Our Home State
Places to Rest Your Head
- As you can imagine, we have never had to camp with our RV when going back. We have, however, stayed in our fair share of hotels and gone traditional camping. Our favorite hotels include Graves 601 in Minneapolis, The St. Paul Hotel and The Crown Plaza Riverfront in St. Paul, Eagle Ridge Resort in Lutsen, MN and The James Hotel in Red Wing.
- Our camping adventures would always take up to the arrow head, just North of Hovland, MN or on the beaches of the St. Croix River.
Places to Go, Things to Do.
- It’s the land of 10,000 lakes! In the summer, renting a boat and enjoying the water is a must! Fishing, water skiing, sailing, cruising the waters, it’s all great fun! We both grew up on the St. Croix River, so that is our number fresh water destination. If you prefer a lake, we recommend both Big and Little Carnelian just North or Stillwater. Even in the winter, try your hand at ice fishing. Just make sure you’re with someone that knows what they are doing! Walking on thin ice is not worth it.
- Take a hot air balloon ride with Stillwater Balloons
- For skiing, snow boarding and tubing in the winter travel across to Wisconsin to Trollhaugen Ski Resort in Dresser or take a trip up to Lutsen! Other resorts include, Afton Alps, Wild Mountain and Buck Hill. All of these resorts are also open in the summer for activities that may include gold, walking trails, water slides and alpine slides.
- Taking a drive to different areas of the state is always a great way to explore. Our favorite drives include those up to Taylors Falls, Duluth, Stillwater, Afton, Red Wingand Rochester. Each city is filled with great shops and dining, not to mention all but Rochester are located along a body of water. Take a trolly tour in Stillwater, go for a ferry ride in Taylors Falls, visit the lighthouses in Duluth, and if you’re in Afton for the 4th of July, watch their great parade.
- Taylors Falls is a great location for outdoor rock climbing.
- We personally prefer St. Paul over Minneapolis. To us, there is just more of a historical and friendly feel to the city. They have a wonderful farmers market on the weekends where you can get local produce, hear live music and smell fresh flowers. In the winter, catch a Wild game at Xcel stadium, in the summer have the time of your life at a St Paul Saints game. The Science Museum of Minnesota is also top notch. If you’re wanting something more economical, go to Como Zoo. It’s free!
- Minneapolis is your place to go if you want a more lively scene. Go to a Twins, Timberwolves or Vikings game depending on what time of year it is. Experience a play in their theatre district or visit Uptown, a wonderful artistic neighborhood.
- If you want to feel your adrenalin rush, take a trip to Valley Fair and then of your way back go to the Minnesota Zoo.
- Obviously I can’t list every place we have ever eaten at, but I can name a few of our favorites. Roma Market and The Patriots Tavern are two wonderful restaurants that our friends own. We had our grooms dinner at the Roma Market right outside Stillwater. Both places offer exceptional food. A wood fire oven makes their pizza out of this world. The Roma also has a butcher shop.
- Marx Fusion Bistro in Stillwater
- The Gopher Bar & Grill in St. Paul makes the BEST coney dogs.
- Betty’s Pies on your way up to Duluth.
- The Lake Elmo Inn has a great Sunday Brunch, plus you get free champagne. For dessert, I recommend the Sin of the Inn
- The St. Paul Grill is a wonderful place for dinner if you are going to see a show at the Ordway Theatre.
- Take a tour of the St Paul Summit Brewery and then head over to Cossetta’s. It’s a great Italian market and deli in St. Paul