Driving in Minnesota is a lot like driving anywhere in the US, but there are some differences. Some weather related and some more cultural. While there are plenty of resources on the web to teach you the rules and regulations of operating a motor vehicle (warning that’s a pdf) I’m going to talk about other things you should be aware of if you plan to drive here. So without further ado, here are my 6 tips for driving in Minnesota.
We went to the Minnesota History Center in St Paul on a nice sunny November day. We should’ve been enjoying the “nice” weather, but we had already decided to go to the History Center.
Well, we made it through another week. Last week we went the the Midwest Mountaineering Expo and collected raffle tickets at the beer and gear thing on Friday. But we didn’t win anything. Not one thing.
I hope you have a happy Thanksgiving. Go eat some food and have a drink or 2 with your family. But don’t get too drunk and fight with your aunt this year.
The last time our friends Dewey and Lori were here from Illinois we went to Libertine. Libertine is a pretty new restaurant here in the Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis. Libertine is owned and operated by legendary chef Tim McKee. The restaurant is in the Calhoun Square shopping mall in uptown.
There we were lost. Lost beyond all hope. We would take a right turn only to find it was a dead end. So we would turn around, but we couldn’t find our way back. Occasionally we would walk down a seemingly never ending hallway only to run into another wall. We walked toward a distant family of four, but it turns out that beautiful, loving family was us! We were way past the point of desperation. And hunger, it had been minutes since lunch. Other families ran past us, some screaming.
What is this madness? Troy shouted.
So, another week has come and gone and now it’s officially Friday. Finally. I think I’m going to use Friday as a sort of roundup day to talk about things that happened in the past week that wouldn’t really merit their own blog post. Also to mention stuff that will be going up on the other non-Minnesota blog.
So let’s get this ball rolling.
You can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a taproom anymore. There are new taprooms opening in Minneapolis and St Paul seemingly weekly. Which is awesome. So, without further ado, here are the top 10 I’ve been to so far. AKA the 10 I’ve been to so far.
612Brew – OK, this place is loud! To be fair though, I’ve only been there once and it was on Halloween. So it’s entirely possible that that isn’t the normal Friday night crowd. The place was packed and they had some pretty loud music going on. 612 serves up their beer (they had 5 the night I was there) and some craft soda. They have pints, flights and growlers for sale as well as the regular merch. Their outdoor area was really cool. They have a bunch of tables and chairs and it feels really secluded with the walls all around. I want to get back there on a night that isn’t Halloween.
612Brew – 945 Broadway St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Bauhaus Brew Labs – Right then! This is a cool space. This has to be the biggest taproom in the Twin Cities. They have a huge bar, a billion or so tables and a huge stage. Outside there are even more tables and chairs. The brewing area is even bigger than the taproom and looks really cool with the stacks and stacks of empty cans back there. It was very crowded there when I was there, but it wasn’t overly loud beacause the ceilings are so high. I really like Bauhaus’ design and style. The room is industrial and the garage doors are seriously huge. They have pints, flights and growlers along with their merchandise.
Bauhaus Brew Labs – 1315 Tyler St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Cannon Falls is a little town 40 miles southeast of the Twin Cities here in Minnesota. Cannon Falls is most well known as being the home to Pachyderm Studios, the recording studio that Nirvana recorded In Utero at. And also for the drainage ditch where kids go to skateboard. At least that’s what it’s known for where I come from.
We went down to Cannon Falls to see Shellie’s parents before they head down to Arizona for the winter. And also for lunch, more food and, as it turns out, bingo.
This September we packed up the kids and the dogs and headed north to a little cabin. On the lake. On its own private island. Sweet!
The cabin (Sams Island Cabin) is on Fish Trap Lake which is about 2 hours from Minneapolis, just south of Motley on Highway 10. We checked in at Campfire Bay Resort around 1pm and unloaded the car. Then we loaded up a pontoon with our weekend’s worth of provisions and were shuttled across to the island. The resort doesn’t allow dogs, but you can have them on the island. Off leash and wild like. On the island is the 2 bedroom cabin, a firepit, a hammock, an old boat house, a dock, a canoe and a small beach area.
The cabin is really nice. I’m not sure why, but I expected it to be dumpy. Dumpy it is not. The decor is “up north” but it is done well. There are 2 big bedrooms with 3 beds. The bathroom is really big and nice. The kitchen is equipped with everything you might need. The living room has a huge fireplace and flat screen TV. Plus these giant windows I would stare out of each morning watching the loons do their loon business, as loons are wont to do.