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Rochester MN Guide to Ice Skating

Bundle up and burn off some energy! Here are all of the best places to go ice skating in Rochester, Minnesota, as well as places to buy skating equipment.
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19 Experience Gifts in Rochester MN

Looking for great gifts that support local businesses, but without accumulating more things? These Rochester MN experience gifts are a wonderful option!
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It’s the Most (Stressful?) Time of the Year | Tips for Buying Holiday Gifts

Arguably, one of the best parts about Christmas is buying holiday gifts for the people you love. Of course, before you can give gifts to people, you need to buy them first, which can be stressful for both you and your wallet.
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A Charcuterie Board for the Holidays (or a plain old Tuesday) With My Favorite...

A charcuterie board can be a great way to celebrate a special holiday or just a plain old Tuesday. Here are my favorite things to make this fun and fancy meal!
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Rochester MN Area Sledding Hills

The pure excitement and joy that thrill of sledding brings to kids (and let's be honest, adults!) is one of the best things about winter. Here's a list of Rochester MN sledding hills!
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Rochester MN Guide to December Events

December is here and that brings all the merriment and joy of the season. Extra precautions need to be taken, but there are still fun (and safe) events.
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Our Holiday Gift Picks from Sota Clothing

Sota Clothing items are hugely popular gifts to give during the holidays and for good reason! Cozy, stylish, and full of pride...what's not to love?
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Rochester MN Holiday Lights Guide

Rochester MN has great displays of holiday lights and Christmas lights all over town! Use our guide to plan a special trip to look at these twinkly lights!
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Unique, Local, Rochester MN Gifts for Your Favorite Foodie

Food and food-related gifts are the best. I might be biased because I'm obsessed with food, I often think about what unique local food-related gifts I would get for my friends who are equally obsessed with food, and here's a list of unique, local things I love in Rochester MN area to inspire you this gift-giving season..

Guide to the Rochester Winter Farmers Market

In addition to the freshest seasonal produce you'll find anywhere, the Winter Farmers Market is loaded with other locally-made goodness.

The Ice Castles are BACK in Minnesota + a PROMO Code!

My family and I have been going to the Ice Castles around Minneapolis for the last 3 years, and this little expedition is something we look forward to every winter.
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Support Downtown Rochester This Holiday Season

Downtown Rochester MN is all set for the holidays and cannot wait to welcome you to enjoy the season and everything downtown has to offer!
7th Street NW Shopping

Small Business Saturday: Support Shops on 7th Street NW

7th Street NW is one of Rochester's most walkable and diverse shopping areas in Rochester MN. Check out all these businesses have to offer on small business Saturday!
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Guide to Regional Large Lights Displays

In the spirit of the holidays, there are large light displays within easy driving distance of Rochester MN to enjoy through the New Year!

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#Rochmn Events

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Youth Drawing Class
Saint Mary’s University – Rochester Campus
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Storybook Christmas Tour | Mayowood
Mayowood Mansion
10:00 am

DAY TRIPS + FIELD TRIPS

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Rochester MN Day Trips and Field Trips

Looking to take a little Day Trip? The southeast MN area offers an abundance of things to see and do all within a perfectly manageable drive from Rochester!

Field Trip Friday: Excelsior Minnesota and Tonkadale

Excelsior, Minnesota is a darling waterfront town nestled into the southern shores of Lake Minnetonka. The history of this small town is fascinating and adds to the charm of its unique shops, dining, and attractions. A bonus to this day trip is a stop at the magical Tonkadale Greenhouse.
Whitewater State Park

Day Trip: Whitewater State Park

Whitewater State Park is popular for many reasons including its giant limestone bluffs and deep ravines. It's a great place to enjoy nature and provides families with lots of options.
Buena Vista Park

Field Trip Friday: Alma / Buena Vista Park

If you are looking for a socially distanced, not too physically taxing, child friendly trip with pleasing views which can be done in half a day, I highly recommend Alma. The views from Buena Vista Park alone are worth it.

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