Restaurants and Camping Grand Rivers KY

Grand Rivers, Kentucky – Restaurants and RV Parks

Our RV campsite at the Canal Park Campground, Grand Rivers, KY

When Jo and I go to the Paducah Quilt Show we usually stay at the Canal Park Campground near Grand Rivers, Kentucky. During Quilt Week I’ll bet at least half the campers at Canal Park are attending the big AQS Show. Located about 25 miles east of Paducah, Grand Rivers is a picturesque little resort village situated between Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley and just north of the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.

The Canal Park campground is a Corps of Engineers facility and like all Corps facilities we’ve stayed at it is well-designed and properly maintained. Our site (see picture) was typical of Canal Park sites: sturdy picnic table, fire-ring, level parking & tenting area, well-drained, and partially wooded – offering some shade. The main routes through the park are paved as are the dump stations. The sites themselves are graveled with space for both tent pads and vehicle parking (of interest to those w/o motor homes). When we can’t get in Canal Park because it is full or we didn’t make reservations early enough, we’ve camped at the Hillman Ferry Campground which is a National Forest site within the Land Between the Lakes Recreational Area. It is about 5 miles south of Grand Rivers. It is also a nice facility but I’d rate it just a wee bit under the quality of Canal Park. And Canal Park is closer to Grand Rivers (and therefore Paducah as well). Several times to get some exercise we’ve walked to town from Canal Park.

Jo and I enjoyed a fine breakfast of eggs, sausage, and fruit at the Lite Side Bakery and Cafe

Our favorite breakfast spot in Grand Rivers is the Lite-Side Café and Bakery is a funky little Mom & Pop cafe open 5 days a week for breakfast or lunch. The owners, Irene and Bob, are always on-site and do the baking, cooking and service, sometimes with the help of a niece or nephew. The food has always been top-notch, the service friendly, and the atmosphere bright and colorful. They are open Weds – Sunday, 7 am to 3 pm.

Our favorite Grand Rivers dining spot is Patti’s or Mister Bill’s Restaurant in Patti’s 1880’s Settlement. The Settlement is a collection of shops, restaurants, cafes, springs, and gardens and walkways arranged as a meandering old-time village or settlement. While we always come to Patti’s for the food, we also enjoy taking some time to walk through the the gardens and browse the gift shops. Patti’s and Mr. Bill’s Restaurants are served by the same kitchen and share the same menu. The main difference is the dining atmosphere. Patti’s is a collection of small rooms as if a large house had been converted into restaurant and every room in the house was turned into an intimate dining area. Patti’s is also chocked full of antiques and each dining area has a certain motif to it. There is also a little store and gift shop. Bill’s Restaurant has a large main dining room with two adjacent dining areas around the perimeter. Bill’s theme is floral and little lights. If you go, make sure to get reservations because people drive from many miles to dine here at Patti’s and Bill’s. The service is top-notch and the food is terrific and considering the quality the price decent. Southern cooking and hospitality at its finest.

Mr. Bill's Restaurant at Patti's 1880s Settlement

Jo pauses by the water wheel in Patti's Garden

Links and Information on the Grand Rivers community, Canal Park and Hillman Ferry RV Parks

Our main QuiltingPathways website has a page featuring more on Grand Rivers and Patti’s Settlement. It is an attractive little community with friendly people and lots of interesting things to see and do. Grand Rivers website.  Hikers and nature lovers will also nearby Land Between the Lakes Recreation Area.

Canal Park CampgroundReservations and information

Hillman Ferry Campgroundgeneral information Reservations

Canal Park Campground Map
Hillman Ferry Campground Map

See a larger map here

More Grand Rivers RV Park Links

Crockett Frontiers Campground

Lighthouse Landing RV Park


2012 Paducah Quilt Show

Paducah is Ready for the 2012 AQS Quilt Show

Paducah's Convention Center, site of the annual AQS Quilt Show & Convention

On the way home from our spring trip Jo and I decided to stop by Paducah to see how preparations were going for the big 2012 Paducah Quilt Show & Quilters Convention. Last year tornadoes, severe storms, and floods almost cancelled the show. The main show site, the Convention Center, couldn’t be used because it was surrounded by water. Eleanor Burn’s Quilt for a Day tent show and fabric sale, always a big satellite event to the show, was hurt badly. A storm just before opening day tore up one of the tents and rain and flooding waters ruined tens of thousands of dollars of merchandise. Even though Mother Nature threw floods and tornadoes, show organizers did an excellent job of scrambling to find several alternate locations for show events and the show did go on.

