Minneapolis photo diary

Monday, October 12, 2015

Last weekend, Tyler and I spent our time in Minneapolis, MN. It was a quick weekend trip, but we packed quite a bit into it! We booked this trip back in June with Southwest had their $44 flight sale, so we were able to fly round trip for $88! This is the exact same deal we had when we took our trip to Milwaukee last fall. It is beginning to be a wonderful tradition, haha! Below, I'll be sharing the details of our trip. 

Tyler and I stayed at the TownePlace Suites in the Warehouse District. We picked it for the proximity to Target Field, but it ended up being in an amazing area! We were within walking distance of the Minneapolis Light Rail (super cheap and easy way to get around the city), restaurants, bars, coffee shops, bike trails, and more! 

what to do on a weekend trip to minneapolis

Our first stop of the trip was to Target Field to watch the Royals play the Twins. If you have been a long time reader of the blog, then you know that Tyler and I are huge Royals fans! The stadium had awesome downtown views, which is so different than Kauffman stadium here in KC. Even though we were the away team, all of the other fans were extremely welcoming! I was a little worried since I was wearing a Royals shirt and a Nebraska hat, but everybody was very nice! Tyler became friends with the people behind us and got some recommendations on things to do and see while there!

downtown view from target field

royals vs twins at target field

After the game, we went to Lyon's Pub to watch the Husker game. It is always fun to find Husker bars in places that are outside of Nebraska. They lost, but we had a great bartender who kept the day fun! Afterwards, we headed to the Fulton Brewery to taste some local beer. What was great was that we were able to walk everywhere we went! It made it extremely easy to not have to worry about parking a rental car or getting a cab in between places. We felt safe walking around at night, too. 

After a couple drinks, we decided to go get some dinner at the Smack Shack. Our waiter told us that the restaurant started off as a food truck that just served lobster rolls! It has since expanded to a very popular restaurant. Neither Tyler or I have ever had lobster before, so we decided to try it. Tyler got a lobster roll and I went with lobster mac-n-cheese to play it safe, haha. We both really liked our meals! If you go to the city, I highly recommend you stop here!

smack shack minneapolis review

The next day, we headed to Mall of America! We ended up spending pretty much the entire day here. We walked around each level before heading home. Neither of us really bought much, as we mostly just window shopped. I joked on Instagram that the candy store was my favorite store in the mall, haha! By Sunday night we were exhausted so we did not do much. We got sushi at Shag Sushi. The food was delicious, but the service was kind of slow. They only had 2 people working the entire restaurant and bar, though. We missed the happy hour, but they seem to have a good one if you plan right. 

candy store in mall of america

Monday was our last day there. We didn't really have plans for the day, so we decided to rent bikes from Nice Ride MN. (We also did this in Milwaukee! I'm convinced it's the best way to explore a city.) How it works, is that it costs $6 for a bike rental for 24 hours. However, you have to check your bike into a station every 30 minutes, or else you will be charged an additional $3. The stations are all over the city, so it's very easy to do. 

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Tyler and I rode all the way from our hotel to the sculpture gardens to see the Spoonbridge and Cherry. It was really cool to see in person! After, we headed back to the Warehouse District for some coffee at Moose and Sadie's. One we were caffeinated, we hopped back on our bikes to go see the University of Minnesota. It was such a cool campus and very bike friendly. Outside of every campus building were what looked like 50+  bikes.! It was kind of crazy! After exploring the campus (and really wishing we were still college students) we headed back to our hotel area. We later calculated that we biked over 14 miles! I was exhausted. (A huge burger at Runyon's was very much so deserved after that haha.) 

spoonbridge and cherry in minneapolis

Neither of us were ready to go home at the end of our trip. I guess that's the sign of a good vacation, though. Tyler and I had an amazing time. If you are looking for a quick weekend getaway, I highly recommend you make the trip! We both agreed that we would go back again to go to a Vikings game. Let me know if you have any questions about our stay.

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  1. Glad you had such a great trip! I agree, renting a bike and touring the city that way is the perfect way to sight see! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  2. What a great getaway and I can't believe the deal you got on the tickets!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  3. You guys look adorable in your Royals gear!! So glad you had a wonderful getaway, here's to many more in the future! And I hope your Monday gets off to a smooth and marvelous start beautiful!

