We've actually spent night one already in our home-away-from-home, The Country Inn & Suites at Mall of America. When they say "at" - they mean it! This is the view from the front of the hotel.
See? It's close! We could walk over there, but the hotel also offers a free shuttle every hour, and I've heard it's worth saving your feet. That's one big mall.
We had WAY more luggage than this.
We got settled in last night, and unfortunately, I came down with something. Bad. Very, very bad. So, I ended my evening very early, and everyone else enjoyed the yummy cookies and had dinner and some winding down time in the room. My son and his daddy popped a bag of popcorn with the microwave right in the room, and were nice enough to close the door so I could rest and didn't have to smell it. Staying in a suite is wonderful.
I'm sure we'll eat at least one meal in the TGI Friday's that's right in the hotel, and if the kids are not experiencing a restaurant-behavior friendly evening, they deliver to the room, too!
I did feel well enough this morning to have a waffle for breakfast. They were a big hit with the kids, too.
We're off for some adventure today! We're going to go look at the Streams and Shores itinerary, and we'll figure out what to experience first. Any suggestions?