Amy 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.
Don’t give up on historic sites, just because Labor Day has come and gone.
If fall is almost here, that means it’s time for harvest–and harvest festivals.
It’s only available one day, every two years. And it’s coming up soon.
Just because summer is nearly over doesn’t mean Minnesota is shutting down the festival circuit.
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.
Think the answer is no? You might be surprised.
Wednesdays in August, visit Duluth and take a unique boat tour.
Summer will not fade quietly away. There is almost an over-abundance of things to do around the state this month.
It’s been 10 years since the 35W bridge collapsed. To commemorate, the Minnesota Historical Society will have artifacts on display.
An easy day trip from the metro, New Prague is a vibrant, charming small town with plenty of reasons to visit.
Some people love hot and humid weather. But for those who don’t, it’s miserable. Here are some family-friendly ways to beat the heat.
Summer is prime festival season in Minnesota, and there’s something for just about everyone.
West of the metro, J. Carver Distillery is creating intriguing spirits, and welcomes visitors for distillery tours.
If you’re looking for fun things for the whole family to do on Father’s Day, there are plenty of options.
The Science of Pixar at the Science Museum of Minnesota will thrill fans (of all ages) of the legendary animation studio.
The following is just a sample of what’s going on in June. If you’re planning on taking in some of the small-town festivals, plan ahead—some of these are huge events, and you’ll want to make lodging/camping arrangements ahead of time.
Memorial Day is on the horizon. It’s the unofficial beginning of summer, but, more importantly, it’s a time to reflect and remember. Here are some of the events happening to honor the day.
It’s certainly one of the loveliest cities around, but now Duluth has a new distinction: fittest city in America.
As we move toward the prime festival months of summer, spring ushers in many festivals, including lots of outdoor activities.
It’s almost May—and that means it’s Minnesota Museums Month, the annual celebration of all that Minnesota has to offer in the way of museums.
The programming and exhibition folks at the University of Minnesota’s Landscape Arboretum always have something fun up their sleeve.
There are numerous homages to artists who influenced del Toro, including—of course—Alfred Hitchcock, Edgar Allan Poe, and H.P. Lovecraft.
Starting April 8, the Minnesota Historical Society will have WWI America, an exhibit that looks at the Great War from numerous angles.
The Minnesota State Capitol, designed by Cass Gilbert, first opened in 1905. Since that time, millions of people – lawmakers and visitors – have poured through its doors. Over a hundred years after its opening, it was (not surprisingly) badly in need of restoration.
Layer up, people—there’s a lot going on around the state in the short month of February. Note: the list doesn’t include the large number of Polar Plunges—or, in Wabasha, the Grumpy Old Men Plunge—occurring around the state this month. As for Valentine’s, we’ve already got you covered.