MINNESOTA STARTS HERE

Conveniently located on Hwy 210 in Carlton, MN, just 3 miles off I-35,
right on the Willard Munger Trail near Jay Cooke State Park.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Bike Trails Bolster Carlton Businesses

A feature story in this month's Business North shared how the intersection of Munger and St. Louis River recreational trails helps bring business to Carlton. "You can't believe the bike traffic we have. The trails have been very good to us," said Denny Randelin, president of the Carlton Area Development Corp.

The article by editor/publisher Ron Brochu gives a nice glimpse into the local community here. Joelene Steffens, who established Carlton Bike Rental and Repair here at this hub, notes that biking is not only a very healthy activity, it is also green. Tourists passing through are possibly the community's biggest untapped asset.

The town is ideally situated in a beautifully remote setting that is moments away from Jay Cooke State Park, accessible by bike or by hike. And it is not uncommon for families camping in the park to noodle their way into Carlton to see what's where, only to discover there's more here than first meets the eye, including the Art Dimensions Gallery, Hobo Junction, Disc Golf and more.

"Its a work in progress," says Steffens, who with the help of husband Chuck, friends and family has done a yeoman's job of getting the business off the ground. As winter's icy chill blows in, the hearths keep us warm as we look to the coming spring to build on this year's foundations.

Photo: Joelene Steffens talks about her vision for the year ahead with its challenges and opportunities.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Hobo Junction, USA

Though autumn be waning, there are still enough days left to get a good bicycle ride in. A good kickoff point is right here in Carlton. There is not only some good biking, but also great history.

We had been told about hobo camps nearby because of the railroad lines that run through this way. If you look at the tallest tree in that cluster of pines across the tracks, just to the left of our Hobo sign in this photo taken yesterday, you will see the location of one of the three camps in this vicinity. Charlotte Zacker, who owned Charlotte's Cafe here, and had a reputation as having the best legs in town, used to bring food to these men in her bouffant hair and gossamer gowns.

The days of hobo camps may be gone, but the days of making new memories for our children's children's children live on. Next time you're in the neighborhood, don't be a stranger. Stop by and say hello. We've got some beautiful nature photography and art here as well as next door at our framing gallery Art Dimensions. And bikes of all kinds for some of the best rides of your life.

In the meantime, enjoy the day.

Monday, October 11, 2010

There's Art Here, Too

With the rich beauty of the external world all around us here in Carlton, you might think we've got more than our share to delight in. But you know, there's another kind of beauty here as well, and that is the creative outpourings of artists who look at the world, stir it a little and re-enact a form of creation, with paintings, drawings, photography...

That's another dimension of Hobo Junction. We call it Art Dimensions, and it spills over into Carlton Bike Rental as well. Anyone who's walked through these doors was mightily surprised to see so many first class pieces on our walls, from Ed Newman's Portrait of Dylan to Randy Samarzia's incredible nature photography to Doris Sampson's art, and more.

We're constantly re-arranging in order to give you something we know you'll want. There is something magical about fine tuning aesthetic perceptions. For reasons that can't be explained, aesthetic stimulation -- like a beautiful sunset or a work of art -- brings pleasure beyond the retina of our eyes. It's deeper than that. And that's something we want to offer you today. And if you haven't been buy in a while, stop in and say hi... and see what's new.

In the meantime, have a great one.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

We've Got Rhythm

Well, it's been quite the year around hear in Carlton. This spring we had an old house and two small buildings at Hobo Junction, and a heckuva loud railroad track behind the place. The railroads still rumble past with a roar all day, but the house is gone and the empty building next to the Art Dimensions Gallery is a lively bike rental and repair facility conveniently located on one of the most beautiful stretches of bike trail you'll find anywhere, any time.

But right now it is especially beautiful as the maples explode with color and the rest of our natural heritage here struts its native wonder.

The early part of the summer was an exhausting dash to the ribbon cutting during Carlton Days, after which we were all a bit dazed. But now, we're pedaling to a rhythm and if you have not been by you really owe it to yourself. The trails are alive with an incomparable vibrance, which means the early mists of winter will soon be creeping in.

Recommended: Biking this weekend on Munger Trail. Five stars.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Organic Dairy Farm Tour

Carlton Bike Rental is pleased to announce we are now offering local Bike Tours!

