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)


fall ‘fun-tivities’

September 23, 2010

Happy First Day of Fall, hauthaus friends! Here are 10 of our favorite fall activites, restaurants, and points of interest:

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Stop in to see the fall colors, visit the Applehouse, and check out the outdoor art installations. Don’t forget to drive the ‘Three Mile Drive” for the ultimate fall experience!  They have something for everyone! 

St. Croix Vineyards. They have fun events almost every weekend; including wine tours and tastings in September, a “Halloween Wine-O-ween” in October, and a “Cheese  and Chocolate Weekend” in November. Stop back again and again! I recently visited and gave it two thumbs up!

Apple Jack Orchards.  This is the place for fun for the whole family. Visit the orchard for pony rides, berry and apple picking, and a corn maze adventure! They also offer lunch and bakery specials daily.

Bistro 11. Visit the new casual dining restaurant in Loretto. Owned by one of Holly’s high school classmates, this is the new hot spot west of the cities! Enjoy the menu, made of fresh and local ingredients.



Art Attack. You can’t miss the ‘Midwest’s premiere open art studio event’! Mark it on your calendars for November 5-7.

A Maze’n Farmyard. This is a MUST for your kids! They will love every minute they spend at the A Maze’n Farmyard. Kids can pet, feed, and hold the farm animals. There are lots of fun activites out there, so be sure to make a day of it! Holly’s kids love it here!

Roma di Luna w/ Caroline Smith and the Goodnight Sleeps. Two of our favorite bands at one concert!  It’s going to be fantasic; the folk/gospel/bluegrass music will literally be ‘music to your ears’! Roma di Luna is celebrating their CD release October 2nd at First Avenue, while Caroline Smith opens along with Dark, Dark, Dark. Tickets are $10.

  Restaurant Week. Participating restaurants around town offer specially priced meals that range from $10-$30. Mark your calendars for the week of October 3-8 and plan a date night! Check out MSP Mag’s website for details, menus, and reservations.’llbe/166300.asp

Fork in the Road. Stop by the Fork in the Road food truck this fall for AMAZING food and a whole new food truck experience. These gals know how to make a mean sandwich… they’re on Twitter if you need to know where they are going to be next, or check out their Facebook page for more info:

Alec Soth exhibit at the Walker. The Walker is presenting over 100 photographs from this talented local artist Sept. 12- Jan 2. You CANNOT miss this! His photos capture people and places from all over the US in such a raw a real way.  He is one of our favorites!

We hope you get a chance to enjoy one or all of our suggestions! If you know of something special we missed, we’d love to hear about it and pass it along!

Happy Fall!