Put Sydney’s Frozen Custard on your Travel Agenda

Fantastically creamy custard in vanilla and chocolate. If your only eating custard, get the double scoop.

Sydney’s Frozen Custard dish of chocolate on left and dish of vanilla on right.Sydney’s Frozen Custard

14 S. Broadway Ave., Grand Marais, MN

Be sure to put Sydney’s Frozen Custard on your travel agenda next time your on the Minnesota North Shore. You’ll be soooo glad you did!

Sydney’s Frozen Custard outdoor seating with back of pizza oven and part of the eatery building in background.Venue:  Quaint eatery offering Great Lake Superior views and tasty vittles. Indoor and outdoor seating available as well as rooftop, outdoor seating.

Atmosphere:  Very casual. You’ll often see owners accompanied by their dogs.

Food Fare:  Fantastically creamy custard in vanilla and chocolate. Pete prefers the vanilla and I prefer the chocolate. A chalkboard menu board.They also offer a variety of custard concoctions and food selections along with wood-fired pizza.A chalkboard menu board.

Recommendations:  Go when you are hungry and enjoy both a pizza and custard. There is an outdoor fireplace to enjoy if there is a bit of a chill. If your only eating custard, get the double scoop.

Sydney’s Frozen Custard storefront.Service:  Walk up to the order window to place your order and pay. Pick your food up at the pick up window unless you get a wood-fired pizza. That you pick up at the pizza prep and bake area.

Return Rating:   Most definitely!

Wonderful Waterfalls

Whether you check out these waterfalls in person or online, they are worth your time. When the falls are running briskly, it is interesting to check out how far the output flows into Lake Superior.

Cross River falls at Schroeder, MN with water roaringDo you love waterfalls?

The sound, smell, and beauty engage our senses and can revive our spirit. Waterfalls are refreshing!

The North Shore of Minnesota offers many waterfall choices from roadside rock face drips to full roar waterfalls.

It is fun to drive along and catch a glimpse of either a trickle waterfall or full fledge roar. You’ll find both extremes as well as beautiful waterfalls meandering down creek banks toward Lake Superior.

If you plan to drive along Highway 61 up the North Shore from Duluth, be sure to do your homework and check out the waterfall possibilities on your route. If you only have time for glimpses, that’s ok. However, if you have time for a short hike or a longer one, you can catch some real beauties.

Gooseberry Falls offers several levels of falls and pavement down to the falls proper. Roaring Gooseberry Falls with evergreen trees and sky in background.We’ve visited with water roaring and water trickling in spots. Both times were fun and intriguing.Gooseberry Falls waterfall from a distance with flowing water in foreground. Evergreens and rock in background. Part of the interest with these waterfalls is seeing the rock formation and where the water flows. When there is less water, you get to see more rock.

Beaver Bay offers falls to be viewed. Beaver Bay, MN waterfall with hill and trees in background.The trail to get close to these falls is a short non-handicapped accessible trail. The town offers a rest stop right by the falls and there is an upper street level view that is worth checking out.

 

 

Further up the shore in Cook County is Temperance Falls. There is a paved walk to a landing area to view the river and part of the falls. Advancing past this point is well worth it but much more rugged and uneven hiking. Temperance Falls waterfall with high rock walls and evergreens and sky in background.There is quite a bit of rock formation on the ground around parts of these falls. Bring your camera as there are lots of photo ops!Standing on Top an Old Falls sign at Temperance Falls.

 

 

 

 

Direction sign for Cascade FallsCascade Falls is a great place to stretch your legs and seeing some beauty. Roaring Cascade River waterfall with rainbow at bottom of falls. Evergreens are on both sides and in the background.

 

 

 

 

 

 

When the falls are running briskly, it is interesting to check out how far the output flows into Lake Superior.Evidence of how far Cascade Falls flows into Lake Superior.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The East side of Grand Marais offers some smaller Waterfall East of Grand Marais, MNbut just as entertaining waterfalls to be seen from the road or enjoyed briefly with a quick walk. Judge Magney State Park  and Grand Portage have waterfalls too.

There is just something about catching a glimpse of a waterfall or being able to walk along a trail and hear the falls as you get closer. Whether you check out these waterfalls in person or online, they are worth your time. I hope you enjoy these pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them to share with you!

