U.S. Bank Stadium Tour

minneapolis, MN, Sports, Twin Cities

us-bank-stadium-endzone-field-view-panoU.S. Bank Stadium recently opened and has already hosted numerous events such as a rockin’ Metallica concert, a country fun Luke Bryan concert and a packed soccer/futbal match showcasing AC Milan vs. Chelsea FC.

Whether it’s football season or not, U.S. Bank Stadium is open for tours and we were lucky to take some time to enjoy a public tour of the stadium (purchase tickets to an upcoming tour), which are selling quickly.

Ticket prices:

  • $19 for adults
  • $7 for children 5-12
  • $14 for seniors 55 & older
  • $12 for students (with valid ID)
  • $14 for active military personnel (with ID)
  • FREE for children under 5 (limit 2 per accompanying adult).

Tours are 90 minutes long and involve walking about 1.5 miles (comfortable shoes recommended). The tour gives you a behind-the-scenes look of the stadium such as the club levels, suites, press box, locker room, and even going on the field! You also learn about the stadiums features like the big pivoting doors and how snow melts off of the roof. We will leave the specifics for you to learn when you’re on the tour!

We do have a lot of awesome photos that we captured, though.

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US Bank Stadium | Minnesota Vikings Field

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Minnesota Vikings Gjallarhorn

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Medtronic Club

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View from US Bank Stadium Patio

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Minneapolis Skyline Reflection

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HUGE Screen

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Minnesota Vikings Interview Room

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Minnesota Vikings Locker Room

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Minnesota Vikings Locker Room Bathroom

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Minnesota Vikings Locker Room Showers

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Minnesota Vikings Locker Room Logo (on the ceiling!)

We definitely recommend taking a tour of the stadium; especially if you won’t be making it to any home games this year. Minnesota Vikings kickoffs their regular season at US Bank Stadium on September 18th against the Green Bay Packers. SKOL!

Coming to the Twin Cities for an upcoming game? Stay in Roseville! Roseville hotels are located about 10 minutes from US Bank Stadium. Book your hotel today.

Roseville Restaurants that Deliver

Food, MN, Restaurants, Roseville, Twin Cities

Sometimes there are days where you don’t want to go anywhere, or time gets away from you and you’re hungry RIGHT.NOW (i.e. Hangry). That’s where this list of Roseville restaurants that deliver comes in handy!

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Roseville has almost 100 restaurants and we investigated them all to see who delivers food. Need a little help finding the Roseville location? Use our zip code, 55113 to find the closest restaurant to you, whether you’re in a hotel, at home or working at the office! Or, use our Roseville restaurant map for visual guidance.

Delivery

Big Bowl Chinese and Thai

Big Bowl not only delivers from their main menu they also deliver from their gluten free menu. From curries to pad Thai to potstickers to dessert, everyone will be happy with a meal from Big Bowl.

China Restaurant

Classic Chinese dishes delivered right to your door! We’re always big fans of egg rolls and cheese wontons. There is a minimum of $23 for delivery so don’t be shy with your order.

D’Amico & Sons

Enjoy fresh, Italian dishes without all of the work. Sandwiches, salads, pizzas, pastas, and desserts. You can even order famiglia-style — serves 6-8 people for a meal for a crowd. Your order must be at least $25 for delivery.

Davanni’s

More than just pizza, Davanni’s delivers calzones, salads, pastas, hot hoagies, wings, and MORE. The minimum order for delivery is $15.

Domino’s

Everyone is familiar with Domino’s. You’re probably not surprised to see them on our list! Order pizza, pasta, sandwiches, chicken… even desserts.

Good Earth

Partial to local growers and organic suppliers, Good Earth use the freshest ingredients throughout their entire menu. Order breakfast, lunch or dinner to be delivered right to your door. They even offer gluten friendly, vegetarian and vegan options.

Green Mill

Delivery is available M-W, 11AM-2pm & 4PM-10PM, T-F, 11AM-2PM & 4PM-11PM, Saturday, 4PM-11PM, and Sunday, 4PM-9PM. Most of their dine-in menu is on their delivery menu, which is an A+ to us! A minimum order of $10 for delivery.

Jimmy John’s

Known for their freaky fast delivery, Jimmy Johns is your sandwich HQ for when you’re craving a sandwich and need is seriously FAST.

New Hong Kong Wok

Outstanding Chinese cuisine with a modern interpretation of classic dishes with high quality, fresh ingredients. Sign us up! Minimum total of at least $15 for delivery.

Papa John’s

Everyone’s favorite papa is delivering pizza right to your door in Roseville. Don’t forget to browse their list of dipping sauces to make your pizza/breadsticks POP.

Pizza Lucé

FREE delivery from Pizza Lucé makes their already delicious pizzas (gluten free & vegan available) taste even MORE delicious (if that’s possible). If you’re looking for something other than pizza then you’re in luck because they have apps, pasta, hoagies, salads, and more.

Potbelly Sandwich Shop

Delivery is available M-F, 11AM-2PM… or try giving them a call to see if delivery is available outside of that time slot. A minimum of $15 is needed for delivery. We would recommend adding a shake to your order, whether you need it to make the minimum or not!

