Places to Stay
Are you coming from out of town? Just looking for a night away while you celebrate with us? Here are some of our recommendations for local sleep spots.
Want to be close to the venue? Book early! The State Fair will be in full swing.
www.airbnb.com - AirBnB is a great option. For rentals in wonderfully walkable neighborhoods try "North Loop", "Downtown" or Uptown. To be closer to the venue try "Falcon Heights". Northeast is great, too! It's where we live.
Home2 Suites - brand new hotel opening up in June. We have a few folks already booking there and it is a quick and easy ride to the venue, highway access and points in and around town.
Radisson Blu - Mall of America location, if you are a big shopper, water park lover or first-timer to MN this is a fun option. The hotel is attached to the Mall of America, replete with food and entertainment options and also an easy walk to the Light Rail which will take you downtown. Radisson also offers a downtown location. Both hotels are high in style and experience.
The W - Right in the heart of Minneapolis, the W is host to Manny's Steakhouse, the Living Room and Prohibition. The W is also part of Foshay Tower, Minneapolis' first skyscraper and historical landmark. A super fun option for those looking to keep the party going and have easy taxi access to everywhere.
For options closer to the venue try searching chain hotels in the Roseville, MN area.
Things to See, Do and Eat
The Minnesota State Fair! - If you are coming in from out of town the State Fair is not to be missed! Every fried food you can imagine. More foods on sticks that you can imagine. Tom Thumb donuts, foot-long corn dogs, giant turkey legs, Sweet Martha's cookies, the Milk Barn, stellar music, people in fanny packs, midway games, butter sculpting, agriculture, arts, crafts and farm animals galore!
The Walker Art Center - Modern art museum with large, attached sculpture garden. Home to many famous works, including the Spoonbridge Cherry by Claus Oldenburg which made Sarah feel right at home. Confused? Ask the bride about her tattoos.
Minneapolis Institute of Art - beautiful, classical art museum set on the same campus as MCAD and the Children's Theater.
Mall of America and the Lego store - largest mall in North America, more stores than you can shake a stick at. Trust us, your arm will fall off before you're done shaking a stick at each one. Attached to the Radisson Blu, an easy Light Rail trip from downtown, many restaurants, a movie theater and a theme park, to boot.
Psycho Suzi's and Betty Danger's - Hilarious and fun theme bars. The folks behind Betty Danger's and Psycho Suzi's have the formula down. Big, splashy drinks and big, splashy decor. Suzi's is a Tiki bar while Betty's claims to be a country club of sorts. Suzi's has a large, riverfront deck and build your own Bloody Mary bar. Betty's has a ferris wheel where you can drink and mini golf. Fun times!
Minnehaha Falls - Gorgeous natural landmark, tallest natural waterfall on the Mississippi river, which originates right here in Minnesota.
The Mall of St. Paul - One of the first antique malls Sarah discovered out here. Many dealers all in one locations. Something for everyone. Great prices and occasional haggling opportunities, too!
Hopkins Main Street - Hopkins is just southwest of the cities and worth the drive if you have the time. Main Street is lined with antique malls and family-owned businesses. Great deals, really low-key, fun cash-only diner, too.
Corner Table - One of the first restaurants where Mike and Sarah had a "real" restaurant outing together. Warm and intimate atmosphere, stellar wine and fabulous food. Worth the investment.
First Ave - Site of the infamous Trombone Shorty concert that helped Mike and Sarah turn the romance corner. Many famous artists got their start here, including Prince! Great dance DJ nights, concerts and events.
Obento Ya - A neighborhood sushi and ramen joint we love. Highly recommend the tuna wasabi salad and the chicken kara age bento. Yummmmmmmm!
Brasa - Delicious local joint serving up foods with a Southern, Mexican, Carribean feel. Intimate atmosphere with a great fire pit for gathering around outside. Must try the Pulled Chicken in creamy gravy, Crispy Yuca and Collards with Smoken Chicken. Drooling yet?