Standing in the Emery's lobby, where live greenery thrives and natural light streams in, it's hard to believe that this used to be Hotel Minneapolis. Emery is still an Autograph Collection hotel, like Hotel Minneapolis was, but it is, for all intents and purposes, a new, not just renovated, hotel. 

Some features, like the marble columns, survived the overhaul. But the name Emery was chosen for the abrasive material of the same name; it connotes the scraping away of the old and polishing of the new.

It's day and night. That's especially, and almost literally, true for the restaurant; Hotel Minneapolis' Restaurant Max was known for its dim lighting, while windows and lighting fixtures were added to Emery's Giulia to create an on-trend atmosphere.

It's the Spyhouse Coffee bar in the lobby, though, that got me most excited to visit Minneapolis' newest hotel.

Like other Spyhouse locations, croissants and other pastries from Black Walnut Bakery are available (I can vouch for the deliciousness of the sauerkraut, caramelized onion and Gruyère croissant). But unlike other Spyhouses, beer and wine are served at night.

It's a place where you can imagine staying all day, with plenty of outlets, seating options, and food and drink available for every mealtime. And who knows, you might just want to stay the night.

There is nothing like the energy of a college campus as students return for the fall semester. By the time Labor Day hits, many students are itching to get back to their friends and return to routine, even at the cost of exams, papers, and presentations. 

 

Lauren Bennett McGinty took over as executive director of Explore Minnesota Tourism in November 2021. The longtime Minnesota resident who moved here from Milwaukee when she was four has thoughtful reasons about why she remains in the North Star State.

“I moved to Minneapolis after I graduated from [Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter], and I put my roots down here,” she says. “I think a lot of it is I continue to find something new everywhere I go, and the people here are just wonderful. We have such a diverse and rich culture. I love everything about it.”

 

Cafe and Bar Lurcat in downtown Minneapolis is an elegant, multifaceted haven for food lovers looking to host an event. This chic, yet urban venue offers delectable cuisine and three private event spaces—and for their special events, Cafe and Bar Lurcat partners with D’Amico Catering, a Twin Cities hospitality company that has served the area for over 30 years.