A Whirlwind Weekend in Minneapolis

We may be known for our elongated vowel accents, bitter cold
winters and being “Minnesota nice,” but we’ve got excellent attractions, too.
In a state with record low unemployment, excellent education, an arts scene
that rivals other cities and being home to the most fortune 500 companies [I
could and will go on and on] our attractions are pleasantly surprising.  

I live in beautiful Minneapolis proper, the Uptown neighborhood,
in a one-bedroom apartment that I love. Currently I am a staff photographer for
a local lifestyles magazine, so I like to think I know my city!

If you visited Minneapolis…

1. I’d take you out for ice cream at Sebastian Joe’s.
You can order whatever you want, but I’d strongly recommend their claim-to-fame raspberry chocolate chip flavor then to
“work off” the calories I’d take us next store for a bit of window shopping at Patina.

2. There is really so much to discover here! You shouldn’t miss Fulton Brewery. The Midwest is known for great beer
and most recently, crafted and local beer has taken off in Minneapolis. We have
several new breweries and ones of my favorites is Fulton, just steps from our
Minnesota Twins Stadium. Not an alcohol drinker? How about a tour of our Walker Arts Center and adjacent Sculpture Gardens? That cherry and spoon are an iconic
symbol of Minneapolis.

3. Calories don’t count on vacation, so we’ll stop in and grab a treat at Patisserie 46, which was recently written up in the
New York Times.  For
some “real food” as I like to say, i.e. not dessert, we’ll head over to Linden
Hill’s Tilia and head chef, Steve Brown will
stop and chat with us for a bit.

4. Our winters may be our claim to fame, but summer and autumn in Minnesota
can’t be missed. My favorite is fall, and what’s more cliché Minneapolis [we
are the “city of lakes”] than a walk around Lake Harriet, or, for something more quaint a walk along St. Anthony Main and the Stone Arch Bridge.

5. One absolute must-see here is a trip to Hunt +
Gather, which is always one of my favorite stops and pick-me-up places.

6. You didn’t ask, but I’ll tell you anyway that a trip to beautiful Minneapolis wouldn’t be complete without an
evening spent dining at Masu followed by music
and drinks at Honey.

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  • Reply Kristi March 2, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    This was fun to see. We lived for nine months in Rochester, MN and visited the twin cities often. Minnesota really is beautiful, and we loved the sculpture garden.

    • Reply Creole Wisdom March 2, 2013 at 4:47 pm

      Were you guys interning at Mayo? I have yet to really spend much time in Rochester, but I know it's a nice city!

    • Reply Kristi March 3, 2013 at 3:42 pm

      No, we were one of the few non-Mayo people 🙂 My husband was doing an internship with IBM (working on the chip that is inside the Nintendo Wii). It was very convenient though being around so many Mayo people. There were several pediatric residents in our apartment building which was perfect since I was a jittery first time mom at the time 🙂

  • Reply Sweetened Style March 2, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Minneapolis is such a beautiful city! My husband is from MN, and I love to visit!

    Great series Janssen, please keep these posts coming!

    • Reply Creole Wisdom March 2, 2013 at 4:48 pm

      It is! I like to say that if you marry a Minnesotan your chances of moving back "home" are pretty high 🙂

  • Reply Little Light March 2, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Minneapolis is pretty great. Horrible mosquitos in the summer though. That's the only annoying thing about walks around area lakes in the summer.

    I remember visiting for my cousin's wedding and really enjoying it. We stopped and visited the Mall of America, because of course. This is a great review! I will keep it in mind if we ever return.

    • Reply Kristen Hirsch Montag March 4, 2013 at 3:39 pm

      It actually is not at all bad in the city for mosquitos – there's a metropolitan control district and they spray to kill them so we really don't have a lot of them around the lakes. You have to go a bit further out into the suburbs before you'd really notice mosquitos and even then, they're controllable.

  • Reply Creole Wisdom March 2, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Thanks so much Janssen! I'm so glad I could share my city!

  • Reply Lindsay March 2, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Gorgeous post, Katie. Now I want to come visit more than ever!

    • Reply Creole Wisdom March 2, 2013 at 7:33 pm

      I was just thinking how much I wish you and Kate could visit! And you can. My mom just re-did her guest room 🙂 We can shop for new fabric at Crafty Planet and do craft projects galore!

  • Reply Peaceful Reader March 2, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    I love the Sculpture Gardens and the Walker. I'll have to check out Fulton Brewery the next time I visit. I love one good craft beer now and then. Thanks for the great post about one of my favorite home towns.

  • Reply NGS March 2, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Bryant Lake Bowl. I miss BLB so much – delicious food and a quaint bowling alley and an attached theater. And Freewheel Bicycle (rent bikes there at the Midtown location on the Greenway for a ride around the Chain of Lakes so you don't have to choose among Lake of the Isles, Lake Harriet, or Cedar Lake because they're all beautiful). Walk along Nicollet Mall downtown and then further up to Eat Street for wonderful places to eat – my favorite is Jasmine Deli. Oh, I love Minneapolis.

    • Reply Creole Wisdom March 2, 2013 at 7:34 pm

      BLB is a winner! I love their little desk-tables outside. Isn't Mpls the best!?

  • Reply Jen @ de Jong Dream House March 3, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    I grew up in Minnesota. I don't miss it in the winter, but your post sure made me nostalgic. Thanks!

  • Reply Brynn March 4, 2013 at 1:01 am

    I LOVE Minneapolis and St. Paul 🙂 I grew up directly outside of Minneapolis and now live an hour south. It's so great!! I'm happy you were able to feature one of the best cities in the country on your blog!! Another awesome place to visit in Minneapolis is Republic. Delicious food and a great atmosphere!!

  • Reply Lindsay March 4, 2013 at 2:05 am

    That sculpture is so cool! I've never really heard much about Minneapolis, so I'm loving all of the pictures and the tips. I need to venture out to the Midwest. 🙂

    Love, Lindsay

  • Reply Reynolds-Anthony Harris March 4, 2013 at 3:11 am

    Excellent post Katie ! Well done!


  • Reply Rachel March 5, 2013 at 2:59 am

    I visited a friend there and we LOVE Chino Latino and the Gray House!

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