We partnered with Explore Minnesota to take a 10-day whirlwind tour of Northern Minnesota and experienced everything from jalapeño beer to iron mines. We put a number of photos up on Instagram (and Facebook), but between the two of us, we took over 3,300 photos in that 10 days. It only seemed fair to show some of the other things we saw and loved in Minnesota.
Canal Park Brewing Company: Beer from the Middle of Somewhere
The view from Enger Tower in Duluth
Fitger's Brewhouse in Duluth
Highway 61 along Lake Superior
New Scenic Café
New Scenic Café's famous sashimi tuna tacos.
Russ Kendall's Smokehouse
Inside Split Rock Lighthouse
Outside Split Rock Lighthouse
Two-Step Falls at Tettegouche State Park
High Falls at Tettegouche State Park
The Baptism River meets Lake Superior
Ben Franklin: Your source for Flannel
Ben Franklin, stocked up for the coming winter.
Wild Rice salad at the Angry Trout in Grand Marais
Tettegouche State Park Campsite
Laura trying on some famous Steger Mukluks
Inside the Soudan Mine - the oldest and richest iron mine in the state.
Buzzer is for men, not rocks. The bell is for rocks. Don't send men into the rock crusher.
The rock crusher building at the Soudan Mine
We had to call for a boat to get to the island on which our cabin was situated (Ludlow's)
Our cabin, the Dreamcatcher at Ludlow's
Changing leaves while walking the dogs
The store with everything!
Found at Coffee Landing Café in International Falls
The 40-foot walleye in Baudette
Zippel Bay State Park
The Northwest Angle, the northern-most point in the continental U.S.
The Oak Island Post Office serves most of the residents on the surrounding islands.
Fishing culture dominates the upper lakes area of Minnesota
Seasick pups :(
The Shed Auto Museum is housing their cars in the Gardens Hockey Arena, where American hockey legends are born.
Sweet 80's-model Polaris snowmobile
Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox
We were told this is the epitome of 'Minnesota nice' - no one wants to eat the last chip
Tutto Bene in Bemidji
Biking the Paul Bunyan Trail
A bench with a view.
Forestedge Winery's awards
Itasca Leathergoods makes something for everyone
Peace Pipe Overlook
Crossing the headwaters of the Mississippi River