I would start my perfect day at the Hopkins Farmers Market in Downtown Park at a Pound class with friends. After an invigorating workout, we would check out the produce and craft items available in the market booths before heading over to Cream & Amber bookstore for a coffee, baked good and book browsing. Cream & Amber is my indie bookstore of choice for new or used books, unique gifts and delicious treats.
After a quick stop home to pick up the dogs and kids, we would walk downtown for lunch at Nacho's Mexican Grill on their sunny back deck. Nacho's is hands-down the best Mexican food around – just ask my son who spends every dime he gets there and has tried everything on the menu at least once.
Follow that tasty meal with a stroll down Mainstreet and a stop at Mill City Sound to pick up some new (or used) vinyl. Mill City has made a great name for themselves as one of the premier record stores in the Twin Cities and nationwide, a place to find your groove while shopping and talking music all day long.
The rest of the day would be spent on my bike riding on one of four of the City's regional trails to the Lone Lake mountain bike trails just outside of Hopkins and back to Shady Oak Beach for a dip in the lake. I am not one to jump from the high dive, but enjoy watching my kids leap and scream. The concession stand is always a hit with cold ice cream or freezes for the family.
After working up an appetite, we would head back to downtown Hopkins where we can order our favorite specialty pizza from Pizza Lucé and have it delivered to LTD Brewing Co., the local brewery, a place where I always find someone I know. If it were Thursday in the summer, we may even be able to hear the Sunset Series concert in Downtown Park. Or, if it’s June or September, you might be able to enjoy an epic LTD block party for their anniversary or Oktoberfest. Neither are to be missed!
This close-knit community continues to amaze me with neighborhood events like a 4th of July parade, garage sales, luminaries, Raspberry Festival, Mainstreet Day, an amazing school district, and parks and playgrounds to support any age and activity.
Hopkins is a sweet spot in the Twin Cities with something for everyone. It is a small town city with character to spare. Hopkins has a rich history, originally called the Village of West Minneapolis and was a stop over for city travelers headed to Lake Minnetonka and Excelsior Bay. It has grown and changed to keep up with the times. It is now a hub of diverse art, culture, food and people. I love Hopkins!