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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K-Bob Cafe

Getting into town, after checking into the hotel, the only place I want to go for lunch is K-Bob Cafe. Why, might you ask, well let me tell you. It’s a community staple and it’s been around forever. You know, if forever equates to 50 years, give or take. Previously known as the K-Bob Soda Grill, they bought the Sanborn’s Cafe next door and increased it’s capacity and now has a banquet room where the Princeton Lions Club and Rotary Club meet. The definition of a Ma and Pa pocket-diner. It is like hanging out at you rGrandma’s house. The strawberry pie alone is worth the trip. They are only open from 5am-2pm so you have to get there early. What’s you favorite pocket-style diner?


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