Cottage Outfitters Hosts Flannel Fest

February 11-12, this Friday and Saturday, is the annual Shanty Days celebration in Caseville, Michigan. If you love winter activities, you’ll love Shanty Days. This weekend is also Flannel Fest at Cottage Outfitters in Caseville!

Jonathon Bibby, owner of Cottage Outfitters, has been working diligently to prepare for Flannel Fest. The cabin room is amazing, and everyone who visits will be immediately captured by the need to stay for a while and enjoy the “up north” comfort.

Flannel Fest is about enjoying the winter weather while wearing a comfortable and warm flannel shirt. Jonathon has a great stock of Up North Flannels from which to choose. Just about any color combination, with many variations of plaid is ready and waiting for you.

New this year for Flannel Fest is a line of comfortable and warm hats called, “Trappers.” There are several colors available, like the one in the photo with buffalo plaid and fur.

Cottage Outfitters continues to be the place where folks love to shop for items for their home and cottage. Jonathon is a master at creating spaces that evoke feelings of comfort and peace. Not only is he a great designer, he’s one of those special people who will make you feel at home, no matter who you are.

During our visit today, I was really excited to see a big display of Sander’s Fudge Topping! Oh my gosh, are you kidding me? Everyone knows Sander’s ice cream toppings. I have to admit, fudge is my favorite, but the caramel is fabulous!

If you have never owned a flannel shirt, which, I think, is almost impossible to believe, you are in for a real treat. If you can imagine wrapping yourself in something that gives a sense of comfort, warmth, home, and “up north,” then you’ve just found a flannel shirt. The only problem will be you won’t want to take it off.

If you head for Caseville for Shanty Days, or just to get away for a while, make sure to stop at Cottage Outfitters and enjoy Flannel Fest. Say hello to Jonathon. But then again, he’ll say hello to you first, I’m sure.

Wednesday Whys: Up North Camping and Stuff

Camping is a conundrum, isn’t it? I mean, think about the conversations before a camping trip. Especially for those who have never done it before. That conversation might go something like this.

“Honey, I have a great idea!”

“Oh? What is it?”

“Well, I thought we should pack enough clothes for the kids to last for seven days. We’ll pack up clothes for ourselves, but maybe we won’t need as much.”

“Alright, but why would we do that?”

“Well, I thought maybe we would pack up the kids, the dogs, the lizard, and the chinchillas, and go away for a week.”

“Where are we going to go?”

“Well, I thought we would go camping.”

“Go what?”


“Why would we do that when we have perfectly good beds to sleep in and a house to stay in?”

“Well, I just thought it would be good for us to get away.”

“Where are we going to sleep? What are we going to eat? What are we going to stay in?”

“I have it all planned.”

“That’s what I’m afraid of. You haven’t answered my questions.”

“We’re going to sleep in bags in a tent.”

“What? What kind of bags?!”

“Sleeping bags!”

“We don’t have sleeping bags, do we?”

“No, but we’ll get some.”

“And what about eating? What are we going to eat? And how are we going to cook food?”

“Honey, we’re going to eat the same food we eat here. We’re going to cook on a stove. We’ll keep the food in a cooler with ice in it. We’ll use a screen tent with a picnic table in it to keep us out of the rain…”

“Wait. Keep us out of what?”

“The rain. Not that it’s going to rain, but just in case it does, we won’t get wet.”

“What kind of a stove are you talking about? We don’t have a stove that works outside.”

“It’s a gas stove that sits on top of the picnic table.”

“I’ve never heard of a gas stove that sits on top of a picnic table. Do we have one of those?”

“No, but we’ll get one.”

“What are we going to sleep in?”

“A tent.”

“What kind of tent? Why a tent? Why can’t we sleep at a hotel? Then we wouldn’t have to cook outside, eat outside, and probably get soaked in the rain. Do we have a tent?”

“No, but we’ll get one.”

“Ok, wait. Let me get this straight. We’re going to buy a tent because we don’t have one. We’re going to buy sleeping bags and a stove that works outside. Do we have a cooler?”


“But we’ll get one, right? We’re going to pack up everything we own, including the animals, leave our comfortable home with our beds, refrigerator, stove, table, couch, chairs, carpet, lights, bathroom… Wait! Wait just a minute!! What about bathrooms?!!”

“Well, that depends on where we go. But what I want to do is bushwhack.”

“Bush what?!”

“Bushwhack. It means we go somewhere in the woods where there isn’t anything but nature. No electricity, no running water, nothing.”

“What about bathrooms?! How do we go to the bathroom?!”

“Well, we dig a hole…”

“That’s it! Nope! Not doing it! If you want to go bushwhack, you buy yourself a bag and a tent and go bushwhack all you want. We’ll be right here when you get back!”

I love camping, don’t you?