Happy Place: A City Girl’s Perspective on the Suburbs

“When you stop doing things for fun, you might as well be dead.”– Ernest Hemingway.

Growing up in the city, the suburbs seemed like such a foreign, mystical place.

In my mind, Minnetonka was like Eagleton from Parks and Recreation, or Wisteria Lane from Desperate Housewives. A place that seemed too extravagant to be real. People talked about it like it was some magnificent place; so unlike the neighborhoods I knew.

One time my family took a “road-trip” to Excelsior. It’s 30 minutes from my house but MAN did that feel far. A world away from the NE Minneapolis I knew so well.

As a bitter teenager, I dissed the suburb snobs and embraced my city lifestyle. I swore I would never move more than a stones throw from a skyline, and definitely would never find myself loving aspects of suburban life. Oops.

Bennett is the first person I’ve known to be from the foreign land known as Chanhassen. It’s a short drive from the city, but is far enough to make it feel like I’m on vacation. And truly, the second I step into that house, I am.

The end of college also means the end of living in Dinkytown. Bennett is no longer my neighbor. Between starting work full time and adjusting to the added distance, it’s be a tough few months. I crave the weekends when I venture out to the burbs.

When the suburbs contain all of the following (including my boyfriend!), what’s not to love? :

Boating and floating.

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Paddle boarding..

Tennis playing.

The best food and drinks

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Excelsior, the cutest little “town” there ever was, featuring my favorite boutique Primp, and the adorable and delicious Adele’s Frozen Custard.

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Screen porch napping/reading/Internet searching/crossword puzzle doing. Okay, anything. Anything in the screen porch.

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And, cats. (Obviously!)

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Maybe I’m not as much of a city girl as I thought…

(Don’t worry NE Mpls, you’ll always have my <3)

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3 thoughts on “Happy Place: A City Girl’s Perspective on the Suburbs

  1. I used to feel the same way about suburbs! I always thought they were boring. But now after being in NYC for the past 6 years, I absolutely LOVE any opportunity I get to have outside of the hustle and bustle of the city! I realized the suburbs, while boring to some, are definitely peaceful and way more relaxing than city life. Which I need from time to time haha

    1. Thanks for reading, Chelsea! I’m so glad to hear someone else feels the same way. I live in downtown Minneapolis (much smaller than NYC, but still a little hectic sometimes), so I appreciate an occasional break.

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