Stillwater, Minnesota, is a great place for fall views

We were pretty excited to hear that fall colors were starting to peak in Stillwater, Minnesota, the weekend we were going to be in the area. Lisa had been checking status since the calendar hit fall in September. So, we were all set for a great time in the former logging city. Leaves brightly showing […]

Did you know? Some interesting facts about Roseville, Minnesota

I love Super Target. It’s our family’s favorite store brand. I walk there daily over lunch. We shop there religiously. I was giddy when they announced their stores would open at 7 a.m. recently. “So what,” you ask? Well, imagine my excitement when I learned that the first-ever Target (long before Super Target was a […]

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’s Bent Brewstillery serves up a double hit

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to make a good beer. Or does it? Bent Brewstillery founder Bartley Blume was once an engineer with NASA. Why would a guy who worked for an agency that puts rockets and people into space want to make his own beer? It hearkens back to 2007, when his wife […]

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 […]

We had a gourd time at Minnesota’s ‘Pumpkin Nights’

Minnesota offers a twist on the traditional pumpkin patch. “Pumpkin Nights” combines 3,000 gourds into 12 galleries over a half-mile walk. Each gallery features designs ranging from international locations to Minnesota icons. We took in the first-year event courtesy of “Pumpkin Nights” marketing team. We were impressed with the production, which is the first of […]

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 […]

September Midwest Travel Twitter Chat – featuring Albert Lea, Minnesota

Disclaimer: Thanks to Albert Lea tourism, Albert Lea Downtown Association and Freeborn County, Minnesota, for sponsoring this post and the September Midwest Travel Twitter Chat.  All opinions and views are ours. Located just north of the state border with Iowa, Albert Lea is the first city you’ll encounter on I-35 in Minnesota. Known as the Land between […]

Northfield, Minnesota: The defeat of Jesse James and his gang

I’ve long had a fascination with Jesse James’ story. Lisa and I have been slowly taking a Jesse James “tour” around the Midwest. The James-Younger Gang ran into not-so “Minnesota Nice” when it attempted to rob the Northfield bank Sept. 7, 1876. The First National Bank of Northfield is now a museum, which tells the […]

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