ICONIC TWIN CITIES, MN GIRLS ADVENTURE

Join us for exploring iconic Twin Cities areas of Minneapolis & Historic St Paul, MN!

GILDED AGE MANSIONS, PRINCE’S PAISLEY PARK, MPLS SCULPTURE GARDEN

Enjoy the beauty of our 32nd state! Minnesota contains more than 10,000 lakes, including Lake Itasca, the Mississippi River’s primary source. The “Twin Cities” of Minneapolis and state capital Saint Paul are dense with cultural landmarks like Summit Avenue, the Walker Art Center, a modern art museum, and Prince’s Paisley Park. The Twin Cities are known for their wonderful Foodie restaurants and we will be visiting some of them!

October 6 – 10, 2023 (4 Nights / 5 Days)

Exclusive Luxury Accommodations

$1850 – Single Occupancy

$1350 – Double Occupancy

* 3% processing fee will be added if paying by credit card OR you can pay by ACH – and no fee will be added

  • Accommodations for 3 nights/4 days
  • Breakfasts and Dinners – Lunches will be “on your own”
  • Transportation to the special excursions and dinners
  • Transportation to Bloomington, MN – free shuttle from airport to MOA is available
  • Parking fees (if driving to Bloomington, MN)
  • Admittance to Walker Art Center
  • Lunches – on own

Three ways to book:

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Please call us at 763-784-8291 

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Day 1 – You will be arriving in Bloomington, MN either by car or flying into MSP airport.  Please take the Light Rail to the Mall of America to the Radisson BLU hotel.  You will be able to shop at Mall of America & Ikea in the afternoon.  We will be meeting for dinner at 6:30 pm at the Fire Lake restaurant located at the hotel.  We will enjoy getting to know each other at dinner.

Today’s Highlights:

  • Shopping at MOA & Ikea
  • Dinner with the group and meeting new friends!

Day 2 – We will have breakfast at the hotel and then we will head over to walk Summit Avenue and take a tour of the James J Hill House and will have lunch at the Keg & Case Food Hall.  In the afternoon, you can do some shopping at MOA or Ikea.  Dinner will be at I Nonni, a wonderful Italian restaurant!

Today’s Highlights:

  • Breakfast with the group
  • Going to St Paul to walk Summit Ave and take a tour of James J Hill House
  • Lunch (on your own) at Keg & Case Food Hall
  • More shopping at MOA & Ikea
  • Dinner with the group

Day 3 – We will start with breakfast at the hotel and then we will head to Mpls to walk around the Walker Art Sculpture Garden and enjoy the sights! We will stop by the Mary Tyler Moore house in the Kenwood area! Lunch will be with the group at a very unique and fantastic restaurant, Heather’s Minneapolis.  In the afternoon, you will have a choice between touring Prince’s Paisley Park or the American Swedish Institute.  Dinner will be on your own at a MOA restaurant.

Today’s Highlights:

  • Breakfast & Lunch with the group
  • Touring the Walker Art Sculpture Garden
  • Seeing the Mary Tyler Moore house
  • Touring Prince’s Paisley Park OR American Swedish Institute

Day 4 – We will meet for our final breakfast at the hotel with last minute shopping prior to heading back to the airport via the light rail.

Today’s Highlights:

  • Breakfast with the group
  • Last minute shopping at MOA
  • Shopping at Mall of America (MOA) and Ikea
  • Touring St Paul’s Historic Summit Avenue & James J Hill Home
  • Visiting Keg & Case Food Hall
  • Touring Walker Sculpture Garden in Minneapolis
  • Seeing the Mary Tyler Moore House in the Kenwood area
  • Choice of tours – Prince’s Paisley Park OR American Swedish Institute
  • Eating at unique Twin Cities Foodie Restaurants
  • Active & Adventurous
  • Luxurious
  • USA Historian
  • Short Break

Luxury Accommodations

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Dates:   October 6 -10, 2023

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PRINCE'S PAISLEY PARK TOUR

Paisley Park is an active museum, state-of-the-art recording studio, and concert venue in Chanhassen, MN. For nearly 30 years, the facility served as Prince’s home, creative sanctuary and production complex. Fulfilling Prince’s vision that Paisley Park would one day be open to the public, the venue today welcomes fans, musicians, and audiophiles for tours, concerts, festivals, and special events.

When Prince wrote the song “Paisley Park,” he envisioned a place of love and peace, where there aren’t any rules or limitations for creativity. The lyrics became a reality when Paisley Park opened its doors in 1987. Since then, it has inspired respect, ideas, connection, community, and spirituality and furthered Prince’s legacy of creative freedom.

The Paisley Experience includes guided tours of the following:

  • Main floor of Paisley Park, including studios where Prince recorded, produced and mixed some of his biggest hits

  • Massive soundstage and concert hall where Prince rehearsed for tours and held exclusive, private events and concerts

  • NPG Music Club where Prince held countless late-night performances

ST PAUL GILDED MANSION TOUR

On St. Paul’s Summit Avenue, imposing mansions are remnants of the Gilded Age. Even tourists from the great European capitals are impressed by Summit Avenue. It’s not just one mansion, but one after another, all the way from the Mississippi River to the massive Cathedral of St. Paul, overlooking downtown and the state Capitol. This five-mile stretch is one of the most splendid, best-preserved Victorian streets in the United States. The oldest are at the east end, on the lip of the bluff overlooking downtown and the Mississippi River.