Quiznos

Choose from a list of classic deli, savory steak, chicken, and turkey subs, salads, and soups at Quiznos. Their minimum for delivery is only $10.

St. Paul Bagelry

Half dozen of bagels, baker’s dozen bagels, breakfast sandwiches, regular sandwiches, smoothies, coffee.. St. Paul Bagelry has you set for all things bagels! Keep in mind that for delivery they have a minimum of $25 per order.

Szechuan

Are you familiar with Szechuan cuisine? It originates from the Sichuan province in southwest China and has seven flavor profiles: sweet, hot, salty, bitty, sour, aromatic, and pungent. You will find spicy dishes as well as non-spicy and mild entrees. A minimum order of $15 is required for delivery.

Order Online (Pick-up)

If you’re unlike us and can at least pick-up your online order then these restaurants are for you!

Applebee’s Grill & Bar

Baja Sol

Boston Market

Buffalo Wild Wings

Chili’s Grill & Bar

Chipotle

Famous Dave’s

Firehouse Subs

HoneyBaked Ham

House of Wong

La Casita

Noodles & Company

Olive Garden

Outback Steakhouse

Panera Bread

Ruby Tuesday

Smashburger

Subway

Wingstop


Need to get out and about for your meal? All of the Roseville restaurants can be found on our website. We also have dining coupons for some Roseville restaurants.

Sneak Peek: New Foods at the 2016 Minnesota State Fair

Attractions, Events, Family, Food, MN, Roseville, Summer, Twin Cities

 

Waiting until the day the Minnesota State Fair announces their new foods for the year can feel like waiting for Christmas morning to arrive; or maybe that’s just us. That ‘Christmas Morning’ feeling became even better when we were invited to try some of the new foods for the 2016 Minnesota State Fair before the fair opened. There are a whopping 32 new foods at the fair this year and we were lucky to try 6 of them!

Cheesy French Onion Monkey Bread | Blue Moon Dine-In Theater

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Savory, salty and soft describes this pull-apart artisan bread filled with caramelized onions, cheese and beef broth. The French onion soup covering the top soaks into the bread making it even more soft when you’re gobbling it up.

Deep Fried Grilled Cheese Bites | O’Gara’s at the Fair

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A childhood favorite [and still a favorite] just got THAT much better with a beer batter and white cheddar cheese blend that fries to grilled cheese flavor perfection. Don’t forget to dunk it in the bloody mary mix marinara! Basically it’s grilled cheese and tomato soup to the max.

Maple Bacon Shave Ice | Minnesnowii Shave Ice

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The rule is, if there’s bacon in it then we’re going to try it and probably love it. That’s what happened here! Minnesnowii’s newest flavor brings the bacon in their shave ice with bacon bits and a maple syrup drizzle on top. What makes their shave ice so unique is the 100% sweetened condensed milk that they drizzle on top to make the shave ice creamy and sweet.

Minnesota Corn Dog | Gass Station Grill

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This is not your average corn dog! What makes this corn dog Minnesotan [made in Albertville, MN] is the custom group sausage that is made with blueberries, apples, wild rice, maple syrup and cayenne. It’s a sweet surprise that is dipped in everyone’s favorite corn dog batter [at 1940’s recipe] and deep-fried. Good for the early morning fair goers looking for breakfast but really it’s good anytime of the day if you ask us.

Rustic Beef Pastry | French Meadow Bakery & Cafe

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It looks fancy and it tastes fancy but nothing is too fancy for the Minnesota State Fair at the French Meadow Bakery & Cafe. Flaky butter crust is topped with Moroccan-spiced, grass-fed beef and baby spinach with creamy goat cheese crumbled on top for some tang. From breakfast to dinner this pastry will wake up your taste buds with unexpected flavor.

Tot Boss | New Vendor

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New to the fair this year, Tot Boss, a local food truck favor, makes its way into the Minnesota State Fair — 100% happy! Tater tots are a big comfort food in Minnesota and their bringing them to the next level with bacon-wrapped tots, chili tots, tots ‘n’ tenders, tots ‘n’ dogs, poutine tots, tater tot nachos, tots with a variety of dipping sauces… the list goes on. We got to try the loaded tots and we are happy to report that we’re in love. The loaded tots reminded us of a loaded baked potato to the extreme and filled us up pretty quickly. We would recommend sharing if you’re a big foodie at the fair. One last thing… they’re gluten free!

What other new food vendors will we be trying at the fair? Candied Bacon Donut Sliders, Macaroni & Cheese Curds, Burnt Butt Ends… the list goes on!


Need a hotel for multiple fair trips? Roseville is located 3 miles from the fairgrounds. So close you can smell the cheese curds! We put together hotel packages in Roseville specifically for fair goers.

2016 Minnesota State Fair begins August 25th and ends September 5th. We hope you enjoy the fair!

2016 Minnesota State Fair Hotel Packages

Attractions, Family, Hotels, MN, Roseville, Summer, Twin Cities

It’s almost time for the Minnesota State Fair, one of our favorite times of the year. This year the fair starts August 25th, 2016 – September 5th, 2016 — 12 days of fun, food entertainment, exhibits, shopping, and MORE.

