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.

Raspberry Island – Travel; Mississippi River, St. Paul, MN USA

Little Islands have always intrigued me. Raspberry Island is one! Most locals have never heard of her, let alone visited her. On the Mississippi River, St. Paul, MN, in the shadow of a tall bridge, home to the Minnesota Boat Club and the St. Paul Rowing Club, she has a story to match her charm! This week’s blog explores her past, her present, and other river spots we explored on our latest Travel Date.