Kelly’s last vacation Day 5


It’s our last day of vacation. After going out to eat Thursday night at Chow in Elk River, we took Friday off to rest and do some local shopping. We slept on Saturday and then started our last day of vacation at Spilled Grain Brewhouse around 12:30 pm.

Spilled Grain Brewery at Annandale has received award after award for their superb creations in small batches. If you like variety and flavor this is a great place to visit.


At 2:30 p.m. we arrived at Foxhole Brewhouse in Wilmar. It was difficult to tell where this was as there was only a small sign above the entrance. We walked inside and it was huge! We had the whole place to ourselves for about 15 minutes and then the place started to fill up with people.

I love the way Foxhole Brewhouse got its name. The owner’s last name is Fuch, which means FOX in German. Liv and Ryan Fuch were introduced to dark beer at a local bowling alley and say they were hooked. Since their last name means Fox and Liv calls their house their “Foxhole”, the name Foxhole Brewhouse has been created.

According to their website, the last time there was a brewery in Wilmar was in 1899, so they wanted to bring one back. It’s quite spacious inside and they have some great beers to try and enjoy.

We started to get hungry later in the afternoon. So we decided to head for St. Joe, and on a whim we were heading for St. Joe, when Darin yelled, “Wait! Turn here!” In a snap, we arrived at Milk and Honey Ciders in St. Joe.


We were shocked that the parking lot was filled with cars from out of state. North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Washington ?! Wow! This place must be awesome. As we got closer to the door, we realized that someone was having their wedding party at the Milk and Honey Ciders grounds. We were marriage breakers! By accident, of course. This place is in the middle of beautiful nature. I tried their Cherry Cider Tart which I loved, but I’m starting to get a little hungry. OK. Enough of the wedding party, we better have something to eat.


At around 6:30 am, we arrived at St. Joe’s and decided to try one of our new restaurants in the area, the Krewe Restaurant. All I can say is WOW. We have this amazing restaurant so close to us? How lucky are we?

This spacious venue showcases the flavors of New Orleans cuisine, and it always is. We started with delicious drinks and Louisiana crab cakes. Next, let’s move on to the main dishes. We decided to share an order of red beans and rice from Louisiana and Grandpa’s Gumbo.

The food was amazing and I can’t wait to go back and try some of the other fantastic food they have on offer. Braised Lamb, Shrimp Jambalaya and Smoked Duck. Or how about some crawfish and chicken dishes? They do it well. The staff were super fun and helpful.

It’s the end of our vacation, apart from resting on Sunday to go back to work on Monday morning. We had seven days off, two days off, and then five fun days here at home in Minnesota.

Now it’s your turn. See if you can get to all of these great places on your next trip and send me your photos. You can email me at [email protected] Most of all, enjoy your time with someone who makes you happy.

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