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Photo via: Minnesota State Fair

Roseville is the ideal location to stay when attending the Minnesota State Fair. All of the hotels in Roseville are 3 miles from the fairgrounds — so close that you can smell the cheese curds! Every year we put together a list of hotels who offer special hotel packages for those visiting the state fair. This year is no different!

Country Inn & Suites | Rates Starting at $159

(651) 628-3500 | (800) 456-4000

  • Complimentary hot breakfast
  • Indoor pool/fitness center/business center
  • Dining options within walking distance
  • several free park and ride service available withing walking distance

Courtyard Marriott | Packages starting at $169

(651) 746-8000 | (800) 321-2211

  • Newly renovated lobby and guestrooms
  • Two Minnesota State Fair adult admission tickets
  • Blue Ribbon Bargain Book filled with coupons for the fair
  • Free shuttle transportation to and from the Minnesota State Fair express bus stop. Hotel will run shuttles from 9AM-10PM daily
  • Indoor pool, whirlpool, fitness center, restaurant & lounge, outdoor courtyard

Fairfield Inn & Suites | Rates starting at $149

(651) 636-7869 | (800) 228-2800

  • Admission tickets to the Minnesota State Fair (packages of 2 or 4)
  • Complimentary breakfast
  • Wireless internet
  • Indoor pool and whirlpool
  • Advance reservations required
  • Welcome gift & bottled water

Hampton Inn | Rates starting at $152

(651) 209-3000

  • New hotel opened June 2016
  • Complimentary breakfast
  • Complimentary in-room wireless internet
  • Indoor pool/whirlpool/fitness center
  • Mini fridge, microwave & coffee makers in each room
  • Advance reservations required
  • Shuttle service during regular shuttle hours: M-F 6AM-10AM & 4PM-7PM to the Minnesota State Fair Park & Ride located near hotel available on weekends and Labor Day

Holiday Inn Express | Rates starting at $153

(651) 294-7200

  • Newly renovated hotel opened June 2016
  • Complimentary breakfast
  • Complimentary in-room wireless internet
  • Fitness center
  • Mini fridge, microwave & Keurig coffee maker in each room
  • Shuttle service during regular shuttle hours: M-F 6AM-10AM & 4PM-7PM to the Minnesota State Fair Park & Ride

Home2 Suites | Rates starting at $143

(651) 925-8600

  • New hotel opened June 2016
  • Complimentary breakfast
  • Complimentary in-room wireless internet
  • Only indoor saline pool in the area
  • Beautiful patio area with fire-pit and two outdoor gas grills
  • Fully equipped kitchen in each room
  • Sofa sleeper in each room
  • Pet friendly
  • Shuttle service during regular shuttle hours: M-F 6AM-10AM & 4PM-7PM to the Minnesota State Fair Park & Ride. Park & Ride located near hotel available on weekends and Labor Day

Radisson | Rates starting at $149

(651) 636-4567 | (866) 444-6835

  • Free shuttle service and and from the Minnesota State Fairgrounds
  • Use promo code MNFAIR when making reservation
  • Axel’s Restaurant – happy hour twice a day!
  • Largest full-service hotel in Roseville
  • Large pool, whirlpool and new fitness center

Residence Inn | Packages starting at $199

(651) 636-0680 | (800) 331-3131

  • Full property renovation in 2016
  • Suite accommodations (various rates offered on studio & one bedroom)
  • Two Minnesota State Fair admission tickets
  • Blue Ribbon Bargain Book filled with coupons for the Minnesota State Fair
  • Free shuttle transportation to and from the Minnesota State Fair Express Bus Stop. Hotel will run shuttles from 9AM-10PM daily
  • Complimentary breakfast buffet
  • Complimentary social.light dinner Monday-Wednesday evenings
  • Indoor pool, whirlpool, fitness center, outdoor sport court

Guest Blog: Q&A with Bartley Blume from Bent Brewstillery

breweries, Guest Blog, MN, Roseville, Twin Cities

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By Agnes Constante, founder & blogger at Backyard Destinations

In 2007, Brenda Blume gifted her husband Bartley a Mr. Beer kit. That’s what got the ball rolling toward the opening of Bent Brewstillery, the only brewstillery in the state of Minnesota.

“After my first batch, I [knew] that this was a hobby that could turn into a profession,” said Bartley, who is the owner, president and head distiller at Bent Brewstillery, which is right in Roseville. The local business sells about 150 to 200 barrels of beer per month and about 180 gallons of spirits each month.

A former NASA employee, Bartley was able to combine his love for cooking and enjoying a nice beer through the brewstillery.

