City of Lakes Loppet

February 3, 2011

Have you been to the City of Lakes Loppet in the past? Well this is the year to do it! It’s a fun (and mostly free) event to take your family (or your date!) to. The City of Lakes Loppet is Saturday and Sunday, Feb 5-6 in Uptown near the Lakes. There are lots of things to do and see.

And guess what? It’s supposed to be in the 30s this weekend, a great excuse to get out and enjoy the MN winter. The City of Lakes Loppet is gearing up for the biggest and best weekend ever with around 11,000 participants!

Here are 4 of the 16 events going on on throughout the weekend:

  • Snow Sculpture Contest. Take the kids or your honey to the Mall in Uptown where teams have 4.5 hours to sculpt a prize wining idea out of a 4′ x 4′ x 8′ block of snow. It’s always fun to see what they come up with! FREE to view/ 8am – 12.30. Judging at 12:30.
  • Chuck & Don’s Skijoring Loppet. Skiers AND their dogs ski around Lake of the Isles and finish in uptown. I’ve gone the past few years to view this event and it’s amazing to see… young and old participate in this event. FREE to view/ race starts at 1:30.
  • Luminary Loppet. This ski race around Lake of the Isles is illuminated by 1,000s of lit up ice sculptures. A pretty sight to see on a fun date night! Join the participants at the Tent Party at the Mall in Uptown afterwards for a live band and refreshments. FREE to view/ $10 cover to the Tent Party which starts at 9pm.
  • MN Youth Ski League SuperCarnival. Ski games for the whole family… games, relays, obstacle course AND PRIZES!  Located near the finish line and snow sculptures at the Mall in Uptown. FREE/ Saturday 1:30-3:15 and Sunday 11-1.

For more information on the events, to volunteer, or participate visit the official website:

 (all images from the official website)



not-to-miss winter to-do list

December 28, 2009

Just as we posted this summer, we have come up with some fun things to do, eat, and see while out and about in the great Twin Cities area during the winter… enjoy!

1. Snow shoe at French Lake Park… Snow shoeing is a fun winter activity that the whole family can enjoy. One of Holly’s favorite places is Clifton E. French Park; it is located on the North shore of Medicine Lake. Here is a link:

2. British Advertising Awards… Holly and I have gone to this event for the past couple years. It’s interesting to see what the Brits come up with. Some are racy, some are touching, and some are histerical! Enjoy the show! It runs until January 2nd. Catch the show at the Walker Art Center at 1750 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis.

3. Kitchen Window… I took a  cooking class this fall with my boyfriend at Kitchen Window and loved the experience! The instructors were very knowledgeable and the food that we ate was amazing! These classes work great for a gift, for a date night, or for a day with the gals. Check out all the upcoming classes at the link!    Kitchen Window is located in Uptown, at 3001 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis in Calhoun Square. 

4. The Modern Cafe… If you are in the mood for divine, local food, this is the place!  If you’re there during the day, they offer a happy lunch with 1/2 off wine. You must try their grilled cheese, you’ll love it – I promise!  You’ll find it at 337 13th Avenue Northeast, Minneapolis.

5. Art Shanty Project on Medine Lake…  Stop out at Medicine Lake  in Plymouth January 16th – February 7th for some fun on the ice. Every year artists built creative shanties on the lake for the public to see. It’s fun to see all of the beautiful and crazy ideas. For more information check out the website:

6. I Like You… This is a really fun store in Minneapolis – it even has a grass turf floor in the front window where you can swing! Everything here is made by local artists, jewelry makers, print artists and more. When you stop by, you are sure to walk out with a new, fun treasure. It’s located at 501 1st Ave NE, Minneapolis.  For hours and directions:

7. Il Gatto…   The old Figlio space in Calhoun Square in Uptown is now Il Gatto… one peek at their menu and you’ll be dying to drop in for dinner. It’s  perfect date night, or if your the happy hour type, they have specials on drinks and food from 4:30-6:30. You’ll find it at 3000 Hennepin Avenue South, Minneapolis. Check out their menu at:

8. Showplace ICON theater …  When you are out shopping at the new Shops at West End in St. Louis Park off of 100 & 394, be sure to take in a movie at the ICON Showplace theater. They have VIP Sofa seating, AND bacon popcorn. Yes – Bacon Popcorn! For showtimes:

9. Shoppe Local… The people behind the quirky gift store, Patina, have opened up a new store at 50th and Lyndale. Everything is locally made with Minnesota goodness. Check it out today! You’ll find it at 813 West 50th Street, Minneapolis

10. City of Lakes Loppet/ Snow sculpture… Here is a perfect outing for the whole family. If you haven’t been the City of Lakes Loppet before, I recommend it. There are dog sled races, ski races, snow sculpture contests and more! It’s a fun time and admission is free!

cheers, amber