nice ride

June 24, 2010

Have you noticed green bikes popping up all over Minneapolis? It’s the new ‘Nice Ride MN’ bike rental program. You can go to any of the stations and rent one of 1,000 bikes to ride around the city, the lakes, and more!

I have been out and about and it seems like there is a station every couple blocks, which makes finding them (and returning them) pretty easy.

What a great way to get some exercise and be green!  Check out their RENT, RIDE, RETURN policy on their website, along with lots of other helpful information…

cheers, amber

Get ready for some hauthaus fun in the summer sun! Just like Winter and Spring, we are coming out with some of our favorite summer things….

1. Minneapolis Aquatennial – July 16-24 This fun event happens over the course of 10 days with activities including a Free Block Party, Milk Carton Boat Races, Lifetime 5K, and fireworks over the Stone Arch Bridge.

2. Go Biking – buy a MN Bike Atlas! This newly updated  bike trail map includes scenic ride routes in MN and western WI, over 100 trails from 15-100 miles long!

3. Galaxy Drive In, St. Louis Park – A classic 50’s style drive in with a twist! This hot spot is family AND pet friendly; they even have two firepits to cook up some s’mores for dessert!

4. Mill City Live – Live concerts in the Mill City Museum Ruins July 8 – Aug 19. This is a great way to spend a Tuesday evening. Local bands play in the courtyard of the Mill City Ruins. Tickets are $5, and they include entrance into the museum.

5. Loring Park Arts Festival – August 7-8. Enjoy the talented work of over 140 local artists plus an array of yummy food from many different vendors. It’s fun for the whole family.

6. Outdoor Tango Lessons at Minnehaha June 26, July 24, August 28. Learn  to Tango with dance instructor Lois Donnay at Minnehaha for $5. The night starts at 7pm with a Argentine Tango lesson, and you are welcome to stay as long as you’d like.

7. Camping. Grab the family, a tent, and some firewood and head out to one of the many campgrounds in MN. What a great way to spend time with the family and nature… don’t forget the bugspray and sunscreen!

8. Sebastian Joe’s. If ever our office is too hot this summer, you might find us at this ice cream joint in Uptown on Franklin Ave. All of their ice cream is homemade and the flavors change daily… be sure try their Basil Vanilla ice cream!

9. Renting paddleboats/ canoes/ kayaks at Calhoun. Located at Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis, Wheel Fun Rentals, has many options for fun at the lake. You can rent bicycles, paddle boards, kayaks, and more! This is a great way to get active either with your family or on a summer afternoon date!

10. Outdoor movies Many places around the city have free summer movies. Some of our favorites are Brit’s Pub on Nicollet Mall and Solera on Hennepin Ave in Minneapolis.  See this link for Brit’s movies:  See here for Solera’s rooftop movie list:

Be sure to let us know if you try any of these out – we’d love to know!!

Happy Summer!