Our Mini-Vacation: Duluth. Part One!

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Warning: Picture Overload.

There are some weekends that fly by so fast and leave you wondering whether or not you truly did experience a weekend…this past weekend was not one of those weekends. Our weekend in Duluth traveled by at the perfect speed. We left Minneapolis early on Saturday morning, making sure that we picked up a hot cup of coffee at Dunn Bros and a few warm doughnuts from Bogart’s. Obviously. My love for doughnuts and coffee knows no bounds. Also, these Nike Air Max kicks are the goll darn comfiest pair of shoes I own. They were a surprise gift from Darebear for our two year wedding anniversary, and I wish I had known about these babies before I had chosen my wedding heels two years ago…  😉 . But seriously.

The Beekmans of Minneapolis needed a break this past weekend. Needed a mini escape from the going and the doing and the scheduling. So where do two Minnesotans  go when they’re looking for quiet and stillness and, essentially, a beautiful place to zone-out and take a breather? Up North.

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We picked up some more coffee after we checked into our room and then wandered down to the pier. Darrin skipped rocks; I attempted. Miserably. But nevertheless enjoyed watching each splash in the lake. I think Darrin started feeling bad about my inability to skip one rock, so he decided to play an easy, “first one to hit that log floating in the water wins!” kind of game. I, of course, lost that one too, so I decided to take a rock-throwing break to do what I know I do best: drink my coffee.

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We spent most of our Saturday along the Lake Superior shoreline. It wasn’t the sunniest of days, but my redheaded hubby still managed to wake up the next morning with a bit of a sunburn on his neck and face. He’s got a talent, really. We made sure to take our lunch to-go and had a little picnic on the rocks. If you’re ever in Duluth, make sure that you head to the Northern Waters Smokehaus for a Cajun Finn sandwich. It was honestly one of the best sandwiches I’ve ever eaten. The Cajun-spiced salmon had a “I can’t believe this is actually happening to me” kind of taste. So. Good. Darrin ordered their Big Dipper sandwich and was a major fan. We had such a relaxing time eating our sandwiches and watching the water move across the lake. You know you’re in a good relationship when you don’t need to constantly carry a conversation with your husband. I mean, I’m alllll about communication and what not, but sometimes, just a look and then a smile is all the conversation you need.

Corny?  Yes.

Truthful?  Yes again.

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The Duluth pier is beautiful to explore, even on a cloudy day. The crowds were minimal, so we took our time enjoying the views. Later in the day, Darrin and I headed to the Bent Paddle Brewery for a couple of beers as it sprinkled outside. We tried a few different kinds of Bent Paddle Beer, and I think we decided that their Golden IPA  {Darrin} and their Paddle Break Blonde {Mine} were our favorites. I also decided that my favorite type of beer glass is a Snifter because of both the look and how the name sounds. So there’s that.

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We spent our evening watching the sun set and the sky darken over the lake and then listened to the tunes of a local Irish rock band play from the comforts of our hotel room. Not a bad mini-vacation, if ya ask me! Also, hugs and high-fives to you for making it through this monster picture overload! I’ve got more to share, but there’s that old saying, “enough is enough,” ya know? And this is certainly enough pictures. 😉

Have a great day!

9 Comments

  • Reply ediot July 15, 2014 at 11:08 am

    lovely photos
    x

  • Reply Grace Beekman July 15, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Oh we’re MAJOR fans of Ticket to Ride over here! Such a fun game!

  • Reply les July 15, 2014 at 11:20 am

    its never enough pictures!
    keep on posting.

    its amazing how beautiful your little side of the world is and i love seeing pictures! (:

    -les
    lovewhatyouread14.blogspot.com

    • Reply Grace Beekman July 15, 2014 at 8:58 pm

      Thanks so much, girl! I can’t help but take a bajillion pictures! 🙂

  • Reply Allison Weeks July 15, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Awesome pictures <3

    Sweet Madame Blue

  • Reply Precious July 15, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    Well they are lovely photos!! I couldn’t get enough!! 🙂

    http://www.ensembledeux.blogspot.com

    • Reply Grace Beekman July 15, 2014 at 8:58 pm

      Thank you thank you! It’s hard not snap a ton of pictures when the view is so goll darn beautiful!

  • Reply Lauren Ellwood July 16, 2014 at 5:56 am

    This looks like a fantastic weekend!

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