This past week, residents of Potter Ridge Assisted Living (Red Wing) along with residents from Orchard Hill Assisted Living (New Ulm) took a road trip to the North Shore of Minnesota.
On Tuesday thirty residents, family and staff, boarded the Sugar Loaf Charters bus and headed to the beautiful North Shore.
We arrived in downtown Duluth to enjoy noon lunch at J. J. Astor Restaurant at the top floor of the Radisson Hotel. The restaurant revolves to give a view of Lake Superior, the harbor, and the city. After lunch we traveled only a few blocks to tour the St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center or the Depot. The Depot included the Lake Superior Railroad Museum and the Duluth Arts Institute. Most impressive were the displays of massive-sized trains that run no longer on the tracks, but have come to this museum so that people may board and tour the train cars and see the engines.
At 3:30 we boarded the Vista ship for a two-hour sightseeing harbor cruise – the weather was perfect and everyone rather enjoyed the historic and informative lessons given by the ship’s first mates. Once we docked, we split into two groups for dinner – one group went to Famous Dave’s and the other to Grandma’s restaurant.
At 7:30 pm we were headed to Two Harbors to check into the Country Inn Motel. Everyone was ready to rest and get ready to rise early in the morning for more touring. On Wednesday at 9AM we traveled ½ hour north to Gooseberry Falls State Park to walk the trail to see the falls. The last tour stop was at the Split Rock Lighthouse. Here we were met by a tour guide who gave us information about the lighthouse and the history of the area.
At 12:30 we were on our way – first stopping for lunch at the Rustic Inn Café on the North Shore.
Our bus pulled in to Potter Ridge around 7:30 PM – everyone commented about the great time they had and that they were ready to go on another excursion, after getting some much needed rest from this trip!
To see more pictures from our event, head over to the Potter Ridge Facebook page.
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