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Winter in Lakeside, Michigan.

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This past weekend Julie and I headed up to Lakeside, Michigan with some friends, for the first time in the winter.
UntitledAfter breakfast at the Inn we headed down to the beach to see what it was like in the winter. I had no idea or concept that there would be a buildup of ice like what we witnessed.

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Much like in the summer we stayed at the Lakeside Inn. It was surprisingly full of people for a weekend in February. The breakfast buffet leaves much to be desired but the inn has multiple large fireplaces and is always interesting.

Greenbush Brewing UntitledUntitledUntitledUntitledOn Saturday we hit up a couple of the breweries that are part of the Berrien County Beer Tour including Greenbush, Tapestry, and Cultivate. We’ve been to Greenbush multiple times but I had no idea the other two were near by.

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Tapistry Brewing had some of the better beer on our stops and the largest selection. Food wise, the Charcuterie was great.

Cultivate Brewing Company
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Cultivate Brewing Company seemed to be the newest of the bunch and a place much more suited for a summer afternoon. The brewery opens up onto a large field with large garage doors that transform the place into a large patio. Probably the most light I’ve ever seen in a brewery.

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Overall we had a great time. It was much different than the summer but it was a really neat experience to see the area without the summer tourists and the ice formations on the lake were amazing.

Hockey Night in Canada: Leafs vs. Pens

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After the World Series I headed back to Toronto for the Penguins – Leafs game on Saturday night. This being the first game back to Toronto for Phil Kessel I expected more of an aggressive crowd. It was not to be. The arena was really subdued and not at all full. Pens pulled away early and ended up beating the Leafs 4-0.

Hockey Hall of Fame
UntitledUntitledUntitledUntitledUntitledUntitledUntitledAfter getting into town Julie and I went over to the Hockey Hall of Fame (HHOF). The HHOF is setup into three basic sections. The display cases which we believe rotate out yearly with game used memorabilia and various exists, the coolest being the defunct team sweaters. Then there is a large interactive section where one can play goalie or take shots on goal. Finally there is the Grand Hall which holds all of the members as well as the trophies including the ‘Presentation’ Stanley Cup. There were no real crowds and you could more or less spend as much time as you wanted with the Stanley Cup. Most interesting parts of the Cup: UntitledUntitled2004 lockout and the 1917 winners: Seattle over Montreal.

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We grabbed some sandwiches next door at the BQM (Beer Quality Meats).

World Series: Mets vs. Royals at Citi Field

UntitledUntitledUntitledWith the Mets sweeping the Cubs in the NLCS Julie and I decided we’d work around our schedules and at least make it to the first World Series game at Citi Field. Considering how the day went it was well worth the logistical challenges. The Mets won Game Three against the Kansas City Royals 9-3.
Before the Game
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Julie and I met at Laguardia and then after dropping off our bags and grabbing a slice of pizza in Astoria we headed over to Astoria Bier and Cheese for a couple of drinks. Astoria Bier and Cheese is a grocery/bar where they have about 10 taps and then coolers full of bottles and cans that can be drank on premises.
Fraunces Tavern
UntitledAfter leaving Astoria we headed to Fraunces Tavern in Lower Manhattan for some drinks before heading to the game. Fraunces Tavern is a national historic landmark that played a prominent role in pre-Revolution, American Revolution and post-Revolution history, serving as a headquarters for George Washington, a venue for peace negotiations with the British, and housing federal offices in the Early Republic. Most importantly it is the location of General Washington’s farewell address to his officers:

With a heart full of love and gratitude, I now take leave of you. I most devoutly wish that your latter days may be as prosperous and happy as your former ones have been glorious and honorable.”

Amazin’ Mets Express
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Julie managed to score tickets on the Amazin’ Mets Express water taxi that would take us from Manhattan to Citi Field in Flushing, Queens. Open bar; more details here.

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All and all a great experience. Worth the trip.