Arrived home and still unpacking after a super fun – and powdery – ski trip to Lutsen Mountains. Wanted to bundle some outtakes of the striking winter beauty taking shape along Minnesota’s scenic North Shore…and, an Evil Knievel sighting! Continue reading “Lutsen’s Winter Wonderland”
As we wrap-up 2018 and bundle those precious memories together with a bow, we’re sharing some of the meaningful moments that really set the year apart. Were there high hills and speed bumps? (A metaphor my husband Eric and son Evan like to use.) Yes. Without a doubt. But, do we close the year on a high note with a whole lot of gratitude? Indeed. Continue reading “2018 Highlights”
Thanks for taking time to enjoy our second installment of fantastic gifts that hail from Minnesota. These four delicious picks have two things in common: within their respective food or beverage categories, I’d define them as “crave-worthy,” and they claim MN as their home state. So grab a full mug of your favorite blog-reading beverage, and let’s cozy in!
Season’s greetings from Carson and family 🙂 This happy ho-ho-holidays post – the first in a two-part series – arrives from the frosty tip of Minnesota’s North Shore. We’re nowhere near the North Pole vicinity, but when it comes to giving, Santa + his busy elves have a little competition to contend with thanks to some super creative, innovative and generous Minnesotans…
Well, here’s a warm welcome to a new homemade granola recipe containing a secret Minnesota ingredient! This healthful, nutty, slightly sweet, oat-based blend offers hints of maple, honey and cinnamon with every spoonful. Share Lutsen’s Maple Granola and perhaps the adventurers around your table will be so thrilled with their breakfast, they’ll bring you flowers! ♥
Reciting the iconic name of the North Shore’s superior, paved pathway might spark a smile. That’s because Gitchi-Gami Trail is super fun to say – and even more fun to ride! Your turn… say ‘Gitchi-Gami’ aloud a couple times, and then puff your chest up just a bit, Minnesota friends. Continue reading “Biking Gitchi-Gami: Lutsen –> Tofte”
Ahhhh….the St. Paul-or-bust (or alternatively known as the reluctant-to-return-south-to-the-homestead) road trip. It can carry you only so far until a person breaks, in more ways than one…
These wild and remote lands that stretch wide open across Northern Minnesota’s tip of the Arrowhead fill our hearts. Beauty shines and evolves from season to season…a vast gift to take in, appreciating and trying to comprehend the depth of what all this beloved and sacred spanse of Superior shoreline and forest has meant to many, for many generations through centuries of time.
Cruising I-35 north toward the Superior Shore, Duluth welcomes travelers like a great aunt…never a cordial handshake, always a collossal hug. There’s the anticipation of the view that awaits around the Thompson Hill bend…a spectacular vista of Lake Superior, spotting the city’s iconic Aerial Lift Bridge in miniature, eyes searching quickly for ships in and near the harbor and zipping along feeling darn pleased to be almost 150 miles closer to vacation! Making tracks toward the heart of the city, we’re typically in need of a quick stretch and a refuel for both the car, the kids and grownups alike. On my last trip to Lutsen, my midway pit stop discovery…Dunn Brothers in Duluth—what a super spot!
Nestled just to the north of Lutsen, MN, there’s a treasure trove of made-from-the-heart art, collectibles, gifts & beautiful goods waiting to be discovered at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery. Split into a charming two-building haven, this art playground features the works and wares of wonderful North Shore-based and regional artists. The welcoming gallery also offers hands-on painting and crafting workshops for wannabes like me. They even rent cabins near the shore, which are BFF approved for those of us with best furry friends in tow! You’ve got to see the depth of beauty and artistic talent on display at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery…