The Writer's Road Trip Series is brought to you by the Blogging from A-to-Z April Challenge. This month I'm blogging daily about ideal places for an afternoon, weekend or longer stay to focus on your writing. Need a retreat to finish that manuscript? Or maybe a virtual trip to inspire a scene? Take a minute, read, imagine. And thanks for stopping by!
We stayed in Grand Marais, MN for a week last summer, on the north shore of the lake. For a small town (population 1344 in 2012), Grand Marais was big on fun. Luckily our visit coincided with the annual Arts Festival, located on a street right along the lake. Of special interest to writers is the 25-year-old library on Village Green, a vibrant center of community activity. It's a gorgeous building; and had an ample amount of tables and comfy chair space for people looking for internet access (like us!). Grand Marais also has a lovely independent bookstore, Drury Lane Books. The diminutive white clapboard building with the blue steel roof sits on the banks of the lake as well. There are regular author readings, book groups, and plenty of titles to choose from. The Grand Marais Arts Colony also offers writing classes throughout the year, as well as workshops on painting, fiber arts, glass, and pottery.