By Laura Kaslow - Sr. PR Specialist | Digital & Social Engagement

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Best eats, reads and activities for a perfect Minnesota fall

September 15, 2017

The leaves are just starting to show hints of reds and oranges and we’re already getting excited about fall activities.

As we all begin to step back into the familiar routine that comes with the autumn season, Blue Cross employees are sharing some of their favorite fall activities, eats, reads and shows to watch.

Do you have a favorite fall food?

“Pumpkin spice in everything from coffee to tea, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin cookies and smoothies. Somehow pumpkins remind me of the fall and the smell of pumpkin spice is a great reminder of the fall for me.”

-Rosemond Owens, Director of Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

“Somehow pumpkins remind me of the fall.”

How are you able to be active outdoors in the fall?

I am so grateful to live in pretty, little Red Wing as I love hiking and running the bluff trails during crisp Fall mornings. When I finally make it to the top I am graced with an amazing view of the changing colors reflecting off the Mississippi River.

-Lin Nelson, Director of Legislative Affairs, Chief Lobbyist

What have you been reading?

“My current read is Into the Water, by Paula Hawkins who wrote Girl on the Train. It’s her newest suspense novel. I’m a sucker for suspense psychological fiction and enjoyed the writing style from Girl on the Train. The author moves through the story from multiple perspectives so it always keeps you guessing while layering on the back story.”

-Jennifer Krause, Principal Pharmacy Business Analyst

“I am currently reading Beartown by Fredrik Backman. He also wrote A Man Called Ove, which was turned into a major motion picture. He is an amazing writer with phenomenal character development. I highly recommend it even though I don’t know the ending yet. I am having trouble putting it down!”

-Susan Gauer, Senior Talent Advisor

Favorite TV show returning this fall?

“I’m excited for the Stranger Things season premiere on October 27th. Stranger Things has a way of transporting you back to the 80s. It’s reminiscent of classics like Goonies, Gremlins and ET. The spooky factor is perfect given the days are shorter, too.”

-Sara Mulder, Senior Public Relations Specialist


“Kevin Can Wait is a comedy I like. The reason I like the show is that it is age appropriate—over 40 in my case— and the humor is relatable.”

-Edward Arias, Edina Retail Center Manager

What’s your favorite fall event?

“The Renaissance Festival is my favorite, though I don’t go as often as I’d like. I like the costumes and that feeling of stepping back in time. I’ll confess twice I’ve dressed up for the occasion. It adds to the fun factor!”

-Todd Redepenning, Senior Executive Administrative Assistant


“Mine is my annual day date with my husband to Stillwater, just as the leaves are changing. We kick things off with a pumpkin latte at Tin Bins and grab lunch at Lolo American Kitchen. We then take an obligatory selfie next to the St. Croix River, and end the trip with a delicious wine-tasting at Saint Croix Vineyards. It’s fall fabulous!”

-Shelley Lange, Senior Public Relations Specialist

What’s your go-to fall activity?

“Fall is my favorite season. One of my favorite activities is to pick apples at the apple orchard and use them to make homemade apple crisp. It’s a family tradition!”

-Marc Baer, vice president for health service operations

“Being lucky enough to live on the North Shore, I have access to many wonderful outdoor activities. A favorite is Hawk Ridge in Duluth, the nation’s premier spot to see and potentially hold birds of prey. Birding enthusiasts come each year to spot hundreds of birds of prey.”

“Also, the last week of September through the first two weeks of October is peak leaf viewing season. The rugged terrain allows for stunning view of fall colors against a backdrop of the world’s largest lake.”

-Jeremy Hoglund, Duluth Retail Center Manager


Have you found a great new restaurant?

“Cabin61 in White Bear Lake. The owners of Acqua, Meet Market and Mizu just took over the menu. Cabin61 is a niche little bar and the executive chef is fantastic.  For me, it’s close to home with a great menu that can’t be beat.”

-Kerry Moser, Roseville Retail Center Manager

“Bardo is a new restaurant in Northeast Minneapolis. It’s a little spendy, but the food is art. It’s a beautiful, casual space with great service and amazing cocktails to boot. My husband and I are proud foodies and we love this place!”

-Wendy Wiesman, Senior Director of Brand and Engagement Marketing 


More fall fun recommendations welcome

Do you have more recommendations to add to our list? Add them to the comments to continue to our fall fun conversation.

3 thoughts on “Best eats, reads and activities for a perfect Minnesota fall”

  1. Jyotsna Sarkari, Sr QA Analyst says:

    I love fall. My favorite activity is hiking to enjoy and take in the fall colors. My husband and I along with kids love going to apple orchards, another favorite fall activity.

  2. Connie Kupferschmidt says:

    The Brown’s Creek Trail in Stillwater connects to the Gateway trail which goes through Stillwater, Oakdale, Maplewood, St. Paul. I like to bike, but one can hike too. Great fall colors this time of year on these trails. If you want to finish all down hill, park and start in Stillwater as it’s all down hill from about Manning Ave. to Stillwater, but it’s railroad grade, so not too steep to go the other direction.

  3. debra cysiewski says:

    I love soup and fall is the perfect time of year for soup and bread. I have a chicken tortilla soup recipe that calls for a can of pumpkin and it is so good. Add some warm bread with olive oil and I’m making the yummy noise!

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