Sunday, April 13, 2014

St. Louis, MO: Crown Candy Kitchen

As a personal family Easter tradition and one of my hometown's most famous eateries, Crown Candy Kitchen is a must-visit for locals and tourists alike!  This 100 year old St. Louis, Missouri dining institution is family-owned and remains operated by the grandsons of it's original founder while remaining located in it's original landmark building. In addition to being one of the oldest soda fountains in the United States, Crown Candy is savored for it's chocolates, shakes & malts, and its simple yet satisfying lunch & dinner menu.

Crown Candy Kitchen has been a St. Louis tradition for generations

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Visit Nebraska: Interview With a CVB

The 50th anniversary of NEBRASKAland Days in North Platte, the # 1 zoo in the nation in Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo, and the opening of a $300+ million dollar redevelopment in the state's capital city of Lincoln all make 2014 a great year to visit Nebraska.  My family last visited Nebraska in 2012 when we enjoyed a weekend getaway to Omaha visiting the Henry Doorly Zoo (which I agree, best zoo we've ever been to), the Omaha Children's Museum, Lauritzen Gardens, The Durham Museum, and walked to Iowa across the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge.

Continuing my series on interviewing CVBs, I recently interviewed Angela White, the Media/Public Relations Manager for the Nebraska Tourism Commission & Visit Nebraska.  Although I have visited Omaha (I'm actually in the Visit Omaha 2014 Visitor's Guide - see page 15) I was particularly interested in other areas of Nebraska to explore, hopefully to plan a visit again in 2014.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Bloomington, MN: Moose Mountain Adventure Golf

Moose Mountain Adventure Golf, located within Minnesota's Mall of America, offers families an immersive indoor 18 hole miniature golf experience.   With a course that overlooks the ferris wheels and roller coasters of Nickelodeon Universe while golfing through caves and over bridges, Moose Mountain is a unique experience offered at an affordable price in a fantastic location - a perfect combination for families with kids!

Moose Mountain Adventure Golf is located on the 3rd level of Mall of America
overlooking Nickelodeon Universe
Mall of America clearly has an incredible amount of family activities including Nickelodeon Universe and SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium, and Moose Mountain Adventure Golf is no exception.  Until I visited, I never really noticed that the vast majority of miniature golf courses are outdoors, so having Moose Mountain indoors is certainly a plus (especially for our family with little kids).  And being located inside Mall of America provides the added convenience of having a plethora of food, ice cream, and other fun shops right on site.