COVID-19 Safety Update by Explore Minnesota

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Precautions around COVID-19 have led to limited hours of business (or temporary closure) for area attractions, shops, and restaurants, as well as the cancellation or postponement of area events. Please contact individual businesses or event organizers for specific details and hours of operation.


Welcome to the Minneapolis Northwest blog! We give you the inside scoop on our area events and the newest spots to check out. You can find us talking about attractions, events, music, shopping, sports, meetings, outdoor activities and so much more.

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Embrace the Hygge Trend and Get Cozy in Minneapolis Northwest

12/21/2020

As the weather changes, it’s only natural to crave more activities that leave you warm and cozy. Hygge is a Norwegian and Danish term used to describe a mood of coziness, along with feelings of wellness and contentment. From snow sports and spas to latte art and heated patios, our Minneapolis Northwest team went in search of all things warm and comfy to get you in the hygge spirit!

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Hit the Slopes! 6 Ways to Start Your Winter Adventure at Elm Creek Park Reserve

12/11/2020

This winter season, enjoy safe, outdoor fun at Elm Creek Park Reserve. It’s the place to be for all kinds of snowy recreation. Take advantage of the miles of trails for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and fat biking, as well as hills for tubing, sledding, and snowboarding. Whether you want to brush up on your favorite activities or try something new, Elm Creek has it all. Grab your mittens and scarf and check out the most popular ways to spend a day in this winter wonderland!

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Tasty Takeout Options in Minneapolis Northwest

11/20/2020

Support the local culinary scene in Minneapolis Northwest with these great take-out/curbside pickup options. Expand your tastes by trying a new restaurant or order your favorite comfort food. From coffee and pastries to international delicacies, you can support these local spots while dining safely at home. We’re in this together!

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Treat Yourself! Our Guide to the Best Pastries in Minneapolis Northwest and Beyond

10/14/2020

Minneapolis Northwest and the surrounding area is your go-to destination for a pastry-filled adventure! From donuts as big as your head to unicorn poop cupcakes, and from French pastries to German Beehives, you’ll find something to satisfy your sweet tooth! Here’s a list to get you started on a tour of the best pastries, donuts and treats, so dive in and treat yourself!

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Stary Your Holiday Shopping with the Best Local Shopping Finds in Minneapolis Northwest

10/05/2020

The season of giving is upon us, and it's time for holiday shopping! Right now, it's especially crucial to support the local businesses that keep our cities thriving. Below are our favorite locally owned shops in the Minneapolis Northwest area. Enjoy great gift ideas from hand-crafted jewelry, home goods, and bath products, to one-of-a-kind clothing, accessories, kitchen products, toys, and more.

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Fall Itinerary for Family Fun in Minneapolis Northwest

09/28/2020

Life can be stressful these days, and fall is the perfect time to get your family out of the house to recharge outdoors! Minneapolis Northwest features many fun and safe fall events and activities that are great for the whole family. Find your way out of a large corn maze, paint your own pumpkin, and treasure hunt for Halloween treats. Use our suggestions for safe dining, lodging, events, and activities to create the ideal itinerary for your family.

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Hit the Trails! Our Guide to Biking & Hiking Adventures in Minneapolis Northwest

09/21/2020

Home to hundreds of miles of trails and greenways, Minneapolis Northwest is a perfect place for bikers and hikers who want to enjoy the beauty of autumn while practicing social distancing. The region has been named one of the country's most bike-friendly destinations thanks to its expansive network of trails and protected lanes, and the city’s parks offer pedestrians and hikers plenty of places to wander. Here are five favorite destinations for bikers, hikers, and those who simply want to soak in the scenery.

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