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Where to (Safely) Eat and Drink in Minneapolis Northwest During Patio Season

06/29/2020

Summer in Minnesota is kind of a big deal, and while we’re missing many of our favorite summer activities, there’s one you don’t have to skip – patio season! Below are the best patios in Minneapolis Northwest that are open for business and taking precautions to ensure you can safely enjoy dining al fresco. Cheers to an unforgettable summer!

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

11/29/2019

Elm Creek Park Reserve is the biggest park in Three Rivers Park District, and is home to 4,900 acres of hiking and biking trails, along with some of the best scenery in Minnesota. Elm Creek is a popular destination any time of year (in fact, it was named the 15th most visited attraction in Minnesota, with more than 1.3 million visitors in 2017!), but from December through March, the Elm Creek Winter Recreation Area turns the reserve into a fascinating winter wonderland. Grab your mittens and scarf and get ready to explore! Here are some of the most popular ways to spend a winter break at Elm Creek Park Reserve.

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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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Celebrate Small Businesses with the Best Local Shopping Finds in Minneapolis Northwest

10/10/2019

Minneapolis Northwest features one of the most expansive shopping areas in Minnesota, second only to the Mall of America. From national retailers, locally owned boutiques, thrift stores, and hidden gems, there’s plenty to browse through. Turn window shopping into actual shopping when you hit up some of the best locally owned stores in Minneapolis Northwest this coming holiday season. Be sure to mark your calendar for Small Business Saturday on Nov. 30, where you can pick up unique, quality gifts while supporting local shops.

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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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Excite Your Taste Buds! Extreme Foods and Flavors in Minneapolis Northwest

07/25/2019

No adventure is complete without some equally adventurous or exciting flavors! While the biggest eating event in the state – Minnesota State Fair – has just ended, we’ve gathered a list of wacky and one-of-a-kind foods to continue your flavor journey! From unicorn poop cupcakes and a natural disaster-inspired ice cream sundae to intense flavor combinations and massive cookie sandwiches, we’ve got plenty of extreme eats to treat your taste buds to a workout in or near Minneapolis Northwest!

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10 Things to Do with Kids in Minneapolis Northwest This Summer

06/30/2019

School’s out! Parents across the nation know summer is the best time to spend with their kids. Luckily, Minneapolis Northwest has plenty of summertime activities to keep families busy. From kid-friendly outdoor events to nationally recognized attractions, here are the top things to see and do with children in Minneapolis Northwest this summer.

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

02/01/2019

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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Get Fresh! Our Top Picks for Healthy Options and Special Diets in Minneapolis Northwest

12/27/2018

Whether you’re trying to stick to a healthy diet or have special dietary restrictions, we’ve got plenty of options in Minneapolis Northwest. From savory salads and lettuce wraps to veggie burgers and gluten-free treats, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite food picks that you can feel good about too!

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