Today I’m taking over the @liketoknow.it Instagram account with a few local bloggers to share some of my favorite winter spots in the Twin Cities. I wanted to take the opportunity to share more of my city with you guys here. St. Paul and Minneapolis make up the Twin Cities and outside of Chicago – they make up the largest economy in the Midwest. I grew up in St. Paul (the other Twin City) and moved back here two years ago after a five year stint in Los Angeles.
We take all of my photos in the downtown area of St. Paul which is filled with historic charm. I love all of the old architecture and the culture of the city. While the winters can be brutal, there is a certain charm to it too. I love the feeling of being outside during the snowfalls and then heading inside to a cozy spot for coffee or dinner. One of my favorite neighborhoods is Cathedral Hill which is filled with Victorian architecture and local eateries and shops. F. Scott Fitzgerald grew up in the area and it’s very reminiscent of that era. It’s a great place to go on a walk and take in the feel of the city. We took Luna there this past weekend and she loved meeting everyone that we passed on the street. Golden Retrievers really do love people!
Another spot that we spend a lot of time is Rice Park in downtown St. Paul. In the winter there’s an ice skating rink and the trees in the park stay lit with Christmas lights through February. I love that the spirit of Christmas seems to last just a little bit longer there. It’s really a magical place at night. I can’t think of a better place for a winter date night!
Grand Avenue is another great spot to shop local and national boutiques. Some of my favorite restaurants line the street (Cafe Latte is my favorite) and the best ice cream in town is there too at Grand Ole Creamery.
You can’t come to Minnesota without visiting the Mall of America. With over 520 stores, you could spend days there. The best part is we don’t have sales tax on clothing here so you can really save a lot. Although I shop online most of the time, the mall is a great place to go when the weather’s bad or when your husband wants to go to the theme park (Phil’s favorite).
Shopbop Sweater (wearing an S, also love this version here) // Similar White Beanie // Asos Jeans (wearing a 24P) // Stuart Weitzman ‘Highland’ Over-The-Knee Boots (similar under $100 version here) // Chloe Medium ‘Faye’ Bag // Celine Sunglasses