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

Grain Belt Brewery


Buildings & Architecture, Historical & Museum

Located on the east bank of the Mississippi River in the heart of one of the country’s strongest arts districts sits the awe-inspiring historic Grain Belt Brewery. In the early 1890s, four brewers, Heinrich Brewing, Germania Brewing, Norenburg Brewing and Orth Brewing, combined their businesses to create the Minneapolis Brewing and Malting Company, later changing […]

January 24, 2018

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

Mazda / The Hotel Landing 


Buildings & Architecture

Recently, I got the chance to take the All-New 2017 Mazda CX-5 for a spin. With it’s deeply vivid, Soul Red Crystal Metallic color complementing every curve and angle creating a sense of motion, even at a standstill, I chose to go to “The Gateway to Lake Minnetonka,” Wayzata, Minnesota to see a place that […]

July 24, 2017

Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium


Buildings & Architecture

Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium, part of Swenson College of Science and Engineering, is part of the University of Minnesota at Duluth.  Located on the main UMD campus, it has served Duluth for 50 years.  Built in 1967 with a donation of nearly $200,000 from Marshall William Alworth, the planetarium gets roughly 18,000 visitors a year. […]

March 22, 2017

Headed to Duluth: Your Must-Sees 


Antiques, Bookstore, Buildings & Architecture, Casino, Cemeteries & Graveyards, Concerts & Venues, Events, Food & Drink, Historical & Museum, Music, Parks & Geology, Retail

Hi there, Jessica here! I am headed up to Duluth, Minnesota for the weekend to bucket list and would love to see if there are places you think I need to stop! What are your favorite things to do in Duluth? Tag some of your favorites and tell me what makes that restaurant, park, mural, […]

March 4, 2017

Duluth Public Library 


Bookstore, Buildings & Architecture

Located in downtown Duluth, Minnesota and opened in 1980, the Duluth Public Library is a part of the Arrowhead Library System and serves a population of 86,319. They have three location; Main Library off Superior St., Mt. Royal Branch in Mt. Royal Shopping Circle and West Duluth. The building was designed by architect Gunnar Birkerts and […]

February 20, 2017

Grand Garage


Antiques, Buildings & Architecture

Stillwater’s historic Grand Garage was built in 1882 and later renovated in 1924. The beautiful, historic building ushers you into downtown Stillwater. Diagonally from the Stillwater Trolley Co. and Tin Bins, and a few feet from Stillwater’s Historic Staircase. It was originally The Chicago House, then occupied by Stillwater Motor Company and converted to its […]

January 25, 2017

Do The Dow


Buildings & Architecture, Events

When it comes to art, I naturally gravitate toward local. Lucky coincidence because St. Paul’s Dow Artist Studios had their annual open house, Do The Dow, this weekend and I was able to get my fill. An exhibition that featured work from 25 different artists including Carolyn Brunelle, Noreen Tyler, Martha Kuzzy, Joan Cox, Steve […]

November 13, 2016

Northern Grade 


Buildings & Architecture, Retail

The Minnesota favorite and universally popular, “Heritage” lifestyle is in full effect this holiday season and what better way to start the gift shopping (or personal shopping, I’m not here to judge) than to visit the Northern Grade Pop-Up Market at the Machine Shop in Minneapolis! Chock full of local and American made clothing, decor, […]

November 6, 2016

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 4, 2016

Fort Snelling


Buildings & Architecture, Historical & Museum

This weekend means a great many things, but first and foremost, it is a commemoration of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, declaring us a new nation, the United States of America. While we’re busy hosting barbecues, attending celebrations and watching parades and fireworks shows, I thought it a good time to talk about […]

July 3, 2016

International Market Square


Buildings & Architecture, Historical & Museum

As a great admirer of spiral staircases, I love going to International Market Square because this one just happens to be there. IMS is in Minneapolis, in the Sumner-Glenwood neighborhood and is a favorite for hosting large parties. Built in 1904, the 650,000 square foot complex was the city’s first entirely reinforced concrete building. Originally […]

April 29, 2016

The Mall of St Paul


Buildings & Architecture, Retail

Garage sale season upon us and while we may have a sudden urge to get outside, the weather doesn’t always agree, so I give you a place to get that yard sale fix without worrying about the weather. The Mall of St. Paul is a hodgepodge of collectibles, breakables, vintage versatile, charms, textiles, trinkets, knick-knacks, […]

April 27, 2016