Nate and I are about to celebrate 20 years of marriage on September 24th, so we thought it would be nice to get away and enjoy each other’s company for a long weekend and reminisce about the last 20 years together. Ten years ago, we went up north to Bluefin Bay Resort and really enjoyed it, so we thought that would make the perfect destination. On our way up, we stopped in Duluth and had a nice pizza lunch in Canal Park.
We also did a stop at one of those marker points on the road. A place called Palisade Head, which took us up about 348 feet to a parking lot. We got out and walked over to the cliff. It was very scary but at the same time, made you so curious to try and look over the edge. I manage a quick shot before turning around and seeing Nate a bit nervous about me doing that.
When we arrived at our resort, we were pleasantly surprised with our room. It is a two-level place with a beautiful view of Lake Superior. We can walk right out to the lake and there’s also a little patio with chairs and a table. Nate & I enjoyed a glass of wine and the sounds of the waves crashing against the rocks as soon as we arrived. It felt so relaxing after the long drive.
The inside was just as nice. Our bedroom was upstairs and at night we could hear the waves while we slept and in the morning, the sunshine was right outside our window. Downstairs we had a nice fireplace that would keep us warm if wanted to keep the windows open to hear the lake outside. It was a very relaxing~
Saturday morning, I got up and went outside to enjoy the fresh air while Nate showered and got ready for the day. Sitting on the rocks and watching the waves come in, is so therapeutic. If I had a comfortable chair, I would still be there. I took a few pictures while the sun was out because it was a nice site after a rainy Friday.
On Friday morning, we took a drive a little more north to Gran Marais. It was an overcast day, so with umbrellas in hand, we walked around the cute little town and enjoyed some of their gift shops and art studios. Nate loves looking at all the artwork while I enjoy all the jewelry. We came across a bookstore in town and I just had to duck inside and see what they had. I loved the name…it was called, “Drury Lane”. It’s no Barnes & Noble, but they had the newest titles on their shelves. I was impressed.
Our favorite night of our trip had to be Friday night. Nate saw online that Bluefin was having a wine tasting, so when we arrived, we asked about this and they told us how to sign up. It was at one of their restaurants called, The Seaside. Each month they do this, and this month’s theme was, “A Taste of France.” It was a five course meal, paired with five wines. It was a lot of food and wine, but was incredible and we enjoyed everything about it. We were paired with another couple at our table. They were very nice and they had a 17 year old daughter at home, so we had something in common right off the bat. Our chef for the night, was a second generation french chef. Three of the dishes she prepared, were her mother’s recipes. She said this is a real authentic french meal and how she grew up eating. We were thrilled to hear all about each item and how they were prepared. There was also a sommelier who talked about the wine we were about to drink, where it comes from and why he chose it for that dish. He did this for each of the five courses. We were impressed at how well each wine tasted with our meals. Our courses were…Sea Scallops, French Onion Soup, Quail Breast, Beef Short Ribs, and ended with a French Apple Tart. There were many more items on our plates, but these were the main dishes. Oh yeah….I was stuffed! They were so pretty to look at, it was hard to start eating some of these dishes.
After big night of eating, we decided that Saturday might be a good day to take a hike along the Temperance River and do a fall color drive. The weather couldn’t have been any more perfect. It was 73 degrees and all sunshine. We were excited to be out and about after a day of rain on Friday. We found that if you got a little away from the big lake, the leaves were starting to change. It’s still a couple of weeks away from being peak season, but we found some beautiful spots on our drive.
We got out of the car and parked at the Temperence State Park and walked along the river trails. We walked this trail ten years ago and we were surprised at how much we remembered of this. It looked pretty much the same, but we thought it was a longer hike than it turned out to be. We must have stopped more often back then and took more photos. The waterfall is so pretty and it’s very neat to be at the top of where it all begins.
It’s such a pretty place up here, that you could spend hours taking pictures. We did see this guy spending his time fly-fishing in this little cove. We were standing on a bridge looking over at him. We never saw him catch anything, but it got Nate thinking that he may need to drive up again and try this.
We ended our Anniversary weekend, with a wonderful romantic dinner for two at the Bluefin Grill. Nate ordered a wonderful Roasted Chicken with Lingonberry Sauce and I had Gnocchi with Shrimp and Zucchini. Both were fabulous, but you can’t end without dessert. We enjoyed a Turtle Cheesecake in place of our wedding cake that we enjoyed 20 years ago.
We certainly had a wonderful time, relaxed and just enjoyed each other’s company…exactly what you should do on a long weekend away with your sweetie. Here’s to 20 more years!