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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Smack Dab in the Middle

Stone Arch Bridge

Roseville, Minnesota has the good fortune to be bounded by both Minneapolis and St. Paul. Its convenient location lends itself as the ideal place for visitors in any of its eleven hotels.

The Residence Inn
The Residence Inn, which hosted my visit, is a dream home-away-from-home destination. The staff is friendly, the suites roomy, clean and comfortable, and it is dog friendly. Since we travel with our Bichon, Luke, that's important to us. It always adds to our stay when the hotel staff is extra friendly to him and, of course, he loves it too.

Only minutes away from both downtown Minneapolis and St Paul, Roseville makes it easy to navigate to unfamiliar places. If you've never visited before, you'll find yourself eager to explore both cities. They differ in many ways but both offer diversity in destination options. Whether you're a fan of museums, art, the outdoors, sports, or city life, you can't go wrong.
St Paul viewed from the Mississippi River

We loved the riverfront area in Minneapolis, where the Stone Arch Bridge draws tourists and locals. The riverfront boasts beautiful biking and walking trails. People enjoyed the beautiful weather on or beside the river as well as the trails and parks. The downtown exudes energy and a love of beauty.

Gorilla at the Como Zoo
Downtown St Paul has an abundance of parks - green spaces well used by the residents. I loved seeing so many people enjoying the day and visiting the food trucks that lined the streets.

We visited the free Como Zoo and Conservatory, and especially loved seeing the baby giraffe and the polar bears. The grounds are gorgeous and I couldn't stop taking photos of the lilies at the entrance to the zoo.
Waterlilies at Como Zoo

Roseville is more than just a link between the two. It is home to Rosedale Shopping Center. Under some major renovations, the shopping center will soon offer even more than the current five restaurants, many shops and an AMC Theatre.

Roseville is home to a true original - the Bent Brewstillery, the unique marriage between a brewery and a distillery. If you enjoy your brew or spirits, be sure to try one of their tasty combinations of the two.
The Original
Malt Shop

A tasting at the Bent
Brewstillery
You'll find plenty of food possibilities close to your hotel. We visited Granite City Food and Brewery, Pizza Luce, The Original Pancake House, La Casita and The Original Malt Shop (and yes, I had to have a chocolate malt). We barely touched the surface. On a return visit, I would happily return to any of them as well as checking out others.

I'll be covering many of the destinations we visited in the next several posts, but for now, I want you to know that this is a bucket-list destination








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