Heading to Minneapolis in March was not my choice... after all, it's FREEZING up there! But knowing that a chance work trip would result in seeing my North Dakota relatives, I was happy to venture up there on St. Patrick's Day. I stayed at the W Minneapolis - The Foshay, a posh and modern hotel with an abnormally dark lobby, but I guess it's all about the ambiance! The room was great, with a fancy little pink bar and big windows. The bathroom was beautiful too.
We decided to stick to the hotel area to eat, so we ate at the Keys Cafe, a local chain of cafe/bakeries that serve breakfast all day! I had eggs and turkey sausage, with some sourdough and their delicious homemade strawberry jam. Then they told us about their dessert case, and I had to have some warm apple pie a la mode. I suppose I should have looked at the portion size, because it was HUGE. All the desserts and portions were big, and the prices very reasonable. It felt like a diner, but with a fantastic bakery to boot.
We then headed up to the bar at the top of the W, Prohibition, which as windows that provide a 360-degree view of the skyline around the building. It was beautiful! There were lounge areas all over, definitely a neat space to mingle. It really picked up as it got later, with a pretty hip crowd stopping by for $15 cocktails. I had An Epiphany, with Grey Goose La Poire vodka, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, sparkling wine, and an orchid garnish. An ORCHID. Okay, so that's why the cocktail costs $15. Delicious, refreshing, and yum. Definitely on par with the pricey drinks in Nashville at places like Patterson House.
One thing about Minneapolis that really impressed me was the Skyway system. While I was surprised by the number of homeless people wandering the Skyway (then again, it is COLD outside) I was more pleasantly happy to find that I didn't have to carry my heavy coat everywhere. I could walk blocks and blocks without every going outside, navigating the maze. There are also coffee shops and quick service restaurants all throughout, which is great for a caffeine fix. I also really liked the big City Target store!
Also, I felt super cool for using Uber for the first time! It's one of those use-your-phone-to-call-a-towncar apps that shows you what cars are near you, pays the fare/tip via your phone (Paypal, credit card, etc.), and you know what your wait time is. I really like that you can drop a pin on a map and they come to you, vs. hailing a cab in an unfamiliar city on your own. I also think it's great that you get a photo of your driver for safety.
This is the only business trip I've ever made to Minneapolis, and I honestly hope it's not the last. I hear it's a great place to visit in summer, and the foodie scene is booming. It seems to be a pretty young and hip city, and I like it!