Happy National Paul Bunyan Day!

Paul Bunyan

To celebrate one of my favorite days of the year, here are 10 of my favorite Paul Bunyan stops! 1. Paul Bunyan Days 2. Paul Bunyan’s Fishing Bobber  3. Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox in Bemidji 4. Pequot Lakes Paul 5. Paul and Babe at Bentleyville 6. Rapid River Logging Camp 7. Walleye […]

June 28, 2018

The Royal Bar

Food & Drink

When I go home, especially when I bring friends, I make it a point to head into Park Rapids. I always have one, very specific place in mind, The Royal. It has been around for as long as I can remember. No trip up from college with my best friends was complete without a stop. […]

September 8, 2017

Rapid River Logging Camp 

Food & Drink, Paul Bunyan

When people ask what my grad work is in, it often comes as a surprise when I say Paul Bunyan. So when I found out about the Rapid River Logging Camp in Park Rapids, a nod to all things lumberjack, I jumped at the chance to check it out. Logging Camp was featured in a movie […]

August 30, 2017

Summerhill Farm 

Food & Drink

Up next on the #mnbucketlist is Summerhill Farm, about 7 miles outside Park Rapids on Highway 71. It’s a collection of little shops, village of country cottages, if you will, each with a different theme. Charming and quaint, the different specialty shops with railed walkways that connect each is part of a converted farm. Previously […]

July 7, 2017

The Minnesoda Fountain

Food & Drink

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, if there is good ice cream in the area, I’ll find it. It’s one of my most redeeming qualities! And that lactose-laden treat-seeking spider-sense is how I ended up at The Minnesoda Fountain right off Main Street in Park Rapids. A haven for all those seeking […]

July 27, 2016

The Royal Bar

Food & Drink

If you’ve ever been to Park Rapids especially down the Main street, the first thing you’ll notice (aside from the weird parking) all the old marquees and hand painted signs. The area is chalked full of history. One of my favorite places to go when I’m in town is the Royal Bar, home of the […]

June 17, 2015

Itasca State Park

Parks & Geology

I couldn’t pass up stopping at Itasca State Park on my last trip up to northern Minnesota. This is Minnesota’s oldest state park and the home of the Mississippi Headwaters, the official source of the Mississippi River [in case you’ve ever wondered]. It also has Aiton Heights Fire Tower, you know, if you feel like […]

September 13, 2014


Food & Drink

In the interest of taking a break, and finding food that doesn’t come from a cabin fridge, I give you Zorbaz on the bucket list. Zorbaz is a Minnesota lakeside staple. They are in Detroit Lakes, Little Pine Lake, Pelican Lake, Ottertail Lake, Cross Lake, Gull Lake, Pokegama Lake, Big Sandy, Green Lake, Alexandria and […]

August 27, 2014