Short trip to the US - destination Minneapolis

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    Aug 16, 2010 7:10 PM GMT

    So I've decided where I'm going. Although San Francisco was my first choice, I couldn't find direct flights to fit my budget. I'll try again next time. In the mean time, I have booked my flight to Minneapolis, leaving this Sunday August 22 and coming back August 26. I believe there are many fellow RJs here familiar with the city. Any practical tips? I've never been there. So I really bank on your advice. Thanks.


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    Aug 17, 2010 2:05 AM GMT
    Where are you staying? What do you want to do as far as activities/sight-seeing? There's a lot to do here, but some things do require travel to get to. If you like baseball, check into Twins tickets as it's an absolutely incredible ballpark. I don't have the schedule handy, so I don't know if they're at home on the dates you'll be here.

    St. Anthony Falls is always a nice walk, and you get a great history lesson on the mills on the Mississipi River. If you like shopping, then Mall Of America is your place. Just take the train from downtown and enjoy the sights on your way there.

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    Aug 17, 2010 2:52 AM GMT
    mplsmike saidWhere are you staying? What do you want to do as far as activities/sight-seeing? There's a lot to do here, but some things do require travel to get to. If you like baseball, check into Twins tickets as it's an absolutely incredible ballpark. I don't have the schedule handy, so I don't know if they're at home on the dates you'll be here.

    St. Anthony Falls is always a nice walk, and you get a great history lesson on the mills on the Mississipi River. If you like shopping, then Mall Of America is your place. Just take the train from downtown and enjoy the sights on your way there.




    Thanks Mike. I'm just backpacking. So I'll be staying in a hostel downtown. As a huge fan of contemporary art and architecture, I have included Walker Art Center and Weisman Art Museum in my itinerary. I would also visit the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Central Library, Guthrie Theatre and University of Minnesota to see the architecture.

    Are you familiar with the public transit system in Mpls? Can I visit those places using public transit alone? I have never been to mpls before. So I have absolutely no idea.


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    Aug 17, 2010 3:30 PM GMT
    You can totally get to all of those places using public transit!!! You have listed all of my favorite places in the city, so I hope you really enjoy them. Go to www.metrotransit.org for the bus and train listings. The train is 55, and the main buses you'll want are the 6, 10, 17, and 18.

    The MIA is absolutely incredible and the Central Library is to die for if you're into that type of thing. It's the library that I use, and I'm always in awe of the building.
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    Aug 18, 2010 12:03 AM GMT
    Walk through the skyway in downtown Minneapolis: enclosed, weather-proof air-conditioned pedestrian bridges connect nearly all of the major buildings downtown on the second floor. Some of my favorite downtown architectural interiors include:

    1.) the B.A.N.K. restaurant in the Westin Hotel,
    2.) Cosmo restaurant in the Graves Hotel (but it's difficult to find the Hotel in the skyway, you'll have to go outside, it's across the street from Target Center.),
    3.) the glass courtyard of the I.D.S. building (designed by Philip Johnson & John Burgee),
    4.) La Salle Plaza (on Hennipen Ave.),
    5.) Gaviidae Common II (in which Neiman Marcus is located).

    Away from downtown, on the North Side (known as one of Mineapolis's more dangerous neighborhoods, though):
    6.) the renovation of the North Regional Library on the North Side of Minneapolis Library is fantastic. It's located at 1315 Lowry Ave. N., Minneapolis 55411.


    B.A.N.K.
    http://www.starwoodhotels.com/westin/property/dining/index.html?propertyID=1723

    Cosmos
    http://www.cosmosrestaurant.com/

    IDS Tower (and Crystal Court)
    http://www.ids-center.com/

    La Salle Plaza
    http://www.emporis.com/application/?nav=building&lng=3&id=122707

    Gaviidae Common
    http://www.gaviidaecommon.com/index.cfm?NAV_ID=1

    North Regional Library (KKE Architects 2007 renovation) photos 22-24 Minneapolis
    http://www.kke.com/libraries/index.html
    Hennipen County Library: North Regional Library
    http://www.hclib.org/News.cfm?ID=3190

    downtown Minneapolis map
    http://maps.minneapolis.org/page/1/downtown-map.html

    North Regional Library map
    http://maps.google.com/maps?georestrict=input_srcid:ed250e11f2ef8dee&hl=en&ie=UTF8&view=map&cid=16399808818001434335&q=North+Regional+Library&iwloc=A&ved=0CIQBEKUG&sa=X&ei=8yJrTN3FGoiWNY3d7dwH
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    Aug 18, 2010 5:36 AM GMT

    Thanks, mplsmike and jetzenpolis. The info you provided will be useful.


