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Fall Fever: Oktoberfest(s)

Friday, October 5th, 2012

October Festivals

We mentioned Oktoberfest in our last post, and while it’s coming to an end this weekend in Munich, you can still catch some of the fun around your town. Lot’s of cities embrace their German heritage this time of year, and so can you – especially since there’s fun to be had. Here are a few to choose from:

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Texas

Both Fredericksburg and Addison have an Oktoberfest each year, but the one in Addison occurred late September. So, if you’re in the Lone Star State, and interested in some beer tasting, head on over to downtown Fredericksburg. It’s about an hour north of San Antonio, and the fun kicks off today. More information can be found here.

Oklahoma

If you thought Oklahoma didn’t know how to party, you thought wrong. Tulsa has one of the top rated Oktoberfests in the country, and from what we hear, it’s certainly worth the hype. The party starts on October 18th, and it lasts through the 21st. There’s even a shuttle service from downtown, so guests can avoid the hassle of parking near the venue. Check their snazzy website for all the details.

Washington

Pacific-Northwesterners can partake in the Leavenworth Oktoberfest festivities three weekends out of month: October 5th-6th, 11th-12th, and 19th-20th. If you can’t make it this weekend, there’s always the next… and the next! With four different live music stages, you’ll have ample opportunity to dance while you drink. Like Tulsa, they also offer a shuttle service. The full scoop is available here.

Tennessee

Nashville, A.K.A. “Music City,” celebrates Oktoberfest for one day only: Saturday, October 13th, from 9am until 6pm. If you’re looking for a reason to hit the tap at 9am, head downtown. Admission and parking are both free, and the entertainment is sure to be delightful. Click here for more information.

Georgia

Nestled in the North Georgia mountains, the town of Helen maintains a Bavarian atmosphere 365 days a year. It’s no surprise their Oktoberfest runs from September 30th through October 28th, with fun festivities happening every day. Oompah! Cruise their website to see how you can join in on the Chicken Dance.

Minnesota

Twin Cities encourages you to throw on your lederhosen, grab your favorite beer stein and get ready to party. Their Oktoberfest starts today and goes through tomorrow at 11pm. If you don’t have your own beer stein, they’ll supply you with a 24 ounce ceramic mug upon admission. More information available here.

New York

Those in the Tri-State area are already having their Oktoberfest fun. The street fair took place on September 30th, but “Das Best” takes place on October 20th, at LA. Venue. Tickets are selling fast, so head on over and book yours now. The price of admission includes a sampling glass and unlimited tastings.

California

Don’t worry, California, we didn’t forget you. Los Angeles hosts a smokin’ hot Oktoberfest on October 20th and 21st. Since those in the Hollywood area tend to prefer the lavish life, they offer a VIP ticket, good for UNLIMITED REFILLS! Of course they also boast great entertainment, beautiful brew maidens, and the best food dishes. Everything you need to know is on their website.

Happy Oktoberfest, everyone!

See the City of Lakes

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

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Minneapolis is the largest city in Minnesota, so it is only fitting that it would also have the largest mall in the U.S. – the Mall of America – located in a nearby suburb. The area is rich in water, with 20 lakes and wetlands and the Mississippi waterfront, and the city is aptly nicknamed the ‘City of Lakes.’ Minneapolis is also known for its involvement in the arts, with its theater per capita just under that of New York City.

There are many ways to see Minneapolis and the Twin Cities, also known as Minneapolis-St. Paul, and you can start planning now even if you don’t plan to travel for a few months. For those who wish to see the city and try their luck on the slots, hop on the Casino Cruise near St. Paul. You will enjoy a brunch buffet complete with salads, entrees and mouth-watering desserts as you cruise along St. Croix River until you get to the Treasure Island Resort and Casino. You will then have four hours to gamble to your heart’s content before heading back. This day of fun is for adults only, and runs on selected Tuesdays from June to October.

If you prefer to travel by train, you can see the St. Croix River Valley on the Train Tour between Osceola WI & Marine on St. Croix, MN. The trip takes off from the Village of Osceola and lasts for 90 minutes. Travel during the change of seasons for an elaborate display of vibrant colors, or at any time from April through October.

The site www.minneapolistours.net has some wonderful sightseeing ideas, and you are bound to find at least one that is perfect for you, so check it out!

Visit the Historic Town of Stillwater

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

Stillwater is a historic river town in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.  It is known for its used bookstores and antique shops.  If you take the Stillwater -  Birthplace of Minnesota Tour with Lunch, you will get to travel through its beautiful streets and have lunch on the river.  You will ride on a replica of an 1890s paddlewheeler called ‘The Andiamo’ to enjoy a tasty buffet lunch and then you will get a chance to explore the town on your own for a while.

You can walk down Main Street and look through some neat little boutiques and antique shops, looking for crafts and jewelry or you can stop at some art galleries to admire local work.  You will definitely want to find a keepsake to remember your trip, since there will be plenty of fun to remember in the future.

This tour lasts six and a half hours and takes you from the mansions of lumber barons to the ‘Street of Spires’ where you will see some amazing churches.  Take lots of pictures and bring back some gifts for your loved ones.  Plan in advance and book your trip before you leave for the area, as tours book up quickly and you will not want to miss out.

For more information on this tour and other area activities, visit www.minneapolistours.net.

Twin Cities Highlights

Monday, October 20th, 2008

One of the best ways to see Minneapolis-St. Paul is on the fully narrated Twin Cities Highlights Tour.  Some of the city highlights you will see on this wonderful comprehensive tour include the Nicollet Mall, the Minneapolis skyway network, and the Metrodome.  You will get the chance to see Mary Tyler Moore’s television home in the Kenwood residential area and drive past the famous Mall of America, a real shopper’s paradise.  Other areas you will drive by in your deluxe motorcoach include the Tyrone Guthrie Theatre and the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.  After you have driven through Minneapolis you will also travel into Saint Paul, past Fort Snelling and down the Mississippi River from Minneapolis.

Once you have arrived in Saint Paul, you will drive down Summit Avenue and see the Cathedral of Saint Paul, one of the most distinctive cathedrals in America with its tremendous iron-clad dome.  It was inspired by French Renaissance architecture and accented with gold leaf.  There are also gorgeous angel=themed stained glass windows towards the top of the building below the dome.  You will pass by the Governor’s Mansion, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s home, and the State Capitol and will also get the chance to see Saint Paul’s revitalized downtown which includes Ordway Music Hall, the Landmark Center, and Rice Park.

To get the most out of the city in the least amount of time, take the Twin Cities Highlights Tour which lasts under three and a half hours.  You will leave with tons more knowledge of the area than when you came in and will have a lot more ideas for how to spend the rest of your trip.

Visit www.minneapolistours.net for more information on this and other exciting Minneapolis tours and activities.


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