Starting immediately on both Fridays and Saturdays, in arrangement with Green Pastures Dairy, area residents and visitors can bike ride to an organic dairy farm.

On Fridays, leave Carlton Bike Rental at 10:00 a.m., ride the beautiful Munger Trail for approximately 9 miles to Green Pastures Dairy, a locally owned and operated all organic dairy farm. Minnesota Farmstead Cheese is made on Friday mornings, and a viewing window is located in the store for those interested in watching the process. Bike riders will then be served lunch, and a beverage.

On Saturdays, leave Carlton Bike Rental at 10:30 a.m., ride the beautiful Munger Trail to Green Pastures Dairy (GPD). On tap for riders is a full tour of the farm. GPD milk in the spring, summer, and fall, using intensive rotational grazing, which means the cows are moved to fresh green pastures daily. You will also enjoy meeting the rest of the farm, including turkeys, pigs, hens, and other farm animals. Lunch will be served as well as a beverage.

Tour includes bike rental, lunch, approximately 3 hours of stress-free living and an Ice Cream Treat upon your return to Carlton Bike Rental. $25.00 per person

RELAX AND ENJOY THE SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF A FAMILY-RUN ORGANIC DAIRY!
Riders of all ages are welcome. To reserve your spot call 218-384-4696 or email us at carltonbikerental@gmail.com

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Randy Samarzia Photography Featured Here


One thing the Northland has in abundance is beauty. For this reason we find a similar abundance of artists and photographers striving in one way or another to capture and reflect that beauty. One such artist is Randy Samarzia whose work is on display at Art Dimensions and Carlton Bike Rental here in Hobo Junction. If the weather is nice, rent a bike and take a tour up of the Munger Trail. If the weather's not so nice, stop by for a visit and check out Randy's photos of the changing seasons. They're almost as nice as being there. And when framed by Joelene they make a welcome addition to any home. You owe it to yourself to check out Randy's work.



Sunday, July 25, 2010

Ribbon Cutting


The moment we’d all been waiting for arrived…. The official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony yesterday morning at Carlton Bike Rental. Congressman Jim Oberstar arrived early to tour the new facilities, along with the endless meeting and greeting that goes with such events. All who helped the enterprise were given the privilege of signing the ribbon, which was then ceremoniously cut, followed by a short speech on the importance and value of biking.

Scissors in hand, Congressman Jim began the speech by noting that more bikes than cars were sold last year in America and that the growth of biking has been significant over the course of our lifetimes. What follows are excerpts from this speech.

“We required in that legislation (Highway Trust Fund) a National Bicycle Coordinator of the Federal Highway Administration paid by the Highway Trust Fund, and State Bicycle Coordinators in every state, also paid out of the Highway Trust Fund; required the development of a state wide bike plan in every state…. From '71 to '91 there was only 40 million dollars spent by all 50 states collectively on bicycle trails. Since then, we've spent 3 ½ billion dollars invested in bike trails, Rails to Trails which are eligible under the Highway Trust Fund and the bicycle provisions. And then in 2005, I launched the Safe Routes to School Initiative for elementary schools to get children biking and walking to school, as an antidote to the obesity epidemic and the type 2 diabetes epidemic hitting this country. And now, the Safe Routes to School is in 7,000 schools nationwide, and every state has a Safe Routes to School Coordinator, and there's a Safe Routes clearing house to advise school districts on how to set their programs up and how to go about doing it. Every year, there's a national conference on Safe Routes to School, and the goal is to make bicycling a mode of transportation.

“Most trips by car are 4 miles or less. That is, 60% of all trips by automobiles are 4 miles or less. You could do that easily on a bike. You can have a basket in the front like they do in the Netherlands, in Denmark, in Finland, in Germany, in Spain, and many places in England, and put your groceries in there and take them home. Or you could have a shoulder bag and carry home most things that you need at a grocery store or shopping center. In Copenhagen, 38% of all trips for all purposes are by bicycle. The world's largest pharmaceutical, Novo Nordisk is headquartered in Copenhagen. The CEO of Novo Nordisk rides to work in a bike. His briefcase is in a limousine but the goes in a bike.”


