We had a blast hosting the Minnesota M+E Best of 2019 readers' choice awards last night at the Lumber Exchange Event Center. Hopefully you were there celebrating with us!

Although there were no puppies this year due to a puppy shortage (which is, ultimately, a very good thing!), Discover St. Louis Park instead sponsored Uber rides home for guests (meaning guests could enjoy the open bar a little more freely). 

Thanks to Mall of America, the premier sponsor, we had some fun experiences for guests. Tiffany Rose Goodyear scented the event, and Claire Ward Illustrations did live illustrations for anyone who was lucky enough to get a slot. My husband and I just adore the illustration Claire did for us (pictured)—we look so fashionable! It's easily my favorite event takeaway, and something that we'll frame and keep forever.

Our other event partners included: Haute House Studio (décor and floral); DJ Don/Gen Now; North Mallow (s'more bar); Time into Pixels (photo booth); and Coppersmith Photography (click here for photos from the event photos).

Congratulations to our Best of 2019 winners and Hall of Famers

Beginning in August, Viking River Cruises will debut voyages on the upper and lower Mississippi River between St. Paul and News Orleans, with a stop in Red Wing on day two. The new Viking Mississippi holds up to 386 guests in 193 staterooms and docks and departs from Lower Landing in St. Paul. 

 

The 2022 Explore Minnesota Tourism Conference, held on March 1 at the Sheraton Minneapolis West Hotel, featured both in-person and virtual learning for representatives of tourism organizations, attractions, lodging properties and other entities. The gathering kicked off with remarks by Gov. Tim Walz and Explore Minnesota Director Lauren Bennett McGinty. 

 

D’Amico Catering has returned to Walker Art Center as the exclusive culinary and planning service for all private events taking place at the museum. The Minneapolis-based catering company managed the Walker Art Center’s special events and food service from 2011-2016.