This year based on our March 29th visit, all is in place to host a terrific show. Lack of snow in the upper midwest has left rivers lower than normal. Just in case reservoirs are also running lower than normal spring levels. So the chance of another flood changing the show are impossibly small. The slightly remodeled convention center is all set and since the removal of the debris from the demolished hotel adjacent to the convention center there is a good deal more parking space close to the center of Quilt Show activities. The inflatable Dome is already in place and all systems are go.

Go to our regular web pages to find out more the Paducah Show and links to the AQS website for the 2012 show.

Dining at Whaler's Catch outdoor deck

While we were in town we stopped at Whaler’s Catch for lunch. Whalers is a favorite during the Quilt Show because of its location, decent food and their spacious two story outdoor dining deck. It was a perfect spring day in the 70s so we dined outdoors on the deck. We had sandwich baskets and beverages for less than $20. Very large portion size with nice trimmings – leaf lettuce, onions, and tomato slices + fries. Free refills on the beverages and good wait service.

Jo shopping at Eleanor Burn's quilt shop in Paducah

Also while we in town we couldn’t escape without a visit to Eleanor Burn’s Quilt in a Day shop. Jo found some fabric she needed to complete a project.

On the way home to Wisconsin we stopped at the Rend Lake Corps Gun Creek Campground near Benton, IL. About 90 miles north of Paducah this is a good stop over for our last day at the Paducah Quilt Show. In addition to very well designed and maintained RV sites, it offers an additional attraction to Ross and other golfing spouses who indulge their wives’ passion for the Quilt Show. This attraction is an excellent 27 hole golf course essentially adjacent to the camp ground. The course is quite scenic, well-maintained with paved cart paths, electric golf carts, and a nice variety of tee boxes. At the end of March, the fairways and greens were in very good spring condition. The three mens tees range from about 6000 yards for 18 holes from the senior tees to over 6800 yards from the blue tees. Rend Lake Golf Course website.

Rend Lake Golf Course, Benton, Illinois

Rend Lake Golf Course, Benton, Illinois

Ross and Jo

Dubuque Thanksgiving Trip

Lobby of the Hotel Julian, Dubuque, Iowa
Dan, Donna, Jo and Ross with Hotel Julian's Christmas Tree

Jo and I continued our tradition in spending Thanksgiving at a historic hotel along the Great River Road with her sister Donna and husband Dan. This year we traveled to Dubuque, Iowa to spend the holiday at the Hotel Julian Dubuque. Previously we’ve enjoyed Thanksgiving at the Desoto Hotel in Galena and the St. James Hotel in Red Wing. The hotel lobby was gaily decorated for Christmas and the second floor atrium was set up with 10 uniquely decorated trees that are part of Dubuque’s annual Festival of Trees celebration. We had a great dinner at the hotel’s signature restaurant Caroline’s and later enjoyed the Christmas Lights exhibition in Louis Murphy Park. (See our Dubuque Holiday Web Page for more pictures and information on these events)

Gulf of Mexico Aquarium at Mississippi River Museum
A little tyke enjoying the Gulf Aquarium tank at the Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium

The next day, Friday, we visited the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. Always an interesting tour. It is especially fun for kids with lots of interactive exhibits and a water play area. Educational too. In August we took our niece Kylah to the River Museum & Aquarium and she loved it. The museum’s ticket is good for two days of admission, which is useful because several exhibits have considerable educational information packed in them. We’ve been at the museum several times yet there are several multi-media productions and exhibits that I haven’t had time to explore in any depth.

Crust Italian Kitchen Restaurant, Dubuque, Iowa
Crust Italian Kitchen, Dubuque, Iowa

During this visit we discovered a new restaurant near the hotel: Crust Italian Kitchen. There used to be a brewpub-restaurant at this location but it ceased operations and the space was vacant for a while. The interior was much the same as the brewpub. Nice bar area with a variety of beers on tap and a few TVs for sports fans. We had their soup and salad special. Fresh greens, beets, carrots & goat cheese – an ample serving for a soup and salad special. Soup was equally impressive. And price was decent. Great service. If you are in Dubuque I highly recommend Crust Italian Restaurant.


