Oct 22, 2010

Honeymoon In My Hometown: Kalamazoo, Michigan

Mr Meerkat and I LOVE living in Michigan (minus when we get huge snow storms) and to be able to share it with you... *squeel* Yea I am that excited.  I promise to try my best to keep each category to my top three choices otherwise this could get really long, really quick.

Things to see
The Air Zoo is #1 on my list of things to do in Kalamazoo. Basically it's a interactive museum that has AMAZING displays of transportation from the first hot air balloon to present day.  It has some old hot air balloons and bi-planes

WWI and WWII planes

And even some of the most modern and amazing planes/jets you will ever see

And while your there don't forget to give the flight simulators a test!

Michigan has some of these most amazing wineries in the country. You can visit the tasting rooms, take a long walk around the beautiful grounds or even hire a private tour to take you from winery to winery.  If you want to see what Michigan country side is really like the wine trails are the place to do it.

Michigan is also renowned for some amazing beaches. If your looking for a nice relaxing day head on over to Silver Beach in Saint Joseph. (I grew up just 15 minutes from the beach so I have a warm, fuzzy spot for it.)  When your tired of laying in the sun walk on up to the bluff to browse some eclectic shops. Don't forget to stop and get some fudge and ice cream at Kilwin's. I promise you won't be disappointed.

Where to eat
1. Sushiya & Sakura
For the sushi lover in you! *grin* Mr. Meerkat and I both have a affinity for sushi. Seriously we probably go out a few times a month for it. While my heart belong to Sakura, Sushiya is also an amazing place. They also have amazing hibachi if someone in your group doesn't like sushi. (I am looking at you Mama-In-Law Meerkat!)

2. Erbellis
TO DIE FOR PIZZA! Erbellis is a local favorite and every time Mr. Meerkat's family comes into town they request to eat here. Everything from the pizza to the calzones to the salads are amazing. For real, the best Italian food I have ever had.

3. Bangkok Flavor
If you like spicy food like Mr. Meerkat this is the place to eat (but don't worry they have mild versions too). The menu is pretty authentic as the family who owns it closes down for a month each fall to visit family in Thailand. You can order any of the food with your choice of spicyness: no spice, mild, medium, medium plus, bangkok hot. I always go for mild or no spice while Mr. Meerkat goes medium plus.

4. Smash Burger
Sometimes there is nothing like a greasy burger and fries. Smash Burger is actually a chain but they make one of the most amazing burgers I have ever had. Pick the make your own combination so you can add blue cheese and cherry BBQ (which you can only get at Michigan Smash Burgers). *drool*

Where to stay
1. Henderson Castle

This B&B would be my number one choice for where to stay in Kalamazoo. Even thought it was built in 1895 the grounds are amazing and all the amenities are very modern! Not to mention the people who run it make you feel special not just like a hotel guest. My favorite thing is that each room is decorated in a different theme from around the world which of course the traveler in me loves.

2. Radisson in Downtown Kalamazoo

Right in downtown Kalamazoo and probably one of the most beautiful hotels I have ever seen. What I love most about this hotel is that you are right in walking distance of many restaurants and the Arcadia grounds where each weekend during the summer there is a festival of some type going on. You check out all the things to do in downtown Kalamazoo here.

Ok, ok I am going to stop here because if you let me I would go on and on about Kalamazoo. We really do love it here because we have the best of both the country side and city life. After reading this I know your dying to book your trip to Kalamazoo. So when you get that all set, let us know so we can all go to dinner! :D

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