north shore adventure ~ day 1

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We left Red Wing bright and early the day we set out on our journey to Lake Superior’s north shore. We enjoy a trip “up north” at least every other year. Sometimes we go to Lake Superior and sometimes we go to Lake Michigan on the Door County Wisconsin peninsula. When we visit Lake Superior, we usually stay on the shore in Two Harbors at a place called Superior Shores Resort, which is beautiful, but this year we were ready to try something new. We opted for a mountaintop lodge called Eagle Ridge Resort on Lutsen Mountain. It was so different from what we’re use to, but in a good way. We still had a bird’s eye view of the lake from our balcony, but we also had this amazing view of the mountain and forest.

Would you like to come along and relive this North Shore adventure with me?

~Day 1~

Road Trip! whoo hoo!

After a couple hours driving, we stopped for lunch at

Jimmy John’s Sub Shop


We had a beautiful drive. I brought a pile of magazines, books and yarn to keep me busy, but ended up just enjoying the view instead. Next time I think it would be fun to bring some books on CD. How do you pass the time on road trips?

It took close to six hours to reach our destination.

It was so nice to get to the resort and get settled into our room.

We had a glass of wine on our balcony before dinner…

and enjoyed the pretty view.

Then we took a short walk to the resort restaurant.

We were seated outside on a beautiful deck at an umbrella table.

The first thing you’ll notice about this restaurant is the spectacular view.

We got there just as the sun was beginning to melt into the horizon.

The food was fabulous. We started with the nachos as an appetizer…

Jeff ordered the fish and chips, Gracie ordered the grilled cheese, and I had the smoked chicken salad. Oh my yum. The homemade poached pear vinaigrette dressing was the star of the show.

and, of course, a glass of vino…

and for dessert…

the creme brulee shake

After dinner we went back to our room and hung out inΒ  front of the fireplace for awhile…

and then we went to the pool for a moonlight swim.

Such a relaxing and wonderful way to end our first day.


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  6 comments for “north shore adventure ~ day 1

  1. Rachel
    September 12, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Lutsen is very nice … my family used to vacation in Grand Marais every year. Though we camped, we’d go exploring all over that area – my grandfather helped build the (old) road on the shore by Silver Cliff. Let me know the next time you’re up there if you want some suggestions of off-the-beaten path places even further north than you were. πŸ™‚

    • Melissa
      September 12, 2011 at 5:53 pm

      I definitely will, Rachel. We had so much fun. LOVE Naniboujou…and Grand Marais has a gorgeous outdoor restaurant called “The Angry Trout.” Some of the best fish we’ve ever had. πŸ˜‰

  2. chantelle
    September 15, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Gorgeous! What a spectacular view and a fabulous first day! πŸ™‚
    I love road trips…wish I could go on one every month. What we do to pass the time certainly depends upon whether it’s just me and the hubby or if the kiddos are with, also.
    Just the hubby and I is usually spent enjoying the views, finding new radio stations (which usually results in me catching the very end of our favorite songs – LOL) and just chatting and relaxing, letting the excitement of what lies ahead build up. If the kiddos are with, we’ll play games….finding things that start with certain letters, the munchkins reading letters and numbers they recognize on signs, etc. Now that they’re getting a little older we’ll start taking more road trips, and get some games like car bingo. Maybe a trip up to Lutsen is in store for us next summer. πŸ™‚

    • Melissa
      September 15, 2011 at 11:41 am

      You would love the place where we stayed. So fun, casual, and child friendly. Great views and yummy food. πŸ™‚ I’ll send you the info when it gets closer to the time you’re thinking about going. xo

      • chantelle
        September 15, 2011 at 1:00 pm

        Sounds and looks wonderful….and we’re definitely looking for child friendly places for next summer…any info is always appreciated. πŸ™‚

        • Melissa
          September 15, 2011 at 1:30 pm

          great. I’ll put a little folder together for you πŸ™‚

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