Conference season has kicked off for my industry. Luckily for me, I was able to take advantage of one this year! Wednesday through Friday of last week I was able to visit the lovely town of Minneapolis, Minnesota for a conference on higher education.
Our adventure began with a smooth takeoff from O’Hare International on a Delta flight. A thirty minute cab ride later we had arrived at our hotel. And the hotel was amazing. My boss and I stayed at a Residence Inn Suites in downtown Minneapolis. Neither of us realized the hotel was all suites. Surprised was just one word I felt when I opened the door, and jack-pot! The room featured a kitchen, with a breakfast bar, full size fridge, two burner top, microwave and dishwasher. Plus the rest of the room was huge with a king size bed, sofa, chair and desk. The staff were great too. There was also complimentary coffee and tea available, as well as apples and if you arrived in the mid afternoon, warm cookies! Yep, I was sold.
But here are a few other places I managed to get around too and would definitely recommend them.
Devil’s Advocate: Meatball bar. You can choose your meat, sauce and from 40 different craft beers. The food is delicious. I would go back to Minneapolis just to go back to this place.
Burnet Art Gallery at Le Méridien Chambers Minneapolis, corner of 9th Street South and Hennepin Avenue. They were featuring some very interesting modern art tapestry. Unfortunately their outdoor garden area was closed due to renovation. It’s the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the outdoors. But, if you go while it’s still under construction, check out their rooftop bar and restaurant. You’ll get great views of the city.
Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant has fabulous outdoor seating. It reminded me of someone’s back patio with sofa and chair setting. I just wanted to sit down with a glass of wine with my friends and enjoy the music. Besides having killer music, their food was fantastic. Plus they had a variety of Summit beer on tap. Yep, I was one happy camper.
There are a few places that I want to check out still. Namely the brew pubs that are popping up like daisy’s as well as the Hell’s Kitchen bakery. Apparently they are dishing up some tasty treats. All the more reason to go back right?