Grab your scarves and mittens and come see where Minnesota nice meets Minnesota snow & ice!
Looking for a winter getaway the whole family will love? Minnesota's Sweet Spot offers both outdoor and indoor adventures that are sure to keep everyone entertained.
Begin your weekend away with lunch at Yum! Kitchen & Bakery. This woman-owned café and bakery features delectable made-from-scratch eats, seasonal favorites and signature cupcakes, cookies, and cakes. Try the chicken club sandwich with avocado and pommeray honey aioli or Hugo’s Baja mahi Tacos with spicy baja sauce and cotija cheese. Younger kids will enjoy traditional favorites such as chicken fingers, mac & cheese, grilled cheese and freshly made thin crust pizzas. Be sure to save room for dessert – they’re all so decadently good!
Fuel up after your adventures with dinner at McCoys’ Public House. This family-owned eatery, located in the heart of Excelsior & Grand, has been a neighborhood gem since 2003. The restaurant features spacious, comfortable booths, a large bar area with numerous big-screen TV’s for watching the game, and an outdoor patio that’s perfect for enjoying some sunshine and people watching. Serving modern American comfort food, their known for their brick oven pizzas, black angus burgers, and decadent mac & cheese.
Located at The Trailhead building in the heart of Theodore Wirth Regional Park, Mill Valley Market offers organic, locally sourced cuisine in a casual, grab-and-go setting. Breakfast offerings include a breakfast burrito, a fried egg sandwich on an English muffin, and avocado toast. But one of their most popular choices is their Belgian waffles. You can order them plain, but we recommend ordering them with berries and cream or chocolate and cream. They also serve a variety of coffee drinks, chai, tea, hot cocoa and hot apple cider. A great start to a winter day!
Having worked up an appetite, it’s off to New Bohemia. Their menu includes family favorites such as a giant Bavarian pretzel with pepper jack cheese, a mini corndog basket, pickle fries, Wisconsin beer battered cheese curds, loaded fried potatoes and mini doughnuts with cinnamon sugar. But what they are really known for is their 24 different types of handmade sausages. Choose a traditional dog or be adventurous and try the smoked elk, smoked duck, Louisiana alligator bayou or rattlesnake rabbit jalapeño!
Afterwards, we recommend a stop next door at Under Pressure Brewing & Blendery. This family-friendly brewery offers modern brews in a laid back, medieval-style setting. Kids will love the suits of armor and the non-alcoholic barley root beer, while adults can enjoy over 20 beers on tap and 40 blended beer offerings. They have a library of books to read, as well as a collection of board games.
Our pick to start off your morning is decadent pastries from Angel Food Bakery & Donut Bar. Everything at Angel Food is made from scratch in small batches using the best ingredients. Enjoy hot fresh donuts, cookies and cupcakes. You’ll definitely want to try the legendary “Dough-Naparts,” spectacular croissant donut hybrids that take 3 days to make with hundreds of glorious layers. Each delicious knot is perfectly chewy and flaky, with an irresistible vanilla glaze. Or order a Jumbo D’oh!nut – it serves 4!
All too soon it will be time to pack up the car or head to the airport. Hopefully, you’ll leave with fun memories that the entire family will cherish.
This is just a sampling of what you might do in Minnesota’s Sweet Spot. View our list of Experiences to help plan your trip!