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.
When cabin fever strikes, where can you go that will at least give you the illusion of sunniness and warmth? Turns out there are quite a few places across the Twin Cities to do that.
As December draws to a close and the New Year arrives, there’s still plenty to do.
One of my favorite places to visit at the holidays is the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. The McGuinn Great Hall in the Oswald Visitor Center is the home of several beautifully decorated Christmas trees, often including items found on the Arboretum grounds.
We’re coming down the home stretch, but there’s still plenty to do.
This week the holiday festivities are located all within one part of the state, the city of Excelsior.
The holiday jollity continues… Chanhassen Making Spirits Bright Ongoing The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum features a lavish display in the Great Hall and the nearby grounds, as well as the traditional (and gorgeous) poinsettia tree. The […]
The month of December is an exceptionally busy one for this festival-fond state. To try and get as much coverage as possible without creating a blog post that’s a mile long, I’m going to report weekly this month. Today’s installment will include events through Sunday, Dec. 7.
You’ve slept off the turkey, you’re not interested in battling crowds on Black Friday, but you have free time and possibly family and friends to entertain. What is there to do this weekend? Plenty.
Over the last couple of weeks, I took a look at Halloween events around the Twin Cities. This week, let’s take a look at another type of celebration occurring this weekend. Dia de los Muertos, […]
Halloween is almost here. Last week I took a look at not-so-scary Halloween events around the Twin Cities. This week, let’s take a look at a sampling of Halloween events around the state.
Halloween is almost here. There are tons of scary things to do for older Halloween fans. But where you can take the little, more easily scared ones? The Minnesota Zoo offers HallZooween throughout October, with daily events like a Halloween Mythbusters scavenger hunt.
We’re in the prime days of autumn now, with apple picking is in full swing, as are many harvest festivals. Best of all, the leaves are approaching full autumn colors now. If you’re looking for an easy day trip from the Cities, with beautiful views and shops to browse through, one suggestion would be the historic downtown area of Jordan, near the Minnesota River Valley.
It sounds like this coming weekend is going to have some amazing, beautiful weather—perfect for getting outside. Given that it’s prime apple harvest time, it would be a great weekend to find a pick-your-own apple orchard.
If it’s nearly mid-September, then it’s nearly time for Oktoberfests to start popping up. Part homage to the Germanic immigrants in Minnesota’s past and part homage to autumn, it’s not hard to get behind such a jolly event.
It arrives all too quickly, but alas, it’s here: Labor Day weekend, the official end of summer. If you’ve already made your pilgrimages to the Minnesota State Fair and the Renaissance Festival, what else can you do on this glorious long weekend? Plenty.
It’s that time of year again—time for the Minnesota State Fair. And this year, not only are there several new foods to try, there’s a completely updated space on the fairgrounds.
The Mississippi River is a big part of life in Minnesota, from its roots in Itasca State Park to its exit out of the state at the very southeastern corner. There are some parts of it that are well known and frequently visited. But it’s a big river. What else is there to see?
The summer weather of late has been spectacular—and we so deserve it—and it’s time to get outdoors, people, and enjoy views like these. An especially fine way to do that is to take a trip […]
One of the most iconic figures in Minnesota has to be Paul Bunyan and his Blue Ox, Babe. How exactly Bunyan came into popularity isn’t clear, although some think that the stories originated in the early 1900s at a Wisconsin logging camp, while others point to early 1800s Canada. It’s not clear if there was an actual person who later became the mythic version of Bunyan, or if this was campfire lore turned into advertising. But variations exist in many parts of the country, and each tale seems taller than the next:
Just outside of Little Falls is a historic site open only in the summertime, so you still have several weeks to plan a visit. The Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site has the preserved childhood home of the famed aviator, as well as the Charles A. Lindbergh State Park across the street (and which is named after the aviator’s father).
There’s a new addition to the varied scenery at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum: the Harrison Sculpture Collection at the Arboretum’s highest physical point, with sculptures donated by Wayzata philanthropists Alfred and Ingrid Harrison, sculptures they’d collected from all over the world.
Have you heard of Dorset, Minnesota, the Restaurant Capital of the World? No? Well. Let’s take a visit. Dorset is a village Park Rapids and Akeley in northern Minnesota, with a population of about 22 people.
It’s so tucked away into the woods that you could easily drive right by it and never know it’s there—perhaps a good reason for the name: Lost Lake Lodge.
Yes, it seems like just yesterday we were all being beaten down by the long winter and polar vortex. Believe it or not, Independence Day is only three weeks away, and it falls on a Friday this year, making for a nice long weekend.
As the 2013-14 school year wraps up, there are plenty of elated kids cheering the thought of weeks of free time. Until they actually have that free time…then summer boredom rears its ugly head a lot sooner than Mom and Dad would like. Here are three suggestions for day trips to keep everyone happy. Check the linked websites for hours and special events.