Yesterday I totally meant to have a post up, actually this post recapping my weekend up in the North Shore of Minnesota, but well, travel kinda got in the way. It happens. 

A few weeks ago, I was talking to my friend Katie about Grand Marais and visiting the North Shore. It went something like this:

K: Hey, have you ever been up to Grand Marais? 

CRG: No, I haven’t!

K: It’s so beautiful, we should go sometime. 

CRG: We should! Do you have any free weekends this spring? 

K: How about the last weekend of January? 

CRG: Booking flight now!

 

So our random adventure was born! It started with a night in Minneapolis, where we enjoyed a Juicy Lucy (YUM) and stumbled into a random, new-ish beer bar. On Saturday, we headed up to the North Shore. Even though I lived in Minneapolis for 5 years, I never made it that far north!

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It was my first time visiting Duluth, which I fell in love with for its rough edges and beautiful views. Fun fact: I was actually considering running Grandma’s as my spring(ish) marathon this year, but the race is already full! Bummer. 

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From there, we continued to venture further north up to Grand Marais, and the drive is absolutely beautiful. We made a few stops along the way, including to the above — Split Rock Lighthouse. 

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We arrived after dark, so we made our first stop like any good Midwestern: Voyageur Brewing Company. So yummy! I did a flight, and it was awesome to try their slew of beers. 

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The next morning, we ventured out for some hiking — it was unseasonably warm for this time of year (umm high 30s?)! I also got to try snowshoeing for the first time, which was so fun! Although I don’t know how people run marathons wearing them (of course, they are probably lighter than the ones we had). 

Yesterday, our adventures in the North Shore ended and we headed back to the Twin Cities. 

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Of course, lunch at Punch was a must (seriously, top 5 faves in Minneapolis) and adventured around some of the city’s neighborhoods. It’s amazing how much Minneapolis has changed since I last lived there, which has almost been 10 years (!!!). 

So there you have it! If you are interested in going north, really north, Grand Marais is such a perfect little town to explore the North Shore and Lake Superior. I would love to go back in the summer months and enjoy the waterfalls, cliffs and beautiful trees with all the green leaves. Some day! 🙂

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What did you do this weekend? When’s the last time you went on a weekend adventure? Where did you go? 

What’s the furthest north you’ve been? This takes the cake for me! We were like 45ish minutes from the Canadian border, I think? Although, Iceland may technically be further north… 



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