Venue: The Orpheum
Hotel: Doubletree by Hilton (11th and LaSalle) LOVED this hotel! They had a nice fireplace downstairs, and of course, an endless supply of warm cookies! My window looked toward the west, so I had a few wonderful opportunities to watch the sunset from my 5th floor window :)
Minneapolis, believe it or not, is a hidden gem of a city! Between the beautiful fall weather we had, the TARGET center downtown, and the great nightlife, there was always something to do while we weren’t at the theatre. Through our company, we also had access to the Lifetime Fitness center downtown, which offered incredible fitness classes! (I definitely took advantage of that)
Almost identical to the bike system in DC, Minneapolis has newly installed city bike rental system with stations located strategically throughout the city. A couple of the days during our stay, I took advantage of this and biked a bit south of the downtown area to Uptown (contradictory, I know). I discovered a beautiful bike route around Lake of the Isles, which was surrounded by a neighborhood of beautiful homes accented with the beautiful colors of the turning autumn leaves.
Every Thursday, a farmers market stretches down the main street of the downtown area (also called The Nicollet Mall). I enjoyed walking that with my friend Rachel. We bought flowers and vegetables and honey.
Hands down: the lemon ricotta pancakes at a restaurant called Hell’s Kitchen. That was an experience I wouldn’t mind having again! Doesn’t look like much from the outside, but the food was awesome!
Coming in for a close second was an authentic, family owned and operated Vietnamese place called Lotus, located just a couple blocks from our hotel. Pho soup was delightfully warm and delicious on a chilly fall day!
I also enjoyed a cafe in Uptown called Common Grounds. It was a nice local spot to sit and read and enjoy a quality pastry and a nice cup of joe.
And here we are - Sunday has arrived again. The trunks are packed and ready to be loaded onto the trucks. And it’s just about time to pack up those suitcases and make sure they don’t exceed 50 pounds :) Two more shows and we are off to St. Louis!