This past weekend, we celebrated our first anniversary. We found a quaint little Bed and Breakfast and booked a few nights away–just the two of us.

My parents were kind enough to dog-sit Hoosier (go mom and dad!) and we spent four days and three nights exploring the beach town of South Haven, Michigan.

So, what do I mean by “unplugged”? When we arrived on Friday evening, we both deleted all social media apps from our phone and vowed not to touch email, social media, etc. for at least 48 hours.

I did post an anniversary post for my hubs on Sunday night (after 48 hrs) but then the phones went back off when we got to dinner.

Over the weekend, we took all sorts of fun pictures on our camera to capture some memories but neither of us picked up our phone all weekend.

We've done this at home before but being away from the usual routine PLUS unplugging from the digital space left so much room for some much needed conversation, long walks, and quality time.

As we reconnected on a deeper level, prayed big prayers, had honest conversations, and made some of the richest memories we've ever made, I realized something: I cannot make full memories if I have a device in my hand.

Moments are only half lived and memories are only a quarter remembered when we're distracted.

Moments are only half lived and memories are only a quarter remembered when we're distracted. Click To Tweet

And I fall so much more in love with my husband, savor every breath, and soak up the beauty of each moment when I turn distractions off and my attention on.

I've included some of my favorite photos and a few funny stories from our getaway below!

The first night was a little chilly so we threw on some warm clothes and ran out to the beach to watch the sunset. It just made me think, “Wow, how awesome is God?!”


The next day we spent almost the entire day on the beach. We ordered fresh squeezed lemonade, snow cones, and more. I mean, when at the beach, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Unplugged Beach Town Getaway


After a quick dinner, we put our suits back on, grabbed our sweatshirts, and ran out to catch the sunset and walk along the surf but then the clouds rolled in.

We had didn't have as much of a sunset as the night before but the sky still turned pink and it was still absolutely beautiful as the sun sank over the horizon!

Unplugged Anniversary Getaway in Quaint Beach town


By nightfall, it started to rain. So, we had opted for a cozy evening.

We ordered hot chocolate at Kilwin's and went to see the new movie, Glass Castles, at the tiny old theatre downtown. I casually bawled my eyes out. It was a fantastic movie and done so well.

If you're looking for a movie that'll make you feel something, I highly recommend it. If you're looking for something light hearted and funny, I'd look elsewhere ๐Ÿ˜‰

Then, we snuggled back up in the cutest little bed and breakfast and at midnight, Matt surprised me with the most beautiful pair of earrings.

If you're married and have ever felt like your husband totally outdid you, that's how I felt when he handed me that gift on the eve of our anniversary. I think I said something like, “oops…I didn't know we were doing gifts!”

He just chuckled and said that he just wanted to surprise me. #browniepoints

Yelton Manor, South Haven, MI Bed and Breakfast

Yelton Manor, South Haven, MI Bed and Breakfast

Yelton Manor, South Haven, MI Bed and Breakfast


We also did quite a bit of fishing. Okay, I take that back. I did a lot of watching and cheering on and Matt did a lot of fishing.

One morning, I woke up to him tip toe-ing out the door.

“Babe, where are you going?” I asked.

“Just go back to sleep! You need to rest!” He said as he started to close the door.

“Wait, what? No, I don't! It's 8:30 and I'm hungry…wait…were you sneaking out to fish while I was asleep??”

The cheesiest grin came across his face, “uh, I mean, yeah but you were sleeping!”

I started teasing him about sneaking out to fish and he rebutted my teasing with, “Hey, if that's my worse vice, that's not the worst thing in the world, is it?” ย 

HA. Good point, babe.

Anyway, I accompanied him on his fishing adventures each day and as much as I don't love reeling in a slimy, floppy, squirmy creature just to rip a hook out of its mouth and throw it back, I managed (with a little ice cream or coffee in hand to get me through, of course ๐Ÿ˜‰

Beach Town Getaway Anniversary Trip

Beach Town Getaway Anniversary Trip

Unplugged Anniversary Getaway in Quaint Beach Town

On the day of our anniversary, we explored a little craft festival that was going on downtown and then we rented bikes and rode up and down the coastline together.

It was so fun to listen to the waves crash, watch people pass, and feel the wind in our hair.

South Haven Bike Rentals

We grabbed lunch and then went back out to the beach.

Matt made dinner reservations for us at a fancy place in a nearby town, about 20 minutes away.

After I got ready and changed my outfit twice (it happens), we got in the car to leave but I just felt heavy. As I watched the sun start to set over the lake behind us, the last thing I wanted to do was go sit in a fancy restaurant. I'm just not good at fancy.

So, right as Matt was looking up the address, I looked at him and blurted out, “Babe, I know you made reservations and I know it's our anniversary and stuff but…do you just want to grab pizza or something and sit out on the pier instead?”

He smiled.

Oh good, he's not angry!ย 

He was actually thrilled.

We ended up having the most relaxing evening ever. We opened up the cake we saved from our wedding and devoured it out on the little porch off of our room and then we found a simple little riverboat restaurant on the harbor. We ordered finger foods and laughed deep belly laughs, reminisced on the last year, and dreamed about the future.

But more than anything, we just soaked up the simplicity and an ordinary evening became extraordinary…it became one of our favorite memories together.

