7th Annual Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener

I was lucky enough to attend the 7th Annual Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener (GPHO) in Marshall, Minnesota. Ahem, not to be confused with Marshall County. Over the next two weeks I will be telling you all about my trip and what makes Marshall such an incredible place to visit. I’ll be highlighting a few of my favorite stops including Camden State Park, Shooter’s Sporting Clays, local food, a historical Society and Museum, local organizations, a sprinkle of politics and even a coffee shop along the way!

Let’s talk a little about Marshall. It’s a regional center in southwest Minnesota about 93 miles north east of Sioux Falls, South Dakota and about 148 miles south west of Minneapolis. Made mostly of rural and agricultural areas, it is the beginning of the Redwood River floodplain. It is home to the Schwan Food Company, Runnings Farm and Fleet, Southwest Minnesota State University and is also the site of Exelon Wind’s Marshall Wind Project. It was chosen as this years Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener (MNGPHO), an event that was established in 2011 by Gov. Mark Dayton. The MNGPHO focuses on Minnesota’s hunting heritage, cultural traditions and the economic impact of the sport. The weekend included water quality testing on the Redwood River, touring of Action Manufacturing and even the dedication of the James Meger Memorial WMA, Minnesota’s newest Wildlife Management Area.


Follow along as I show you some of my favorite things found #onlyinMarshall.

Annie’s Parlour

Annie's Parlour Dinkytown Minneapolis Minnesota

Up next is Annie’s Parlour, a Dinkytown landmark – an institution, if you will. If you’ve ever taken a tour of the University of Minnesota campus it’s likely that you were told about Annie’s. Known for their crispy, hot fries and malts that are big enough for two, Annie’s is as American fanfare as it gets. If you were a U grad, it’s likely that this classic in Gopher territory holds a special place in your heart. If you haven’t been, just imagine a rustic diner with a casual atmosphere that has you paying at the hostess stand. Perk: on a brisk fall day, this Minneapolis gem has the perfect patio to soak in the beautiful views of downtown from.

coup d’état

Unfortunately, on the Minnesota Bucket List sometimes instead of introducing you to a new place I end up telling you that one is bidding farewell. Soon to be replaced by a new Pourhouse, Uptown’s Coup d’ e’tat is a stunning, upscale restaurant that includes both upper and lower levels, spanning over an incredible 9000 square feet. Hands-down one of the largest restaurants I’ve ever been in.  With a stellar location, close to Stella’s Fish Cafe, Calhoun Square and the Lagoon Cinema,  Coup d’ E’tat has become a fixture on Restaurant Week, attracting trendy clientele with its excellent presentation and outdoor patio seating on both floors that overlooks Lagoon Avenue.

The phrase “coup d’etat” typically refers to a violent government overthrow,  rebellion, revolution, uprising. Fitting for a place that is reminiscent of a pre-colonial hideout. With its dark lit, stunning ambiance, elegant furnishings and sparkling chandeliers, the restaurant is best known for their one of a kind and unique cocktails, for which it made Food & Wine magazine’s list of Best Cocktail Bars in the United States.  Serving everything from creative pasta dishes, bacon popcorn, Arctic Char, cheese curds, succotash, tempura battered frog legs to bone marrow with gremolata, Coup d’ e’tat has something for everyone.

Opening just a short time ago in 2014, it is set to close Oct 1st ,2017. That’s right, tomorrow. If it is anything like the Pourhouse Downtown, you can expect a nightclub atmosphere with concerts and dance parties. If you would like to catch a glimpse of Coup d’etat and experience it for yourself, get it fast before this icon is closed!

Countryside Restaurant of Motley

If you love breakfast as much as I do, you may already know about Countryside Restaurant of Motley. If not, let me tell you about it. Big, fluffy, plate-sized pancakes, hashbrowns servings fit for a hungry trucker, hot coffee that keeps on coming, and that’s just the tip of the morning meal figurative iceberg. Breakfast isn’t all they serve up. Known for their bacon burgers, hot meatloaf sandwiches and and turtle cheesecake – they have something for everyone.  I’d come back for their pickle fries alone. I really love the place. It is family-style, with diner/supper club atmosphere. If you are headed up north, this solid sit-down is worth a stop. Have you ever been here before?