My Weekend in Minneapolis

I'm going to make an effort to bring you longer posts with better content in the future. I decided to scrap the multiple segmented trip reports and bring you one comprehensive post. I make sure to cover all of the basics like how we got there, where we stayed, what we saw and where we ate. I think this provides some great content without over analyzing any one specific part. Let me know what you think! 

How'd We Get There?

Elizabeth and I flew Delta round-trip from Omaha to Minneapolis. The tickets cost $307.70 a piece, but I don't mind paying a premium to get to my destination in one hour, rather than six. It was a beautiful morning and you can't beat watching the sunrise on a plane. One of the best views ever.

View from the wing

Where Did We Stay?

Saturday night we stayed at the Minneapolis Marriott City Center.

Image courtesy of Marriott.com

Image courtesy of Marriott.com

I booked a standard room with a double bed and a city view. Our grand total for one night with taxes, fees, and parking was $328.85. That's normally on the high side for me, but once again,  I don't mind paying a little extra to be within walking distance of both Target Field and the rest of downtown Minneapolis.

The room was your basic hotel room, nothing too fancy. The beds and pillows were top notch, and felt amazing after an evening of baseball and various adult beverages.

Minneapolis Marriott City Center

Minneapolis Marriott City Center

The "city view" as they called it, was worth every bit of the extra $10. We had an awesome view of the skyline. I was caught gazing out the window on multiple occasions.

Minneapolis Marriott city view

Minneapolis Marriott city view

Views

We spent Sunday night at our friend, Rachel's house. She was kind enough to open her doors to a couple weary travelers, so we thank her for that.

What Did We See?

Saturday evening Elizabeth and I met up with my old college roommates, aka The Center Street Boyz, at the Twins vs. Royals game. I had a heck of a time watching ball and drinking beer with the fellas. It's a shame we had to grow up, but when we get back together it's like we've never left 127 Center Street. But that's enough reminiscing for one post! *wipes small tear from eye*

The Center Street Boyz

Target Field is one of the best venues in Major League Baseball. I've seen a couple games there since it opened in 2010, and it still looks brand new.

Target Field

It is located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis and is surrounded by countless bars, restaurants, and hotels. The Minneapolis skyline is the perfect back drop to the lush, green playing field. I'd be the first person to tell you I hate the Twins, but damn they've got a nice ball park!

Target Field

Target Field

Sunday morning Elizabeth and I met up with Rachel for a makeshift Tour-de-Minneapolis. We started our journey at Mill Ruins Park. The park is made up of  walking paths and bike trails that run alongside the old mill buildings and the bank of the Mississippi River.

Mill Ruins Park

They've converted a lot of them into condos and even made one into a museum. The museum was especially cool because the architects used the ruins from the old building and more or less encased them in glass framework. You can even see the original blueprints that were added to the glass.

Mill City Museum

Mill City Museum

Mill Ruins Park

Mill Ruins Park

On our walk Rachel showed us some of the ins and outs of being a hip freelance photographer. In between lessons Rachel was able to capture some great pictures of Elizabeth and I. You can see more of Rachel's photography work here.

No, this is not an engagement photo.

No, this is not an engagement photo.

Elizabeth and I

Elizabeth and I

Gazing off into the distance

Gazing off into the distance

Elizabeth loving life

Elizabeth loving life

After that we went into the Guthrie Theater and did some exploring.

Guthrie Theater

Guthrie Theater

It's not often buildings like the Guthrie Theater are just open for exploration at no cost. It's an interesting building with lots of cool architecture.

Guthrie Theater

Guthrie Theater

There's also an elusive "yellow room" inside the Guthrie that can only be accessed by one elevator. See if you can find it when you're there! It offers cool views of the surrounding river bank and city. It's almost like you're in a real life Instagram filter...

View from the Guthrie Theater "Yellow Room"

View from the Guthrie Theater "Yellow Room"

Check out the new US Bank Stadium.

