June 18, 2014 8:24 PM Subscribe
The soon-to-be-Mr-Vortex and I are getting married in September! Hooray! We are thinking about taking a mini-moon instead of a honeymoon after the wedding, because we're also going to be moving and I will be starting a new job. We'll do a nice, longer vacation once we're settled into our new lives.
Trouble is, we're having a tough time thinking of somewhere to go. We've traveled in the upper midwest quite a bit, and would like to find somewhere new to go. Help us, Metafilter!
posted by Elly Vortex to Travel & Transportation (18 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
This is what we are looking for:
- natural beauty. It'll be early September, so we're interested in hiking, biking, and just plain old hanging out outdoors.
- relaxed environment. I foresee many hours spent playing Cribbage and board games. It would be preferable to have a nice deck, a view, etc. instead of just sitting in a hotel room.
- interesting stuff nearby: we're nerds and enjoy touring historic sites, old mines, trains, museums, etc. We enjoy scenic drives.
- within a 6ish hour drive from the St. Cloud, MN. We don't want to spend the whole mini-moon driving. We're thinking a 4-day weekend, so nothing that would require two whole days of driving. Mr. Vortex DOES NOT FLY, so that's out. We do not want to try a train trip this time due to the short trip length.
We originally considered a trip to Chicago but are thinking that we'll hold off on that until we're settled and taking a longer vacation. We're really interested in baseball and museums, but not in a packed city weekend this time.
Additional complicating factor: If we were any other midwesterners asking this question, the first (and best) answer would be "Go to Minnesota, the North Shore of Lake Superior! Beautiful place, hiking and biking and everything you want!!!" Well, I actually LIVE on the North Shore of Lake Superior. It would be a perfect mini-moon destination if it were not my current backyard. I'd like to go somewhere different!
Places we've already been:
UP of Michigan (Copper Harbor). That would be perfect too, but we've already been there.
Thunder Bay, Ontario
All up and down the North Shore from Duluth to Grand Portage
NW Wisconsin (Siren)
Theodore Roosevelt National Park, ND. That was also pretty awesome.
Mount Rushmore, SD.
Rocky Mountain National Park, front range of CO
Places we're considering:
Somewhere in the SE MN river valley
Door County WI
Back to South Dakota to visit the Black Hills
Apostle Islands & Bayfield, WI
Any suggestions? Any other ideas?