Our little adventure began much as it always does. We got up bright and early and drove from Red Wing to the north shore of Lake Superior. Our first stop is always Pizza Luce in downtown Duluth for lunch, followed by a long browse around Electric Fetus for music, incense, soaps, candles, and other fun things for our room.
My photos start with the view of Lake Superior from the resort. We pretty much just relaxed once we got there. I did some reading, we went for a swim in the pool, gazed out at the lake, and lounged in their glorious outdoor hot tub. I’m happy to report that we had near perfect weather on our entire vacation. It’s always at least 10 degrees cooler up north, which was a welcome change this summer.
The next day we drove back into Duluth to have brunch at the always awesome Sara’s Table Chester Creek Cafe. Jeff had the breakfast burrito, Gracie had the strawberry chocolate chip pancake with real Minnesota maple syrup, and I had the Peasant Eggs with black beans, brown rice, bacon and all the yummy taco condiments. We enjoyed our meal on the patio, and as always, the food and service were second to none.
The tall ships were docked in the harbor when we arrived in Duluth, but it was so busy and we were so hungry for lunch after the long drive on that first day, that we decided to admire them from afar. Luckily one was still there (El Galeon) when we drove back on the second day, so we snapped some photos of it. It looked exactly like something Captain Jack Sparrow would sail, I could almost hear that eerie melody of Yo Ho A Pirate’s Life for Me, as we admired it.
Some folks were enjoying horse drawn carriage rides in Canal Park. Others were noshing on mini doughnuts, walleye strips, fish tacos, crawfish, cheese curds, and lemonade from Crabby Ol’ Bills food boat. Yum! For lunch we wandered over to the wonderful Lake Avenue Restaurant. I just wanted something light so I ordered the beet salad with salmon rillets, and Gracie got a burger. Jeff had a beer, which counts as lunch when you’re on vacation.
I’ll post more in my “part 2” entry tomorrow.