In a Q&A with the Roseville Visitors Association, he shares more about what drinks visitors should try, what he loves about Roseville, and more:

What are three of Bent Brewstillery’s signature drinks that first-time visitors must try?
As a visitor to our taproom, patrons can only drink beer. The current laws in Minnesota don’t allow for me to serve cocktails. I would highly recommend a pint of Nordic Blonde. It’s the first beer I ever made as a homebrewer and it’s our biggest seller. Then I would recommend one of our sour beers. We’ve got a diverse lineup of sours that rotates constantly. Then I would suggest one of our malt meads. We make malt based honey wines that also rotate constantly. Currently Pineapple Tyme is on tap.

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Why should visitors come to Bent Brewstillery?
Our taproom is industrial yet comfy. It’s a great place for great beer and great conversation. We’ve got a very diverse line up of beers that’s sure to please everyone, even non-beer drinkers.

What sets the brewstillery apart from other breweries, distilleries and brewstilleries?
We are Defiantly Distinct. We do things differently than most. We like to make up beer and spirit styles. We make beer that tastes like wine. Just being a Brewstillery is rare. There’s more than 4,500 breweries in the US, more than 700 distilleries, but somewhere around a dozen brewery/distillery combos.

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What drink would you say best represents you and why?
We make a cocktail (that can’t be served at our taproom) called Kissin’ the Gunner’s Daughter. It combines our navy-strength gin, Gunner Ghost, with our Nordic Blonde beer. Add a little simple syrup and some lemon juice for a great drink. I like the name because it sounds romantic and even Harlequin-esque. The true meaning is a bit more brutal. Kissin’ the Gunner’s Daughter is an ancient nautical term for being flogged while strapped to the ships cannon.

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What is your favorite drink?
Enuff, our newest IPA.

Why did you choose to build your business in Roseville?
It was a marriage of convenience that has grown to be the best decision I ever made. We merged with an existing brewery called Pour Decisions that was located in this spot.

What do you like best about Roseville?
I love the fact that Roseville is centrally located and boarders both St Paul and Minneapolis. It’s just 10 minutes from either downtown but has the comfort level of the burbs. I also love the way we’ve been received by the City and all their residents. Everyone has been welcoming and gracious and really makes us feel like we’re part of the community.

What do you like best about your job?
I love experimenting with new spirits. I’ve got no less than a dozen different products in various stages of development. Everything from Grapefruit & Basil Chello, Grappa, Brandy, Spiced Rum, Silver Rum, Gold Rum, the list goes on.

If you weren’t working at the brewstillery, what would you be doing?
Maybe owning a restaurant or bar.

Photos courtesy of Bent Brewstillery and Agnes Constante

New in Roseville: Home2 Suites & Hampton Inn

Hotels, meetings, MN, Roseville, Twin Cities

This summer Roseville, MN went from having 9 hotels to 11 hotels! Home2 Suites & Hampton Inn opened in June and we couldn’t be more excited to have visitors stay at the new hotels and see how amazing they turned out.

Home2 Suites

You’ll feel right at home in their spacious suites offering a well-equipped kitchen complete with a full-sized refrigerator, dishes, microwave and flatware. Utilize the moveable furniture options to create a customized home or office environment. Choose from a suite with one or two queen beds and take advantage of the sofa bed in the separate living area.

Unwind at the indoor saline pool or cozy up by the fire on the outdoor patio. Wake up to a complimentary breakfast with over 400 various options including hot breakfast sandwiches, fresh fruit, coffee and juices. Gather with others around the Inspired Table and swap travel stories while sharing a meal. Manage your time effectively at our Spin2 Cycle Center—Laundry and Fitness Facility.

Home2 Suites Exterior & Parking Lot

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Hampton Inn

This modern Roseville hotel features accommodations with fresh contemporary décor, free WiFi access plus a mini-refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker in every room, to make you feel at home. Stay productive at the large work desk and enjoy a restful nights’ sleep in their clean and fresh Hampton bed®. Ideal for families and groups, their suites offer extra space with separate living and sleeping areas and a sofa bed.

Each morning enjoy free hot and cold breakfast options, available from 6:00am to 10:00am. If you forgot something, the 24-hour convenience shop has travel essentials, frozen meals, drinks and snacks. Keep fit at their on-site 24-hour fitness center, plunge into the indoor pool or relax in a soothing whirlpool.

Hampton Inn Exterior from Distance

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Hampton Inn Meeting Room

Hampton Inn Meeting Room

PassingThru stayed at the Hampton Inn and created a video of their experience while at the hotel: https://youtu.be/-VdM9tUBhzU


Along with the new hotels, the Holiday Inn Express went through a major remodel and is back open, looking better than ever!

Holiday Inn Express

Offering amenities such as free parking, complimentary breakfast, and free wireless high-speed Internet; the Holiday Inn Express Roseville-St. Paul hotel has an ideal Twin Cities location for going to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, a concert at Xcel Energy Center or visiting Bethel University or the University of Minnesota, all fewer than 10 minutes from the hotel. Guests say that the free shuttle to Rosedale Mall is perfect for heading to dinner and love that they are just a few minutes from a drugstore, gas station and grocery store.

Their free daily breakfast has great options of an egg and meat entrée, frosted cinnamon rolls, yogurt, hot & cold cereal, fruit, milk, and a variety of juices. Guests also like the convenience of a microwave and refrigerator in every guest room.

