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Park in St. Paul

I don’t know about you, but ever since we got that first little bit of snow on the ground last week, I’ve just been dying to get outside. There’s something special about Minnesota in the winter. Aside from the crazy traffic and the bustling malls, there is a serenity about the wilderness in winter that makes me want nothing more than to romp around and make some footprints in the freshly fallen snow. If the fresh winter air calls your name, too, we have a few cold-weather wandering suggestions for you to take a look at before you head out.

One of the best things about walking around in the winter is that everybody looks cozy; so don’t be afraid to embrace the look! Unpack your puffiest jacket, slip on your biggest boots, don your fuzziest hat, and put on your comfiest mittens.

Once you get outside, don’t forget to just take a second and soak in the beauty of nature in the wintertime. Winter is beautiful; the snow-covered branches, the sparkling sky, the big fuzzy pine trees that always manage to look softer in the snow are all just waiting to be seen. Whether you’re going for a leisurely stroll through the trails or are looking to really get your heart pumping, take just a couple minutes to enjoy your surroundings.

If you’re just looking to get outside and roam some trails, Como Lake is always an option! The nearly two-mile loop might be just the perfect amount of fresh air before you’re ready to stop into Black Bear Crossings Café and Banquet Center for a cup of hot chocolate, a pumpkin latte or some Creamy Chicken Wild Rice Soup. This café in St. Paul is open Sundays from 9am – 5pm, Mondays from 8am – 7pm and Tuesday – Saturday from 8am – 5pm.

park in St. PaulEven when you’re inside Black Bear Crossings Café you can still enjoy the winter wonderland outside. Some have likened this St. Paul café, located in the historic Como Lakeside Pavilion, to a snow globe, when there’s a light snowfall descending upon the majestic scenery just outside.

Enjoy your cold weather hike!

Located in the historic Como Lakeside Pavilion in St. Paul, Minnesota, Black Bear Crossings Café & Banquet Center manages one of the best coffee shops and gourmet cafés in St. Paul. Stop by for breakfast, lunch or dinner! Black Bear Crossings Café & Banquet Center also hosts music and events in the park, community meetings and is the ideal historic wedding venue in St. Paul.