Well hello there! It has been AWHILE. I decided to take a break over the holiday season but I am back! Recently, the very lovely Mel and I met up over drinks to work on a blog collaboration! We decided we wanted to create a seasonal guide to our amazing cities. We will trade off posting the guide to our respective blogs while simultaneously collaborating on the posts. You can (and should) find the Spring MSP guide on Mel's blog here.
So, ahem, without further ado! Here is the very first MSP guide, How to beat the winter blues!
For a good laugh: Huge Theater
Huge theater in the Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis is the place to go if you want a great laugh. Huge has a variety of improv shows every night of the week at a decent price of about $7 a ticket. For extra laughs sign up for one of their improv courses and show off your talents at a show! How to get there: Take bus 4, 21, or 53, or an Hour Car Hub is at 31st and Lyndale, walking distance in the surrounding lynlake neighborhood. Huge theater also has a connected lot next door with lots of parking.
For the outdoor enthusiast: City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival
The Loppet Ski Festival has always been a classic winter activity for many Minnesotans. What is even better is that the festival takes place this weekend-February 3rd-5th. Perfect timing. The website lists all of the times and places of the many loppet races as well as other activities including fireworks on Friday night! You can find the full list of activities here!! If you're thirsty or hungry there will also be a Surly Brewing Beer Garden and food truck village once you get hungry after seeing all of the races! On Sunday you can even catch a dogsled loppet race at 3:45pm! The Loppet festival takes place this year at Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis and there is tons of parking nearby with convenient shuttles to and from the events. If you prefer the bus take bus 7 all the way to the Plymouth Avenue bridge near the Wirth Shalet.
Cozy spots: Nina's Coffee & Marvel bar
With so many great new coffee spots in the Twin Cities it's sometimes hard to stand out in a crowd. However, Nina's coffee in Saint Paul is by far my all time favorite place to go for a cup of coffee (or 3 refills of chai). Located at the corner of Selby avenue and Western, you cannot miss it! Nina's is my favorite place for many reasons but the main reason is it's coziness factor. From the oversized windows (perfect for watching the snow fall), plush couches, and charming architecture, Nina's is the perfect spot to get out and meet a friend on a blustery, cold day. I recommend the chai with nutmeg on top. So. delicious. Street parking is tight but available and Nina's is right on bus route 21. Fear not if you end up having to hike a few blocks because the Cathedral Hill neighborhood makes for a gorgeous walk.
Alright, so maybe the cold snap has got you down and you need a cocktail ASAP. Head on over to Marvel Bar! When collaborating with Mel she immediately suggested adding Marvel Bar as a hot spot. Located in the basement of The Bachelor Farmer in the North Loop. Marvel bar has a speakeasy kind of vibe where its encouraged to keep your phone in your pocket or purse & just enjoy your company. Marvel bar is always bustling but if you hang around long enough you can usually snag a good spot. Trust me, it's worth it. Careful though! Sitting at the bar can quickly put you in a trance watching your drink being made. Marvel also has a variety incredible cozy cocktails that will definitely snap you out of your winter funk. Getting there is easy too by taking bus route 7! Lots of street parking available as well as a parking lot located behind The Bachelor Farmer.
Mel and I know that sometimes the winter weather can get you down! We hope that our list excites and encourages you to embrace the season in whatever way suits you best! What are some ways that you guys beat the winter blues?! We would love to hear your stories and ideas! Keep posted for our next MSP Guide to the cities on Mel's site!