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.
Last year, the Iron Range Tourist Board contacted me about making a visit and really exploring the Range area. I certainly couldn’t say no to that, and recently made a (too short) visit north. This is the first of several blog pieces about what I discovered on my travels, and I’ll also be blogging over at A Closer Look at Flyover Land about it too.
Ah, yes, it’s spring, and that means the seasonal farmers markets are opening and local, sun-ripened produce is returning to Minnesota. And what better example could we find than at—a German restaurant?
Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and it’s become one of the most popular days of the year.
This year’s unusually early spring is a boon for outdoor enthusiasts. Even though it’s still (barely) March, it’s definitely not too soon to make plans to visit one of Minnesota’s state parks this summer.
Schools around the metro are taking that week-long (more or less) holiday known as spring break, now through mid April. Whether going out of town isn’t in your financial picture right now, or you’d just rather stay home, here are some ideas to keep your family from going stir-crazy.
Spring may not have made a commitment to Minnesota just yet, but regardless of the weather, it’s that time of year again: Lent.
There’s no denying it’s been a tough winter for those who love winter sports and recreation, and it’s also been a hard season for communities that host cherished annual winter festivals. Some have been cancelled, others have been scaled back. But some got (barely) enough snow and ice to keep the festivities going.
They’re coming — this weekend, riverfront, St. Paul: Pirates.
It’s one of only four that take place around the world each year: the Mora Vasaloppet USA. And in 2012, the U.S. version of the Swedish ski race turns 40.
We’re closing in on the big December holidays. One of my favorite places to go this time of year is the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. They know how to decorate for the holidays, and often incorporate found pieces of nature into the decorations. Given the likelihood of a brown Christmas this year, it’s heartening to find a place that can even make that look pretty.
Want to support the locally made market this holiday season? There are plenty of options.
It was one of those most pleasant emails, an invite to a holiday coffee party from a friend—always a welcome thing to pop up in my inbox.
It’s that time of year — time to think about gifts for your nearest and dearest.