Weekend Trip: Michigan City August 2012

Last weekend my mom and I went on a little trip to Michigan City, Indiana and as promised I’m sharing it with you. Here is the low down of what we did along with some pictures I took. Hope you enjoy it!


My mom and I woke up, had a quick breakfast at home, got ready for the day and were on our way to Michigan City by 9:20ish. Since we weren’t able to check into our hotel right away our first stop was to do a little shopping at the outlet mall (Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets). It only took us about an hour and a half to get from our house to the outlet mall in Michigan City. Considering the closest outlet mall to our house is about an hour drive anyway the drive to Michigan City wasn’t bad AT ALL. The week before our trip my mom went on the outlet mall website (linked above) and signed up for the VIP Club. So naturally the first thing we did upon arriving was go straight to the information center to pick up our VIP coupon booklets. YAY for coupons! We spent a few hours walking around and shopping. While there I definitely renewed my love of outlet malls because it reminded of how amazing and cheap they can be! If you’re interested in seeing what I bought over the weekend I’ll be posting a haul tomorrow so check back for that.

Note: There was a creepy nuclear power plant weirdly close to the outlet mall.

Anywho, after a few hours of shopping we decided it was time to eat so we went to Albano’s Villa (which is a pizzeria) and let me tell you, it was AMAZING! If you’re ever in the Michigan City area I would recommend that place 100 times over. After pizza we wanted something sweet so we went to Dairy Queen to get our favorite, French Silk Pie Blizzards!

The blizzards were delicious as always but once we finished, it was back to shopping! I had gotten an e-mail earlier that week for 30% off my entire in-store purchase at CVS so obviouslyyy I had to take advantage of that! We picked up a few things at CVS then it was finally time for us to check into our hotel. We stayed at the Microtel Inn and Suites and it was really nice! We LOVED that darn window seat! My only complaint was the beds weren’t very comfortable but other than that it was great.

We brought all of our bags in, checked out the hotel a bit then freshened up and headed to Blue Chip Casino.

This was my first time ever at a Casino and it wasn’t a great experience. We didn’t actually lose any money because we only used the $25 dollar voucher our hotel provided us with but the smell was awful. Indiana doesn’t have a smoking ban on casinos so I was just so uncomfortable the entire time. I do not like the smell of smoke, it makes me feel sick and I just get irritable very quickly when I’m around it. I’ll definitely give gambling a second chance back home because a friend who works at a local casino told me smoking is banned in all Illinois casinos (phew!). After Blue Chip we headed back to our hotel to relax, snack on popcorn, watch the Olympics and call it a night.


Even though we were on vacation my mom and I got our day started fairly early. Well actually, I didn’t sleep (insomnia problems!) so I was already up, so we went down for our complimentary breakfast around 8:15 or so. After breakfast we went back to our room to get ready for the day and then off we went! Our first activity of the day was Washington Park. Washington Park is a really cool place because it’s a park, zoo and beach all within walking distance of each other. First we stopped at the zoo and it was actually pretty awesome. Not only did it have a ton of really cool and unique animals that you usually don’t see at zoos but you were able to get ridiculously close to them. And when I say close I mean I was literally 3 feet away from several tigers. Anyone could just stick their hand in the cage and pet it if they wanted to. Although, I hope no one is that crazy because those big cats were territorial. One of them actually tried to spray the kids in the group next to us! 

Note: My mom was HILAIROUS talking to those llamas. I wish you all could have seen it. I was standing farrr away because I didn’t want to get spat on!

Note: This monkey was so, so, so cute. I could have stood and watched it for hours.

Note: How funny and cute was this bear licking the glass?!

Once we finished walking around the zoo and checked out all the animals we walked over to the beach part of Washington Park. It was cloudy and cold on Saturday so we just walked along the sidewalk to the little lighthouse and guess what?! We actually saw Chicago in the distance! Well, at least we think it was Chicago…?

