J. J. Hill House (Travel) St. Paul, MN USA

We toured the majestic James J. Hill House, St. Paul, MN, on a recent Travel Date to places in our Backyard. The massive scale, fine detail and ingenious mechanical systems of this Gilded Age mansion recall the powerful presence of James J. Hill, builder of the Great Northern Railway. Enjoy photos and details on this blog.

Weisman Art Museum (Art & Travel), Mpls. MN USA

The Weisman Art Museum (WAM), designed by Frank Gehry on the campus of the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA is a gem inside and out. Overlooking the beautiful skyline of downtown Minneapolis and the magnificent Mississippi River, it faces west and perfectly reflects the ever-changing light of the setting sun. Discover more on this blog

Como Conservatory & Zoo (Travel): St. Paul, MN USA

Como Park Conservatory & Zoo are on my list of Top Ten places for a visitor to St. Paul, Minnesota. This blog highlights the gardens (sunken, fern, Zen and bonsai) in the Victorian architectural conservatory as well as the authentic Japanese garden, tropical encounters, zoo, amusement park and historic carousel experienced in our recent Travel Date to sites in our back yard!

Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul, MN USA

Continuing our Travel Dates to sites in our backyard, this year we plan to visit Minnesota Historical Society sites. The first was to the newly renovated Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul, at the confluence of the Mississippi & Minnesota Rivers. This blog includes my vast array of photos, tells the story of this site, its history – & shares new things we learned!

2021 Travel Dates to the World Class Cities in my Back Yard: Fav Photos

When options for world travel all be ceased due to COVID, I explored the world class cities & sites in my backyard – St. Paul & Minneapolis MN USA.2021 Travel Dates with my husband and friends were created. This blog shares my favorite photos of my favorite places – and links for more details for you to check out.

Arb Adventure: MN Arboretum (Art & Travel), Chanhassen, MN USA

Minnesota Arboretum “the arb” is a great Minneapolis, MN, Travel Date for any season, any age. 1,200 acres are filled with beautiful landscape and flowers, ponds and waterfalls, and Chinese, Japanese, and sculpture themed gardens. Children of all ages can enjoy a Maze Garden and Green Play Yard. Drive, walk or take a tram around the grounds. Pair it with a tour of Prince’s Paisley Park, just down the road. Enjoy my blog filled with photos and info.

Nicollet Island on the Mississippi River (Travel), Mpls. MN USA

Nicollet Island is a tiny little island in Minneapolis on the Mississippi River. Home to private houses built on public park land, charming inns and venues in old industrial buildings, a huge iconic neon beer sign, and nature paths through wooded shorelines, it is a treasure to be explored! Find out more in this blog!

Lakewood Cemetery (Art & Travel) Mpls., MN USA

Despite being a cemetery, Lakewood Cemetery, Mpls, MN is very much alive! Our recent Travel Date to the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes (see separate blog) included a self-guided tour of this historic site bordering on Bde Maka Ska / Lake Calhoun. My blog explores the treasures that make it such a rich and rewarding experience filled with history, art, architecture, culture and natural beauty.

Brownie Lake: Travel, Mpls. MN USA

Brownie Lake, tiny and tucked away at the far north end of the Minneapolis, MN Chain of Lakes, unknown to most locals, provided unexpected discovery on our Travel Date around the lakes. Like Raspberry Island, St. Paul, sometimes the smallest of small provides the biggest adventure of all and holds the most delightful results! Join me as I share our story of adventure and discovery on this blog.

Mary Tyler Moore Sites in Mpls., MN USA

Our recent Travel Date to MTM-Land reminded us of Minneapolis’s touch with stardom in the 1970s when Mary Tyler Moore “turned the world on with her smile” in our fair city. The Mary Tyler Moore show is set in Minneapolis and there are 6 places to visit to get a reminder of show scenes – all seen and enjoyed by us – and shared with you – in this blog!