Minnesota - November 1, 2013
Saint Paul native Charles Schulz is undoubtedly one of the most influential cartoonists in American history. The creator of such lovable figures as Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus and a slew of other characters featured in that light-hearted comic strip, Schulz made certain that each of them celebrated holidays like Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas right along with us throughout our childhood. Following his passing in 2000, he was honored by his hometown when officials elected to create hundreds of statues of his most popular characters and display them across the city beginning in 2001. In the spirit of combining business with pleasure, we set out to find one statue in particular. Our search brought us to a rink that bears the name of the famous artist. Just inside the arena doors, you’ll see a statue of Snoopy playing our national sport. We also thought we’d meet up with Lucy for a quick therapy session, but she apparently upped her fees since having great success with her five-cent kiosk.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day – especially on a road trip – and if you happen to make a stop in the Twin Cities, chances are your hotel concierge will direct you to a local hangout that’s been serving All-American classics to Minnesotans for nearly 70 years. Located in downtown Saint Paul, Mickey’s Diner has operated non-stop since opening its doors. Measuring 50 feet long by 10 feet wide, the art-deco, dining car restaurant, was built in New Jersey in 1937 before being shipped to Saint Paul by rail. Looking to satisfy our craving for some of the finest diner food the Midwest has to offer, we paid a visit to the well-known eatery that has been family owned and operated for three generations. Interestingly enough, Mickey’s Diner was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983, becoming one of the first diners in the United States to earn that designation. It has also been featured in movies like The Mighty Ducks, Jingle All the Way and A Prairie Home Companion, and in music videos for such artists as the Pet Shop Boys and R&B singer Alexander O’Neal.