Quarry Hill Nature Center


Parks & Geology

Can I just tell you how much I love the Quarry Hill Park and Nature Center in Rochester? The park was originally purchased by the Rochester State Hospital in the 1870s. In 1882, a cave was hand-carved to serve as a cellar for the storage of many vegetables grown on the State Hospital farm. Quarry […]

March 11, 2019

The Castle Community


Food & Drink

Imagine a place where you can sip a white chocolate latte, page through hard to find books, flip through vintage vinyl, play a game of foosball, browse local art, and visit a resident puppy, all before heading down to brunch in an upscale, industrial-designed open kitchen restaurant. I KNOW, RIGHT?! Well, such a place exists. […]

February 20, 2019

SocialICE


Food & Drink

If you are willing the brave the cold, I have something to add to your 2020 #mnbucketlist! Have you heard of SocialICE? It’s in Downtown Rochester’s Peace Plaza and is THE Minnesota Ice Bar experience! Free to the public, SocialICE is held annually and takes place in February, in the thick of the Minnesota winter. […]

February 11, 2019

Fiddlehead Coffee Co.


Food & Drink

On blustering Minnesota mornings, a good latte is my go-to. Since I’m in Rochester, I had to head over to Fiddlehead Coffee Co. Founded in 2017, Fiddlehead was located in Forager Brewing and has since moved to 3rd Ave, across Fourth Street from Rochester’s Government Center. The new, more spacious location is modern-meets-retro, complete with […]

February 8, 2019

Chester’s Kitchen and Bar


Food & Drink

On a recent trip to Rochester with my mom and sister, I stopped at Chester’s Kitchen and Bar in the downtown area. A play on the city name (Ro-Chester, get it?), Chester’s is quite the find. Exceptionally put together with a cozy ambiance, it’s perfect for a date, a night on the town or a […]

January 2, 2017

Cafe Steam 


Food & Drink

While taking in the night life with my Mom and sister, Heather, we scoured Downtown Rochester, Minnesota looking for caffeine. Enter Café Steam. A locally-owned coffee shop that opened in January of 2015, ‘Steam’ is the perfect place to escape the fall chill with a hot apple cider, bravely take in the icy Arnold Palmer or […]

November 6, 2016

Wild Bill’s


Food & Drink

Today’s stop on the #MNbucketlist is Wild Bills, which I can only describe as rustic Texas bar and grill. Think over the top; its website ‘moos’, seriously. Wild Bill’s is a Midwest chain with five locations in Minnesota with others in North Dakota and Wisconsin. They have a ton of options for carnivores, not as […]

February 20, 2015

Stillwater Oils and Vinegars


Retail

If you are a fan of the new uprising of Oil and Vinegar Shops in recent years, then this stop on the bucket list is perfect for you. The Stillwater Oils and Vinegars (Stillwater Olive Oil Company) is a beautiful (albeit dark) artisan shop that features some pretty amazing combinations. I, of course, had to […]

October 30, 2014