I mentioned in my last few posts that I was going away for a special blogger weekend, and I’m so excited to finally share more about it!
It was really ironic that it even came up, because Samantha and I had just been emailing each other about trying to organize our own North Dakota blogger meetup, so when we got the invite to one in the works, it was like it was fate!
The Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau invited several bloggers from around our state to Grand Forks to experience what their town had to offer. I got to meet (in person this time!) some truly amazing, inspirational, kind ladies — Samantha, Samantha, Laura, Alicia and Sandy. And of course my IRL friend Jess came too! Julie and Shelley from Visit Grand Forks hosted us, but truly, they spoiled us.
They put us all up in amazing suites at Staybridge, provided every meal at really cool local restaurants, planned super fun activities, threw in fun surprises like welcome baskets with swag and goodies, wine, fudge and caramel rolls, and provided their great company all weekend long. It seriously was the most fun I’ve had in a long time. They were all so warm and welcoming, and even though they told us we were under no obligation to write about our time there, I want to anyway!
The whole weekend was kind of surreal. I was pretty nervous going into it because I’m shy, awkward and sometimes say stupid things around new people, but honestly, it was only awkward for like a minute. Then pretty quickly, I felt like I was just hanging out with old friends. ALL of the girls were so nice and we had SO MUCH fun! Both nights, we stayed up after our planned activities talking about our lives, TV shows and blogging over wine. It was relaxing, inspiring, and really nice to spend time, face to face, with the girls I otherwise only see on a computer screen. It’s kind of weird, all of it, but more than that, it is awesome.
Saturday morning we took a spin class with this intense yet inspirational lady! She’s working on a special spin class for mentally disabled people, and is so passionate about what she does. Incredible woman (who also killed our legs!). (Photo from Laura)
And then it was time to go. We did hit up Tim Horton’s on the way out of town for one last goodbye before we all headed home. And yes, this is really how much 2 girls pack for only 2 days an hour from home. The trunk was full, and so was the backseat. And yes, those are my kitty tote and cosmetic bags. #noshame
If you want to see ALL the fun we had, check out the #grandforksgetaway hashtag on Instagram and Twitter, and this pinboard.
I am so grateful to Visit Grand Forks for hosting us all for a truly amazing weekend. Not only did I have a blast meeting fellow ND bloggers, but I also learned that GF is a pretty cool place. Not gonna lie, I had some misconceptions about it, but they proved me wrong, and I actually can’t wait to go back and see more of the city. I also learned so much about the Red River from Andy, our river tour guide. If you didn’t know, the Red is only one of two rivers that flow North! But I was also unaware that it’s also far more clean (due to the way the clay naturally acts as a filter) and safe (everyone warns about the “dangerous” scary Red) than we all thought.
I am so glad I got the opportunity to go on this trip and hang with fellow bloggers. If you ever have the chance to do a blate or meetup of your own, I definitely encourage you to push those nerves aside and just do it. The chance to talk about blogging in person with other bloggers is absolutely priceless, and you can make really meaningful friendships out of it too. I did!
Visit Grand Forks provided me with a free weekend trip, but all opinions are my own.