From the Official SU Aluni Club of Minnesota: WELCOME, ORANGE FANS, TO THE TWIN CITIES!
The weekend of September 21 promises to be a fun, and eventful one in Minneapolis!
Not only are our beloved Orange taking on the (vile, hated, all-around-evil) Gophers at TCF Bank Stadium on September 22, but it is also Fashion Week in Minneapolis http://mnfashion.org/ (a chance for you to show off every Cuse t-shirt you’ve invested money in over the past 5 years, perchance?), and the Vikings (boo!) take on the San Francisco 49ers (meh) at Mall of America Field (The Metrodome)!
If you are going to be in town for the Syracuse vs. Minnesota football game – and here with family, the better half, or just hanging out with buddies, here are some things you can do around town, that hopefully wont disappoint!
Downtown Minneapolis is like any other metropolitan downtown city; it is home to the Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Timberwolves, Minnesota Lynx, and the Minnesota Vikings. During the week, the city bustles with business, during the weekend, the city is quiet during the day and comes alive at night along Hennepin Avenue, First Avenue and Nicollet Mall (where all the bars, clubs and restaurants are centered).
If you are in the coveted-by-advertisers demographic, then the bars/restaurants along First Avenue are for you. If you prefer a more quite/relaxed bar/restaurant atmosphere, then Nicollet Mall is the place for you. If you are into the 'see and be scene' trendy bars/restaurants, then Hennepin Avenue is for you.
Uptown Minneapolis is Downtown Minneapolis’ younger and trendy (read: HIPSTER-ISH) neighbor. The neighborhood houses more unique/trend-setting shops/establishments and is usually where the college kids move immediately after college. It's also home to the chain of lakes, which is a 'must-see' during the day.
Northeast Minneapolis is the 'artsy center' of Minneapolis and has a variety of unique shops, restaurants and bars. This is an area not usually highly visited by tourists, but if you have the time, make a trip to Nye's Polonaise Room!
Local musical interlude:
Some places to see:
1. Historic Mill District, Stone Arch Bridge, St. Anthony Main: enjoy the most stunning urban landscape in the Upper Midwest
- Start your Saturday morning at the Mill City Farmers Market (millcityfarmersmarket.org), enjoy a breakfast sandwich and buy some homemade Minnesota jams. While you are in the neighborhood, stroll a block away to Gold Medal Flour Park and the 35W Bridge Collapse Memorial.
Head back to the Guthrie Theater, Minnesota's most famous theater and tour the inside. Head upstairs and outside to catch one of the most breathtaking views of the St. Anthony Falls, Lock and Dam and Mississippi River.
When you are finished there, stroll through the Mill City Museum and then head down West River Parkway and take a stroll across the Stone Arch Bridge. After you cross over the river into Father Hennepin Park, stroll north and enjoy the quite cobblestone streets along St. Anthony Main.
Stop for a coffee or a rest on a park bench and then head out along the Energy Center for a up close and personal view of the St. Anthony Falls. If you feel up for it, grab a 'Nice Ride,' the city's public bike program and bike around the river!
St Anthony Main has a great choice of fun bars, and restaurants. Vic’s, Tuggs, Pracna, and The Aster Café offer some fun dining, and adult beverage options on cobble-stone streets, by the river. There are also Segway (WASSAP PAUL BLART!), and horse-drawn carriage rides rides available.
2. Sculpture Garden/Walker Art Center
- Don't forget to visit the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and adjacent Walker Art Center. Both house tremendous art works and the Sculpture Garden is home to the famous spoon and cherry monument.
3. The Lakes: Lake Calhoun, Lake Harriet, Lake of the Isles
- Minneapolis is called the City of Lakes for a reason and these three lakes are the most famous and well visited. Head to Uptown and take a stroll around the lakes. Lake Calhoun is the recommended lake to walk around, and you will pass rollerbladers, bikers and runners. Several beaches dot the lake and kayaks are also available for rental. The lake is 3 miles around. On Lake Calhoun is the restaurant Tin Fish - stop for a bite (lunch) and enjoy an afternoon drink.
For a more quite lake, take your time to traverse around Lake Harriet. Lake Harriet is about 2.8 miles around and features the Lake Harriet Bandshell, the Rose Garden and is a more scenic, tree-lined lake. Lake of the Isles is the lake to walk around to see some of Minnesota's most beautiful homes.
