Trip Recap: Mini-Mystery Tour 2017

The Secret is Out!

The secret is out...the American Classic 2017 Summertime Mini-Mystery Tour visited Minnesota. On this festive 4-day getaway we visited the top attractions of the Twin Cities and the spectacular scenery of the Upper Mississippi River. A special feature were those off-the-beaten-path attractions that make a Mystery Tour so unique. 

 

Twin Cities and Great River Road

 

Mystery Route

Mini Mystery Map
 

Welcome Aboard!

 

Log Cabin Restaurant In baraboo, Wi

We stopped for lunch in Baraboo, Wisconsin at the Log Cabin Restaurant for a tasty turkey lunch which featured mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, green beans, and apple pie for dessert. The Log Cabin is famous for its delicious pies. 

 

Leinenkugel's In Chippewa Falls, Wi

Time for a cold one...two...or three at Leinenkugel's Brewery in Chippewa Falls, WI. We went on a tour of this historic brewery celebrating their 150th anniversary this year. Afterward there was time to sample a variety of Leinenkugel beers. Cheers!

 

 

Machine Shed Restaurant in St. Elmo, MN

 

Hampton Inn Minnetonka, MN

Our home away from home for the first two nights of the trip was at the Hampton Inn Minnetonka where we enjoyed comfortable accommodations and friendly service. 

 

Guided Tour of MinneApolis and St. Paul

We started Day 2 of Mini-Mystery Tour with a guided tour of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul: Minnehaha Falls (made famous in Longfellow's "Hiawatha"), Summit Avenue's beautiful Victorian homes, the Cathedral of St. Paul, Minneapolis State Capitol, Guthrie Theater, and so much more. 

 

Mid-Town Global Market in Minneapolis, MN

Time for lunch at the Mid-Town Global Market in Minneapolis. This international marketplace features food and gifts from across the globe, which reflects the increasing diversity of the population of the Twin Cities. 

 

Mill City Museum in Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis has a rich history in the milling industry. Our group visited the new Mill City Museum, once home to Gold Medal Flour. Here we saw a film on the history of Minneapolis, sampled fresh bread at the Baking Lab, and road the Flour Tower elevator tour. After this tour you will have a new appreciation for that bag of flour in your pantry!

 

Grease at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre

Grease is the word and our entertainment for the evening. We enjoyed a delicious meal and watched the professional production of this colorful musical.

 

pEARL OF THE lAKE cRUISE ON lAKE pEPIN

Lake Pepin is the widest part of the Mississippi River. We cruised by the beautiful bluffs overlooking the river and the new marina of Lake City, MN - birthplace of water skiing. 

 

Lark Toys in Kellogg, MN

Next stop was the fanciful world of Lark Toys - home to a collection of antique toys, giant hand-carved and hand-painted carousel, and an ice cream shoppe. Lark Toys makes wooden, educational toys for children. We relived our childhood with a ride on the carousel and a sweet ice cream treat.

 

National Eagle Foundation in Winona, MN

At the National Eagle Center located in Winona we attended an exclusive presentation on Bald Eagles - our National Symbol. 

 

Holiday Inn Express in Winona, MN

Our final night hotel accommodations were at the Holiday Inn Express in beautiful Winona, MN. 

 

Dinner at Signatures Restaurant In Winona, MN

Signatures Restaurant overlooking the golf course and the hills of Winona was our venue for a gourmet dining experience. The restaurant derives its name from its extensive collection of signed memorabilia from the likes of Elvis, The Beatles, BB King, Princess Diana, and many more celebrities. 

 

Garvin Heights Scenic Overlook

We started Day 4 of our Mini-Mystery Tour with a quick stop at the scenic Garvin Heights Overlook of Winona. From this bird's eye view you can see the Mississippi River, downtown Winona, and the hills of Wisconsin. 

 

JR Watkins Spice Company in Winona, MN

Watkins Inc manufactures lotions, soaps, spices, and other household items. Our Watkins guide John provided an interesting presentation on the history of this resilient 150-year-old company. Afterward, we visited the museum and had time to shop. 

 

Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona, MN

The Minnesota Marine Art Museum is noted for its impressive collection of marine art. It features works by Van Gogh, Picasso, Renoir, Monet, Gauguin, Cezanne, Turner, Constable, Leutze, O'Keeffe, Cassatt, Homer, Cole, Wyeth, and acollection of Hudson River School art.

 

Lunch at Piggy's Restaurant in La Crosse, Wi

 

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