• News of Note from St. Paul

     
    POSTED April 3, 2022
     
  • News of Note from St. Paul

     
    POSTED April 3, 2022
     

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. 

Since starting out as a one-room display of curiosities, Bell Museum of natural history at University of Minnesota has become an important cultural institution and location for gatherings, from small meetings to large galas. Horizon Hall, Ruth and John Huss Observation Deck, Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Planetarium are available for private rentals, and a full buyout can accommodate 600 guests for a reception or 150 for a seated dinner. To mark its 150 anniversary in 2022, a yearlong celebration is underway and includes events, new exhibitions and an original planetarium show. 

A highlight reel isn’t complete with a few food and beverage mentions. Groups are sure to enjoy Emerald Lounge that opened in February on St. Paul’s West Seventh Street. Wine, craft cocktails, tapas-style plates and shareable entrees are menu highlights. Morrissey Hospitality is opening Momento in the former Pazzaluna space. The 104-seat restaurant and bar will feature new American all-day fare and have a 50-seat patio. 

The Apostle Supper Club and False Eye Doll Tiki Bar are slated to open this summer in a 7,000-square-foot space on the ground floor of The Arlow on Kellogg, across from Xcel Energy Center. Purpose Restaurants also is opening The Apostle Supper Club at the top of Radisson Hotel Duluth this spring. The vision for the St. Paul location is a 1960s Palm Springs-inspired supper club, piano bar and lounge.

Explore Minnesota Tourism is accepting nominations for the agency’s tourism awards through Jan. 10, 2023. The awards honor people, marketing campaigns, and other initiatives that promote Minnesota as a destination.

To be considered for an award, a form must be submitted for each nomination. Explore Minnesota Tourism requests specific details about each nomination, i.e., goals, results, return on investment figures, accomplishments, etc. Supporting documents and creative elements help the Explore Minnesota Awards Committee score each submission.

 

Readers of Condé Nast Traveler chose the JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America as the 28th best hotel in the world and the top hotel in the Midwest.

Since it opened in November 2015, the JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America has set a new standard for luxury. Now, the readers of Condé Nast Traveler have chosen the hotel as the 28th best in the world and the top hotel in the Midwest in the 2022 Readers’ Choice Awards.

 

Do you ever wonder what St. Paul was like in the era of gangsters and organized crime? With the help of the Wabasha Street Caves’ Saint Paul Gangster Tours, you can learn from a mobster (in costume) about what life was like as outlaws in the city, the places they would frequent, and the crimes they committed.