We checked into The Commons Hotel in Minneapolis on 7/23. A treat for Dad for coming along on the epic book tour.
On 7/24, the road trip to Butternut happened. 4.5 hours of driving.
I was determined to get in that claw foot tub one night. I managed on Saturday evening. I also had a gorgeous walk in shower. The height of luxury in the Northwoods.
I made the front page of the Price County Review!
We headed up to Glidden to the Green Lantern for dinner our first night. I love the country chic style of the place. It’s going to be in a scene in the sequel.
I had steak with grilled shrimp and asiago cheese at the Green Lantern. One of my best meals in the Northwoods.
On 7/25, from 10 am-3 pm, I had a book signing at Ruth’s Pioneer Quilt Shop in downtown Butternut.
That night we headed up to Lake Superior in Ashland.
Fabulous murals from Butternut’s Kelly Meredith can be found all over Ashland county. This one was up in Ashland.
After seeing Lake Superior, we had dinner at the Deep Water Grille in Ashland.
On 7/26, from 10 am – 3 pm we had a second day of book signings.
Ruth’s daughter, Becky had the coolest handcrafts for sale that weekend. Planters and wall art and t-shirts and even homemade soaps and honey.
On 7/26, we had dinner at AJ’s with Kim and John. They make great prime rib there.
We hustled over to the Pioneer Days fair and caught Hugh Bob and The Hustle’s performance.
Then we dropped by Steve’s Corner Bar and had drinks with Dan. Rumor had it Hugh Bob would be performing here that night. He didn’t show up until long after we’d left.
We headed over to Brennan’s Green Brier to hang out with Mike Brennan, who has owned the bar since the 70s. He let me pick his brain for a scene in the sequel. Had a blast hanging out with him. He’s a firecracker!
On 7/27, I got to be in the Pioneer Days parade! That’s my fabulous driver, George, in his awesome car. He made the signs too.
On 7/27, we headed out to Steven’s Point. We stopped at the A&W in Phillips for lunch.
Wauwatosa Public Library author talk and book signing on 7/28
Driving through corn fields in 7/29 to DeKalb, IL
DeKalb Public Library free workshop on writing good love scenes with Margaret, Marie and Gwen.
Great breakfast at the Junction
Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL. Where we stayed at the Holmes Student Center
Memorial to the students killed on Northern Illinois University’s campus by a shooter in 2010.
The Shitty Barn in Spring Green, WI. On our one free day of the trip, we decided to roadtrip an hour outside Madison to see Hugh Bob and The Hustle.
Nick Brown performs at the Shitty Barn
Hugh Bob and The Hustle at the Shitty Barn
Cute street of Wausau, WI
My free workshop on How to Be a Productive Part-Time Writer at the Marathon County Public Library in Wausau on 7/31
8/1 at the Park Falls Public Library talk on traditional publishing
Fried Cheese Curds at Gregg’s Steakhouse in Glidden on 8/1
Walleye at Gregg’s Steakhouse
Fried Cheese Curds at the Green Lantern on 8/2
Exploring Shanagolden with Maxine
The Butternut Fire truck–part of the Butternut Area Historical Society Museum
Best Burger of the Northwoods–out at Cruise Inn Spring Creek with Pam on 8/2
The talking deer at Cruise Inn Spring Creek
On 8/3, I hung out with Abby at the museum and then we had a delicious lunch at the Green Lantern.
After a 5 hour roadtrip back to Minneapolis, I stayed in my hotel the entire evening of 8/4. Ate at the Normandy Kitchen–delicious walleye with potatoes.
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