The richest man in Minnesota built his home there, a 36,000-square-foot Richardsonian Romanesque mansion of red sandstone, with 13 bathrooms and 22 fireplaces. Today, the James J. Hill House is owned by the Minnesota Historical Society, which gives tours of the 1891 house and walking tours past other mansions built with the spoils of the Gilded Age. “It was a time when people wanted to spend a lot of money if they had it,” says guide Joanne Dolney.

Of course, Frank Lloyd Wright called Summit Avenue “the worst collection of architecture in the world.” One of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s characters called it “a museum of American architectural failures.” But most people can’t help being awed. It’s not just the houses, but the stories behind them.

The walking tours start at the house of James J. Hill, a native of Canada who started as a teen-age clerk at the steamboat landing in St. Paul. He seized opportunities, turning a side business selling wood and coal into a transportation empire: Eventually, Hill pushed his Great Northern Railway from St. Paul to Seattle via Glacier National Park, which he and his son, Louis, helped develop and promote with the slogan “See America First.”  He was called the Empire Builder, and his old route, now Amtrak’s passenger line across the Great Plains through Glacier, is named for him. For his fifth house in St. Paul, he picked the best spot on the bluffs, tearing down two houses to get the lot. The rugged red-sandstone house took 300 people three years to build.

Hill’s son Louis lived in the more feminine Georgian Revival house next door, which incorporates the neoclassical Beaux-Arts style popular in European capitals, which borrowed it from ancient Rome.

The next few blocks are lined with an astonishing cavalcade of houses, with turrets, towers, columns and such embellishments as carved-stone medallions, nymphs and cherubs.

Today, people revere the past. Just beyond the 1928 house owned by James J. Hill’s daughter Rachel — who married the University of Minnesota football player whose touchdown against the University of Michigan in 1903 helped create the Little Brown Jug rivalry — we came to the University Club on the brow of Ramsey Hill. Some of its members had walked across the street to Eagle Park to play croquet. With the women wearing straw hats and filmy white blouses and skirts, and the men in vests and white pants, they looked like a throwback to 1912, when the club was built. The exclusive club was a haunt of F. Scott Fitzgerald, who attended dances there.

The middle-class Fitzgerald grew up around Summit Avenue and hobnobbed with the rich, but his love-hate relationship with them is well-documented and reflected in his short stories and novels, most famously “The Great Gatsby.”  During the summer of 1919, Fitzgerald lived in a townhouse at 599 Summit, where he completed “This Side of Paradise,” his first published novel. There’s a plaque in front of it.

Another famous Minnesota writer, Sinclair Lewis, lived down the street during the previous year, at 516 Summit. The novel Lewis was working on, about the recently deceased J.J. Hill, never was completed.

The walking tour ended at the 1915 limestone Cathedral of St. Paul, which a character in a Fitzgerald story called “a plump white bulldog on its haunches” but which draws hordes of tourists not only for it’s imposing façade but for it’s ornate interior, open to the public.

The houses on the rest of Summit Avenue, west of Dale, include Georgian Revivals, Queen Anne’s and Italianesque manors that are only a little smaller. At 1006 Summit, a 50,000-square-foot Tudor built in 1911 now is the MN Governor’s Residence.

MPLS SCULPTURE GARDEN
The Heart of Minneapolis

Since opening in 1988, the Garden has welcomed millions of visitors, showcasing works from the Walker Art Center’s renowned collections of modern and contemporary art in the setting of an urban park. The Garden is a partnership between the Walker and the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, a national award-winning park system.

The Land You’re Standing On

This parkland has seen many changes over time. A landscape shaped by glaciers more than 10,000 years ago, the area was once an expanse of marshland used as a seasonal camp by Minnesota’s first people, the Dakota and the Ojibwe. In the late 1800s, the site held an armory and parade grounds. In the early 1900s, formal gardens and a series of sports fields were established by the Park Board. When the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden opened in 1988, it was one of the first major public/private urban sculpture parks of its kind in the United States.

The Nature of Art

The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is home to more than 40 outdoor sculptures. Generations of artists from 10 different countries around the world created these artworks. Many of the works are site-specific and made especially for this public park—from the iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry centerpiece to structures that offer spaces for gathering, conversation, or dreaming. Rediscover the Garden’s art and natural beauty through Minnesota’s ever-changing seasons.

It Takes a Village

What happens when experts from many fields—architects, curators, designers, artists, landscape architects, gardeners, environmentalists, writers, scientists, and many others—come together with community members to reimagine a beloved public space? The result of this multifaceted partnership is a forward-thinking design for the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, which was fully reconstructed in 2017. The site features ecologically sustainable water management, a flourishing habitat for plants and wildlife, and creative landscape elements that showcase the artworks in nature.