Monday, June 30, 2008

Relatively Cheap Travel

We are currently on the "I think we're going to Michigan" family tour" (At least that is what my daughter called it when we asked her what we should call our newest family adventure.) Then we are on to Ohio in a few days. In both places we are staying with family.

For people on one income and with the cost of gas, family visits are the way to go to see new things, visit with people you like (hopefully) and get the heck out of Dodge! Even visiting other people's grocery stores can be an interesting adventure if you look at it as one! I like just getting the opportunity to be in a new place seeing new things. It doesn't hurt that the Brother-in-law we are visiting is into food and wine and the family is really wonderful to visit with!

Today we went to one of my favorite food meccas if there ever was one! ever Zingerman's in Ann Arbor MI is an AMAZING deli and gourmet food store. Lunch was a $12.50 corned beef ruben (Zingerman's says it's a life changing sandwich and I tend to agree with them! Hell-take a look at the people in this line we stood in for a SANDWICH) We shared though because it was huge! (and really, that isn't even the most expensive sandwich I've ever had-Ask me about grilled cheese at the Waldorf!) That with a side, grilled cheese for my daughter and 2 water's set us back $29! Oh well it's the only thing we've bought since we got here! Tonight we bought a selection of beer, cheese and susage for dinner. I threw in Zingerman's Black Magic Brownies for dessert.

On the way to Michigan we stopped at Dundrun castle in Canada to stretch our legs and have a picnic (of food that we packed for ride-No Micky D's here!) It was a beautiful historic site complete with gardens and house tour (we didn't get to tour though) It seems like a place I would plan to go on the way but it was really just a happy coincidence that we happened upon it!

I LOVE that.

We are keeping costs low, having a good time and enjoying our vacation so far. More awaits in Ohio!


Heather said...

I had family in Ann Arbor for a number of years and grew to know Zingerman's well. They sell some of the best gourmet treats around! They sell a balsamic vinegar that is so sweet and lovely that you don't even need olive oil when you're dipping your bread.

Congrats on a frugal vacation. We have been doing small trips as well, such as down to Mammoth Caves in KY.

The Fine Art of Motherhood said...

Sounds like you guys are having a great time! Can't wait to catch up when you get home!!