One Fine Weekend in Roseville, Minnesota

Disclosure: The Roseville Visitors Association and the Courtyard Marriott Minneapolis St. Paul / Roseville hosted our stay in Roseville. However, all opinions are my own.

One Fine Day is a series inspired by my favorite now-defunct Chicago Tribune column of the same title. The posts in this series are short, sweet, sometimes themed, and always a charming snapshot of a city.


You've been to the Twin Cities, but it's time to discover the magic of Roseville, Minnesota!

Over the years, I’ve spent a fair amount of time in Minneapolis and St. Paul visiting friends and exploring the cities. However, it wasn’t until this summer that I experienced the cities’ wonderful suburb of Roseville, Minnesota.

Located just north of St. Paul and slightly east of Minneapolis, Roseville offers delicious dining, superb shopping, and an impressive handful of hotels. Typically in One Fine Day, I’ll share my favorite way to spend 24 hours in one city. But we had such a great time exploring what all three cities have to offer, I knew I couldn’t consolidate everything into just one day. Instead, it seemed more appropriate to share how to have one wonderful weekend in Roseville, Minnesota.

Bar taps at Bent Brewstillery in Roseville, Minnesota

Beer flight on the patio at Bent Brewstillery in Roseville, Minnesota

We started our weekend with a visit to Bent Brewstillery, a local favorite that’s part craft brewery and part small batch distillery. The Nordic Blonde and Bent Anchor poitín were both fast favorites. But you really can’t go wrong with anything on their menu.

Minnesota State Fair print in Minneapolis St. Paul / Roseville Courtyard Marriott in Roseville, Minnesota

Bed and side tables at Minneapolis St. Paul / Roseville Courtyard Marriott in Roseville, Minnesota

Towel and gray dotted wallpaper at Minneapolis St. Paul / Roseville Courtyard Marriott in Roseville, Minnesota

Do not disturb sign at Minneapolis St. Paul / Roseville Courtyard Marriott in Roseville, Minnesota

After sampling truly stellar local brews, we headed to our hotel. We spent the weekend at the Minneapolis St. Paul / Roseville Courtyard Marriott, which served as a wonderful home away from home during our trip.

After a long day of exploring, there was nothing better than relaxing on our insanely comfortable bed and unwinding with a little HGTV. In the cool mornings, we enjoyed sipping our morning coffee in the serene courtyard seating just off the hotel lobby. I think it’s safe to say that everything about our stay was perfect, right down to the fair-themed art on the walls.

Common seating area at Minneapolis St. Paul / Roseville Courtyard Marriott in Roseville, Minnesota

Outdoor seating on the patio at Minneapolis St. Paul / Roseville Courtyard Marriott in Roseville, Minnesota

Minnesota State Fair Grandstand in Saint Paul, Minnesota

Our main reason for visiting Roseville was to experience our first Minnesota State Fair. We woke up bright and early to get to the “Great Minnesota Get Together”—as Minnesotans affectionately call it—before the crowds. Our hotel was located conveniently close to one of the fair’s free park and ride locations, and after a short bus ride we emerged onto the fair grounds.

We spent a full day exploring all of the Minnesota State Fair’s traditions and sampling its many food offerings. While the Iowa State Fair will always have a special place in my heart, we can’t wait to get back up north again next year.

Beer samples at the Minnesota State Fair in Saint Paul, Minnesota

Fairchild the mascot of the Minnesota State Fair in Saint Paul, Minnesota

The next day we explored new areas of neighboring Minneapolis and St. Paul (more to come on that later).

After a day of exploring the Twin Cities, we grabbed dinner at the Roseville, Minnesota location of New Bohemia a traditional “wurst and bier haus” that offers delicious sausage and a wide variety of craft beers. We snacked on sausages on the patio and tried to pick our jaws up off the floor when our waitress brought out what could definitely qualify as world’s largest (and most delicious) soft pretzel.

Giant Bavarian pretzel at New Bohemia in Roseville, Minnesota

Two bratwurst at New Bohemia in Roseville, Minnesota

Need to fit in a little shopping? Look no further than the Rosedale Center. As someone who’s overwhelmed at the thought of the Mall of America, Rosedale Center was perfect. The location offered all of our favorites without the massive crowds or confusing layout. We took advantage of some seriously amazing Labor Day sales at a few of our favorite shops in this perfectly positioned mall before heading home.

Mall view of the Rosedale Center in Roseville, Minnesota

A huge thank you to the Roseville Visitors Association and Courtyard Marriott Minneapolis St. Paul / Roseville for making our wonderful weekend in Roseville, Minnesota possible!

Share Your Thoughts

I would love to hear from you! Have you been to Roseville, Minnesota? Where is your favorite place to spend time?

From incredible eats to unique attractions, there is a ton to love about the Twin Cities suburb of Roseville, Minnesota! Plan the perfect day in this incredible Midwest community. #Midwest #Minnesota #Roseville

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Comments (3)

We would agree!!! So great to host you in Roseville and we look forward to your next visit!!

Thanks for such a wonderful weekend! We had an absolute blast & can’t wait to come back again soon.

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