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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Albert Lea – Beauty, history and Minnesota lakes

  Mrs. C and an early rocker hail from a small southern Minnesota city. Marion Ross and Eddie Cochran grew up in Albert Lea. They were each proud of their hometown. Ross – who rose to fame in the role of Mrs. Cunningham on the 1970s hit television series “Happy Days” – routinely returns home. […]

Stillwater, Minnesota: Charm built on logging history

Logs flooded St. Croix River so thickly that they needed to be guided downstream. Lumberjacks would balance themselves on the logs, driving the spring harvest to town. The log rollers enjoyed a special skill in balancing the lumber. During its heyday, 10 logging companies dominated the local economy. Four railroad companies lay tracks to transport […]

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