach clothes or not, I'd want to play in the sand :)

mail4rosey said...

She's got 'er good points, especially when it's not winter. ;)

(Terry) My Journey With Candida said...

So beautiful and we are looking for places to take our family next summer. I was thinking south... but who knows where we will end up

mail4rosey said...

I'm always thinking south when it's cold. In the warmer weather, I'm content up here. ;)

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