Getting Lost in Minneapolis
A write-up and photo essay from a weekend exploring our own city commissioned by Lonely Planet in partnership with Booking.com and Lonely Planet Pathfinders.
As the warm, summer sun began to heat up the concrete jungle of Minneapolis, Minnesota, we checked into our home for the weekend, the Hewing Hotel, and headed off to explore this beautiful city. One of the things I love so much about Minneapolis is the walkability of it all. We only had to use our car once the whole entire weekend.
Our first stop on this little weekend getaway was a new restaurant in town, The Sonder Shaker. Known for its cocktails, we had a couple of our own and shared their delicious sweet potato fries before ordering our main course. As we were ordering, we watched the sky turn from blue to grey as an early summer storm took over the city. We decided to savor our meals a little longer than normal as we waited for the rain to pass. Walking back to the Hewing, we watched the storm head further east with lightning illuminating the evening sky. Settling into our room, we called it a night and got all the rest we would need for a day of exploring the city once we woke up.
We woke to the sun shining through our bedroom window, got ready, and headed down to the lobby where the restaurant, Tullibee, resides. Ordering a delicious breakfast of french toast, eggs, turkey sausage, and fresh foraged mushrooms, we were fueled and ready for a bright, sunny day in the city.
Walking around the city streets, we made our way through the towering skyscrapers to the Foshay Tower at the W Hotel. This building, once the tallest in Minneapolis, stands at 447 feet and has 32 floors - the top floor being an observation deck, which was our destination. Taking the elevator all the way up, we stepped out onto the balcony surrounding the building and took in the unbelievable view, feeling like we were flying above the city. We took our time, soaking it all in, before heading to Parallel, a new cafe in town, for an afternoon pick-me-up and some lunch. Once we were refueled and re-caffeinated, we headed to First Ave to check out Prince's star painted in gold on the wall.
Afterwards we headed back to our room to freshen up for a nice dinner at the Bachelor Farmer. Known for its farm-to-table character, we enjoyed fresh duck, lamb meatballs, asparagus, and a couple glasses of wine. This restaurant is most definitely one of my top three in Minneapolis. After we had filled ourselves to the brim with some of the most delicious food we'd ever had, we made our way to one of our favorite dessert places in town, Izzy's Ice Cream.
En route, we walked across the iconic Stone Arch Bridge and through the Mill District of the city, watching the sky fade from blue to pastel hues of purple and pink as the sun set to the west. Arriving to a line out the door, we waited as the warm summer day turned into a beautiful, crisp night. Sitting on the bench outside, we ate our fill of ice cream and reminisced on our incredible day spent exploring the city. Heading back to the Hewing, we retired to our room and called it a night.
Waking to our final day at the Hewing, we got up, got ready, and headed down to check out. Once we loaded up our bags into the car, we headed to our last stop of the weekend, Italian Eatery, for the best brunch you will ever have. Devouring polenta pancakes, zeppole, and so much more, we left as content as can be.
After a couple of days to look back on this unforgettable little getaway, I've come to appreciate Minneapolis even more than I did prior. There is something about the beautiful slowness, attention to design, and kindness of its people that put it at the top of the list for my favorite cities. Staying at the Hewing was a wonderful culmination of all the aspect I love so much about Minneapolis and I can't wait to return someday soon.
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