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The Beauty of St Paul Minnesota

Updated on July 26, 2017
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Deborah L. Alexander is an author, business woman, wife to Doug for almost 40 years, a mother of three adult children & a grandmother of 4.

Abundant Beauty Exists Among All the Daily Hustle and Bustle of City Life in St Paul

The intriguing atmosphere of St Paul Minnesota invites and captures the love of those who visit this beautiful city. I have been fortunate to visit many times and have truly enjoyed every experience. From the shimmering snow illuminated by city lights falling from the sky in the winter to the crisp clean air of a bright autumn day, St Paul just has a good feeling. Summer days even though hot sometimes still feel cooler than the desert heat.

Downtown St Paul always filled with daily activity is where the State Capitol of Minnesota is located. The Mississippi River also flows through the city where St Paul boasts a skyline all its own. The buildings are connected by numerous skyways that make traveling throughout the city in winter weather more tolerable.

Fun places I like to visit when in St Paul include the famous Mickey's Diner, Candyland, St Paul's Farmer's Market, the Cosmopolitan Apartments, and McNally Smith College of Music, where my youngest son attends college.

And one of the most enjoyable parts of a winter trip to St Paul is watching the snowfall outside from a high Cosmopolitan window view looking down through the city lights to Mear's Park below. Just Gorgeous!

St Paul's Mear's Park Snow Magic

St Paul's Mear's Park Snow Magic
St Paul's Mear's Park Snow Magic

St Paul City Limit

St Paul City Limit
St Paul City Limit

The Mississippi River Running Through St Paul

The Mississippi River flowing close by makes for beautiful views from city buildings and streets. You can also watch boats and cargo ships moving up and down the river. I like to walk on the sidewalks situated on the riverbanks at nighttime. It makes for a relaxing, calming evening stroll with a magical view of city lights glowing.

Mississippi River Nightview in St Paul

Mississippi River Nightview in St Paul
Mississippi River Nightview in St Paul

Candyland

Chocolate Covered Everything plus Many Old-Fashioned Favorites

This quaint little candy shop located in downtown St Paul offers a glass counter filled with everything from chocolate covered strawberries, to old fashioned haystacks. Every thing I have tried here is delicious.

They also have fresh-made Caramel Corn that smells wonderful and tastes even better!

In addition to all the goodies they make right on the spot, they also provide a sizable assortment of candy treats that were found in elementary school candy stores in bygone days, not readily available today.

If you are ever in St Paul, make a visit to this little candy shop that will take you back in time. Out in front you will find statues of the famous Peanuts characters, Lucy, Snoopy, and Linus, like the one pictured here. St Paul is where their creator Charles Schulz grew up.

Old-Fashioned Caramel Corn (Chicago Mix)--Made on Site at Candyland - or Make Your Own Chocolate Covered Favorites

Get a taste here of the Candyland experience from downtown St Paul Minnesota

Try some old-fashioned caramel corn or get a chocolate melter and made your own chocolate covered favorites.

It will be like visiting St Paul's Candyland in person.

A Tribute to Charles Schulz - Creator of Peanuts

Charlie Brown is said to be created from some of Charles Schultz's life experiences. We all know and love Charlie Brown, a character created by the man born and raised in the Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota twin-cities area. Read more about this American icon and his creator in the books listed below.

Mickey's Diner Downtown St Paul

Mickey's Diner Downtown St Paul
Mickey's Diner Downtown St Paul

Mickey's Diner

Visiting Mickey's Diner is a real experience. This little eating joint has been in St Paul longer than the skyscrapers that surround it today. It was planted in the downtown area back in 1939; it's open 24 hours, and does have some very tasty food made from recipes dating back to a much earlier time in American history.

You may encounter a "not-so-nice" waitress. This seems to be part of the experience, that they have a "take it or leave it" attitude. But however they choose to treat you, it really has a note of humor and only adds to the atmosphere and fun of the Mickey's Diner experience.

The food is great whether you are having breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a late night snack. Mickey's is always open.

A St Paul Icon for over 70 years

A St Paul Icon for over 70 years
A St Paul Icon for over 70 years

A Different Dining Experience

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Visiting Minnesota - The Heavy Snow of a St Paul Winter

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Something in Snow

New In Town (Widescreen Edition)
New In Town (Widescreen Edition)

This is a fantastic movie about a Florida executive who flies to Minnesota to begin a new position. When she arrives at the airport, it is inconvenient for her to put on her coat. She gets to the door, looks outside, and says, "How cold could it be?" Then steps outside and is back inside faster than it took for the door to close.

This is a great movie with a good story & funny moments. It also shows just how cold it gets in Minnesota.

Also available in Blu-ray.

 

St Paul or Minneapolis?

Which of the Twin Cities Do You Like Best?

My Favorite is St Paul.

My Favorite is St Paul.

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    • amswan 3 years ago

      You have to pick your side of the river! I pick St. Paul all the way!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I lived in Minneapolis but there's something special about going over to St. Paul!

