Sioux Falls Weekend Getaway.

A few weeks back I flew back to my old place of residence, Sioux Falls, SD over my birthday weekend for a college friend’s wedding. I thought it would be fun to share a (overdue) recap of this short trip and also add in a few additional favorite spots I didn’t get time to make it to!

And yes, I flew during this crazy Covid time knowing I would keep myself quarantined for the recommended timeframe after I made it back to Colorado. I would say that flying isn’t so bad if you take the proper precautions and are ready to follow quarantine timelines after your travels. I’m also hear for any questions you may have for your upcoming travels!

I flew out bright and early from the Denver airport on my birthday to arrive into Sioux Falls around noon. My mom and sister picked me up from the airport and we headed straight to a new local hotspot Daily Clean Eats and Drinks. My mom and I ordered the Tongue Thai’d Bowl and my sister got the Ambrosia Bowl – both were super delicious, filling, and healthy! 

We then checked into our hotel, the Holiday Inn Sioux Falls City Centre, and walked downtown for cocktails and wine at our old favorite, The Carpenter Bar. For dinner, we just hung at a family member’s house for some pizza and cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes (the Lemon Raspberry flavor is my favorite!). 

The next day was a bit of prep for the wedding with spray tans and getting our nails done. Then relaxing at the local water park, Wild Water West under a personal cabana sipping Cheladas, a stop at B&G Milkway for ice cream (I like the classics – Oreo Avalanches or Turtle Sundaes), dinner at Mackenzie Rivers with friends (I’m a big fan of the Southwest Chop salad) and more ice cream at Parlour Ice Cream House

The following day was spent traveling around eastern South Dakota to visit family members, rehearsal dinner, and a graduation party for our cousin. Then the wedding on Saturday with the reception at Icon Lounge + Events and lunch at Granite City on Sunday with friends before flying home (I’m a fan of the Mediterranean Chicken).

It was great, quick getaway filled with friend reunions, cocktails, and plenty of sweets. A few of my favorite spots we didn’t get to while back: 

If you find yourself in the Sioux Falls area or looking for a unique short getaway, there is definitely plenty of great places to eat, small local boutiques to shop, and a few nice sight-seeing stops in the area (when the weather is nice!). 

February Beloved Podcasts.

Small Doses with Amanda Seales: I found out about Amanda’s podcast last month from someone else obsessing over her on Instagram and THEY WERE RIGHT! Amanda is hilarious while also being informational. And I’ve been binge-listening every since. She covers a range of topics from the Side Effects of having a Crush to Toxic Masculinity. I can honestly say I love her and I probably literally LOL every episode.

Clear+Vivid with Alan Alda: I stumbled upon this podcast this month and I find it super soothing and easy to listen to while working. Alda’s interview style his guest (and also his voice) is very relaxed and the conversations are engaging and enlighting. Alda’s episodes are normally interview-style with a new guest each show. My favorites so far have been Sarah Silverman and Judge Judy.

Mile Higher Podcast: This is another podcast I found this month after I moved to Colorado and it just made sense that I couldn’t look over it. I was intentionally trying to take a break from murder mystery or suspense podcasts while I’m reading a suspenseful novel this month but I enjoy these topics way too much that I probably have an issue. The show is run by a husband and wife duo that start off each episode with covering a few recent news topics and then diving deeper into a large topic like a conspiracy theory or murder mystery. I’M OBSESSED, OKAY?

PaleOMG: My mother actually turned me onto this podcast. She’s been listening for a while now and has always been encouraging me to check it out. Well, that didn’t really happen until our three-day-drive to Colorado when she just turned it on because she was “getting behind”. The show is ran by a gal out of Denver named Juli and she also has a great blog and Instagram account that correlates with the podcast. I really enjoy her different recipes, health tips, and workout routines. If you’re looking for some motivation while working for that summer bod, Juli has you covered!

All of these podcasts can be found on Spotify or the Apple Podcast app with the exception of PaleOMG that I’ve only found on the Apple Podcast app. I’d love to hear your thoughts on if you check any of these out or if you have recommendations for me for my next month’s round of Podcast!

Happy listening!