S: Sisters Vacation August 8-13, 2011
FC: "Sisters are different flowers from the same garden"
2: First stop on our way to Ashland, WI was the White Winter Winery in Iron River, WI | We sampled many different wines and spritzers. | I forgot to take a picture of the winery but I did get a picture of the saloon next door. Gotta love the name! | Monday August 8, 2011
3: Hotel Chequamegon! While in Ashland we stayed here. The original hotel was built in 1877 by the Wisconsin Central Railroad. Celebrities, such as John D. Rockefeller and Marshal Fields were among the quest that stayed here. The hotel was damaged twice by fire until its demise on New Years Day, 1958. The hotel reopened in November of 1986 | Ashland, Wisconson
4: Asaph Whittlesey Mural | Bus Stop Waitresses | Storefront Mural | The 8 block main street business district, listed on the National Register for Historic places, is the background for a fascinating walk through Ashland's history as seen through the eyes of Ashland's mural artists Kelly Meredith and Susan Prentice Martinsen.
5: Delores Marge Betty | An artist working on the Historical Ellis Avenue Mural
6: “A sister is both your mirror - and your opposite.” | After walking around Ashland and stopping by Walmart to pick up a few supplies for our evening cocktails we headed back to our room and ordered pizza for dinner. It did rain so we stayed in our room, ate, drank and talked all evening. | Look at us we all have our cell phones out texting. Could we be as bad as the young kids who are always texting??? | Cheers!
7: Tuesday August 9, 2011 | Ta Da! | Tuesday August 9, 2011
8: Rittenhouse Inn We didn't stay here but I thought it was a beautiful house and think it would be nice to stay here. | Bayfield, Wisconsin ... is a cute little town with lots of charm. We spent the morning walking around looking in all the shops, boutique's and galleries. At lunch time we ate at a local place called Maggie's. It was a very whimsical restuarant that was decorated with flamingo's hanging everywhere.
9: After lunch we decide we would check out the Bayfield Winery and Orchards that are in the area. Let me tell you it was quite an adventure. We drove around in circles looking for the winery, even stopped at an orchard to ask for directions. The person we spoke to had just moved to the area so she didn't even know Bayfield had a winery. Finally we found the winery but were disappointed once we found it. All there wines are made from apples and we didn't care for them at all. The highlight on this little excursion was all the laughter trying to find the darn place. | This barn was purchased through the Sears & Roebuck catalog and built from a kit.
10: Comfort Suites / Canal Park | Duluth, Minnesota | Wednesday August 10, 2011 | We packed our bags this morning and left for Duluth.
11: We are not going to tell who's crop pants these are or why they are hanging on the lamp. But we will say that there is a very funny story that goes with them. "What happens on the sisters vacation stays on the sisters vacation" | Enjoying a cocktail on our balcony | Marge and Delores check out the coupons! | Each family of sisters has a language and a turn of phrase all it's own. ~ Barbara Mathias
12: We spent our first day in Duluth walking around Canal Park, had lunch at Grandma's resuarant, took a ride on the Vista Star and of course had ice cream at Grandma's Ice Cream Shoppe.
13: "A sister is a gift to the heart, a friend to the spirit, a golden thread to the meaning of life" ~ Unknown
14: We had an awesome view from our room over looking Lake Superior. In the evening we sat out on the balcony and watched as people went by in horse drawn carriages, rode bicycles built for 4 and also seen a sailboat race. We talked about renting a bicycle for 4 but I'm not sure we would have gotten to far because I'm sure all we would do is giggle.
15: Sunrise on Lake Superior | Thursday August 11, 2011
16: Glensheen | The Historic Congdon Estate
17: Glensheen, the historic Congdon estate. was built between 1905 and 1908. The 7.6 acre estate sits along the Lake Superior shoreline in Duluth.. It has beautiful formal gardens, working vegetable gardens as well as a carriage house that houses the Congdon family's original carriages, sleighs and buggies.
18: B | Betty Marge Delores Sharon
21: "Sister to sister we will always be, a couple of nuts off the family tree."
24: Our last morning in Duluth then we head off to Peggy and Bob's in Minong, Wi. | Friday August 12, 2011
25: Marge bought these sandals and Delores looked at the bottom of the shoes and dubbed them "Crapper Trappers"
26: Peggy and Bob
28: We had a lot of fun trying on Peggy's hats
29: While enjoying our horderves and cocktails Peggy was telling us about going to the Kentucky Derby. I asked if we could see the hat she wore so she modeled it for us.
30: Delores is reallly into singing Walk The Line with Bob. Of course this was after several cocktails.
31: A sister smilies when one tells one's stories ~ for she knows where the decoration has been added. ~ Chris Montaigne
32: We've shared everything, my sister and I. Even a room filled with laughter and tears and all our hopes and fears. There are so many wonderful memories with many more to come as we grow older together as sisters ... and friends. ~ Gwenda Isaac Jennings | Saturday August 13, 2011 This morning we pack our bags and head for home. I have spent a great week with my sisters, feeling blessed that we are able to spend this special time together Each sister vacation I learn new things about my sisters. Some years ago we dubbed Marge the entertainer (inside joke). I have found out that Marge now has a little competition for the title of "entertainer". After spending time with Peggy and Bob we discovered that Peggy is also an "entertainer". I'm sure our next sisters vacation will bring more laughter, sharing, tears, jokes and memories... can't wait to see what it will bring. ~ Sharon