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.
That glass of white looks great 🙂
Knew you would approve! 🙂
Great pics Nicole. Great to show off your ‘home’. Kinda like my idea with being a tourist in your own town 🙂
This looks like a gorgeous place! I don’t know what it is about lakes, but you can’t help but feel instantly relaxed near one.
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!).
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,
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!
I can feel that peace and calm enveloping me, Nicole. Enjoy it! Happy 4th July to you and the family. 🙂
Thanks Jo! 🙂 We will!
Love these photos. Thank you for sharing!
Thanks Amy! Happy 4th!
Beautiful photos Nicole.Thanks for sharing!!!
You’re welcome! Glad you enjoyed! 🙂
A perfect synopsis of why time at the lake/at the cabin is treasured by so many! Happy Fourth, Nicole!
So true Kat! Happy 4th to you as well! 🙂
I love this! I plan on travelling internationally next year but it is so true you don’t have to wonder too far from home to find beauty!
Thanks! Yes so true! 🙂
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.
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!
Looks like the perfect way to kick off summer!
It was a great time. Our fourth year of going during the same week which falls on the fourth and our anniversary. 🙂
what a beautiful place to call home Nicole
Yes it is! Winters are tough but it really is a beautiful place with a good quality of life and nice people.
Sounds great! Can I join next year?
Such lovely summer scenes!
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
Thanks Terri! 🙂