Sunday, May 21, 2017

Hidden Lake Park


     Just a few miles outside of Saint Cloud is a lovely park called Hidden Lake Park located at  43rd Ave., St. Augusta. It is also home to the Augusta Disc Golf Course. 

    
      There are 18 holes of golf. Some holes are wide open but many are in wooded areas. A few require you to shoot over water--Hidden Lake. It is free to play, just bring your own discs.



      If disc golfing is not for you that's ok. This park has lots of paved trails through the woods. Many of the trees are really old and majestic! The path is quite flat but there are some small hills.


     After about a half mile walk you come to a covered picnic shelter. This would be an ideal spot for a quiet meal or gathering space.


     There are also benches along the way to sit and contemplate nature's beauty or just rest your feet awhile.



        There is also a large shelter which holds 150, has handicapped accessible restrooms, 18 picnic tables, grills and electric outlets. Contact the St.Augusta City Office at 320-654-0387 if you want to rent the shelter.

      You will also find a Volleyball court, basketball court and playground for the kids. 

     Park hours are 8 am to 9 pm. Pets must be on a leash and there is no swimming in this lake.


Friday, April 28, 2017

Try Out This Irish Pub

     Seems like we are on a restaurant kick but I have to tell you about one of Saint Cloud's newest eating establishments. It's called the Olde Brick House--an Irish Pub. It's located right downtown on 6th Avenue.

     Walking in you have your choice of eating upstairs or on the main floor. You can also choose to order from one of their three bars. 


One of the downstairs bars.

The upstairs bar is beautiful. Lots of ornate wood. I didn't get a photo of the third bar.


     Being that it is an Irish Pub you can choose from an extensive list of Irish Whiskeys. (This is only a partial list.) You can also choose to have a cocktail, wine, beer or other spirits.

     The food here is a combo of Irish entrees and American food. We came for lunch. My husband tried the Guiness Stew and said it was delicious!! The sirloin chunks were tender and the sauce was very tasty. I ordered a Rachel sandwich and the soup of the day. Both were so, so good! Both of our meals were $10 each. I think dinner prices are slightly higher. Lots of interesting appetizers, entrees and dessert.



     The Pub has specials throughout the week and Happy Hour twice a day and on Sunday!



     On the second floor are two banquet rooms. One is a more intimate setting and the other for a larger crowd.


     We haven't had too many days yet where it has been warm enough to eat outside but once the temps raise you can grab a table outside at the Brick House.

    

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

Riverwalk

    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.