Twin Cities Vacation Tips & a Giveaway

Twin CitiesSo you’re going to plan a Twin Cities vacation. As a local, I’m divulging my best tips for your stay. And there’s even a really exciting giveaway involved with Country Inn & Suites. Are you in?

Where to Stay

twin cities vacationThe post sponsor’s Minneapolis West location in Plymouth which is nicely situated just west of Minneapolis. It’s a quick drive downtown, but it’s also even closer to the beautiful Lake Minnetonka, which picturesque in any season but especially summer. You might end up spending some quality time in the hotel though since it has an outdoor fireplace patio, indoor pool and other amenities.

Things to Do

The Lake Minnetonka area has been a premiere tourist destination since the 1800s. See downtown Wayzata’s Lake Street for shopping, ice cream, boat tours and stand up paddle board rentals.

In Minneapolis, you have to check out the Stonearch Bridge, St. Anthony Main and Boom Island Park–three of my absolute favorite places.

Where to Eat

twin cities vacationMy favorite hotel amenity? Free breakfast! It’s such a time saver while traveling, leaving more precious time for sightseeing. Keep reading to see a photo of the Country Inn & Suites breakfast room, it’ll make you hungry for waffles.

If you eat breakfast at the hotel, you’ll only need to find lunch and dinner. My out of town guests have enjoyed Brasa in Minneapolis and St. Paul and Hell’s Kitchen in downtown Minneapolis. For a sweet treat during your Twin Cities vacation, check out Amy’s Cupcake Shoppe in Hopkins.

Hotel Stay Giveaway

This might be my biggest giveaway yet! In partnership with Country Inn & Suites, I’m giving away a 2-night hotel stay at any Country Inn & Suites location. To enter, just follow these steps:

      1. Visit Country Inn & Suites to find a location you’d love to visit.
      2. Comment below which location you might choose to stay at if you win!

Ends 8/1/2016

twin cities vacationIf you love to travel, check out my guides for San Francisco and the Oregon coast.

39 Comments on Twin Cities Vacation Tips & a Giveaway

  1. Sue White
    July 23, 2016 at 1:31 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m a big fan of Country Inn and Suites. I’d stay in Northfield, Mn or Portand Oregon.

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  2. John Ezovski
    July 23, 2016 at 3:54 pm (2 years ago)

    I would like to stay at the Country Inn & Suites in Redlands, CA

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  3. iamalighthouse
    July 23, 2016 at 9:54 pm (2 years ago)

    I’d stay in Minneapolis! I love Country Inn!

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  4. Camille Mccoy
    July 24, 2016 at 5:11 am (2 years ago)

    I would stay in Minneapolis to see my family!

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    • admin
      July 24, 2016 at 12:25 pm (2 years ago)

      Good answer! xoxo

      Reply
  5. latanya
    July 24, 2016 at 12:34 pm (2 years ago)

    They have a location in Myrtle Beach, SC that I would love to stay at

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  6. David
    July 24, 2016 at 2:00 pm (2 years ago)

    Salina, KS is the midway point between our home and the in-laws in Texas, so that is the one we would choose.

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  7. Elena
    July 24, 2016 at 8:09 pm (2 years ago)

    I would stay at the Country Inn & Suites in San Diego

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  8. julie
    July 24, 2016 at 8:26 pm (2 years ago)

    I’d love to stay at the woodbridge location! A bunch of my friends live in that area and I’d love to make my rounds 🙂

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  9. Landis
    July 25, 2016 at 2:53 pm (2 years ago)

    I would love to stay at the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, New Orleans

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  10. Livivua
    July 25, 2016 at 2:54 pm (2 years ago)

    i want to stay on the beach at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Myrtle Beach, SC

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  11. Kayla Hollatz
    July 25, 2016 at 3:01 pm (2 years ago)

    I’d definitely have to say San Diego! I would absolutely love to go back and meetup with my online community there. What a fun giveaway!

