It’s been far too long since I’ve had a travel post, or a “life outside of the kitchen” post. I’m super excited to get back on track and share with you all the happenings in my life besides all the recipes and food I love (although, let’s be honest, they still include some food…).
A few weeks ago my grandparents and aunt came up for a weekend of exploring in Minneapolis. We spent an entire day exploring the riverfront, Mill City Museum, and the St. Anthony Main area of Minneapolis. Full of rich history and beautiful sights…
Mill City Museum is a must do for Minnesota natives and tourists alike. It is built into the ruins of what once was the largest flour mill, until there was an explosion in the 60s (apparently flour dust is super flammable… you can see a demo on your tour, too!).
The ruins of the mill are gorgeous, and as you overlook the courtyard from the roof, you’ll see old staircases, doors, and the Mississippi River.
When I’m on a museum tour, I need something interactive and real-ish. In other words, reading plaques in excess isn’t usually my thing. Mill City is perfect for interactive learning because of the FLOUR TOWER!
What’s the flour tower you ask?!
It’s a huge elevator that everyone sits it; it takes you to several different floors, showcasing what the mill looked like, stories from real mill workers (yes, from THAT mill), and movie clips from the time. You’re let out on the top floor, giving you the opportunity to see old machinery and walk out to the balcony that has amazing views of the river/St. Anthony Main area.
After our time at Mill City Museum, we headed across the Stone Arch Bridge. There are beautiful views of the Minneapolis skyline from this bridge – one of my favorites!!!
Now, for the food. There are many choices for delicious foods and large patios on St. Anthony Main to choose from – we went to Aster Cafe on this particular day because of their huge patio and skyline views. I had a waffle with fresh berries and homemade whipped cream that was outta this world. No pictures because I was way too hungry.
Oh, and when you’re headed to do this tour of “Mill City”, be sure to walk through the Guthrie. They have an overlook with more amazing views!
P.S. Pizza Luce on the rooftop was dinner – there are too many legit pizza places in Minneapolis to pick a favorite, but it’s in the running and great for a large group of people!