Grand Rivers Quilt Show & Spring Festival

Grand Rivers, Kentucky

Grand River Community Center, inside the Quilt Show, outside were craft vendors

Each April, coinciding with the big AQS quilting show and convention in Paducah, Grand Rivers also hosts its own show at its Community Center. Grand Rivers is a quaint little village that sits between Kentucky and Barkley lakes, at the north end of the National Park/Recreation Area appropriately named Land Between the Lakes. As it is only about 20 miles west of Paducah, its area motels and B&Bs host many quilters attending the Paducah Show. So with all the quilters in town it is a good time to host its own quilt show and spring festival. When we go to the Paducah show we stay in the nearby Canal Park RV park so we are regular spring-time visitors to Grand Rivers.

Here’s a few pictures of quilts I liked at the Grand Rivers Show. One I particularly liked was made from a 100 pound antique flour or feed sack.

Amish Quilt by Ella Bontrager
Detail on Amish Quilt by Ella Bontrager

Here’s another one I liked, made by Joyce Puffenbarger of Symsonia, Kentucky.

Quilt by Joyce Puffenbarger
Mr. Bill's Restaurant, Grand Rivers, KY
Mr. Bill's Restaurant, Patti's 1880s Settlement

The Community Center is in the heart of town. Nearby across the street is the Badgett Playhouse which usually schedules a production to run during the Quilt Show and Festival. Across the street in another direction is Patti’s 1880’s Settlement (see our web page on Patti’s and Grand Rivers here), a very popular regional attraction featuring a restored log cabin village with shops, gardens, ponds, streams, walking paths, a little country church, a mill pond waterwheel, and two fantastic restaurants. Last month we posted a blog on our dinner we had at Patti’s Restaurant. So this trip we decided to try brother Bill’s restaurant, appropriately named Mr. Bill’s Restaurant. We found the menu similar to Patti’s and the wait staff were similarly costumed in 1880s attire. Basically the only difference in the two establishments is the interior design motif. While Patti’s is filled with antique furniture from the era and dining is in several smaller more intimate rooms. Bill raised roses so his restaurant is filled with roses and a floral motif with liberal sprinkling of LCD lights. The dining rooms are larger and more open. But that ends the difference because like Patti’s we found the service and the food outstanding.

Visit to Paducah before the AQS Show

Paducah gets ready for the AQS Show

On the way home from our spring trip down south to escape the tail end of Wisconsin  winter, Ross and I stayed a few days in the Paducah area at our favorite RV campground – Canal Park in Grand Rivers, KY.

Paducah Convention Center - Site of the annual Paducah Quilt Show & Convention

One day we drove over to the Paducah Convention Center, the site of the AQS Quilt Show and Convention to see what’s new.  We’d heard that the failing Executive Inn hotel, which was attached to the convention center, was torn down. And the rumor turned out to be true.  All that was left was a giant pile of broken concrete and rubble.

New Addition being added to the Convention Center

We could see that where the hotel was attached to the convention center a new addition is being constructed, but I doubt that it will be finished in time for the big Quilt Show the last part of April.  So quilt show goers can expect to use the big “White Dome”  exhibition hall for part of the show’s activities.  Since the rubble from the torn down Executive Inn is actually covering more space than the former building, expect parking space to be even more stressed than usual.

Downtown Paducah in Bloom

While an overcast day, downtown Paducah was looking pretty good with apple and pear blossoms in full bloom.

If you’ve never been to the annual Quilt Show in Paducah here’s some links you can visit: Paducah and the AQS Quilt Show and Scenes from 2010 AQS Quilt Show

While in Grand Rivers we stopped at Patti’s 1880’s Settlement Restaurant.

Patti's Restaurant Grand Rivers, Kentucky

The restaurant is part of larger complex of a little 19th century village with shops, gardens, a mill, a little church, and other attractions. Wait staff in the restaurant are costumed in historically accurate apparel and the interior is filled with antiques from the period, adding to the 19th century atmosphere. As with our previous visit we found the food and the service exceptional. I had their grilled salmon on a bed of rice with a side of steamed vegetables. Grilled salmon is one of my favorites so I have a good amount of experience with grilled salmon. Patti’s is one of the best I’ve ever had. Cooked and served at exactly the right temperature and very moist. Nice detail touches to the main meal were their homemade fresh bread cooked and served in a little earthenware flower pot and serving their ice water in a canning jar with a quarter lemon slice on the rim. It was a cold, rainy Wednesday evening in late March, well before the tourist season in little Grand Rivers, yet Patti’s was almost packed. Evidence of the value and quality of their service that they could draw so many people from many miles away.

