Author: Life and Whim

Jay and Heather Harrington are thrilled to be raising their family and pursuing entrepreneurial ventures in Traverse City. They moved to town almost two years ago with their three young girls. A little over a year ago, they launched a new Traverse City-oriented blog, Life and Whim, through which they share a unique perspective on the entrepreneurial and cultural scene in Traverse City, as well as their love of the outdoors in Northern Michigan. They recently launched a new northern Michigan inspired lifestyle brand and e-commerce shop featuring apparel, enamel pins and books for active families that love the great outdoors. They are living out big dreams in their favorite small town.

Snacks are packed and sunscreen is applied. Kids are strapped into car seats and seat belts. You’re ready to head out on a hike with your family. But, as is so often the case, your kids have another agenda in mind. Instead of completing that two-mile loop, you barely make it two hundred yards before things go off the rails on the trails.

Four years ago, my wife Heather and I rented a house on the Leelanau Peninsula, just to the south and west of Northport. We had recently become a family of five -- our twin girls were 11 months old and our oldest daughter had just turned four. 

It was a long weekend getaway at a time when we were considering a move to Traverse City from our home in metro Detroit. We loved Traverse City, and had visited many times, but never in May. 

Traverse City’s amazing food scene is synonymous with the farm-to-table movement. And there’s no doubt that a meal featuring a first course of beet salad with fennel, pine nuts, citrus and feta crumbles, and a second course of pan-seared Atlantic salmon filet with maple glaze, is a delectable treat. But sometimes you just need a slice of crunchy, cheesy, perfectly-sauced deliciousness. When you’re hungry and need a bit of comfort on a cold eventing, there’s nothing better than a great pizza.

You planned. You prepped. You pop out of bed and hear a soft pitter patter. You peer out the window and...rain. Your perfect day outside may be postponed, but that’s okay - now you have a Plan B. A rainy day in Traverse City is full of possibilities.