Friday, January 4, 2013

Ten Thoughts...St. Paul MN

 Buttercup enjoying St. Paul, MN

This year I want to continue to see America. There are still eight states I haven't visited and I definitely want to try to get to one of them. Instead of focusing on the yet-unseen states I decided to write about one of the places I have visited, beautiful St. Paul, Minnesota, and tell you a little bit about why I enjoy travel so much. 

I love the going, but I also love the planning. I am a careful planner and like to choose where I will be staying. For hotels in St Paul MN this is a great website to look at. I lean to the classic hotel when possible. I loved staying at The Saint Paul Hotel, which dates to the nineteenth century and is in downtown St. Paul. 

Ironically, as much as I am a planner I also love discovery. I had done a lot of research before I traveled to Minnesota and had a number of places to visit on my list. And as much as I enjoyed the places on my list, the Walker Art Museum in Minneapolis and the Guthrie Center, one of my best discoveries and favorite memories and definitely favorite set of photos are the statues of the characters from "Peanuts" in St. Paul. They honor "Peanuts" creator, Charles Schulz, who grew up in St. Paul.  

When I was growing up reading "Peanuts" was one of my great pleasures. It was the first comic I read in the paper every day and my dear friend, K. and I often still exchange cards with the "Peanuts" characters for holidays. It's rare that Halloween goes by without a card featuring the Great Pumpkin.  

Peppermint Patty

Linus and Sally

I visited St. Paul almost six years ago and only spent a long weekend there -- too short a visit -- but looking at these photos reminds of how much I enjoyed my visit and also of how much fun the discoveries of travel are. Sometimes you turn a corner and there's a cute restaurant or store, or a flock of sheep or if you're really lucky, you come face to face with some of your favorite folks from the world of imagination, as I did in St. Paul. 

What are some of your favorite memories of discovery from trips that you've taken?

This is a sponsored post, however, all the points and views are my own. 


Melissa said...

I would love to see those Peanuts statues! What are the eight states you have yet to visit?

Theresa said...

Oh my Niece would love to see all of the Peanuts characters in person:) She is a HUGE fan! I have never been to Minneapolis but would love to visit! Have a blessed day dear friend, HUGS!

Lynda said...

I, too, want to know which states you still want to visit. My mom liked to do a lot of planning when we would come and visit her with our children. She had index cards with information about attractions. We would pick our favorites, then shuffle them to fit our schedule. The memories of the trips there when our girls were elementary school age are precious.

Ms Sparrow said...

Wow! I'm glad you liked St Paul so much. I moved here in 1983 and love this town. We have a lot of other wonderful places to visit if you should ever come back. There are still Peanuts statues around town.
I would dearly love to come and visit New York some time but that won't happen unless I win the lottery.

Melinda said...

We loved our visit to MN several years ago.
The Mall of America was great!

Is one of your states to vistit
Kansas? If so let me know and
I'll give you the Kansas City tour!

M :)

Lauren Davenport said...

My husband and I got married in Las Vegas. Best holiday I've ever taken!

Deanna said...

How delightful to discover those cute Peanut's kids. I love traveling too and have been more of it this past year. Looking forward to more in 2013.

Jacquelineand.... said...

Do be sure and tell me if Indiana is on your 8 state list!

My favourite finds on holiday? Hmmm, I'd have to say the Western trip when I was 16 was an eye opener; meeting people from all over the world, a close encounter with a bear, making friends with an elderly Navajo man...
Happy memories!

Sheilagh said...

I would love to live in New England for a year, to experience the four seasons rather than just the Fall, which I think is the most beautiful season of all.

I need a lottery win for that though..



Susie said...

Buttercup, I love the Peanuts kids. On a trip to Hollywood, I liked the tour of Warner Brother's studios. I got my picture with a statue of Daffy Duck. Ted had his taken with Bugs Bunny. :):) xoxo,Susie