It was a great day to begin our visit to Minneapolis & Duluth, Minnesota driving northwest up SR 23 to Hwy 212 near Granite Falls. It was Monday, Sept. 2, 2013 and unfortunately the news was not good in Granite Falls - there had been a double homicide there that day we passed through. We didn't hear about it until later on and that's a good thing. Nobody likes to hear awful news even if it doesn't include them.
The weather was sunny and clear through the whole drive up from Madison, SD and we were happy that the twin cities are so close to where we live. There are many things to do for fun and entertainment while there. I wouldn't mind to spend a couple of weeks in downtown Minneapolis just to shop and enjoy all the arts and entertainment there.
I've been there only twice before (in '62 & '69). A number of times I've connected through Minneapolis to other cities via commercial airlines jets. However, this by no means qualifies me as an authority on finding my way around the city. DeLorme Street Atlas on my laptop was pretty good for directions to get to Minneapolis but driving within the city is another thing. Once we left Hwy 212 inside Minneapolis we missed the exits for SR 65 and SR 55 to get us to the Millennium downtown. What I think we did wrong was not look for the street names (Grant St., 5th St., 7th St., or Nicollet Ave.) from the I-55 fwy . Anyway, so for tip no. 1 for a Minneapolis getaway, you should have some sort of street map or laptop computer and look for the major streets nearest your hotel destination beforehand, don't drive around lost - stop and ask directions. Tip no. 2 - watch out for one way streets while driving in downtown Minneapolis. One more thing - keep in mind parking is expensive in downtown Minneapolis. There are parking lots by the hour or all day parking.
We stayed at the Millennium for two nights in a nice room #934 with wireless internet, room service, hotel restaurant, bar/lounge, refrigerator in room. flat screen television, very soft large king size bed, etc. Our stay there was $223.51 which included 2 days parking at 16.00 per day. So it amounted to $95.76 a day which included all taxes.
Our hotel was nicely located straight across the street from the Loring Park which is between Nicollet Avenue and Hennepin Ave. The Minneapolis Convention Center is just a few blocks away as well. Loring Park made for another couple of hours of interesting sightseeing. It is a very large park surrounding Loring Lake within it. There are fountains, picnic tables, flower gardens, walking paths, and even families of small ducks residing there.
The nice thing about the Millennium is that the rates are very inexpensive, the rooms are very nice, the view is great, and the Hotel is situated at the beginning of Nicollet Mall so that when you stay there you are only a short walk from Macy's Store, Target Store, Hennepin County Central Library, movie theaters, restaurants, government offices, churches (Basilica of St. Mary, First Baptist, Westminster Presbyterian Church), and more than another dozen Hotels.
Next, for drinks, dining, and live music - there is nearby Brit's Pub near 11th St., Dakota Bar near 10th St., and many more outdoor cafes all along Nicollet Avenue where one can sit and enjoy drinks and dining.
My wife and I didn't realize it at the time when we walked the whole length of Nicollet Mall and crossed Washington Avenue into Gateway Park but had we walked just a few blocks further north we could have been at the Riverfront for photos and more entertainment.
Anyway we had a fabulous time for a very modest price at the Millennium and we highly recommend this Hotel, clean & modern and well located and all the other great things that go with being in the big cities. One last thing there is the Ichiban Japanese Steak House / Sushi restaurant outside next door to the Millenium, if you like Japanese food.
Wednesday, September 4th we were on the road again driving up I-Hwy 35 on our way back to Duluth, Minnesota. We love Duluth however, we will be seeing more of Minneapolis and very soon now that we know what to do there!
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