    • Monica Ranstrom 5 years ago

      I prefer St Paul, love the old Summit Ave area!

    • Sherry Venegas 5 years ago from La Verne, CA

      I was born in St Paul a very long time ago. I enjoyed the Peanuts statues in St. Paul.

    • IMKZRNU2 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      They are both wonderful but I have to say I prefer St. Paul

    I like Minneapolis Best.

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      • randomthings lm 4 years ago

        That is a tough question. I like Minneapolis better i think because I know it better. I do also like st. paul a lot, it is very quaint and has interesting houses and restaurants.

      • VspaBotanicals 5 years ago

        Minneapolis

      • squid-pinkchic18 5 years ago

        St. Paul has all the small-town shops with the big-town name. Minneapolis is always so busy but it has all of the big stadiums (TCF stadium, Target stadium, the Target center, old Metrodome, Convention center) and St. Paul has the Xcel center and that's about it. I love both cities but I'd have to say Minneapolis is my favorite because of Nicollet mall :)

      The St Paul Experience

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      Snow Walls

      In a good winter season, the snow in Minnesota doesn't melt away before the next snowstorm hits. Therefore, snow walls are seen everywhere from clearing roads and parking lots. Sometimes these snow walls remain throughout the winter and melt away after Spring arrives.

      The Minnesota State Capital Downtown St.Paul

      The Minnesota State Capital Downtown St.Paul
      The Minnesota State Capital Downtown St.Paul

      Minnehaha Falls Near St Paul

      Minnehaha Falls Near St Paul
      Minnehaha Falls Near St Paul

      The air in Minnesota is refreshing, cool, and clean. The atmosphere feels good and healthy.

      McNally Smith College of Music

      McNally Smith College of Music
      McNally Smith College of Music

      St Paul Skyway

      St Paul Skyway
      St Paul Skyway

      Be Ready to Walk

      It is much easier to walk around the city of St Paul than to drive. Parking is limited and it is usually less troublesome to walk than bother with a car. The skyways also make walking more convenient and it is just like shopping in a mall while you are actually walking through the city.

      The city buses are also available; they go almost anywhere in the area.

      The Cosmopolitan Apartments in St.Paul

      The Cosmopolitan Apartments in St.Paul
      The Cosmopolitan Apartments in St.Paul

      Photo Credit: All photos are my own, taken by me during visits to the St Paul area.

      Ever Experienced the Beauty of St Paul Minnesota? - Do you have a Minnesota Moment to share?

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          srsddn lm 4 years ago

          I have not experienced yet but would be keen after visiting this lens.

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          julieannbrady 4 years ago

          I have JUST now experienced the beauty of St. Paul, Minnesota ... heard a lot about it, but never been there.

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          MrMojo01 4 years ago

          St Paul is quite beautiful!

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          SteveKaye 5 years ago

          I've been to Minnesota, now St. Paul is next. Thank you for publishing this lens. I enjoyed the tour.

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          sentanta lm 5 years ago

          I spent a summer in Minneapolis, with frequent side trips to St. Paul. It was a beautiful time

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          sneha-agarwwal 5 years ago

          not yet but someday definitely will.

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          DLeighAlexander 5 years ago

          @anonymous: Thank you Tipi for this insightful & great comment. Visiting St Paul is always a blessing.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I have experience the beauty of St. Paul and especially the parks and walking along the Mississippi and so much more. I hope people who live there take another look through your lens and appreciate what may be taken for granted over time. Congratulations on home page honors!

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          irenemaria 5 years ago from Sweden

          Not yet - but loved this lens!

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          JoshK47 5 years ago

          I've not - but I'd like to! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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          WriterJanis2 5 years ago

          It looks so beautiful.

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          a1kitchendesign1 5 years ago

          Great lens, must have a look and see if my hometown has been "done".

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          Monica Ranstrom 5 years ago

          Great lens! I lived in the St Paul area for about 10 years and I love it there. I'll actually be there in a couple of weeks for a visit!

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          squid-pinkchic18 5 years ago

          Saw this lens on the front page and had to visit :) I'm a fellow Minnesotan and just love the twin cities. You definitely nailed this lens! Lots of great features and fun facts :) Very well done!

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          gleff1 5 years ago

          Is the St Paul Skyway in the scene from Mothman Prophecies?? It looks very familiar.

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          Leah J. Hileman 5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

          Have only been to Minneapolis, and that was many years ago as a child. I would enjoy a trip to this city.

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          Sherry Venegas 5 years ago from La Verne, CA

          Yes, I have in 2001. I enjoyed St. Paul and surrounding areas.

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          Deadicated LM 5 years ago

          I've haven't been there yet, thanks for giving me a tour, I enjoyed your Lens and photos.

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          Jennifer P Tanabe 5 years ago from Red Hook, NY

          Yes, I used to live in Minneapolis! Thanks for the reminders of the fantastic Twin Cities.

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          IMKZRNU2 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

          Yes I have been to St. Paul quite a few times. Beautiful city!