Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Day off at Lake Superior, Naniboujou Lodge & Gran Marais, MN

What better way is there to spend a day off than driving and hiking along the shores of Lake Superior? It was a perfect day for being near the Lake, it was sunny and hot. Driving from Thunder Bay to Gran Marais one should pack a hoodie as you never know when the breeze might be blowing off the Lake, which makes it a bit chilly.

A great place to stop for Lunch is Naniboujou Lodge, a historic Lodge, where you can stay overnight. 

The Dining Lounge is awash in colour  ..a peaceful place where one can recharge one's weary self. 

What a cozy spot to sit on a crisp, Fall day. 

Where did they find all the pigments to complete the artwork in the dining Lounge in 1929?  A menu from way back states the price of Lunch - $1.29. We ordered the Salmon soup and the Naniboujou sandwich combo. It was wonderful. Afterwards you can wander outside for a stroll beside Lake Superior. 

While we were at the Lake, we did a photo shoot for some of the new blues of Cottage Paint. it's a chalk-like paint which you can paint onto wood, without sanding or stripping. Buy online at www.thecamellia.com or come into our store, The Camellia and buy some. 

Onward to Gran Marais to get some yummy custard ice-cream at  Syndeys' Frozen Custard. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sydneys-Frozen-Custard-Wood-Fired-Pizza/120260351343771
Just like the ice-cream my Mom used to make from scratch with milk, eggs and sugar. Yummy!

You can take your custard and sit upstairs for a spectacular view..move over Greek Islands!

The onwards for a hike beside the Lake, past the Marine Coastguard. 

Formations of rocks and water. 

Here at The Camellia, we sell noseeum nets, they are 40 ft. wide on the bottom - we sure could have used one of these by the Lake, there were these ankle-biter flies, they look like houseflies, but they bite. I wrapped my feet up with some towels, and this seemed to help. 

It's hard to see with the plastic over the net, but the mesh is super fine. 

When was the last time you took a day off? Think about spending it beside a Lake. If you are heading to Gran Marais for the day from Thunder Bay, stop by and visit The Camellia. Turn left on Hacquoil Rd. we are at #30, on the left, 1.6km. off Highway 61. 
The Camellia, Open Wednesday through Sunday. 
30, Hacquoil Rd. Slate River, On

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