Twin Cities

New Hampton Inn & Suites Opening in Minneapolis University Area

Hilton Hotel and Minneapolis-based Kaeding Management Group have teamed up to open the Hampton Inn and Suites Minneapolis University Area in early October.

“It’s the first Hilton hotel project within the Kaeding Management Group portfolio, and the first one that combines the essence of the neighborhood, the Hampton brand and the Kaeding touch,” says Jamie Goodchild, general manager of the Hampton Inn and Suites Minneapolis University Area.

Hop21 Serves up a Stellar Team-Building Activity

The first of its kind in the Twin Cities, Hop21 is a table tennis club and bar that doubles as an ace team-building outing. The 4,500-squarefoot space is fit for 20-125 guests. “Anybody can play; you don’t have to be a super athlete … that’s what’s great about pingpong,” says CEO and Chief Manager Max Vinogradov, a self-deemed pingpong amateur who grew up playing in Russia.

Relive Yesteryear in a Minnesota Historic Venue

Minnesota may be known as the "Land of Lakes," but it could be referred to as the “Land of Historic Sites,” as well. From Grand Rapids to the Twin Cities to Red Wing, there is a cornucopia of historic venues in state that recall the days of yore. The following are 10 renowned spots that will take you back in time.

St. James Hotel, Red Wing

Catch Wind of Lake Minnetonka's Venues on the Water

When summer finally comes to our state, it seems all Minnesotans have one common goal: to enjoy the outdoors as much as possible until the weather turns cold. For those in the Twin Cities, taking advantage of those three short months of great weather often means heading up north to a cabin, but there’s another option much closer to home.

Du Nord Craft Spirits Serves Up Distillery Tours

Opening a microdistillery in Minnesota used to be a very spendy endeavor—that is, until a provision passed through legislature in 2011 that reduced the license fee from $30,000 to $1,100. Shanelle and Chris Montana took advantage of that provision, and began production in April 2014 and opened Du Nord Craft Spirits last January, the first cocktail room in the Twin Cities. “We had always been lovers of craft and of local products and really anything that ties the farm and the city together,” says Shanelle.

Salvation Army's MOST Amazing Race Raises Funds & Fun

From golf tournaments to auctions and 5Ks, fundraising events can be fairly unoriginal. Ten years ago the Twin Cities Salvation Army looked for a unique annual fundraising op- portunity to engage a younger demographic. They came up with the MOST Amazing Race.

Prepared to Please

A nonprofessional may be drafted as a full-fledged event planner at any time: a bachelorette party, best friend’s birthday get-together or co-worker’s promotion soiree. These affairs require event planning rookies to brainstorm themed events with fresh ideas. For that dutiful friend-, spouse- or co-worker-turned-event-planner, Salut Bar Américain created Ensemble Events.

Get Back to Nature With These Pastoral Minnesota Gems

Farm-to-table was so last year. Now, instead of just clamoring for farm-fresh food at mealtimes, city folk want to visit rural locations for meetings and events. In farmland all over Minnesota, barns have been spruced up and modernized, ready for a new era of rustic-style occasions (with plenty of modern touches).

The Barn at Dunvilla, Pelican Rapids

Take Advantage of Summer With Outdoor Venues

SUMMERTIME IS FINALLY HERE, and now’s your chance to show your guests how spectacular Minnesota can truly be. From the city’s rooftops to the riverfront, we’ve found outdoor venues that will give your guests a breath of fresh air and show the Twin Cities at their very best.

The Skygarden at Crowne Plaza Northstar Hotel

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