Halloween is almost upon us, and at Parkway 25 Luxury Apartments we love to celebrate the season! Our beautiful neighborhood of St. Louis Park pulls out all the stops for Halloween, and we can’t complain. From community parties to seasonal shopping, we’ve got it all. Check out our picks for fun happenings in SLP and surrounding areas below:
38th Annual Halloween Party
@ The Rec Center
Westwood Hills Nature Center
3700 Monterey Drive
St. Louis Park
Friday, October 19th
Show off your costume early at this family-friendly fest that includes indoor and outdoor activities, a live DJ, carnival games, trick-or-treating with friendly animal characters on the outdoor trail, and more. Register online early to secure tickets before they sell out.
@ Shops at West End
1621 West End Blvd
St. Louis Park Saturday, October 26
A bounce house? Trick or Treating? A craft area? All of these things and more can be found at the Shops at West End on the afternoon of Saturday the 26th. This kid-focused event will offer music, a balloon artist, games and prizes from the Twin Cities Road Crew, plus Trick or Treating at select stores. Free and open to the public.
Head to Lunds & Byerly’s in St. Louis Park to discover a wide variety of pumpkins and decorative gourds that make tasteful fall displays for your Parkway 25 patio or interior. Go the classic route with a carved jack-o-lantern, do something more contemporary with hand-painting, or simply group different varieties together in a bowl. Whether you go spooky or sophisticated, you can’t go wrong!
Click HERE for some pumpkin decorating inspiration
Haunted Houses & Special Events
Beyond the borders of SLP, the Twin Cities goes all-out for Halloween, with parties, costume contests, haunted houses, concerts, and special events of all kinds. Visit Meet Minneapolis’s site for a comprehensive guide to the best of the best, and have a spooooooky October!
The annual beer lover’s holiday, Oktoberfest celebrates German brewing at its finest. With a wide variety of events happening in both September and October in the Twin Cities, you’ll have plenty of time to put on your lederhosen and experience local craft beer, great food, and entertainment.
Oktoberfest in Germany kicks off September 21st, and nearby LTD Brewing in Hopkins is hosting a kickoff event the same day, with German-themed trivia, food, special brewery barrel-aged bottle beers, and the official release of their 2019 Sleepwalker IIIPA and Oktoberfest beers. Commemorative LTD beer steins will be available for just $5. Learn more about LTD’s event HERE.
Other Oktoberfest events occur this weekend and through early October at popular spots such as Gasthof’s, 612 Brew, the Black Forest Inn, Bauhaus Brew Labs, and more. Check Meet Minneapolis’ Oktoberfest event calendar HERE for more info.
Fancy yourself a fish out of water? Prove your mettle at the Chain of Lakes Open Swim Classic, happening Sunday, August 27th at Bde Maka Ska — just around the corner from Parkway 25 Luxury Apartments. Register before the 24th to participate as a competitor in this fun annual event, which challenges experienced swimmers to swim across Bde Maka Ska in two separate course distances of 1.5 miles and 2.4 miles. A lifeguard sanctioned event produced in collaboration with the MPRB Open Swim Club, the Swim Classic presents a fun opportunity for participants to enjoy the beauty of Bde Maka Ska while testing their skills.
Not an endurance swimmer? No problem. Cheer the competitors on from the sidelines and enjoy a beautiful late summer day on the lake.
Swimmer registration is open through August 24. Cost: $65 (minus $15 discount for MPRB Open Swim Club participants)
Event: Sunday, August 27, from 8-11 am at Bde Maka Ska’s North Beach
At Parkway 25 Luxury Apartments we’re luck to be just a stone’s throw away from a plethora of parks, lakes, and outdoor recreation spots that are free and open to the public. Each month in the Spring and Fall you can join your friends, neighbors, and community for a group nature excursion at Walk the Park! Enjoy a leisurely 1-2 mile walk through beautiful local parks in the area with new friends — no fee or registration required.
Walk the Park takes place every 2nd Saturday of the month, with July 13th, 2019 being the next outing. Meet at the parking lot on Oxford Street at Creekside Park; walk begins at promptly 9:30am.
7341 Oxford St.
St. Louis Park, MN 55426
While Parkway 25 Luxury Apartments is fully adjacent to big city living at its finest, we still like to reflect back on the beauty of nature as often as possible. Combine that with a wide variety of recreation, dining, shopping, and adventuring options in beautiful St. Louis Park, and you’ve got a perfect recipe for epic summer fun. For P25 residents it’s easy, with numerous walking and biking trails, lakes, and nature preserves located just a hop, skip, and a jump away. Learn more about a few of our favorite neighborhood nature and recreation amenities below:
Wolfe Lake & Park
For those with an interest in fishing, Wolfe Lake may become your favorite local destination, with four fishing docks and over 3 acres of tranquil lake scenery. Catch Large Mouth Bass, Northern Pike, Yellow Perch and more, or take advantage of the park’s other amenities such as picnic shelters and pavilions, a walking path, playground, and more. More info HERE.
