Retreat, Rest, & Relax - Chapter One: Northern Michigan at the Lake

The summer is a good opportunity to take some time to rejuvenate the heart and soul.  Temperatures heat up, plants and trees are lush with fruit, flower, and foliage, and our minds and bodies can replenish vital vitamin D, take a refreshing dip in the ocean, and visit with friends and family.

At Clinton & Associates, we took a much-needed company retreat in northern Michigan a week ago.  Primarily to visit with and celebrate recently completed work at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville, Michigan.  Along the way we visited with our wonderful friends and clients at their beautiful Lake Michigan cottage, and had a chance for a behind the scenes tour of the Frederick Meijer Botanic and Sculpture Gardens in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

I believe we all returned with new vigor and commitment to always do our best work!  Many thanks to all that made this trip a glorious, educational, enlightening, relaxing, and enriching experience. 

Here are some highlights from our first day of adventure…

  Lake Michigan shoreline, north of Sleeping Bear Dunes - dramatic, serene, vast!

Lake Michigan shoreline, north of Sleeping Bear Dunes - dramatic, serene, vast!

  A beautifully hand-tooled stone path with lake-tumbled stone borders creates a beautiful entry path from parking to this home's entry.

A beautifully hand-tooled stone path with lake-tumbled stone borders creates a beautiful entry path from parking to this home's entry.

  Love this inviting seating niche at the edge of the garden.

Love this inviting seating niche at the edge of the garden.

  Homemade pizzas made to order!  What's not to like here?

Homemade pizzas made to order!  What's not to like here?

  This amazing wood-fired pizza oven can get as hot as 600-700 degrees F!  It only takes a minute or two to cook a pizza!

This amazing wood-fired pizza oven can get as hot as 600-700 degrees F!  It only takes a minute or two to cook a pizza!

  Our first Michigan night was topped with a hike up one of Sleeping Bear Dunes for long shadows and this beautiful view of Glen Lake.

Our first Michigan night was topped with a hike up one of Sleeping Bear Dunes for long shadows and this beautiful view of Glen Lake.

Where do you find creative inspiration when you are also looking to relax and rejuvinate? Please share your favorites with us.