While we know Minnesota is great, it's always interesting to see an outsiders' take on the state when the opportunity arises.
Minneapolis was recently featured in popular travel site Travel & Leisure, which gives prospective visitors the lowdown on "Everything You Need to Do on Your Next Trip to Minneapolis."
The feature gives shout outs to what its writer considers the top hotels, restaurants, bars and attractions in a city it says has "quietly emerged as the Midwest's culture capital."
That said, writer Alex Schechter does spell Nicollet Mall incorrectly (the article adds an extra 't') and fails to recognize that Mickey's Diner is in St. Paul.
What's more, the article features two pictures of downtown St. Paul – including the feature image at the top of the piece – making it a possible contender for the "You Probably Didn't Visit the City Before Writing About It" award.
On the shopping side, the Mall of America is the only mall worthy of mention, though it does suggest a few independent stores in the North Loop, Askov Finlayson and The Foundry among them.
As for food, Schechter is (correctly) a big fan of the Midtown Global Market in south Minneapolis, and restaurants including the Bachelor Farmer and Hell's Kitchen, as well as downtown bar The Local and south Minneapolis hotspot Buster's on 28th.
Hotels getting a mention include Hotel Ivy and the AC Minneapolis Downtown, as well as the recently-opened Hewing Hotel, while events worth a visit are the Uptown Art Fair, Basilica Block Party and the Great Northern Festival.
It's a little disappointing that the only "Easy Day Trip" the article could come up with is Paisley Park (No Stillwater? Red Wing? Mille Lacs?)
You can find the article here.
Also, GoMN's The Tip Jar column has put together a guide on having a cheap staycation in Minnesota, found here, as well as whether it's better to rent an Airbnb over a hotel in the Twin Cities, which is here.