All Annual Meeting attendees and guests are welcome to register for the following tours. The prices for these tours cover transportation, professional tour guide fees, admission, and gratuities. Tours may be canceled if minimum attendance is not met, so please register early. We also recommend that you periodically check the meeting website for updates and news about these tours.
101. Guthrie Theatre Backstage Tour—Minnesota History Center with Lunch
10:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. — Canceled.
102. Aamodt's Apple Festival
1:30–5 p.m. US$35; minimum 25.
For three generations, the Aamodt family has nurtured the finest apples. You're invited to turn back the time to 1948 when the orchard was first planted and sample the good life on this picturesque farm.
At Aamodt's Apple Festival, you'll enjoy sweet and juicy Honeycrisp apples—a seasonal treat! You can also try the famous cider donuts, apple brats, and fresh apple cider. Jump on a hay wagon ride, explore the hay bale maze, visit the goat farm, and buy fresh apples.
Aamodt's is also the only apple orchard in Minnesota with a vineyard. Taste award-winning local wines, grown and produced on site.
103. Twin Cities Highlights Tour
1:30–4:30 p.m. US$30; minimum 25.
Get ready to experience a sampling of what makes the Twin Cities—Minneapolis and St. Paul—so fantastic! The culture, attractions, restaurants, shops, entertainment, and recreational opportunities in Minneapolis are unsurpassed in the Midwest. First, we'll take in a view of the Minneapolis skyline. The contemporary skyscrapers, with their dazzling variety of colors, shapes, and sizes, herald the city's dynamic growth and vibrant, thriving lifestyle. We will explore the famous Nicollet Mall, the Skyway network, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, the Milwaukee Train Depot, Orchestra Hall, the television home of Mary Tyler Moore, and St. Anthony Falls, the city's birthplace.
Minnesota's oldest tourist attraction is Minnehaha Falls, where the 22-mile Minnehaha Creek, which flows from Lake Minnetonka through the western suburbs of Minneapolis and into the city, meets the Mississippi River. The 53-foot falls were immortalized in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's Song of Hiawatha and are visited by thousands of tourists and locals every year.
Saint Paul—Minnesota's capital city—is a contrast of old-world charm, with magnificent Victorian and art deco reminders of the past situated among sleek, modern skyscrapers. We will explore Rice Park, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Landmark Center, the Children's Museum, Mickey's Diner, the Fitzgerald Theater, Minnesota History Center, and the Minnesota State Capitol. We'll also visit the magnificent Cathedral of Saint Paul, the fourth largest cathedral in the United States. Built in the classical Renaissance style, the cathedral dome is modeled after St. Peter's Basilica.
We'll also drive along Summit Avenue, one of the longest stretches of virtually uninterrupted Victorian architecture in the United States. This monumental boulevard of homes, churches, synagogues, and schools would not have been uncommon in the nineteenth century, but in most American cities, these thoroughfares have completely lost their character to progress. Some homes to note along the way are the James J. Hill House, the former home of F. Scott Fitzgerald, and the Governor's Mansion.
104. Stillwater—Birthplace of Minnesota
10:15 a.m.–4:15 p.m. US$59; minimum 25.
Located on the St. Croix River, Stillwater is Minnesota's oldest town, the birthplace of the Minnesota Territory in 1849. Stillwater is steeped in history, architectural gems, and beautiful natural surroundings.
For more than 50 years, lumbermen dominated the St. Croix River with camps, mills, log rafts, and steamboats—making Stillwater the Queen City of the river. The hills of Stillwater provided escape from the industrial and commercial riverfront, and this is where the lumbermen, bankers, riverboat men, and mill workers built their homes. The diversity of the population created diversity in home architecture: Queen Anne, Greek Revival, Second Empire, Stick Style, Shingle Style, Neoclassicism, Bungalow, Italianate, Craftsman, and Prairie.
During the motorcoach tour, our guide will provide anecdotes and stories to illuminate the lives of the enchanting river town's immigrants and entrepreneurs. Mansions built by wealthy lumber barons, beautiful old churches on the "Street of Spires," and landmarks on the National Register of Historic Places will all be pointed out along the way.
Next, we'll board a replica of an 1890s paddlewheel riverboat to enjoy the scenic St. Croix River. A delicious buffet lunch will be served on board.
After lunch, you'll be able to walk about the shops on Stillwater's historic streets. Discover original works of art, jewelry, pottery, eclectic gifts/crafts, books, gourmet utensils, wine, clothing, home furnishings, and antiques.
105. Gangster Tour
1:30–4:30 p.m. — Canceled.