I think that Dayton's Bluff is one of the most interesting neighborhoods in St. Paul. It's made up of a couple of different parts: the Historic District, north of I-94 and east of East 7th Street; Swede Hollow, west and north of East 7th, and Mounds Park on the South side of 94. The houses are amazing--lots of Victorians, some crazy mansions, and more modest homes. The area is super hilly and Mounds Park and Swede Hollow Park are great places to explore.
If you want to get out and explore this neighborhood off of the beaten path, the Dayton's Bluff Community Council has created several different walking and driving tours. You can access them online here or pick up brochures at their office at 798 East 7th Street. Before you go you can read up on some neighborhood history too.
Since the season of the shirtless Minnesotan is upon us (see previous blogpost), this is a great time to get to know a lesser-known part of the city!
images: Dayton's Bluff Community Council.