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

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

The #MNGPHO2018


Events, Parks & Geology

Good morning, Minnesota. Is that a new coat you’re wearing? It looks amazing! Even though I woke up in the southwestern-most corner of Minnesota like this, I’ll be telling you all about blaze orange and warm weather of the #mngpho2018 over the next two weeks. Hosted by the incredible Luverne community, you can expect to […]

October 14, 2018

Minnesota State Fair 2018


Events, Food & Drink

Minnesota. State. Fair. In all it’s deep-fried, hyped, once-a-year but every year no-matter-what glory! The “Great Minnesota Get-Together” is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the region, attracting nearly two million people annually. What began in 1854 as a territorial fair to highlight agriculture and encourage farming has become the perfect, closing-out-the-summer tradition. […]

August 26, 2018

Hairy Mosquito Trading Co.


Antiques, Events, Food & Drink

The Hairy Mosquito Trading Company is crazy, eclectic, dare-I-say cooky, ice cream shop and trading post in Milaca. It’s easy to spot, just look for the large home-made metal mosquito sculpture squatting outside. Inside, you’ll find old-fashioned ice cream, sundaes, banana splits, ice cold drinks, nostalgic candy favorites such as rock candy, wax lips, Necco […]

August 23, 2018

Four Years Later


Events

The question I am most often asked is, “how long have you been doing this?” Without skipping a beat, it is always promptly followed with, “why?” Four years ago today, I lost my Dad. That was the end and the beginning of everything. Prior to his unplanned departure, I had never even thought about the […]

August 21, 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

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

The 2018 Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener


Events

The Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener has been a tradition in Minnesota since 1948. It was designed to improve Minnesota’s economy, held as a venture between the state’s resort industry, media, and public officials. For me, and many others, it serves as the official kickoff of the summer tourism season. Travel and tourism are a $14.4 […]

May 23, 2018

MayDay Parade and Festival 2018


Events, Food & Drink, Parks & Geology

Another MayDay Parade and Festival has come and gone, but how incredible it was! The free event takes place in the Powderhorn neighborhood in South Minneapolis. It has been produced by In the Heart of the Beast Theater (HOTB) since 1975, taking place the first Sunday of May. The festivities bring out more than 50,000 […]

May 7, 2018

Carver Junk Co at HOME


Antiques, Events

If you are in search of something to do this weekend, I recommend checking out Carver Junk Co’s CJC@HOME event in Victoria. Taking place at one of Stonegate Builders latest homes, the event showcases all of the incredible products you would usually find at Carver Junk Co.’s stores but staged in a way that brings […]

April 7, 2018

Saint Paul Winter Carnival


Events, Holidays

The St Paul Winter Carnival has been a Minnesota tradition for over 130 years. 130 years. Let that sink in. So the story goes; In 1885, a New York reporter wrote that Saint Paul was, “another Siberia, unfit for human habitation” in winter. Offended, the Saint Paul Chamber of Commerce decided to prove not only […]

February 5, 2018

Mary Tyler Moore at Super Bowl 52


Events

If you are headed downtown to take in the all of the Super Bowl 52 festivities, don’t forget to snap a picture with the Mary Tyler Moore statue. With her hands cloaked in Bold North mittens, you can finder her tossing her hat into the air against the frigid backdrop of Nicollet and 7th Street.

February 1, 2018

Explore Minnesota’s ‘Sota Pop at Super Bowl 52


Events

If you are planning to check out all the festivities downtown this week… Stop by Explore Minnesota’s ‘Sota Pop an interactive pop-up experience Now through through Super Bowl Sunday! Curated by Explore Minnesota and created by local artists Its the most Instagrammable spots of Super Bowl LII! Located in storefront windows of Renaissance Square building […]

January 30, 2018

Minnesota State Snow Sculpting Competition


Events

If you are in need so something to do tomorrow, I highly recommend heading to the MN State Fair Grounds for the Minnesota State Snow Sculpting Competition. The three day competition ends tomorrow when you get to vote for your favorite sculpture in the People’s Choice Awards 11am-1pm. Don’t forget to stick around to watch […]

January 27, 2018

Ice Castles


Events, Parks & Geology

If you are looking for more outdoor winter activities……look no further than the Ice Castles in Stillwater! Opened on January 5th, the castle is located in downtown Stillwater in Lowell Park along the riverfront. Follow the glacial blue hues of the icicles and wind the crushed ice walk ways to find an incredible winter wonderland!The […]

January 10, 2018

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

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

Pheasant Hunting / Wounded Warriors Guide Service


Events, Parks & Geology

The 7th Annual Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener wouldn’t be complete if it didn’t include some pheasant hunting. Not a hunter or gun owner myself, I was lucky enough to be surrounded by experts and enthusiasts alike. I had never been hunting before, but grew up around the practice. Luckily, over the course of the […]

October 28, 2017