Hillside waterfall East of Grand Marais, MNHillside waterfall East of Grand Marais, MN

Spring Tease Time

Spring will be melting away the remnants of icy beauty and replacing it with the sun sparkled waves of her season.

Beach scene of Lake Superior with trees in far distance. Sun is sparkling off water. There is are ice crust layers between the water and beach.Spring Tease: the time of year when Winter and Spring are in a tug of war. Beach scene of Lake Superior with trees in far distance. Sun is sparkling off water.

Winter isn’t quite ready to give up but knows its time to step back for a bit. Spring is more than ready to display her charms but seems slow to give Winter that final pull to win the match.

Patches of snow are melting quickly on the North Shore of Minnesota. During this seasonal changeover, Lake Superior continues to offer breathtaking beauty and a changing beach decor.Wicked waves with flat beach and bigger rocks on beach from Lake Superior.

Wicked waves with beautiful white edges create a flatter beach but provide bigger rocks for the choosing. Wicked waves with flat beach on Lake Superior. Icy layer then sand then water.

 

It is amazing to see the beach with fine sand and swept clean one time and then stair stepped pebbled another time.Cobblestone beach then ice layers then Lake Superior, left to right.

 

 

 

 

Section of Lake Superior pebble beach with dry rocks, then wet rocks with open water and then icy layers.

Spring will be melting away the remnants of icy beauty and replacing it with the sun sparkled waves of her season. Hopefully sooner rather than later! Aren’t we all rooting for her to make that final pull to win this tug of war?Lake Superior beach with wicked waves, bigger rocks washed ashore and small icicles hanging from bare tree branches.

Spidered ice patch on Lake Superior pebble beach.

 

 

 

 

 

Stunning, Ever Changing, Superior Shoreline

Whatever the weather brings she turns to her advantage, like a true beauty! She always looks beautiful and never disappoints.

In our neck of the north woods in Cook CountyMinnesota, the Lake Superior shoreline is ever changing her look. We never know what fashion whims she will plan to sport. Lake Superior shoreline with snow covered beach with lake on left and evergreens back right.Sometimes it is the trendy Winter White look and other times she adorns herself with ice jewels. Icy pebbles on top of Lake Superior beach rocks

Large, lazy waves to barely there white caps coming ashore — she always looks beautiful and never disappoints.Long beach view of Icy pebbles on top of Lake Superior beach rocks with small white capped waves on right.

 

Icy pebbles on top of Lake Superior beach rocks and rocks on beach with lake slightly in background.

 

Long, wide stretch of Icy pebbles on top of Lake Superior beach rocks and rocks on beach with lake in left background.

 

 

Frozen sand formation with snow on top and iciciles underneath on top of cobblestone beach with white capped waves of Lake Superior in background.

 

 

 

 

Lake Superior beach with sand, rocks, ice pebbles and white capped waves on right. Tree line and sky in background.

 

Lake gently rolling to rocky beach shore with sand and ice formations on right. Long view of beach area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Her natural elegance is strategically framed by the skyline and evergreens on the shore. Whatever the weather brings she turns to her advantage, like a true beauty!

Lake with splashing waves rolling to beach shore with sand and ice formations on right.

Lake with splashing, rolling waves rolling to beach shore with sand and ice formations on right.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snow covered Lake Superior beach with lake on back right and evergreens in distant background.

What do you find charming about this glamorous Great Lakes gem?

Up North Winter Celebrated in Pictures

Look for the beauty and grace of nature — even in Winter!

Snowy Gunflint Trail road with tall evergreens on each side dusted with snow.More beautiful pictures celebrating Winter up north.

Close up of small pine tree in snowy forest.

 

 

 

 

 

Featuring pictures from Cook County  Minnesota’s Gunflint Trail.

While the weather was quite brisk with a -13 inland, the beauty was worth bundling up to brave the cold.Car rearview mirror thermometer showing -13 degrees

 

 

 

Tracks across a lake up the Gunflint Trail. Ice fishing tent on the frozen lake.

Tracks across a snow covered lake with evergreens in distant background.

Orange tent on frozen snow covered lake for ice fishing. Tall evergreens in background.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The evergreens in the foreground are actually on an island.

Snow dusted evergreens with low mountain in background and ground covered in snow.

 

Very tall, old growth pine trees viewed from driving down road.

This old growth pine forest is a favorite spot of mine as you drive up the Gunflint. Majestic trees in any season!

A snow covered marshy spot.

 

A snow covered marshy area.

