Miracle at Lawless Distillery


Food & Drink, Holidays

If you love kitschy holiday décor and themed drinks, make your way to Lawless Distillery this month. Lawless is the only place in Minnesota where you will find Miracle, a holiday-themed pop-up bar. Originally launched in 2014 in New York City, Miracle has become an annual tradition for restaurants and bars all over the world […]

December 17, 2018

European Christmas Market 2018


Events, Food & Drink

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

December 14, 2018

Union Depot’s 6th Annual Holiday Bake Sale


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 6 years in a row in the Union Depot’s gorgeous Waiting Room, it certainly doesn’t disappoint! More than just a bake sale, it includes all kinds of events like baking and cooking demonstrations, radio […]

December 9, 2018

Angelo’s Italian Restaurant


Food & Drink

If you love pizza as much as I do, boy do I have a place for you. Angelo’s Italian Restaurant has been around since 1971 and is a south St Paul staple. Unassuming in its strip mall location, it is everything you could want in a hometown Italian joint. Angelos serves up giant meatballs, hoagies, […]

December 6, 2018

Joe Jitters


Food & Drink

I spend a considerable amount of time in Northwoods coffee shops. Whether I am researching or writing about Paul Bunyan, you can always bet I’ll be huddled up with a cup of hot apple cider and a sweet of some sort. Enter, Joe Jitters Coffee House in Moose Lake. 45 miles south of Duluth off […]

December 2, 2018

Rourke Art Museum 


Buildings & Architecture, Historical & Museum

Now that we are faced with darker, shorter days and soon-to-be-dropping temperatures, I have started looking for things to do that keep me inside. Summers in Minnesota are meant to be lived outside and I save anything indoors for the chillier months. With that, I found the Rourke Art Museum in Moorhead to keep me […]

November 28, 2018

Moxie Java


Food & Drink

So here’s the thing, Moxie Java didn’t start in Minnesota. MJ actually started in Boise, Idaho. The coffeehouse has become so popular, it franchised and stretches to North Dakota, South Carolina and now Minnesota with its Moorhead location. Founded by John Roberts and Chris Minion, Moxie Java nabs a place on my #mnbucketlist for a […]

November 19, 2018

Banning State Park


Parks & Geology

Banning State Park is located directly off Interstate 35. Stretched along 10 miles of the Kettle River near Sandstone in Pine County, the park is known for camping, picnicking, and cross-country skiing. It is a favorite for those seeking beautiful trails, however, there is also quite a lot of history to soak in such as […]

November 11, 2018

Take 16 Brewing Co.


Food & Drink

One of the last places I stopped during the #MNPHO2018 was Take 16 Brewing. Housed in a former auto parts store and auto repair shop, Luverne’s first-ever brewery is named for old Highway 16 that connected Detroit to Yellowstone National Park. The highway was established in 1926 and was the main traffic route west and […]

November 10, 2018

St. Croix State Park


Parks & Geology

Saint Croix State Park is located on the eastern edge of the Mille Lacs Uplands and borders Chengwatana State Forest to the southwest and Saint Croix State Forest to the northeast. The largest of Minnesota’s state parks, Saint Croix State Park follows the shore of the St. Croix River and contains the last 7 miles […]

November 5, 2018

JJ’s Tasty Drive-In


Food & Drink

As soon as I got into Luverne for the Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener (#MNGPHO2018), I passed by an old would-be drive-in. After a few events, and coaxing from friends (I’m looking at you, Greta!), I headed over to JJ’s Tasty Drive-In. Mom-and-pop establishment, check. Treasured local dive, check. Malts so thick you could eat […]

November 3, 2018

2018 Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener


Events

The Governors Pheasant Hunting Opener (#MNGPHO2018) is one of my favorite events of the year. It brings much of what I love about Minnesota together; allowing you to brave the crisp, morning air, feel the warmth release and rise from the covered ground as you quietly make your way across the field, while the wind […]

October 29, 2018

Herreid Military Museum


Antiques, Historical & Museum

During the #MNGPHO2018, I headed over the Rock County Veterans Memorial Building which houses Brandenburg Gallery, and the Luverne Chamber of Commerce, and the Herreid Military Museum. The Herreid opened in July 2009 and is located on the third level of the four-story former jail. Floors filled with stories, photos, videos, artifacts, memorabilia, and dioramas […]

October 27, 2018

Springbrook Nature Center


Parks & Geology

(One more hiking spot and I’ll be back to the #MNGPHO2018!) Springbrook Nature Center is a metro oasis hidden away in a residential area in Fridley. The center has all sorts of educational programs, school programs, nature camps, and even an interpretive building. The 127-acre park and nature reserve include native prairies, oak and aspen […]

October 24, 2018

Sherburne Wildlife Refuge


Parks & Geology

(Taking a break from the #MNGPHO2018 to bring you an exceptional hiking spot!) The Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge in Zimmerman was established in 1965 as a refuge for over 230 species of birds, 58 species of mammals, and 25 species of reptiles and amphibians. The 30,700-acre forested, marshy Refuge has massive bodies of water making […]

October 20, 2018

Blue Mound State Park


Historical & Museum, Parks & Geology

Blue Mounds State Park is in Rock County near the town of Luverne. Named for the linear escarpment of Precambrian Sioux Quartzite bedrock you can see protruding from the prairie polka-dotting the landscape. The old quartzite quarries in the park were owned and operated by the Luverne Granite Company. The stone was used to construct […]

October 18, 2018

Rock County History Center


Antiques, Historical & Museum

When I headed down to Luverne for the Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener (#MNGPHO2018), I had no idea what to expect. As soon as I got into town, I heard a stranger say to his companion, “Did you see all the nutcrackers at the History Center? We should go there.” I immediately turned my eavesdropping […]

October 16, 2018