Saturday was a beer and doughnut day – thankfully not together. We stopped at Hinkley Bakery in Jackson, MI and Sweetwater’s Donut Mill in Kalamazoo, MI. Both are highly rated (the one in Kalamazoo was dubbed the best donut in the world in 2012), but Leslie is not in agreement. The donuts here are very thick and dry, she prefers light, melt in your mouth donuts. We also stopped at Dark Horse Brewing Company in Marshall, MI and Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo. Both of these breweries have beers on the top 100 in the world list. Don bought a couple of them, but has not tried them yet, so he cannot comment.
We ended the day in Notre Dame, where Don bought another t-shirt. Leslie asked him now that he has bought a shirt from two of his most hated schools, would he buy a Clemson t- shirt. His answer? “H*** no.” Guess that one runs deep. We went to mass in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame. The neo-gothic church has 44 large stained glass windows and murals completed over a 17-year period by the Vatican painter Luigi Gregori. The basilica bell tower is 218 feet high, making it the tallest University chapel in America.
On Sunday we stopped by Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, a national park along 15 miles of beach on Lake Michigan. It is amazing to see a lake that has waves like the ocean. It is a beautiful place. We did not stay long as we had to get the Three Floyds Brewery in Munster, IN. Our neighbor Steve told us we needed to stop here. We were a bit sad because they only had three beers available to buy. They have one beer, Zombie Dust, that is rated 100 on Beer Advocate. They produce it two times a week and people are in line waiting for it to come off the production line. Very hard to get. They bottle over 100 types of beer, but they are so popular, that it is hard to get most of it from the brewery. Oh, well…we will be back this way in a week so we will try again for the Zombie Dust.
We ended our day with our friends, John and Diane, who have been transferred to the Chicago area by Michelin. We drove to Napierville, a very quaint suburb of Chicago, to walk along the river. We found a taste of home – a Frost Gelato shop . We had no idea there was a franchise this far east. Before going to their house for a delicious dinner, we stopped at Solemn Oath Brewery (think of its acronym) for a quick beer. They actually had already had last call, but John and Diane go there often, so they have an “in” with the bartender.