Meghan and I enjoyed a wonderful lunch over Memorial Weekend at the Rockwood Restaurant and Lounge. (Located just across the street from Zup’s). The patio is a welcome venue and since it’s opening six years ago, the plantings have grown up around the patio and the fountain works well to create a fun environment.  It’s fun to keep any eye on the vehicles at the stoplight and I smiled to myself at all of the canoes strapped on top of Subaru’s and pick-up trucks with the pups riding in back – two black labs and that really cute white dog with the black patch of fur over one eye. We last saw him in the church parking lot after Easter mass a few years ago – glad to see he was still going strong!!

I had the walleye sliders with sweet potato fries.  Meghan had the Northland burger – topped with onion rings, bbq sauce, cheese and bacon.  Many walleye entrees available along with many burger and salad options.  Portions are large and service very friendly.  Also, a great selection of beer – unique and the usual all available.

Here’s a link to their website if you’re looking for a great alternative to the steakhouse. (You can’t beat the Ely Steakhouse, except perhaps on a sunny, 75 degree day)!

My mother, Audrey, and sister, Jennifer – celebrating Jenny’s 40th at Rockwood a few summers ago – check out the onion rings and seasoned sour cream!


Meghan and I made a few additional stops in town last weekend….

Piragis has a great inventory of new blouses, dresses, sandals and accessories at all price points.  Of course there is much more there – everything you need for camping, paddling, kayaking, decorating your cabin, books for reading… oh and the outlet is open too where everything is always 40% off!


Mealey’s was well stocked with all of the usual gifts, cards, toys and home furnishings. Always a treat to meander and explore and find a treasure or too.


The ice cream shop had a line out the door, but was worth the wait.


So glad to see that Ely weathered the winter and is alive and well and booming again! Grateful to be able to spend the weekend with Meghan, too!