In an effort to get out of the house and try something new we made the 1.5 hour drive to New Ulm a few Sundays ago. We had never been there before and had read that it was a charming little town with a lot of German heritage. Well, not 100% true, but we still enjoyed the beautiful day and New Ulm had just enough entertainment for us to fill up a Sunday.
First stop was a Historic General Store from the mid 1800's that still had some original inventory. That was pretty neat. It was sort of like standing inside the Olsen's Mercantile on Little House on the Prairie. Then we stopped at the "pirate park" to let the boys burn some energy. Next stop, lunch. We thought for sure there would be more than TWO German restaurants in a town that boasts it's German heritage. Wrong. The one that is highly recommended was closed for Labor Day weekend. So we went to the other one which is a hotel restaurant that apparently only serves an AMERICAN brunch on Sundays. I think the hostess could sense the meltdown I was about to have and so they graciously offered to seat us in a different area and let us order off the German menu. :) After a tastey lunch of weinerschnitzel and kraut we headed to Schell's Brewery. Very neat place and pretty interesting. In hindsight our boys probably weren't quite ready for a brewery tour, but by the end we were sure ready for the tasting room! Last stop...Herman the German. Herman is atop of a really high (insert - Mommy was too afraid to climb up) monument that you could get to via spiral staircase...the kind that you can see through the steps. Blake and Kurt had no fear though and made it to the top! Unfortunately, the boys fell asleep in the car so quickly that they missed the pitstop at Dairy Queen. :)