The Bde Maka Ska Loop
In addition to beaches, water recreation, and more, our fair Bde Maka Ska is a sure-fire bet for getting in your steps. Take a leisurely walk around the full lake with a friend to take in the scenery. There are over 3 miles of pedestrian and bike trails encircling the lake — the perfect invigorating wind down to a busy work day. Learn more HERE.
While you may prefer to stay close to home in Parkway 25’s own deluxe pool and zen courtyard, there’s no denying a classic water park experience is pure summer fun. Head to St. Louis Park’s very own Aquatic Park for access to 4-story water slides, spray arches, water geysers, an obstacle course, diving boards, and more. Grab a snack at the concession stand or bring your own picnic! More info HERE.
Westwood Hills Nature Center
Hike, explore, and learn at Westwood Hills Nature Center, where the flora and fauna of the area is at your fingertips. Stroll extensive nature paths to see the sights, and learn more about local animal and plant life inside the park’s education center. With great kid’s programs, little ones can learn all about nature, biology, and more through fun, informative day camps. Learn more HERE.
Parkway 25 Luxury Apartments’ neighborhood of St. Louis Park has year-round fun in store for people of all ages and interests — and Saturday, January 26th is no exception. SLP’s Rotary Club and City government have teamed up for the 6th year in a row to host Bundled Up, a fun-in-the-snow outdoor event that features family-friendly activities for everyone. Enjoy the great outdoors at beautiful Oak Hill Park with family and friends, where you’ll experience bonfires, live music, hot cocoa, hayrides, s’mores, and even sledding and snowshoeing (providing we’ve got snow). “Bundle up” in your warmest winter finery and join the community at this fun seasonal celebration.
Where: Oak Hill Park (3201 Rhode Island Ave S., St. Louis Park, MN 55426
When: Saturday, January 26th, 2019 / 12pm – 4pm
Free and open to the public.
For more info visit Bundled Up’s Facebook event page HERE.
Parkway 25 Luxury Apartments is a wonderful place to call home. Located in beautiful St. Louis Park, there is plenty to see, do, and of course, eat. In this post, we’ll run down a handful of tasty destinations that you simply must try — from Indian to Chinese to vegetarian and more.
Best of India
Authentic Indian fare in the ‘burbs? You got it! Best of India restaurant has been tantalizing tastebuds in SLP since 2005. Famous for their amazing daily lunch buffet, which rotates new, chef-made dishes regularly, this independently-owned restaurant is truly the real deal. Stop in for dinner for a more elevated experience, or swing by for the all-you-can-eat lunchtime feast. Click HERE for more info.
A go-to destination for vegetarians (and their meat loving friends), Yard House is a definite crowd pleaser. Featuring an extensive menu, this SLP fave offers dozens of veg-friendly dishes, plus a menu of signature entrees and apps made with Gardein (a tasty veggie/soy/grain meat substitute). That’s not to say Yard House is a vegetarian-focused spot — meat and seafood dishes are major stars here as well. Click HERE for more info.
Specializing in Hunan, Szechuan, Mandarin and Cantonese cooking, Yangtze is a must-try for those who appreciate (or are curious about) authentic Chinese fare. Stop in for dinner or lunch to experience a whirlwind of mind-melding spice, robust flavors, and specialties made with love. Know as one of the Twin Cities’ most coveted dim sum destinations, Yangtze also offers Hong Kong-style dim sum service from 10am-2pm every Saturday and Sunday. Click HERE for more info.
Raku Sushi & Lounge
In the mood for sushi? Head to Raku Sushi and Lounge for a huge menu that spans from sashimi and specialty rolls to soups, salads, entrees and more (yes, more — much more). Even the non-adventurous eaters in your party will find something delicious to nosh on here. Hit up Raku’s epic happy hour for serious sushi and app deals as well as fancy cocktails. Click HERE for more info.
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If you’re living at Parkway 25 luxury apartments, the amenities extend well beyond the front door! Our neighborhood is full of great restaurants, shopping experiences, and of course, outdoor fun. Regularly ranked one of the top biking destinations in the country, more than half of all Minnesotans take up wheels each year for fitness, commuting, and enjoyment. St. Louis Park is no exception, with a number of regional bike trails that connect to Downtown Minneapolis, Chaska and beyond, as well as many bike-friendly parks and lakes. Make the most of the summer by taking a spin in the great wide open!
Cedar Lake Trail
Featuring a 3.6-mile trail that connects SLP to downtown, with a changing landscape and dual lanes for both bikers and walkers.
