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Living in Minneapolis: Your weekend escape checklist

Living in Minneapolis: Your weekend escape checklist

Congratulations to everyone living in Minneapolis – you survived another Midwestern winter! Now it’s time to celebrate by scheduling several weekend getaways.

Metropolitan getaways

Minneapolis is known for its lakes, parks, and great art museums. In fact, they’re one of the reasons people look for homes for sale in Minneapolis, MN. But Madison, WI, is a favorite weekend getaway for a bevy of reasons. It has one of the largest farmer’s markets in the U.S. and the locally-sourced foodie scene is simply bursting with options. It also offers many breweries, a booming music scene, great performing arts, and a great array of museums. There is plenty of fun to be had on the two lakes as well.

Just a few hours south of Minneapolis you’ll reach Des Moines, the capitol of Iowa and home to impressive museums and architectural landmarks, a progressive zoo, a big weekly farmer’s market, breweries, eclectic restaurants, and beautiful gardens. The Science Center is a favorite for families, too.

Finally, Rochester, MN, the third largest city in the state, is just over an hour away. There are solid museums, restaurants, and parks, but make sure to check out the Amish Tours of Harmony. You’ll be led through their daily lives by an Amish guide in a van or buggy. Who knew living in Minneapolis would prove to be so culturally enriching?

By the water

There are no shortage of lakes and rivers within a few hours of Minneapolis. Wisconsin Dells is particularly a favorite Midwestern attraction because of its many amusement parts, scenic boat rides, high-end spas, restaurants, and gold courses. Two Harbors, a quaint town on the North Shore of Lake Superior, is the perfect weekend getaway. Visit the waterfront, stroll along the lovely shoreline, walk the break wall, bike on the lakeside trails, or just watch the huge ships go by. There are plenty of casual and fine dining options, lighthouses, museums, craft brews, live music, and shopping to keep you busy.

Small-town charm

Decorah, Iowa is just a few hours away from Minneapolis. There, you can enjoy award-winning beers and pass through an extensive paved loop around the town that’s perfect for biking and kayaking in the Upper Iowa River. There’s also artisanal local food, wineries, and live entertainment. The small town of Lanesboro, MN is just a couple hours southeast of Minneapolis and rests in the center of an extensive rail-trail system. It’s perfect for renting bikes and cruising all weekend. It also offers great small-town cuisine, Amish tours, and a river for kayaking or canoeing.

As Red Wing’s website states, it’s “one of the most unique and charming places to visit along the Mississippi River.” It’s certainly a getaway favorite, with tons of historic sites, breweries and wineries, art museums, shopping, and nightlife. There’s also cycling, canoeing, camping, and bird watching. You can even hike up to the landmark Barn Bluff, which rewards you with great city and forest views.

If you are looking at homes for sale in Minneapolis, MN, there’s someone who can help you in your home buying journey. Call me, Adam Fonda, at 612-308-5008 or send an email to adam(dotted)fonda(at)lakesmn(dotted)com.