Everyday Adventure: Delightfully Tacky

From venturing out on a brave cross-country road trip in her RV to being an avid rock climber and yogi, Elizabeth from Delightfully Tacky is definitely an adventurer at heart.

Today we follow Elizabeth on a recent weekend camping trip she took with friends in the Pacific Northwest.

Check out our Q&A with Elizabeth below to learn more about what makes for the perfect camping trip and how she is celebrating #EverydayAdventure this summer!

What’s your secret to planning the perfect summer camping trip?
Making sure all your friends are there!  Camping is always more fun with friends to make memories with.

What are your camping essentials?
Lots of food, a guitar for singing camp songs, s’more ingredients, enough wood to keep the campfire burning long into the night.

Favorite part of camping in the Pacific Northwest.
There are just so many great places to camp.  You can go for an overnight backpacking camping trip, or just a car camping trip, you can camp on the beach or on the top of a mountain.  So many different places to explore!

What’s been your favorite camping trip that you’ve taken so far?
We camped with friends this summer and even though it didn’t turn out exactly how we’d planned, it was a blast.

We were right on the river and even got treated to a 30 minute fireworks show from a cabin across the river after the sun went down, so random! The next day we went on a hike up to a little summit before heading home. So beautiful!

What other adventures are you planning for this upcoming year?
We want to do another similar camping trip with a bunch of friends, after we all packed our cars up to go home everyone agreed that we needed to do it again before the summer ended!  Dan and I also want to go on an overnight backpacking trip.  We finally got all our backpacking gear together so we need to break it in before the summer is over!

Share your #EverydayAdventure @MinnetonkaMocc on Instagram for the chance to win fun outdoor gear (and mocs!) for your next adventure!

Photos by Elizabeth of Delightfully Tacky

Product Featured: Thunderbird Boat Sole Mocs & Mukluk Hi Boots

Store Spotlight: Southern Exposure

Minnetonka Store Spotlight: Southern Exposure
27 Coogan Blvd. Mystic, CT 06355
264 Main St. Old Saybrook, CT 06475

After years of traveling through the Southwest exploring their interest in Native American art and culture, Lu and Les Lupovich left their professional careers and opened their first Southern Exposure store in Mystic, Connecticut in 1994. In 2005, a second Southern Exposure store opened in Old Saybrook, Connecticut.

Over the years Southern Exposure has expanded its offerings to include home furnishings, clothing, cowboy boots and footwear, along with many one of a kind handmade items.  Learn more about Southern Exposure today in our Q&A.

What’s your Minnetonka story?
Minnetonka was added to our product mix in 2001. Shortly thereafter, we hung a Minnetonka neon sign in one of our front windows and people responded immediately – we’ve never looked back!

Our selection of moccasins and slippers are always popular, and when we added Minnetonka sandals to the store our customers were extremely excited. We keep an ever increasing list of customer phone numbers who ask to be called as soon as the new collection of sandals arrive each year.

What are a few must see destinations near your store?
At our Mystic store we get travelers from all over the world due to Mystic’s colonial and whaling history. Mystic is home to the largest Seaport Museum and Aquarium on the Eastern Seaboard. Along with many local clientele, we do our best in our Mystic store to present a mix of merchandise that appeals to many personalities.

In our Old Saybrook store, which is located 30 miles south along the shoreline, we serve a more local clientele year round but our store always becomes busier in the summertime with returning cottage owners and renters.

Everyday Adventure: New Darlings

From backyard bonfires to cross-country road trips – this is the summer for adventure! Today we kick off our Everyday Adventure series with Christina and Robert of New Darlings.

Adventurers at heart, Christina and Robert packed a summer picnic and ventured to South Mountain in Phoenix, Arizona, (in their mocs, of course!) to spend a relaxing day enjoying the beautiful landscape surrounding them.

Check out our Q&A with them below to learn more about how they are celebrating #EverydayAdventure this summer!

Everyday Adventure: Summer Picnic with Robert & Christina of New Darlings

Favorite way to spend a summer afternoon.
Summers in Phoenix are hot.  There is no way around that.  We’ve definitely become “morning people”.  We have found that it’s best to head out early, find a trail to hike, and welcome the summer sun.  We’d rather be outside, then cooped up somewhere. Afterwards, we’ll try to find some shade and have an early lunch.  We love getting out and being able to just talk and enjoy the blue skies that never get old here in Arizona.

What makes for a perfect summer picnic?
Picnics are a great way to spend a summer afternoon with the one you love.  When we both have the day off, we love to load up our picnic basket with our favorite blanket, some sandwiches, fruit and a refreshing drink or two. Don’t forget to bring your instrument of choice and your favorite hat & pair of sunnies to keep the sun out of your eyes!

Favorite part of living in the Southwest.
The sunshine and low humidity are some pretty great perks of living in the Southwest! But aside from the weather, we really love how this area isn’t fully established yet.  The local art and music scenes are still evolving and we love that we can be a part of it!

What other adventures are you planning this year?
We’re hoping that within the next few months, we can carve out some time to take a long trip to California and explore a bit.  We have a lot of fun projects coming up this year.  We have been blessed to work with so many amazing companies and talented people, and can’t wait to share everything we have cooked up!

Share your #EverydayAdventure @MinnetonkaMocc on Instagram all summer for the chance to win fun outdoor gear (and mocs!) for your next adventure!

Photos by Jaci Marie Smith

Product Featured: Thunderbird II Mocs & Moosehide Double Bottom Softsoles

Store Spotlight: Walker General Store

Minnetonka Store Spotlight: Walker General Store 516 Minnesota Ave. West Walker, MN 56484

Walker General Store, located in Walker, Minnesota, is an old-fashioned store the whole family can enjoy.

The town of Walker is located on Leech Lake, the third largest lake in Minnesota boasting over 600 miles of shoreline. The area is now considered one of Minnesota’s top summer vacation destinations and visiting has become a family tradition passed on for generations.

What’s your Minnetonka story?
Walker General Store opened 10 years ago in a smaller location, three years ago we decided to move into a different space that allowed us to create a larger store and begin carrying Minnetonka products.

What is the most popular Minnetonka style in your store?
The Kilty Moc reigns as the most popular style for both our customers and employees.

We carry over 40 Minnetonka styles and try to have everyone’s favorite on hand – for men, women and the kids!

What are a few must see destinations near your store?
Our area has so many beautiful destinations! We have some of the best bike trails in the upper Midwest. The one thing that our area is most known for are the headwaters of the Mississippi River.  Plus you can always count on catching a fish or two in one of our 10,000 lakes!

Store Spotlight: General Store of Minnetonka

Minnetonka Store Spotlight: General Store of Minnetonka 14401 Highway 7 Minnetonka, Minnesota 55345

What’s your Minnetonka story?
We opened the General Store of Minnetonka in 1984 as a family owned business.  Since 2005 we have carried a wide selection of Minnetonka mocs, boots and slippers.

What is the most popular Minnetonka style in your store?
The most popular style in our store are the slippers – everyone loves the slippers!

What is a must see destination near your store?
Our favorite must see destination near our store is Lake Minnetonka, of course!  Some of our claims to fame are having both Minnetonka moccasins and Tonka Toys named after our lake—and of course, having Prince mention Lake Minnetonka in his hit Purple Rain!

General Store of Minnetonka employee Nicole with her favorite Minnetonka style, the Cally slipper!