Hello downtown! What a bustling city center this appears to be, complete with traveling bicyclist.
Alan's theme photo works wonders for a festive visit to the big city post. One of my family's greatest traditions this time of year is to drive into downtown Minneapolis and spend a few hours at Dayton's Department Store.
Please, keep this secret, but there's an imaginary secret elevator that delivers you to the North Pole as well. Seriously.
To be honest only a few of us actually still call this long time running department store Dayton's, in reality it's now become Macy's.
But you can still find the Dayton's name in places and many of their old time traditions too.
We (and it seems the family members always vary each year) our adventure begins by sharing the grandest of lunches on the 12th floor in the Oak Grill, with an old world experience. Besides the elegance, they offer a charm with so many rare and mouth watering treats. For instance, you can sip a glass of "Poinsettia" made of cranberry juice and sparkling wine (which really is divine) unless Eggnog Brandy Alexander is more to your liking. Or perhaps their Hot Chocolate surprise is more appealing.
The glowing fireplace inside the Oak Grill was over three hundred years old when it arrived to this restaurant from England.
After dining, we find our way along a magical mystery tour, to the North Pole, for a visit through the everyday lives of Elves, Santa's Workshop, Reindeer Flight School and jolly spirited Mrs. Claus has the best ever bakery, fresh cookies and fudge and we never leave without tons of Sugar Plums too!
In keeping with our theme for this week, please enjoy a few photos of yesterday (long ago) from just a few of the lovely photos they have on display outside the Oak Grill.
Now to begin, follow along as we step back in time.
For those on the go folks lunch in the Skyroom is fast and offers quite a view over looking the city too.
Below, Hand crafted in 1885
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