Food & Drink

Let me start by saying, I adore ninetwentyfive. Paying homage to its address on Lake Street… you can enter the restaurant though a corner street-side door, or stroll through the lobby of The Landing… Wayzata’s first hotel to open in decades, and take in the warm fireplace and beautiful decor. Inside, you’ll find a two […]

December 30, 2017

The Turnblad Mansion at the American Swedish Institute

Buildings & Architecture, Historical & Museum

Hidden in the Phillips West neighborhood of Minneapolis, sits the turn-of-the-20th-century Historic Turnblad Mansion.Built for Swedish immigrants Swan and Christina Turnblad and daughter Lillian who officially lived in the mansion from 1908 to 1929. Swan Turnblad was a prominent Swedish Minnesotan and the manager, editor, and publisher of Svenska Amerikanska Posten, a Swedish American newspaper. […]

December 27, 2017

The Bentleyville Tour of Lights

Events, Holidays, Paul Bunyan

The Bentleyville Tour of Lights should be a winter tradition for everyone! What better way to get into the holiday spirit than strolling through America’s largest, free, walk-through lighting display? Bentleyville, in Duluth’s Bayfront Festival Park, features more than 4 million lights across 20-acres off the shores of Lake Superior. Enter by way of the […]

December 24, 2017

La La Homemade Ice Cream

Food & Drink

Have you heard of La La Homemade Ice Cream yet? It’s a classic ice cream parlor and soda fountain shop in Uptown. Owner Jennifer Lisburg started the shop off Chicago Avenue and 48th Street in 1993. It was later moved to Fertile, MN and has now settled into the former Shoe Zoo space on Hennepin […]

December 20, 2017

Cafe Astoria

Food & Drink

Taking a cue from Explore Minnesota, Rebekah and I ventured out to Cafe Astoria in St Paul this morning. Just off Grand Avenue and West Seventh Street, the independent, locally owned coffee house is tucked away inside the historic Paulina building.As home-away-from-home as it gets, Astoria is intimate, cozy and comfortable. While they are known for their smoothie bowls, crepes, oatmeal, and homemade pastries, […]

December 17, 2017

St. Paul European Christmas Market

Concerts & Venues, Food & Drink

I have another event to add to your December traditions! The St Paul European Christmas Market is held on the East Plaza at Union Depot over the first two-weekends of December. The market was inspired by “Christkindlmarkt,” an outdoor holiday festival common across central European countries during the Advent season. Since the Middle Ages, this 500-year-old […]

December 14, 2017

Lake Minnetonka

Parks & Geology

The frozen sunrise is incredible when viewed over Minnesota’s ninth largest lake, Lake Minnetonka. With 125 miles of shoreline, it’s easy to find a beautiful vantage point. This particular spot is Wayzata Bay off Lake Street in Wayzata looking towards Cedar Point.  

December 12, 2017

Union Depot’s 5th Annual Holiday Bake Sale

Events, Food & Drink

My absolute, most-favorite event of the year is the Union Depot’s Annual Holiday Bake Sale. Hosting the top Twin Cities bakeries for 5 years in a row, it certainly doesn’t disappoint! More than just a bake sale, it includes all kinds of events like baking and cooking demonstrations and musical performances. This year, there was […]

December 9, 2017

Lola’s Lakehouse

Food & Drink

Speaking of brunch, I have another to add to my growing list of favorite stops. I give you, Lola’s Lakehouse located on Lake Waconia. Lola’s, the former home of Nancy’s Landing is reminiscent of Cape Cod, with strong nautical decor (think mermaids and life preserver rings) and a New England influenced menu. I fell head-over-heels […]

December 3, 2017