Sometimes even a global traveler like me needs to take time off and enjoy the simple yet beautiful things close to home.


Minnesota is a beautiful place that has over 10,000 lakes many of them untouched. You can find any kind of lake your heart desires from the urban lakes of the cities, to the many resort lakes lined with cabins and finally to the remote, untouched lakes within the Boundary Waters.


For four years, we have been coming to lovely Roy Lake in Nisswa, Minnesota and staying at a little red cabin as part of the Grand View Lodge. It is our week as a family to unwind, create memories, and enjoy the lakes, nature and sunsets. It is a tradition that we all look forward to each Fourth of July week.


A time meant to unwind and forget about life for awhile. A time to relax, refresh and smile.


And also a time to enjoy the small pleasures of life in Minnesota. A place like nowhere else.




A time to find beauty and love in the world. And leave all your worries at home.




Off fishing….. Back soon.


    1. So true. They are so beautiful and so peaceful. I’ve lived by a lake my entire life. All within walking distance (except for the nine months I lived in Paris, a lake has always been near!).

  1. This post is beautifully put together, Nicole. The images relate seamlessly to one another–a quiet unfolding of summer’s loveliness. Happy 4th to you and your family, my friend.
    Hugs from Ecuador,

    1. Thanks Kathy! Had to use my iPhone as the computer is so slow but it turned out! 🙂 Happy 4th to you too! Hope you and Sara are doing well and enjoying life in Ecuador! Write more soon!

  2. I don’t have a lake house but, I have a family that is gathering from several different states to celebrate our independence. Have a safe and happy holiday everyone.

    1. Thanks! We were renting a cabin in northern MN. Lots of people here have a cabin but we don’t. This is a great way to enjoy the lakes and create wonderful memories!

  3. There’s really nothing more special than a relaxing summer in the States, Nicole. And yours looks lovely. We spent our 4th of July here on St. Simons Island and it was fun. Hope you’re still relaxing. 🙂 All the best, Terri

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