Did Valleyfair amusement park save my marriage? That question may seem a bit over-dramatic, but the mood in my household has drastically improved in the past 24 hours. Prior to our date night visit to Valleyfair for their special “Hotdish & Hops” event (only taking place May 26-29 and June 2-3), my husband and I were overworked, overtired, and over-stressed. We were both burnt-out cranks and I couldn’t help but wonder if our scheduled date night was a terrible mistake. The fun had been zapped from our lives the past few weeks and we desperately needed to recharge, but I wasn’t sure if an amusement park was really the place to do that. I’m pleased to report that all it took was a single ride on Steel Venom to erase all of our tension. It was pretty eye-opening how that rush of adrenaline—with a bit of joyful screaming our heads off—was just the therapy we needed. It reminded us of all the joy in life and brought us back to simpler times: before housework and childcare (that’s right, we went to Valleyfair without the kid – but don’t tell her, ok?). The Monster has been one of my favorite rides for more than 25 years and I’m happy to say it still is around to provide that nostalgia I desperately needed. One day, I’ll introduce my daughter to The Monster (although I’m pretty sure it used to be called, “The Octopus”) but for now, my husband and I needed to let loose. We also loved Renegade, a wood coaster that thrills like steel. A kiss on the top of the ferris wheel was a perfect cherry on top to a perfect date night.
As for Hotdish & Hops, this special event features a circle of tents serving up a variety of different dinner and dessert hotidsh options paired with beers from local breweries. Our favorite dishes was the Arroz Con Pollo, Wild Rice and of course, the Tater Tot Hotdish. They could have used some salt and pepper shakers, and maybe some hot sauce options, as some of the hotdishes were a little bland. I would also pass on the fruit pie funnel cake hotdish, which had so much potential, but turned out as just a mushy mess. We really enjoyed the Nutella brownie crepe hotdish, however, which reminded me of the scrambled brownies they used to make at camp when I was a kid. There were beers from all around Minnesota, including Surly, Summit, Badger Hill, Lift Bridge, and more. You can get a two-ounce sample for one token or a twelve-ounce cup for three, making it a great value compared with what you would pay in the regular dining venues. If you buy the $39 combo that includes admission to the park, you get five tokens, and can buy more at a nearby kiosk. The food portions are generous and at just over $2 per token, it is easy to try many of the options available. The tents are located in the karaoke area, so bring your stage outfit or earplugs, depending on your preference.
I should also note that Valleyfair features the Soak City water park! When the weather is right, the wave pool and water slides are another way to get the most out of a visit to the park. Also, did you know that with the Valleyfair Gold Pass you can enjoy unlimited visits, including Soak City Waterpark and ValleySCARE. The Gold Pass pays for itself in fewer than two visits. Prices go up May 30th – buy now and save $12/pass (Currently $87, post-deadline price = $99). Don’t forget to check out the full line up of events this year at Valleyfair. Keep an eye on Living Smart Girl as we will be hitting the Valleyfair Food Truck Festival and sharing our excitement and food fun with you all. Maybe you want to meet Living Smart Girl? Join me at the Food Truck Festival event on June 17th. Reach out to me and let’s hook up! Get your picture with me, for my blog post! 🙂
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