Before COVID I never would have spent $1,700 on a luxury road trip, but it ended up being worth every penny

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Before the pandemic hit, my husband and I had plans to take several trips in 2020. After a few years of limited travel while we were growing our family, we were excited to have some time away from our kids. Of course, with COVID-19, travel plans were put on hold in mid-March, and even after the restrictions lifted we were still concerned about leaving our family and being stranded someplace. 

Enter the Minnesota North Shore getaway. Like a lot of people this year, we decided to do something we wouldn’t normally do — take a road trip! We’d thought about flying someplace, but after reviewing the COVID-19 precautions, we decided against it. Staying closer to home seemed like a safer and more relaxing idea.

Despite low accommodation availability, we did end up finding a last-minute opening on Airbnb in our price range for a weekend in mid-September. It was a resort right on Lake Superior and a great launching point to be able to explore the North Shore. 

Here’s how we spent our time and money during our time on the North Shore.

We hit the road on Friday and went all out for dinner

We left the Twin Cities around 9:00 am and stopped at Russ Kendall’s for smoked fish and a stack of crackers, then drove further north to Two Harbors Agate Bay to sit outside and enjoy our lunch. 

Cost for lunch: $30.28

After lunch, we stopped at Gooseberry Falls State Park to do some hiking. From there, we hopped back in the car and stopped at Palisade Head, a local rock-climbing spot with an incredible view. 

After our stop, it was only a bit further to our Airbnb. Once we got up there, we sat outside admiring the view and cracked open the bottle of wine we bought on our honeymoon five years prior. This is one of our go-to ways to save money on alcohol while traveling: Stop by a local liquor store (or, if you’re driving, bring your own from home) and enjoy a drink at your accommodation instead of going out for a drink before dinner. 

Cost for our lodgings: $796.21

That night, we had dinner at The Strand Waterfront Dining and Wine Bar at Lutsen Resort. It was a nice sit-down dinner, and we didn’t hold back on ordering drinks, appetizers, and our meals. 

Cost: $195.64

We went for a hike and stopped at a local brewery on Saturday

The next morning, we stopped for a quick breakfast and coffee at Coho Cafe & Bakery in Tofte, the town where we were staying, before heading out to hike for the day. 

Cost: $33.25

We headed up to Temperance River State Park and spent a few hours exploring the beautiful waterfalls and river gorge.

After our hike, we headed north to Grand Marais to grab lunch at the Angry Trout Cafe and explore the town. 

Cost: $70.88

We walked around a bit and …read more

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