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    Aug 18, 2010 5:49 AM GMT
    Are the Twinkies in town? Minnesota Twins. One of the best town in the US for good baseball karma.
    Boundary Waters?
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    Aug 18, 2010 5:50 AM GMT
    Pretty much what they all said. Minneapolis has something for everybody, and wonderful parks and rec, such as Loring Park, Minnehaha park, Lake Calhoun and others. Pizza Lucé is an amazing place to eat and there are a few pizzerias in Minneapolis, if I remember correctly. I was also told that the Spaghetti Factory is pretty good as well.
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    Aug 18, 2010 6:34 AM GMT
    Kev1962 saidAre the Twinkies in town? Minnesota Twins. One of the best town in the US for good baseball karma.
    Boundary Waters?



    I'm not a baseball fan but would cheer for the Blue Jays if they play there.


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    Aug 18, 2010 6:37 AM GMT
    Bullwinklemoos saidPretty much what they all said. Minneapolis has something for everybody, and wonderful parks and rec, such as Loring Park, Minnehaha park, Lake Calhoun and others. Pizza Lucé is an amazing place to eat and there are a few pizzerias in Minneapolis, if I remember correctly. I was also told that the Spaghetti Factory is pretty good as well.



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    Bullwinklemoos saidPretty much what they all said. Minneapolis has something for everybody, and wonderful parks and rec, such as Loring Park, Minnehaha park, Lake Calhoun and others. Pizza Lucé is an amazing place to eat and there are a few pizzerias in Minneapolis, if I remember correctly. I was also told that the Spaghetti Factory is pretty good as well.



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    Aug 18, 2010 6:40 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidIs it too late to change your ticket? icon_razz.gif



    I paid already - leaving this Sunday.


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    Aug 18, 2010 6:42 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidWell....good luck. It is a short trip after all. Will be interesting to read what you think of that town. Please post your opinion after your experience.



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    Aug 18, 2010 5:18 PM GMT
    Leaning Tower Of Pizza in Uptown is always worth the trip. If you like Thai food, then Sen Yea Sen Lek in Northeast is the spot to go to.
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    Aug 18, 2010 5:37 PM GMT
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    Aug 18, 2010 5:43 PM GMT
    MPLS is a great city for viewing great art spaces. I would recommend checking out Le Meridian Chambers hotel downtown on Hennepin. There is some really great modern art in the lobby by artists like Damien Hirst. There is also another gallery attached to it next door that can be hit or miss.

    The walker is fantastic. The Walker sculpture garden is also a great place to sit and people watch if the weather is nice. You will also have a birds eye view of the Basilica of St. Mary, which is the first basilica in the US.

    The new Guthrie is pretty amazing too, definitely try to see a show there if you can get tickets. I would also pick up City Pages when you get in. They outline what to do for the week, wether it's movies, dance,concerts, plays, etc. It is usually pretty helpful for city visitors because of the wide range of suggestions.

    Getting to the Frank Gehry designed Weisman art museum is really easy on public transportation, leaving from downtown.

    The city also has bikes you can rent throughout the entire city, which is a great way to see things or go for a ride around the lakes, which most locals like to do in warmer weather. It's great eye candy to sit on the water and just people watch. (You while see racks of green bikes all over downtown for pick up or drop off). You will also notice city ambassadors walking around the city in the same bright green color, and they come in handy for directions and suggestions.

    As long as you aren't coming to the city to party and have a "boystown" or "west Hollywood" experience, I think you will like it. The boys here are not too outwardly friendly, so be prepared to strike up the conversation if you want to get to know the locals. It used to frustrate me, but people are great once you start talking.

    The shopping in the city is pretty average, especially if you are from Toronto... but we don't pay tax on clothing, which is great.