On the way to Grand Rivers we stopped at the Murray State University golf course so Ross could play 18 holes. While the grass had yet to green out the fairways and greens were in good shape for golfing. The Miller-Murray University course is quite scenic and well-maintained and they do offer a senior rate so it is a good value for us. Ross will probably stop there again when I am back in Paducah in late April for the 2011 AQS Show.

I’ll report back later from the show. Maybe I’ll see you there!

Jo –

Dubuque Dragon Boat Festival

The weekend of Sept 9th to Sept 12th I traveled back to Dubuque to catch the Dubuque Dragon Boat Festival and their annual Riverfest festival. On this trip I left Ross at home in favor of a girls getaway with three girl friends from back in my high school days.

Lobby of the Hotel Julien Dubuque

We stayed at the Hotel Julian Dubuque, a refurbished historic hotel whose roots go back to 1839 at this location. In 1839 it was known as the Waples House. After a renovation In 1854 it became the Hotel Julian. That structure was destroyed by a fire in 1913 and then rebuilt in 1915. As you can see from the picture the current Hotel Julian retains much of the elegance from that era . . . but of course now with modern conveniences.  Instead of dining at the hotels restaurants we decided to explore. We had pizza at the Shot Tower Inn and caught breakfast at Dotties Café, a popular hang out of locals only two blocks from our hotel.

Front Row Seats at the Dragon Boat Races
One of two teams of Girl Scouts entered in the race

On Saturday we watched the Dragon Boat Races. It was a beautiful day to spend by the water enjoying food, fun, and the races. Of the 39 teams in the race one came from Germany and another from far away Chatham-Kent Ontario. The Taiwan style dragon boats look a little different than the ones we’ve seen in the Lake Superior Dragon Boat races. The Lake Superior boats are more streamlined which seem to match the competitiveness and athleticism of the Superior racers. The Dubuque boats are more festive, perhaps more closely resembling the classic asian boats. Likewise the racers themselves were as much into the festival spirit as they were into winning a race, although there were some teams who could give the Superior racers a good run for the money. The Dubuque boats also had an additional team member. Normally a team is 20 members: 18 paddlers, a drummer,and helmsman or steerperson. The Dubuque teams added an additional person in the bow whose job was to capture the finish line flag which triggered the race timer.

In the afternoon instead of watching the second heats we visited the RiverFest celebration held in the Clock Tower Plaza and Washington Park. Music, food, crafts, and a flea market. Quilt Shops. As long as I was in town I had to stop in some quilt shops. Checked out the new digs of the Cotton Cabin Quilt Shop and then traveled out on Highway 20 West to see a shop I only recently discovered: The Quilt Shack. I like how they organize their fabrics. The bolts were laid out on horizontal shelves rather than stacked on the end like you see in most shops.  You could “see” more of the fabric and pattern making shopping for a particular color and pattern much easier. Reasonable prices too. Have to add them to our River Road Quilt Shop Directory.

Nancy, Jo, Joy & Jane enjoying the tastes of the Stone Cliff Winery

Oh almost forgot one of favorite trips of the weekend. 🙂

After having lunch at the Potosi Brewery on Friday that evening we decided to try another beverage when we visited the Stone Cliff Winery’s Tasting Room (located in the Star Brewery complex at the north end of the Dubuque Riverwalk). After sampling several different varieties our favorites  were their Red Dog (semi-sweet red) and their Sweet Cranberry Wine (a sweet fruit wine that we found more tart than sweet).

A great time and lots of fun with the girl friends.

Later, Jo

Traveling to Dubuque Iowa

In mid-August Jo and I decided to take a trip to the Dubuque Iowa area to see a few sights and visit a quilt shop in nearby Bellevue. I also had a few golf courses I wanted to play 🙂

National Farm Toy MuseumWe arrived on a Tuesday afternoon and decided to drive west of Dubuque, about 20 miles, to Dyersville, Iowa whose major attraction is the National Farm Toy Museum. And for baseball and movie fans Dyersville is home to the Field of Dreams movie set – which time didn’t permit us to visit. We also discovered that they have an annual fall quilt show – another reason to return.

