After spending the night in the worst hotel ever (America’s Best Value Inn – awful, but every other place we tried was already booked solid), we arrived in Minneapolis/St. Paul pretty early on Sunday, August 15th. Too early to check into the hotel. Again, we stopped at the Welcome Center and picked up some travel brochures. We decided to go to the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory. Admission was free (although they do ask for a small donation per person. I think it was $3 for adults and $2 for children, which was more than reasonable!) There is also a zoo and amusement park, but we didn’t go to either one.
Minneapolis is really nice, with lots to see and do… most of which we didn’t, and I definitely want to go back some day and spend more time there.
The girls taking pictures of a waterfall in the Japanese Garden
For lunch, we finally made it to a Diners, Drive-ins & Dives diner… well, I would classify this one as a dive! The Wienery. That place has certainly seen better days, but the food was good!
We had three more DDD places in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area on our list, but sadly didn’t make it to any of them.
One of our nieces and her boyfriend live in Minneapolis and we were supposed to get together with them on Monday, but while we were at the Conservatory, our niece called and invited us over for dinner that evening (scratch one diner from the list)
It turned out to be a really nice evening, with good food and lots of fun… and yummy dessert for the girls!