up north adventure ~ 2015

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Every year, at the end of summer, we set aside a week to hang out at our favorite “up north” resort and restaurants. It’s such a great, relaxing way to soak in what’s left of the warm season and gear up for the school year and autumn. We take lots of walks, go swimming in the resort pool, soak in the hot tub, read books, enjoy views of the lake, drink a little wine, and breathe deeply.

This year we tried a couple new restaurants. The Scenic Cafe was charming, albeit a bit pretentious. The food was pretty, but expensive and we left still feeling hungry. Overall I’d say to visit if you like fancy food, and if you just want appetizer portions. Don’t get me wrong, I adore gourmet food when it’s done right, and I don’t mind spending more for fantastic, artistic food. I just don’t like feeling ripped off. I didn’t feel that this place was a very good value for the price.

On the other hand, we tried another new place called The Lighthouse at Emily’s that was fantastic. Fresh fish caught only a couple hours before we arrived, and lots of it. We liked that it wasn’t too heavily breaded, and we loved the yummy pineapple sauce served with the sweet potato fries. The service was second to none, the casual atmosphere was cheerful and cozy, and the owner is a sweetheart. We will definitely be returning, and telling all of our friends who venture to the north shore to do the same.

The food at The Angry Trout Cafe was awesome, as usual. We’ve had service that was hit or miss in the past, this year it was great. If you’re looking for a great value, delicious fresh fare, and a phenomenal view, don’t miss this place. We love it. Try all four of their homemade salad dressings!

Some more scenes from our past Up North Adventures:

Up North Adventure ~ 2014

Up North Adventure ~ 2013 ~ Part 1

Up North Adventure ~ 2013 ~ Part 2

Up North Adventure ~ 2013 ~ Part 3

Up North Adventure ~ 2012 ~ Part 1

Up North Adventure ~ 2012 ~ Part 2

Up North Adventure ~ 2012 ~ Part 3

Lutsen Adventure ~ 2011 ~ Part 1

Lutsen Adventure ~ 2011 ~ Part 2

Lutsen Adventure ~ 2011 ~ Part 3

Lutsen Adventure ~ 2011 ~ Part 4

I hope your summer has been beautiful and that your autumn is off to a great start!

XOXO,

~M

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  2 comments for “up north adventure ~ 2015

  1. Pamela
    September 10, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    Your photos are gorgeous and really capture “up north”. The blue sparkle of the water draws me in. You have an eye for little details – like the clown near the peanuts, the dining chairs by the window with a view, a cool sign, the horse painting, or a fresh slice of watermelon. Mmm! It makes me want to take a weekend trip there.
    I appreciate you sharing honestly about the places you visited. You have a nice collection of articles for anyone planning a trip. And lots of family memories to cherish as well about a place dear to your hearts.

    • Melissa
      September 10, 2015 at 2:58 pm

      Aw! Thank you 🙂

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