Classic breakfast sandwiches reign at Blue Fox Coffeehouse in Cavalier. In Walhalla, the Denver hashbrowns at Waters Family Restaurant and fried walleye with beer-battered fries at Walhalla Inn make for a fine start and end to a day. In between, grab a wrap or melt to go from HWY 32 Diner and claim the one picnic table at the lone scenic overlook in Tetrault Woods State Forest. The vista sweeps both river and woodland.
Go hiking, horseback riding, or ATVing on more than 30 miles of multi-use trails in the Pembina Gorge State Recreation Area. Better yet, arrange for a day of play on the new Pembina Gorge Terrain Course in Frost Fire Park, the state’s first mountain bike terrain park. Three courses of varying difficulty are already open, with four more in the works. Cavalier-based pastor and mountain biking enthusiast Bill Crosby can hook you up with gear; call 701-520-4056 for details. For one final photo op, don’t miss the austere Vikur Lutheran Church in Mountain (population: 82); it’s the oldest Icelandic church in America.
Burrowed into the woods near Tongue River, Moose Creek Lodge in Langdon is a private cabin that sleeps up to 14 but doesn’t feel outrageously large for one couple—especially if said couple appreciates a hot tub, barbecue grill, and plentiful outdoor seating for stargazing.
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