Prince’s house–

img_0468 img_0462 img_0486 img_0487JAAA!!  We made it…here we are visiting Paisley Park in Chanhassen, Minnesota just outside of Minneapolis, and it is fascinating and surprisingly moving to be here.

Prince lived here…Prince recorded music here…Prince rehearsed all of his dance moves here…Prince dreamed here. . .Prince soared here, and we get to revel in his good energy and magical vibes now that his playground is open for all to visit and enjoy.

All of the Prince tunes that you love were made here in this sprawling 66,000 square foot complex.  Paisley Park is located in an office park surrounded by lots of businesses and office spaces. . .kind of strange to note this at first.  After a few minutes though it all makes sense. . .Prince could not live in a neighborhood surrounded by houses and neighbors. . .he needed a large area to create the magical work/play/living space that this is–it’s a total honor to visit Princeville, i.e., Paisley Park.

The tour of the space includes a moment to stand in the presence of Prince’s ashes. . .he was cremated after his death in April of last year, and the family has chosen to store his ashes in a cloud-like plexiglass box for all visitors to pay their respects and feel his magical vibes as everyone walks through his kitchen, recording studio, rehearsal studio, performance spaces, etc.  Quite intense. . .if you care about music on any level, then I recommend a visit here. . .Prince lives on–jaaa!!

All tickets to visit must be purchased online…just Google Paisley Park tours to learn more.

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Drinking places…North Loop, Minneapolis–

img_0448 img_0449 img_0451img_0444BOOM!  Here are some fine drinking places to hit while wandering around in the North Loop warehouse section of Minneapolis, Minnesota. . .they all make us very happy–mmm, aaaahh!!

All of these places can be found on North Washington Avenue very close to the Hewing Hotel…perfect for sipping then stumbling back to the room–mmmhhmmm!

We got a place called Runyon’s that was described to us as a ‘dive’ bar…this ain’t no dive bar–it’s actually clean, well-run, has lots of TVs for watching “the game,” and has lots of staff who appear quite eager to serve us and ensure that all is good–not divey at all.  Then you got Red Rabbit–this place is full of young guys and gals makin’ the scene…looks like a good hangout and hook-up joint–check it out you yung-uns!  And we also got the Monte Carlo with a huge wall of liquor behind the bar and a nice-looking supper-club-ish restaurant in the back…we have no problem sipping here and are eager to come back some time for a real sit-down meal…OH YEAH!

There are many more places on this corridor of eating and drinking. . .my recommendation is for you to book a weekend at the Hewing Hotel, then simply spend a couple of nights wandering around popping in and out of places on North Washington until you find the place that suits you best. . .all of this is here to help you enjoy the passage of time in the sweetest way possible without breaking the law…enjoy!!

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Fine Nordic-style gobbling–

img_0446img_0435img_0428img_0455POW!  Here we are gobbling an extremely tasty meal at a joint called Tullibee in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Tullibee is the main restaurant in the Hewing Hotel located in the North Loop warehouse section of Minneapolis on North Washington Avenue.  These folks really know what they are doing. . .Minnesota is full of lots of Nordic-type folks so it makes sense that there is now a good restaurant in town that celebrates Nordic-inspired cuisine.  Our meal here in includes duck meatballs with radishes and a tasty broth…duck confit served with a Nordic bread called leftse–very nice…a hunk of cod that was sort of poached and slightly overcooked–good nevertheless…a ‘pork arm’ that had some of the crispiest pork skin that I have ever gobbled–totally delightful…and a deconstructed sweet potato parfait that was ok. . .all of this is washed down with a Barolo because we love full-bodied reds with our light Nordic fare–jaaaa!!

This is a good place to eat while here in Minneapolis…the staff are nice and welcoming to us…the vibe is relaxed…the noise level is a real low hum…and the food is making us go, “aaaahh!”  Seek out a table at Tullibee. . .you will be satisfied–I gar-ron-taaaayy!!

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#1 hotel, Minneapolis–

img_0417 img_0408  img_0407img_0452POW!  Here it is…our vote for the number one hotel in Minneapolis, Minnesota: the Hewing Hotel…jaaa!

