Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Urban Lodge

       If you like beer and pizza (and a menu with other choices), this is your place. Urban Lodge is technically not in St.Cloud but it is just across the river.

     Urban Lodge was originally called the Urban Moose Lodge Brewery. The name was changed because there was a little snafu with using "Moose" in their name.  Roy also wanted to add "restaurant" to their name.


      When you first walk in you see the dining room and the bar. Off to your right you see a cool fireplace and huge log you can sit on. There are also two love seats where you can sit to enjoy your beer and or food.

     Since they brew their own beer we had to try some. I tried two of their stouts and hubby tried the IPA's. They have about 12 different beers to choose from. Very good beer.
    Aside from the dining room there is also a back room designed to feel like you are in a garage. You can get up close to the brew tanks, there are lots of tv's and shuffleboard and other games. This room rents out for meetings, dinners, parties and other events for large groups.

     Originally the owner of the Urban Lodge ran a business called "Flying Pig Pizza". Along with small plates (meant to be shared), entrees, salads and sandwiches you can still get Flying Pig Pizza. The photo above is the Seared Ahi Tuna, beautifully presented. Prices range from $6-11 for the Small Plates, Salads $6, Entrees $16-26, Sandwiches $7-10 and pizzas vary depending on size and toppings. 

          Urban Lodge hosts fun events throughout the year. Here is a sample of upcoming events.

     Here are the hours for Urban Lodge. You can find them at  415 N Benton Dr, Sauk Rapids, MN 


Friday, December 9, 2016

A Great Way To Travel

     Need a ride to or from the Minneapolis Airport? Executive Express is the way to go! The shuttle will leave the driving and parking to someone else. (You can also book a private car or van service.)
      We have even had them pick us up right at our house. Otherwise you can leave your car at the Holiday Inn parking lot until you have them bring you back to St.Cloud.
     It really is a hassle-free way to get to the airport. Prices are reasonable and they have deals for kids and seniors. 

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Are You A Baseball Fan?

     If you or anyone in your family is a baseball fan you won't want to miss seeing the Minnesota Baseball Hall of Fame Museum. It is located on the second floor of the River's Edge Convention Center downtown St.Cloud.

     Of course we couldn't have a baseball museum in Minnesota without having Twins memorabilia. There are several display cases with items from the Minnesota Twins.

     There are also items from Minnesota home boys who went on to play for teams other than the Twins. I didn't know that Rip Repulski actually was a native of Sauk Rapids.

     There is a fun collection of old bats and gloves.

     Here are our Twins players who have made it to the Baseball Museum in Cooperstown

     You'll find information on Minnesota High School Baseball,

along with this year's Inductees into the Minnesota Hall of Fame Museum.

     You can also read about the history of Black Baseball players in Minnesota baseball.

     This exhibit is FREE and is open whenever the Convention Center is open. If you like baseball at all you've got to see this!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016


    A new path to travel has just opened up in downtown St.Cloud. It's the Riverwalk--called that because it is actually a walk right along the Mississippi River!


     You will be able to get on the path from the River's Edge Convention Center anytime that it is open. The day we went we couldn't get on there so we went into the lobby of the Sunwood Inn and took the elevator down to the B floor. It was a short walk through the parking ramp.

    I'm not sure just how long the Riverwalk is but it didn't take us very long to walk to the end from the Parking Ramp. We then turned around and walked it back up to where it ends on 3rd Ave. (If you keep going you can eventually hook up with the Beaver Island Trail.)

Heading back on the trail towards the Convention Center, Sunwood Inn and eventually under Division Street to 3rd Ave.

     It's a very pretty walk along the Mississippi. We saw a mink below on the shore and as we walked saw evidence of a beaver's work.

     One tree already gone.

     It was very quiet the afternoon we walked along the trail. There were two bikers that passed us going pretty fast. It's a nice addition to downtown. The only thing I would suggest to City personnel would be to mark the trail.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Like Routine?

     Here are a couple of events that St.Cloud hosts every week. One is good for the body, the other good for your brain.

*On Tuesdays you can come to the Red Carpet downtown and play cribbage. (You thought this was just a place to get a drink, didn't you?) You are invited to drop in at 9 p.m.  If you can't make it tomorrow, come next Tuesday.

*On Wednesdays you can put on your running shoes and join other runners in the Hump Day Run. It starts at 6 p.m. in front of the Endurance Shop on Fifth Ave. downtown. You'll run a 5K and then plan to stay for some refreshments at Brothers' Bar and Grill next door. The running is not timed, it's all in good fun.

Friday, October 7, 2016


Lots going on the next few days!


Our own Fabulous Armadillos are performing their Floydian Slip Show at the Paramount Visual Arts Center. Show time is 7:30. Details and tickets 259-5463 or here.

Justin Ploof and the Throwbacks are performing songs by Carole King off her Tapestry album tonight at the Pioneer Place on Fifth. Show time is 7:30. Details and tickets 203-0331 or here.

Tomorrow (Saturday)

The Fabulous Armadillos perform at the Paramount.

Justin Ploof and the Throwbacks perform at Pioneer Place on Fifth.

Marcus Parkwood Cinema is showing Casper at 10 am and Night of the Living Dead.  1533 Frontage Road N, Waite Park.


There is a Country Bluegrass Festival at Love of Christ Church from noon-2p.m. It is FREE! Live music with live bands, inflatables, kids' activities, food and fun. 1971 Pine Cone Road, Sartell.

Keri Noble is in Concert at the Pioneer Place on Fifth at 7:30p.m. She is a piano-driven singer/songwriter. Tickets $19 in advance, $22 at the door. Details or tickets 203-0331 or here.

So get out there and have some fun!!!