After describing a bicycle ride through Washington D.C. with the Crown Prince of Denmark, the congressman spoke in detail about the origins of the Paul Bunyan Bike Train which has grown from 40,000 users a dozen years ago to 650,000 users today with the corresponding growth of bed and breakfasts, restaurants and other services due to this influx of bikers.

“People drive the 130 miles up from the Twin Cities, they park at the trail head and they have a wonderful, relaxing, reinvigorating weekend. That's what we're seeing. That's what you're part of right here Jolene. Thank you for the initiative, for your vision, seeing this great future for bicycling and enhancing Carlton with this wonderful facility. It’s a complete trail, you have the bikes you have the service, you have food, you have cold drinks, you have everything. All you need is hot days.”

Thank you, Jim.

Photos from yesterday's event courtesy Randy Samarzia. Click images to enlarge.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Everyone Invited to Saturday's Disc Golf Tournament

A mile from Carlton Bike Rental is a new and very cool Disc Golf course. According to Ethan Gamble who operates the new venture, there will be a Disc Golf Tournament from noon till 4:00 p.m.

The professionally designed disc golf course features 9 challenging holes taking you on a meandering route through the woods and fields around South Terrace Elementary School. Kudos to Kirk Johnson and Bob Olean for creating and building this exciting new addition to the community of Carlton. Come join us on Saturday for a disc tournament, with the Carlton Fire Department spearheading this exciting new event. Carlton Bike Rental will have discs available at the course. All proceeds will be go to charity. See you there!

Competition will be divided into four age brackets: 5-12, 12-18, 18-24 and 24 on up. Cost is $10 adults, $5 for kids with all proceeds going to a local family in desperate need.

Everyone and anyone interested in more information, call Ethan at 218-213-4123. Don't forget that Discs can be rented at Carlton Bike Rental, throughout the year. Are you ready to rumble!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tribune Gives Us A Nod

It's always fun to make the news. Yesterday, the Duluth News Tribune made reference to Carlton Bike Rental in its Monday Biz Buzz section. The story went like this:

Joelene Steffens opened Carlton Bike and Rental and “Simple” Repair next to Art Dimensions in Carlton. The two enterprises are known as Hobo Junction.

The business rents bicycles, has picnic lunches, cold drinks and snacks for hot days, and maps to help you find your way on the bike trails. Hobo Junction also handles rentals for the new Disc Golf Course Sanctuary in Carlton.

The telephone number is (218) 393-1201.


But the big story is this weekend's Carlton Daze when Congressman Jim joins us for our ribbon cutting.

In the meantime, mark you calendars for a day you can join us on the bike trails. It's summertime. The breezy air is feeling pretty good and the wildflowers have never looked brighter.

Photo courtesy Randy Samarzia. To see Randy's amazing photography up close and personal, visit Art Dimensions and Carlton Bike Rental, here at Hobo Junction, or check out his work online at www.pbase.com/csphoto

Monday, July 5, 2010

Congressman Oberstar Schedules Visit To Carlton Daze

Carlton Daze is an annual celebration that is held each year here in Carlton, MN. During the last full weekend in July of each year, we celebrate "Carlton Daze", a community-wide celebration which includes softball tournaments, golf outings, a 3 on 3 basketball tournament, craft shows, auctions, children's theater, community plays, street dances, a 5k race and an ultra marathon, a business expo, bingo, live entertainment, a parade and food galore! There is something for everyone, and a great time is had by all who attend.

This year, one special attendee will be Congressman Jim Oberstar, our 8th district representative in Washington. He was looking forward to biking one of our newly opened bike trails, but as you can imagine he has a busy schedule. One item on the agenda is a ribbon cutting ceremony at Carlton Bike Rental here on Saturday at 9:45 a.m. "Jim" is well-respected as a friend of the working man and the common man. It's only natural that he would join us here at Hobo Junction on this special occasion to open a new chapter in Carlton history.

Carlton Daze 2010 will run from July 23-25.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

A Little Known Fact About Bikes

In 1970 bicycling became more popular because of environmental awareness. That was the year of the first Earth Day. The subsequent oil embargo and resulting fuel shortages led to even more reliance on bicycles and by 1978, more bikes than cars were sold in the US.

Biking is good for the heart and good for the soul. Be sure to get out and enjoy the fresh air and natural wonder that only biking can give you. Bring your whole family and make an outing of it. It's healthy and wholesome, and a great way to make memories that can last a lifetime.

