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Summer in Minneapolis

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A June 2005 trip to Minneapolis by SFPhotocraft

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Quote: There is an old joke that Minnesota only has two seasons, winter and the 4th of July. However brief that window of summer may be, it is glorious. Summer in Minnesota is a bit of heaven on earth!

Summer in Minneapolis

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Overview

Minneapolis Photo, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Summer in Minneapolis (or all of Minnesota) is glorious. Most folks have been wanting to get all winter long and spring fever hits early in this city up north. By the time summer hits, the lakes are back, and a nightly walk or a concert in the park is a must. The city seems to come to life. We went back for Japanese Camp in Northern Minnesota, but spent a few days in the Twin Cities to see relatives and just enjoy the summer. You can expect some thunderstorms during the summer months, and of course those dreaded Minnesota mosquitoes (carry bug spray). But other than those two distractions, summer, t...Read More

Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza

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Hotel

Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza Photo, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Do you know that old saying, "Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me." Well, that seems to fit with booking this hotel for a second time. I booked this property through Hotwire. If you know Hotwire, you know you select the hotel from a rather vague description, give your credit card, and are locked into the reservation. I booked this hotel once before, as it was listed as an MSP airport hotel and near the Mall of America. Now, I know Minneapolis, and when I think of hotels that I would consider airport and Mall of America hotels, I think of the 494 strip. There are plenty of hotels in that area, in the swing of the Bloomington entertainment area. I was sure that from this de...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 13, 2005

Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza
2700 Pilot Knob Rd.
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55121
(651) 454-3434

Hampton Inn Minneapolis/Bloomington (Airport Area)

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Hotel | "Hampton Inn - Airport"

Hampton Inn Minneapolis/Bloomington (Airport Area) Photo, Bloomington, Minnesota
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The night prior to our departure we wanted an airport hotel. When I book airport hotels I usually don't ask for much, just a safe and comfortable place to get some shut eye and get to the airport on time. Because we had such a good experience at the Hampton Inn in Bemidji we booked Hampton Inn here as well.The hotel is an older Hampton Inn and conveniently located on the 494 strip within miles from the Minneapolis airport. They offer a free shuttle to the airport. The lobby was small and the breakfast area seemed a bit crowded. The floor plan did not allow a lot of space to work with. The hotel does have a nice pool off the lobby and I liked away the pool was incorporated into the lobby b...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 14, 2005

Hampton Inn Minneapolis/Bloomington (Airport Area)
4201 W 80TH ST
Bloomington 55437
952 835-6643

Famous Dave's BBQ

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Restaurant

Famous Dave's BBQ Photo, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Famous Dave's is now a chain and they seem to be springing up faster than dandelions in May. It seems they came out of nowhere and suddenly they are growing quickly. Actually if you ask Dave I am sure he will tell you that it's been a lot of hard work to perfect what many consider the best ribs in the Midwest.The story goes that Dave became obsessed with finding the best ribs in the country and he went around tasting ribs everywhere. He took pieces of the best and concocted the best barbecue sauce anywhere.Most folks think the first Dave's was in downtown Minneapolis. At least this establishment was the most famous one. But I learned an interesting fact on this trip, the first Daves ac...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 13, 2005

Famous Dave's BBQ
320 South Ave
Minneapolis, Minnesota
952-854-0225

Culver's

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Restaurant

Culver's Photo, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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I usually stay clear of writing about chain, fast-food types of places, unless they are really unique or special. I can't help writing about Culver's, as they certainly fall into that unique and special category.Culver's was born in Wisconsin in 1984. They were a small fast-food restaurant that believed you serve good-quality food in spotless surroundings with friendly service. Even the outside of each Culver’s is surrounded with green grass and flowers. Their featured hamburger was known as a "Butter Burger" (try saying that fast three times). Well, when you do things right, people want more, and so Culver’s grew and grew all over Wisconsin, and soon ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 14, 2005

Culver's
16380 96th Ave. N.
Minneapolis, Minnesota
(763) 494-0242

Mall of America

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Attraction | "Mall of America and Camp Snoopy"

Mall of America Photo, Bloomington, Minnesota
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I have to go on record here and state that I was living in Minneapolis when the mall was being debated. I was against it, as it would detract form the urban renewal that was taking place downtown and along the river. So even to this day it's a little hard for me to embrace. The mall pretty much put a halt to the wonderful city renewal that was taking place along the Mississippi and moved the action to the southern suburbs. The mall sits on the site of the old Met Stadium where the Twins and Vikings use to play. It's considered the largest mall in America, with 330 stores and over 10,000 employees. It opened its doors in 1992 and is only 1.5 miles from the airport. If you like large m...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 13, 2005

Mall of America
60 East Broadway
Bloomington, Minnesota 55425
(952) 883-8800