#TigersWives: All-Star Break with the Kelly Family

By Carrie Kelly

The All-Star Break is one of our favorite times as a family. We cherish the four days of relaxing and spending time together in the middle of the crazy baseball season.

Earlier in Donnie’s baseball career, we would go home to the suburbs of Pittsburgh for All-Star break. Three years ago, we decided to break from tradition and stay in Michigan. We ended up on Mackinac Island. That was the end of going home for the break! We finally understood what everyone was talking about when they raved about summers spent up north. We were hooked, too!


We spent this break in the little town of Evzart, MI. Our dear friends let us use their cabin on one of the small lakes in town. The weather wasn’t the best, but we didn’t let the polar vortex ruin the fun.

We spent the three days fishing, boating, jet skiing, tubing, and swimming. Each of our boys caught their first fish on the trip. Our five year old, Brett, got really into the whole fishing thing. By the end of the trip he was baiting hooks and casting lines like a pro. Our two year old, Luke, was more into petting the fish that we caught. We’re not sure, but we think he might end up working with animals when he’s older!


When it was too cold to be on the lake we took the kids to the park, read books (okay, I read a book), took naps, ate really, really well, and hung out by the bonfire. We even turned the TV on once to catch a few innings of the All-Star Game. We didn’t last til the end but we were very happy to wake up in the morning to an American League win!


As far as All-Star Breaks go, this one did not disappoint. It’s always a little bittersweet coming back to Metro-Detroit after a few days up north, but the excitement of the second half of the season makes our return a lot easier! The time away helps us to reconnect as a family and allows Donnie a break before gearing up for the next three months. Where is your favorite place to go up north? Are there any hidden gems that we need to know about?




Glad you’re staying around to enjoy this great state on AS break! I live in Grand Rapids and there is a little town that is just a bit a North of here you could check out called Whitehall, it’s a beautiful hidden gem! Lots of great food, beautiful lake that leads right out to Lake Michigan. A cute little town with a lots of unique shops and even an old fashioned soda fountain. Plus if you’re up for it, the amusement park Michigan’s Adventure is about a 10 minute drive depending where in town you stay.

We like to go to Munising and camp right on Lake Superior. Water is cold, but there is so much for the kids to see and explore. Waterfalls are awesome.

Harbour Springs! Also you don’t have to go too far from Detroit. Take a ride to Algonac, rent a pontoon 450.00 all day. Look up Dirty Moe to take ya fishing.

Harsen’s Island too.

Boyne City is really beautiful. It’s a wonderful small town on the eastern edge of Lake Charlevoix. Charlevoix, Harbor Springs &’Petoskey are all close by. We’ve been coming to this area with our boys for years and now we’re bringing our grandson.

Pictured Rocks, Taquamenan Falls in the UP or my personal favorite is Young State Park in Boyne City, near Petoskey and Charlevoix

Higgins Lake is beautiful! Definitely a place you must visit! My family actually has a house right on the lake that we rent out. Check it out at: http://www.vacationrentals.com/vacation-rentals/108232.html?promoType=none

I love hearing good things about Michigan! It really is a beautiful state with a bad reputation.

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