Holiday Inn Express Front Exterior

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Holiday Inn Express Meeting Room

Holiday Inn Express Meeting Room


Save during your next stay in Roseville by using a coupon for any of these three hotels!

New in Roseville: New Bohemia Wurst + BierHaus

Food, Happy Hour, MN, Restaurants, Roseville, Twin Cities

We love when new restaurants open in Roseville! The number one reason why we love it is because we get to go out for lunch and scarf down some delicious food. We also love sharing our experience with you and telling you that you need to get there ASAP.

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New Bohemia Wurst + BierHaus opened in Roseville at the end of May 2016. From the name, you can probably guess that it’s a sausage and beer restaurant. What you can’t tell from the name is that their sausage menu includes a whopping 19 different flavors ranging from classic to premium to adventurous and 36 different beers on tap (WHAT!?).

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All of their sausages come with two free toppings — choose from the 8 toppings like spicy kraut or apple jicama slaw or beer butter onions, just to name a few. You can even get your sausage Philly style (peppers & onions with cheese sauce) or hangover style (fried egg with hot peppers). So many delicious options!

As we waited for our lunch to arrive we drank our root beers and checked out the restaurant. They have long communal tables and a patio for beautiful Minnesota days.

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Our food came out quickly and we were ready to dive in! But first we scoped out the sauces that were on our table to make sure we weren’t missing anything. We loved the Mango Curry Ketchup on our fries.

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Finally we took our first bites and we were in love! We went with a combo meal (sausage, fries & root beer or New Bohemia lager) of a premium Chicken & Apple sausage (topped with mushroom saute and caramelized onions), fries (you get to choose a free dipping sauce! It just kept getting better) with pepperjack cheese sauce, and a root beer.

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We also ordered a combo meal of an adventurous smoked duck with cilantro sausage (topped with fried onions and apple jicama slaw on the side), fries with bacon blue cheese sauce, and a root beer.

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If you’re wondering if we left satisfied… the answer is yes! It was a fantastic lunch and we will be back because we have 17 more sausages to try and a long list of beers to sip. Also, they have a giant pretzel appetizer that we need to get our hands on!

Maybe you’re not a sausage lover… that’s OK because they have hand crafted burgers on the menu that will hit the spot.

We hope you make it out to New Bohemia soon!

10 Things to Do with Dad this Father’s Day

Attractions, Events, Family, MN, Roseville, Top 10, Twin Cities

Father's Day

Celebrate dad this Father’s Day by getting out of the house and trying something new in the Twin Cities. Dad deserves to be spoiled this year and we have a great list of 10 things to do with dad this Father’s Day. From a baseball game at Target Field to classic cars to seeing some seriously BIG bugs, this Father’s Day will be one to remember.

[1] Minnesota Twins vs. New York Yankees

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It’s a classic dad day out at the ballpark! Bring dad to Target Field for a day full of hot dogs, peanuts and mini Twins helmets full of ice cream. This Father’s Day (June 19th) the Minnesota Twins welcome the New York Yankees for a 1:10PM game. BONUS: First 10,000 males 18+ get a free pair of Twins socks — get there early. Go Twins! Get your tickets.


[2] Fishing on a Roseville Lake

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Credit: @jay.deltah | Central Park

There are a handful of spots to take Dad fishing on a Roseville lake this Father’s Day. Central Park offers pier fishing with lowered rail sections making it easier for children to fish and shore fishing sites around Lake Bennett. Langton Lake Park has an accessible fishing pier and you can fish along the paved path that splits the lake in half —  it’s also great for canoeing; if you’re up for an extra adventure!  Lake Josephine is one of Roseville’s larger lakes with shore fishing on the shoreline adjacent to the beach and a fishing pier is available, too. Another large lake in Roseville is Lake McCarrons with pier and shore fishing. Minnesota fishing information.


[3] Back to the 50’s Weekend

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Every Father’s Day weekend 10,000 street rods, customs, classics, and restored vehicles are parked at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds for Back to the 50’s Weekend. June 17th-19th from 8AM-10PM browse through thousands of amazing cars, enjoy live entertainment, a craft fair and MORE. Don’t miss the Swap Meet exclusively on Sunday opening at 6AM. Tickets: $10 per day. Children 12 and under are free with paid adult.


[4] Go BOLD at New Bohemia Wurst + BierHaus

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The newest restaurant to open in Roseville is New Bohemia Wurst + BierHaus. They call themselves the “New American Craft Bier Hall” because of their bar full of 36 local and international craft beers — dedicating 28 lines to only local breweries. Pairing well with their long list of beers is their menu of over 24 different all natural sausages. Stay on the more classic side of sausage with their Tommy Knocker Beer Bratwurst or Savory Italian… or be a little more adventurous with their Alligator Bayou or Jackalope (antelope + rabbit). Dad is going to love this place!


[5] Stone Arch Bridge Festival

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Fun for the entire family during the entirety of Father’s Day weekend! The Stone Arch Bridge Festival is located on the Minneapolis Riverfront and features four performance stages with live entertainment, family art activities, a car show, a beer sampler on June 17th & 18th, and much more. Dad’s of all ages will love this outdoor festival.


