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Apr 4th, 2009, 06:36 PM
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Maria,

You are in luck if you are a art lover. Although the Bacillica Cathedral, Loring Park, Walker Art Museum, Sculpture Garden are close together and fun. If you like to have fun in a local way I would suggest The Art-A-Whirl is going on in NE Minneapolis that weekend. What is it? It is held annually in NE Minneapolis which bills itself as the Arts District. this is where all the local artist have studios. Most studios are located in 3-4 main buildings scattered in a 1.5 square mile area. The buildings are old warehouse buildings such as the old Northrup King Seed building. Neat wood floors and freight elevators to bring you to the top. Art there is anything and everything and all of it is for sale. The location is about 1.5 - 2 miles from where you are staying. Here is a link to the Art-A-Whirl web page. http://www.nemaa.org/webpage.php?web...me=ART-A-WHIRL
It's kind of and industrial area with neighborhoods mixed in. I live there and love it for that reason. All of the above suggestions are great. It just depends on what you like to do. Whatever you choose you will love the area. Most of all Have fun!
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Apr 4th, 2009, 09:31 PM
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good choice on art a whirl.
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Apr 7th, 2009, 03:39 PM
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I also vote for heading straight to the concert from the airport. 35W-the main freeway going N to downtown-is under MAJOR construction and just lost another lane this past weekend until Sept. If you go straight up to Maplewood froom the airport, you can take 35E which goes through DT St.Paul and could be faster. Luckily the Twins are away that weekend, so you won't have to deal w/that traffic.
Weather-wise, we could be anywhere from 40's and rain to 90's and sunshine. Bring layers and enjoy your concert!
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Apr 8th, 2009, 11:41 AM
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oooohhhhhh! art whirl looks just like my cup of tea!!!! thanks!

hmmm., guess i can call the hotel and let them know it's a late check in.
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May 14th, 2009, 07:23 AM
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Hi All,

We're leaving tomorrow so thought I would ask for last minute advise.

So here's our itinerary:

Friday:

-arrive at 4:30. We're not going to check in baggage so don't need to wait for one. Grab the rental and head straight to Maplewood. Grab food if we have time. I think we're hitting a sushi place I found about 2 blocks away from Myth. After the concert, back to the hotel, check in and go have drinks in downtown. Thinking of either Brits Pub or Local or both.

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Are either of those close to the Doubletree? Anyone know what time bars close in the downtown area?

Saturday:

-Get up early, have breakfast at the Nicolette mall area and then go check the Walker, The Basillica, and Loring Park (DH prefers to see Minneapolis this time since we have very little time so no Art Whirl this time I'm afraid).
-Get to Lake Street area for a late lunch and some shopping/strolling. Lunch at Stella's (I LOVE seafood).


questions:
Is this area considered uptown (Lake Street)?
Is there enough to do in the Lake Street area for the evening?
Would you suggest driving to another spot for a nice dinner and drinks after or should we go to Loring Park for the evening?
Can you suggest a good restaurant (price no more than $160 for 2 people with drinks) in the area (loring, lake street, or the place you suggest for the evening portion)?

Sunday:

-Want to see St Paul before our flight at 7pm (need to be at airport at 5pm to return car).

questions:
Suggestions on what to see and where to have lunch?


Thanks in advance for all your help. We'll have a car the entire time so no worries on cab or bus. If you know of a good spot to park at each area you recommend, that would be really great.

We're looking forward to our first visit to Minneapolis!!!!
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May 14th, 2009, 08:51 AM
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Hi All,

Ok, looking more into this and I see that Grand Avenue in St Paul looks to be a good spot. So maybe go see Saint Paul Cathedral then go strolling the Grand AVenue? However, it looks to be a huge area. Is there a certain part of the strip you would recommend?

Thanks!
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May 14th, 2009, 10:05 AM
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The summit hill area is more compact, closer, and a nicer stroll from the cathedral.

Stella's food is not that great--it is bar food, they have a roof deck that is pleasant. Just noticed you said lunch, fine, I would not waste dinner on it. Then again, maybe someone could say different.

Uptown is technically from Lake Calhoun to say Grand Street and 34th to 24th Streets, much of this is residential. The main strips are Hennepin Ave, Lyndale Ave and Lake Street.

There are restaurants and winebars around Lake and Lyndale and Hennepin and Lake Streets--you will be fine on things to do.

If you want to go back down to Loring Park, there is a bar/restaurant that should have outdoor tables across the street from the park on the Basilica side. I do not know what they call it now, but it used to be the Loring Bar and Cafe, someone here should be able to give you the name or if you tell your hotel you want to go to the old Loring, they will know. I guess it is supposed to be hip. I do not know as I do not live in Mpls anymore and the Loring was my old haunt.
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May 14th, 2009, 11:18 AM
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thanks cherrybomb! where would you suggest for lunch then in the lake street area?

also, so is it walkable from hennein ave, lundale ave, and lake street? Is it just one long stroll perhaps?

Summit hill - i saw that too. do they have shops? I see there are restaurants. any suggestions for our sunday lunch?

many thanks again!
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May 14th, 2009, 11:43 AM
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Oh, and we just made reservations for Restaurant Alma for dinner Sat night.
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May 14th, 2009, 11:53 AM
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I'm not so great on suggestions as I haven't lived in mpls for a billion years, forgive my forgetting names! My parents live there so I just visit occasionally.

On Summit Hill there was a nice winebar/restaurant on Selby (sorry, the name escapes me), WD Frost, and some new stuff has opened - it is all on Selby though. There are some shops, but you are really just walking around looking at the houses.

The uptown loop is walkable. It is 7 or 8 short blocks between Hennepin and Lyndale.
I would suggest Cafe Barbette: http://www.barbette.com/ or Lucia's: www.lucias.com
or Bryant Lake Bowl, though you could have dinner at Cafe Barbette or Lucia's.

This might be of help or of note if you want to skip St Paul or move it around:
http://lynlakestreetfestival.com/?page_id=7

Here is a listing of business and stuff uptown:
http://uptownminneapolis.com/enter/i...N_position=5:5

The drop down menu on the side will help you identify businesses by type.

Bar close is 2am.
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May 14th, 2009, 12:45 PM
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Thanks cherrybomb!!!! I have printed the lynlake street festival info. Oi! Too many things to do and see, not enough time!
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May 14th, 2009, 08:36 PM
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Have Fun!! I used to live in Mpls. and get back there several times a year and the suggestions given above are good. Hope you have good weather too.
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May 18th, 2009, 12:40 PM
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Back from a WONDERFUL weekend in Minneapolis/St Paul! Will do a trip report and post the link here. Give me a few minutes! Thanks to everyone for the wonderful advice and suggestions!
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May 18th, 2009, 01:54 PM
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Here's a link to the trip report! It's a very long one. Thanks again!

http://www.fodors.com/community/unit...ncert-trip.cfm
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