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A Grand Getaway: Celebrating Success in Grand Forks

Last month, just like the graduates of UND, I surpassed a huge milestone – successfully completing my time spent in university and graduating with a degree in Education. The two years of blood, sweat, and tears flew by so incredibly fast and I knew that I wanted to celebrate in grand style. Thanks to my friends at the Greater Grand Forks Convention and Visitors Bureau, I was able to celebrate that success with my classmate. We would like to extend our congratulations to the graduates of UND – may you revel in your accomplishments, and be proud of your successes. University can be a long and hard road, but in the end… it is completely worth it! You did it!

Grand Forks is the perfect place to celebrate grandly, but on a small intimate scale. With shopping, dining, and beautiful spaces such as downtown; I knew that I wanted to spend my time in one of my favourite cities. Grand Forks has all of my favourite shops and restaurants, and I was excited to have the opportunity to celebrate our accomplishments.

First we started with dinner reservations at Sky’s (322 Demers Avenue) in downtown Grand Forks, just steps away from the Greenway. I have always experienced a lovely meal at Sky’s, and I know it will not disappoint. Drinks and dinner were on tap for the first part of our celebration, and to cap off a lovely Friday evening looking at the setting sun. Seriously, Sky’s has the best vantage point to watch the gorgeous setting North Dakota Sun. Be sure to make reservations as Sky’s can become quite busy on a Friday evening. We were lucky to have secured a Friday evening, as it was UND graduation weekend; every establishment in Grand Forks was busy with reservations!

Earlier that evening, we decided to visit one of my favourite shops downtown – Kittsona Lifestyle. Kittsona is always my first shopping stop when I’m in town, and the girls love their regular Queens! Thanks to a tip from a teacher friend from Fargo, we were on a mission – to find the awesome, and popular, “Teachers Gonna Teach” tee. We were lucky that they had our sizes in store as staff mentioned to us that they’re having a difficult time keeping them on their shelves.

Saturday was our busiest day in Grand Forks – filled with shopping, lunch from Rhombus Pizza (followed by dinner at Rhombus Brewery), dessert from the newest bakery – Paola’s Pastries; ending the evening by taking in the Fire Hall Theater production of Little Shop of Horrors. If you’re looking for dessert to tide you over until dinner, be sure to visit the latest bakery to open in downtown – Paola Pastries (110 N. 3rd Street). Providing customers with signature cakes, cupcakes, and mind-blowing pastries, Paola’s Pastries is definitely your destination to satisfy your sweet tooth. Recommended – Oreo Cupcake or Chocolate Croissant.

Rhombus Guys Pizza (312 Kittson) and the subsequent Rhombus Brewery located around the corner (116 S 3rd Street), are my go to places for incredible pizza and delicious nosh for a relaxing weekend evening. Be sure to stop in at either location, but be sure to stop in at Rhombus Guys Pizza – you will not be disappointed.

Rhombus Guys Brewing Company located downtown, is known for their made onsite crafted brew. The best part is that if you’re unsure about which brew to try, ask for the samplers and the staff will be happy to provide you will small pints of their latest batches. Recommended craft brew – Into the Darkness, especially if it’s on nitro tap. To pair your beer, we cannot stop raving about the Bacon Shells & Beer Cheese or the House Burger. Finish your meal with the tasty two S’mores dessert. Delicious!

I don’t think I could have imagined a better way to celebrate our accomplishment of becoming teachers. We needed that weekend getaway to de-stress, unwind, and have fun. Thanks to the GGFCVB, we could do just that! Celebrate the accomplishments… no matter how small, or how grand!

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hiSTORY through art

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I was invited in April by the Greater Grand Forks Convention and Visitors Bureau to visit the the North Dakota Museum of Art and their newest art exhibit. It was a beautiful, and somber reminder, of how one can find their culture after years of oppression.

“In Our Own Words: Native Impressions”, an exhibit at the North Dakota Museum of Art, is a simple exhibit, yet it speaks volumes; displaying Native history from the perspective of Native Americans and their continued experience with the trickle-down effect of colonization within their culture, all while communicating determination to preserve their ways. This exhibit is the work of Daniel Heyman (printmaker), Kim Fink (printmaker), Lucy Ganje (graphic designer), and Leigh Jeanotte (UND Director of American Indian Student Services; member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa).

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Grand Forks Getaway: Girls Weekend Out

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My life as of late has been extremely busy. From courses, homework, and practicum placement, I’m lucky if I can grab a moment to breathe. Fortunately, when I reached out to my friends at the Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau they were more than happy to host a weekend getaway. The best part of this weekend? Not only did my best friend come with me, there was also a downtown music festival.

We had the most splendid time and boy were we busy! From shopping, to eating, to festival hopping… it truly was a grand time! We ate at Rhombus Guys (BEST PIZZA EVER!!), shopped at Target (oh how I’ve missed you!) and Scheels; roamed around downtown (chocolate was purchased from my favourite shop), and took in some great sights. Grand Forks is a grand place to visit and I highly recommend you spend a weekend away there.

For more details on what we did, please head on over to the Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau blog.

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Dining & Shopping in Grand Forks, ND

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I love Grand Forks! Now that family have moved away I try to visit as often as I can whether it is a day trip or for a weekend stay. Grand Forks is a cozy little city located on the banks of the Red River in North Dakota. It feels like home but on a much smaller scale. There’s great shopping and dining options, both that I love to check out when I’m in town.

During the weekend of September 5-7 the Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau hosted a lovely weekend for me to check out a few things around town – The Potato Bowl Weekend (Homecoming Weekend) and Shopping & Dining options. I was able to visit two new stores that recently opened and ate at two establishments that I’ve been wanting to try out since first visiting Grand Forks in 2007. Head on over to their blog to check out my shopping & dining review!