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  4. what a great deal on flights! wish it was that cheap from florida :) love the twin cities and need to go back to see my brother before the frigid winter. you did a lot of fun stuff!

    xoxo cheshire kat

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  5. Darcy it looks like you and Tyler had so much fun.. what a great price for the flights and I adore the idea of biking around a city ♡ xox

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  6. Oh my gosh it looks like you had such a great time (and you look so cute with the blanket scarf)! What a great deal with the tickets!

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  7. What a pretty baseball field.
    That mac & cheese... yessss!

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  8. I live about two hours from Minneapolis and the only place I've been to on your list is the Mall of America! My son went to school in Minneapolis, so I have been there a lot too! If you ever get back you need to check out Interstate Park and their botanical gardens! Amazing!

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  9. Aww looks like such a lovely trip! That candy store looks amazing!!! Lovely photos (and weird thing to notice - but I love your nailpolish colour! Hehe.)

    Raashi
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  10. I like the price for bike rental but it sounds pretty inconvenient to check in every 30 minutes. How did that work out?

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    1. It isn't as bad as it seems surprisingly! There are stations all over so it's easy to find one to check in at. There was only one time when we were a little worried about going over time and had to speed back to a station hah! I think they are designed more for commuters in the city, but they are great for getting around! There's a map at each station of where all the different stations are, so it makes it easy to plan your trip. It would be nice if they gave you 45 minutes to hour though!

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  11. Southwest has some AWESOME deals sometimes! We got in on one for a trip to Chicago once and it was cheaper then taking a train! The Smack Shack looks so good!

    Carrie
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  12. Looks like a fabulous trip! Love how you scored such a great deal on airline tickets <3

    Green Fashionista

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  13. I would love to travel up there when it is still warm! I totally saw those flash deal flights from SW and wish we jumped on them!

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  14. Looks like a great trip. My husband wanted me to do the bike rental when we were in NYC but I was a little too scared in that city to try it.

    Lisa
    Daily Style Finds

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    1. Oh gosh, I would never!! Tyler wanted to do it in Chicago when we were there and that scared me haha!

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  15. Sounds like you had great time.
    Nina
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  16. What a fun weekend trip!!! And such great deals on your flight. The lobster mac-n-cheese you got looks divine!!! I would love to go to Mall of America one day!

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  17. I can't wait to visit more of the Midwest this year, Minneapolis could be a great place to start!
    Love,

    Ane | Basque Prep

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  18. That sounds like so much fun--I would definitely love to go to Mall of America!

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  19. Traveling, baseball, and candy. Can't get any better than that! Looks like you had a blast of a weekend ♥ Happy Monday (:

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  20. It looks like you just had so much fun :) Love that scarf!
    xo, Jessica || The Petite Diaries

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  21. Sounds like a great trip and even better since you go to see the Royals play! The hubby and I have been watching the games against the Astros (watching the game that's currently on now) and hoping they win!
    -Beth
    BandGSparrow.blogspot.com

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  22. Wow a round trip for $88!!! That's insane, I can see why you've done it a few times. Looks like a great trip and congrats on trying lobster. Lobster Mac and cheese is a personal favorite!
    Xoxo,

    Whitney & Blaire

    Peaches In A Pod

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  23. Love this. What a great trip!

    Sabrina | GYPSY T▲N

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  24. What a fun trip!! I want to go to the mall of America so bad!!

    <3 Shannon
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  25. That blanket scarf is so perfect! Really ties up your outfit!

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  26. Looks like you and Tyler had a great time. Thanks for sharing your photos =)

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  27. What a great tradition you two have started! How can you say no to that deal for the plane tickets?! Loved all your photos!

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  28. Oh, I love Minneapolis!! I used to live about an hour away from there in college. I'd go to the Mall of America all the time! I need to find some sweet round-trip deals like that!

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  29. Love minnesota! We have family there and it's a great place to visit, especially Mall of America! I love your scarf too, is it a blanket scarf or just a regular plaid one?

    liz @ sundays with sophie

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    1. Thank you! It's a a blanket scarf!

