Many individuals stay clear of the midwest, especially Minnesota, during the frigid winter season, but there are a few reasons why the winters are so so worth it. I know you’re thinking I am crazy, but as a native Minnesotan I know exactly what will make you fall in love with this winter wonderland of a state.
One of the best things about the winter seasons lingering cold days are the nights you spend in cuddled up with your favorite book, best friend or significant other. Throw on your favorite sweatpants and chunky sweater, make a fire, pour a glass of wine, wrap up in your favorite blanket and appreciate the time you have to read your book or whatever it is you wished earlier that week you had extra time for. But if you really don’t feel like spending the night alone, then give your significant other or best friend a call. Take advantage of these freezing cold days to rack in some extra snuggle sessions with your babe. Before you know it the hot, humid and sticky summer days will be tearing you and your SO apart. You’ll be craving for the chilly winter days in no time. Otherwise enjoy your best friends company in your own apartment or theirs where you can actually hear one another speak and don’t have to compete with the overly loud music and drunk bystanders. Catch up with one another and also on your favorite TV show. There is no better time for a Netflix binging session!
Although Portland and Denver are said to be the beer capitals of the nation, I beg to differ. The Twin Cities surprise me every time I make it back for a visit. Each time I notice a new brewery that has popped up. Most of the breweries in the Twin Cities are small, but they are bold and never disappoint. When the temperatures start to drop, everyone is doing whatever they can to warm up. A pint of a dark, smooth brew is one of the best cures for that chilled to the bone feel. Warm up with one or all of my favorites:
With the Twin Cities large Hmong population and influence, there is no better food option than pho. Get your bang for your buck at Andrew Zimmern’s favorite joint — Pho 79. An oversized bowl of this piping hot, rich and hearty stew will relieve any cold or chill that has crept up on you during the season.
In 1954 a local customer at Matt’s Bar & Grill asked for a slice of cheese to be cooked between two hamburger patties. When he bit into the burger he supposedly exclaimed “that’s one juicy lucy!” Right then and there the Jucy Lucy was born and has remained a favorite burger in the Twin Cities. Now several burger joints in the Twin Cities offer a Jucy Lucy on the menu, but if you want to warm up with the original, Matt’s Bar is the place to go. Blue Door Pub and Casper’s and Runyon’s Nook are two other delicious options if you are looking to bite into a burger oozing with hot gooey cheese from its center.
If the weather makes it’s way out of single digits, get out there and have some fun!
Sometimes you first gotta get even colder before warming up. Test your bravery by jumping into one of the cities lakes. Yes, people do this for fun and it’s called the Polar Plunge.
Listening to music and dancing is also a great way to warm up and there is no better place to do this than First Avenue. First Avenue is an integral part of the Twin Cities music scene and has been a stepping stone for many famous artists including Eminem, U2, The Ramones and, of course, Prince.
Of course there are the typical Minnesotan outdoor activities including ice skating, hockey and cross country skiing. Work up a sweat at one of the several ice skating rinks located on the various lakes in the city or in city parks. Maybe join in on a game of hockey. Cross country skiing is also a deceivingly intense workout. Relish the beautiful wintery scene as you glide atop the soft, powdery snow.