The Journey Home: From Park Falls to Minneapolis to Hartford







We checked out of Munro Manor and said a sad goodbye to Beth, then we dropped some bookmarks at the library and went to the post office to ship books and souvenirs home.

We headed to Phillips, WI to Homespun Coffee and Crafts for some yummie sandwiches–chicken salad on a warm crispy croissant.



We stopped at the Fred Smith Concrete Park just outside of Phillips so I could show Dad the cool sculptures.



I really love this place. Just to see what someone can do when they set their mind to it.


And it has the best giftshop of all the state or national parks I’ve visited. I dropped some serious change there.




We stayed at the Crown Plaza by the Mall of the Americas. It was okay. I’d rate it 3 stars not 3.5. It was a bit dated. Felt sorta sterile. Then again we were coming from a warm and welcoming B&B. Maybe that’s why this place felt so drab to me.



And they “accidentally” charged me $85 to my credit card two days after I checked out. I had to call and complain. Waiting to see if they fixed their error on the next statement.

We decided to visit the Mall of Americas on our last night traveling.


It’s intense. We went online to figure out what restaurants we wanted to check out and where to park to get to them.



We saw the amusement park inside the mall. It was crazy huge.


I sampled a delicious maple syrup jack cheese here.

P1240613ย We had dinner here. My entree was tasty–the pan roasted seabass.



We were exhausted so we went back to the hotel and went to bed.

The next morning we had breakfast at the hotel. It was bland and felt like cafeteria food. I wouldn’t recommend it.

Then we went to the airport and made our way back to CT.

Amazing Wisconsin Adventure ended. Sigh.


On a missing Butternut note, I’m excited to go see Hugh Bob and the Hustle this weekend in NYC at Skinny Dennis.

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22 Responses to The Journey Home: From Park Falls to Minneapolis to Hartford

  1. “Accidentally” charged $85…oh brother! Thanks for sharing the terrific photos, Kourtney. I loved seeing the Mall of America.

    • Oh Jill I was ripping when I saw that. I wonder how many other people they accidentally charge and make money off of. It was quite an experience. I’m glad we saved it for our last night on the trip. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I’ve enjoyed these posts and the great photos!

  3. Mae Clair says:

    Cool wind-up to your trip, Kourtney. The gift shop looks awesome and I think I could happily shop for days in the Mall of Americas. WOW!

  4. Yatin says:

    How come I always see accidental charge? For a change I’d like to be given accidental credit! Seems like you has a nice summer. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Seriously. And two days after I checked out. That’s so suspicious. Allegedly they are crediting my account. I’m going to go over that next credit card bill item by item just to be sure I wasn’t accidentally charged again. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Some good. Some bad. WI was a definite good. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Carrie Rubin says:

    I think I told you I recently returned from Minneapolis myself. We stayed at the Country Inn and Suites. Talk about fancy. ๐Ÿ˜‰ But it was across from the Mega Mall which was convenient since my husband had the car for wedding duties.

    • LOL. Did they accidentally charge you too? Gotta love those airport hotels. The mall was definitely a cool place to visit. I can see why people might plan a vacation to it. It’s got so much inside.

  6. jmmcdowell says:

    I’m not sure I could handle that Mallโ€”my senses might go on overload! It sounds like you had a great trip, and I hope you recharged your batteries. You have an upcoming Virginia appearance, and I’m making every effort to be there! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hi JM! It was really intense. We planned and plotted our invasion very carefully! Batteries aren’t quite charging well. Having some sleeping issues this week. Excited for the VA appearance. Thanks! I really appreciate it! Emmie Mears is going to come so it would be cool to meet up. Maybe get a drink or food after the workshop? Just a thought. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Arlene says:

    Sounds like a great visit. I had forgotten I’d been to the Mall of America’s once, a long time ago. That pic reminded me how crazy it is … a roller coaster IN the mall?!

    Hope they credit you asap! I hate when that happens and it seems to happen too frequently. Welcome back to CT!!!

    • Yeah, it was really loud and overwhelming. Several crazy rides too.

      Me too. I agree. I know they swipe the card for their protection in case I damage the room but they shouldn’t be able to willy nilly charge it. Aw thanks.

  8. Cat Forsley says:

    Fun Fun Fun Miss K <3 xxx C

  9. EllaDee says:

    I love the way you give credit, in spades when it’s due, and when it’s not due… well, fair enough ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. Ohhh thanks for sharing your adventure, Kourtney.
    I’m very sorry. I stopped reading your book last month because I traveled and let’s be honest… it was just impossible to have a moment and read. Buuut I started again and I don’t know what to think of Mickey… ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Big hugs to you!!! xxx

    • Thanks Cha! ๐Ÿ™‚ That’s cool. It’s hard to read when you are site seeing or spending time with people. ๐Ÿ™‚ LOL. I hear that often. ๐Ÿ˜‰ It’s okay to hate her. It’s okay to feel bad for her.

      Big Hugs,

  11. Looks like it was a great trip Kourtney, great photos.

Any thoughts or reactions or favorite foods you want to share?