Sweet words to ponder when the Twin Cities weather
begins to feel a bit too tropical....
especially in the middle of June.
So we pack some sandwiches, an overnight bag, and our winter coats
(yes, we will need them!), and head to the beautiful North Shore...
This time around, our stay in Duluth is short, so that we can travel up Scenic Highway 61 the following day to discover the beautiful town of Grand Marais.
But back to Duluth for a minute...
The air was fresh, the seagulls wild as ever,
but am I glad we brought the winter coats!!
Cool off we did! :)
You can see in the photos that Superior looks chocolate brown...strong winds stirred up the iron-rich sediment...I would not want to be out on a boat on a day like this...
Although we were bundled up on this sunny Monday, it was very lovely....we had a chance to re-live Spring! Crab apple trees were in full bloom! There were even some lilac bushes that had not yet begun to blossom...
Lunch at our favorite cafe in Duluth, Northern Waters Smokehaus,
was a must! You can even order their wonderful smoked delicacies
to be delivered to your door.
I chose the local smoked salmon Cajun sandwich...outstanding!
This little guy (or girl) at the table behind us was ready to grab a bite too! :)
Early the following morning, we drove North for a couple of hours to discover a little town by the name of "Grand Marais".
The drive was gorgeous.
glorious Lake Superior
heading for a tunnel in the Sawtooth "Mountains"
entering Grand Marais...I LOVE this view!!
The French settlers had named it "Large Marsh", but no one really knows why, since no sign of an actual marsh has been found...
We really did not know what to expect, but were relying solely on the raves of our friends who have been visiting this gem of a town for years.
I have never visited the New England coastal towns, but from what I understand, Grand Marais could stand in for one...
The town may be small, but it is home to the oldest Art Colony in Minnesota...and it's thriving!
Galleries, antique shops, and cafes dot the shimmering coastline, while the Sawtooth Mountains hug Grand Marais from the back...
And during our stay there, it was warm enough to keep the winter jackets off....hooray!
I am obsessed with sailboats...
Don't you love the red? This one was in Duluth....
This lovely boreal forest perched on rugged rocks
is called "Artists' Point"...
Painters and photographers cannot get enough of the spectacular view...it really is breathtaking.
Truly a place of renewal for mind, body, and soul.
We could not leave Grand Marais without a visit to their most darling book shop...
And how could we resist a taste of the "World's Best Doughnuts"!?
I don't know if it was just the fresh Lake Superior air, but these may very well be the best doughnuts you will ever taste!!
A grand adventure indeed.
My apologies for not having visited you, dear friends...this has been a whirlwind month, and I hope to see you all very soon!
Much love and many blessings!