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Good eats along the Boardwalk

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Today’s blog is brought to us from travel and food writer/blogger Shel Zolkewich from Winnipeg. Shel is a great friend to Greater Grand Forks!   The other day, my sister-in-law Mandy asked a tough question. “What’s your favourite place to eat in Grand Forks?” I was speechless. Images of pan-fried walleye, towering burgers and lemongrass-scented pad Thai danced in my head. It was like trying to name which of your children you loved best. Impossible.   So in lieu of singling out just one, here are a couple from my ever-growing list of good eats in Grand Forks. This pair of stars sit on the east side of the Red River, on the Minnesota side on a stretch of restaurants called the Boardwalk. If there’s not a seat to be had at one, stroll over to the next one. You won’t be disappointed.   The Blue Moose   If you’re in search of a restaurant that brings the comfortable North Dakota/Minnesota feel to the table, The Blue Moose is it. It’s seldom we don’t visit the city without making a stop here.   For those who like to sample more than one flavour, the tapas menu is just for you. …

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Greater Grand Forks…putting the “grand” in simply grand!

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The team at the Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau would like to share the current giveaway we have running to win a $1,000 shopping spree by following us on Twitter @visitgrandforks!

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We are happy in Grand Forks!

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Today’s blog comes from Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau executive director, Julie Rygg.   Gallup recently unveiled their annual ranking of well-being in the United States, and guess who ranked first? It was North Dakota (Minnesota was close at fourth)! That tells us, for the most part, North Dakotans are the happiest people in the U.S. I tend to agree with this report. We are quite happy here and there are many big reasons, but there are also lots of small things that we find great joy in!   Now I now it has been a long winter all over the county, and I like to look for some of those fun little things to brighten my day and add enjoyment. I am sharing my current five faves with you. Enjoy!   1. The martinis at the Toasted Frog are amazing. If you haven’t had one yet, I highly recommend them. My favorite is the Pink Lemonade. It is the perfect combination of sweet and sour and reminds me of a warm summer day.   2. There is nothing better than a hot mocha on a cold winter morning. My ultimate favorite place for a hot coffee is …

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Greater Grand Forks: A Tale of Two Hotels

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Today’s blog is written Shel Zolkewich, Manitoba travel and food blogger and friend to Greater Grand Forks.   Accommodations abound in Greater Grand Forks. There is truly a room for every traveler – whether you need the comforts of home (and more) or are in search of a rock-bottom deal. Let’s look at a couple of options.   Travelodge, 2100 South Washington Street, Grand Forks We have been staying at the Travelodge for so long that we still sometimes call it by its old name – The North Star Inn. There’s something to be said for a hotel that retains customers for decades upon decades. What the Travelodge might lack in fanciness, it makes up for in service and value. I’m not sure you can find friendlier front desk staff anywhere. And it’s not just one individual that stands out. They are all a joy to deal with and they always have been. The rooms are big – likely the biggest hotel rooms we’ve ever seen, each outfitted with a microwave and fridge. It has an old-style pool area and that means the pool itself is big – perfect for a game of keepaway with family and friends. The hot …

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Lights, Santa, skating and more all in Lincoln Park

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Every holiday season Lincoln Park is aglow with holiday light displays. The best part, you can see them all from your warm, cozy car! Lions’ Christmas in the Park hosts light displays sponsored by local businesses and organizations. Each year, businesses design a light display that is places along Lincoln Park Drive. Visitors to the park can then drive through the park loop and view all the displays. And, if you don’t mind a little winter chill, you can even pop on your cross-country skis or snowshoes (or rent some for the Lincoln Park warming house) and glide by the light display.   Lions’ Christmas in the Park is open until December 31, from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., with special hours extended to midnight on December 31. The cost is $5 per car, $10 per limosine and $20 per bus. Proceeds are used by the Lions Club to increase contributions to worthwhile charities and projects in the community.   Also in Lincoln Park is the extremely popular Santa’s Village. Each year Santa and his elves set up their workshop at the Lincoln Golf Course Clubhouse. Families are invited to come create crafts, play games, read a book with the …

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Shop Downtown for a unique, boutique experience

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Today’s blog is from Michaela Schell, local business person and blogger.   Most are familiar with Greater Grand Forks’ amazing shopping corridor along 32nd Avenue South. It’s hard to miss the big stores and great deals. But one area that is not as visible but equally amazing is Downtown Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. The streets are filled with small shops, boutiques, galleries, eateries and more, all locally owned and operated and unique to the Grand Cities.   Downtown you can easily walk from store to store and even take a quick walk over the Sorlie Bridge, check out the scenic Red River, and take a stroll along one of the beautiful paths along the Greenway.   First up, clothing. If you are looking for boutique style clothing, Downtown has a variety of new, on trend clothing stores for every style. Kittson and RH Standard offer trend setting clothing for fanshionistas. At Adley Anne’s you can find the cutest clothes for babies and toddlers along with materinity styles for moms-to-be. True Colors, a self-described “trendy, chic resale boutique” offers brand name clothes at reduced prices.   Between shopping stops, Downtown has a plethora of places to grab a bite …