We have all the styles of bicycles you could hope for. Make Carlton Bike Rental & Repair the kickoff point of your next scenic adventure. Minnesota starts here!
Bike art courtesy Adam Swanson. See more of his bike art at www.adamswanson.com

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Get Outside and Enjoy the Day

As we left the store last night we noticed how many people have been taking advantage of the bike trail system. No question it has been a wet month of June, but even with the scattered showers, much of the time we have plenty of hours available for biking. It may be that people are just tired of being cooped up.

Biking is a great way to loosen up after sitting in an office all week. It's also a great source of inspiration, surrounding oneself with the great outdoors.

Biking has also been a source of inspiration for songs and poetry. Here's one you're no doubt familiar with. We share it here to put you in the mood...

Bicycle Built For Two
by Harry Dacre, 1892

There is a flower
Within my heart,
Daisy, Daisy!
Planted one day
By a glancing dart,
Planted by Daisy Bell!
Whether she loves me
Or loves me not,
Sometimes it's hard to tell;
Yet I am longing to share the lot -
Of beautiful Daisy Bell!

Daisy, Daisy,
Give me your answer do!
I'm half crazy,
All for the love of you!
It won't be a stylish marriage,
I can't afford a carriage
But you'll look sweet upon the seat
Of a bicycle made for two.

We will go 'tandem'
As man and wife,
Daisy, Daisy!
'Peddling' away
Down the road of life,
I and my Daisy Bell!
When the road's dark
We can both despise
P'licemen and 'lamps' as well;
There are 'bright lights’
In the dazzling eyes
Of beautiful Daisy Bell!

Daisy, Daisy,
Give me your answer do!
I'm half crazy,
All for the love of you!
It won't be a stylish marriage,
I can't afford a carriage
But you'll look sweet upon the seat
Of a bicycle made for two.

I will stand by you
In 'weal' or woe,
Daisy, Daisy!
You'll be the bell(e)
Which I'll ring you know!
Sweet little Daisy Bell!
You'll take the 'lead'
In each 'trip' we take,
Then if I don't do well,
I will permit you to
Use the brake,
My beautiful Daisy Bell!


Get out and enjoy the day. And yes, we have bicycles built for two!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Carlton Is Happening


Check out the motorcycles. This is the view from in front of Hobo Junction and Carlton Bike Rental. We like the activity. This is not your typical sleepy little town.

A few weeks ago, Joelene Steffens, visionary proprietor of Carlton Bike Rental, said, "We're definitely trying to make Carlton happen. This weekend we happen to have a gun show in town and it’s just phenomenal the traffic that's going through that parking lot. It’s been non-stop all day long. We had a chicken swap in our town a couple weeks ago. We're just looking for those opportunities to generate community and we want people to bring their families here. So we've got Jay Cooke State Park right down the road. It’s a beautiful bike ride from here to Jay Cooke and you can, while you're there, check out a GPS unit and go on a scavenger hunt. Kids think it’s fantastic. It covers all different age groups and while you're there you will see many adults doing the same thing. The great thing about it is it's free."

Stay tuned because just as summer follows spring, the best is yet to come. Minnesota starts here!

Photo courtesy Doris Sampson

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Making History

In 1870 the Northern Pacific Railroad decided to finish a stretch of track that would link Duluth to St. Paul. Temporary shacks were erected for the workmen at the place that was soon know as "Northern Pacific Junction". In 1881 this settlement was incorporated as "Carlton". It takes its name from State Senator Ruben Carlton.

This stretch of railroad played an important role in populating Northern Minnesota, which had only recently begun to attract settlers. Free land, if you can make a go of it, was offered to nearly any and all. The harsh winters made the Northland more attractive to Scandinavians and Eastern Europeans than to their Mediterranean peers. Those who came stayed, and those who are here, love the richness of the seasons and the natural beauty that surrounds them.