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  30. I have only been through the airport in Minneapolis, but Chris has been there. Looks like you two had a fun time there though!! We have a Divvy bikes here which are just like what you guys did there. That's a fantastic fare on Southwest too!! Maybe next time you two can come here for the weekend. :-)

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    1. We were there back in April of 2014! We loved it! Will definitely be back eventually, I will let you know when it happens!

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  31. I love lobster mac and cheese!! Sounds like a great weekend getaway! Biking is such a great way to see a city, and the weather right now is perfect for it!

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  32. So cute! Awesome post <3
    -Adi xxo
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  33. Seems like you had a great time! The food makes me hungry♥♥

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  34. This looks like a wonderful weekend! Haha the candy store would be my favourite place too, hands down!

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  35. Great share. The food look delish and it always look like you guys are having a great time.

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  36. Looks fun! Thanks for sharing! Love your photos =)

    - Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

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  37. OMG! That blanket scarf looks familiar! haha Love it!

    xo,
    Sara Kate Styling

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  38. What a fun trip! It looks like you had an awesome time. My experience with north Midwest is that everyone is super nice and polite. I could be biased though :-)

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  39. What a fun trip!!!

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  40. What a fun trip!!!

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  41. The MOA totally deserves a whole day. Did you go on any of the rides in the middle? The candy would be my favorite too. Haha! I love bike tours for exploring a city, plus great exercise.

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  42. That vacay sounds amazing! And the lobster meals look so good! I really like crab things. Like crab cakes. Haha. Love the first pic of you guys. You look so happy together! You really just can't beat time together! :))

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  43. Looks like the perfect trip!! And hello, what a crazy deal on that flight!! -xx

    Shauna

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  44. WOW! $88 round trip for a weekend getaway?! That's fantastic!
    One of my best friends moved from San Fran to Minni last month - it was great to read this and see what I have in store when I visit!

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  45. Looks like so much fun!! and such a great deal on your flight!

    xo,
    Angela

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  46. Minneapolis looks like a great time! It's a city I've always wanted to visit and $44 flights??? Whattt? I will have to keep abn eye out for that in the future!

    Annessa
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  47. So glad you had a fun weekend! I'm enjoying the KC - Astros series right now!
    charity
    lifeafterbaseball.net

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  48. Wow, what a great bargain on those flights and what a fun tradition you two have started! You look so cute in all of your pictures.
    Gina || On the Daily Express

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  49. Looks like such a fun trip, love all the cute pics!
    Marta
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  50. Such a fun trip! I seriously love Minneapolis; such an underrated city. :)

    -Ashley
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  51. Looks like it was a super fun trip. Great pictures.

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  52. It sounds and looks like you had a great time there! I recently found some relatives that live in USA, specifically in Minneapolis and this summer they come to visit us in Latvia! Therefore, it was very interesting to see Minneapolis through your pictures and read your thoughts as I my relatives did tell a lot about their home town! :)

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  53. Lovely pictures, looks like a great time :)

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  54. Lovely city and couple! I can't believe the ticket price!

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  55. Wow, that is a really cheap flight! Looks like y'all had a really great time! :)

    Sarah
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  56. What a great trip! And what a fantastic plane ticket price! Trish - tales from trish

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  57. What a fun trip + a fabulous price on the plane tickets!!! Love when you can find such good deals! Also, that lobster mac & cheese is legit making my mouth water. I might have to go hunt down some regular mac & cheese just to satisfy the insane cravings that have now taken over my brain, hahaha! So glad y'all had a fun trip, lovely!

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  58. I've never been here (go figure!) but it looks like you had a great time & lots of pictures with your significant other. Love all the pics! xx, adaatude.com

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  59. Looks like you had a great trip and got one hell of a deal! I was born and raised in Milwaukee so I hope you had a great time there!

    To Hell in a Handbag

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  60. What a great trip. I want to go to MN to visit Mall of America alone. How fun! I love the Sporty T-Shirts you and Tyler are wearing in support of your team!

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  61. Looks like it was a blast! I've been there once and need to venture back! :)

    xo, Christina

    Fashion & Frills

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  62. Awesome deal on the tickets! Lobster Mac sounds delish!

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  63. YAY! You came to visit!!!!!!! I'm glad Minneapolis showed you a great time ;) :) The Smack Shack is so legit!

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  64. wow How lucky you are! best wishes for you.
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