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Travel writer Shel Zolkewich puts together an action-packed itinerary to make the most of your summer Saturday in Grand Forks.
Start your day with a little exercise! The indoor pool at the newly remodeled Ramada Inn is big, bright and beautiful. Plus the adjoining hot tub means the pool is always pleasantly warm—no need to shiver during your dip. This classic hotel boasts a restaurant and bar onsite along with all the amenities you need including a fitness center and pet-friendly rooms.
Make your first stop Bully Brew Coffee, a made-in-Grand Forks success story, now with four bustling locations, including one in Fargo. Treat yourself to the White Chocolate Mocha—espresso, sweet white chocolate powder and steamed milk—and you’ll soon see why it’s the shop’s bestseller.
To market! To market! It’s a feast of color and creativity at The Town Square Farmers’ Market every Saturday from 9am to 1:30 pm at the corner of 3rd Street and Demers Avenue. Handmade goods, local vegetables and fresh baking are piled high as shoppers stroll the riverside market. The hot ticket seems to be The Bakers Wagon, where there’s an unending line-up of folks, no doubt stocking up on fried pies, $2 each, in at least half a dozen flavors (I still can’t decide if lemon or strawberry rhubarb are my favorite).
A five-minute walk from the market puts you at downtown’s newest and sweetest destination—Paolo’s Pastries. You may need a few minutes—or a few minutes more—to make a decision as you gaze at the cases full of decadent cupcakes, cookies, slices, cakes, brownies and bars. When it’s offered, opt for the Venezuelan Tres Leches Cake, a sponge cake soaked in three kinds of milk.
For some retail therapy (and to walk off a few calories), pay a visit to local favorites like Northern Roots Boutique for an eclectic selection of women’s clothing, accessories and gifts. Or pop over to Curious (there’s a clothing store and a gift shop) for chic clothing, gifts, home decor and artful accents. To get your Carhartt fix—which is very much on trend these days—check out Home of Economy for hard-working and great looking styles for both men and women.
Is it lunchtime already? We’re keeping it quick and easy with a visit to The Kegs Drive-In. For around $5, you can indulge in the Kegs Special featuring two sloppy joes, fries and a beverage. If you still have room, top if off with a float made from delicious 1919 Draft Root Beer.
Hot summer Saturdays call for a dip, and there’s no better place to cool off than the pool at Riverside Park. This vast and vintage pool (built in 1941) boasts two diving boards and a zippy waterslide. There’s a kiddie pool too along with plenty of lounge chairs and tables for an afternoon in the sun. Admission is $3.75 for adults but a group pass for up for five people, for $12.50, might be even more of a bargain.
When dinner rolls around, make the most of summer by dining al fresco. The options are endless, thanks to this list on our blog. Watch the evening action from a seat at Rhombus Guys Brewing Company where a pint of Doc’s Orders and plates of shareable appetizers including Scotch egg, tacos and boneless wings never tasted so good.