My brother Dylan – aka “King Dylan”, aka “Dyl Pickle” – celebrated his 30th birthday surrounded by family on the shores of Lake Michigan in beautiful New Buffalo.  We rented a cozy home a block from downtown and about 3 blocks from the beach.  A pretty low key getaway – each day we spent at the beach, went to antique stores, and shopped at the local farmer’s market.   Each night we cooked at home dining a fresco on the over-sized deck, and went out to the bars for cocktails.

We took a day trip to Journeyman Distillery which I would definitely recommend if spending any time in the area – a gorgeous rustic space with a bar, light bites and distillery tours (sign up in advance).  The space also is available for weddings and private events.

No getaway is complete without a swag bag – complete with roadie supplies (a Todd family staple), custom pickle t-shirts, fake Ray Bans (also a Todd family staple), and other goodies.  The Bloody Mary and Pickle Bar complete with beef jerky straws was a fan favorite.  Custom “Dyl Pickle” logo by Olive & Violet.

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