US Bank Stadium

US Bank Stadium

On Monday we visited the University of Minnesota campus. This was my first time visiting the campus and I was thoroughly impressed. Maybe I should've been a Golden Gopher?

I should've been a Gopher...

I should've been a Gopher...

The campus itself looked perfect and the whole place just seemed like there was knowledge oozing from the walls. Walking through the buildings and seeing the early student traffic definitely made me want to go back to college.

The University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota

After visiting the U of M or "The U" as the locals call it, we went to Minnehaha Park. Minnehaha Park is home to the beautiful Minnehaha Falls.

Minnehaha Falls

Minnehaha Falls

Rachel and I. BFF's 

Rachel and I. BFF's 

We spent the rest of the afternoon walking along the various trails. Minnehaha park offers a combination of paved and rustic trails so there's something there for everyone. It was a great way to stretch out the legs and enjoy some sunshine before heading to the airport.

Where Did We Eat?

The real question is what didn't we eat? Elizabeth, Rachel, and myself are arguably some of the biggest foodies on the planet. Right after we landed, Rachel took us to breakfast at The Lowry.

The Lowry

The Lowry

Coffee: the life blood of tourists everywhere 

Coffee: the life blood of tourists everywhere 

We followed that up with coffee at Minneapolis' own Spyhouse Coffee Shop.

Spyhouse Coffee Shop

Spyhouse Coffee Shop

Just when you thought we were done eating, we swung into Bogart's Doughnut Co. for a delicious glazed doughnut. Talk about full...

Bogart's Doughnut Co.

Bogart's Doughnut Co.

Bogart's Doughnut Co.

Bogart's Doughnut Co.

Sunday we sampled Izzy's ice cream with their famous Izzy Scoop. The Izzy Scoop is a small little scoop of a different ice cream on top of your regular order. I chose a raspberry sorbet Izzy Scoop to accompany my chocolate ice cream. 

Can you tell which one is mine?

Can you tell which one is mine?

For dinner we went Louis Ristorante & Bar in St. Paul. We had dinner on the patio and shared a bottle of wine.

Louis Ristorante & Bar

Louis Ristorante & Bar

Dinner at Louis Ristorante & Bar

Dinner at Louis Ristorante & Bar

Cheers!

Cheers!

I'm a sucker for Italian food and this did not disappoint. Louis offers a smaller menu if you eat on the patio, but all three of us still found something we enjoyed.

Whenever we visit a city Elizabeth always has a few places she follows on Instagram that she'd like to try. Minneapolis was no different.

Elizabeth's crown jewel this trip was Black Coffee and Waffle Bar. She'd been raving about their Instagram for weeks. Trust me, it was as good as it looks.

Black Coffee and Waffle Bar

Black Coffee and Waffle Bar

Breakfast at Black Coffee and Waffle Bar

Breakfast at Black Coffee and Waffle Bar

I had the Naughty Waffle (top left) with strawberries, bananas, blueberries, almond butter, granola and whipped cream. I love a good waffle with some fruit.

Our last meal before we hit the airport was at Sea Salt in Minnehaha Park.

Sea Salt

Sea Salt

I thought it was an odd contrast to have seafood place in the middle of a park, but it was great! We were starving after our miniature hike and their fish tacos hit the spot.

Sea Salt's grilled ma-hi tacos

Sea Salt's grilled ma-hi tacos

Rachel and I had the grilled ma-hi tacos and Elizabeth got the fried scallop tacos. My tacos were good, but I'd definitely go with the fried scallop tacos next time.

All-In-All

We had a great weekend in Minneapolis. I always love getting together with my old roommates, aka The Center Street Boyz, and reliving the glory days. I know the majority of you never thought you'd see the day, but we actually hold steady jobs and live respectable lives now. 

Rachel was a fantastic hostess and I can't thank her enough for letting us stay in her home and chauffeuring us all over the Twin Cities. I think the recipe for any great trip is great friends, great food and good fun. We accomplished all three on this trip so it was a success!

What part of our trip sounded like the most fun?