Guide

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Standing Glass Fish, Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Formal Garden Meets Contemporary Sculpture

The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is perhaps most famous for its iconic fountain/statue Spoonbridge and Cherry, but this 11-acre garden houses over 40 works by modern masters.

Personally, my favorite work is Frank Gehry’s Standing Glass Fish located in the heart of the Cowles Conservatory. This monumental sculpture rises from a lily pond and soars above the viewer in a virtuoso marriage of art and engineering.… Continue Reading →

The Hotel Minneapolis

The Hotel Minneapolis Lobby

The perfect base for exploring the city

The Hotel Minneapolis is smack-dab in the middle of downtown, just blocks from the Mississippi River and close to transportation hubs (including a light rail station that connects to the airport), multiple bike sharing stations and parking ramps, as well as easy access to the highway.… Continue Reading →

Mini-Golf in the Sculpture Garden

Mini Golf at the Sculpture Garden

“Walker on the Green” combines putt-putt with art

Spoonbridge and Cherry, the monumental sculpture designed by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen is so iconic that it is hard to believe it hasn’t always been a part of Minneapolis. In fact, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, in which Spoonbridge is the centerpiece, is just turning 25 this year.… Continue Reading →

Above the Falls Sports

Minneapolis Kayaking

Kayak the Mighty Mississippi in Downtown Minneapolis

I love kayaking. Absolutely love it. Sea kayaking in the Apostle Islands is one of the best things I’ve ever done in my entire life, so when I saw that you can rent kayaks on the Mississippi river, I knew we had to try it.… Continue Reading →

St. Paul’s Chapel and Cemetery

Rebuilding and Remembrance


My freshman English class barely remembers 9/11. As well they shouldn’t; they were two or three years old, after all. It’s like being thirty and trying to remember the Challenger explosion or being fifty and remembering the JFK assassination. You know it’s important, but like 99% of history, you weren’t there to experience it and it’s lost in the ether of “important events” like Pearl Harbor or the Revolutionary War.… Continue Reading →

Eataly

Italy under one roof


Eataly sounds like the Manhattan Project of Italian food. UniEuro’s Oscar Farinetti, PBS’s Lidia Bastianich and celebrity chef Mario Batali unite forces to create an all-Italian community of stores, restaurants and bars under (and on top of) one roof. Eataly offers everything you could possibly need—Have a dinner party?… Continue Reading →

New York Public Library

New York Public Library Exterior

Much More Than Books

This century-old landmark is a hub of intellectual development that helped people develop the Polaroid camera, the Xerox photocopier, Ripley’s Believe it or Not!, Reader’s Digest magazine…oh, who are we kidding, it’s awesome because they filmed Ghostbusters in one of the main reading rooms!

But once you’ve finished occupying the same hallowed ground that once supported Bill Murray, you’ll realize that this library’s greatness is beyond its treasury of written words.… Continue Reading →

La Cave à Bulles

Beer at Cave a Bulles

French, Belgian & American Craft Beer Store in Paris


La Cave à Bulles is both literally and figuratively the epicenter for craft beer in Paris. Literally, because it’s located in the 3rd arrondissement in the center of Paris, and figuratively because its owner, Simon Thillou, is changing the face of craft beer in France.… Continue Reading →

Hotel De Rocroy

Cozy and comfortable Paris hotel

Although the Hotel de Rocroy is just a short walk from the hustle and bustle of the Gare du Nord train station, the hotel itself is tucked away on a side street. The rooms are quiet and comfortable – perfect for a romantic getaway in the city of lights.… Continue Reading →

Hotel Avalon Paris

A stylish steal in the city

We were almost afraid to tell you all about the Hotel Avalon because it’s such a fabulous deal in a very expensive city, and we wanted to keep it all to ourselves! However, we couldn’t do that to you, our devoted readers, so here’s the skinny on this bargain boutique hotel near the Gare du Nord.… Continue Reading →