Any non-food must dos?
Saint Paul is a great family town. That could be a sporting event, a walk in a park, renting a scooter, whatever. You have the Children’s Museum, the Science Museum, great libraries. Saint Paul is set up around that good family ideal and maybe that's idyllic, but to me they're still things that are within grasp in this city—they haven’t fleeted with its growth. The city really thrives around that.
Union Depot has been restored. People are getting on the Amtrak there and going to Chicago—what a fantastic trip in and out of Saint Paul. The Capitol, Cathedral Hill and other things have been restored to their illustrious early glamour. It's all here. The park systems, which just kind of occur naturally and are well provided for by the city and the state. Those are amazing and you have that all year around flexibility—golf courses where you can cross country ski, the types of things that make an all year round city possible.
Summit Avenue is gorgeous. We participated in luminaries on Christmas Eve this year—those things really breed good neighborhood vibes. We have Minnesota United, Xcel Energy Center concerts, the Palace Theatre. CHS Field and the St. Paul Saints are a wholesome experience for people of all ages. But, you can also go to these neighborhoods and find different, unique things to see and do. Can Can Wonderland is just that—an indoor wonderland and another example of things opened in the past couple of years that are providing a new and different experience.
The river is one of those natural forces of the city you can enjoy. There are beautiful bluffs. It’s why the city developed, so you have to respect the river for being the reason people are here. Walking by the river gives me a sense of calm and peace. You can take a half-hour walk and it's not like you're in the city because you're looking at these bluffs and trees and everything. When you turn around, there's downtown and it's gorgeous. The view is beautiful—the High Bridge and the houses on the bluff. It's a romantic thing for me, it attracts me to my own city.