 

 

Snowy winter road scene with evergreens on each side of road.

 

 

Know matter what Winter delivers in your part of the world, look for the beauty and grace of nature.

What do you like about Winter?

Lake Superior Wears Winter Well

Celebrate winter by checking out Lake Superior’s beautiful waves and ice formations. You can choose to do it from a warm distance or up close and personal.


Lake Superior Beach with iced formations and good sized waves in background

Lake Superior ice formations on beach with dramatic white capped waves in background with far shoreline of evergreens

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s to celebrating Winter and all her beauty!

Lake Superior ice formation with white capped wave in background

 

Lake Superior ice formation with wave splashing in background

 

 

 

 

 

As Winter works, beautiful waves and ice formations adorn both the Lake and her beaches.

Lake Superior icy formation with rocky beach in foreground and evergreens in background View of Grand Marais, MN harbor and Lake Superior from a distance

View of the Grand Marais, MN harbor and Lake Superior from the Pincushion Mountain overlook. The sea fog makes it look even more cloudy.

 

Harbor pictures a bit closer.

Grand Marais, MN harbor picture with breakwater and lighthouse in distance

Grand Marais, MN Harbor with cracks on surface of iceWant more winter? Try checking out these webcams in Cook County Minnesota. How do you like to enjoy winter?

Grand Marais, MN Harbor with ice stones sitting on edge and waves splashing upMultiple rows of white capped waves on Lake Superior.

Looking for a small town café? Try SOB for a great burger!

Good food and solid service with reasonable prices. You can relax and enjoy the atmosphere at this small town café.

Two plates with hamburger and fries

When you wonder what kind of food South of the Border Café serves, keep in mind which border it is near. It is a true Grand Marais, MN local haunt that you will want to definitely experience.

Venue: A small town café that is open 5:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. everyday. Booth seating encompasses the main dining area as well as the back room.

Inside of cafe showing booth seating, door to back room and coffee pot area

Atmosphere: Casual and often very busy.

Food Fare: Breakfast or lunch items served all day. Fresh breaded, fried herring when in season. Great hamburgers as well as omelets.

Plated omelet with hot sauce, bacon and toast

Recommendations: Order the herring if in season. Bring cash as they don’t accept credit cards. Check out any specials on the white board above the coffee pot area.

Service: Always good, solid service. One of the reasons we love SOB is because Peg, one of the waitresses, adds to the experience of dining here.

Peg, waitress at cafeShe self-defined as the snarkiest waitress in town. She is friendly but will definitely tell you how it is in her honest, flavorful manner.

Return Rating: Definitely. Prices are reasonable, food is good, and we feel at home.Picture of front of menu: 2 guys in small fishing boat

South of the Border Cafe storefront

 

Spring in Northeast Minnesota

It was mid-April, and you never know what Northshore weather will bring. The rhubarb had already shown its red heads above ground and the lilac bushes had budded.

It was in the mid-forties when we arrived at the little stone house outside of Grand Marais, Minnesota and the sun was shining. Heating up the sauna was not such a chore as with the below zero temperatures of January. Little stone house with light snow and ice It was mid-April, and you never know what North Shore weather will bring.  Eight days later, we learned that winter was not ready to lose its grip.  It was 26 degrees, roads were slick, and trees looked beautiful with their ice sheen.  Thin ice sheets gave up their purchase on the roof and made their slow decent towards the final plunge to the ground.  Heavy sigh.

Thin sheet of ice slowly sliding off metal roof

The crashing waves of Lake Superior have been beautiful to hear and see. Their steady, heavy pounding has brought sand to our beach area.

Lake Superior Waves  — link to beautiful video

The winter storm advisory became a reality that brought a dusting of snow and the closing of schools due to hazardous roads.  Our little stone house sits in the middle of this winter bluster awaiting spring.  The rhubarb had already shown its red heads above ground and the lilac bushes had budded.  The huge mulch pile was useable even though there were still ice crystals in the upper part.  The woodstove is fired and we have three windows partially open to manage the temperature in the house.  We have temporarily halted the outdoor projects we had gotten an early start on, and are finding indoor projects to work on.  Hopefully winter is soon ready to let go and allow spring to quite teasing and finally take hold.  Here’s looking forward to lilac blooms and an up north rhubarb harvest.  What are you looking forward to with the arrival of spring?

Snowy Lake Superior shoreline