Lake Pepin


Parks & Geology

Lake Pepin, named for Jean Pepin who settled on its shores in the late 1600s, is the largest lake on the Mississippi River. On the border between Minnesota and Wisconsin, Lake Pepin is located approximately 60 miles downstream from Saint Paul. Although Frontenac State Park takes up a large part of the Minnesota side, the […]

August 19, 2018

Jax Cafe


Food & Drink

Jax Cafe has been a Northeast Minneapolis neighborhood staple, a landmark if you will, since opening its doors in the early 1900s. Now in its third generation of ownership, Jax began when great-grandfather, Stanley Kozlak, built a local dance hall and a store to sell furniture, hardware, and funeral services (I know, right?!). When prohibition […]

August 14, 2018

Watt Munisotaram


Buildings & Architecture

In the middle of farmland, in a small town in southeastern Minnesota, sits one of the most unique, breathtaking and tender places you will find locally. The Watt Munisotaram, a Cambodian Buddhist Temple in Hampton, is by far the most elaborately decorated and exquisitely encapsulating houses of faith I’ve ever seen, here or anywhere else […]

August 11, 2018

Niagara Cave


Parks & Geology

The Niagara Cave in Harmony is rated one of the “Top Ten” rated caves in the United States and is only a mile from the Minnesota-Iowa border in southern Minnesota’s Bluff Country. It was discovered in 1924 by a pig farmer and has since become a family owned and operated tourist attraction. It features stalactites, […]

August 5, 2018

Tracy’s Saloon and Eatery


Food & Drink

The hidden gem of the Seward neighborhood in Minneapolis, Tracy’s Saloon & Eatery is a favorite local bar off Franklin Ave. The bar originally opened as Dick Tracy’s Saloon in 1979. When the owner of the comic book rights threatened a lawsuit, Tracy’s was born. Even without the famous moniker, Tracy’s keeps with its friendly […]

August 2, 2018

Ideal Diner


Food & Drink

It’s hard to pass up Ideal Diners vibrant marque off Central Avenue. This Northeast Minneapolis landmark was built in 1949, touting iconic slogans like, “where regular people feel special, and special people feel regular” and “14 Stools, 1 Counter, No Bathroom.” Both irrevocably true. For decades, Ideal has been THE quintessential city breakfast spot. Owned […]

July 30, 2018

Circus Juventas


Events

If you are looking for something to do that includes watching death-defying acts, body-bending movement and brilliant colors, look no further than Circus Juventas! Formerly Circus of the Star, in reference to Minnesota as the North Star State, Circus Juventas is a youth performing arts circus school off Montreal Avenue in St Paul’s Highland Park […]

July 26, 2018

The Twin Cities 400 Tavern


Food & Drink, Historical & Museum

The Twin Cities 400 Tavern in North Minneapolis is an expansive restaurant and bar inside the Marriot. Located in an industrial area off of Broadway, the restaurant was formerly Scalzo’s Italian Grille, and prior to that, the Itasca Room at the Ramada Plaza Minneapolis (now the Marriot). It is named for the Twin Cities 400 […]

July 24, 2018

The Abundant Kitchen


Food & Drink, Retail

GIVEAWAY! Read on. What better way to start the weekend than to take a trip to the farmers market, chat up some local growers, bakers and artisans and return to the kitchen to make fresh, straight-from-the-garden favorites? The Abundant Kitchen allowed me to do just that and so much more! Located in downtown Buffalo, The […]

July 22, 2018

Benedict’s Morning Heroes


Food & Drink

Benedict’s, in the Promenade of Wayzata, is the latest from Mike Rakun, chef-owner of Mercy Bar & Dining Room in Minneapolis. One of the newest on the Wayzata restaurant scene, and already a serious favorite of mine. Sure, they serve the traditional breakfast fare, BUT they throw in their own twist! They have all kinds […]

July 18, 2018

The Classic at Madden’s Golf Course


Food & Drink

Madden’s Golf Course in East Gull Lake, Brainerd has a long list of accolades including being rated one of America’s Top 100 Greatest Public Courses. The Classic, Madden’s bar and grill located next to the clubhouse is one of the most popular restaurants in the Brainerd Lakes area and was even rated #3 in The […]

July 15, 2018

BlackStack Brewing


Food & Drink

Housed in what looks like a 1970s living room, St Paul’s BlackStack Brewing is just outside of Can Can Wonderland. The giant venue is a renovated warehouse, complete with high ceilings, industrial windows, mid-century modern couches, tables and chairs. They also have an entire wall of board games. Loung-y with a side of pizzazz. Pull up to […]

July 12, 2018

MN Nice Cream


Food & Drink

You may know MN Nice Cream as a little food truck on Instagram but what you may not know is that they just opened up a brick-and-mortar cafe in Northeast Minneapolis. Located in the former home of Empire Coffee across the courtyard from Able Seedhouse + Brewery, MN Nice Cream serves up ice cream tacos […]

July 9, 2018

Gorman’s Restaurant


Food & Drink

Gorman’s Restaurant in Lake Elmo has been around for more than 36 years. Ed and Kathy Gorman originally bought the (former) White Hat Restaurant in 1980, changing the name to its current moniker 20 years later. Gorman’s is brimming with historical photos and antiques.  The walls are covered in historical pictures, dating back to the 1800s, framed in original […]

July 6, 2018

Brother Justus Whiskey Co.


Food & Drink

Northeast Minneapolis plays hosts to a pretty hefty number of groundbreaking, good-time places, faces and intoxicating liquor joints. Well, it just got better. Brother Justus Whiskey Co. is a brand new, underground distillery that promises to put Minnesota whiskey back on the map. “Back,” you say? Why yes, didn’t you know that Minnesota made some […]

July 2, 2018

GIVEAWAY! The Little Dorset Shop


Holidays

A bit off the beaten path from Hwy 7/Co Road 226 in Dorset, a town with a reigning population of 22, rests the adorable Little Dorset Shop. Filled with Minnesota-themed love notes, Paul Bunyan wrapping paper, recipe cards, coupon books for kids, Dorset postcards, ‘Uff Da’ wine glass tags, loons, bicycles and mittens, custom decks […]

June 29, 2018

Happy National Paul Bunyan Day!


Paul Bunyan

To celebrate one of my favorite days of the year, here are 10 of my favorite Paul Bunyan stops! 1. Paul Bunyan Days 2. Paul Bunyan’s Fishing Bobber  3. Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox in Bemidji 4. Pequot Lakes Paul 5. Paul and Babe at Bentleyville 6. Rapid River Logging Camp 7. Walleye […]

June 28, 2018

Lake Monster Brewing


Food & Drink

Lake Monster Brewing started around 2013 and moved into an old railway exchange building in an industrial area of St. Paul in December of 2015. Housed in a 100-year-old, red-brick railroad exchange warehouse on Vandalia Avenue, the 10,000-square-foot space has high ceilings and plenty of open seating. Resting in between I-94 and University Avenue, you […]

June 27, 2018

Paul Bunyan Days


Events, Food & Drink, Historical & Museum, Paul Bunyan

This past weekend was the 70th Annual Paul Bunyan Days Festival in Akeley. Some say 68th, some say 69th, but most residents say 70th and I tend to follow local lore. The large, crouching Paul Bunyan statue created by Dean Krotzer has become Akeley’s claim to fame. The mythical lumberjack is directly tied to Akeley’s […]

June 24, 2018