The Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) wants to assist visitors in every way we can, so we are starting a new addition to our blog. We are asking members of our team as well as other members of the community to share with us their Five Favorites in the Forks. That way visitors can hear what the locals enjoy with some special hints. We are starting with Shelley who is the Communications Coordinator at the CVB. She is sharing her five picks for shopping, dining and things to do…
- Little Bangkok – Lunch and dinner at Little Bangkok is always a great experience with a variety of Thai and Japanese dishes on the menu including an array of fresh sushi creations. Shelley’s faves include the DeMers Avenue (sushi roll), Drunken Noodles (entree) and Vinho Verde (wine).
- Macy’s – Shelley is always on the lookout for a deal in the coolest trends, and she finds them at Macy’s in the Columbia Mall. She also recommends using the 10% off International Visitor Pass that can be found on the Deals & Discounts section of our website.
- University of North Dakota Women’s Basketball and Volleyball – There is nothing like UND sports. While we know hockey has a huge following, Shelley recommends checking out Women’s Basketball and Volleyball. These teams never disappoint in their home arena of the Betty Engelstad Center and tix are always reasonably priced.
- Walking and jogging the Greenway – Shelley prefers to stroll the Greenway near downtown Grand Forks and East Grand Forks because it easy to stop in a bakery like Dakota Harvest Bakers, get a coffee at Urban Stampede and even do a little shopping at Kittson & 3rd, but the Greenway offers 2,200 acres lining the Red River and Red Lake River in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks with many options. There are kinds of recreational, cultural, historical and natural resource opportunities. Not only can you walk and jog, but you can use the Greenway for rollerblading, biking, canoeing, kayaking, fishing and even golf.
- River Cinema 15 in East Grand Forks is a favorite stop for Shelley after dinner at Little Bangkok. They offer the newest releases in auditoriums with stadium seating, rocker seats, DTS digital sound and 3D digital movies.
What do you think of Shelley’s faves? Do you have any suggestions to add?
The communities of Greater Grand Forks are excited to welcome the players, coaches and fans of the 2012 ND State Class B Boys’ Basketball Tournament this weekend at the Alerus Center.
Best of luck to all the teams!
Lewis & Clark – Berthold
Linton – HMB
Shiloh – Christian
Weather predictions for this week in Greater Grand Forks are good with beautiful fall temperatures and sunny skies, so I highly recommend you get out and enjoy some of the recreational opportunities offered here including our gorgeous and fun parks.
Japanese Garden – This lovely garden, located in Sertoma Park, was a gift from the residents of Awano Japan to commemorate the flood of 1997. Its natural look features the beauty of rocks, water, hills, trees as well as the three granite Japanese-style lanterns.
Ali’s Boundless Playground – Local teen Ali Karpenko was born with spina bifida, and her dream of a community playground for children with and without disabilities was realized in 2009 in Sertoma Park. Here every child can play side by side at his or her own ability level.
Greenway – The Greenway is 2,200 acres of natural space lining the Red River and Red Lake River as they flow through Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. The picturesque urban space offers countless recreational, cultural, historical and natural experiences.
These recreational areas give you just a taste of what is available in Greater Grand Forks. There are so many specialty parks available year-round for a variety of activities including basketball, cross-country skiing, frisbee golf, hockey, skating, pools, spray parks, sand volleyball, soccer, softball/baseball, tennis and skateboarding. More information can be found online.
There is more good news…Sherlock Forest Playground is already being rebuilt by volunteers from the area after a spring fire. If you are interested in getting involved, “Like” them on Facebook.
You can find out more about our parks, recreation, events and everything Greater Grand Forks on our website. You may also follow us on Twitter and/or “Like” us on Facebook, as we do a number of prize giveaways!
I have already been enjoying the outdoors with my family! How do you plan to enjoy the season?