Monday, July 11, 2011

How I spent My Summer Vacation

“Oh, the summer night
Has a smile of light
And she sits on a sapphire throne.”
~Barry Cornwall

For the last four years it has been a tradition for my husband and I to turn our 4th of July holiday into a weeklong event.

We pack up the dogs, some great but easy meals, lots of sun screen, shorts, t-shirts, swim suits and head to our lake home for 10 days of rest, relaxation and fun. It’s a great week and we usually have family, or friends come for a few days throughout the week.

This year I did do a little social media work and a few buying trips for my business while on vacation. So I thought I would show you what it’s like working remotely from Battle Lake MN.

We don’t have internet service at the cabin…..yet. So my office for blogging, Facebook posting and “tweeting” is in Vining MN, population: 68.

Now Vining may be small, but it’s not boring! Her are a few of it’s unique features:

1. The Vining Palace, what can you say about a purple bar…but they serve amazing broasted chicken. Check out these reviews from Yelp:

2. The Sculpture Park at Big Foot gas station. All sculptures were created by Ken Nyberg who incidently is the father of Karen Nyberg the astronaut.

3. Karen Nyberg, astronaut

4. Their summer festival “Watermelon Day” . Yes it’s just one day, but lots of fun and FREE watermelon!

5. Big Foot Gas & Grocery & Deli. This is where I get my internet service. Also pizza, gas, butter, and anything we run out of while making a meal!

6. Blue Herron Antiques. A cute antique shop where I found a few great pieces to re-purpose. She also sells some interesting garden plants.

This was my vacation. I hope you enjoyed this trip through Vining, Minnesota!


  1. What a fun post! You are right looks like an interesting place. I am glad you had a great vacation. Thanks for sharing the photos of your vacation.
    Lisa~HR Creative Design Studio

  2. Thank you Lisa. Yes Vining is a unique little town, and all 68 residents are very dedicated to their town!

  3. I would like to go to the antique shop, it's such a cute shop outside:)

    And I wanna try the chicken at the bar.


  4. Renee, A friend form DID. Just joined your blog. I live in California, so it's nice to read your blog about a different state. Love the sculpture park. What a fun tiny town.
    Our family loves exploring interesting places. For my vacation we went to Yosemite National Park, saw Half Dome carved by million year old glaciers, hiked, stood below waterfalls and slept in tents. Visited Heart Castle (Randolph Hearst, founder of several magazines and newspapers), he built a huge castle on a giant hill in Coastal California and filled the castle with roman sculptures and antiquities, two olympic swimming pools, personal theater, and a remains of a private zoo.
    Thanks for sharing your vacation photos.
    ArtisticWill Studios

  5. That sounds like a great vacation. I went to India after 12 years this summer for a month and a half. It was amazing experience as well. Its always good to take time off from our daily lives. I wish I could do it more often. Maybe this summer was the beginning for me!!!!


  6. I love all those sculptures! That's my latest hobby, taking pictures of interesting sculptures.

  7. Wow, I so envy your little jaunt. Looks like you had a wonderful time.

  8. Nice post. Looks like a really quaint town. Only 68 people! Everyone must know everyone -- very different from NYC, where I live!