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 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.
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….
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.