Radisson Blu hotel ‘attached’ to the Mall of America

Staying at the Radisson Blu hotel next to the Mall of America means you actually don’t have to step outside during your stay, unless you want to. The hotel is connected to North America’s largest shopping mall via a skywalk. Between the hotel and the mall, visitors have everything they need for a short vacation. […]

Travels 2016: Exploring Minnesota

Minnesota may be best known as the “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” but it could easily be called the “Land of 10,000 attractions.” It seems like we took in so many sights during our trips to the north land this year. From learning about my family’s involvement with Minnesota history to visiting the river community of […]

Enjoying the beauty of St. Paul’s Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

Minnesota’s Twin Cities offer people amazing free attractions. Our latest venture brought us to St. Paul’s Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. Como Park combines two of our favorites – a zoo and a conservatory/botanical garden. We picked the perfect day to visit. The sun was shining, blue skies with a hint of white clouds above […]

St. Paul’s Fort Snelling history strikes personal chord

Visiting Minnesota’s Historic Fort Snelling was more than just a tourist stop for me. It was the military base used to imprison members of my tribe (Santee Sioux, Eastern Dakota, or iSanti) during the mid-1860s before forcing them to move to a reservation at present-day Santee, in northeast Nebraska. My great-great-grandparents (Francois and Mary) and […]

Bloomington, Minnesota: Mall of America colors in some new attractions

We’ve learned over the years that no matter how many times you visit the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, you will see something new. The nation’s largest indoor shopping center is constantly switching out stores, restaurants and attractions. Stores such as Nordstrom and Sears have been at the Mall since it opened in 1992. […]

Play ball! Baseball is back

“Play ball!” rings out across North America this week, as Major League Baseball kicks off its 147th season. Will this be the year we get another “I-70 Series” in Missouri? Or a “Subway Series” in New York? Maybe, we finally get an “I-5 Series” in Los Angeles. Regardless of where the Fall Classic ends up, […]

Lisa’s 2016 adventure travel bucket list

It’s 2016. A brand new year of possibilities.  I have also recently turned another year older. It makes me realize how many things I still want to try. I want to stretch myself this year and – besides hitting new destinations during our travels – I want to try new experiences. I have decided to […]

New places, familiar haunts highlight our 2016 travel plans

Trips to Indiana, Wisconsin and return visits to Seattle, South Dakota and North Dakota highlight our 2016 travel plans. Clear Lake, Iowa Our travel schedule kicks off with a February visit to Clear Lake, Iowa, Feb. 20th. We are going to check out the annual Colors of the Wind kite festival. Participants fly giant kites […]

Creating my own adventures during Minnesota flight layover

We are fans of having a decent layover at an airport when we travel. One to two hours would be acceptable. What do you do when you have four hours? This happened to me during a recent trip. I had four hours to kill at the Minneapolis airport. I figured I could do a lot […]

Twin Cities full of delicious dining options

Editor’s Note: Prairie Dogs is no longer open (as of Jan. 1, 2017). The restaurant owners plan to do pop-up stands and catering. I’ve wanted to eat at Mickey’s Diner since I first saw the diner in “The Mighty Ducks” movie. Why it has taken so long to realize, I have no idea. But, I […]

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