Minnesota Journals

Week in Minnesota

An October 2005 trip to Minnesota by Sask99

Quote: We spent a week in Minnesota. Our trip involved watching football and hockey. There was also shopping and sightseeing.

Country Inn & Suites Albertville

Hotel | "Country Inns and Suites"

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This hotel was located directly behind the outlet mall in Albertville. Due to its location, about two blocks from the highway and one from a major road, the hotel was fairly quiet. It was nice and clean. The staff were friendly, although you often have to ring the bell if you want service.

The free continental breakfast was excellent. I highly recommend making your own waffles. It does not have a restaurant inside, but at the end of the parking lot there is an excellent one (D.Michael B's) or there are some fast food options at the outlet mall, and across the highway.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 12, 2005

Country Inn & Suites Albertville
6554 Lamplight Dr.
Albertville, Minnesota 55301
(763) 463-2600

D. Michael B.'s

Restaurant

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D.Michael B.'s is located at the end of the parking lot of The Country Inns and Suites. It is also very conveniently located just behind the Outlet Mall in Albertville. This restaurant was always full, so we decided that we definitely had to check it out. Lots of local people seem to come here for lunch--which is always a good sign. The food was great, especially the house-specialty ribs (only order them if you are very hungry). The crab-stuffed chicken Oscar was also very good. The food, atmosphere, and staff were so good that we went back the next night!
Prices were very reasonable, about $15 for an entrée.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 12, 2005

D. Michael B.'s
6550 Lamplight Drive
Albertville, Minnesota 55301

Minnesota Zoo

Attraction

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We thoroughly enjoyed spending the day at the zoo. There are lots of indoor animals that are native to Minnesota and many that are not. The gibbons were so fun to watch that we went back before we left. I recommend going on a nice day, as there are many outdoor animals as well. Be sure to pick up a map - but don't be fooled by how long the outdoor trail looks, as the walk is actually fairly short. Try to go early in the day, as the zoo is only open to 4pm or 6pm (depending on the day of the week and time of the year). If you search travel sites, you can find coupons to save some money. The zoo is located a short drive south of the Mall of America and is not hard to find if you have a map....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 12, 2005

Minnesota Zoo
13000 Zoo Blvd.
Apple Valley, MN 55124
(952) 431-9500

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The sculpture garden is excellent. There are 40 huge outdoor sculptures. There is a big (and I mean BIG) spoon with a cherry on it that makes a great background picture that they use in their advertising. It is free of charge. We walked from the Nicollet Mall through Loring Park and took a bridge over the I-94. It is a bit of a hike from the mall, but fairly easy to get to. Right beside the sculpture garden was the Cowles Conservatory that houses some nice plants. The conservatory (also free) had very clean bathrooms when we were there.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 12, 2005

Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
725 Vineland pl
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403
(612) 375-7622

Rice Park

Attraction

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This park holds sculptures of several Peanuts characters. Be sure to take your camera so that you can pose with Lucy, Charlie Brown, or one of the other characters. Be careful, this park has a road running through the middle, so we almost missed half of it. It is located within walking distance from the Xcel Energy Center, so stop on your way to the Minnesota Wild hockey game. Children would most definitely be excited about the sculptures. This is definitely somewhere you want to visit in the daytime.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 12, 2005

Rice Park
Market St., between 4th and 5th
St. Paul, Minnesota

Mall of America

Attraction

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The Mall of America is the best place to go if you love shopping. It rivals the West Edmonton Mall for things to see and do. I recommend allowing 1 or 2 full days to devote to this mall. The shops vary from common ones, such as Old Navy, to specialty stores. If you plan to participate in any of the activities, such as the rides at Camp Snoopy, there is a coupon book you can purchase at their customer service. I found a half-price coupon for the book at a tourist information site on the Internet, which made the book worth purchasing. It had coupons mostly for restaurants and services, but not as many if you are clothes shopping. There was plenty of parking available when we were there, but make sure yo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 21, 2006

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