    The newest place to eat downtown is Tom Pham's Wonderous Azian kitchen on Hennepin. He is sort of a well know restauranteur around town and might be worth checking out or stopping in to have a drink. (the local beer is Summit, btw.) I would also check out First Avenue nightclub if you are into Prince at all. It is were Purple Rain was filmed.

    This is a city without a lot of pretense or showing off, but people are always telling me how surprised they are by how clean it is and all of the things going on around the city, especially in the warmer months.

    Have fun!

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    Aug 18, 2010 6:12 PM GMT
    naaaahhh, it should have been milwaukee
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    Aug 19, 2010 3:13 AM GMT
    mplsmike saidLeaning Tower Of Pizza in Uptown is always worth the trip. If you like Thai food, then Sen Yea Sen Lek in Northeast is the spot to go to.



    That's further confrmation that I won't starve in Mpls icon_smile.gif


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    Aug 19, 2010 3:36 AM GMT
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    Aug 19, 2010 4:29 AM GMT
    my favorite museum downtown Mpls-

    http://www.millcitymuseum.org/




    my favorite restaurant for lunch downtown Mpls-step back in time

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    http://www.petersgrill.com/


    best breakfast- near the U of M

    http://www.yelp.com/biz/als-breakfast-minneapolis

    and if you miss your flite and get stuck one more day--check out the MN State Fair---one of the best in the country--starts 26Aug

    http://www.mnstatefair.org/




    have fun in my favorite city---it is home---
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    Aug 19, 2010 4:56 AM GMT
    MNrunner2003 saidMPLS is a great city for viewing great art spaces. I would recommend checking out Le Meridian Chambers hotel downtown on Hennepin. There is some really great modern art in the lobby by artists like Damien Hirst. There is also another gallery attached to it next door that can be hit or miss.


    That's really great news. I love the Young British Artists a lot. Since I'm not a guest there, are there any public spaces inside the hotel that I can visit? I believe the restaurant is one?


    MNrunner2003 said
    I would also pick up City Pages when you get in. They outline what to do for the week, wether it's movies, dance,concerts, plays, etc. It is usually pretty helpful for city visitors because of the wide range of suggestions.


    I could probably use the City Pages. I checked out their website and found a listing of art galleries. Where can I pick up a hard copy?


    MNrunner2003 said
    As long as you aren't coming to the city to party and have a "boystown" or "west Hollywood" experience, I think you will like it. The boys here are not too outwardly friendly, so be prepared to strike up the conversation if you want to get to know the locals. It used to frustrate me, but people are great once you start talking.


    That's fine. I don't expect any partying anyway. Striking up a conversation could be a challenge for me though. I'll try.

    Thanks very much MNrunner. I really appreciate your tips.


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    Aug 19, 2010 5:04 AM GMT
    BuckYou saidnaaaahhh, it should have been milwaukee



    Sorry to disappoint you, BuckYou. I promise to visit Milwaukee next time if you will be my guide. icon_wink.gif


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    Aug 19, 2010 5:20 AM GMT
    daguerreo saidmy favorite museum downtown Mpls-

    http://www.millcitymuseum.org/


    Nice, daguerreo. I actually considered visiting the Mill City Museum. I like industrial buildings.


    daguerreo said
    my favorite restaurant for lunch downtown Mpls-step back in time

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    http://www.petersgrill.com/


    "... large portions and affordable ..." I like that.


    daguerreo saidand if you miss your flite and get stuck one more day--check out the MN State Fair---one of the best in the country--starts 26Aug

    http://www.mnstatefair.org/


    Hope I can't make it. icon_smile.gif Thanks anyway.


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    Aug 19, 2010 1:39 PM GMT
    you are welcome---

    another great place that I used to frequent--just across the river from downtown

    http://kramarczuk.com/

    and if you feel in the mood to polka, it's close to kramarczuk's

    http://nyespolonaise.com/
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    Aug 20, 2010 3:06 AM GMT
    daguerreo saidyou are welcome---

    another great place that I used to frequent--just across the river from downtown

    http://kramarczuk.com/

    and if you feel in the mood to polka, it's close to kramarczuk's

    http://nyespolonaise.com/



    Now I know you've decided to make me gain a few pounds. "Jedzcie pijcie i popuszczajcie pas." I suspect you're Polish.