15 Chinook Book Dates Under $50

It’s 2018, and I decided to merge my talents for organization and saving money by pre-planning monthly dates for me and Ben.

All of the dates require a Chinook Book, which pays for itself quickly and is filled with environmentally sustainable and local opportunities to explore the Twin Cities. We got ours at Half Price Books, but they are available at co-ops and Whole Foods too. My plan is to share here how you can re-create the magic if you so wish and to write a review of each date throughout the year.

Here’s the plan:

I organized 15 envelopes with the Chinook Book coupons inside (bonus 3 dates for when we have a free weekend) and since Ben adores surprises, he gets to draw a number from 1-15 to determine which envelope to open and which date we do. Then, we can pick a day that works for our schedule, get a babysitter, and make sure we get some quality time at least once per month. Best part? All of the dates should cost about $50 or less. And a lot of them will force us to try new things.


So here’s the dates:

  1. Walker Art Center and wine flights at Bluestem Bar in French Meadow.
  2. Minnesota History Center and a bite to eat at Tongue in Cheek.
  3. Catch a show at the Guthrie Theatre and eat next door at Spoonriver.
  4. Attend a writing workshop or spoken word poetry event at The Loft then head to Day Block Brewing Company.
  5. Spend 45 minutes trying the trendy Salt Cave Mpls & grab coffee at Vicinity.
  6.  Eating lunch or dinner at delicious Hazel’s then catching a movie at The Heights.
  7. Head to Stillwater for a day trip: browse Valley Booksellers and check out the Lift Bridge Brewery.
  8. Practice our score-keeping by hand for bowling at Bryant Lake Bowl then eat some world-saving Galactic Pizza.
  9. Saturday date: Isles Bun & Coffee and a walk around the lake, find a treasure at Magers & Quinn books, then grab lunch at Common Roots Cafe.
  10. Head to south Mpls for a film at the Riverview Theater and food in Seward (either the cafe or co-op creamery cafe).
  11. Visit the American Swedish Institute to see a local mansion then pop over to Midtown Global Market to try some Hot Indian food.
  12. Do some wine tastings at North Loop Wine & Spirits and buy a bottle of wine to share at home after attending the Minnesota Orchestra.
  13. Head out west to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska and to the Sawatdee Thai Cuisine in Eden Prairie.
  14. Climb some rocks at Vertical Endeavors on Nicollet Ave, then walk over to the Wedge Table.
  15. Mini-golf at Can Can Wonderland in St. Paul & a board game at Burning Brothers Brewing.


Happy New Year everyone! 🙂

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