T Tuesday: resort edition

I missed T stands for Tuesday last week while Mini-me and I were up north enjoying time with family at a resort. There were 16 of us which is a lot smaller group than it has been over the last few years.

resortIt’s been a long standing tradition for the maternal side of Mr. G’s family to gather at a resort for a week each summer. The first few years we were married the yearly gathering was at a small resort in Wisconsin. We went for a few days when we could but after the resort changed ownership the tradition faded. That is until about 4 years ago when the group gathered in Alexandria, MN.

We tried out a new resort this year and don’t regret it at all. It’s in a beautiful yet fairly remote area…as in there are no decent sized towns within an hours drive.  We were a very short distance from the southern edge of the Chippewa National Forest.


The resort sat on a small bay of a much larger lake. It was very quiet with little boat traffic.


Just the occasional Loon.


There was a great beach volleyball court for Mini-me to practice her skills. She gave me and my BIL quiet the workout playing with her. Neither of us are sporty in the least.

Each year we have a themed potluck gathering. This years theme was kind of vague…Greece/Olympus. Honestly, I didn’t really “get it” other than the food.  I brought a Mediterranean salad.


Typically everyone goes all out dressing up, menu planning and decorating according to the theme. There was Gyros, hummus, kabobs, salads, crockpots of goodies, homemade wine and cider plus so much more.


So much food!!!!


The kids enjoyed games.


And of course S’mores around the fire.

We aren’t sure what the plan is for next year yet but I’m sure at least Mini-me and I will go if time allows.

Tuesday has an appt. and back to school shopping for sure…who knows what else we’ll end up doing. The summer is quickly fading away.

What are you doing today?


  1. Looks like the perfect way to get away for a week. That was a HUGE spread, too. It also looks like there was plenty of wine. Glad you and mini-me had a good time because it really looks like a great place to relax and have some bonding time. Laughed at Mini-me giving you and BIL a workout. I can relate!

    Thanks for sharing the trip, buffet, and wine with us for T this week.

  2. Looks like a great place to spend some time together and enjoy the food and drink as well

    Have a happy t day

    Love Chrissie xx

  3. That looks like a really cool idea. And even more so, it looks like a lot of fun. Nice share for T day Halle. 🙂 Erika

  4. Well that definitely looks like a fun time Halle.. I miss the family reunions and get togethers we used to have… we just slowly stopped having them.. love the loon… love how low they are in the water and their pretty stripes… Happy happy T day! Hugs! deb

  5. What a lovely tradition and such a great way to spend time with your family, it looks such a relaxing place! The themed potluck gathering is so much fun and the food looks so delicious, I would happily try a bit of everything … lol 😀. I’d be so full but there is always room for yummy smores …lol 😉. Wishing you a very Happy T Day!

  6. Kathyinozarkssays: Reply

    Good morning, that is a wonderful family tradition and this newest resort sounds perfect. the remote from big cities the better I like it.
    The themed potluck is a great idea too-the food all sounds amazing.
    Happy T day Hugs Kathy

  7. Meggymaysays: Reply

    It looks an idea setting for your family gathering. The photos looked great. The food sounded good as well and pop
    luck sounds a good idea when preparing food for a number of folk.
    Happy T day.
    Yvonne xx

  8. The new resort looks like a good pick. Beautiful setting and nice amenities. Our family has never had family vacations like this, and I can’t even really imagine it.

    Happy T Tuesday!

  9. It sounds like a very nice family gathering, Halle. Glad you found a new and better resort so that the tradition doesn’t die. What a lovely setting. I enjoy potlucks. You never know what you’ll get. The menu sounds quite interesting. Kudos to you guys for whipping up some unusual dishes in a resort kitchen!

    Happy T-Day! Hugs, Eileen

  10. That looks like the perfect spot to get away from it all. It looks idyllic.
    Yes, the summer is flying past. We are going on holiday late so I consider my summer lasting until October!
    Happy (belated) T-Day,

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