Hotel at a Glance: Nicollet Island Inn
This charming inn is situated on a small island in the Mississippi River, but it's just a short drive from downtown Minneapolis. Inside, the 19th-century building is trimmed with stained glass windows and antique decor.
- Gourmet cuisine: The onsite restaurant serves roasted duck, pork shoulder ragu, and fresh walleye for dinner. Breakfast, lunch, and weekly multi-course brunch offerings are also available.
- Nic's Bar & Lounge: Sip craft cocktails, small-batch bourbon, and microbrews while listening to live piano music.
- Stylish rooms with period furnishings and modern amenities including free WiFi, plasma TVs, and iPod docking stations
- Horse-drawn carriage rides depart from the inn, giving passengers a charming way to explore Nicollett Island and downtown Minneapolis.
Downtown Minneapolis: Thriving Performing-Arts Scene near Idyllic Lakes
Downtown Minneapolis is more than just the geographic epicenter of the city—it’s the cultural heart too. Sports venues home to the Timberwolves, Vikings, and Twins neighbor the lively nightclubs of the Warehouse District and the neon-lit marquees of the Hennepin Theater District. In recent years, the city’s arts scene has gotten a lot of attention, and for good reason: Minneapolis has more live theater shows per capita than any other US city except New York. Additionally, dozens of eclectic galleries complement the wide-ranging exhibits at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, which showcases everything from Japanese woodcut prints to turn-of-the-century European advertisements.
To navigate downtown with ease, step into the Skyway, the city’s ingenious solution to harsh Minnesota winters. The Skyway is a network of indoor, aboveground tunnels connecting a slew of buildings downtown. A popular stop along the way is Nicollet Mall, a shopping thoroughfare where cars are not allowed. This is where you’ll find the iconic statue of Mary Tyler Moore tossing her 10-gallon Stetson into the air.
Nicknamed “The City of Lakes,” Minneapolis has 22 natural bodies of water within the city limits. A 10-minute drive from downtown brings you to the picturesque Chain of Lakes, which are surrounded by 12 miles of walking and biking paths.