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I am back in my home town of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The past week I’ve taken off just for R and R. I’ve been sleeping in, going to farmers markets, cooking all the healthy food, hanging out with my sisters and visiting with old friends.
It has been SO GOOD!
I didn’t realize how much I missed this beautiful city
ST. Cloud Quarry Park is a couple hours from the city, but this hidden gem is well worth the drive.
The property stretches 683 acres and contains two different quarries. Quarry #2 is 116 feet deep with high rock formations surrounding the water.
Besides swimming, there are areas for various other activities including; mountain biking, trout fishing, hiking, rock climbing and scuba diving and in the winter, skiing.
A parking permit is required and costs $5 per vehicle.
For more info visit the Quarry Park web page here.
-If swimming in the second quarry pool, water shoes are very helpful. Some of the rocks are sharp and it can be difficult getting in and out of the water.
-Go on a weekday. The pools do get very crowded very quickly.
-You will want to bring some sort of a flotation device. There is no wading area, only a few rocks used to climb in and out of the instantly deep waters.
-Bring your grill, food, chairs, music, beach equipment, but no alcohol. There will be a Ranger making rounds and they are incredibly strict about sobriety.
-Bringing some sort of lounging chair is also highly recommended. The entire area surrounding Quarry #2 is rocky, and heavily wooded. There is NO comfortable place to sit.
-If you are with small children Quarry #2 is not an option. Head straight to Quarry #1 for the sandy beach and wading area. (cliff jumping also available at Quarry #1)
Phycho Suzi’s Moto Lounge is a Polynesian-themed lounge with tiki décor. It is located on the Mississippi river just miles from downtown Minneapolis.
The lounge has an amazing selection of food and drinks (each signature drink coming in its own special cup).
Check the calendar for the list of bands who will be playing live music, and if its summer, show up early to get a table outside. The patio is massive with a beautiful view of the river. A park also sits right next door, with trails leading down to the river.
At night the torches which surround the patio are lit with fire, producing an environment I can only describe as magical.
-If sitting inside check out both seating areas (the upper level opens in the evening and has both indoor and additional outdoor patio seating)
-Show up early for a table outside
-Bring a few dollar bills for the Tiki photo booth
-Take a walk down in the park next door
-Try the Tailand Island Pizza- AMAZING!
-Join me in my personal goal to try every signature drink. (NOT all at once!) Their drinks are STRONG!
The Minneapolis Farmers market is one of my favorite spots. Everytime I go home for a visit I hit up this spot. There are six sheds:Three large which house fresh produce and are managed by the Central Minnesota Vegetables Growers Association (CMVGA). And three smaller which are manage by the Farmers Market Annex. These sheds house a variety of baked goods, artisan cheeses, salsa, jams, honey, and much more. There are also open air stands and tents with hand made crafts, clothes, jewelry and art.
The Minneapolis Farmers Market is the biggest and best market I’ve been too.
It does get a bit crowded in the late mornings of the weekend, so the earlier you go, the better.
Winter: Every 1st and 3rd Saturdays 9am-12pm
Summer: Everyday 6am- 1pm
The Walker Art Center is a contemporary art museum which was founded back in 1940. The Center houses many contemporary galleries, as well as performances in dance, theater, music and film screenings. There is also a beautiful outdoor sculpture garden which holds one of our cities most popular icons; The Cherry on the Spoon. The Gardens stretch 19 acres and are free for anyone to enter 365 days a year from 6am-12am.
-On the first Saturdays of every month (Free First Saturday) gallery admission is free.
-On Thursday nights from 5 to 9 pm (Target Free Thursday nights) the walker also offers an array of free public programs and gallery admission.
-Admission during regular hours is $15/per adults
725 Vineland Place, Minneapolis, MN 55403