As I have been out and about lately, I got to thinking about how much our Twin Cities have to offer...in diverse areas such as arts & entertainment, architecture, sports, parks & trails, nature, dining, shopping and community.
Whether you already live in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, are thinking about moving here or are just visiting, there are so many interesting sites & neighborhoods in our wonderful community I decided to start sharing one with you each week. Some will be well-known, others more obscure. Our visits will include not just a specific site but also a little bit about the surrounding neighborhood. Hopefully they will start to create a mosaic of the unique sense of place that is the Twin Cities metropolitan area.
Minneapolis means 'City of Lakes' and you don't have to go very far to find some kind of body of water. The city started on the downtown riverfront near St. Anthony Falls, so it seems fitting to choose my first site in that area.
In the misting rain on Friday afternoon I visited Gold Medal Park, a new 7.5 acre park planted with 300 trees along the riverfront, and walked the gently spiraling path to the top of the observation mound.
Although it was too wet to relax on the benches throughout the park it still afforded a wonderful panoramic view of the area, including the Stone Arch Bridge over the Mississippi River, the neighboring world-reknown Guthrie Theater and historic Mill City Museum. If you visit the Guthrie, don't miss the famous cantilever observation deck and also the smaller and higher 'amber box' with its breathtaking bird's eye views.
Along with other local development is a growth in dining opportunities such as 'Spill the Wine', an original restaurant and bar at the nearby corner of Washington Ave & 11th. It is located in a historic building which was home to Frank's Plumbing, a noted local source for antique plumbing fixtures, for many years. 'Spill the Wine' very creatively re-designed and used a big sign that used to grace the side of the building as a canopy over the bar.
As the name suggests, 'Spill the Wine' offers an extensive wine list including wine flights. Open for lunch and dinner throughout the week and for Sunday brunch, its menu highlights American cuisine with continental influences.