Things To Do In Minneapolis
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Lovely for Ladies / 14.07.2017

Yay! Jen Biswas from Paisley and Sparrow is guest posting today!  She is a busy entrepreneur, wife, and mama of one -with another coming soon :) I'm thrilled that she took the time to share her wedding guest inspiration with me today- Enjoy! Wedding season is in full swing and if you’re anything like me you’re constantly trying to find the perfect outfit for each style of wedding. To help ease a bit of the confusion as to what you should be wearing to each wedding, here are 3 outfit...

Dude Friendly, Lovely for Ladies, Treat Yo' self / 25.04.2017

I think one of the best parts of living in Minneapolis is our ability to access cute little towns  in 20 minutes. Sometimes I love exploring a nearby Suburb and I recently took my husband on an exploration around Wayzata. Below are some of my favorite spots in the Downtown- And someday, maybe, we will be jumping off Lake Minnetonka and calling it home :) One new spot that I have yet to check out is Bellecour. I have heard incredible things about it and since it is the same Chef...

Dude Friendly / 30.01.2017

The Minneapolis winters can be brutal, but that doesn't mean Minneapolis adventures need to stop! I recently took a long walk from one end of the Minneapolis skyway system to the other, snaking in and out from the Hyatt Regency to a Parking ramp by the North Loop, hitting up little hangout spots along the way like Barnes and Noble in Downtown Mpls. Here's a map of the Minneapolis Skyways!   There are still 2 far corners I'd like to visit in this system, and I totally understand for people that...

Our Favorite Things to Do in Minneapolis

#1. Wander down Eat Street: Being sure to stop for cocktails and Steak Tartare at Eat Street Social. Save room for dessert and cuteness overload at Glam Doll Donuts- hitting every craving imagined, and they even offer a selection of Vegan options. #2. Scratch your nature itch by exploring the trails behind the Stone Arch Bridge. Finish off with dinner and a view on one of the patio restaurants along the St. Anthony and Main strip. My favorite is Aster Café. #3. Grab coffee and Minneapolis’ Best Cinnamon Roll (which you can top with as much frosting as you can handle) at Isles Bun and Coffee. You can justify this indulgence by walking around Lake of the Isles after. There is also a nice ride station right around the corner if that’s more your speed. #4. Shop the Farmers Market on a Saturday morning. The Lyndale Market is open everyday from 6 Am- 1pm, but what better way to start your weekend then with fresh veggies and flowers? #5. Get your fall fix by picking your own apples. Ok, you’ll have to venture a little out of the city for this picture perfect opportunity, but nothing says hello fall more than grabbing your own apples off the tree. You can apple pick, sample wine from the Saint Croix Vineyard and eat apple brats all at Aamodt’s Apple Farm. Let’s get real; your photos will be -Cute. #6. Attend a show at First Ave. #7. Sample beers at a local Brewery. Surly had a great food menu and allows dogs on their patio. Bauhaus has great beers and rotating food trucks and also allows pups. Not a beer fan? Try Sociable Cider Werks- rotating ciders on tap along with their own beer and root beer. Curious Goat is the resident food truck so you won’t leave hungry. #8. Shop Local. There are so many great boutiques in every neighborhood of the city – and the suburbs. My current faves are Proper in Uptown and Primp at 48th and Chicago. Both have unique pieces at reasonable prices. Take the day and shop downtown Excelsior for multiple unique boutiques all in one place. #9. Soak up Minnehaha Falls and the Seas Salt Eatery. Although Sea Salt is only open seasonally, the falls can be enjoyed anytime- they look even cooler frozen. #10. Try the Best Chai in Minneapolis. Head over to Uncommon Grounds for a unique coffee house experience.

What Makes Minneapolis Special?

The home to pop legend Prince, First Avenue, The Cherry and the Spoon – but what really makes Minneapolis special? Explore Minneapolis is all about what to do in Minneapolis, but just as much of things to do in Minneapolis we like reveling in the quirks and pleasantries of the nooks and crannies. It's easy to fall in love with a city with little nuggets like the Midtown Global Market where our city's multi-culturalism is out in full force.

The Greenway makes Minneapolis special by being a concourse for bikes and other wheeled transportation, and the lakes that break up Uptown draw out the closet outdoorsman and ladies of the hipsters and yuppies of Uptown. Little hotspots like the CC club, and Williams are great for a game of pool and the Varsity Theater, Kitty Kat Club, and the Ice House are good for a good show.

A brief History of Minneapolis

The land that comprises Minneapolis was originally inhabited by the Mdewakanton band of the Dakota Native Americans, and grew up around the Saint Anthony Falls because of transportation and proximity to Fort Snelling – the first U.S. Military presence in the area. Zebulon Pike was the purchaser of two large tracts of the land in 1808 and gave them $200 in trading goods and sixty gallons of liquor, along with another payment from the United States government – a payment of $2,000.

Flour milling spurred on demand for a railroad to the area, the river helped spur on hydro-electric power, and wheat oats and corn were big industry as well. The U of M, the arts, and the parks all make up a really solid basis for social awareness and eco-conscious culture that seem to effect alot of aspects of life in Minneapolis.

But what is Minneapolis about these days?

  • We're subculturally sociable: Including tons of bike lanes and appreciation of that kind of culture.
  • One of Minnesota’s nicknames is “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” but in total Minnesota's total is closer to 11,000!
  • We're a land of industry! 3M, Best Buy - an electronics store, and Target an upscale department store got there start here and provide a ton of jobs.
  • In addition to the big boys, tons of other smaller companies feed a growing culture and keep the city full of opportunity.
  • Minneapolis is full of theaters like the Guthrie and Ordway, Art Galleries like Walker and M.I.A., and comedy shops like HUGE and Acme Comedy Company.

So there's the obligitory stuff for context, but what do we love about Minneapolis?

"Minnesota nice is a real thing – and it's not just passive aggression. I find that the people of Minneapolis are sincere, pleasant and ambitious. I love walks along the river, and biking around on the greenway and city streets. The culinary options in Minneapolis are incredible and you'll literally never exhaust all of the amazing places to eat if you tried. Altogether, there's tons of stylish – well meaning people and to me that's awesome. You get the character that comes with having to wear 5 coats for 6 months out of the year, and the cultural heritage of several rich cultures in a radical melting pot." - Tim

"Minneapolis has a small town vibe with big city opportunities. There is always something new do to whether it is a checking out a new restaurant, catching a show or spending the day shopping, Minneapolis is a one stop shop. People are friendly, and the vibes a cool." - Bea