Feel that chill in the air? No one has to tell us that fall is just around the corner; we sense it already. It’s one of the most beautiful times of the year in Bloomington as the leaves begin to change colors. When you have a chance, weekday or weekend, take some time to view the fall foliage.
If you feel like taking a walk, the blocks of Summit Avenue will stun you with their color. The historic mansions and cobblestone paths will transport you to a different time and place, if only for the day. Get your camera ready because as the temperature starts to drop, the leaves begin their magical transformation. It’s a sight you don’t want to miss!
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Another popular activity perfect for fall is visiting the local wineries that surround us. Sample, sip, and savor different blends and varietals; plus, you can take part in one of the great wine traditions this weekend: the grape stomp. Sovereign Estate Winery will be hosting for three full days, and admission is free on Friday when you’ll have the opportunity to take vineyard tours, indulge in different wine tastings, and eat some BBQ. The evening ends with a live concert where proceeds will go toward benefiting Hurricane Harvey flood victims.
But if grape stomping is what you want to see, then Saturday or Sunday are your days to go. With $5 admission and $10 wine tastings (5 samples) that include a souvenir glass, it’s still a relatively inexpensive way to spend the day. There will be a grape stomping competition and then you can get your feet wet with wine by participating in some stomping of your own.
Also taking place all weekend is James J. Hill Days. It’s the largest community event for the lake town of Wayzata, which means their downtown will be bustling. There will be a carnival, concerts, local vendors, a car show, parade, and more. Get there early to try and avoid traffic; once you arrive, you won’t be in too big a hurry to leave.
A great, new addition to the JJH Days this year is the Dakota Rail Classic, a charity bike ride benefiting bullying prevention retreats for area students. The all-ages event follows the Dakota Rail Regional Trail with beautiful views of the lake. No matter your riding level, there’s a distance for everyone. It’s more about the community of the ride rather than being competitive in the event.
With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.