We visited the Northern Minnesota on a weekend trip to celebrate three occasions: Valentine’s Day, Chinese New Year and most importantly, our first wedding anniversary. We were also pretty excited to go snowshoeing in the state parks with our new snowshoes.
We covered two state parks in this short trip: Jay Cooke State Park and Split Rock Lighthouse State Park. On the first day, we visited Jay Cooke State Park. This was our first visit to this park, which is located about 10 miles south of Duluth. We spent half a day snowshoeing in the park. The St Louis River was mostly frozen and covered with snow. There were a few folks skiing on the trails, and we certainly would like to try it out next winter. On the second day, we hiked up Day Hill in Split Rock Lighthouse State Park. The view along the hike was pretty spectacular, especially the Little Two Harbors. By the time we reached the top of the hill, it began to snow heavily. We thought of visiting Tettegouche State Park in the afternoon, but we decided to head back to the resort to nap because we woke up way too early to watch the sunrise.
We had a room with lake view at the resort. The beach is only a few minutes of walk from our room. This time, we decided to bring home cooked dishes to dine in our room, which was pretty cool by the way. It saved us lots of money for not eating outside and it took just a few minutes to warm up the dishes before eating as opposed to waiting for half hour for the dishes to arrive in a typical restaurant. We spend our nights watching the Winter Olympic Games while drinking champagne.
This is our second winter trip to the Northern Minnesota, and we loved every minute of our time there.