Earlier this month, we spent a week in my hometown of Minneapolis. (See my previous Minneapolis posts here and here.) Whenever I venture home, I'm drawn back to the water, typically to the string of lakes in the middle of the city--Lake Harriet, Lake Calhoun, Lake of the Isles and Cedar Lake—connected by walking and biking trails. My mom grew up on Lake Harriet, so it has extra significance for me. I'm forever imagining her as a little girl, fishing, sailing or just wandering around the lake on a summer day.
My best friend, Rachel, recently wrote a piece about Minneapolis on her fantastic baking blog, Sweet Tarte. (Check it out. Seriously, your taste buds will thank you.) I couldn't agree with her more on how difficult it is to write a travel post about your hometown. I'll admit I have no idea where the hot spots are these days. But I'll share with you a few of my favorite places, all of which involve water, baked goods or biking, often in some combination.
Above: SUP with pup. Stand-up paddle boarding has made its way to Lake Harriet.
Below: Canoes at Lake Harriet.
On a cooler morning, we strayed from Sebastian Joe's to try out Rustica Bakery on Sweet Tarte's recommendation. What Rustica lacked in ambiance, they made up for in pastries and coffee. Oh my, I think they might make the best mocha in the city.
The greenway system in Minneapolis is quite extensive, connecting suburbs, lakes and urban areas for bikers, runners and walkers. One morning we hopped on the Cedar Lake Trail from my parents' place and biked down to and around Lake Calhoun. For avid bikers like us, this trail offers a pleasant way to see the city.
Below right: Have you heard of the Lake Harriet elf door? Leave a letter for the elf inside the tree and he'll write back. It's magical.
Below right: Running fast!
Below right: Cricket dashes around the playground at my alma mater.