our favorites for fall

September 23, 2011

Happy first official day of fall!

Every season we gather our favorite things to do, scoop them up, and serve them to you piping hot on our blog… this season is no different! Here are some of our musts!

1. Sever’s Corn Maze & More! This is the ultimate place for kiddies (and grown-ups)! There is truly something for everyone: corn maze, exotic animal petting zoo, pig races, corn pit, HUGE bouncy pillows, magic shows and more! Now – end of Oct. http://www.severscornmaze.com/index.php

2. Taste! The Twin Cities Wine and Dine Festival at TCF Bank Staduim is THE event for food and wine tastings, along with demos and classes by renowned chefs and wine experts. September 30th and October 1st.  http://www.mspmag.com/promotions/wherewe’llbe/taste11/default.asp

3. Emma Krumbees Apple Orchard and Scarecrow Festival. A fun place to visit during the apple-picking season thru October. They have berries and pumpkins too, along with pony rides and petting zoo. Stop at the general store while you’re there to pick up some homemade goodies! Now – end of Oct. www.emmakrumbees.com

4. Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts. The newest theater to open downtown has performances and classes in all things dance. It’s only been open for a couple weeks and it’s already generating buzz. Check out their calendar of events for upcoming shows. http://www.thecowlescenter.org

5. Restaurant Week. October 23-28 you can try bunches of new restaurants as they put their best menu forward for quite a deal. It’s fun to go out on the town and try something new!  To see participating restaurants and their Restaurant Week menus, visit: http://www.mspmag.com/promotions/wherewe%27llbe/RestaurantWeekFall11/RW_Fall2011.asp

6. Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Autumn Harvest day on October 9th. See dance performances and story telling all about the harvest season, see art inspired by fall crops, create your own landscape art and more! Free admission every day! http://www.artsmia.org/index.php?section_id=9&ev_id=4246

7. See live music. We live in a city full of theaters and stages… get out a see live music this fall, it will jazz you up! A couple of ideas: Madeleiene Peyroux at The Guthrie or St. Vincent at the Cedar Cultural Center perhaps!

8. Art Attack. The Northrup King Building is opening up its doors for it’s annual fall art festival. See the works of painters, sculptors, jewelry makers and much more! Enter in a drawing for a chance to win $500 in Art Bucks. It’s a perfec time to get out and enjoy the Minneapolis art scene and the crispy fall weather. Novemeber 4th-6th. http://www.northrupkingbuilding.com/artattack

9. Pick up the Sept-Oct issue of Midwest Home. In it, you’ll find one of our hauthaus master bathroom remodel  projects highlighted, along with interior design tips to better utilize your bathroom. Found at magazine racks near you!

10. Take an art class! There are tons of fun classes offered at the Textile Center on University in Minneapolis. They have everything from stitching to dyeing from felting to quilting! Grab some friends and have fun together while learning a new craft (or perfecting an old one). http://www.textilecentermn.org/education.asp

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! http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/default.aspx 

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! http://www.scvwines.com/scv/Home.html

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. http://www.applejackorchards.com/

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. http://www.bistro-11.com/Bistro-11.com/Welcome.html

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

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! http://amazenfarmyard.com/

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.  http://www.first-avenue.com/event/2010/10/893-current-presents-roma-di-luna-and-dark-dark-dark-dual-cd-release-show

  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. http://www.mspmag.com/promotions/wherewe’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: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Minneapolis-MN/Fork-In-The-Road-Truck/378800518755?v=wall

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! http://calendar.walkerart.org/canopy.wac?id=4673

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!