Ever Visited Pipestone, Minnesota?

Amazing!  That’s just how I’m going to start this post, because once a person gets off the interstate, life changes from “blah-blah-blah” to “WOWZA!”  So, I imagine most of you all have at least heard of the “Twin Cities”, those being Minneapolis, MN and St. Paul, WI, and nearly everybody has heard of Walnut Grove, where the famous little pioneer girl, Laura Ingalls Wilder, grew up, with all her tales of the banks of Plum Creek and the notoriously awful little Nellie Olson.  But have you ever heard of Pipestone?

Pipestone is a deliriously rich little town in Eastern Minnesota.  The buildings are all made of this completely enchanting “pipestone”, a brilliantly pinkish-mauve rock that makes the whole town full of a vibrant color- seriously, like no other!  And, smack-dab in the middle of Pipestone is (drum-roll please). . . The Historic Calumet Inn.  Folks, this inn is nearly worth the trip all in itself.  If you are completely going “off the beaten path” on Highway 30, Pipestone is 8 miles from the South Dakota border, about 36 miles north of I-90.  So much to say about this little place- not only is it historically significant and cool, but the food is knock-your-socks-off excellent- The ribs?  The dessert?  Delicious!  And it is EXACTLY the little locally-owned, mom-and-pop you will love.  http://www.calumetinn.com  (and it is amazingly affordable too).