Next on the #MNBucketList is Borrow-A-Bike in Pine Island. It’s a program that started in 2009, offering restored and maintained bikes to rent, for free. FREE, although they do accept donations. Perfect for someone like me who doesn’t have a bike and hosts lots of visitors. I can visit the Historic Pine Island’s Paths to […]

August 31, 2015

Tin Bins

Food & Drink

Tin Bins, located in the historic, newly renovated, Commander building, was recommended by Emily as a favorite in Stillwater. I am a huge fan of anything Stillwater and let me tell you, it was a hit. Located just off the St. Croix River, it has a beautiful deck / patio, an in house bakery, gourmet […]

August 28, 2015

Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival


My #throwbackthursday is from this past #Sunday, at the Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory in St Paul. Rebecca invited me as it’s on both of our bucket lists. Having a record breaking turn out, over 15k attendees, the festival was reminiscent of Japan’s annual Obon holiday. It featured art, music, […]

August 27, 2015

Sisyphus Brewing

Events, Food & Drink

For the last stop on the 4th #Flight of the #MNBucketListBreweryTour, I chose Sisyphus Brewing. Now, I know what you’re thinking… Name? Kind of sounds like… Well, they get the association too. They are the first to bring it up actually. But the place is actually named for the Greek legend, who was condemned to […]

August 26, 2015

Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery

Events, Food & Drink

So let me preface the third stop on the 4th #Flight of the #MNBucketListBreweryTour (I know, I’m working on that…) by being upfront about it not originating in Minnesota. Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery started in Colorado in 1991, BUT they are here now, and have solidified themselves as a downtown staple – so, they […]

August 25, 2015

Fulton Brewing Company

Events, Food & Drink

Our second stop on the 4th Flight of the #MNBucketListBreweryTour [I know, I know, acronym!] was at Fulton Brewing. So here’s the rundown; Fulton started as a home brewing operation out of a one car garage in a South Minneapolis alley in 2006. The ten gallon nano brewery was made out of some half barrel […]

August 24, 2015

Boom Island Brewing

Events, Food & Drink

The first stop on the 4th Flight of the #MNBucketListBreweryTour (I know, I should probably abbreviate) was the Belgian-inspired craft brewery founded by former professional French horn players who left the orchestra to focus on beer. Boom Island Brewing is in a quiet area of Minneapolis and from the ceiling adorned with a pair of […]

August 23, 2015

What This Year Has Taught Me

Food & Drink

While I’m often too sentimental and too ‘myself’, I still wholeheartedly believe it’s worth sharing with you, even if you only follow for what I cross off. So, here it goes. A year ago today my life changed. And as I reflect on this, here is what the last year being weighted by death has […]

August 21, 2015

Yellow Umbrella


Since I was already in Bemidji, it just made sense to drag Ben, the most outdoorsy/lumberjack/one man Alaskan odyssey I know, into all the trendiest, cutest, albeit girliest shops I could find. And Yellow Umbrella didn’t disappoint! Opened in ’09 by a sister in law duo, it’s an up north meets bohemian chic store that […]

August 19, 2015

218 Home + Gift


When Ben and I decided to head up to Bemidji, 218 Home + Gift was on the top of my list of places to cross off the #mnbucketlist. Sister to Yellow Umbrella (I’ll post about it soon), both shops are off 3rd street, kitty corner from each other. Filled with #mnlove and niceness, 218 Gift […]

August 18, 2015

Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox

Parks & Geology, Paul Bunyan

What trip to Bemidji would be complete without stopping by to see the most famous mythical lumberjack of all time? My oldest friend in the world, Ben, and I saw Paul Bunyan and his trusty sidekick Babe, the blue ox. Created in 1937, standing 18ft tall, this fridge-shaped Paul is rumored to be the first […]

August 16, 2015

West Crooked Lake

Parks & Geology

There is something inexpressibly beautiful about the world when the sun begins to rise and fill the foggy sky with soft rays of light, while everyone else is curled up in their beds unaware of the magnificence they’re missing and everything feels so simple. It’s as if 6am is an epiphany and you are encompassed […]

August 15, 2015

Staring Lake Park

Parks & Geology

There’s is something to be said about the parks in Eden Prairie – likely my favorite in the whole state. And Staring Lake Park off Pioneer Trail ranks right up there. From walking, hiking, ski and bike trails, athletic fields, courts, courses to archery ranges, concerts, fishing piers and an off-leash dog exercise area, I […]

August 13, 2015

Quang Restaurant

Food & Drink

Up next on the #mnbucketlist was recommended (and hosted) by Rebecca (@minneapple) because it’s one of her favorite places. Quang Restaurant is an authentic Vietnamese eatery that is family-owned. It’s right off Nicollet and was jam-packed with people. Opened in 1989, they have a pretty extensive menu. Everyone tried something different, I myself had the […]

August 12, 2015

Purgatory Creek Park

Parks & Geology

I’ve always really liked Purgatory Creek Park in Minnetonka ever since I worked near that area. I think it’s because it’s really small and it’s just much more quiet and quaint. It is not quite as busy as the majority of the other parks in Minnesota during the summer. I’m not surprised if you haven’t […]

August 11, 2015

Groveland Cemetery

Cemeteries & Graveyards

Getting back to the #mnbucketlist… If you’ve ever driven down Woodland Avenue in Wayzata, you may have noticed a really huge, black, wrought iron sign that reads, ‘Groveland Cemetery’. Or all of the beautiful tulips growing everywhere. Either way, it’s actually a very lovely necropolis amidst the hustle and bustle of a busy road. There […]

August 10, 2015

Fort Snelling

Historical & Museum, Parks & Geology

  Historic Fort Snelling, built in early 1820s in St Paul at the perfect military vantage point, at the junction of the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers is up next on the #mnbucketlist. Minnesota is filled with history – some being brutal and dark. This place is laden with it. A few very notable executions took place […]

August 7, 2015

Victoria House

Food & Drink

If you just happen to be in downtown Victoria this summer, you should stop at the Victoria House, across from Stieger Lake. The food is amazing. Think huge portions, inexpensive options and the best nachos. Their patio seating is the perfect vantage point for all of your dining needs. It sits across the street from […]

August 6, 2015

Urban Flower Field

Parks & Geology

In great nod to the pictures everyone takes, here is my contribution – the Urban Flower Field. Although I admit, I had very insouciant models – which always helps. The Urban Flower Field is a temporary art installation, a living civic process, if you will, and is on the corner of Robert and 10th street. […]

August 5, 2015