4. Twins Stadium Tour
- Are you a baseball fan? Target Field is one of the best, new ball-parks in the major leagues. Visiting the Twins Stadium should not be missed! Tours are offered on non-game day Saturdays! You are in luck, as the Twins are out of town on Saturday, September 22. Click on the link for tour information.
Local Music Interlude:
Owl City - Fireflies (dont hate)
Make your reservations in advance. Given that the occupancy rate in Downtown Minneapolis is nearly 100%, restaurants will be full. Below are the best dining recommendations for Friday dinner:
Downtown Minneapolis - Dinner
1. Zelo Restaurant, 831 Nicollet Mall, Italian, zelomn.com
2. Crave America, 825 Hennepin Avenue, American, craveamerica.com
3. Loring Kitchen + Bar, 1359 Willow Street (on Loring Park), American, loringkitchen.com
4. Bar La Grassa, 800 North Washington Avenue, Italian, barlagrassa.com
5. Wondrous Azian Kitchen, 533 Hennepin Avenue, Asian, wondrousmpls.com
6. Porter + Frye, 1115 2nd Avenue South, American, porterandfrye.com
7. Manny's Steakhouse - W Hotel, 825 Marquette Avenue South, Steak, mannyssteakhouse.com
Downtown Restaurants with rooftop dining/drinking:
1. Crave America (listed above)
2. Solera, 900 Hennepin Avenue, Tapas, solera-restaurant.com
3. Seven Sushi & Ultralounge, 700 Hennepin Avenue, Japanese & Sushi, 7mpls.com
4. Le Meridien Chambers Hotel, 901 Hennepin Avenue (trendy rooftop bar and trendy courtyard bar), also hosts D'Amico Kitchen, Italian, lemeridienchambers.com
Can't get a reservation in Downtown Minneapolis? Walk the three (3) main thoroughfares and stop in at any place that looks good to you:
- Hennepin Avenue (between 5th Street and 9th Street)
- 1st Avenue (between 4th Street and 8th Street)
- Nicollet Mall (between 5th Street and 11th Street)
Northeast Minneapolis - Dinner
1. Northeast Social, 359 13th Avenue Northeast, American, northeastsocial.com
2. Masu Sushi and Robata, 330 East Hennepin Avenue, Japanese, masusushiandrobata.com
3. Red Stag Supper Club, 509 1st Avenue Northeast, American, redstagsupperclub.com
4. Nye's Polonaise Room, 112 East Hennepin Avenue, Polish & American, nyespolonaise.com ** This is a MINNESOTA legendary restaurant **
Uptown Minneapolis - Dinner
1. Chino Latino, 2916 Hennepin Avenue, Asian-Cuban Fusion, chinolatino.com
2. Stella's Fish Cafe, 1400 W. Lake Street, Seafood, stellasfishcafe.com
3. Amore Victora, 1601 W. Lake Street,Italian, amorevictoria.com
4. The Lowry, 2112 Hennepin Avenue, American, thelowryuptown.com
The below are Minneapolis best restaurants for breakfast/brunch. You can't go wrong by eating at one of these restaurants!
1. Keys Foshay, 114 South 9th Street, keysfoshay.com
2. Hell's Kitchen, 80 South 9th Street, hellskitcheninc.com
3. Ike's, 50 South 6th Street, ilikeikes.com
There are way too many good places to eat, drink and have a good time in the cities (Did you know, the MPLS/ STP area has the second highest, per-capita theater capacity – second only to New York City?) to cover in a quick preview. You can hit-up http://mspmag.com/ for more options!
A message from the Club:
Please join us on Saturday, September 22 from 4:00-6:45 pm at the Loring Pasta Bar's "Red Room," in Dinkytown. The Red Room is a private space with a rooftop deck, reserved exclusively for the Syracuse Alumni Club of MN
The event will include the following: Pre-Game live broadcast with TK99, visit by Otto & the Cheerleaders, special guest Floyd Little!
The cost is: $35/person (children $15, 4 and under - Free). The $35 includes the following: Coconut Shrimp, Beef Skewers, Chicken Wings, Stuffed Crimini Mushrooms, Chicken & Vegetable Pot Stickers and Salsa Italiano Crostini. The $35 also includes all non-alcoholic beverages. We will have some fun Syracuse goodies to give away as well! To sign-up for this event and remit, please contact Jennifer Carnahan at jkcarnah at msn dot com. Hope you can make this great event!
Hope you have a great time in the Twin Cities, and GO ORANGE!!
Thank you very, very much to our fearless leader, Jennifer Carnahan for arranging this event, and this preview.
- Syracuse Alumni Club of Minnesota
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