You’ve probably guessed that I plan my trips well in advance. Half the fun of travel is the anticipation, and I usually spend months (or at least weeks) thinking about where to go and what we’ll do on holidays.
This summer was a little different. Andrew and I indeed had our plans ready a couple of months in advance, but a little floodwater meant we had to cancel. Still, we wanted to get away for a long weekend, and that’s how I found myself booking airplane tickets on a Tuesday for a Friday getaway.
Destination: Minneapolis, Minnesota
When we visited: July 2013
Why to go:
To pay homage to my favourite TV character ever; to play a round of mini golf with holes designed by artists; to enjoy music in one of the best jazz clubs in North America.
What to see:
You may have guessed from the lead photo that Minneapolis has a statue to honour its most beloved fictional resident, Mary Richards from The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Having watched this show throughout my childhood and teens, I was thrilled to see her statue, and to pose beside it. The pouring rain barely dampened my enthusiasm, and my good-natured husband took photo after photo until we had one that was perfect.
Andrew and I love visiting new ballparks, and that was one of the reasons we chose Minneapolis for this trip. (The other was the availability of last-minute plane tickets on points.) We loved the game we saw at Target Field – the venue was intimate and the sightlines were excellent. A Twins win meant fireworks after the game and a crowd of happy Minnesotans (and at least two happy Canadians).
The artist-inspired mini golf course was located in Minneapolis's lovely Sculpture Garden. One hole depicted all eighteen holes at the Augusta National; another provided a pinball game through a facsimile of Paris’s Chateau de Bagatelle.
And one of our favourite experiences was an evening at Dakota Jazz Club, hearing the lovely Sarah Morris sing.
Where to eat:
We ate well in Minneapolis. From Kramarczuk sausages at the ballpark to vegetarian tacos at World Street Kitchen, we enjoyed a fabulous selection of great food. If you’re in town, don’t miss Huevos Rancheros at Hell’s Kitchen for brunch. And not only was the entertainment great at Dakota, the halibut was terrific too, and the cherry crisp for dessert finished a perfect evening.