I have been in a constant routine of work and being a mom so when my college roommate Michele suggested a girls weekend away, I responded enthusiastically! We tried to find a reasonable trip down to Miami, Key West, Ft Meyers, etc but just couldn't find anything affordable or with decent flight times so decided instead to do a long weekend in Minneapolis the last weekend of April, where Michele lives. It ended up being a blast! I didn't take my camera so don't have many pictures to show for the weekend sadly.
I drove up on Wednesday. I was alarmed when I still was seeing ice and snow on the hillsides on the way up. The drive was pretty painful and I was starting to wish I'd flown but I ended up getting there around 6pm and we went to an awesome local Italian place for dinner.
We slept in (you'll see that being the theme of the weekend!) and had a delicious homemade chocolate chip pancake breakfast. Then we took a long walk around Lake Nokomis with Michele's dog Riley. It was a little bit cold for me. I thought I was used to the cold, living in Chicago, but I will definitely concede that the Minnesotans know a cold I don't. Congrats to them? The walk was around 3 miles and so after we showered and got ready, we headed to the Mall of America.
I love shopping, so this was one of the things I wanted to do over our weekend and I'm glad Michele was up for it. I bought:
Nordstrom Rack - a pair of Paige Jimmy Jimmy skinny boyfriend jeans, and two pairs of shoes
Old Navy - a couple of the Tami style tanks
I had my eye on a pair of over-the-knee leather boots at Steve Madden but lucky Michele got the last pair.
We headed back to Michele's and had a quick dinner of tilapia, salad and rice before heading out to a comedy show in downtown Minneapolis. Afterwards, we crossed the street and had a few cocktails at Crave. I had a (ok, 2) very delicious Crave martinis (Stolichnaya Razberi, Chambord, pineapple, Domaine Chandon Brut).
It was a gorgeous day. We were really lucky with the weather Friday and Saturday! We had breakfast and headed to Stillwater. It is a quaint little town on the St Croix River, bordering Wisconsin. It reminded me a lot of a smaller St Charles, MO, with its old homes and little shops. We ate lunch outside and had salads and I had a bloody mary. I haven't had one of those in years but, hey, I was on vacation, right? They served it with a little glass of beer. Is this a MN thing? I hadn't seen that before.
We walked around for a while, shopped a bit, had some mint chocolate chip ice cream (they called it mint bon-bon in the great North apparently) and headed back into the cities. We ended up on the northeast side of the city, at a little local brewery near Michele's friends house. It was named Indeed and we tried a few different beers. Some of Michele's friends came too and so did my friend Terese! She and her husband used to live in our area but they moved up to the Twin Cities a few years ago. It was great to see her again and catch up!
What do you know, another beautiful day in Minnesota! We slept in (I was feeling pretty rested at this point!) and walked around the lake to a little breakfast place. Oh, was it good! I had a BLT omelet and lots of coffee.
Sufficiently caffienated, we drove to Minehaha Falls. Let me tell you, everyone was outside that day.