Where to stay at the Mall of America? Hyatt Regency Bloomington


Are you traveling to the Mall of America? I can understand wanting to go there. I was mesmerized by all the stores, rides, living plants, Crayola Experience and Nickelodeon Universe. I went there for the TBEX travel conference over Memorial Day Weekend.

I researched where to stay and decided to accept an invitation from the brand new Hyatt Regency Bloomington. I loved my executive suite. It is beautifully appointed with plenty of room to work or entertain. This hotel is located on the light rail and is only two stops from the airport or the Mall of America and the hotel also has a shuttle to both places. One day I strolled over to the Mall of America at sunset. I love the location; it is really pretty as you walk through the park to the hotel from the train.

hyatt day timeChef Paul Lynch invited me to his garden just outside the Hyatt Regency Bloomington and explained about his straw-bale beds that grow fresh vegetables for his amazing hotel restaurant, Urbana Craeft Kitchen. He also has a bee aviary project nearby at the airport. Learn all about it in this video with Chef Paul talking to me in the rain. In his kitchen, he told me about his very first baking project when he was six and he used his sister’s easy bake oven to make a pie. He is leading the way for regional, seasonal, sustainable hyper-local edible landscapes.

Eating at Urbana Craeft Kitchen was truly fantastic! I had eggs and latkes one day for breakfast and learned about aebelskivers, although I cannot really pronounce it correctly–they are tasty! I highly recommend the cinnamon waffles.

Everything is worth trying here especially on the dinner menu! There are many local treats and you can even eat outside on the patio. Chef Paul and his team create a seasonal menu that changes every two months and the food tastes fantastic. I highly recommend you stay at Hyatt Regency Bloomington and eat at Urbana Craeft Kitchen.

Lisa Niver for We Said Go Travel

July 2016

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Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. You can find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.3 million views on her YouTube channel. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed an Olympic swimmer and numerous bestselling authors and has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. She was named both a Top 10 Travel Influencer and a Top 50 Female Influencer for 2021 by Afluencer and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. She has been nominated for the inaugural Forbes 50 over 50/Know Your Value list due out in Summer 2021. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best and has more than 150,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and has also run 15 travel competitions publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on We Said Go Travel. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded two Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards. From 2017 to 2021 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won four times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won in 2021 as Book Critic and in 2019 for one of her KTLA TV segments NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards and a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal. Niver has written for National Geographic, USA Today 10best, TODAY, Teen Vogue, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave(ish): It's All About Perspective 50 Adventures Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. When she's not SCUBA diving or in her art studio making ceramics, she's helping people find their next dream trip.  http://lisaniver.com/one-page/

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