Celebrate the Last Delicious Days of Summer Twin Cities Style
If you think Labor Day marked the end of summer, I am going to have to disagree. Officially the last day of summer is not until the Autumnal Equinox on September 23rd. The weather should remain warm and pleasant at least through the end of the month. So let's take summer for all she is worth, shall we? Let's enjoy each day as it comes and plan to enjoy the sights, sounds, and foods of summer until they and she (I always think of summer as female) are gone.
In case you need some inspiration, here are a few suggestions for ways to celebrate and savor the last weeks of summer.
Taste of Summer Bounty
Enjoy the fruits and fresh veggies of the season for as long as they last. Grill some corn, throw together a fresh, crispy and healthy salad with native vegetables or cut open a ripe, juicy, refreshing watermelon. Here are some great ways to grill fresh corn on the cob I found on Real Simple.
Dream a Cool Summer Dream
While we are on the topic of food, cool and creamy treats on a stick are a big favorite among young and old alike. I love the idea of throwing a Dreamsicle Party. Check out some great ideas and recipes on DIY Studio blog or make your own family favorite recipe. Want to kick it up? Try these booze-infused summer treats on a stick from Real Simple and get buzzed.
When Life Gives You Lemons...
Make some lemonade from scratch. My grandmother used to make the best lemonade. Unfortunately, her recipe became lost over the years. I went searching and sure found many versions for homemade lemonade. These 9 concoctions from Real Simple were my favorites. I really like classic lemonade but also will give a thumbs up to the Thyme and Lime, the Spicy Cayenne Shandy and the Lemon Mint Cooler.
Well Hello Sunshine
Growing up on the Massachusetts coast, I often went fishing with my dad in his small boat. We would leave in the quiet early morning hours before dawn, and watch the sunrise out of the Atlantic. I cherished those moments and now I sometimes relive them watching the sun rise over an area lake. If you have never done it, give it a try. It is an inspiring way to start the day. Not a morning person? Opt for watching the sunset instead, or why not do both!
Talk with the Animals.
These late summer cooler days present the perfect opportunity to visit one of our great Twin City zoos. Como Park Conservatory and Zoo in St. Paul has a new baby female giraffe. She has made her debut to the public and mom Clover is very proud of her new little girl. At Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley, you can visit the Malayan Tapir Calf Ketawa born July 30. Malayan Tapirs are an endangered species and this is only the second calf born at the zoo in 22 years. This little guy receives visitors daily from 9-11 AM. For more information on these new babies and other daily events and programs please visit the Minnesota Zoo and Como Zoo websites.
Take Yourself to the Ball Game.
Head out to Target Field in Minneapolis and catch a game. The Minnesota Twins will be host to the Tigers, Angels, and Indians from Sept 14-24. Check out the game schedule and choose a day to root for the home team!
Be a Summer Tourist
We are so lucky to live in such an interesting and diverse urban area. Modern architecture and soaring skyscrapers in downtown Minneapolis, historical landmarks and preserved buildings in St. Paul. Urban parks and hideaways pepper the Metro. We have an abundance of Lakes, streams, and two major rivers. Look at the Metro with new eyes and take a walking tour of a particular area of the Twin Cities you have always wanted to explore or find an area that you didn’t even know existed! Here are some suggestions for walking tours to get you started.
Do Some Pedaling.
With miles of dedicated bike trails around the Metro, Minneapolis has received top honors as one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in America. Why not take advantage? This is the perfect weather for a long bike ride. Meet some new people or get together with old friends and join a group ride with one of the area bike clubs. Check out this list of groups in the area, pump up those tires and get moving!
Throw an End of Summer Party
Mix up a batch of Sangria, throw some hamburgers, hot dogs, and brats on the grill and Invite the friends and neighbors over for a get-together. Play your favorite yard games one last time and when the cool evening air arrives, light the fire pit and toast some marshmallows as you contemplate the coming of fall. Need some inspiration? Check out these white and red Sangria recipes on Wine Folly or try this Emeril Lagasse more traditional Sangria.
Hope you found my end of summer celebration ideas inspiring. Remember, although the fat lady has not sung yet, I hear her practicing her scales in the background. Enjoy the remainder of the summer in all the ways that make it special to you. She will be leaving us all too soon and the days will continue to get and cooler, while the nights and mornings will have a definite chill in the air, preparing us for the inevitable arrival of autumn.