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Where to Stay, Play and Invest in Minneapolis-St. Paul

The Worth guide to businesses, hotels, restaurants and experiences in Minneapolis-St. Paul.

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The Twin Cities offer an array of businesses, hotels, restaurants and attractions to discover. Here, Worth highlights some of the places you should consider visiting next time you’re in the area

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Business

GREATER MSP

A private nonprofit, the Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Economic Development Partnership offers information for businesses relocating to the Twin Cities and coordinates workforce development and investment initiatives. 400 Robert St. N., Suite 1600, St. Paul, Peter Frosch, CEO, peter.frosch@greatermsp.org, 651.287.5805, greatermsp.org

MINNESOTA HIGH TECH ASSOCIATION

This nonprofit comprising over 200 tech companies lobbies at the state level to enhance the science and tech industry in Minnesota, and it offers a variety of business support resources. 400 S. 4th St., Suite 416, Ray Hoover, director of membership and sponsorship, rhoover@mhta.org, 952.230.4557, mhta.org

THE PITCH

This incubator and coworking space fosters interconnectedness in the growing local sports-tech industry. Its mentors are top executives from the largest U.S. sports-analytics firms. 807 Broadway St. NE, Suite 310, the-pitch.com

Hotels

AC HOTEL MINNEAPOLIS DOWNTOWN

This outpost of Marriott’s European design-focused brand is in the Hennepin Cultural District, where it’s connected to the city’s Skyway system of covered pedestrian links between buildings, making it convenient even during the coldest time of year. 401 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, Maryam Seifi, GM, 612.338.0700, achotels.marriott.com/hotels/ac-hotel-minneapolis-downtown

HEWING HOTEL

This boutique hotel in Minneapolis’ North Loop neighborhood implements modern décor influenced by Minnesota timber and brick. Guests have access to the impressive rooftop sauna and pool, but those who aren’t staying there can purchase a day pass. 300 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis, Pablo Molinari, GM, info@hewinghotel.com, 651.468.0400, hewinghotel.com

HOTEL IVY

Set in the Ivy Tower in downtown Minneapolis, this Luxury Collection hotel was renovated in 2015. The penthouse is a popular events venue for visiting sports figures. 201 S. 11th St., Philip Johnson, GM, 612.746.4600, marriott.com/hotels/travel/msplc-hotel-ivy-a-luxury-collection-hotel-minneapolis

Saint Paul Hotel

The storied luxury hotel boasts 255 rooms and suites and has played host to figures such as JFK and Charles Lindbergh. The hotel also offers afternoon tea and private etiquette classes. 350 Market St., St. Paul, 651.292.9292, saintpaulhotel.com

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Restaurants

BAR LA GRASSA

This longtime North Loop favorite, owned by James Beard Award–winning chef Isaac Becker, serves Italian small plates and pastas—and it’s always packed. Its gnocchi with cauliflower and orange has an almost cult-like following. 800 Washington Ave. N., 612.333.3837, barlagrassa.com

HANDSOME HOG

Chef Justin Sutherland’s menu is an ode to pig, featuring dishes like bacon fat popcorn and chicken fried pork tenderloin. Stop in for late night bites and drink specials on Fridays and Saturdays. 203 E. 6th St., St. Paul, 651.340.7710, handsomehog.com

SAINT GENEVIEVE

Chef Steven Brown opened this upscale French bistro in December 2015 to rave reviews. Casual in its décor but serving complex flavors—think scallop crudo with marinated tomatoes and cucumber gelée and artichoke barigoule with panzanella and chévre espuma—this restaurant in the Lynnhurst neighborhood also offers a rare amenity for Minneapolis: It’s open until 1 a.m. 5003 Bryant Ave. S., 612.353.4843, stgmpls.com 

THE BACHELOR FARMER

Exhibiting Nordic flair in its décor and a love of Minnesota’s Scandinavian tradition, this farm-to-table restaurant presents elegant yet simple dishes and a highly acclaimed wine list focused on Northern Hemisphere wines. 50 N. 2nd Ave., 612.206.3920, thebachelorfarmer.com

Experiences

ORPHEUM THEATRE

This historic venue once owned by Minnesotan Bob Dylan and now managed by the Hennepin Theatre Trust brings a robust selection of Broadway musicals to the Twin Cities. 910 Hennepin Ave., 800.982.2787,
hennepintheatretrust.org/theatres/orpheum-theatre

MINNEHAHA FALLS REGIONAL PARK

Take in the stunning 53-foot waterfall poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote about in his 1855 poem “Song of Hiawatha.” The park also features a sandy beach, grills and pavilions available to rent and the Sea Salt Eatery. 4801 S. Minnehaha Dr., 612.230.6400, nps.gov/miss/planyourvisit/minnehah.htm

WALKER ART CENTER

Best known for its whimsical 11-acre sculpture garden, with the iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry as its centerpiece, this visual and performing arts complex houses extensive galleries of contemporary, modern and decorative art, along with stage performances and movie screenings. 725 Vineland Pl., 612.375.7600, walkerart.org

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