Minnesota has been steadily building on its reputation as one of the most vibrant states in the U.S. It has much to offer as far as natural beauty is concerned – it more than earns its nickname as ‘Land of 10,000 lakes’. There are vast parts of the state that are seemingly untouched by the frenetic pace of the 21st century and its attendant urban jungles.

But there is more to the state than its untouched natural attractions. The ‘Twin Cities’ of Minneapolis and St. Paul have become a foodie attraction in their own right – and there are numerous historical and cultural attractions that make each and every visit to this fascinating state a pleasure.

However, for those choosing to relocate to Minnesota the choice of just where to live can be a challenging one. The city has several neighborhoods that would appeal to both those living alone and families.

One of the most attractive is Calhoun-Isles. This is a community where one can really enjoy the best of every world. Access to all the amenities of the big city, ample green spaces and even a summer’s day at the beach on the edges of Lake Calhoun.

Minneapolis offers a lifestyle that is based around a commitment to its citizens that they will never have to be more than 6 blocks away from a park – and that makes all the difference for those in search of a superior quality of life and that all-important work/life balance.

Calhoun-Isles is one of those places which makes people from other cities envy the lifestyle of those living in Minneapolis. In the summer, Thomas Beach at Lake Calhoun (also known as Bde Maka Ska) attracts hoards of visitors. But that that outdoor lifestyle is not the only attraction of this neighborhood. There is also an incredible array of dining destinations and attractions to excite even the most jaded of Big City dwellers when the sun goes down.

Take for example the Lake and Irving Restaurant and Bar which is one of the areas most frequented gastropubs – and when the locals gather you are assured that a venue has earned its stripes. Go there enjoy their great patio service and dishes such as the Korean-inspired ‘gochujang smoked chicken wings.’ Or hit up La La Homemade Ice Cream for great scoop and some very inventive flavors – aside from the traditional favorites of course.

Accommodation options abound in Calhoun-Isles – but if you really want to give the bank manager an anxiety attack then the Victorian-style houses on Lowry street might fit the bill. To really keep him up at night start shopping for a home in Kenwood where the homes of the ultra-wealthy sometimes hit the market.

Calhoun-Isles is one of the most sought-after areas in Minneapolis. It hits that perfect sweet spot that allows for great quality of life. It is also one of those places that any visitor to Minnesota would be foolish to ignore. If you are considering a vacation or relocation then this is a part of Minneapolis that should be on your bucket list.

Mpls. Sculpture Garden
Head northeast on Hennepin Ave toward 25th 1/2 St W. Continue onto Bryant Ave S

Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden
From the Mpls. Sculpture Garden, Take Vineland Pl to Hennepin Ave/Lyndale Ave S. Continue on Lyndale Ave S. Take I-394 W to S Wayzata Blvd. Continue on S Wayzata Blvd to Theodore Wirth Pkwy. Turn right at the 1st cross street onto Theodore Wirth Pkwy. Turn right onto Butler Garden

Cedar Lake
From Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden – Head south on Butler Garden toward Theodore Wirth Pkwy. Turn left onto Theodore Wirth Pkwy. Continue onto Cedar Lake Pkwy

Minikahda Club
From Cedar Lake – Head southwest on Cedar Lake Pkwy toward W 21st St. Turn right onto Dean Pkwy. Continue onto W Bde Maka Ska Pkwy/W Lake Calhoun Pkwy. Turn right onto W 32nd St. Turn left. Turn left. Turn left

Bde Maka Ska
From the Minikahda Club – Head south then turn left. Continue straight then turn right on Excelsior Blvd. Continue onto W Lake St. Turn right onto E Bde Maka Ska Pkwy/E Lake Calhoun Pkwy

Ryan Garry
From Bde Maka Ska – Head north on E Bde Maka Ska Pkwy/E Lake Calhoun Pkwy. Turn right onto W Lake St. Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto Hennepin Ave. Turn right onto W Franklin Ave. Turn left onto 3rd Ave S. Turn right onto S 8th St


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