Pine Tree Apple Orchard

Food & Drink

Fall is the perfect time to go check out the local apple orchards. Fresh Honeycrisp, apple pie, caramel apples, apple cider, hayrides, corn mazes… you name it, I’m for it. To that end, I give you, Pine Tree Apple Orchard in White Bear Lake. Known just as well for their strawberries, Pine Tree Apple Orchard […]

October 22, 2019

Uptown Girl Cupcakes and Dessert

Food & Drink

I have crucial tasks when it comes to road tripping and finding good cupcakes is one of them. Lo and behold, I found some. Uptown Girl Cupcakes and Desserts. How cute is this place?! Lots of bright, bold, effeminate colors, it’s no surprise that its run by two fun, creative women. Part boutique, part haven […]

June 6, 2016

The Docks of White Bear Lake

Parks & Geology

Now that’s a view to write home about.. The docks of White Bear Lake are pretty incredible this time of year. You can see everything. Sit dockside at Tally’s, grab food at C.G’s, hang out on the patio at Acqua or Admiral D’s, or just grab an adirondack chair on the marina. Not just a […]

June 5, 2016

Cup and Cone

Food & Drink

Like a moth to a flame, I succumbed to peer pressure and got in line. Since White Bear Lake is already known for its summer festivities, it’s no wonder why middle-of-the-night ice cream runs are not only possible but a requirement. Insert Cup and Cone. Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the town favorite has become a […]

June 4, 2016

The Meet Market

Food & Drink

I’m a wanderer by nature, and it’s worse when I’m on a road trip. I start walking, usually guided by the smell of food waifing in the air, and some how come out of my nutriment daze in a maelstrom of ice cream or barbecue sauce. And as far as the #MNBucketListRoadTrip is concerned, I […]

June 3, 2016

C.G. Hooks Eatery

Food & Drink

After spending some time taking in the view at Tally’s Dockside, I walked over, and I mean only like 15 steps, to C.G. Hooks Eatery for food. Opened in 2008, the restaurant shares owners with Tally’s but really does its own thing. A Memphis-style BBQ restaurant meets a summer-style Ice Cream Parlor hangout. You can order […]

June 2, 2016

Tally’s Dockside

Food & Drink

The first stay on the #MNBucketListRoadTrip is White Bear Lake – and it should be noted that one of the perks to staying the night somewhere is that you can go out and unwind with friends; have a drink, away from home and still have a place to go (or stumble, I’m not here to […]

June 1, 2016

Washington Square Bar & Grill

Food & Drink

20 of us crossed-off the Washington Square Bar and Grill in White Bear Lake from the #MNBucketList. The waitstaff was amazingly accommodating especially because we just dropped in on them. They offer a huge craft beer selection, a great patio, live music and they’re even open seven days a week. Next time you’re in WBL, […]

May 3, 2015

Stillwater Oils and Vinegars


If you are a fan of the new uprising of Oil and Vinegar Shops in recent years, then this stop on the bucket list is perfect for you. The Stillwater Oils and Vinegars (Stillwater Olive Oil Company) is a beautiful (albeit dark) artisan shop that features some pretty amazing combinations. I, of course, had to […]

October 30, 2014