Next week is Valentine’s Day. Being that it falls on a Thursday, it will likely trickle over into the weekend, and restaurants and florists will be busy. There’s certainly nothing wrong with flowers and a lovely dinner out, but there are other options. Note: reservations are recommended for most of these, so call ahead.
Cabin fever setting in? The impending return of the frigid temps got you down? Can’t shake the winter doldrums? You just need to take a little trip to Ax-Man Surplus.
Though far from the famed battlegrounds of the American Civil War, and overlapping with the Dakota Conflict of 1862, the Civil War did have an impact on Minnesota, during and after.
You may not realize that the Fairgrounds are open year-round, and visiting in winter gives an entirely different perspective.
One of my favorite places to visit this time of year is the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, because it’s the time of year when the Arboretum’s staff and volunteers put on the annual holiday extravaganza known as Making Spirits Bright.
As usual this time of year, there are all kinds of event and exhibits to take in. But at Sixth and Hennepin, on the second floor of the Plymouth Building, there’s an exhibit that’s different than most, combining the holidays, family fun and historic interest.
Every year, the National Park Service puts up and lights the National Tree in Washington, D.C. As befitting a national tree, the ornaments represent each of the fifty states. How is Minnesota represented?
Minnesota is pretty festival-friendly all year long, but December is more jam-packed than any other month. Here are just a few of the events taking place around the state (outside of the metro area) by the end of 2012.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of what is perhaps Minnesota’s darkest hour: the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. There have been a number of events surrounding this anniversary, both in the Twin Cities and in the areas across the state that were directly affected.
Fall is arriving with great speed—like the photo above, you can see green leaves in some places, with others already blazing yellow and red. And if it’s fall, it must be time for Oktoberfest at the Black Forest Inn.
The peak of Minnesota’s tornado season may have passed for 2012, but opening this weekend at the Science Museum of Minnesota is Tornado Alley.
The state’s biggest festival season may be behind us for 2012, but there are still plenty of ways to explore and celebrate the upcoming seasons. One of my favorite organizations, the Minnesota Historical Society, has a full slate of fun events coming up. One of the things I love about the MNHS is that they do an excellent job of blending education with fun.
Obviously there’s plenty to do at the Fair (eating being one of the best choices). But besides things like rides and exhibits and parades and concerts, you might spy a group of people like this:
Starting next Sunday, Aug. 12, a new local exhibit, called Game Face, will open to the public for a week only.
This past weekend I thought it would be fun to take in a play. But rather than go to one (of the many) great theaters in the Cities, I found myself in a historic home in Taylors Falls.
Every year in July, there’s an event out at Flying Cloud Airport in Eden Prairie: the Minnesota Air Expo.
There’s a lot of history to be found on the Iron Range, and one central place to get a detailed picture of it is at the Minnesota Discovery Center.
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.
If the budget—or schedule—isn’t allowing for foreign or cross-country travel this spring break or summer, maybe it’s time to look closer to home. Where to stay, what to do? Here are just a few suggestions that will have appeal for visitors of all ages.
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.