During the Great Depression Carlton's proximity to "the tracks" gave rise to several hobo enclaves, displaced Americans who rode the rails seeking a new life or a better future. Out of work, but not out of dreams, they pressed on, shared stories and hard times, and found ways to bring one another smiles, and hope. That's why we call this little patch of paradise Hobo Junction.
Today, Carlton is coming alive again as a gathering place. With Jay Cooke State Park up around the bend and 63 miles of biking trails, there are good reasons one might consider making Carlton a stop along the way in your next summer vacation plans. While your here, schedule in a little bike riding. At Carlton Bike Rental we can show you the way. You may even get a hankering to try one of our bicycles built-for-two.

Once you've dropped by you will understand why we believe, Minnesota Starts Here.

Photo courtesy Randy Samarzia, taken by his wife Barb.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Bikes A-plenty

What a beautiful day here in the Northland. The sun is hot, the sky blue. You really need to get outside this weekend.

We all know that slathering lotion over your skin and becoming an incipient sun worshipper is one way to enjoy the daylight hours of summer. On the other hand, a better way might be to grab a bike and go for a ride. Besides being fun, and cool, it's a great way to see the world.

The website ibike.org lists 60 great reasons to take up bicycling. In addition to increasing mobility and helping your cardiovascular system, the top of the list is a reminder that bicycling is an activity that leave zero carbon footprint.

Biking is a great activity. If you want a place to embrace biking, there's a wonderful network of Minnesota bike trails to explore. And it's only getting better.

Check us out. We have bikes for your little tykes, bicycles built for two and even offer picnic lunches. There's a good reason Carlton has become a happening place. We're happy yo be in the midst of it, because Minnesota starts here.

Flower photo courtesy Randy Samarzia. To see more of Randy's remarkable nature photography, visit www.pbase.com/csphoto

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Our New Sign Is Up!

What a difference two weeks can make. New sod in place, the rosebushes planted, and now the sign is up and we're inviting you to be part of our dream.

Carlton Bike Rental and Repair is already open for business, but we keep wanting to make it better. Having the sign out front is one way of letting you know, "We're here."

Recommended: Take a visit today. The weather couldn't be more perfect.

And as we're fond of reminding you.... Minnesota starts here!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Progress Report

The second law of thermodynamics states that things fall apart. Unattended, that is what happens to everything in this world. Da Vinci noted that an unused plow will turn to a pile of rust, but if used it remains wholly in a piece.

So it is with homes, buildings, even towns. If neglected, as the saying goes, things fall apart. It is the attention to detail, maintenance, and upkeep that gives something value. Whether it be trails on state parks or the snowmobile trails maintained by snowmobile clubs, the end result is a gift to the many who use these things.

Here in Carlton we're pushing ourselves to make ready for a new bike riding season. The two photos here show what we've accomplished in the past two weeks. An abandoned house has been removed, and our new bike rental facility has gotten a facelift. Inside it's been dressed to the nines as well. You really should check it out. We've got new art on the walls, very cool bikes, and biking resource guides with maps to all your favorite places.

Find out why we're saying, "Minnesota starts here."

Photo captions: top right before, and lower right, after.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

“The bicycle, the bicycle surely, should always be the vehicle of novelists and poets” ~ Christopher Morley

Sun is shining... time to think about your next weekend getaway. Any plans for next Saturday? Visit Carlton Bike Rental and you can head North or South, either way makes for a beautiful, leisurely ride. Minnesota starts here.


Bike art courtesy Adam Swanson. See more of his bike art at www.adamswanson.com

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Hiking & Biking Trails Open

The signs of spring are all around us. A breaking story in the local news this week: Duluth area hiking & biking trails are now open. Eagles and other migratory birds have been returning. Bears have wakened from hibernation. In short, the 2010 fresh air season is now underway.

If you haven't been in the neighborhood lately, come by and see the facelift our Carlton Bike Rental & Repair shop has been receiving. We're simply thrilled to be here with everything you could ever need to have a fun-filled family getaway in our "living Northland." Plan an outing with us. See what Minnesota looks like off the beaten path. Plan a dozen outings. See how our spring compares with summer. Be sure to take in the wild, vibrant autumn colors as well.

Minnesota Starts Here!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Progress Report

Whoa! It's April, and we're getting ready to roll.

The sunny weather has our hearts a-pumpin' as we rush to ready ourselves for the new season. It's springtime everybody!

The retro bikes are here. The new porch roof has been added. And we're working on getting an outdoor sound system for music. Carlton Bike Rental & Repair is a-hoppin' and we're hopin' you'll be joining us soon.

