Since 1985, the experienced captains and crews at Paradise Charter Cruises & Minneapolis Queen have been shepherding guests along the azure surfaces of Lake Minnetonka and the Mississippi River. Their fleet of five vessels steers customers around the area while accommodating them with full-height glass windows, enclosed outer decks, bar and restaurant options, and karaoke performances by prize-winning big-mouth bass. Boats glide along the coastline of Lake Minnetonka, catching sights of small lakeside towns, and down the Mississippi River to the backdrop of the Minneapolis skyline, Saint Anthony Falls, and the setting sun.
Though they've only been leading paddling tours for a few years, the certified guides of Stand Up MN have already helped thousands of people explore the Twin Cities' local waterways up close. After equipping their guests with standup paddleboards, personal flotation devices, and ample training, they embark on trips along the quiet stretch of the Mississippi River that cuts through their urban landscape.
From St. Paul, groups glide under bridges and pass idyllic natural areas—and from Minneapolis, they can take a break from paddling to high-five low-flying birds from a rope swing over the water. Stand Up MN also leads extended paddling tours to Taylors Falls, where state parks and tumbling waterfalls abound. These excursions are complemented by the company's special events, which include speed-dating events at which participants spend most of the time hanging out while paddleboarding.
Calhoun Bike Rental lends riders two-wheelers for long and short treks around town on comfortable city cycles ($50). Rental also grants use of two skull-protecting helmets, a location-providing map, two hydration-producing bottles of water, two loss-preventing locks, a drop-prohibitive bag, and a handy remote starter. Calhoun Bike Rentals lives comfortably close to scenic Lake Calhoun and the Midtown Greenway trail, both perfect riding routes to refresh romances or settle sizzling Sudoku debates.
Twin Cities VIP helps to create memorable nights on the town by staging visits to some of the city's exclusive clubs. Groups may either walk to and from locations, or snag a ride and a drink in one of the fully stocked luxury limousines while a host or hostess tags along to keep spirits high. Not only do club-crawl fees include all applicable cover charges, but they also allow parties to officially jump over any lines without riding the coattails of pogo-sticking celebrities. From there, partygoers are free to lose themselves in the music and flowing cocktails until it's time to depart and head to the next club on the list.
To an outside observer, the Pedal On bike looks like a bar that hit the road after coming down with a case of wanderlust. That analysis isn't too far off. Up to 16 partiers pile onto the mobile tavern, powering its motion with the pedals under their barstools and powering themselves with beer, wine, and cocktails they bring from home. Their drinks are served by a bartender who stands in the middle of the whole contraption, and who is also tasked with providing the soundtrack and discouraging the popping of wheelies. Meanwhile, a professional guide stays sober to take care of all of the steering.
Inside the open-space facility surrounded by lush vegetation, winemaker Billy Smith marries Minnesota grapes with fresh Northern California varietals. Aged and oaked in traditional fashion, that fusion has led to the creation of several award-winning wines, including the Best Minnesota Red and Best Minnesota White at the 2012 Minnesota Monthly Food & Wine Experience. Warehouse Winery’s fermented pleasures are available onsite, as well as on the shelves of local stores, theaters, and restaurants.