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

04/15/2020

Home to hundreds of miles of trails and greenways, Minneapolis Northwest is a perfect place for hikers and bikers who want to enjoy the beauty of nature 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 hikers, bikers and those who simply want to soak in the scenery.

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Don’t Worry, Be Hoppy! Your Brewery Road Trip Guide to Minneapolis Northwest

03/11/2020

What better way to ring in spring than soaking up the sun on a patio with a refreshing craft beer in hand? Minnesota ranks in the top 15 of states with the most craft breweries per capita and with an overwhelming number of new breweries opening each year in the Twin Cities, there’s always a new place to explore! We’ve gathered some of our favorite breweries to get you started on a beer-filled road trip in Minneapolis Northwest and beyond!

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Embrace the Hygge Trend and Get Cozy in Minneapolis Northwest

10/25/2019

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 brewery yoga, our Minneapolis Northwest team went in search of all things warm and comfy to get you in the hygge spirit!

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Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice: Girlfriends’ Getaway Guide to Minneapolis Northwest in Autumn

09/29/2019

Don’t let the year end without taking some personal time to enjoy the beauty of fall with a girlfriends’ getaway to Minneapolis Northwest! We’ve gathered some of our favorite ways to experience this wonderful season, to help you plan the perfect fall trip with your gal pals! From apple picking and rock climbing to wineries and spas, here are our top recommendations for a fun weekend getaway with the girls.

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Top 10 Quirky Things to Do Near Minneapolis Northwest - Part 2

08/30/2019

Sometimes all you need is the open road, some great company, and a few fun adventures to create memories you'll never forget! Luckily, the Twin Cities is full of one-of-a-kind spots to complete your road trip bucket list. So grab your favorite traveling buddies and explore some of the most unique finds! Don't know where to start? We've got you covered with a list of 10 (plus one bonus!) of our favorite fun, quirky places to discover within an easy drive of Minneapolis Northwest!

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Autumn Excitement Builds with Minnesota’s Pro Sports Teams

08/26/2019

Minnesota’s professional sports teams are on display this fall, flashing their talent and creating extra opportunities for family fun, getting to know coworkers or a night out with friends. Minneapolis Northwest is a short drive from our contending teams and top-of-the-line sports venues, providing optimal enjoyment and exhilarating memories for fans visiting the Twin Cities.

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Summer Solstice Fun: The Best Ways to Spend Long Summer Days in Minneapolis Northwest

05/24/2019

Summer is a wonderful time of year, with long beautiful days and relaxing nights! There are plenty of ways to enjoy these endless summer days, including the longest day of the year — the Summer Solstice (June 21) — in Minneapolis Northwest. Whether you enjoy outdoor concerts, theatrical performances or a walk through the park, there’s something for you to check out during the summer months.

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All Chalked Up: Artist Family to Showcase Work at Chalkfest at Arbor Lakes

05/07/2019

As Main Street at Arbor Lakes is transformed into a vibrant art collage for the annual Chalkfest at Arbor Lakes, one family trio of artists will be taking the festival by storm with their unique combination of unforgettable creations! Ken Mullen has been chalking for 20 years, but this year both his daughters Aine and Aislynn will be joining him to come up with their own mind-boggling street art!

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Something to Wag Your Tail About: Top Dog-Friendly Adventures in Minneapolis Northwest

05/02/2019

Everyone deserves a vacation, including your pooch, and Minneapolis Northwest is the perfect destination for your canine companion to wag its tail and enjoy all the dog-friendly adventures the area has to offer. You and your pup can enjoy award-winning food, shopping and entertainment, as well as the parks and recreation areas that make this region so popular with nature lovers. Minneapolis is 15th on Rover.com’s list of the most dog-friendly cities, out of more than 14,000 cities across the country. Here are some of the most popular dog-friendly places and activities in the area.

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