Mille Lacs County Historical Society Depot Museum

Heading out of #Princeton, one of the places I knew I wanted to see before leaving was the #MilleLacs County #HistoricalSociety #Depot #Museum. Two reasons, The #GreatNorthern Depot is part of it and also, the first #school house in the #county resides there. A former passenger and #freight depot on the Great #Northern #Railway, #Princeton has a long history of #railroads. #History lesson: the Great Northern Railway originally didn’t go through Princeton, it ran from Minneapolis through Elk River and then up to St. Cloud. Great Northern tycoon, James J. Hill, urged local business owners to take the line through Princeton, thus creating the Elk River-Milaca line. If you stop into the museum, you can go out back (ask the historical society for keys) and see a a 1963 #Milwaukee Road insulated #boxcar, a 1925 Wooden Milwaukee Road boxcar, a 1963 #Burlington Northern wide-vision steel #caboose, and a 1963 Great Northern flat #car used for #concerts in the #summer. As for the schoolhouse? It is the 1856 "District 1" one-room schoolhouse, the first school in Mille Lacs County. Follow along by checking out #MNBucketListRoadTrip and #InntoWin. Learn more about @AmericInn’s Fill in to Win #Giveaway!

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Santa Lucia’s Ice Cream

It’s hot. Like sweaty, sunny, sticky, melty hot. The kind of hot that requires ice cream, and a lot of it. Welcome to Santa Lucia’s Ice Cream. With two locations, one in Princeton off 1st Street and the second in Zimmerman off Fremont, Lucia’s is a hit. It opened in 2010 and has something called the Princeton Surprise. Not to ruin it, but its peanut butter, vanilla, and a host of other perfectly melded flavors. A nod to the town’s High School mascot and colors; tiger, black and orange. I can’t think of a better way to beat the heat! OH! and they also have ice cream cakes, in case you’re the eat-at-home type.


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Coffee Corner 

I don’t know about you but I can always use a good cup of coffee. It’s become something I seek out whenever I’m in a new town. Where can I get the best cookie, the best ice cream, the best grilled cheese, the best cold press. When I got to Princeton, I asked the concierge where I could find one and Coffee Corner off 2nd Street was suggested. Quiet, easy to find and a welcome break from exploring the area. I do admit that they have some pretty strong espresso shots but well worth the jolt of energy you’ll get from them.


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Young Park

In Princeton, 5 minutes off Highway 169, there is a hidden photographer oasis. Young Park, right on the southeast corner of County Road 38 and County Road 19 in Sherburne County, part of Baldwin Township. Seriously, how amazing is this! This is the kind of stuff you’d only see if you took a road trip full of tangents and oh-whats-down-here’s. Absolutely worth the detour.


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