After we were finished oohhhh and ahhhing over seeing Chicago we left Washington Park. We wanted to grab a quick bit to eat at McDonalds but on the way there we made a pit stop at a farmer’s market.

Note: I love peanut butter so when I saw this “Katie’s peanut butter” at the farmer’s market of course I had to snap a picture.

While at McDonalds I finally got the chance to try their new-ish s’mores pie. You may or may not know that I loveeee s’mores. I’m a self proclaimed s’mores connoisseur. Sadly, I was not impressed with the pie and definitely won’t be buying one again.

After lunch we went to what my mom and I now like to refer to as “the ghost mall” because it was almost entirely deserted. There were three department stores and 5-6 other small stores open in the entire mall. The rest of the stores were closed down.

Note: Weird/creepy mannequin heads at the ghost mall.

Needless to say we weren’t there long but still wanted to shop a little more so we went to the Big R and Wal-mart (doesn’t everyone go to Wal-Mart on vacation?). Once our (or I should say my) shopping bug was satisfied we headed back to our hotel to chill for a bit, have a snack and play Skipbo. It was nice to relax after two busy days but hey, we didn’t want to just sit around all night so we decided to go to the movies and see Brave. Before going to the theater we ran to Walgreens to pick up a drink and some candy to share. Yes, we’re those people. Judge away.

I’m not going to do a full review on Brave since it’s been out for a while but it was GREAT. I’d give it four stars and would highly recommend it. It turned out to be the perfect mother-daughter movie so I’m glad we saw it together during our trip. After the movies we got some dinner at Olive Garden. My mom and I were joking that our waitress hated us because all we got was soup and a piece of cake to share on a busy Saturday night, whoops… Other than that dinner was nice but we were both pretty tired by the end of the night so we went back to the hotel to call it a night with a few more games of Skipbo, and the Olympics.


Since our shopping experience on Saturday was kind of a bust we decided get on the road early Sunday to head home and go to one of our local malls. We woke up around 8 to get ready, packed up our stuff and checked out of the hotel. Before heading home we went to IHOP for a quick breakfast. We didn’t know it was possible, but the drive home was even easier than the drive there. It only took us about an hour to get home, woohoo! Once we got back in town we stopped at our house to drop our bags off and pick up my step dad then we were off to do some more shopping! After the mall we stopped at The Container Store and Ikea before ending the day with dinner at Chili’s and a quick stop at Jewel to pick up some groceries. Back to reality eh?

Note: Chili’s has the besssst chips and salsa ever so I felt the need to photograph it to show you. You’re welcome.

Back home I capped off the night by watching the closing ceremony for the Olympics. Can’t believe they’re over but I’m extremely proud of all the US Olympians and how well our country did!


I woke up Monday morning EXHAUSTED. Who knew that a little weekend trip could take so much out of me! Anyway, I bummed in bed until about 12 then I had to get up and get ready because blah, I had a doctor’s appointment. Really, back to reality… but no worries, I’m healthy! Although, I’ve discovered that I might have a different kind of problem because I went shopping AGAIN. Before the doctor I ran into Ross and scored some pretty awesome deals if I do say so myself. After the doctor I went to Target. Side note: did you know they don’t even have a Target in Michigan City?! Uhhh, I could never live there! I was itching to go to Target all weekend so I just couldn’t resist on Monday when I passed one coming home from the doctor. I got my Target fix then went back home to relax and edit all the pictures for today and tomorrow’s posts. I ended my four day vacation by bumming in bed again and catching up on all the YouTube videos I missed while we were in Michigan City.

Well now that I’ve typed out my life story from last weekend, I’m off to go type another post about something a little more fun.
*cough* haul, haul, haul *cough* I might have a shopping problem *cough*

See you tomorrowwww!

– Katie

Want to see what beauty products I took to Michigan City with me? Click here for a what’s in my travel makeup bag post.



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2 responses to “Weekend Trip: Michigan City August 2012

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  2. Jimmie Beauchamp

    That was good Katie, great pictures. Your mom looked cold sittiing on that bench. Love from Granma Beauchamp.

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