Well, we’re over halfway finished with our time in Minneapolis. It’s felt extremely busy and has flown by. Minneapolis was a spur of the moment decision during one too many drinks on our honeymoon, but we’ve been pleasantly surprised by how much we’re enjoying it here.
The weather started out warm and humid, but it quickly cooled off and we’ve been enjoying an extended fall – something you don’t really get in Kentucky. And, since we’re relatively close to Matt’s side of the family, we’ve been able to spend a couple of weekends with them. We haven’t gotten to many breweries or out on as many hikes as we did in Denver and Portland, which is likely do to just being busy and getting tired. In the 5 weeks we’ve been here, we spend 2 weekends in Thorp and 1 in Louisville so we really haven’t had as much time in the city as you’d think.
We really like the amount of parks and lakes in the city – in fact, they designed Minneapolis so that practically no house is more than 5 blocks from a park. Pretty cool! The food scene has also blown us away. We’ve been pleasantly surprised by how many really good restaurants there are around us….and how the ethnic food is actually spiced well. We had a difficult time finding good food in Denver so we’re definitely indulging.
We were able to make it to the Minnesota State Fair our first week here, which was a lot of fun and really different than the Kentucky State Fair. It’s the second largest attended fair in the country, behind Texas which runs for twice as long. We ate our weight in cheese and dairy and drank more than our fair share of beers. They had some great local brews from places like Surly and Fulton. Beth’s favorite part was the Princess Kay of the Milky Way butter sculptures and Matt’s was the All You Can Drink Milk booth. Unfortunately we didn’t get to partake in the milk since it was last call by the time we found it (yes, they had a “last call” on milk).
Some things we’re liking:
- Loring Park – just a block from our apartment and really nice to walk around during the day
- Theodore Wirth Park – we’ve done quite a few trail runs here
- Fulton Brewery
- Lotus Restaurant
- Yoga Sol – donation based yoga; great to have an affordable option after Denver where nothing was affordable
- Spyhouse Coffee – really good roaster in Uptown
- Chain of Lakes
- Walking along the Mighty Mississip
Overall, we’re really liking our time up North. We’ve only got three weeks until we head down South for the winter, so we’ve got to squeeze in a lot more activities and beer.