I currently live in Mankato , MN and have lived here for about 5 years now. We originally moved here for me to do my medical training (family practice residency) and planned to move back to the cities when my training was done (after 3 years). And then, Scott got a job that he really liked and I ended up really liking my job, the Mayo Health System, and Mankato in general. So, we stayed.
But, I grew up in St. Paul . My parents live in Woodbury now. And even though we really like Mankato , there are things I miss about living in the cities. Thankfully, we get up to the cities pretty frequently – especially with both grandparents living there!
After my recent trip to the cities, I got thinking about all the places and things I love in the cities and thought I would share them with you –> Especially with new bloggers coming into Minneapolis for the Healthy Living Summit this weekend!!
MOA – The Mall of America
Scott and I spent a lot of time when we were dating wandering around the mall. He could even notice when a store had closed/moved/or changed. Parking is usually annoying, but it has all the good stores and some good food options too. And in winter in MN, is a great place to go walk around!
IKEA – right across the street from MOA. Another great place to wander. The downside is the crowds are always worse than the mall.
But a great place for furniture – I think my entire apartment was furnished by IKEA in medical school.
Byerly’s—> there is no better grocery store than Byerly’s.
It is spendy, but there are always fun new things to try, fancy products, cheeses, etc. You can usually find a Caribou Coffee in them! The meat counter is drool worthy. And don’t even get me started on the bakery. . that’s where we get these little dessert from!
On second thought, it is probably good we don’t have one of these in Mankato . And Scott just reminded me that it is the only grocery store that I know that has carpeting throughout. Fancy, right?
a good place for a run or walk. A very special place for me, because that’s where Scott proposed. And I have done more miles than I can count up and down the sidewalks. And every time I see something new – a house I never noticed before or some good people watching. There is always a dog dish sitting outside of one house for Abby.
The Lakes – Harriet, Calhoun, Nokomis
All great running spots, general hanging out spots. Good places to eat or hang out with beautiful views, especially in the summer.
Minnehaha Falls – nice picnic spot for the summer. And the Minnehaha parkway is a good place for a run.
Just down from Fort Snelling , a good place for a run, walk, or to cross country ski in the winter. Abby loves to go swimming in the MN river too!
Running Room – a great place for shoes, with knowledgeable staff. . . both Scott and I get most of our running shoes here.
Trader Joe’s –> obviously I love this place.
I already go there too often, so probably another place that is good we don’t have one in town. . . but with their cheap produce, I sure wish they were!!
Café Latte (and Grand Ave. )
Local people, have you been here? If you haven’t, you have to go. Like now. Seriously. The dessert selection is ah-mazing. Oh man, I am drooling just thinking about their cake selection.
And they have awesome lunch options too. And Grand Ave is just an awesome place to go and hang out, do some shopping, get some food, and dessert. And it is just one block away from Summit Ave ! I think it might becoming more obvious why I do so much running = more cake eating!
MN Zoo – a little spendy, but they have a wide variety of animals that are pretty cool to see.
We are Zoo members, which would be way more useable if we lived in the cities, but still worth it (for us)
2 words. Polar. Bears.
They are so much fun – especially to watch them swimming. And it’s FREE (*donations accepted)!
And Caribou Coffee. . .I know that you can find Caribous all over the place now, but they started here in MN!!
Locals – what did I forget? And tell me what is your favorite thing about your city??