Century-old mansions make for a pretty walk on Summit Avenue, and a couple streets over, upscale businesses line Grand Avenue.
Stops include Golden Fig Fine Foods, Cooks of Crocus Hill kitchenware shop and culinary school, and The Grand Hand Gallery. Legendary turtle cake tempts at gourmet cafeteria-style Cafe Latte.
The Science Museum of Minnesota delves into the P’s—paleontology, physical science and physiology.
Brick walls, Oriental rugs and fireplaces mellow the mood for fine dining at W.A. Frost and Company.
Garrison Keillor hosts A Prairie Home Companion at the 1910 Fitzgerald Theater.
Elegance endures in the 254 rooms and suites at the renovated Saint Paul Hotel (from $169), where Gene Autry once stayed and Lawrence Welk once played.
Como Park Zoo and Conservatory’s serene sunken garden features a reflecting pool. It stands in sharp contrast to the 4 acres of rides like bumper cars and tea cups at nearby Como Town.
High-end gastronomy meets sustainable-food ethics at Heartland Restaurant and Farm Direct Market, where the changing menu may include rainbow trout with curried goat cheese.
Cross the Mississippi River to Minneapolis, where the ruins of a flour mill now incorporate glass walls and the Mill City Museum.
Just behind the mill lies St. Anthony Falls Heritage Trail, a 1.8-mile loop along the river.
Back in Saint Paul, 12 variations on the classic Jucy Lucy (a burger stuffed with cheese) await at Blue Door Pub: Try the garlic and blue cheese Blucy.
More information: Visit Saint Paul (800) 627-6101; visitsaintpaul.com