We decided to spend a late fall weekend in the Twin Cities – Minneapolis/St. Paul. We really underestimated how much there was to do in this area. We ended up concentrating on just one of the twins-Minneapolis. Minneapolis is an older industrial city and was once known as the "Flour Milling Capital of the World." The mills declined after World War I, but many Fortune 500 companies have their headquarters here now. Minneapolis has one of the highest employment rates in the country, a major reason why the city is loaded with young professionals. The arts & cultural events have year round offerings and foodies will love the diverse restaurants. Breweries & brew pubs can be found citywide. Surly Brewing Company is a destination Brewery containing a beer hall, outside beer garden with fire pits, the Brewer's Table Restaurant, tours & Private Event spaces.
Where to Eat & Drink
Surly Brewing Company
Walleye BLT at Hell's Kitchen
Donut bucket at TCF Bank Stadium
Beer flight at Town Hall Brewery
Mimosa & Cinnamon Rolls at Keys at the Foshay
What to See
The Mississippi River
Minneapolis has the Mississippi River running through it and many lakes both inside the city limits and on its borders. Boating is very popular here and in good weather there are all kinds of boat tours operating. Walleye is the state fish and is caught in the cold freshwater of Minnesota. Many Minneapolis restaurants brag that they have the best recipe for Walleye. Even though Wisconsin takes all the credit for cheese curds, the beer halls here serve up some very good ones along with Bavarian Pretzels & Brats.
U.S. Bank Stadium (home of the Minnesota Vikings)
Minneapolis winters are very cold with an average of 54 inches of snow. However, the highway departments are real pros at snow removal and the city may slow down a little but it doesn't stop. If you decide to visit make sure to check ahead and see if the things to do are open. Outdoor venues are usually closed between mid-November & April. We are going to try and get back to check out the other twin, St. Paul, in the very near future!
Written by Jeanne Maria
After years of working hard, Jeanne now just does what she wants. Painting, writing, traveling, daily beach walks with her puppy, and the occasional cocktail make her a very happy person. Life is too short, make a long bucket list and get to it!