Lipstick + Salad Kits

Well I have been waiting for a bit of free time to write about my amazing adventures up north on Manitoulin Island. I visited a friend’s cottage at the Black Rock Resort and it was so refreshing to be in the trees and hang by the water.

A taste of the sweet life.

**Just a heads up.. this may be a bit more lengthy than my other blog posts**

We arrived at the Tobermory Ferry terminal earlier than we needed so we explored the fun boutiques and hung out by the harbour. The weather couldn’t have been any better for us!


I was immediately in vacation mode and wanted to enjoy lounging on the grass under a Maple tree until we had to board the Chi-Cheemaun Ferry. Once we arrived at the Black Rock Resort, we had fun creating ambience by having fun dinner settings on the patio. Each night was a different theme… the Krete family is gifted at decor.10470935_10154334099910587_29293009786802248_n

Saturday morning bright and early we headed out to yard sales and an auction on the Island. Keep in mind, nothing is close … you need to drive at least 15-30 minutes to get anywhere. But we got lost in some places that were logging roads and even bush roads. Needless to say it was hilarious to find our way. I got some great scores like a vintage suitcase for Le Prix decor for $1! After that long morning and early afternoon we napped, ate dinner and finished off the evening with a bonfire.

Sunday came so quickly and we met up with a lovely friend from middle school who moved up to Espanola and recently bought a house (so proud of her!).

Darcy, Amy & I
Darcy, Amy & I

We met in Little Current, walked by the water and headed to Bridal Veil Falls. We were lucky to evade the bad weather and frolic in the sunshine at the falls. The water was refreshing and we realized we should have some here after we were going hiking. But OH WELL. 


The Cup and Saucer Trail was AMAZING! We hiked 1.3 km in and then reached the Adventure Trail. Where you get to climb on ladders made of trees, rock climb, go through caves and other fun obstacles. Definitely an amazing experience and if another one comes along I will definitely do it again (as should you!). Our quick meet up slowly turned into an amazing epic adventure of exploring and exercise. There are so many new experiences to find in Ontario (I am actually kind of surprised). We ended up finishing off the evening playing croquet with my mom, the Croquet Queen.


The next day we hit up the lake on the boat in gorgeous weather. Funny enough, the swells were HUGE and we got soaked. Not like we got wet and ‘that sucks’.. more like so much water I couldn’t open my eyes on the boat! Later we anchored the boat and relaxed with some treats and I swam over to the rocks on the coast and explored.


I loved unwinding in the hammock in the trees. I don’t know why I don’t have one at home..? For sure, I am a hippie at heart. We even picked wild flowers for the table centre pieces for dinner and found tree frogs. They are so cute with their gummy fingers that stick to everything.



The days flew by with crafting and spending time outdoors with wonderful company. I can’t wait to go back again next summer. I have made a vow to myself to spend more time outdoors and in parks to reap the benefits of relaxation from nature.

Snapping some final shots of Manitoulin Island while leaving on the Ferry.

I hope you get some time to rejuvenate too.




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