Food & Drink

Moxie Java

Next on September’s caffeine-filled adventure: Moxie Java. So here’s the thing, they didn’t start in Minnesota. MV actually started in 1988, in Boise, Idaho. The coffeehouse has become so popular, it franchised and stretches to North Dakota, South Carolina and now Minnesota with its Moorhead location. Founded by John Roberts and Chris Minion, Moxie Java […]

Parks & Geology

Sauk Lake

Any time an adventure ends, or comes to a close, it’s a little bittersweet. As though you are closing a chapter on a string of incredible, beautiful, sometimes irritating and often exhausting, moments that you can only relive through photographs. It is as such because, although you see the places I go through the bucket […]

Food & Drink

Whispering Oaks Winery

While I am always one to explore and roam about, I figured that the last night of the #mnbucketlist road trip should be filled with relaxation, my best friends and a whole basin of really, really good wine. So, we headed to Whispering Oaks Winery in Melrose and made a night of it. Ever go […]

Historical & Museum

Sinclair Lewis Gravesite

When I travel, my first instinct is to search for history, after finding food of course. The legacy and lives that we lived in these places I go. The last stop on my road trip is Sauk Center, the perfect place for someone enticed by roots and stories. Birthplace and childhood home of Sinclair Lewis, […]

Food & Drink

Junkyard Brewing Company

When it comes to beer, I go for the unique, funky, borderline bizarre. The more colorful, bold, aptly named, the better. This is where Junkyard Brewing Company in Moorhead comes in. The nanobrewery, founded in 2012, specializes in experimental beer styles and offers favorite brews such as Hatchet Jack, Whistle Wetter and Coal Miner’s Daughter. That, […]

Food & Drink

Drafts Sports Bar and Grill

Anywhere that has deep fried oreos, Candy Crush Martini’s, and 1919 Root Beer Float’s is a winner in my book so when we were deciding where to go, Drafts Sports Bar and Grill became the destination for the night. An off sale sports bar on one side and a restaurant on the other, it has […]

Food & Drink

Widman’s Candy Shop

The very minute I announced I’d be heading to Crookston, I was flooded with messages about Widman’s Chippers. Anybody whose anybody (in a 50 mile radius) knows about them. The chocolate-covered potato chips,”Chippers”, are the most well-known of all their hand-dipped, done-the-old-fashioned-way sweets but they also have caramels, taffy, fudge, turtles, toffee, almond bark, peanut […]

Food & Drink

Crooks Club Bar and Bottle Shop

As soon as my friends got to town, we set out to find the place where the most people were. It didn’t take long – we followed the music and the neon lights – until we arrived at Crooks Club Bar & Bottle Shop. A liquor store and an open-pit speak easy all in one. […]

Food & Drink

White Earth Indian Reservation

 My favorite time to drive in northern Minnesota is the mid-morning. I get the best light and there isn’t any traffic. I can stop a hundred times on a 10 mile stretch and there is no one there to contest or complain. Knowing that, I decided to drive through the White Earth Indian Reservation (or […]

Food & Drink

The Uptown

Last night in Wadena means I had to make sure I stopped at The Uptown per my informants suggestion. And by informant, I mean the Manager on Duty at the hotel… Just off Jefferson, they are locally known for their Memphis Pulled Pork, Rib Stroganoff AND their killer murals that start on the side of […]

Parks & Geology

Sunnybrook Park and Campground

That view! Seriously, look at it! It’s part of Sunnybrook Park; a campground, fishing spot, photo op, recreation area and pseudo petting zoo – I’ll show you that next. I couldn’t believe how beautiful it was when I drove up! Sunnybrook has way more to offer than just pretty landscapes. It is also home to […]

Food & Drink

Wadena Original Fresh Freeze Ice Cream

Good morning and welcome to Wadena! When I started out, Wadena bound, I went hunting for sweets. Lo and behold, I found Wadena’s Original Fresh Freeze Ice Cream. It’s never too early for frozen desserts, or at least that’s my opinion. Small town charm with small town prices (super affordable), Fresh Freeze is a summer […]

Food & Drink

Zimmerman Cafe Bar and Bowl

The second place my brother and his wife suggested was the Zimmerman Bar Bowl. They both raved about the food and how great the staff is and they were so right. The whole venue looks like a scene from Top Gear, complete with leather bar seating and steel plated walls. A fun place that fits […]

Food & Drink

CLOSED The Whistling Pickle 

Whenever I’m on a road trip, mostly because I’m only in Minnesota, I try to connect and go bucket listing with people who live in the area. For Princeton, I called my brother and sister in law, who lives in Zimmerman which is just a few miles from Princeton and they suggested two places. The […]

Parks & Geology

Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge

I’ve passed by the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge dozens of times without stopping. I finally decided to check it out on this road trip. The refuge, established to protect and restore the habitats associated with the St. Francis River Valley, is about 9 miles northwest of Zimmerman. It’s 30,700 acres of Federal land that showcases […]

Food & Drink

Santa Lucia’s Ice Cream

It’s hot. Like sweaty, sunny, sticky, melty hot. The kind of hot that requires ice cream, and a lot of it. Welcome to Santa Lucia’s Ice Cream. With two locations, one in Princeton off 1st Street and the second in Zimmerman off Fremont, Lucia’s is a hit. It opened in 2010 and has something called […]

Food & Drink

Coffee Corner 

I don’t know about you but I can always use a good cup of coffee. It’s become something I seek out whenever I’m in a new town. Where can I get the best cookie, the best ice cream, the best grilled cheese, the best cold press. When I got to Princeton, I asked the concierge […]

Parks & Geology

Young Park

In Princeton, 5 minutes off Highway 169, there is a hidden photographer oasis. Young Park, right on the southeast corner of County Road 38 and County Road 19 in Sherburne County, part of Baldwin Township. Seriously, how amazing is this! This is the kind of stuff you’d only see if you took a road trip […]

Food & Drink

K-Bob Cafe

Getting into town, after checking into the hotel, the only place I want to go for lunch is K-Bob Cafe. Why, might you ask, well let me tell you. It’s a community staple and it’s been around forever. You know, if forever equates to 50 years, give or take. Previously known as the K-Bob Soda […]