10 of the Best Craft Breweries in Northern Minnesota

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At the time of this writing, there are roughly 145 breweries in the state of Minnesota. So of course there is naturally going to be drastically differing opinions on what could be defined as the “best.” I’ve been to a good amount of them and I tend to agree that, like restaurants, probably the absolute best of the best are found in the Twin Cities.  But greater Minnesota has shown that they’re no pushovers either, with some incredibly innovative and creative breweries churning out some spectacular suds. And let’s not forget that a great location does not necessarily make a great brewery; the beer has to stand on its own too.  It’s a balancing act.  Here are 10 of our favorite breweries in the northern half of the state. Continue reading

UnBearably Good: The Bears of Minnesota

We’ve looked at birds, bugs, fish, moose, Paul Bunyans, and many other assorted collections of Minnesota Roadside Attractions in the past at HighwayHighlights.com.  But how about the bears? There are a lot of really bad puns I could use in this list, but the one I used in the article’s title will have to suffice.  Join us for a tour of all of Minnesota’s Bear statues!107_3220 Continue reading

World’s Largest Raspberry, Hopkins, MN

IMG_6013Hopkins, MN, an inner-ring suburb in Minneapolis’ west metro, is one of those underrated places where the downtown still has a small-town feel to it, with its mix of antique stores, restaurants, a movie theater, and even a brewery.  And in July of 2017, they got back on our radar when they unveiled one of Minnesota’s newest and brightest roadside attractions: the World’s Largest Raspberry. Continue reading

Maple Beach Resort, Lake Lida

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The answer always varies from person to person and critic to critic, but the question is constant and never-ending.  Who makes the best burger around these parts?  Depending on your idea of a good burger, many purists point out everything from what style of meat is used, the type of cheese, toppings added, griddled vs. open flame,  and bun consistency. With endless options, you’ll never really get the right answer until you try them out yourself. Continue reading

The Jewel Box, Owatonna, MN

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I’ve always loved Owatonna and its charming little downtown area.  Located south of the Twin Cities about an hour, the county seat of Steele County has a population of about 25,000.  At the heart of the city, near a picturesque town square with fountains and a bandshell, seated directly across from the historic courthouse, is one of the most impressive bank buildings in the state. Continue reading