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Love to travel? Looking for travel buddies? We put together amazing once in a life time trips! If you also want to make new friends and do fun things in the Twin Cities area, join this group!

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Travel to Turkey!

Hagia Sophia

Turkey Trip! (11 days / 10 nights) Imagine floating through the sky in a hot air balloon as you drift over village rooftops, rock formations with pigeon houses carved into them, and lush fields to create a landscape that could be right out of a fairy tale. Email [masked] if interested or if you have questions. You can see all the trip details here : http://globe-drifters.com/tour/turkey Yelp Reviews : https://www.yelp.com/biz/globe-drifters-san-francisco-2 Trip Dates : May 11 - 21, 2019 Trip Cost : $3,500 (excluding flights) Single Supplement : $650 If you would like to be paired up with someone of the same gender on the trip to avoid paying the single supplement, this can be arranged for you. If there is nobody to pair up with, you WILL have to pay the single supplement. Pairing with another person of the same gender comes on a first-come, first-served basis. After you reserve your spot, you'll receive a questionnaire pertaining to this. Please return it immediately, so that your needs can be accommodated. If you want a single room throughout the tour, you can buy the “single supplement“. The single supplement fee for this trip is $700. If you would like your own room, you can buy the additional supplement at check-out. Included : - 10 nights accommodation (Double occupancy, breakfast included) - Local guide - Domestic airport transfers - Private ground transportation in air-conditioned vehicles - 3 flights : Istanbul - Cappadocia / Cappadocia - Izmir / Pamukkale - Istanbul - Activities as noted in itinerary - All breakfasts, 4 lunches Not included : - Some lunches & most dinners - International airport transfers - Optional activities - Gratuities - Alcoholic beverages - Souvenirs - International flight - Supplementary insurance For more information, please visit : http://globe-drifters.com/tour/turkey or email : [masked]

GameNight! EXTRA! - at Surly Brewing Pizza Upstairs - $40 special deal on Weds.!

The Surly brewery has been offering a special Wednesday night deal on a pitcher of Surly beer, a pizza, and choice of either appetizer or salad for only $40. ....SWEET! It's in their "Pizza Upstairs" area. The pizza is good, the beer is good, the whole deal is good! And they encourage you to play some boardgames while you're there. They have some, I have more, and some folks have been bringing their own games for awhile now.... so let's join them! GameNight! is my brand for Meetup events that feature modern stuff to play. NO Monopoly allowed! LOL. Anything else like easy introductory games you could find at Target, up to hard-core brain-burner games from Kickstarter or BoardGameGeek.... if you want to play them, we can play them also. Drop in, buy some food and beers, have some fun for hours. Surly closes at 11pm, so if you get there at 4pm, it only costs $5.71/hr. at one of the best breweries around town. How can you go wrong? It might be the best pizza, beer, and company anywhere in town. Come in and join us at Surly Brewing Co. we will have board games for all types of board game enthusiasts, beer lovers, pizza eaters, and fun folks of any kind. You don't even need to play games! Just hang out with us if you'd like to just do that. We're friendly Meetup people who look forward to seeing you this Wednesday, or next Wednesday, or the Wednesday after that, or after that, or.... you get the idea! BTW.... I organized this for eleven different Meetup groups. If you only see my RSVP, don't worry - there will be a lot of people from Meetup to congregate with and have fun together. All are welcome, it's an inclusive event for everybody. Just drop in, go upstairs (they even have an elevator!), ....Meetup with others and have a good time! See you at Surly! your Host/organizer, Chris Hoppe T.T.F.N.

FoodTrip! let's Enjoy Brunch at the Lake Elmo Inn, Way Out in the Countryside!

