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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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.


10 Years Ago: The 35W Bridge Disaster

It’s been 10 years since the 35W bridge collapsed. To commemorate, the Minnesota Historical Society will have artifacts on display.


Wander Minnesota: Visiting New Prague

An easy day trip from the metro, New Prague is a vibrant, charming small town with plenty of reasons to visit.


Summer Fun Indoors: Surviving A Hot Spell In Minnesota

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.


Wander Minnesota: Minnesota Festivities In July

Summer is prime festival season in Minnesota, and there’s something for just about everyone.


Wander Minnesota: Touring the J. Carver Distillery

West of the metro, J. Carver Distillery is creating intriguing spirits, and welcomes visitors for distillery tours.


Celebrating Father’s Day In Minnesota

If you’re looking for fun things for the whole family to do on Father’s Day, there are plenty of options.


Wander Minnesota: The Science of Pixar

The Science of Pixar at the Science Museum of Minnesota will thrill fans (of all ages) of the legendary animation studio.


Wander Minnesota: Summer Festivals In June

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.


Wander Minnesota: Memorial Day

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.


Wander Minnesota: Fitbit Rates Duluth as the Fittest City in America

It’s certainly one of the loveliest cities around, but now Duluth has a new distinction: fittest city in America.


Wander Minnesota: Summer Starts Now

As we move toward the prime festival months of summer, spring ushers in many festivals, including lots of outdoor activities.


Wander Minneosta: May Is For Museums

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.


Wander Minnesota: Kaleidoscopes At The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

The programming and exhibition folks at the University of Minnesota’s Landscape Arboretum always have something fun up their sleeve.


Wander Minnesota: The Wondrous, Horrible World Of Guillermo del Toro

There are numerous homages to artists who influenced del Toro, including—of course—Alfred Hitchcock, Edgar Allan Poe, and H.P. Lovecraft.


Wander Minnesota: From Western Front to Homefront

Starting April 8, the Minnesota Historical Society will have WWI America, an exhibit that looks at the Great War from numerous angles.


Wander Minnesota: The Minnesota State Capitol Building

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.


Wander Minnesota: February Festivals

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.


Wander Minnesota: Rethinking Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is only a little more than two weeks away. Are you ready?


Wander Minnesota: Twin Cities Women’s Choir Celebrates 20 Years

Minnesota is home to a rich music and arts scene. In early February, one of those stellar arts groups celebrates its 20th anniversary: the Twin Cities Women’s Choir.


Wander Minnesota: Reasons To Leave The House In January

The festival-heavy month of December is behind us. But, Minnesotans are hearty creatures and that means there’s still plenty to do this month, including a variety of outdoor activities. So, time to layer up and wander Minnesota!


Wander Minnesota: Ways To Ring In 2017

2016 has certainly been a wild ride, and many people are looking forward to seeing it out the door. Here are some ways to celebrate the arrival of 2017.


Wander Minnesota: Holiday Happenings in December, Part 4

It’s nearly Christmas, but don’t worry, there are still events occurring before the holiday weekend arrives.




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