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 […]

Courtyard Roseville hotel offers comfortable stay, proximity to Twin Cities

I think as people travel, we develop our favorite hotel groups. We gain a familiarity with them. A comfort. And we can reasonably expect a favorite chain’s hotel in Chicago to be about the same as one in Wichita. Lisa and I worked for a hotel company years ago. We always stayed with the chain […]

Minnehaha Falls bring nature to urban area in Minneapolis

Autumn provides a beautiful backdrop to Minnesota’s Minnehaha Falls. The falls, part of Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis, was featured in an 1855 poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The poet based his characters – Hiawatha and Minnehaha – on Ojibwe tribal members. A sculpture representing Hiawatha and his love, Minnehaha, is located upstream from Minnehaha Falls. […]

Roseville ‘perfectly positioned’ in Twin Cities

When we travel, we tend to stay near at least one of the attractions we plan to visit. So, when we travel to the Twin Cities in Minnesota, we tend to stay downtown or near the Mall of America. Our recent trip to Minnesota gave us an opportunity to change that up. And are we […]

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. […]

Smelling the flowers in our Midwest botanical gardens

Spring is in full bloom. So are the flowers and plants in our area. We thought we’d take a look at the botanical gardens available to Midwesterners to take in nature’s beauty. Lisa and I realized we’ve been to quite a few during our travels wound the Midwest. I know we’ll see more gardens as […]

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, […]

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