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Greater Grand Forks Holiday Food

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Today’s blog is written Shel Zolkewich, Manitoba blogger and friend to Greater Grand Forks.   There is no better way to kick off a weekend in Greater Grand Forks than with a visit to Rhombus Guys, a pizza joint in the classic style. Chances are things will be hopping, so saddle up at the bar and order a pitcher of Blue Moon for the gang while you wait. The menu will have your mouth watering. Meat lovers can do no better than the T-Rex, a ‘za loaded with bacon, beer, sausage and Canadian bacon. A long-time favorite is Louisiana Saturday Night featuring Cajun marinara, shrimp, sausage, red pepper and more. And a new fave is Wild Mushroom loaded with Parmesan, caramelized onion, mozza and of course, ‘shroom! The pizza is truly outstanding, the atmosphere is fun and friendly and it’s the kind of place you wish you had right in your own neighborhood. Kid friendly too!   The holidays call for that special night on the town with a premium dining experience. Without doubt, your destination is Sanders 1907. Those gleaming hardwood floors, cozy banquettes and eclectic collection of artwork make you want to stay a while, linger, soak it …

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Grand Girls’ Getaway

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Today’s post is written by Michaela Schell, local blogger, business woman and Grand Girls’ Getaway organizer.   It’s a shop ’till you drop weekend with a little extra! Mothers and daughters, best friends, any gals looking for a fun weekend in Grand Forks can find it at the Grand Girls’ Getaway, December 13-14. Not only is the weekend filled with holiday shopping, it gives you a little well-deserved pampering too.   The pampering starts Friday, December 13, at 7 p.m., at the Staybridge Suites. Enjoy wine and cheese (sponsored by the Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau) as you are treated to facials from Rodan + Fields consultant Michaela Schell and styled with the latest trends in clothing and accessories from Mode. You will also take away free product samples and special discounts!   Your Saturday morning begins with a moderate workout and healthy living consult to jump start your day. Get energized with Beachbody coach Amanda Bentow and sample Shakeology protein shakes to keep you going all day.   After breakfast you can hit the shops. Staybridge Suites is just minutes away from fantastic shopping. Nearby stores include Columbia Mall Shopping Center, Kohl’s, Target, Lowe’s, Hobby Lobby, Gordman’s, …

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The holiday shopping season begins Thanksgiving Weekend in Grand Forks

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Coming to Greater Grand Forks over the Thanksgiving Weekend? Our office gets lots of calls with questions about store openings and hours, so we put together a list just for the savvy shopper!   JCPenney – opening for 25 continuous hours Open: 8 p.m., Thursday, November 28 (Thanksgiving Day) Close: 9 p.m., Friday, November 29 (Black Friday) Kmart – opening for 41 continuous hours Open: 6 a.m., Thursday, November 28 (Thanksgiving Day) Close: 11 p.m., Friday, November 29 (Black Friday) Kohl’s – opening for 26 continuous hours Open: 8 p.m., Thursday, November 28 ( Thanksgiving Day) Close: 10 p.m., Friday, November 29 (Black Friday) Macy’s – opening for 25 continuous hours Open: 8 p.m., Thursday, November 28 (Thanksgiving Day) Close: 9 p.m., Friday, November 29 (Black Friday) Sears – opening for 26 continuous hours Open: 8 p.m., Thursday, November 28 (Thanksgiving Day) Close: 10 p.m., Friday, November 29 (Black Friday) Best Buy – opening for 30 continuous hours Open: 6 p.m., Thursday, November 28 (Thanksgiving Day) Close: 10 p.m., Friday, November 29 (Black Friday) Other openings Target will open at 6 p.m., Thursday, November 28 (Thanksgiving Day) Walmart will open at 6 p.m., Thursday, November 28 (Thanksgiving Day) Office Max …

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Upcoming showcases offer great holiday gift ideas

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Today’s post comes from Michaela Schell, local blogger and business woman.   The holidays are just around the corner, and November brings so many local showcases that offer a wide array of holiday gift ideas. Here are some of the showcases going on in upcoming weeks for you to find that one-of-a-kind gift for the people on your list.   Pride of Dakota Holiday Showcase On November 9 and 10, the Alerus Center will be packed with products all made in North Dakota. More than 500 member companies, ranging in size from large companies with more than 100 employees to “mom-and-pop” operations, participate in the statewide Pride of Dakota program. Many of these companies will be at the showcase in Grand Forks with their products and services for you to check out and purchase. In 2012, more than 34,000 shoppers came out and supported North Dakota companies in these showcases held in Grand Forks, Fargo, Minot and Bismarck. Come support these local companies and get some gifts that can only be found in North Dakota!   Event Details: Saturday, November 9, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, November 10, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Alerus Center $2/person at the door Holiday Bazaar In tandem …

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