[6] Take Dad back to the Jurassic Period

Dinosaurs MN Zoo

80 million years in the making, the Dinosaurs exhibit at the Minnesota Zoo brings you face-to-face with life-size roaring & moving dinosaurs. See dinosaurs like Stegosaurus, Brachiosaurus, the ever popular T. Rex and 17 more! Don’t forget to snap a selfie with you and dad in front of your favorite dinosaur. $5 with regular zoo admission [FREE admission for dads on June 19th]. BONUS: Aveda Butterfly Garden opens on June 18th!


[7] Relaxed Morning/Afternoon at the Farmers’ Market

Saint Paul Farmers' Market

Credit: @stpaulfarmersmarket

The Saint Paul Farmers’ Summer Market fits into even the busiest day with its hours of 8AM-1PM on Sundays. Take dad for a unique breakfast or lunch with the freshest ingredients in town and before you leave pick up some flowers for his garden. The summer market is located in Lowertown in Saint Paul and offers a variety of items like bakery goods, vegetables, fruits, cheeses, pierogi’s, and MORE.


[8] Take Flight Over America

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Mall of America brings America’s greatest landmarks to YOU on their latest attraction. Soar over America’s spectacular sights [wind & scents included] on the FlyOver America flight simulator — see some Minnesota landmarks, too. This ride is suitable for ages 4+ and costs adults, $16.95 and children 12 and under, $12.95. Take dad on a vacation tour of America without leaving the state of Minnesota! Maybe grab lunch after at the newest mall restaurant, Shake Shack.


[9] Ice Skating in June

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Beat the heat of summer with indoor ice skating at the Roseville Skating Center. Enjoy public skating from 1:45PM-3:15PM on June 19th, perfect for skating after lunch or before heading to dinner. Skating is only $5.50 and skate rental is available for $4 if needed. Need a spot for lunch or dinner to take dad? Look no further than these Roseville restaurants.


[10] Big Bugs

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When it comes to bugs dad’s your guy to swoop in to save the day [or at least my dad was always the bug superhero!]. At the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum’s new exhibit, Big Bugs, dad will be off bug duty with these bug sculptures made out of sustainable forest materials. See a 1,200 pound praying mantis, a dragonfly with a 17-foot wingspan, and three 10-foot high giant ants, each placed in an interesting and complimentary landscape setting throughout the grounds. The exhibit opens June 18th – September 30th.


There’s more events taking place across the Twin Cities, find them on our calendar of events. Make Father’s Day the ENTIRE weekend by staying at one of our Roseville hotels. Need a Father’s Day gift? Rosedale Center is your shopping destination for all things for dad!

 

Running & Walking Paths in Roseville

Events, MN, Roseville, Sports, Twin Cities

We all know that staying active and living a healthy lifestyle is good for us mentally, emotionally and physically.

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BUT, it can be difficult sometimes to find the motivation to get your butt off the couch and on the running/walking path. Did you know Roseville has 67 miles of trails and walkways? Maybe these paths in Roseville will give you the drive you need to get up and run once and for all; even if you look like this doing it!

The largest park in Roseville is Central Park – covering 225 acres and divided into six different areas. Each park area is connected by walking and running trails, making this park the perfect spot for longer distance runners.
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Credit: @jay.deltah | Central Park

The trail in Central Park – Lexington & Central Park – Victoria West surrounds Lake Bennett, about 1 mile around, and also features the Frank Rog Amphitheatre and a beautiful waterfall on the Victoria West side of the lake.

Maybe not great for running but definitely an amazing spot for a walk (after your run!), the boardwalk at the Harriet Alexander Nature Center is a unique spot that is a little less than 1 mile (0.9 miles).

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Still part of Central Park (we told you it’s the largest park!), the boardwalk gives an exciting tour of Roseville’s premier nature preserve where you can circulate through 52 acres of marsh, prairie and forest habitats and see migrating songbirds, painted turtles and rabbits.

If you’re looking for more of a woodsy run/walk then Acorn Park and Reservoir Woods would be the trails for you.

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Credit: @marinyb | Acorn Park

Acorn Park offers trails that are 1.4 miles long and loops around the park. You will even run into the popular 18-hole Disc Golf Course as you travel through. With a name like Reservoir Woods you’re probably not surprised that the trail is in a wooded area. As you make your way through this 115-acre park you will see lots of pine trees, wetlands, prairie grass, and savanna, and many miles to roam. Bring your dog along and head to the Woodview Off-Leash Dog Park for him/her to run free in 5 acres of open space.

Take the Reservoir Woods trails and connect to trails and walkways in Villa Park and around Lake McCarrons to elongate your run and check out new scenery. You can cool off in the lake when you’re done!

Loop 1.35 miles around Langton Lake in Langton Lake Park on its scenic nature trails.

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Langton Lake trails are split into two giving you north and south trails in the park. The southern trail makes a loop around the lake that crosses over a scenic bridge and the northern trail follows the side of the lake, but does not loop around.

