HotelTonight – Woodbury Hotels
I've been traveling for my job for decades now, and I find it interesting to look back at the way I've thought about places I've visited over the years. For quite some time, I basically formed my opinion of a city based on how I experienced the downtown or business district, as that's where I always spent all of my time. As I got a bit older, though, I began to realize that while these parts of cities are worth seeing, it's the surrounding communities that play the biggest part in forming a community's overall feel. The residents are the ones that keep these economies humming and these cultures persisting. In recent years, I've worked to find some time to see some of these surrounding communities when I've traveled. On a recent trip to St. Paul, Minnesota, a series of relatively strange circumstances led me to suddenly having 24 hours to myself. I decided to explore the community of Woodbury with my time, even though I had to find my own lodging that night. That wasn't a worry, though, as I travel with HotelTonight. I'd book a Woodbury hotel room in seconds when I was ready.
I was east of St. Paul, and I wasn't too far from the middle of the Twin Cities, but by the time I got out of my car I felt like I was on another planet. I'm not used to communities near large cities having visually pleasing downtown areas, but Woodbury definitely has that going for it. The middle of Woodbury looks like something out of a Rockwell painting, what with all of the old buildings, trees lining the streets and a quaintness that was palpable. There seems to be a somewhat relaxed pace of life here, and it seems that this is exactly how the locals want it.
Another interesting aspect to Woodbury is that despite its geographic location, there is a lot of outdoor space there. Not only is there outdoor space, but people take advantage of it. I walked through three different parks, and all of them offered something unique. What they had in common was that the greenery was stunning, the shade was plentiful as the sun was warm and the families were out in big numbers enjoying the day. Children played on equipment and ran through the open areas, yelling with joy.
For whatever reason, all I could think about for dinner was a big burger, fries and a beer. A couple at one of the parks told me about a place that had been earning loyal customers for years, so I gave that a try. I ordered – of course – the cheeseburger and house fries along with a local beer. It was huge, served in a plastic basket with newspaper underneath it, and most importantly it was delicious. I ate the entire thing and all of the fries hungrily and was happy to have a nice IPA to go with it.
HotelTonight – Woodbury Hotels Are Available
I was full, tired and happy to have seen another part of the Twin Cities. I opened my HotelTonight app and booked a hotel room in Woodbury in seconds. I got to my room and fell asleep immediately, glad to have made the most of my free day.