The Farm Toy Museum is an interesting piece. The exhibits serve as an educational tour of the progression of  two centuries of US agriculture and its implements. If you weren’t aware of this factoid, in the US the Industrial Revolution was most evident in its agricultural machinery and inventions. So anyone interested in US industrial history or the history of farming in the US will find the Toy Museum’s exhibits fascinating. A number of the exhibits were antique toys, the kind you’d see brought onto the PBS TV show Antiques Roadshow. So collectors or appreciators of antique toys will find lots to satisfy this interest. I discovered there is a lively group of hobbyists and collectors who specialize in farm toys. They even have a magazine called Toy Farmers. Of course farmers or former farmers will have lots of fun walking down memory lane looking at models of tractors and implements. While I was there a group of three retired farmers where wandering through the exhibits seeing models of tractors and implements from their earlier days. Every once in a while one would say “Hey do you remember . . . ”

Breitbach Country Tavern
Breitbach's Country Tavern, Iowa's oldest, has been run by the Breitbach family since 1852

On the way back to Dubuque we stopped in Balltown Iowa to dine at Breitbach’s Country Tavern. We hadn’t been there since the second of two devastating fires destroyed this Iowa landmark. We missed the original because it had been there for ages and was filled with a gazzilion antiques (see here for a few shots of the “old” Breitbach’s). While the building is new looking local craftsmen have done a decent job in finishing off the interior with fine dark hardwoods giving it the atmosphere of an old time German or Swiss pub. Although the fire destroyed almost all of the Breitbach family’s several generations of antique collections, they have a few newly acquired antiques to lend character to the atmosphere. But the most pleasant experience of all has not changed. Breitbach’s food and service is terrific. We stuffed ourselves with the all-you-can-eat buffet. The service kept our tables clean and water glasses refreshed. The Breitbach family has been at this spot offering hospitality since 1852 and they have done a great job of it.

The next day, Wednesday, I had a chance to play the Blue Course at Lacoma Golf Club, which is across the river from Dubuque in East Dubuque, IL. It is a mature, scenic tree lined course with some degree of elevation change. The rough under the trees was mowed so balls hit outside of the fairway were fairly easy to find. Only a few holes had woods so thick and tight to fairway that an errant ball was “goodbye.” The greens were in good condition and easy to read. Overall the course was quite playable and a decent value for your golfing dollar. Reminded me of the Portage Lake Golf Course in Houghton, Michigan.

JoQuilter FabricsAfter golfing we traveled south of Dubuque, about 20 miles, along the Iowa side of the Great River Road to the town of Bellevue along the Mississippi River. There  is a quilt shop there Jo wanted to visit and we wanted to see the town as we had previously always traveled the Illinois side of the Great River Road along this stretch. Unfortunately the shop, JoQuilter Fabrics, was closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays so all we could do was look in the window. Jo says she is planning a Great River Road Quilt Shop tour to this part of the Great River next summer so she’ll make sure to be in Bellevue when the shop is open. The town itself is aligned along the river with an attractive river walk on the river side of the street and small gift shops, antique stores, craft shops, and restaurants on the other side of the street. A person could spend an hour or two wandering through the shops. There is also a lock and dam adjacent to downtown so one can get a good look at the river boat traffic as it comes through the locks. Another disappointment in our visit to Bellevue was the fact that the paved road to nearby Bellevue State Park was closed and we weren’t up for traveling a few miles down the alternate gravel road entrance.

The Meadows Golf Course
The Meadows Golf Course Dubuque Iowa

On Thursday I got in another golfing fix this time golfing The Meadows a course in the Dubuque western suburb of Asbury. Not very many trees in this course since not too many years ago it was a field of corn and grains. But the rolling hills and course landscaping presented an attractive picture. Every hole on the course had a unique visual character to it. The fairways were close cut bent grass giving you the feeling of playing on a carpet. Every time I took a divot I felt I was committing a misdemeanor. While the fairways always had elevation changes, a few water and sand trap hazards, and many with doglegs left or right or left and right, the challenge at The Meadows is the greens. All of them are elevated so a ball rolling off the edge of the frog hair would end up rolling several feet downhill into the longer grass. The greens themselves were often domed and had undulations with pin placements to challenge your ability to read the terrain. Combined with fast greens the challenge to your putting skills was enthusiastic! Result. I had many more 3 putts than I can recall having in recent outings. Despite the 3 putts and fairly good shots rolling off the green into the steep long grass I enjoyed the outing. A very good quality course with a reasonable green and cart fee structure. Thus an excellent golfing value. Oh and the club house was decent – had one of our favorite beers – Michelob Amber Bock – on tap.

