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    Romantic Things to Do in the Twin Cities

    Get Romantic with Your Sweetie Even with frigid temperatures in Minnesota, there are plenty of ways to snuggle up and get warm and cozy with your honey. Whether it’s for Valentine’s Day or just a fun date idea, there are a ton of options for bundling up and heading into the cold, or staying inside and doing something special together. No matter what you’re looking to do, I have a suggestion for everyone! Read on for romantic and creative ways to impress your special someone. Enjoy a Hot Tub and Couples Massage Omni Viking Lakes Hotel in Eagan has an incredible spa unlike any other in the Twin Cities. Start…

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    Best Winter Things to Do in Stillwater, Minnesota

    Visit Stillwater in the Winter Stillwater has a rich history and is considered the birthplace of Minnesota. In 1848 the first territorial convention that began the process of establishing Minnesota as a state was held in downtown Stillwater on Myrtle and Main Street. We’ve been able to experience Stillwater in many different seasons, and winter may be the most charming. The town of Stillwater has come together to transform this already adorable, quaint river town into a winter wonderland. The entire length of Main Street’s shopping and dining area is covered in lit up snowflakes and rooftop lights. There are also a bunch of free activities that are great for adults…

  • A Duluth Winter Weekend Getaway

    Visiting Duluth in the Winter is Magical Last weekend Nic and I went on a quick getaway to Duluth. We left the Twin Cities around lunch time on Friday and stayed through Sunday. Although the trip was only a few days long, it was so nice to have a change of scenery and go somewhere new. Because of COVID, my husband and I have been working from home for the past ten months, like many other people. And, January in Minnesota is always difficult. It’s after the excitement of the holidays, yet the days are still short and cloudy, and the bitter cold can make walks with my dog a…

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    12 Great Twin Cities Parks for Cross-Country Skiing

    Experience Winter by Cross Country Skiing Cross country skiing is one of the best ways to get outside and enjoy winter in Minnesota. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced skier, it’s a great workout and a fun way to enjoy the outdoors. Last year I even tried cross country skiing with my 100 lbs Newfoundland, Ole. He was so excited to join me, he ended up knocking me over a few times. I’m looking forward to trying again this year because he’s settled down a little and will be a better listener. We’ve been very lucky in Minnesota these past few weeks and have already received a solid amount…

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    5 Tips for Traveling More Often in 2021

    How to Travel More Often This Year 2020 was a difficult year, filled with change, uncertainty, and loss. One thing many of us lost last year was the freedom to travel. So many flights were canceled, so many plans became distant dreams. While we are still very much in the middle of a pandemic, vaccines are here and currently being distributed across the United States and around the world. There is hope for 2021, and many of us are feeling a renewed sense of excitement for what the new year might bring. If you’re anything like me, traveling more often is a priority for 2021, and you’re already thinking about…

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    My Experience Flying During the Covid-19 Pandemic

    Flying Delta During Covid-19 I recently had my first experience flying for the first time in almost a year. Flying during the Covid-19 pandemic was very odd, and it was a bit mentally draining to be in an airport and around so many people. After nine months of working remotely and spending most of my time in nature, I was very aware of my surroundings at the airport and the potential risks around me. Overall, I think both the MSP Airport and Delta Airlines did a fantastic job keeping us safe. Check out my video below, where I documented my experience as it was happening. https://expeditionkristen.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/My-Delta-Experience.mp4 10 Observations about Flying…

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    Minnesota Winter Survival Guide

    Do Minnesota Winters Deserve Their Bad Reputation? We all know winter in Minnesota can be brutal. With the cloudy gloomy days, the sun setting early and the bitter cold temperatures that come in January and February, it’s no wonder our winters have a bad reputation. But do Minnesota winters really deserve it? My very first time in Minnesota was February 2011, which saw a record breaking snowfall and bitterly cold temperatures well below zero. I remember running to my car for warmth and my jeans instantly became cold and stiff in seconds. I quickly learned to never again wear jeans without thermals underneath. Get the Necessities in Order Before Winter…

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    12 Must See Twin Cities Holiday Light Displays for 2020

    Visit the Best Twin Cities Holiday Light Displays One of my favorite things about the holidays is the beautiful light displays around town. Whether it’s someone’s home or a massive light show, I’m like a little kid watching with my eyes wide open taking it all in. This year, with COVID still being a very real issue for Minnesota, the Twin Cities holiday light displays are a perfect thing to do. Many of them are drive through shows, so you can bring hot cocoa, the kids or the dog, and stay inside your cozy car the whole time. That’s what we plan to do! Here’s a roundup of some of…