Cedar Lake Extension Trail
Connecting the Cedar Lake Trail from Downtown Minneapolis to the Southwest Trail in Hopkins, this 4.3-mile paved trail follows the Hutchinson Spur rail line.
Cedar Lake Regional Trail
5 miles of smooth, pavement connects the Kennilworth Trail to Hopkins and follows the rail line along Highway 7, eventually ending up in Chaska. The Southwest Trail also links east to the Kennilworth and Midtown Greenway in Minneapolis.
Cedar Lake LRT Regional Trails also links to:
Lake Minnetonka LRT Regional Trail
Minnesota River Bluffs LRT Regional Trail
Nine Mile Creek
North Cedar Lake Regional Trail
Just a hop, skip and a jump away from Parkway 25, the lakes are amazing destinations for biking. Take the whole chain of Lakes tour for an extensive 11.5 mile trek, or spin around Bde Maka Ska, Cedar Lake, or Lake of the Isles.
When you live at Parkway 25 luxury apartments in St. Louis Park, you’ll have no shortage of gourmet and staple groceries at your fingertips! The SLP neighborhood is booming with both high-end and affordable options.
Head to Lunds and Byerly’s for a top shelf selection of produce and deli products — their deli is actually one of the best in the state, with a delicious assortment of housemate salads and sandwiches, as well as a huge selection of meats, cheeses, and oh-so-much more. Don’t forget to stop by the bakery for pie, cake, breads and everything in between.
Whole Foods has become a go-to staple in St. Louis Park. The recently-acquired-by-Amazon national grocery chain errs on the side of all-natural, organic, and fair-trade products, ensuring your kitchen is filled with fresh, healthy foods. Pick up free-range, grass-fed beef from the deli, or hit the freezer section for a wide variety of vegan and vegetarian no-fuss meal options.
If it’s value that you seek, look no further than Trader Joe’s. A popular grocery destination for millennials, TJ’s offers plenty of pre-made fare that’s both responsibly-sourced and tasty. If you’re entertaining, Joe’s is the perfect place to pick up easy-to-make appetizers, chips, dips, cheeses, meats and treats — on a budget.
If you’re not the chainstore type, take a hop over to the Linden Hills co-op, where most everything is natural, organic, and/or farm-raised — not to mention, the co-op is community owned and operated. Though it’s a bit more on the pricey side, co-op shopping is a win-win — both for your palate and the organic farming community. Pick up some fair trade coffee, locally-made specialty foods, and fresh-picked produce.
Learn more about the amenities of the Parkway 25 neighborhood HERE.
At Parkway 25, a luxury apartment building in St. Louis Park, we fully encourage summer indulgence! And what’s more synonymous with summer, than ice cream? Let your sweet tooth win this season at a number of area ice cream shops (and yes, you’ve got time to hit them all over the next few months). Here are a few of our favorites, in St. Louis Park and surrounding areas.
Just a quick jaunt from St. Louis Park in the bustling Lyn-Lake neighborhood, Milkjam Creamery is a necessary summer (or really anytime) experience. Created by World Street Kitchen’s Sameh Wadi (and located right next door), Milkjam is truly a foodie’s ice cream dream. Try rotating flavors that are as delicious as they are creative — think infusions such as Turkish coffee, lavender, curry, coriander and so much more. Milkjam also offers boozy shakes, sundaes, ice cream sandwiches, and many other unique, creamy delights. Go. Now.
It’s fro-yo o’clock somewhere! Head to Park Yogurt in SLP, where you can get in on the action with a plethora of soft-serve treats — cold and on tap. Fill your cup with one (or 10) self-serve flavors and follow it up with a visit to the topping bar, where you can go nuts with everything from fresh fruit to crushed Oreos to gummy bears. They’ve got signature and special-edition flavors (think cotton candy, salty caramel, chocolate cake batter and many more), so stop in often to try them all!
Well, this one is a no-brainer. The nationally-beloved, good-natured ice cream duo has stepped beyond your grocer’s freezer and into a chain franchise, peddling their excellent creams of ice. Enjoy a full selection of classic favorites (Chunky Monkey, anyone?) as well as new and limited-edition creations — many of which are B&J’s scoop shop exclusives. Located on Excelsior Blvd, this local fave is an easy choice on a hot summer day.
With locations in both Linden Hills and Uptown, you’ll feel twice as nice tucking into one of Sebastian Joe’s huge handmade waffle cones. This longtime Twin Cities institution is a must-eat for lovers of the cold, creamy stuff. Belly up to the counter at this classic parlor and choose from a variety of handmade-daily flavors such as raspberry chocolate chip, Oreo, and other signature flavors such as “Pavarotti” (a vanilla ice cream made with caramel, bananas, and chocolate chips) as well as rotating special edition flavors. Joe’s also makes ice cream cakes, sandwiches, sundaes, shakes, malts and more — they also have a full coffee bar!