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 […]

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. […]

Star Trek ‘boldly’ celebrates 50th anniversary

From Captain Kirk’s future birth site to watching the last of the originals receive his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, We’ve enjoyed the adventures of the “Star Trek” franchise since the original series debuted 50 years ago today. Though the series ran for only three seasons during the 1960s, its legacy has boldly […]

Road Trip Plans, Part 3: Hitting the big city or checking out history

This is the third in a three-part series… Getting away for three-day weekends seems to be the American way…or, at least, our way. If you like a road trip, here are a few spots to check out in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska. Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul The Twin Cities in Minnesota have always […]

Minneapolis Renaissance Hotel harkens back to railroad days

The Renaissance Hotel by Marriott at The Depot is more than just a hotel. It’s a mini railroad museum. Being among the railroad history made our stay there even better. The hotel, located downtown near the Mississippi River, is located in a renovated train depot. The Milwaukee Road rail is recognized at the hotel. The […]

Target Field provides Minnesota Twins a beautiful stadium

Put me in coach. I’m ready. That’s how I felt when we were in the Minnesota Twins dugout during a tour of Target Field. The Twins have been my team since the early 1980s, when they were affectionately known as the “Twinkies,” because they were so terrible and lost many more games than they won. […]

Guthrie Theater gives Minnesotans a Broadway-caliber performance

Minneapolis’ Guthrie Theater must be a stage actor’s dream theater. The modern theater provides a beautiful area for actors to perform their craft. How it found its way to the Twin Cities starts in New York. Sir Tyrone Guthrie had grown weary of New York’s Broadway scene in the late 1950s. If a show didn’t […]

Minnesota Arboretum is among the most beautiful gardens in the United States

Minnesota is a beautiful state. The state’s arboretum reflects that beauty. More than 1,100 acres of trails, trees, plants and flowers allow visitors the opportunity to bask in the beauty. The Minnesota landscape Arboretum is an extension of the University of Minnesota. Located in Chaska, the arboretum was recently selected as one of the best […]

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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