Our quick overnight trip to Minneapolis was lots of babystastic fun!
The main attraction was really getting together with friends and their sweet four-month girl, Willa Irene, but of course we wanted to explore the city. We stayed in a 3-bedroom airbnb condo at the base of a spectacular neighborhood, which was a great launching spot for our adventures. It was also really nice to have a kitchen and living room, so we had communal space to hang out and spread the babies out on blankets and make a breakfast to share.
As soon as we got in, we had lunch at Rye Deli and ice cream from Sebastian Joe’s.
We took the long way home and walked past all of the beautiful architecture in the Lowry Hill neighborhood behind out condo. I would move to Minneapolis if I could afford this abode:
That evening, we chaperoned Emmett on his first date: a Twins game. He was a gentleman, naturally.
It was a perfect golden evening for our walk to the game. I marveled at how much more of a city vibe Minneapolis had on a Friday night than my beloved Des Moines. We walked through crowds of people going to the theater and all of the rooftop bars seemed crowded. Target Field is pretty gorgeous, too.
The next morning, we made breakfast at the condo and then walked a few blocks to the Sculpture Park. We arrived in the middle of a 25th anniversary celebration, so they had dance troupes and kids crafts.
Joe and I couldn’t believe how many of the works were by the same artists we have at the Pappajohn Sculpture Park here. Seeing their pieces there was like running into cousins of your good friends – they were recognizable and familiar but had their own personalities.
It was free first Saturday at the Walker, so we explored the galleries while we waited for our “Art Golf” tee time. (You actually get free admission to the Walker with your mini golf tickets, too.)
There are two artist-designed 8-hole putt-putt courses on the lawn this summer, and we played Course A, but it turns out Course B is the cooler one, in my opinion. The holes are pretty silly – and tricky! And very kid-friendly. Pretty much every group had babies in strollers or carriers.
We tied our friends in our best-shot tournament*, then it was lunch at the Midtown Global Market before we hit the road home. I fell in love with Minneapolis, and we’ll definitely be back.
*If you’re in Des Moines and looking to golf for a cause this summer, the CBC Charity Golf Tournament in Grimes on August 29 benefits “I Have a Dream.” Sign up your foursome today!