Hey friends! Today I’m gonna share the last leg of my Minnesota trip from a week ago! The third and final port in my Minnesota Tour series – St. Paul, although a couple places should have fallen into my Minneapolis post, but I lumped them in with this last day. Hope you like it! One of my favorite things about St. Paul was getting to see the house that F.Scott Fitzgerald lived in when he wrote the manuscript for his first book and several of his short stories!! I just finished a book not too long ago about the Fitzgerald’s so it was neat to see a place he actually lived and connect it with what was going on between him and Zelda at that time!! Total geek moment! It was so neat.
Tour of Minnesota
– St. Paul –
(Actually in Minneapolis)
In Minneapolis but it’s close enough! We visited this the same day that we went to St. Paul. This “urban waterfall” is the center of a large city park in the Twin Cities…and it was the perfect day for a stroll! Literally the last day I was there we didn’t even need jackets. Funny story, President Johnson came to visit the falls in June of 1964 while Minneapolis was in a drought. Since there wasn’t enough water to produce a waterfall, fire hydrants were opened up to create a fall for the President’s visit!
(also in Minneapolis)
Sea Salt was right in Minnehaha Park so we decided to enjoy lunch while we were there! It was so cute, and it was so nice outside that we thought eating out on the patio sounded amazing! Jess said it was a good opportunity to, because in the summer it’s so packed that it’s hard to snag a patio seat and you have to wait in line for awhile!
I was so excited to visit the house where F.Scott wrote the manuscript for his first book, “This Side of Paradise.” This was fun for me because I could just picture him writing the manuscript with his plans to publish the book and earn enough money to marry, support and move Zelda Sayre to New York. She was still in Montgomery, Alabama at the time and it was still early on in their courtship.
“MISS ZELDA SAYRE 6 PLEASANT AVE MONTGOMERY ALA – MY DEAR SCRIBNERS TO PUBLISH MY NOVEL MUST SEE YOU ARRIVING THURS. SCOTT.
When I saw him, he told me how, that summer, he had quit his job, gone to St. Paul, and put all his effort into revising the novel once more. He said that he’d sent Scribner’s the manuscript in September. The next spring, it would be published as This Side of Paradise – the book that started it all.” -Z A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald
Home of Minnesota Public Radio’s largest broadcast studio and home of A Prairie Home Companion, which I’ve never actually listened to, but I plan on it now! It’s widely popular, heard by over 4 millions listeners on almost 700 public radio stations across the world! If you’ve listened to it, leave me a comment and tell me more about it, or what you like about it!
Our last stop before the airport was a walk down Grand Avenue! We stopped at Grand Ole Creamery first and then walked down the street and did some window shopping! There were lots of cute shops and restaurants along Grand Avenue, I could definitely have spent a lot more time there. I wish I could remember the name of the shop that Jess specifically wanted to take me to because it was FULL of little treasures. And I’m SO glad I had the extra treat day, because Grand Ole Creamery’s ice cream was seriously probably maybe the best ice cream I’ve ever had. There were literally big chunks of brownie in my brownie chocolate chunk ice cream, and by one scoop they actually mean like five! I practically forced myself to finish all of it, it was just too good!
Then Jess drove me to the airport, I took off at 5:55pm, actually got home at 1:15am and hit the hay. Totally loved this trip and I miss it. I’d go back in a heartbeat, so as soon as Jess gets back from living in Hawaii for four months I’m going to HAVE to plan another trip 🙂