Travel Journal

Memorial Weekend Staycation

“Ah, there’s nothing like staying at home for real comfort.” ~Jane Austen We’re just wrapping up another five day staycation, and it was so incredibly relaxing. Lots of delectable meals out, hammock naps, and morning walks when the sun and mist are rising over the bluff… It started on Saturday when we went to our…

Visiting Red Wing-Barn Bluff & Sorin’s Bluff

“The most beautiful prospect that the imagination can form.” ~Johnathan Carver, eighteenth century explorer, describes the view from Red Wing’s Barn Bluff When I went online in search of  interesting facts about the beautiful bluffs in Red Wing, I was overwhelmed with the amount of information out there! Like I said before, I’m just writing…

Here Comes the Sun

photograph by Melissa Placzek My brain is overflowing with ideas today and wouldn’t let my body sleep in. The idea of a French press got me to my feet at about 5:00 AM. Is there any better motivator than coffee? It’s suppose to get up to 70 degrees here in Minnesota today. I’m figuring if…

Visiting Red Wing-Falconer Vineyards

We visit Falconer Vineyards several times a year… Especially during the warm months, for romantic ‘wine picnics.’ Sometimes we pack an elaborate picnic basket with brie, lavender honey, baguette, honey crisp apples, tart red grapes, anjou pears, oven roasted garlic artisan bread, marinated olives, and dark chocolate. Other times we stop at the local Sub…

Visiting Red Wing-Red Wing Trolley Company

Today I am writing my 200th blog entry! Thank you faithful readers! I was thinking it might be fun to write about something new, and decided to add a sub category to my ‘Travel Journal’  for those of you who may want to visit Red Wing some time. I didn’t grow up here, so I…

Out and About-Stockholm & Maiden Rock Wisconsin

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” ~Jawaharial Nehru It’s almost that time of year again! The little villages of Maiden Rock, Stockholm and Pepin Wisconsin will be opening…

Day Trip

My friend Nancy and I took a little day trip to Zumbrota yesterday. It was so nice to get out of town, if even for a few short hours. The covered bridge looked so beautiful covered in snow! Unfortunately I didn’t get a picture of it covered in snow…maybe next time. We had lunch at…

Vacation Plans

Well, I’m still here. Keeping busy and waiting for the darn snow to just go away already! I’m doing all of those exciting things I was doing a couple days ago…writing, cooking, cleaning…bla bla bla… almost overwhelmed by all the glamor and intrigue. Sorry in advance for the choppy, stream-of-consciousness style of this entry. This…

Inspiration in a Coffee Cup

“I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.” ~James Michener I haven’t always been a coffee drinker. About twenty years ago I had a can of the stuff that I kept in my freezer so I could offer it to guests, but other than that my…