Now you’re ready for some races! Whether you’re a serious runner or in it for some fun, there’s a race for you. Here are some upcoming races in the next few months.

May 21, 2016: 5K Run Dead – Runners will endure a 5K run through a zombie-infested course. Test your speed, endurance, and strength while trying to avoid ravenous zombies!

May 21, 2016: Autism 5K Run-Walk – The Autism 5K Run/Walk helps to support families affected by Autism.

May 21, 2016: Book It 5K Walk/Run – Join friends, family and neighbors for this healthy fundraising event that supports the Summer Reading Program for children and teens.

May 21, 2016: The Color Dash 5K – The Color Dash celebrates your community while brightening your outlook on life through approx. 3.1 miles of laughter, color and fun.

May 21, 2016: Fast and the Furry 5K & 8K – Runners, walkers and their pups participate in a 5K run/walk or an 8K run.

Now – December 2016: MN Brewery Running Series – You can run, jog, or walk – your choice, no one cares!! The only advantage to finishing quicker is colder beer.

May 22, 2016: Salomon CITYTRAIL Loppet – The CITYTRAIL Loppet is a point-to-point urban trail run.

May 28, 2016: 5KColorFest Color Run -5KColorFest is the best color-themed race that celebrates fitness, friends and fun.

June 5, 2016: Minneapolis Marathon & Half Marathon

June 11, 2016: The Chocolate 5K – Offering you sweet treats to keep you going throughout the 5K.

June 12, 2016: Capitol City Triathlon – Picturesque Lake Phalen, in the heart of Saint Paul Minnesota, is the setting for the most inviting, neighborly, safe and friendly sprint triathlon.

June 18, 2016: Greenway Glow – The Greenway Glow consists of THREE events in ONE NIGHT, all on the Midtown Greenway. Arts festival, bike ride and 5K fun run/walk.

June 25, 2016: HeartBeat 5000Lace up your shoes and come out to support the cardiovascular program at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.

June 25, 2016: Run for the Roses – Start Rosefest weekend off with a 5K or 10K run at the 38th annual Roseville Run for the Roses. All participants receive a great t-shirt and all finishers receive a red rose.

June 25, 2016: Time to Fly – Join in the race against childhood cancer at Time to Fly! Every step brings us closer to a cure for childhood cancer.

June 26, 2016: Twin Cities Pride Rainbow Run – Show your Pride by taking part in the Twin Cities Pride Rainbow Run!

July 4, 2016: Red, White & Boom! TC Half Marathon, Relay & 5K – Plan your vacation or “stay-cation” in Minneapolis for this year’s Fourth of July weekend! Celebrate Independence Day in style.

July 9, 2016: Life Time Tri Minneapolis – Minnesota’s premier triathlon featuring one of the most scenic urban courses in the United States.

July 10, 2016: The Color Run – The Color Run Tropicolor World Tour 2016 is bringing a 5k paradise straight to your city with a sweet Tropicolor Zone on course, all-new Rainbow Beach at the Finish Festival, and a fresh island-style participant kit.

July 20, 2016: Torchlight 5K – Grab your family, friends and running shoes because this event starts with a bang and ends with a brew.

Find more runs right here!

If you’re in need of new running or walking shore for more inspiration then hit up Rosedale Center. They have Foot Locker, DSW, Champs, Payless, The Walking Company, etc. to fit your needs.

Go get ’em!

Race Meme

 

Unique Meeting Venues in Roseville

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Not only is Roseville a fun destination for families, couples and individuals to visit, Roseville is also is a great destination for groups to hold meetings, couples to get married and special events to take place. All of these venues are unique in their own way!

Harriet Alexander Nature Center

Nestled within the borders of Roseville’s Central Park you will find the Harriet Alexander Nature Center. The grounds are surrounded by 52 acres of marsh, prairie and forest habitats which you can walk through on the boardwalk and trails.

Harriet Alexander Nature Center

Harriet Alexander Nature Center

With the beautiful scenery as your backdrop you can hold a meeting or special event inside the newly renovated building. They offer classrooms, two kitchens, AV equipment, and an outdoor amphitheater.

Rose Vine Hall at Grumpy’s Roseville

Featuring four unique spaces, Rose Vine Hall serves to any occasion. Each meeting room offers a plasma TV, DVD player and high-speed wireless internet.

Grumpys SkyBox

Grumpy’s Skybox

One of our favorite spaces is the Skybox which overlooks the hub of Grumpy’s and provides a bar and private bathroom. They can also offer spaces within Grumpy’s like the bar alcove or their patio. Don’t forget about their extensive menu that can be easily customized to your liking.

Roseville Skating Center

One of the more unique venues in the Twin Cities, the Roseville Skating Center boasts an award winning banquet facility that is ideal for meetings, banquets and wedding receptions.

Roseville Skating Center

Roseville Skating Center

Beyond the indoor and outdoor OVAL ice skating, the Roseville Skating Center can accommodate groups of 30 or 300 and their prices are the most competitive in the Twin Cities area. Each room has a spectacular view of the outdoor OVAL with wireless internet access. Psst… we even have a coupon for 10% off facility rental.

