celebrating 16 years

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The Dock Cafe, Stillwater Minnesota…

Where Jeff asked me to marry him 16 years ago.

We returned yesterday and met up with our friend Jon to celebrate.

(and Gracie joined us too.)

Beautiful, sunny weather made the day near perfect.

We sat in one of the booths by the huge windows overlooking the St. Croix river,  watched boats go by, and had a fantastic lunch. The food and the service at the Dock has always been outstanding, and our experience yesterday did not disappoint.

Jeff and Jon (Jeff’s best man and one of his best friends.)

They make amazing baguette at the Dock. I can eat a whole loaf 🙂

tuna ceviche with mango cilantro salsa and crispy tortilla chips…yummy!

tomato bacon gogonzola linguini

triple docker…soup, sammy and salad

pork tenderloin with beurre blanc

the Dock burger with bleu cheese, bacon and onion

we stopped for a spot of tea at Aprille’s Showers Tea Room after lunch

I talked tea with the proprietress for a awhile. What a sweet lady!

Great tea too!

We walked around downtown…

and then up up up the hill for dessert at


look at all those flavors on the board. How to pick?

The cones are huge.

This is a child’s size cone.

No. I’m not kidding.

the cute girl behind the counter offered to pose with my cone for me.

(flavors: cake & ice cream/pirate’s booty)

After Nelsons we did more strolling downtown…

and ended up at a fantastic little wine and Belgian beer bar called Reve 324.

So, I got my wine on.

(The boys drank fancy beer)

first…Frenzy Sauv Blanc


Peachy Canyon Zin

and last, but not least, J.Lohr Syrah..

The beers…

It was a beautiful, relaxing day in the St. Croix river valley.

What are you up to this weekend?


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  7 comments for “celebrating 16 years

  1. Robin
    October 16, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Hey there…HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Looks like you guys had a fabulous time this weekend! Wish we were there to celebrate with you guys!

    Hugs to you all!

    • Melissa
      October 16, 2011 at 2:00 pm

      Thanks sweet lady 🙂 I wish you would have been here too! I thought about you quite a few times yesterday…Walking past Pioneer Park (Robin and Mike got married there!) Going to Nelsons (our favorite…remember going there with the boys and Greg and your dad before your wedding?)…and the tea room (Robin and I have tea together every chance we get!) Saturdays with the guys at the Bee in WBL, St. Paul Hotel…The pretty one in Sacramento…and, of course the extravagant Davenport Hotel downtown Spokane 😉 Next time you’re in town we’ll have to get tea.

      Miss you so!

    • October 18, 2011 at 8:35 am

      Thanks Robin! Wished you guys were there too! At Nelson’s I thought about the “dueling dads” as they generously whipped out their wallets to try to pay for lunches, ice-cream, etc before each other. October in Stillwater is great! Miss you guys!

  2. Mike
    October 18, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Hey Guys! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! You guys really know how to celebrate! Great pics and thanks for sharing. Almost feels like I was there.
    Say “Howdy” to Jon, too please.

    • Melissa
      October 18, 2011 at 4:02 pm

      Hi Mike! Thanks 🙂 xoxo…we’ll pass the greeting on to Jon the next time we see him.

      PS…we still haven’t located the elusive “Pranqster” beer. Can’t wait to try it! 😉

  3. October 22, 2011 at 10:06 am

    My husband I met at college in Minnesota. Stillwater was one of our favorite places to go hiking. We’d always enjoy lunch along the river. Such a beautiful place. 🙂

    • Melissa
      October 22, 2011 at 10:08 am

      Stillwater is beautiful, I completely agree 🙂 We had our reception there too. Thanks so much for commenting!

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