It's no secret that the air can be a bit...brisk...this time of year. BUT, you're an outdoor explorer! That's not going to stop you! You'll need to get the blood running, though, so the Crowne Plaza West is the perfect place to prep for a full day outside. Not only will you be fully refreshed after a night in one of their beds, but their own Athletic Club includes exercise equipment, a pool, whirlpool, sauna, aerobic classes, racquetball, tennis, volleyball and spa treatments for you to get a good morning workout in.
There is plenty to do in Minneapolis in the winter, and one of our great parks is where you’ve got to start. Head to Theodore Wirth Park for the ultimate in winter recreation. Here, you can snowboard, cross-country ski, snow-shoe and go sledding or tubing. Basically, whatever your preferred mode of transportation down a hill is, they’ve got it. They even have lessons and rentals if you would like to try something new!
Come on inside and warm up at Kramarczuk's. They've been around Minneapolis since 1954, ever since Wasyl Kramarczuk and his wife Anna traveled from their beloved Ukraine to the United States in hopes of achieving the American dream. Not only is this a Minneapolis staple, but they also won a James Beard American Classics award. On top of that, they're also the official sausage provider at Minnesota Twins games. THIS is the taste of Minneapolis.
Hop on the Light Rail and spend the afternoon taking a winter walk in Minnehaha Park. This park is beautiful in all seasons and is one of the best places to take a winter walk in the city. Make sure to see the waterfall which can be especially spectacular with shrouded in sheets of ice. This is one of those places where you feel like you're isolated in a picturesque, remote wilderness scene...but you're still in Minneapolis. It's why we're the City by Nature.
You've been awed by natural beauty. Captivated by nature not usually seen in a city this size. You've conquered lands like the Scandinavians before us, and your hunger is mighty! Take the light rail back and hit up Buca di Beppo. This Italian-style restaurant is all about family-sized portions, and sharing is a must. If you've got a crazy appetite after all that exploring, then rest assured that Buca will quinch your hunger.