Monday, August 14, 2017

Enjoying Lake Michigan in Racine, Wisconsin

Beach Day in Racine, Wisconsin

We usually spend at least one summer day in Racine, Wisconsin. We love, love, love North Beach because the view of Lake Michigan is spectacular and the beach is usually quieter than others that we have visited. The day was so calm, we ended up spending several hours just sitting and reading on the beach.



Lighthouse and boat on North Beach in Racine, Wisconsin.
Nice scene from our spot on the beach.

I did take some time to walk along the beach. North Beach has a stunning view of Lake Michigan!

Lake Michigan views from North Beach in Racine, Wisconsin
Lake Michigan views from North Beach
After our beach visit, we went into town to walk around the marina. Views again are spectacular and  we often find ducks, geese and seagulls hanging around.

Reefpoint Marina in Racine, Wisconsin

Walking along the pier, we enjoyed a great view of the lighthouse near the beach!

Red lighthouse Racine, Wisconsin

During our visit, we enjoyed discovering local street art for this summer -- a public art project called "Don't Miss the Boat." Local artists have crafted boats that are on display throughout the town. The boats will be auctioned off at the upcoming Antique and Classic Boat Society's Annual Meeting and Boat Show September 6-9. I will detail the show a bit more about the event in a future post but it will feature beautifully restored antique boats and family activities. We had fun walking about town discovering an array of nautical street art some whimsical, some beautiful and some both:

Seed to the City Boat Art in Racine, Wisconsin

The Bird 'N Bass Boat is one of my favorites. The detail is just amazing. While the combo is certainly interesting, you can just see the talent in the craftsmanship.

Bird 'N Bass Boat Public Art Piece in Racine, Wisconsin

The creations are throughout town and you can access a map online here: http://www.racinedowntown.com/newwebsite/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/boat-map.pdf Many are on Main Street but others can be found throughout like Sailing Toward the Sun(fish) which we discovered at Reefpoint Marina.

Sailing Toward the Sun(fish) Public Art Piece in Racine, Wisconsin

During our visit, we also stopped at my FAVORITE store in Racine -- Northern Lights Gallery! Northern Lights Gallery has a collection of artisan jewelry, a variety of art items for the home, gift items, pottery and more. Many items are made in the U.S.A. and Canada and most things are readily labeled. I purchased a candle from Iowa and a soap tray made in the U.S.A. I know the soap tray sounds funny BUT I had been looking for this specific one for awhile. The jewelry is ALWAYS tempting -- one of these days I will budget so I can indulge myself!

Northern Lights Gallery in Racine, Wisconsin

When Racine, don't forget a Kringle! This one is from Larsen's Bakery:

Kringle from Larsen's Bakery

We packed a picnic lunch for this trip, but I highly recommend Reefpoint Brewhouse if you are looking for a bite to eat. They have a large menu and the BBQ in particular is delicious! If you are lucky, you can get a view of the marina while you eat. Here are pics of my chicken and salad from a previous visit:

Chicken at Reefpoint Brewhouse in Racine, Wisconsin


Salad at Reefpoint Brewhouse in Racine, Wisconsin


Delicious food!

We had a lovely day in Racine last Friday. Racine is one of my favorite local beach destinations. Racine is a little more low key than some of the other beach towns we have been to. So, we really find we relax when we are there. A lovely town with lovely views of Lake Michigan!

North Beach in Racine, Wisconsin

**Disclosure: No compensation was received for this post. All opinions are 100% my own.
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