I wish I knew how many things there were to do and see north of the Twin Cities. There’s so much exploring to do! Also, how to cross-country ski.
That there was an alumni group here many years before I did.
That the winter was not as scary as I had projected.
Be patient. Making friends here can take a long time. Put yourself in places where you’ll meet other people and have a chance to develop relationships. Minnesotans are an active bunch so meet folks while trying some Northern things like curling or pond hockey. Get a dog and take it to dog parks. Just get out and you will find community.
Where to find friends.
How cold the winters and how hot the summers could get…the land of extremes.
That having the right winter gear makes all the difference.
Where to watch Buckeye games.
How active folks are in the winter months, especially January and February. Life doesn’t stop!
How much everyone enjoys the outdoors regardless of season!
How sunny it is in the winter.
The clean lakes.
The amount of snow we get.
That the winters are FUN! There are festivals, plenty of snow to play with, and you just need the right gear.
Golfing – so many wonderful courses
Exploring restaurants and breweries in the summer, downhill skiing and ice skating in the winter.
Mountain biking, rock climbing, paddling, hiking etc.
Sled dog racing
Being on a lake
Long walks around the lakes
Visiting state parks
Making at day at Como Zoo and Como Town in St. Paul.
Biking, camping, hiking, anything on the lakes etc.
Hiking in one of the great state parks
Minnesota children’s museum
Free outdoor summer concerts and swimming at Lake Harriet
Winter carnival in St Paul, State Fair
Boating on the lakes
Any in Ely
There are so many – Tilia for a nice brunch.
Hard to pick one, but we’ve been taking out from Master Noodle in St. Paul during the pandemic.
Upscale: Lake Elmo Inn | Quick and Good: Cafe Latte
LOLO – Stillwater
Andiamo – romantic Italian
Day By Day Cafe in St Paul
French Meadow Bakery
Samz in Ely
There are so many great microbreweries. I have visited over 100 in MN. Goat Ridge Brewing Co. in New London is really good. Great outdoor patio and excellent beer and food.
Twin Cities – Dangerous Man
Urban Growler in St. Paul
Lift Bridge – Stillwater
Cribbage – a game i had never heard of before.
Oh ya you betcha, said in as thick of a Nordic accent as possible.
Sentences ending with ‘come with’
Grew up here. I think it’s important to let outsiders know that when we say parking ramp, we mean the parking garage
Could be worse
I’ll just scoot by you here…
Getting license plate “tabs”
Ski-U-Mah. 20 years here and I have yet to meet a U of MN student or alum who can actually explain it.
You just have to embrace winter. Invest in some warm clothes and try to enjoy winter outdoor activities.
Get good gear and get outside!
Dress appropriately and find a fun activity to do outside like cross country ski.
Get outside, embrace it! And plan a spring break.
Remote start on the car is a must. Just do it.
Spend the money on good gear
Buy a powerful snowblower, and pay attention to all of the advice you hear about making sure your car is well equipped for the winter.
Gear up! The three W layers: Wicking layer next to your skin (no cotton!), Warm layer in the middle, and Wind blocking layer on top
Several sets of gloves
Festivals – So many festivals.
Take in a game at Target Field or CHS Field. Both are beautiful parks.
Ride a bike, walk the lakes, camp, paddle something somewhere.
Get on a boat
Minnesota state fair! I am obsessed with the fair and could totally help newbies plan before they go
Ride a bicycle
Go out on a lake
The quality of life due to a lot of factors: good food, entertainment, shopping, arts, parks, nature, etc.
It’s big enough to have opportunities to do whatever you’re interested in, but small enough that things remain accessible.
So much outdoor fun to do.
Progressive culture over all, love for nature and preserving it, music and art scene.
Commitment to nature and the arts
The seasons, the lakes, the love of nature
The beautiful landscapes! The land is so green and the water is so blue!
That downtown Minneapolis is the perfect size – big enough to have a vibrant downtown and lots to do, yet small enough to feel manageable and see people you know.
Outdoor life is available at every turn and everyone is so nice