4.12.2010

I want to fly away...

by erin

Although I've done a fair amount of traveling over the past few months (I went to D.C. in January, Chicago in February, and Austin in March), I've been itching to get out of town and see a few new sights.  It's crunch time in my (LAST) semester, which I'm sure has a lot to do with my antsy-ness, but I would basically give anything to be laying on a beach or exploring a new city right about now.

photo courtesy of weheartit

When Ryan asked what I'd like for a graduation gift, I responded with a vague "to go somewhere", which I'm sure he appreciated.  So I'm trying to think about it and narrow it down somewhat.  So, my dear reader(s), I need your help.  Do you know of any super secret awesome places in or near Minnesota that are relatively inexpensive but still fun and memorable?  Bonus points for cozy lodging, delicious food, and unique shopping and sight-seeing.  Or, if not, tell me a story of your favorite vacation so I can live vicariously through you!

5 comments:

JBF said...

one of the most amazing vacation experiences we ever had in MN was visiting Gooseberry Falls state park during a full moon. the reflection over Superior was AMAZING. granted, we were camping but i'm sure any visit further out of the city and overlooking Superior would be great.

Also - have you ever hiked Mt. Josephine in Grand Portage? It's not too difficult a hike and the view is fantastic (i think i have a pic on my fb profile pix). we carried a picnic with us and ate at the top of the "mountain." when you're done, you can stop by the modest casino in town for free pop and some cheap gambling. :)

erin louise said...

Yay, thanks Jamie!! I've never been to either place, definitely going to check them out! We're not against camping, just worried that it might be too chilly up north in early May...but I'm going to look into it!

humarashid.com said...

You could go to Murphy's Landing or Underwater Adventures in the Metro/twin cities area. Or Niagara Cave!

Traycina said...

Have you considered Apple Valley, MN? It's a cozy southern nook - beautiful this time of year. I recommend dining at the Perkins on Co Rd 42 and Cedar. Try the bread bowl dipped in ranch. I think you'll like it.

erin louise said...

Perkins no longer has bread bowls. I KNOW. It's like the Great Appetizer Scandal of 2001 (or whenever that was). What a bunch of jerks.

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