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

11/02/2020

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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Embrace the Hygge Trend and Get Cozy in Minneapolis Northwest

10/26/2020

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 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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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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Top 10 Events and Festivals in Minneapolis Northwest

08/03/2020

Each year, Minneapolis Northwest hosts a number of entertaining events and festivals featuring music, art, and family fun that are worth planning your next trip around. While most events have been postponed due to COVID-19, a few are still happening, now with a virtual component and with extra safety precautions. Remember, you can still jumpstart your 2021 travel plans with all the great events that will return next year!

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Put a Spring in Your Step with The Latest Spring Happenings in Minneapolis Northwest

03/01/2020

Spring brings a burst of colors and energy to Minneapolis Northwest. It’s a time when Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Maple Grove and the surrounding neighborhoods start buzzing with festivals, shows, family friendly events and plenty of outdoor activities. Whether you choose to spend the days or evenings watching international films, making maple syrup or cuddling baby animals, you’ll find plenty of events that will put a spring in your step!

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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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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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