Now that school’s out for summer, The Goose and I are getting ready to head up to Cheboygan, just like we do every year to celebrate the fact that it is finally getting warmer!
The Goose loves going to Cheboygan, and for the past few weeks all he’s been doing is talking about all the places we’re going to visit while we’re there, all the people we’re going to see, and all the food we’re going to eat… he’s definitely excited.
The last time we were in Cheboygan it was freezing cold, snowing, and there wasn’t as much to do. But this time, The Goose has big plans for us. Here’s a list of all the places he plans on going while we’re there…
Yeck’s: Yeck’s is a drive-in restaurant with carside service that is only open during the summer months. They have delicious milkshakes (my family loves the pineapple shake), awesome food, and fresh brewed sun tea. We always make it a point to stop in when we’re in town, and The Goose just loves it. But, honestly, what five-year-old doesn’t love eating in the car? Especially when he’s chowing down on dinosaur shaped chicken nuggets and french fries?
The Big Dipper: The Big Dipper is another Cheboygan staple. It is a 1950s style ice cream parlour, with black and white checkered flooring, red vinyl chairs, and a soda counter in the back. They specialize in milkshakes, ice cream sundaes, and frozen yogurt. What we love best about The Big Dipper is the hand dipped ice cream – which is available in a lot of delicious flavors. When I was a kid, my favorite was always bubble gum ice cream, and The Goose is so excited because I told him he was finally old enough to try it for himself.
This Old House: If you like pizza, you’ll love This Old House. Open year round, we always make it a point to enjoy at least one meal there every time we are in town. We always get a square pizza, half pepperoni and half ham. (I don’t like pepperoni, and since the toppings are buried in cheese, picking them off is quite a challenge). Not surprisingly, This Old House was named one of the top pizza places in Michigan.
The City Beach: Cheboygan is surrounded by water, and there are several different places to go swimming. Which is why I find it quite funny that The Goose prefers to go to the beach that I went to most often when I lived there – The City Beach. When I was a kid, I preferred The City Beach because it was close to my house, easy to get to, and parking was close to the water. The Goose prefers this beach because it also has a playground. That way, when he’s done swimming he can just run over to the playground and play until he’s ready to jump back in.
Mackinaw City: No visit to Cheboygan is complete without a quick trip to Mackinaw City. The Goose enjoys walking around, always wants to play a round of miniature golf, and likes to watch the kites that are flying overhead. Last year, they even had a Merry-Go-Round, and he insisted that my cousin ride it with him. Even though we never have a specific destination in mind when heading to Mackinaw, we always have a good time while we’re there.
The Kingston Theatre: We always make it a point to visit the Kingston Theatre when we’re in town. It’s very nostalgic for me, especially because it is nothing like the movie theatre’s near our house. At The Kingston, there is one ticket line, one concession line, and a handful of screens. We usually go to the Theatre on Thursday evenings because the popcorn is half-price.
It’s always fun to go back to my hometown. I love seeing how things have changed, how things have stayed the same, and I love that The Goose enjoys visiting just as much as I do.
We are definitely going to have a fun-filled week in Cheboygan – and I’ll be taking the week off to spend time with The Goose and my mom. But I’ll be back on June 22nd with an update on The Goose’s Garden (what’s going to happen with that pineapple he’s trying to grow?), my latest Pinterest projects (including one big fail), and my foolproof recipe for sidewalk chalk paint that the kids are sure to love.