Amy Rea

amy rea Amy ReaAmy Rea is a freelance writer and author of Minnesota, Land of 10,000 Lakes: an Explorer’s Guide (Countryman Press, 2008), as well as the upcoming Backroads & Byways of Minnesota (Countryman Press, spring 2011).

She grew up in northern Minnesota, attended the University of Minnesota, and bounced around various careers including managing a maternity store and working as a travel agent before settling into her writing career.

She’s married with two teenage boys and two rather poorly trained dogs.

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The Return Of The Ice Palace

Just in time to greet Super Bowl visitors, the Saint Paul Winter Carnival is bringing back a grand old tradition: The Ice Palace.


Sunny Minnesota Spots For Cold Days

We just came off a cold spell, and another is just around the corner. Here are some places to break that cabin fever without freezing.


Minnesota Festivities For January

The big holiday season is over, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do in Minnesota this month. Kick off 2018 with some extra fun.


Minnesota December Festivals (Part 5)

As December draws to a close and the New Year arrives, there’s still plenty to do.


Shopping In White Bear Lake

White Bear Lake is home to a charming town square and several locally owned shops with everything you need.


Minnesota December Festivals (Part 4)

We’re coming down the home stretch to Christmas, but there’s still lots to do.


Shopping Excelsior For Holiday Gifts

Charming Excelsior has plenty of holiday gift options.


Minnesota December Festival Highlights (Week 3)

The holiday festival deluge continues.


Minnesota December Festival Highlights (Part 2)

More and more happening around Minnesota this week. Here are your best bets for the upcoming week.


Minnesota’s Best December Festivals (Part 1)

December is packed full of events across the state. Here are just a few for this first week.


Best Weekend Events In Minnesota: What To Do Once Turkey Day Is Done

If you’re not planning on jumping on the Black Friday sales, here are some ideas for you and yours to get out of the house and have fun after Thanksgiving.


November Festivals Across Minnesota, At A Glance

Gearing up for the festival-heavy month of December, November also has plenty to offer.


Mazes At The Science Museum of Minnesota

As the season of corn mazes winds down, take the kids to the Science Museum for a different kind of maze experience.


Best Halloween Celebrations In Minnesota

it’s coming–everyone’s favorite fall holiday. And there are plenty of celebrations around Minnesota.


The Historic Village of Carver

The quiet village of Carver has deep roots in Minnesota history.


October Festivities In Minnesota

Another action-packed month across the state.


Wander Minnesota: Stillwater Trolley Tours

An entertaining, relaxing way to take in the sights and history in Stillwater.


Year-Round History: MN Museums, Historical Sites To Visit This Fall

Don’t give up on historic sites, just because Labor Day has come and gone.


Harvest Festival Season In Minnesota

If fall is almost here, that means it’s time for harvest–and harvest festivals.


Take The Ramsey Hill House Tour

It’s only available one day, every two years. And it’s coming up soon.


2017 Fall Festivals In Minnesota

Just because summer is nearly over doesn’t mean Minnesota is shutting down the festival circuit.


What’s New At The 2017 Minnesota State Fair

Each year, the Fair attracts considerable attention for its wide array of new food offerings. But that’s not all that’s new at the Fair.


Wander Minnesota: Can You Learn to Draw?

Think the answer is no? You might be surprised.


Wander Minnesota: Regatta Tours in Duluth

Wednesdays in August, visit Duluth and take a unique boat tour.


Last Of The Summer Festivals In Minnesota

Summer will not fade quietly away. There is almost an over-abundance of things to do around the state this month.



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