Hey Y’all! Happy Monday! Hope you all are staying dry out there and praying for no flood damage for you guys in those areas. How was your weekend? Sam and I stayed with his sister and her husband and hung out with family. We also had a little date day on Saturday and went to see The Jungle Book because it got good ratings from critics and viewers…NOT good. It was a little too cheese ball for me, like it actually made me feel awkward the whole time I watched it. I think it’s probably a good movie for kids…but I thought they could have done a much better job. Anyway, today I’m excited because I’m sharing with you my FAVORITE part of my trip to Minnesota – our north shore road trip! This was the perfect road trip for the one day that Jess had to fit in going up north and she hit the nail square on the head! We stopped so many great places! Take a look:
Tour of Minnesota
– North Shore Road Trip –
Stop One: Tobies Restaurant & Bakery
Tobies has been a “traveler’s tradition since 1947”. One of the most important things that I learned on this road trip is that Minnesota is home to a lot of “world-famous” things! And my first world-famous experience was Tobie’s World Famous Bakery! More specifically their caramel, cinnamon and pecan caramel rolls! OF COURSE we had to grab one! Jess and I split a cinnamon roll and it was HUGE. The both of us together didn’t even finish one but we surely tried. It was good but honestly I had such a hard time just going with a cinnamon roll because everything looked so good! I really wanted a donut, but then again I wanted everything. Fun fact: they actually ship a few of their sweet treats including their famous cinnamon rolls! Check it out here.
Stop Two: Palisade Head
Jess and I got to Palisade Head only to find the drive up to the cliff closed! But that didn’t stop us from hiking up the snow covered road to enjoy the view. From the top of Palisade Head is a spectacular view of Lake Superior and the jagged coast to the north. The cliff also provides great rock climbing during the warmer months.
Stop Three: Split Rock Light House
“Finished in 1910, the lighthouse was determined needed after a single storm, the Mataafa Storm, on November 28, 1905 wrecked 29 vessels in Lake Superior. Hurricane force winds & 30 foot waves were recorded. Yeah, Lake Superior is pretty intense.” – Jessica’s FB
In the 1920’s this was the most visited light house in the United States because of it’s picturesque surroundings which probably remains why this is also the most photographed spot in Minnesota today! The light house was no longer needed in 1969 because of new technologies, but under the watch of the light house and it’s keepers not a single ship wrecked in that area while it was in operation!
Stop Four: Gooseberry Falls
Our fourth stop at Gooseberry Falls was a fun one! Gooseberry Falls State Park is known obviously for their water falls (that freeze over in the winter – which Jess says and I can imagine is really cool looking!), their Lake Superior shoreline and Agate Beach, as well as their wildlife! The most I saw was a chipmunk, but I definitely had my eyes peeled! The Lake Superior shoreline was beautiful and I can imagine lovely hiking during the summer! We hiked some trails that were either snow patched or super muddy…it’s just that time of the year where the snow is melting and things are a bit soggy, but we still had fun!
Stop Five: Betty’s Pies
Another World Famous Minnesota location! World Famous since 1956 to be exact. Betty’s Pies is beloved by Minnesotans and has definitely become a landmark and a MUST STOP on a road trip along the North Shore! You can read more about the history of Betty’s Pies here. Honestly I was looking forward to eating pie all morning. I LOVE LOVE LOVE pie. Probably my favorite dessert ever. Especially warm apple pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream! And my slice from Betty’s did not disappoint! So good. You can actually order them online and have them shipped to you, which I think I’m definitely going to have to do to semi re-live our road trip! Order here.
Stop Six: Duluth, MN
As our last official stop before we headed home we stopped in Duluth, MN. We walked around Canal Park. Did some window shopping at Duluth Pack (I wanted everything). And grabbed some dinner at Pizza Luce (loo-chay)! It was super delicious and definitely warranted after a day of hiking and exploring!
By this point we were full, happy, tired and ready to get home and go to bed! We made it back to Apple Valley and were in bed by 10pm. It was a full and seriously fun filled day – definitely my favorite part of the trip to Minnesota! I can’t wait t go back.