Hi, I'm Erika.

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Hello from Duluth

Hello from Duluth

It's been too long! When I started this blog, I vowed to write every week, but as you may have noticed, I've taken a few weeks off. Instead of writing, I've been filling my time with work and a little travel. Two weeks ago I spent the weekend at Lake Okoboji, Iowa, for a family reunion. Last weekend, I drove to Milwaukee to visit a friend, and yesterday I returned from a weekend in Two Harbors and Duluth, MN.

There lies my excuse for not blogging: I've just been too busy!

And I've been away from my laptop—but I secretly love it. It's refreshing to not be glued to a screen 24-7.

Because Duluth is one of my favorite places to visit, I've decided to jump back on the writing horse by recapping this weekend's trip. Read on to learn what you can do in 24 hours' time up by the North Shore.

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PACK THE RIGHT GEAR

Duluth is almost always about 10 degrees colder than Minneapolis, so even in the summer I get to break out my favorite flannels and sweatshirts. I love comfy clothes like the ones pictured here. Sometimes all you need is a pair of well-worn jeans, an old flannel, and your favorite pair of TOMS.

MAKE A BUMPIN' PLAYLIST

Depending where you're coming from, Duluth/Two Harbors/The North Shore can be a bit of a drive. From Minneapolis, it's about 2.5 hours (although it took closer to 3.5 with all the construction going on right now). Make sure to grab your friends, your phone, and your favorite playlist to make the ride a little more bearable.
VISIT FITGER'S BREWHOUSE

Minnesota means beer. Fitger's is a historic brewhouse located in what is now a shopping center, which is convenient while waiting for your party's name to be called. Some options include beer, root beer, wild rice burgers, and cheese curds. We fell in love with their apricot beer.

BOOK A CABIN IN THE WOODS

Thanks to Airbnb, we found a stellar little cabin up in Two Harbors on Kane Lake. It was private, cozy, and full of amenities like a grill, a patio, and a canoe. There's no service way up there, but no service was needed to enjoy a glass of wine on the dock.

VISIT A PARK OR TWO

Every time I head up north, I'm sure to stop at a couple of local or state parks. We only had 24 hours, but we still made it to Chester Park and Jay Cooke (two of my favorites). Here I am pictured wearing those worn in jeans and completely worn out TOMS we talked about.

FUEL UP

Finally, no weekend is complete without a little (or a lot of) brunch. We grabbed food from At Sara's Table in Duluth; I had a Bloody Mary (delicious), a salmon pesto omelet (delicious), and a few bites of gluten free pancakes with maple mascarpone (delicious). I will definitely be back.

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