Roseville Park Buildings

In the past year, Roseville gained new park buildings at Autumn Grove, Lexington, Oasis, Rosebrook, Sandcastle, and Villa Parks. All of these new buildings are available for community use and public rentals.

Lexington Park Building

Lexington Park Building

Autumn Grove Park and Lexington Park features a gathering room with kitchenette, fireplace & video monitor with table seating for 48, theater seating for 60 & maximum capacity of 70. It also offers a multipurpose room with easy access to ice rink with able seating for 12, theater seating for 15 & maximum capacity of 15.

Rosebrook Park Building

Rosebrook Park Building

Rosebrook Park features a gathering room with kitchenette, fireplace & video monitor. Table seating for 40, theater seating for 50 & maximum capacity of 60.

Oasis Park Building

Oasis Park Building

All three of Oasis, Sandcastle and Villa Parks features a gathering room with kitchenette, fireplace & video monitor. Table seating for 32, theater seating for 40 & maximum capacity of 50.

J. Arthur’s Coffee

Have some amazing coffee with your next meeting in one of three meeting rooms at J. Arthur’s Coffee. Each room offers full AV equipment for rent and any product you purchase at J. Arthur’s Coffee (coffee, soup, biscotti, etc.) will go toward the rental cost of your room.

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The Roseville Room

Ranging from The Roseville Room, their smallest room, seating 15-20 people to The Minnesota Room, their largest room, seating 40-55 people we’re confident the space will suit your next gathering in a unique way.

Ramsey County Library Roseville

The largest of seven libraries, the Ramsey County Library Roseville location offers a collection of 230,000 materials, a Dunn Bros coffee shop (coupon), teen space, children’s room & Children’s Reading Garden, study room, and meeting rooms.

Roseville Library

Ramsey County Library Roseville

Their Community Program Room seats 125 people and includes wireless internet, AV equipment, whiteboard, and a kitchenette with sink, refrigerator and microwave. Their Board Room seats 12 and includes wireless internet, TV and a whiteboard.

Bent Brewstillery

“Not your average office party” is what Bent Brewstillery is all about. The only brewery and distillery in the Twin Cities is double the fun! Named Star Tribune’s “Best of Minnesota” in 2014, Bent Brewstillery offers a new place to hold unique events/meetings.

Bent Brewstillery

Bent Brewstillery

Try a new place to cheer and toast every employee, every client and every vendor. It’s not just a room with a view, it’s an experience of the senses.

B-Dale Club

Ideal for weddings, luncheons, parties, meetings, and much more, B-Dale Club is a multi-functional event venue.

B-Dale

B-Dale Club

The hall seats up to 200 people featuring a full service bar and bartender, stage for live music/DJ, large parking lot, hall decorating, catering, and more unique offers. T-Birdz Grill at B-Dale can cater smaller events up to 50 guests.

University of Northwestern – St.Paul

On the shores of Lake Johanna in the heart of the Twin Cities you will find the University of Northwestern – St. Paul.

Nazareth Chapel

Nazareth Chapel

Their 1,500-seat performance hall, meeting rooms with state-of-the-art technology, exquisitely decorated banquet hall, elegant marble chapel (so gorgeous), Billy Graham Community Life Commons, and recently renovated athletic fields, Northwestern offers amazing spaces for your next meeting/event.

A little outside of Roseville…

Minnesota State Fairgrounds

Every August the Minnesota State Fair takes over the Minnesota State Fairgrounds for 12 days, but what takes place during the other 353 days?

Progress Center

Progress Center

The Minnesota State Fairgrounds, just 5 minutes away from Roseville, offers 15 buildings available to rent and 320 acres of versatile land. They can accommodate small and large events from meetings, receptions, trade shows, and conferences with buildings ranging from 10,000 to 60,000 square feet. They are so much more than a fair!

University of Minnesota Continuing Education & Conference Center

Located on the Saint Paul campus of the University of Minnesota, the Continuing Education & Conference Center is a full-service conference facility located minutes from Roseville.

Continuing Education & Conference Center

Continuing Education & Conference Center

Designed to meet the needs of adult learners and set in an educational atmosphere, attendees can focus on their program free from distractions. They offer the latest technology, a full range of dining choices, and flexible room options with seating of up to 440 attendees.

Roseville Hotels: If your meeting/event requires hotel rooms then look no further than Roseville hotels — conveniently located to all of the unique spaces listed above.


One more unique meeting experience in Roseville is using our complimentary services! We work directly with meeting planners or those planning an event to accomplish one goal, the perfect meeting. We offer an array of free services, including:

  • Research meeting space availability and rates
  • Site inspections
  • Secure room blocks
  • Resource guide
  • Pre and post conference activity suggestions
  • Welcome bags and visitor guides with local area maps and coupon offers
  • Big proposals and presentations
  • Registration assistance

Are you interested in booking one of these unique venues? Please contact us! We are here to help make your next meeting/event a success, Roseville Visitors Association 651.633.3002 or on our website.

One last thing, we promise! Take a look at our Meeting Planners Guide to make planning that much easier.