I am now officially on vacation for an entire week and so looking forward to relaxing and enjoying the beauty of Ludington and Traverse City.

Planning your summer vacation can be very exciting, especially once you decide on where you want to go and what you want to do during your time off.

My wife Lori and I will be heading up to Ludington early Monday morning to enjoy what summer has to offer.

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But before we go on vacation Monday, we're going to stick around in this area and have some fun over the weekend.

First of all, we're going to make a tee-time at a local golf course and play 18 holes together and then we're going to have lunch at One North Bar and Grill on West Saginaw.

After that, we will take in a movie at one of our favorite movie theaters and then call it a day.

That's how we plan our summer vacation.  We spend the weekend doing fun things locally and then come Monday morning, we're off to Ludington, Michigan.

We also decided once we're in Ludington, we would take a day trip straight to Traverse City and spend some time at a few wineries, do a little shopping, and have dinner by the Grand Traverse Bay.  Maybe stick around, see the sunset, and then back to Ludington we go.

Michigan is such a beautiful state and there's always new places to explore and enjoy.  My wife and I have been North, South, East, and West in Michigan.

The one thing we really enjoy is seeing a few of the Great Lakes.  We really enjoy walking along the shore of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.  And let me add that Lake Superior is a sight to see as well, but very cold.

If you ever get a chance to take a boat tour of Pictured Rocks in the Upper Peninsula, don't pass it up.  It is absolutely fantastic.  Just make sure you take lots of sunscreen.

Enough talk for now, I'm on vacation!

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