Hey guys! How’s it going? I am feeling super happy because I got all my work done early today and felt inspired with the blog today. I have a big “To-Do” list for A Glittered Life and hopefully there will be a lot of exciting things coming up. Today though, let’s wrap up the travel journal for last weeks trip to ND/MN!
I was able to visit Bemidji, MN which I quickly fell in love with last year. That’s the Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox statue that’s near downtown Bemidji pictured above. This year there was construction around the statues so I wasn’t able to get up close and personal but I snapped a picture from behind the caution tape.
I already had an idea of places I wanted to go in Bemidji since I had been there before and my first stop was the Yellow Umbrella Boutique. I went there last year and they had a lot of really great things and they’re a local shop, my favorite! They didn’t disappoint! I ended up buying a super cool pair of huge round sunglasses but had fun trying on different things and looking at all their items.
I love that Paul and Babe are the official mascots of Bemidji. I am not involved with their government so I can’t say wether or not they are “official” but even if they’re unofficial it doesn’t matter. They’re everywhere and I love it! I wanted to buy this Midwest necklace so much because I am a Midwest girl, but I’m also trying to save for my trip to Seattle/Portland next week. Also, how cute are their “Yes/No” racks? I want these for creating my daily outfits!
I went down the street to 218 Home+Gift, which is Yellow Umbrella’s sister store I believe. Being in this store made me seriously wish I was from/lived in Minnesota. There were so many MN/Bemidji items that I wanted to buy them all, relocate to MN, and then put them in my house. I thought the packaging on the candles were so pretty and I am a sucker for packaging. My mom bought a print of Paul and Babe that I’ll have to take a picture of and I got the black Bemidji mug because that’s my thing.
I grabbed a downtown shopping guide and saw that The Cabin Coffee House & Cafe was on the same street I was on so I headed in for lunch. I loved the inside of the building. It definitely felt like I was in a cabin and the staff was very friendly. I got a salad with apples, avocado, mint, and lime dressing. I believe it was called a Mojito Salad. I would never have thought to put those ingredients together but it was amazing! I also had a pumpkin spice latte and came back the next day because the raspberry scone was screaming my name. I don’t buy pastries very often but this was too good to pass up, and it tasted as good as it looked. I loved that they had fresh raspberries baked into it.
Next I went to an antique store down the street that had So. Many. Buttons. There were baskets upon baskets of buttons and I wanted so many! I also saw this cool cash register and then my spirit record, Rumours by Fleetwood Mac.
Story time: A few years ago I was pretty broke and so even $30 was a LOT to me. (That’s still a lot. That’s a weeks worth of coffee! I’m cheap, so what.) I was at a yard sale with my mom and this guy had a record player that he had for $50 with the records. He said he’d give it to me for $30 and I just couldn’t swing it. I wanted to so badly but I couldn’t justify the record player when #1 I didn’t have room for it at the time and #2 I had Pandora. Fast forward a few years and that is the one regret I hold onto in life. HOW could I NOT have bought that record player for $30!? Sigh. I don’t know. I now can’t find one for even near that price with records included but I always have my eyes peeled. One day…
I stopped into Paul’s Print Shop because I’m all about prints and stationary. It felt really industrial and outdoorsy in here at the same time and I loved the wood wall behind the counter! I’m almost positive my dad had (or still has) that deer picture. Small world! I bought Shane a Paul Bunyan beer glass and a Minnesota sticker for myself. I know I included the Paul and Babe art on the last post but it was so cool I had to include it again. It was right around the corner from the print shop.
The next day I went to the Harmony Natural Foods Co-op. I just like to go into local co-ops whenever I’m near them! I ended up buying some food from the deli inside for lunch and was excited to see Tanka bars there. They’re made in South Dakota and we have a family friend who works there. I tried the Apple Orange Peel one for the first time, and it was great! They’re made of Buffalo meat and are deliciously healthy. I also liked seeing the local eggs for sale. My parents have chickens and give me fresh eggs every week so I can appreciate the farm fresh eggs vs. other store bought eggs.
After leaving Bemidji on Wednesday I went to a small town where I didn’t do much so I don’t have any pictures from that town. Thursday I went to the Brainerd/Baxter area. I went to a couple stores downtown including a consignment store where I got a couple cute shirts! However, the only store I got pictures of was the coffee shop, Coco Moon. For some reason this shop reminded me of a coffee shop that could possibly be in Seattle or 10 Things I Hate About You.
The coffee was really good and so was the Apple Cupcake! I loved their tables and booths because they were carved with a bunch of different things. I wanted to know who did the carving because it was great!
After my college fair the next day I did the 9 hour trek back home and here we are, back in MN a few days later. I really do love to travel but after being on the road for almost a month, I’m excited to have a long weekend! I’ll be home for 5 days and then I’ll be flying out to Seattle and traveling to Boise, ID, Spokane, WA, and Portland, OR. I’ll be gone for 2 weeks but I’m super excited! I love MN but I still have more roots on the West coast because that’s where I have a lot of family.
I hope you guys enjoy these travel journals! They get kind of long but I like to share all the cool places I visit and hopefully give you some recommendations if you find yourself in these towns in the future. I especially love searching out local stores because shopping local is the BEST. Have you ever been to Bemidji? If so what is your favorite part of it? Thanks for reading and leave me any questions or comments down below!