The Hewing Hotel opened just a few months ago, and it is totally chill and wonderful.  The same group of folks who have recently opened the Ironhorse in Milwaukee, the Charmont in La Crosse, new hotels in Memphis and New Orleans, and a brand new baby that will open later this year in Detroit called The Foundation are responsible for this lovely place. . .Aparium Group is their name, and warehouses converted to wonderful hotels is their game. . .mmm, aaaahh!!

The Hewing is located in the North Loop warehouse district of Minneapolis right smack dab in the middle of lots of good bars and restaurants. . .everything you could want to eat and drink here is within walking distance of the hotel–this means that we will be back for more when we feel the urge to soak up more good Minneapolis vibes.

Please consider staying in the Hewing Hotel the next time you visit Minneapolis. . .you will love it here–I gar-ron-taaaayy!!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota–

img_0411 img_0413 img_0442 img_0443BOOM! Here we are hangin’ out in the hometown of Prince, Garrison Keillor, Andrew Zimmern, and so many more folks who we all love, and we are damn honored to be here–jaaaa!!

Minneapolis is way up at the northern end of the Mississippi River…the state capitol is located just across the river in the twin city of St. Paul…the skyline, as you can see, is cozy and low-key…the skies are big and open and dramatic at times…there is A LOT of good food goin’ on up here, which makes us veddy happy…and the people are easygoin’ and quite welcoming to us…hence, we are good-to-go and ‘pro’-Minneapolis. . .mmmm, aaaaahh!

This is supposed to be one of the ‘most liveable’ cities in America–Prince loved it up here while making some of the greatest music known to mankind…mmmmhhmmmm!!–so come on up and check it out for yourself. . .I have a feeling that you will like it here veddy veddy much.

I send you relaxing urban vibes from Minneapolis. . .feel them. . .they are surprisingly good for your posture.

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Midwest toolin’–

img_0416 img_0424 img_0427 img_0414So, it’s sixty degrees in February on the Great River Road here in Wiskonsen–perfect weather for toolin’ around on our way up to Minneapolis for a little look-about. . .we love global warming–JAAA!!

The Great River Road runs along the mighty Mississippi River that acts as the border between Wisconsin and Minnesota.  The Mississippi starts somewhere up around Minneapolis, and that is where we are headin’ today.

Along the way we pass through a town called Pepin on the Wisconsin side of the river.  Pepin is the birthplace of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the author of “Little House in the Big Woods.”  This was her first book…she wrote it when she was sixty-five years old, and it became such a big hit with children and adults all over America that she was encouraged to write more. . .and “Little House on the Prairie” was one of the books that followed, among many others.

Many of you know the rest of the story: Ingalls died in 1959 or so. . .the books remained extremely popular, as they are today, and eventually there was a TV series called ‘Little House on the Prairie’ that became a huge hit here in the U.S. way back in the 1970s.

The land around Pepin, Wisconsin is often referred to as the ‘Big Woods,’ and Ingalls first book is about her memories as a child growing up here.  The family eventually moved to Missouri, and this is the ‘Prairie’ area that she writes about in the later book. . .a Wiskonsen girl made good–jaaaa!!  A wonderful tale of success here in the great midwest of the U.S. of A….lots of fun to discover her hometown and spend a moment feeling the good vibes while toolin’ in the midwest.

We send you some of these good vibes from Pepin, Wisconsin. . .feel them. . .they will make you remember your childhood and go “aaaahhh!”

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Midwest sunsets–

img_0403 img_0402 img_0405 img_0404MMM!  We tool around out here in the midwest of the United States with sights like these greeting us nearly every day. . .quite magical some times–woweewowow!

Pinks, purples, oranges, yellows, blues, etc.. . .what the hell are we doin’ on this big chunk of rock floating on the edge of the 14-billion-light-year vastness of the universe?  I really don’t care what we are doing here…all I know is that it is good to continue to embrace gratitude for the opportunity to be here to see any of this at all. . .we are honored to be here, and we are doing our best to soak it all up right NOW…cuz where it all goes or ends, nobody knows.

I send you in-the-moment vibes from the rolling hills of southwestern Wiskonsen. . .feel them. . .they will make you go, “aaaahhh!!”

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