One mama, one toddler, two cities and two states in three days — the road trip is on! Get ready Grand Forks and East Grand Forks, the next #PrairiePlaces road trip is coming to you.
I was raised just over the border in tiny Hendrum, Minnesota, right in between Fargo and Grand Forks. And when I was growing up, there were Fargo people and Grand Forks people. Since shopping options are limited in a town of about 300, you’d hop on I-29 and either head north to Grand Forks or south to Fargo to buy your essentials.
Pretty much everything at Dakota Harvest Bakers is delicious, FYI.
My family was firmly in the Fargo camp and I really didn’t go to Grand Forks until I was in high school and got connected with people involved in the theatre scene there. I hung out in downtown Grand Forks both before and after the devastating fire/flood madness in 1997 and it’s been incredible to see both the downtown district and the city reinvent themselves.
Downtown is a cool mix of old and new on both sides of the Red River, with busy shops and a solid restaurant scene. You can also visit Town Square, a community gathering place that hosts events throughout the year, including a great farmer’s market in the summer and an ice skating rink in the winter.
Out and about near Town Square in downtown Grand Forks
And don’t miss the Greenway, approximately 2,200 acres of natural open space along the Red River on both the Minnesota and the North Dakota side. You’ll find numerous parks, a campground, two golf courses, three disc golf courses, great fishing spots and over 20 miles of mixed use trails to explore.
If you actually want to get out on the river, I highly recommend Ground UP Adventures. They do canoe, kayak and stand up paddle board rentals as well as lots of cool events. (Paddle board yoga and picnics are two recent standouts.) And they made sure I didn’t fall in the river — easier said than done.
The amazing ladies at the Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau invited me to a great bloggers event last September and it really opened my eyes to what’s new and interesting in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. (If you want to read about some of the places I’ve been, you can check out a few posts here.)
So what should I check out this time around? I have very few plans, other than checking out the North Dakota Museum of Art, since it’s absolutely ridiculous that someone who loves art as much as I do hasn’t been there yet.
If you love beer, you’ll adore Brick and Barley Bar and Restaurant.
Here’s embarrassing long-term North Dakota resident confession #2 — I haven’t been to a UND Hockey game either. Inexcusable, I know! My cousin’s team (Bemidji State University) played against them last year and I still didn’t go. Seriously, what’s wrong with me?! This is the year I’ll finally go — promise. But I’ll just have to wait a few months to make that happen.
I’m in town Thursday through Sunday, so I’d love to know your favorite spots in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. I’ll be staying at the Fairfield Inn & Suites in EGF for a bit, so I’m especially interested in your recommendations for the Minnesota side of the river.
Kittsona is one of my favorite downtown shops in Grand Forks.
What do you recommend? What are your favorite spots in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks?
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The #PrairiePeople, #PrairiePlaces project is sponsored in part by a grant from North Dakota Tourism and lodging is provided by the Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau. As always, all opinions are my own.