The Recipe for a Perfect Summer

Although I do enjoy the change of seasons and the winter sports that my state has to offer, I absolutely LOVE hot weather. Minnesota summers are so fleeting, it’s tough to squeeze in all of the FUN summer can offer into a few short months.

There a few activities that I absolutely MUST check off my list each summer to consider it a success. Which of these summer past times make YOUR list?


As in, as often as humanly possible. Steaks, pork chops, fish, kebabs, asparagus, burgers, brats, whatever. The smell of charcoal is pure happiness. Plus, who doesn’t love eating outside off paper plates?


At least one baseball game per summer is a must. We’ve got an awesome new stadium just a few miles away (unfortunately, not such an awesome team). Heck, you don’t even need to like the sport to enjoy the fans, the beer, and the Wave (duh). Or, go to a soccer game or minor league event and save some cash. Regardless of the team, the camaraderie and atmosphere at an outdoor game is unbeatable. P.S. – I took this picture last night. Crazy great seats..right behind home plate!


I can’t imagine too many things I’d rather be doing on a sunny Saturday afternoon than sitting on a patio or rooftop with a Corona, vodka lemonade, margarita, or {insert your favorite adult beverage here}. A few great spots around the Twin Cities area include Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge, Muddy Waters, Brit’s Pub, CRAVE, Stella’s Fish Café, Lord Fletcher’s, The Happy Gnome, Uptown Cafeteria, etc…

Enjoying a gigantic booze concoction on the Psycho Suzi’s patio…


Get away from your familiar surroundings for a weekend. The chores will still be there when you get home. Go hiking, biking, climbing, or camping somewhere secluded and leave work and everything else behind for a couple of days. Clear your head. Appreciate the summer and all of the beauty and life it creates.

Hiking the trails near Bozeman, Montana 


It’s just sort of expected in Minnesota, perhaps because ours is the 2nd biggest State Fair in the country (everything is bigger in Texas). I get super pumped every year when the food list comes out…we scout out our route – “Ok, the pulled turkey sandwiches are here, the deep fried mashed potatoes on a stick are over here, the grilled corn on the cob here, and the other super-fattening-but-amazingly-tasty-weird-fair-food is over by the cattle barn”. In addition to the awesome food, the fair is the ultimate people-watching experience. It brings all kinds of weirdos out of the woodwork. Sit back and watch, or share a tilt-a-whirl cart with one of them.


If you’re like me, you spend enough painstaking hours inside the gym all winter long when it’s perpetually dark and frozen outside. I have a really tough time even setting foot in a gym when it’s over 55 degrees out. I was even lucky enough to run outside this January when we had record high temps in the 50s! Warmer weather is God’s way of telling us to enjoy the outdoors. Get on your bike and ride the trails, go for a run around a lake, or work out in the park (monkey-bar pullups!).



Do a Google search for “outdoor concert calendar {your area}”. Whether it’s a local rock band, orchestra, dance group, movie, or comedy show, you can probably find free (or nearly free) entertainment in your city virtually any night of the week. It’s a great opportunity to meet people in your community and get away from your normal weekday routine.


Swim, lounge on a floating raft, splash, play, waterski, tube, fish, whatever floats your boat (haha…get it?). We are blessed to live in the land of 10,000 (actually more like 12,000) lakes, so there’s water just about everywhere you look. Cool down and enjoy the pool, lake, or ocean whenever possible…the sub-zero temps will be back sooner than you know it.


What are YOUR favorite summertime activities? Let me know in the comments below!

 Photo Credits: Grill, State Fair, Outdoor Concert, Waterskiier

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2 thoughts on “The Recipe for a Perfect Summer

  1. Great list, Ashley! I may steal your idea for my blog 😉 Love the nature part – that one really speaks to me – Bryan and I will be in Montana in a few weeks and we will definitely get some hiking in. We would love some reccos! xo, Blair

    • Thanks Blair! That photo was taken on an easy hike up to the big ”M” in Bozeman. But I hear glacier national park has some incredibly beautiful trails 🙂

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