South Haven, MI Vacation


South Haven, MI Vacation

South Haven, MI Summer Vacation

South Haven, MI Vacation


One of my favorite things from our getaway: every morning, we walked down the street and got coffee and breakfast at a local bakery. Then, we walked hand in hand down to the pier. It reminded me of our honeymoon in Charleston, SC, when we got Jenni's Ice Cream EVERY. SINGLE. NIGHT…just because.

I love making little traditions like this! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Bunde's Bakery South Haven, MI

Bunde's Bakery South Haven, MI

The waves on the morning of our very last day were HUGE! We saw dozens of kite surfers catching a wave and dangerously walked out on the pier as the waves crashed over it one after another. You only live once, right?

You can see the crazy waves and the kite surfers behind me in this photo.

South Haven, MI Pier

These big waves really put life back into perspective for me.

It reminded me how small I really am. It's funny how we can get so wrapped up in what we do or what others think. We can become so absorbed with ourselves that we miss how tiny we are and overlook the big-ness of God. The roaring waves and power of the water remind me that I'm not in control and that I shouldn't try to be.

So, I hope that if nothing else, this little piece encourages you to get out of your normal routine (even if that's just to go for a long walk or road trip to a nearby town), unplug, really BE with those you love, soak in the wonder of God all around you, and really let yourself live.

Because you don't always need to be on the clock. It's okay to let people down or be a little behind on your texts. Because you'll never get these moments back. Don't just say you're grateful for them–LIVE like you're grateful for them!

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father.” James 1:17



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13 thoughts on “Our Unplugged Beach Town Getaway

  1. Thank you for sharing your sweet memories and for the reminder to unplug every now and then. This Michigan girl is now land locked and homesick in the midwest craving a day in South Haven with a good book and better coffee. You brought me a piece of home and a blessed and well timed (by god obviously) reminder of the importance of unplugging from the social world!
    Happy Anniversary!

    Posted on September 5, 2017 at 8:15 pm
    1. Jordan Lee

      Amy, I’m so glad it touched you! We absolutely loved South Haven and I can imagine why you miss it! We will be returning soon ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for reading!

      Posted on September 8, 2017 at 1:17 pm
  2. Loved reading about your anniversary getaway! Also, you described my thoughts exactly concerning fishing! Seeing you put the effort in to just being there for him while he fishes was good for me to see. Being present with a smile (and with a coffee in hand!) means the world to them. Even better when we think to take photos of him while he fishes! Doesn’t the first year or marriage simply fly by?!

    Posted on September 5, 2017 at 8:16 pm
    1. Jordan Lee

      It really does! It’s a year of so much change and growth that one can barely keep up with it! Thanks for your comment and for reading! XO

      Posted on September 8, 2017 at 1:16 pm
  3. This was so sweet! I hope y’all had a great anniversary! We celebrated our first anniversary on Sunday too! However, instead of a getaway weekend we ordered Giordanos pizza & snuggled in bed with our two month old son! I caught myself getting a little jealous of your getaway anniversary weekend but then I remembered how blessed we are to have our little surprise baby boy & that someday I’ll get to go on a getaway with my husband again! Until then, I’ll live vicariously through you guys each year ๐Ÿ˜‰ also, do you use a tripod for the pics of you two together? Thanks in advance !

    Posted on September 5, 2017 at 9:25 pm
  4. We celebrated our first anniversary on Sunday too! I found myself a bit jealous of your weekend getaway trip, but instantly resented that feeling because I know I’m ridiculously blessed! We ordered a Giordanos pizza & spent our day sick in snuggling bed with our 2 month old son!! I hope y’all had an amazing time! One year flew by!! I look forward to seeing where both of our families are another year from now! XOXO

    Posted on September 5, 2017 at 9:30 pm
    1. Whoops it said my first comment didn’t post ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t figure out how to delete the second one! If you want to delete this comment on your end please feel free!

      Posted on September 5, 2017 at 9:32 pm
    2. Jordan Lee

      Katie, that is so so sweet! It’s the simple things that make life so wonderful. Happy Anniversary to you as well–so fun to share such a special day! Thanks for reading! XO

      Posted on September 8, 2017 at 1:15 pm
  5. I love this! I do have a question! When you and the hubby go on vacations like these, how do you manage to get pictures of the two of you? I’ve always wondered if bloggers have tripods or if they just ask others to take them! Anyway, please let me know and have a wonderful day!

    Posted on September 6, 2017 at 1:35 am
    1. I second this question!

      Posted on September 7, 2017 at 2:56 pm
    2. Jordan Lee

      Oh no, my husband is a magician when it comes to taking photos on a tripod so we just bring a mini tripod and use a little canon remote and take them ourselves! makes it way less stressful and much more fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Posted on September 8, 2017 at 1:14 pm
  6. Loved seeing these pictures and reading about the sweet memories you and Matt will cherish and smile about for years to come. You have an incredible eye for capturing stories with your camera.
    South Haven is the bestttt, but really anywhere is the best if you have your person with you ๐Ÿ™‚

    Posted on September 8, 2017 at 3:38 pm
  7. There is no place like South Haven! The best beach town in Michigan. Happy Anniversary to you both!! This makes me so excited for when my fiancรฉ and I get married! ?

    Posted on September 9, 2017 at 11:13 pm