The Palmer House Hotel

The Palmer House Hotel; no better place to get a slice of strawberry rhubarb pie, a dollop of whipped cream and a heavy dose of the paranormal. Built in 1901, the hotel was erected after the Sauk Centre House (the area’s first hotel) burned down. It was the first building in town to have electricity, adding to its grandeur and mystique. The Palmer House served as the backdrop of Sinclair Lewis’s “Minniemashie House” in his 1920 novel, ‘Main Street’ as he was a night clerk there. The book, if you remember from my post about his grave, is loosely based on the town of Sauk Centre where he grew up. I warn, it has quite the reputation for paranormal activity. The first account in 2008, the Hotel now plays host to spirits, mediums, psychics, ghost hunters – you name it. The black and white photos strew across the walls keeps that ambiance alive and well, so to speak. As famous as a small-town attraction can get, the Hotel has been featured on countless news outlets and even voted WCCO’s Viewer’s Choice For Best Haunted Landmark in Minnesota. Sustenance, check! Cozy lodging, check! History-filled, check! Haunted, check! A ‘spirited’ place, to say the least!

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 list, this adventure has been so much more.

Holding onto the very minute you felt free, and found your wings. Running across a field with the warmth of the golden hour on your face. Melted ice cream cones and drinks so strong you think you can dance. Sharing pancakes and coffee and stories. Falling asleep laughing. Making funny faces, and midnight swims. From graves that share your last name, to seeing someones dreams come to life. Staying up all night, singing show tunes, eating freeze dried bugs. Chasing sunsets and trading cupcakes. Long drives and hugs.

But more than anything, finding out how amazing the people in your life really are and not being able imagine your life without them.

That was my #mnbucketlistroadtrip.

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