Upscale 4-Star Hotel Linked to Minneapolis Skyway
One of the world’s largest indoor pedestrian walkways is the Minneapolis Skyway, which connects office buildings to shopping centers through 11 miles of indoor thoroughfares. Some have praised the system as the city's version of the canals in Venice. One link in the chain is The Westin Minneapolis, a 4-star hotel inside the art-deco Farmers and Mechanics Savings Bank building from the 1940s. Stepping inside, you’ll see the 34-foot vaulted ceiling soar over what was once the bank’s lobby, with a marble staircase and the building’s original woodwork symbolizing the leading industries at the time of its construction. During the city's brisk winters, Westin Minneapolis guests can use the Skyway to stroll from the hotel to the Target Center, the Nicollet Mall shopping district, and other Minneapolis attractions. The Westin’s restaurant, named Bank in a nod to the building’s history, is also located in the vast main hall. Chefs use locally sourced ingredients in a variety of creative regional dishes, such as farm hen with mac 'n' cheese and tater hot dish, a quirky indigenous potato specialty. Traditional rooms come decorated in soothing earth tones. Take a dip in the hotel’s indoor pool, or enter the Skyway system for a self-guided tour of downtown when it’s time to stretch your legs.
Downtown Minneapolis: Bountiful Performing-Arts Scene near Idyllic Lakes
Minneapolis’s arts scene is alive and well, with more live theater shows per capita than any other US city except New York. Broadway spectacles grace the stage steps from experimental theaters with new plays, whereas several local coffee shops and bars provide ample opportunities for post-show discussion. Dozens of eclectic galleries complement the wide-ranging exhibits at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, which showcases works such as Japanese woodcut prints and turn-of-the-century European advertisements. Less than a half-mile stroll from The Westin, you’ll find Nicollet Mall, a pedestrian-friendly shopping zone that doesn't allow cars. It's also home to the iconic statue of Mary Tyler Moore tossing her 10-gallon stetson into the air. For a look at five of Minnesota's 10,000 lakes, a 10-minute drive from downtown brings you to the Chain of Lakes, a quintet of picturesque bodies of water linked by 12 miles of walking and biking paths.
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