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Minneapolis Travel Guide

Although I grew up in the suburbs, Minneapolis has always felt like home. I love the balance between the [sorta] skyscrapers, renovated historic lofts, natural green spaces, and lakes that the city has to offer.

During pre-production and filming of "Hyatt - A Grand Adventure," I had the opportunity to take a step backward and see my city through the eyes of a tourist. Believe me, this was a challenge, but it provided me with a new level of love and appreciation for Minneapolis. After watching the final cut, I decided it would be beneficial to myself, and all of you, to create my own Minneapolis travel guide. Check out the hot spots below:



Video features:

Hotel - The Grand A Hyatt Hotel

Patio - Lake Harriet Bandshell

Running route - St. Anthony Maine

Ice Cream Shop - Izzy's Ice Cream

Park - Walker Sculpture Garden

Kayaking - Lake Harriet

Dinner - Harriet Brasserie

Sunset - Stone Arch Bridge


Restaurants:

Colita - The best Mexican restaurant you will ever eat at. Best to go with a group and share small plates.

Fhima's - Historic art-deco venue serving French Mediterranean dishes with an outstanding drink menu. Their staff makes great company too.

Hola Arepa - Latin street food-inspired menu featuring Venezuelan-style stuffed arepas. Try the Cuban.

Martina - Beautiful interiors with Argentinian-inspired dishes. I really dig their brunch too.

Milkjam Creamery - My favorite ice cream spot ever. They even make an ice cream sandwich with a fresh Glam Doll donut - the jam bun.

Smack Shack - Great seafood spot with a kick-ass lobster guac. They also have a great late-night happy hour menu.

Young Joni - Book your reservation now - it's a long wait. Korean influenced menu with pizza you won't forget.


Attractions:

Minneapolis Armory - My favorite concert venue. You've gotta make time for a show here.

Uptown Food Truck Festival - For all you foodies!

Minnesota State Fair - It literally is the "Great Minnesota get together." Food, rides, activities, animals, and history that appeals to everyone.

Boating - Get yourself out on one of the many lakes Minnesota has to offer.

Walker Art Center - Contemporary art center with rooftop mini-golf and a beautiful outdoor sculpture garden.

Wild Rumpus Bookstore - If you love animals and books, this is your spot. Although it's a children's bookstore, you can find enjoyment at any age :)


Shopping:

Mall of America - A true lifesaver. They've got all the stores you need in one place.

Mill City Farmers Market - My favorite farmers market in the city. It's a must for Saturday mornings.

Queenie and Pearl - 70's inspired boutique.

Shops at West End - Beautiful outdoor shopping mall. Good spot for date night.

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