- $69 for a Chocolate & Wine Decadence Bus Tour ($130 value)
On this 4.5-hour tour in a temperature-controlled bus, participants visit the Twin Cities’ best chocolate destinations. The tour stops at five destinations and includes chocolate tastings at each, as well as two wine pairings. Tours run from noon to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays in February, March, and April.
Taste Twin Cities
If Taste Twin Cities only had one metropolitan area to visit, the variety of food options would already be outstanding; with two, it's a culinary treasure trove. And that's exactly what participants find on these jaunts—which have made quite a name for themselves in the local press. In Minneapolis proper, groups stroll along on the Minneapolis Riverwalk Tour, sampling food such as barbecue sliders, nibbles from the city's first Thai restaurant, and cheese curds as the guide regales them with architectural and cultural knowledge. The Brewery Tours, meanwhile, take groups on a guided tour of an assortment of local breweries, where they sip eclectic brews and learn about the beer-making process.
Over in St. Paul, visitors board a coach bus for the Chocolate & Wine Decadence Tour, where they pair those titular items together and sample truffles that Oprah called "the best truffles in the country, possibly the world!" Then there's the River Road Winery Tour, which takes groups to three area wineries where sip samples and learn about the winemaking process, which includes humanely putting grapes to sleep before crushing them.