Long Weekend in Union Pier, Michigan - Biking with the Family

 
Daniel hitting the road from the beach cottage

We just spent a lovely, long weekend in Union Pier, MI. Our entire extended family - Grandma and Grandpa, Aunty, Uncle and the cousins - gathered in a beach cottage for some end of summer fun.
We officially became a biking family with the installation of a bike rack and our new bikes were put to good use on the lovely backroads of Union Pier, New Buffalo and Lakeside. On one long bike ride, a deer that I thought was simply a large lawn statue, sprung to life and darted in front of my path. Chiara yelled "Horsey!" - thinking it was a horse, it was that big.
Marked bike paths, beautiful scenery, and lots of nice stops along the way for snacks/lunch/breakfast make this area ideal for a biking family. We love the Blue Plate Cafe for breakfast, the Whistle Stop for lunch and snacks, the farmer's market on Saturdays and Sundays outside Skip's for fresh fruits (peaches!) and the beach at Town Line Rd.. Rent your dream beach cottage with Bluefish. We're planning on heading back in the fall to enjoy the autumn colors!

Here's a good bike map to get you started!

Chiara contemplates the waves

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