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  12. Julie
    July 25, 2016 at 5:34 pm (2 years ago)

    I haven’t tried Country Inn & Suites before but they seem like a great place to stay. I’d love to stay at the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Myrtle Beach, SC. I also love that they have free Wifi!!

    julimi at aol dot com

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  13. Harold
    July 25, 2016 at 9:59 pm (2 years ago)

    I would love to visit the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Nashville Airport, TN location!

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  14. Gianna R
    July 26, 2016 at 11:22 am (2 years ago)

    I’d like to visit a Country Inn & Suites in Los Angeles!

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  15. Breanne
    July 27, 2016 at 9:50 pm (2 years ago)

    I’d like to stay at the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Dallas-Love Field (Medical Center), TX

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  16. Melissa
    July 27, 2016 at 11:12 pm (2 years ago)

    I want to stay at the Madison, Wisconsin location!

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  17. Jenny S
    July 28, 2016 at 2:00 pm (2 years ago)

    The North Duluth, MN location sounds gorgeous.

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  18. cyndi br
    July 28, 2016 at 3:12 pm (2 years ago)

    I would stay at the
    Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Scottsdale, AZ

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  19. natasha
    July 28, 2016 at 4:01 pm (2 years ago)

    I would love to stay at the Radisson Suites Hotel Anaheim Buena Park.

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  20. Ally
    July 28, 2016 at 5:38 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m torn between Asheville and Niagara Falls!

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  21. Chad
    July 28, 2016 at 8:00 pm (2 years ago)

    Minneapolis West for the win

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  22. Kat
    July 28, 2016 at 9:09 pm (2 years ago)

    I would love to stay at the Virginia Beach location –right on the beach!

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  23. Ellen Casper
    July 28, 2016 at 9:52 pm (2 years ago)

    I would stay at the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Asheville Downtown Tunnel Road (Biltmore Estate), NC

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  24. prasert
    July 29, 2016 at 1:02 am (2 years ago)

    Myrtle Beach south carolina is my favorite vacay spot! Free wifi and breakfast are awesome!

    pruamthong at aol dot com

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  25. Liz Dengate
    July 29, 2016 at 11:32 am (2 years ago)

    Ooooh, fancy! I’d love to stay at their hotel in Atlanta for a girls weekend with my southern cousins. : )

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  26. Julia
    July 29, 2016 at 11:40 am (2 years ago)

    I want to go to the Minneapolis West location and see you, Abbie!! I need a vacation SO bad before the worldwide! 🙂

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  27. Crary Brouhard
    July 29, 2016 at 1:43 pm (2 years ago)

    I’d stay at the Nee Orleans French Quarter! Put a Check off on my bucket list!

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  28. donna
    July 29, 2016 at 10:11 pm (2 years ago)

    I’ve stayed at the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Orlando, FL and we loved it. They had an amazing (complimentary) breakfast.

    Linjumimom at aol dot com

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  29. Eleanor
    July 30, 2016 at 6:29 am (2 years ago)

    I would love to stay at a Country Inn in Nashville, TN. Our summer long road trip honeymoon is coming to an end and it turns out sleeping in a tent in the humid south is not my thing . A long drive from Florida to Illinois and then New Mexico is coming up.

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  30. Kristen
    July 30, 2016 at 2:36 pm (2 years ago)

    I’d stay at the Savannah Midtown location.

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  31. Kristen
    July 30, 2016 at 2:37 pm (2 years ago)

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  32. neiddy
    July 30, 2016 at 8:00 pm (2 years ago)

    I would like to stay at the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Lackland AFB in San Antonio, TX . Thanks for the chance to win!

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  33. Sarah Smith
    August 1, 2016 at 10:13 am (2 years ago)

    What a lovely blog!! I would like to stay at the Country Inn and Suites in Minneapolis. Woot woot!

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  34. amanda whitley
    August 1, 2016 at 8:21 pm (2 years ago)

    i would stay at the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Asheville West (Biltmore Estate), NC

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  35. Angela Saver
    August 1, 2016 at 8:22 pm (2 years ago)

    I would love to stay at the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, in St. Charles, Missouri! Thanks for the chance at this AWESOME giveaway!

    Andysavi.Mom@gmail.com

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