After golfing we visited the Stone Cliff Winery’s Wine Bar and Pub located in the old Star Brewery building along the Dubuque Mississippi River Walk. Jo and I did their 5 wine sampler and our unanimous favorite was their Red Dawg variety. We bought a bottle to take home. In the same building down the hall is the winery’s production facility where they bottle the wine. Tours are available. I should also mention that the Wine Bar also has a number of excellent craft beers on tap. On the way home we stopped in Platteville, Wisconsin to sample the pizza at Steve’s Pizzeria a popular bar and pizza joint near the University of Wisconsin-Platteville campus. Nice atmosphere and a decent sampling of beers on tap. The pizza was OK but I think our pizza taste buds have been spoiled by the pizza places in Superior, Wisconsin – Shamrock, Thirsty Pagan, and Gronks.

–Till next time  — Roscoe

Minnesota NorthShore Quilt Shops

Travel journal of our trip to visit quilt shops along Minnesota’s Lake Superior shoreline.

Kunnert Creations Quilt and Gift Shop
Kunnert Creations Quilt and Gift Shop

In July, 2010 my girlfriend Sue and I took a quilting-travel trip up to Lake Superior’s Minnesota North Shore. On the way up, near the town of Gordon on US Highway 53, we stopped at a shop that I’ve noticed on previous trips to Duluth but never had a chance to stop. It is called Kunnert Creations and features fabric, quilt supply’s, yarn, some great womens clothing and other gifts.

Later we stopped for a lunch break at Two Harbors lakefront across the bay from the Two Harbors Lighthouse. Two Harbors has a nice lakeside campground that we’ve stayed at before – Burlington Bay -and also a decent rock picking beach popular with agate hunters. Another reason Ross likes the campground is that it is just across the street the Lakeview National Golf Course. Our next stop was at the Beaver Bay quilt shop (Quilt Corner). I wanted to show Sue this shop because it features a number of northwoods and wildlife patterns and fabrics that she likes.

Between the Seams Quilt Shop
Between the Seams Quilt Shop - Minnesota North Shore

Just a few miles more down the road near Tettegouche State Park we discovered a new quilt shop that I hadn’t had on my list of Lake Superior quilt shops- “Behind the Scenes Quilt Shop.” It is set back from Highway 61 quite a distance so it is easy to miss it. Large variety of fabrics types. I was particularly drawn to the selection of batiks and the variety of light tones.

crystals log cabin quilts
Crystal's Log Cabin Quilts - Grand Marais, Minnesota

Our destination was Grand Marais, Minnesota, a picturesque harbor town with lots of neat places and things to see and do – including a nice quilt shop, Crystal’s Log Cabin Quilts.  She has more northwoods themed fabrics and Sue found a quilt rack made from logs that she had to take home.  This shop also has quilts that they sell – just incase your not a quilter.

grand marais harbor from the Angry Trout Cafe
Sue and I enjoyed a gentle breeze from the lake and great whitefish and lake trout sandwiches from the deck of the Angry Trout Cafe

In Grand Marais we dined on the deck of our favorite café – the Angry Trout with the harbor lighthouse and the harbor beach as our overlook.

We had planned to spend some time in Duluth, Minnesota and Canal Park on our way home but road construction and traffic changed our plans and we headed east to Ashland and stayed at the Kreher RV Park. During the last year the Bayfield Quilt Company moved their shop to Ashland but it was closed for the day when we arrived so we couldn’t see their new diggings.

Fabric Works Quilt Shop
Fabric Works Quilt and Yarn Shop - Superior, Wisconsin

While Sue and I also spent some time in Superior, Wisconsin (twin city to Duluth) we missed the fact that there was a quilt shop on Tower Avenue. I discovered this shop on a later trip with my husband Ross. He was golfing at Nemadji Golf Club and I went out of coffee and scones to the Red Mug Expresso Café and that’s when I noticed “The Fabric Works” shop. It has been there for 20 years and somehow I missed it during previous trips to Superior.  This shop has a nice variety of fabric plus lots of yarn.  Barb the shop owner was finishing a really great looking sweater with a zipper down the front – made me want to take up knitting.

While our original plan was to stop at a quilt shop in Siren, Wisconsin on our way home, we were getting weary of all the miles in so few days so we took the more direct route back to our homes in South Central Wisconsin.