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#MnMondays: Mill City Farmer’s Market

As the peak of the fruits and vegetable season is here, there’s no better time to head to the Mill City Farmer’s Market. Set between the Mill City Museum and Guthrie Theater, I love the mix of nature’s bounty nestled amongst the urban landscape.

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Held every Saturday from May to October, between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., the market features a variety of freshly-picked fruits and veggies, along with local honey, fresh-roasted coffee, handmade soaps, jams, and Minnesota-made items.

There’s live music, along with demonstrations and theme days (this Saturday, August 20 is Pollinator Day). It’s the perfect spot to stroll around, sipping a cup of locally roasted coffee, get some delicious produce, and do some people watching.

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If you’re feeling like adding to your adventure, you can stroll over to Mill Ruins Park, walk over the Stone Arch Bridge to watch the roaring Mississippi River, relax in Gold Medal Park, learn about the history of Minneapolis’ flour industry at the Mill City Museum, or take in a theatrical production at the Guthrie.

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What’s your favorite stand at the Mill City Farmer’s Market?

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The Uptown Art Fair

If you like strolling along the street, looking at art by a variety of artists, then the Uptown Art Fair is the place to be.

Typically held in the Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis on the first weekend in August, the fair draws more than 340 artists from around the world specializing in everything from printmaking to glass blowing.

This year, attendees were treated to especially perfect weather. With highs in the low 80s, soft breezes and plenty of sunshine, there was something even more magical about checking out the booths along Hennepin Avenue. I especially loved Adam Turman’s prints, Dogfish Media, and Greta Sandquist’s colorful paintings-especially her squirrel art!

Even the garbage cans were turned into works of art for the event!

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In addition to art, there were a variety of local food trucks, including Bridgeman’s Ice Cream and the Kitchen Window had a paella stand that pretty much was its own art form.

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When it was time for a break (and some dinner), we decided to head to the rooftop patio of Libertine. What a view of the festival, and the bustling Uptown neighborhood. And I must say…the Fried Chicken Sandwich was pretty fantastic.

To top it off, the drive around Lake Calhoun leaving the Art Fair was a picture perfect Saturday evening with cool lake breezes, the Minneapolis skyline in the background, and a gorgeous sunset.

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Did you attend the Uptown Art Fair? Who were your favorite artists?

If you didn’t go this year, mark your calendar for next year…there’s really nothing like it.

 

The New Home of Purple Pride

Talked about for years, and under construction since 2014, the new U.S. Bank Stadium opened its doors to the public on Saturday, July 23 for an open house.

USBank-ExteriorThe highly anticipated stadium is the new home of the Minnesota Vikings and is set to host the 2018 Super Bowl and NCAA Final Four in 2019. Located on the former site of the Metrodome, and surrounded by a $400-million redeveloped area that includes a two-block community park, offices, access to the light rail, condos, and apartments, the shiny new building is a sight to behold.

U.S. Bank Stadium offers a climate-controlled, glassed-in environment, allowing fans to enjoy natural sunlight, while keeping the frigid temperatures away. On mild days, the stadium’s large glass doors that open toward the downtown corridor will allow comfortable Minnesota breezes. Guests will be able to select from a variety of local food offerings including Ike’s Food and Cocktails, Andrew Zimmern’s Canteen, Murray’s Steaks and more.

Throughout the stadium there are nods to the team’s heritage, including a special bar designed to invoke the feel of Viking ships from long ago. There’s also an art museum with Minnesota and football focused art, and of course, there is plenty of purple, including all of the stadium seats.

In addition to football games, the stadium is set to host a variety of events including the Chelsea vs. A.C.Milan soccer game as part of the International Champions Cup. The inaugural concert is set for Friday, August 19 when Luke Bryan and Little Big Town will take the stage.

Stay tuned for more later this month…as I will be attending the inaugural concert!

Fireworks with a Chance of Purple Rain

To me, the Fourth of July isn’t complete without fireworks, and in my eyes, the best place to watch fireworks in Minnesota is at Red, White and Boom! Ideally, I like to grab some ice cream at Izzy’s and then find a great spot along the riverfront, just behind the Guthrie and the Mill City Museum. The fireworks show over the Stone Arch Bridge, Mississippi River and the city really is a sight to behold.Version 2

But this year, there’s something new and very Minnesota–fireworks will be set to Prince tunes. The show is being sponsored by The Current, a local radio station and onlookers will  see the sky lit up with breathtaking fireworks as they hear songs like Raspberry Beret, Little Red Corvette and most likely–Purple Rain.Minneapolis-Fireworks-2

So if you’re in the area, be sure to check out this year’s special fireworks show. Earlier in the day there will be the Red, White and Boom! TC Half Marathon, Relay and 5K, plus live music in Mill Ruins Park and Father Hennepin Bluffs Park.

Where’s your favorite spot to watch fireworks on the 4th?

Happy Fourth of July everyone! Have a safe and happy Independence Day!

One, Two, Three Strikes and Fireworks!

It’s almost the Fourth of July, which has me thinking about fireworks…and I have to say, one of my favorite spots to see a great show is at Target Field.

Target_Field_Fireworks_2From Memorial Day to Labor Day, every Minnesota Twins Friday night home game at Target Field is a Fireworks Night. That’s right…even if it’s not the Fourth of July you can enjoy a spectacle of fireworks!

Target_Field_Fireworks_3jpgThe show happens in Center Field, just beyond Minnie & Paul. On Friday nights, after nine innings of baseball, fans can stay in their seats (or move closer for a better view of the outfield) and watch the countdown clock. The stadium will go dark, and “bing, bang, boom” the sky above Target Field will become illuminated with an array of fireworks that usually inspire  a good deal of “oohs and ahhs” from the crowd, regardless of the game’s final score.

What’s your favorite fireworks memory at Target Field?

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Bridge Back In Time

The Stone Arch Bridge crosses over the Mississippi River, connecting downtown Minneapolis to St. Anthony Main. Built by James J. Hill in 1883, the granite and limestone bridge consists of 23 arches.

StoneArch_MillCityViewFeaturing fantastic views of St. Anthony Falls, downtown skyline and the river, the pedestrian-only bridge is a popular place for locals and visitors. On the downtown side you’ll find Gold Medal Park where you can enjoy an urban park setting, the Guthrie Theater for local entertainment and the Mill City Museum which celebrates the city’s flour-focused beginnings.

StoneArch_CityViewOn the other side of Stone Arch is St. Anthony Main, a historic area which was once the home of flour mills. Today, you’ll find a variety of eateries including Tugg’s Tavern which offers an outdoor patio ideal for sipping a fresh-squeezed spiked lemonade.

Insider tip: when you’re in Gold Medal Park, grab ice cream at Izzy’s Ice Cream.

Where’s your favorite vantage point of the Stone Arch Bridge?

Cheers to Patio Season!

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As the days grow longer and temps get higher in Minneapolis, there’s no place quite like the Rooftop Garden at Brit’s Pub. Located along the Nicollet Mall, the pub offers an authentic British Pub atmosphere with a dark wood bar, brown leather couches and plenty of TVs tuned into soccer matches.

While the atmosphere in the pub is rather inviting, if the weather is warm you need to make your way up the stairwell and onto the patio where you can sip a pint with views of the surrounding downtown buildings, listen to the British flags blowing in the breeze and perhaps enjoy some lawn bowling.

GardenFeeling hungry? The menu offers a variety of good eats including a superb Fish & Chips. On select summer evenings you can enjoy a movie on the lawn and other special events.

Be sure to take a selfie at the red phone booth! IMG_6059

Cheers!Drink