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Lake Superior Whitefish

Lake Superior Whitefish

Growing up in the land of 10,000 lakes, fish was a dinner table staple and on occasion a breakfast table staple if you got up early enough to catch some sunnies (sunfish). Walleye is the ubiquitous fish of Minnesota, however it is not the only fish. We have the afore mentioned sunfish, trout, northern pike, crappie, yellow perch, catfish, and ... Read More »

Minneapolis: A City Elevated


Whether it’s the heat of summer or the cold of winter, the skyways are the way to avoid the weather in Minneapolis. The skyways are a web of walkways, elevated from the street, that connect many downtown buildings on the second level. Are you going to Target Field for a baseball game. Or maybe Target Center for basketball? Both sports ... Read More »

Dinner Theaters Give Lodgings a Little Extra

Nagle Warren

If you have a yen for acting or just enjoy homespun entertainment, you would certainly enjoy interactive dinner theater in the comfort of your hotel. My husband and I donned elf costumes as we participated in a murder mystery play called “HoHumHomicide” at the Best Western Premier: The Lodge on Lake Detroit (AAA Three Diamonds) in central Minnesota. The best ... Read More »

Get Acquainted with the New Restaurant Lexicon


A question I am asked often relates to the meanings of the designations sometimes found on restaurant menus or websites. Here is my quick and easy answer for those who just want a general idea. Longer more precise definitions are available elsewhere. These examples all are in Minnesota. Farm to Table: These restaurants have partnered with a specific local farm ... Read More »

Take Me Out to Target Field in Minneapolis


Target Field, home to the Minnesota Twins, is a truly remarkable place to watch baseball. To get the full experience, plan for a Target Field Tour to explore the facilities. The tours offered on game days are slightly different from those on non-game days. Arrive well before the tour begins to explore the plaza area. On the plaza is the ... Read More »

Quest for the Best Edible Cocktails

St. Andrews Sour

Normally I love wine with my dinner and usually stick with that when I am dining. However, at a new restaurant I was checking out in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, of all places, something about a cocktail was crying out to me, so I decided to forgo my usual glass of vino in favor of this drink. The amante picante was on ... Read More »

Top Destinations for Summer Travel: Lakes and Parks

Yosemite National Park, CA This is the final post in a five-part series on the top destinations for summer travel.  In this post, our bloggers share their favorite locations specifically for lakes and parks. Whether you prefer being near the water, hiking or camping in a national park, taking in the natural scenic beauty in the United States and Canada, ... Read More »

Free in the Twin Cities

Landmark Center, St. Paul, MN Being on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t have a fabulous vacation. Here are more than 25 free things to see and do while visiting the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. For starters, culture fiends will be tickled pink by the Twin Cities. Although a fee may apply during special exhibitions, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts ... Read More »

Top Destinations for Summer Travel: Cities to Visit

Downtown Austin, Texas This is the third post in a five-part series on top destinations for summer travel. You can view the first post about California beaches here and the second post about beach vacations here. In this post, bloggers suggest the top places to stay, eat and play in top cities across the United States and Canada. Austin, Texas ... Read More »

Minnesota’s Vegetarian Restaurants

Downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota Whether you are trying out the meatless Monday’s movement or are just looking for good vegetarian/vegan options, Minnesota has plenty. Many restaurants in the state are farm to table, which means they have partnered with specific farms for their produce to provide the freshest ingredients possible. Some have gone even further to grow some of their own ... Read More »