Brian's Itinerary

I start my Saturday with a walk down to Mainstreet to Amy’s Cupcake Shoppe to pick up a caramel latte for myself and morning treats for the rest of the family, including their delicious Belgian Liege waffles. Amy’s takes pride in making all their treats from scratch with only the best ingredients and serves City Girl Coffee that is brewed locally in Duluth, MN.   

I then pick up the two boys and walk over to Maetzold Field for a day of baseball games put on by Hopkins Area Little League (HALL).  HALL was established in 1953 and is famous for its Maetzold Dog offered at the concession stands. Did you know that the name Maetzold comes from an exceptional Hopkins High School football and basketball coach with records of 88-6-5 in football and 508-62 in basketball?

A group of people watching a children's Little League baseball game at Maetzold field

After the games, we make quick stops at kiddywampus toy store, Driskill’s Downtown Market, Center Drug pharmacy and Hance Hardware to pick up needed supplies for an upcoming gathering at our house with family and friends. I love how easy it is to walk through downtown Hopkins and be able to access so many essential services.  

Our evening is spent at Shady Oak Beach, helping to cool us down from the busy day. The boys love to make sandcastles on the beach, play games in the water, and jump off the diving platform all while the sun is setting in the west.    

My wife and I end our day with our last stop being The Vine Room to enjoy a glass of wine and a charcuterie board. The Vine Room has been named one of Minnesota’s Top 3 Wine Bars by the Star Tribune – how lucky are we that it is located right here on our historic Mainstreet? It is a great opportunity to try a wide variety of wines in a great atmosphere with a very knowledgeable staff. The best part is that if you fall in love with one of the wines you tried, you can go next door to The Vine Shop to pick a bottle to enjoy at home.        

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