Sioux Falls, South Dakota
The last time I went to Falls Park I didn't even make it to the Falls. It was the Fourth of July and the Sioux Falls parade was in full swing. Streets were closed, crowds were forming, and Trey was waiting for me in the car. I dodged families and lawn chairs for ten minutes before I realized I couldn't even see the Falls. Then I imagined the traffic I'd encounter if I waited for it to be over.
I never made it. Luckily, my sister had a race in Sioux Falls yesterday and I was excited to try again. We only had a couple hours, but here's a quick guide for exploring the park.
Grab a bite with a view
On arriving in Sioux Falls, we planned on checking out the restaurant, Falls Landing. Instead, my dad suggested we went to the Falls first and scope out a place closer to the water. I could not have been happier. Sitting on the edge of the water was the cutest little cafe called, Falls Overlook Cafe.
The inside of this place was a dream. Big windows, high ceilings, fresh flowers, and light wood tables. It was raining so we couldn't sit on their patio, but it had a coolest view of the park.
My mom ordered wine, cheesecake, and a BLT.
Dad ordered beer, Chicken Tortilla soup, and a Reuben.
I ordered the Bacon Gouda Quesadilla.
All food items were delicious. You don't always get great food and a great view!
It was pretty inexpensive considering their location and quality of food they sell too.
Tip: They have live music on Fridays from May to September!
Get up close
Explore the park's 123 acres and get close enough to feel the mist from the rushing water.
It was raining quite a bit, but it enhanced the colors of the grass and rock which made for some fun photos.
If Queen Bee Mill interests you, walk around and check out its remains.
Tip: Leave your car at the cafe, everything is within walking distance! In addition to that, leave your wallet in your car, cause this park is free! (Well maybe bring it for the gift shop.)
Walk to the Lookout Tower
This place is hard to miss. It's off to the right if you're standing on the patio of the cafe. We did this last so we wouldn't back track to our car. The tower has an awesome view of the city and park. Plus, it's attached to the visitor center which has a gift shop! Their t-shirts were hella cute and like ten bucks?! Kicking myself for not buying one.
Tip: The bridge leading to the tower is the perfect place to get a good shot of the Falls.
This park was super tourist friendly. We visited on a Friday and had no difficulty getting around! I'm excited to explore the rest of Sioux Falls someday.
Last tip: Don't skip this place during the winter. They decorate the park with thousands of lights!
This little trip was a big example of God's timing for me. I was determined to find this place on the Fourth and He knew I needed more time to soak in such a pretty place like this. Learning a lil' more everyday.
*Do you have extra tips for the Falls?
*Is this a good spot for sunrise or sunset?
*What has God been teaching you lately?
15701 Pacific Street in Omaha
Everyone likes Italian right? If you don't, there's gotta be something wrong with you. Thought I'd share this place with you guys for the love of all things pasta.
One of my friends showed me this delicious restaurant last year and since then, I can't get enough of it. It's called Vincenzo's.
It's located in Southwest Omaha. There's one in the Haymarket too and from Google it looks pretty charming.
The waiters here are dressed tastefully with white shirts and black ties. This would be a place you dress up for. I can promise you'll match the atmosphere. Dark paint colors. Black and white framed photographs. White light. Wine glasses. Cream linens.
They also have patio seating for the warmer months!
Best part? Most of their entrees come with bread and soup or salad. I always opt for the salad with their house dressing. My mom still randomly raves about this dressing! "What was that place called again?!"
My favorite entree is the Chicken Franco. I would take a bath in that white wine lemon sauce. It's light, refreshing, and doesn't make you hate yourself after you eat most of the plate. The vegetables are tossed in oil and perfectly cooked. Not much of a squash girl either, but these were great. I love chicken and the breading on this thing could not have had a better crunch. Buttery. Lemony. Herby.
My friend ordered The Fettuccine Alfredo with Chicken and that looked yummy too.
Yesterday my waiter recommended his favorite, the Turkey Avocado. (Which I noticed is only on their lunch menu.)
I have so much love for this place because it reminds me of Grisanti's. Ever try it? It's unfortunately closed now, but damn they had the best mac and cheese. Now I'm mourning that place all over again. :( At least Vincenzo's has similar options and an ambience that'll make you feel like you're in Pretty Woman!
My ticket total was $13.10 for bread, salad, and a huge plate of angel hair and chicken. Basically two meals. My kinda dinner.
*Have you been to either location? What was your experience?
*What's your favorite thing on the menu?
*Do you have a different favorite Italian place?