I am finally going to try the Lake Elmo Inn after hearing about it for so long! It's changed a lot since I was there as a kid. 50 years will do that I guess,.... just ask my waistline! (Baadaa bumm, shishhhh!) But seriously folks, this spot has a fancy buffet, with a fancy price, that should satisfy anyone and be worth the drive. Here is how they advertise it in their own words.... "Our brunch includes an ever-flowing glass of champagne or our nonalcoholic champagne, which is a sweet catawba juice. Fresh caramel rolls are served to your table. Six different kinds of salads and fresh fruits Freshly smoked salmon and bagels with cream cheese An imported cheese platter Shrimp cocktail Homemade mini Belgian waffles or French toast Eggs Benedict A variety of sausages Made to order omelets Vegetables and a special starch of the week (rice, pasta or potato) A special entrée of the week We also have a carving station of double smoked ham and roast beef. Two portions of the buffet are dedicated to our award winning desserts. (Mini desserts such as Sin of the Inn, éclairs, cheesecakes, cookies, tarts, croustades, tortes, chocolate mousse etc.)" So!.... What's the cost? $29.00 for Adults $14.50 for Children (3 -11 years) Maybe you want to bring the kids and get them into Meetup early....? More from their website.... "We understand that a successful dining experience begins with a passion for the food you create, the service you provide and the value you offer. Our talented team of chefs take great care to select and pair only the finest ingredients to create tempting and memorable culinary experiences. Food tastes best when it’s kept simple. We use the freshest ingredients and prepare them in a way that enhances their natural flavors. Our food has earned numerous awards from noted establishments. However, the most valuable compliments, are the repeated reservations from patrons like you. We are proud to have been a popular dining destination in the Twin Cities for over three decades for life’s special occasions and a favorite stop for guests needing the comfort of a fine meal and reprieve from the stresses of life. From our original restaurant, the Lake Elmo Inn, then expanding to our Event Center and catering division, we still strive to every day to provide “World Class Dining Close to Home”. " Here are a few weblinks to click for more information.... https://www.lakeelmoinn.com/ http://www.lakeelmoinn.com/events-specials/sunday-brunch/ https://www.facebook.com/LakeElmoInn/ https://www.yelp.com/biz/lake-elmo-inn-lake-elmo-2 https://www.opentable.com/lake-elmo-inn https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g43232-d474722-Reviews-Lake_Elmo_Inn-Lake_Elmo_Minnesota.html Don't go out to eat the night before, you'll want to have an appetite big enough to sample what I expect is a lavish feast in a classy, yet quaint, setting.... The Lake Elmo Inn, BTW.... I organized this for eleven different Meetup groups. If you only see my RSVP, don't worry - there will be a lot of people from Meetup to congregate with and have fun together. All are welcome, it's an inclusive event for everybody. Just drop in, ask the host or hostess for the Meetup group,.... Meetup with all of us and have a good time! See you at the Lake Elmo Inn! your Host/organizer, Chris Hoppe T.T.F.N.

GameNight! goes to the Twin Cities 400 Tavern! (every 4th Sunday of each month)

If it's Sunday, it's GameNight again! For the fourth Sunday of every month, we have a reservation for the group at the Twin Cities 400 Tavern... in Minneapolis! Expect Good food, good drinks, good servers, a good location, and good ambiance. (OMG, we are going to cross the river, visit the enemy to the west, get lost in the outskirts of the cities...) LOL! Actually, I found this newly remodeled hotel restaurant/bar just over the border... in the area by where I-35W, Hwy. 36, and MN Hwy 280 all sort of meet and get tangled up in the industrial park between the twin cities. You won't even need a passport! It's a nice place with a large meeting room area just for us to use all night long. Good menu, good bar and beer selection, I really hope you will like it, it has a lot to offer. Here is some website and menu information... https://www.tc400tavern.com/ https://www.tc400tavern.com/lunch-dinner-menu/ https://www.tc400tavern.com/bar-menu/ (And as always, please remember to tip your servers generously!) So, you ask... Why Move GameNight!™ to a new place every week? Because I want to stir up the humdrum regularity of the same place every week routine that GameNight! got into after being a Meetup for over six years, that's why! Sure the games are often new, and always fun, and it's great to see all the regulars who show up often enough that we usually have over twenty to thirty or more players on any given Sunday night. But getting out of the house should be special, and a new spot to enjoy every week will help do just that. Plus, there's no law that says we can't go back to a favorite place from the past. One more thing... you are welcome (and encouraged) to suggest a location that you'd like to see used for this series of Meetups in the future. Saint Paul area has been where we have met usually (scattered North, South, East, and elsewhere in town), but I am open to anywhere that is popular with the group members. So make a comment below to let me know what and where YOU want to play boardgames, okay? How our Boardgamer Meetup group works is simple: I always bring a bunch of my games that I think are good for our group. Old, new, hard, easy, weird, you name it. The folks who show up pick or suggest what they'd like to play... Enough people, and we can play several games at once. Easy-peasy, it's just like a democracy! (But more fun.) What's next and new? We shall see. Bring anything you'd like to play (and maybe teach to the group). We could even go back and replay a game that we liked before. Imagine that! See you there, and remember what Wil Wheaton says... "Play more games!" Your host, Chris Hoppe TTFN! • Important to know Go to the back of the restaurant, we have a reservation for their party room. Look for the host ... (Chris Hoppe,[masked] if you need to text/talk to me for more information) ... get a nametag, meet some new gameplaying friends, and have fun!

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