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       WEEKEND GETAWAYS - Friday, April 25, 2008
    Make The Most Of Your Vacation - From Coast to Coast!


Greetings Getaway Lover,

Drawing comparisons between Minneapolis and St. Paul is 
a difficult task. St. Paul has a slightly reserved, 
antique feel about it; Minneapolis is hipper, noisier, 
and busier. Both cities have tall, gleaming glass sky-
lines; St. Paul's is designed to blend with the city's 
Art Deco and Victorian architecture, while Minneapolis's 
is more eclectic. St. Paul has preserved much of its 
architectural heritage, while most of downtown Minneapolis 
is new. Both cities straddle the Mississippi River, and 
riverboat traffic calls at the Twin Cities from as far 
away as New Orleans. 

Happy Trails,
Jan

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--DESTINATION: Minneapolis/St. Paul

There are 2.4 million people in the Greater Minneapolis/
St. Paul metropolitan area, but Minneapolis wins the 
population race with 368,400. The strong Scandinavian 
strain in the cities' ancestry has not prevented them 
from constructing miles-long skyway systems. Residents 
can drive downtown, park, walk to work, go to lunch, shop, 
see a show, and return to their cars without once setting 
foot outdoors -- a blessing in the blustery Minnesota 
winters. 

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--WHAT TO DO AND SEE:

Foshay Tower 
Architectural Site, Minneapolis 
 
At the Foshay Tower -- Minneapolis's first skyscraper, 
constructed in 1929 -- the 31st-floor observation deck 
has spectacular views of the city. 

Address: 821 Marquette Ave., Downtown, Minneapolis, MN, USA
 

Historic Fort Snelling 
Military Site, St. Paul 
 
At the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers 
is Historic Fort Snelling (www.mnhs.org; COST: $5 per 
vehicle). As the northernmost outpost in the old Northwest 
Territories, it remained an active military post until 
after World War II. Seventeen buildings have been restored, 
and costumed guides portray 1820s fort life with demonstra-
tions of blacksmithing, carpentry, and military ceremonies. 
Exhibits and short films on the fort are shown in the 
History Center, which is closed weekends November-April. 
(The fort is closed daily November-April.) 

Address: Rtes. 5 and 55, near the International Airport 
south of St. Paul, Airport, St. Paul, MN, USA
Phone: 612/726-1171
 

IDS Building 
Architectural Site, Minneapolis 
 
The mirrored, 51-story IDS Building contains Crystal 
Court, a focal point of the skyway system, with shops, 
restaurants, and offices. The building is one of the 
more handsome structures in the city, and on clear days 
can be seen for miles around the greater Minneapolis 
area. 

Address: 80 S. 8th St., Downtown, Minneapolis, MN, USA
  
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Other Places of Interest:

Minneapolis Institute of Arts 
Museum/Gallery, Minneapolis 
 
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts (www.artsMIA.org; COST: 
free, except during special exhibits), 1 mi south of 
downtown and west of I-35 W, displays more than 80,000 
works of art from every age and culture, including works 
by the French Impressionists, rare Chinese jade, and a 
photography collection from 1863 to the present. The 
building also houses the Children's Theatre Company, which 
puts on adventurous plays for all ages. The institute and 
theater company are both closed on Monday. 

Address: 2400 3rd Ave. S, Whittier, Minneapolis, MN, USA
Phone: 612/870-3131
 

Minnehaha Park 
Park, Minneapolis 
 
Minnehaha Park, on the Mississippi near the airport, is 
the site of Minnehaha Falls, which was made famous by 
Longfellow's Song of Hiawatha. Above the waterfall is 
a statue of Hiawatha and Minnehaha. Minnehaha Parkway 
follows Minnehaha Creek, providing miles of jogging, 
biking, and in-line-skating trails that run west to 
Lake Harriet, one of the many lakes in Minneapolis. 
 
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--WHERE TO SLEEP:

Aqua City Motel 
Under $75, Minneapolis 
 
The first half of this brick motel was built in the 1950s, 
the second half in the 1960s, and it was bought by the
present owner in 1997. It is between the city and the 
southern suburbs, 5 miles from both downtown and the Mall 
of America. 38 rooms. In-room: kitchen. In-hotel: pool, 
parking (no fee). AE, D, DC, MC, V. 

Address: 5739 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55401, USA
Phone: 612/861-6061
 

Crowne Plaza Minneapolis Airport Egan 
$75 to $125, Eagan 
 
This motel is 12 miles southwest of downtown and 5 miles 
east of the airport and the Mall of America; shuttles take 
you to either. 187 rooms, 21 suites. In-room: dial-up. In-
hotel: restaurant, room service, bar, pool, laundry 
facilities, airport shuttle. AE, D, DC, MC, V. 
www.vipstay.com. 

Address: 2700 Pilot Knob Rd., Eagan, MN 55121, USA
Phone: 651/454-3434
Fax: 651/454-4904
 

Embassy Suites-Downtown 
$125 to $200, Minneapolis 

 
A six-story atrium filled with tropical plants dominates 
this all-suites hotel, which occupies the top seven floors 
of an executive office building, 4 blocks west of Nicollet 
Mall. 217 suites. In-room: refrigerator, dial-up. In-hotel: 
restaurant, bar, pool. AE, D, DC, MC, V. Full breakfast. 
www.embassysuites.com. 

Address: 425 S. 7th St., Minneapolis, MN 55415, USA
Phone: 612/333-3111
Fax: 612/333-7984
 
--WHERE TO DINE:

Chet's Taverna 
Contemporary, $30 to $40, St. Paul 
 
This storefront restaurant has checked linoleum floors, 
European posters, and a loyal neighborhood clientele. The 
kitchen prepares predominately organic and locally farmed 
produce and meats. Daily pasta specials, potato gnocchi, 
and risotto are house favorites, along with braised lamb 
chops and bone-in pork chops. AE, D, DC, MC, V. Closed 
Mon. No lunch weekends. 

Address: 791 Raymond Ave., St. Paul, MN, USA
Phone: 651/646-2655
 

D'Amico Cucina 
Italian, $30 to Over $40, Minneapolis 
 
From the gleaming white linens to the marble floors and 
leather chairs, this is a haute place. The seasonal menu 
has a modern Italian accent and includes artistically 
presented pastas. AE, D, DC, MC, V. 

Address: Butler Sq., 100 N. 6th St., Downtown, Minneapolis, 
MN, USA
Phone: 612/338-2401
 

Forepaugh's 
French, $30 to $40, St. Paul 
 
Built in 1870, this three-story Victorian mansion-turned-
restaurant serves upscale, inventive dishes including 
seafood, veal, and poultry. Be sure to try the pork tender-
loin, beef Wellington, or tornedos of beef -- two petit 
tenderloin fillets with béarnaise and bordelaise sauces. 
Sunday brunch is served. AE, DC, MC, V. No lunch Sat. 

Address: 276 S. Exchange St., St. Paul, MN, USA
Phone: 651/224-5606


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