It’s finally stopped snowing in the Midwest. For real this time. Hopefully. That mean peonies and Russian sage are starting to grow, the Twins are playing barely above .500 baseball, and the people who live in Minneapolis are starting to thaw out. It’s also the time of year when the city’s Skyway is abandoned. Everyone wants to be outside. Especially by the glittering water.
Known as the City of Lakes, Minneapolis has 22 of them just within the city limits. Take sailing lessons on Lake Calhoun. Stop at The Tin Fish for walleye tacos and homemade lemonade. Canoe or kayak on Lake Nokomis. Spread out on one of Cedar Lake’s beaches. Climb the trees around Lake of the Isles. Or grab an ice cream cone and a blanket, and head to the bandshell at Lake Harriet. Need a little more shade? Hike through nearby Fort Snelling State Park. Or, if you’re in need of air conditioning, check out the Asian collection at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts or more contemporary pieces at the Walker Art Center.
For an elegant dinner, make reservations for the five-or-eight course dinner at La Belle Vie. For a more casual meal, head to Spoonriver. Start with an elderflower martini or a Mill City fizz. The accommodating kitchen uses locally sourced, sustainable products. Not that you’ll care once you bite into the Moroccan-spiced Spoon burger. And the restaurant is across from the renowned Guthrie Theater, which overlooks the Mississippi River. The Guthrie is the heart of the theater district, in a city with so many theaters it’s called the Mini-Apple. Whether you’re looking for Broadway shows, Shakespeare, or experimental performances, Minneapolis has it all. Plus a great live music scene. See up-and-coming bands at 7th Street Entry or jazz at the Dakota Jazz Club. As you sip a Dakota Cup, you’ll almost feel as though you’re in New York City. Almost.