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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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