Why Roseville, Minnesota should be your base for exploring the Twin Cities

Roseville, Minnesota, is perfectly positioned for visitors to enjoy all that the Twin Cities have to offer. Roseville is only ten minutes from both downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul, giving travelers convenient access to both cities. Roseville was our base for a recent long weekend in the Twin Cities. Our objectives were to visit the Mall of America, spend time at the Minnesota State Fair, and get a little taste of both Minneapolis and St. Paul. With Roseville as our base, we were able to accomplish all of our goals.

Roseville has location going for it, that’s for sure. But what are other reasons to make it your base for exploring the Twin Cities?

Convenient access to Twin Cities and Minnesota State Fair

Roseville, Minnesota: Perfectly positionedRoseville sits at the apex of an isosceles transportation triangle. The Twin Cities are equidistant from Roseville along I-35 West (Minneapolis) and I-35 East (St. Paul). The triangle’s median, otherwise known as State Highway 51, leads right to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. We could have easily driven to the State Fair, and had planned to, but we were warned by locals that parking at the fairgrounds can be a challenge. They recommended taking advantage of the free shuttle bus to get to the fair. Each year during the State Fair, Metro Transit offers Park Free, Ride Free bus service to and from the fairgrounds every day from 8:00am until midnight. There are a number of shuttle locations in Roseville, one being the I-35W & Co. Rd. C Ramp parking garage. We were able to park in the garage for free, and ride the shuttle bus to and from the fairgrounds. It was so convenient!

More affordable accommodations

Staying at one of Roseville’s 11 hotels is more economical for traveling families. Roseville has one of the lowest lodging tax rates in the metro Twin Cities area and parking at all of the hotels is free. My family and I stayed at the Courtyard by Marriott. Our room was big enough for the four of us, it was clean and comfortable, and we definitely appreciated the complimentary wi-fi. We had a delicious dinner at The Courtyard Bistro on our first night at the hotel, and substantial breakfast the following morning. The kids were so excited about the indoor pool and I can honestly say it’s probably the warmest hotel pool I’ve ever been in. My favorite feature at the hotel was the outdoor patio and courtyard. It’s beautifully landscaped with a little stream, a miniature waterfall, a koi pond, and a gazebo. The kids loved sitting by the pond and watching the “giant goldfish”. I loved the peacefulness and having a secure outdoor space for the kids to burn off some energy.

Roseville, Minnesota: Perfectly positioned

Courtyard by Marriott – Roseville, Minnesota

Bonus! Bent Brewstillery

Maybe a place like Bent Brewstillery isn’t a top priority for some families. But for this saucy, traveling mom, it’s the kind of unique place I seek out. And let’s face it: parents like beer. Bent is Minnesota’s first-ever “brewstillery”: brewery + distillery. Craft beer is Bent’s first love but, as they say, “whiskey is what beer wants to be when it grows up”, so the distillery portion was born. Along with beer and whiskey, Bent crafts its own gin and something called poitín (pronounced pot-cheen). I learned on my visit to Bent Brewstillery that poitín is kind of like Irish moonshine, made with potato cast-offs. Quality and craftsmanship are top priority at Bent, as well as being eco-friendly and giving back to the community. Bent beverages are created according to traditional style guidelines and then “bent” a little to further enhance the style and/or flavor, and that’s where the name of the brewstillery comes from. If you enjoy craft beers and premium beverages like I do, a visit to Bent Brewstillery in Roseville is a must. If you’re lucky, you might get to meet owner Bartley Blume. His story is fascinating! Bartley’s previous career was with NASA’s destructive testing department; nowadays, he’s Bent’s head distiller and Lord of Brews & Booze. Talk about a “bent” (albeit successful and passionate) career trajectory….

Bent Brewstillery | Roseville, Minnesota

Bent Brewstillery (Used with permission from Roseville Visitors Association)

There is more to come about our long Twin Cities weekend, and more proof that Roseville truly is perfectly positioned!

My family and I were guests of the Roseville Visitors Association and Courtyard by Marriott Minneapolis St. Paul/Roseville. All words and opinions, as always, are mine.


Roseville, Minnesota: Perfectly positioned

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10 Responses to Why Roseville, Minnesota should be your base for exploring the Twin Cities

  1. Charles McCool October 15, 2016 at 10:37 am #

    Brewstillery? Excellent. Why did you not lead your article with that?

    Love the triangle map diagram. Really helps to envision the proximity of Roseville to Minneapolis and St. Paul.
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  2. Eric || The Bucket List Project October 19, 2016 at 4:17 pm #

    Never heard of Roseville before but you definitely sold me on Brewstillery too! I mean who doesn’t love beer and Whiskey?!?!

  3. Natalie October 22, 2016 at 8:02 am #

    The Brewstillery sounds awesome! In fact, it just might be perfect for me and my husband because I can’t drink beer (celiac disease).

    About the hotel: an indoor pool is a must-have when you have kids! We always book a hotel that has one nowadays.

  4. Sarah Stierch October 22, 2016 at 11:19 am #

    Yes, that Brewstillery sounds awesome. And love that the Courtyard had a koi pond!
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  5. Vyjay October 23, 2016 at 6:06 am #

    Roseville looks charming and its location also is really vantage as it is strategically located to explore the twin cities.
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  6. Becky October 23, 2016 at 3:57 pm #

    Interesting perspective…I guess along I thought someone has to choose between Minneapolis or St Paul for a Twin Cities visit and it never would’ve crossed my mind to stay in neither of them!

  7. Christina October 23, 2016 at 8:39 pm #

    Roseville definitely sounds like a great base for visiting the Twin Cities. And who doesn’t appreciate more affordable accommodations? Although I was completely sold when you added the brewstillery!
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  8. Lisa Goodmurphy October 24, 2016 at 9:44 am #

    Roseville sounds like a great base for anyone wanting to explore both Minneapolis and St. Paul. We have stayed at Courtyard by Marriott hotels a number of times and find them great for families!
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  9. Katja October 24, 2016 at 9:27 pm #

    I’d definitely make a beeline for Brewstillery, too! I’ve heard lots of great things about Minneapolis and it’s good to know that there’s a great (and economical) base nearby in Roseville.
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  10. Indrani October 25, 2016 at 8:10 am #

    I am not sure if ever I will make it to these places but the factors you mentioned like the affordable accommodation and easy commute are the ones I usually look for in a new place. Hopefully some day destiny will take me there. 🙂

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