The Witch Tree, Grand Portage, MN

DSC_0842Only a few miles shy of the Canadian Border, in the easternmost point of Minnesota on the Arrowhead is a small community called Grand Portage, and it’s loaded with Native American history and natural beauty.  Among the many points of interest here is the famed Witch Tree, or “Little Spirit Cedar Tree,” which is for the most part off-limits, unless you are granted access by the local Ojibwa Indians, which we did.  Continue reading

The Top 5 Most Underrated Towns in Minnesota

I often write about the things that make Minnesota towns unique, but this week I decided to switch it up and write about 5 Minnesota towns who maybe don’t get the props they deserve.  The state is full of hidden gems and character which can only be found by taking a little extra time to explore. So, look no further for the top 5 most underrated towns in Minnesota!

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The Stone Arches of Lake Minnetonka, MN

DSC_0418Lake Minnetonka, the behemoth lake of affluence, wealth, and status found in the western suburbs of Minneapolis, is comprised of 125 miles of shoreline, making it one of the biggest lakes in the state.  It’s also home to some insanely huge and beautiful mansions, picturesque gardens, bays, and inlets, and even a Lake Minnetonka Museum in Excelsior.  And along the southeast shoreline found in the small communities of Deephaven and Woodland, there are two massive stone arches, which date back to the early 1900′s, when Lake Minnetonka was home to luxurious “estates” of the wealthy upper class.

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Band Box Diner, Minneapolis, MN

Tucked away on a triangular corner just south of the skyscrapers and high-rises of downtown Minneapolis is the iconic landmark, the Band Box Diner.  Rich with history and Art Deco flair, this quaint little dining car is as nostalgic as it is emblematic, similar to its unofficial counterpart Mickey’s Dining Car over in the Twin City of St. Paul. It’s a classic local haunt, one that harkens back a simper era of mom-and-pop diners and American muscle cars.

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5 More Minnesota Towns You’re Pronouncing Wrong

Not long ago I wrote about 5 Minnesota Towns You’re Pronouncing Wrong. That article really seemed to have made the rounds because it received a lot of comments from readers mentioning other towns in Minnesota often pronounced wrong. So naturally, a follow-up was in order.  This week, we break down 5 more towns that tourists and out-of-towners are likely pronouncing wrong. Enjoy!

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