As the days in Minnesota become shorter and the weather a bit more brisk, many citizens of this cold weather state begin to set their eyes on fall activities. One of my favorite past times is picking out pumpkins for Halloween, a task which usually takes place at Pine Tree Apple Orchard in White Bear Lake, MN. This is my favorite spot to go -- however, this is not the only place to pick out pumpkins around town. Of course, anyone can pick up their pumpkins at the grocery store or some other generic setting, but that's no fun. There are plenty of fun places around the Twin...
Although frigid temperatures are inevitably waiting to snap the minds of many Minnesotans, fall is a perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy some of the finest camping weather of the year.
And there are few places better to do so than Moose Lake State Park, an easy 2-hour drive from the Twin Cities.
In addition to prime camping within the state park, there are also opportunities to fish, canoe, hike and even hunt for agates. In fact, the state’s gemstones are so plentiful in the region, an Agate and Geological Interpretive Center is attached to the park’s...!--more-->
Ask Apple Jack Orchards Manager Mike Dekarski what makes his business so successful and his answer is short and sweet.
“Thirty years of hard work,” he explains.
Dekarski and his wife, Kit, are the full-time managers and former owners of Apple Jack Orchards, located about 30 miles west of the Twin Cities near Delano. "The orchard started in 1983 with an initial planting of 250 trees," Dekarski said. In the 30 years that have passed, the business has expanded and now features more than 10,000 trees and 29 varieties of Minnesota apples.
Apple Jack Orchards also feature pick-your-own fall...!--more-->
Patina is a Minnesota-based chain of shops which sell everything from odd iPhone stands to mugs shaped like owls. This past Saturday, I found myself strolling around it for hours trying to take in all of the little novelty items inside.
There are several locations in the Twin Cities and after visiting two of the stops in the St. Paul area, it’s clear why the store is such a local success. Though the items may ome with a higher price, the shop has the perfect gift for absolutely any type of person for any occasion.
When first walking into the store, you’re met with the...!--more-->