Something really cool this year, we're getting baskets for your bikes so you can carry extras for that bike trail picnic or adventure you're planning. There will be some really neat things in our art and gift shop when you end your day, too. We can hardly keep up with all the really neat ideas we're dreaming up to make your biking experiences memorable.

In the meantime, have a nice Easter Weekend. We'll see you soon!
Bike art courtesy Adam Swanson. See more of his bike art at www.adamswanson.com

Monday, March 15, 2010

March Madness

Whoa, what do you think of this weather? The tarmac on the bike trails has been clearing, the sun has been shining its big warm smile, and even the sod is beginning to show its green sheen. Spring is in the air. Definitely.

Carlton is shaking off the old Jack Frost like a wet dog fresh from the river. And Carlton Bike Rental is pushing high gear as we prepare for the the new season. First chance you get check out the renovations we're doing on the building. It won't be long the bikes come out of cold storage. The town itself is getting a thrill as the new season approaches. Because Minnesota starts here.

Photo Credit: Randy Samarzia
www.pbase.com/csphoto

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The First Bicycle

According to Pedalinghistory.com the first bicycle was invented by a Baron von Drais in 1817. It wasn't exactly a bicycle as we know it today, though it did have two wheels. It was actually a walking machine that helped him get around his royal gardens. To move the thing he walked, with the wheels turning, the front one steerable, mounted in a frame which he straddled. The device became a short lived fad, but it undoubtedly stimulated imaginations... and though not as useful as a mountain bike, it served its purpose on the smooth paths of his garden.

The first Schwinn entered the scene, after many intermediate steps with hilariously large front wheels, in 1895. Eventually, throughout the 20th century hard rubber wheels yielded to inflatable rubber inner tubes, and complex gear ratios with the eventual evolution to our our complex, dynamically engineered equipment today.

The essential function remains unchanged... getting here to there with greater ease. Whatever your ultimate destination, make sure you enjoy the sights along the way.

Monday, March 1, 2010

You Like Bikes? So Do We.

The sunny skies and melting snow can only mean one thing. It won't be long till our bike trails are open and another season can begin at Carlton Bike Rental.

In the meantime, we're excited to have found another artist who loves bicycles: Rolf Hagberg. Rolf comes to us from the Twin Cities, loves the Northland and has such a keen fascination with bicycles that he named a business after it called Motivity. Rolf is a photographer with a visionary eye, a gold heart and an artist's touch.

We're hoping he'll bring some of his work to decorate our shop this year. Impressive is an understatement. Read more about Rolf at Ennyman's Territory. And expect to see more photos from Motivity decorating the pages of this blog during the months ahead.

Thanks, Rolf, for enriching our lives with your work.


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Official Hours For 2010

We can't begin to tell you how excited we are about the 2010 season here at Carlton Bike Rental. No time to spill all the beans here, but we promise you there are wonderful breezes blowing this way right now. Visitors will discover why we're spreading the word that Minnesota starts here.

Official hours for 2010 have now been established.
Mondays thru Saturdays, 8am-5pm and Sundays from 9am to 4pm.

In addition to the wonderful vistas you can see along Minnesota's premiere bike trails, we will also be sharing on this blog and at our shop some of the wonderful bicycle paintings of Adam Swanson. Adam is relatively new to the area, but has captured our affections with his bold colors and the strength of his images. And if our rental bikes inspire in you fond memories of your own first bicycle, you can visit Adam's website and commission a painting that brings to life your own variation of Rosebud.

In the meantime, do come back to stay abreast of all our unfolding news. It's getting better all the time.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Make It An Adventure

Perhaps you've always wanted to Explore Minnesota but just didn't know where to begin. Why not start here? Carlton Bike Rental is perfectly equipped to get you on your way. Situated on the hub of three major bike trails, you really can take a leisurely look at all that this northern paradise has to offer.

The beauty is spectacular, but as you know cars simply zip too fast to really take it in. Why not leave your car here, and explore some of the most wonderful places and spaces you'll ever see, by bicycle?

You're invited. And you're always welcome here. Spring, summer or fall, do drop in... and take your time. There's always more to see than meets the eye.

BLOG PHOTOS COURTESY RANDY SAMARZIA UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED