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June, 2007 in Minneapolis

"Well, if you are reading this, Congrats!! We loved getting married in the Twin Cities, and I hope that you will as well. Nicollet Island Pavillion was the perfect place for us. We loved the scenery (it made for amazing pictures). We found that everyone was nice, pleasant and helpful. If you are looking for a great, fun and professional wedding planner, we HIGHLY recommend Angie Swits of By Your Side Wedding Planning. Her price was great and she made things very stress-free!"


Wedding Celebration:

Nicollet Island Pavilion - Wedding Celebration - 40 Power St, Minneapolis, MN, 55401, United States

Nicollet Island Pavillion

40 Power St
Minneapolis, MN, USA

"We are 100% happy with our choice. We fell in love with the trees, water, and the building. They were flexible with our last minute change from on the grass to under the tent (we made the decision the night before the wedding). Our contact at NIP (Katie) was great, however she no longer works there. Her replacement (about 1 month before our wedding) was nice however we did not interact with her much as most of the details were taken care of. My only complaint with Julie (I think that is her name) is that when I questioned the calculations on the bill, she seemed a bit snippy in her email. It is hard to read too much into this and her explanation was legitimate. It just wasn't 100% clear on the invoice. This location is a bit pricey, but the food was EXCELLENT!! Everyone commented on that, and the chef even allowed us to combine pieces from two different entrees to make our own unique entree. Our maitre d' gave us a whole bottle of champagne for our wedding night (to take with us) and was kind enough to allow us to take all the "late night snack" cookies from the premises as well (which they almost NEVER let you do)!!"


Best Western: Normandy Inn - Hotels - 405 S 8th St, Minneapolis, MN, United States

Best Western Normandy Inn

405 S 8th St
Minneapolis, MN 55404, US

"This hotel was a very nice option for guests that were watching their budget. A group reserved a suite and had no troubles. I haven't heard any complaints regarding their stay."


Comfort Suites Minneapolis - Hotels - 425 7th St S, Minneapolis, MN, 55415

Embassy Suites - Downtown Minneapolis

425 S 7th St
Minneapolis, MN 55415, US

"We chose this hotel for its location, but also because they serve a cook-to-order breakfast every morning as well as complimentary cocktails and snacks in the evening. They are a bit pricey, though. One majorly annoying this is the lack of parking. They charge and additional fee ($15-$20 PER DAY) for parking, and they have very few spaces available. I felt that this was a bit of a rip off. Also, it was a huge pain for our guests to reserve a room under our block rate. The hotel kept saying that they didn't have a block in our name and so we had to keep calling in reservations for our guests. They couldn't give us a specific contact person or direct phone number either. It was very irritating for all of us involved."


Buca de beppo - Restaurants - 1204 Harmon Place, Minneapolis, MN, United States

Buca di Beppo

1204 Harmon Pl
Minneapolis, MN 55403, US

"Buca di Beppo is an authentic Italian restaurant that offers flavorful Italian dining. Dine with family and friends while enjoying the Italian traditions of food, friendship and hospitality. In the spirit of Italian culture, their dishes are served family style and are meant to be shared. Groups small and large come together to pass platters of their mouth-watering cuisine around the table for all to enjoy. The first Buca di Beppo opened its doors in 1993 in the basement of a Minneapolis apartment building. They’ve since grown to 93 locations nationwide. Dishes enjoyed for generations in villages throughout Italy inspire their menu, giving Buca its authentic Italian flare. They continue to innovate and create recipes beyond their traditional style by adding new menu items inspired by Northern and Southern Italian cuisine. Come indulge in the Buca experience of unforgettable appetizers, salads, pastas, pizzas, entrees, desserts, beer and fine wine."


Chino Latino - Restaurants - 2916 Hennepin Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN, United States

Chino Latino

2916 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN, USA
(612) 824-7878

"This is definately a location for those looking for a hip, modern dining experience. They have a lot of exotic foods on the menu (guinea pig, anyone?) but the dessers are pretty decent. If you are a picky eater though, I'd avoid this place. Also, they get really crowded on weekends. They have valet service, but there is a parking ramp (which also gets crowded) about a block away."


Hell's Kitchen - Restaurants - 80 S 9th St, Minneapolis, MN, United States

Hell's Kitchen

89 S 10th St
Minneapolis, MN 55403, US

"In the heart of downtown Minneapolis, tucked just a half block around the corner from Nicollet Mall, you'll discover a beautifully renovated historical building with old brick archways, a spirited wait staff, original art over the fireplace by world-renowned artist Ralph Steadman, and the best damn breakfast and lunch in town."


The Melting Pot Restaurant - Restaurants - 80 South 9th Street, Minneapolis, MN, United States

The Melting Pot

80 S 9th St
Minneapolis, MN, USA
(612) 338-9900

"Amazing food and atmosphere. A bit pricey but absolutely delicious!"


The Oceanaire Seafood Room - Restaurants - 1300 Nicollet Ave S., Suite 2200, Minneapolis, MN, 55403, USA

The Oceanaire Seafood Room

1300 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403, US

"Welcome to the Oceanaire Seafood Room. As sleek as a 1930s ocean liner, yet as relaxed as a dinner on the shore, the Oceanaire provides the perfect setting to enjoy Ultra-Fresh seafood, flown in daily from around the world. Sip a Sidecar in the lounge, sidle up to the oyster bar, or kick back in a horseshoe booth before diving into a sea of Ultra-Fresh fish, including steak-cut Alaskan halibut, seasonal favorites like fresh Copper River salmon or hard-to-find delicacies like true Dover sole or bluefin tuna. Their daily-printed menu will guide you, a wine list as deep as the sea will seduce you, and the world’s best seafood awaits you at the Oceanaire. Reservations in advance are recommended."


The Old Spaghetti Factory  - Restaurants - 233 Park Ave N, Minneapolis, MN, United States

The Old Spaghetti Factory

"We held our Rehersal dinner here for about 25-30 people. They situated us at two long tables in a somewhat seperated area. The food was great, the menue pretty decent and the service was fast. The total bill was under $500 as well. Can't complain!!"


Block E Interest LLC - Entertainment - 600 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN, 55403

Block E

600 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403, US

"A lot of our guests enjoyed themselves here. There was a bunch of different activities that appealed to everyone. No complaints"


Science Museum of Minnesota - Entertainment - 120 Kellogg Blvd W, St Paul, MN, United States

Science Museum of Minnesota

120 W Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN 55102, US
(651) 221-9444

"The Science Museum of Minnesota, founded in 1907, is a large regional science museum located on the banks of the Mississippi River in downtown St. Paul. The Science Museum's programs combine research and collection facilities, a public science education center, extensive teacher education and school outreach programs, and an Imax Convertible Dome Omnitheater to provide science education to our audience of more than a million people per year. The Science Museum of Minnesota is known worldwide for its interactive exhibits, dynamic traveling exhibitions, and internationally distributed large format films. The Museum was an early innovator in the use of live theater as a humanizing interpretive tool."


The Hennepin Stages - Showing "Kiss of the Spider Woman" - Entertainment - 824 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN, 55403, US

The Hennepin Stages - Showing "Kiss of the Spider Woman"

824 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403, US

"Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical, Kiss of the Spider Woman explores the complex relationship between two men caged together in a Latin American prison for political reasons. Valentin dreams of his wife and the revolution he once led, while Molina, a gay window-dresser, spins a fantastic yarn of romance and intrigue about Aurora, a B-Movie actress. And when the Spider Woman comes to glorious musical life, Kiss of the Spider Woman casts a spell that is breathtaking, heartfelt, and profound."


Orpheum Theatre - Entertainment - 805 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, United States

The Orpheum Theater - Showing "Momma Mia!"

910 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403, US

"A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget! Over 20 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good show! Writer Catherine Johnson's sunny, funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, and every night everyone’s having the time of their lives! With more productions playing internationally than any other musical, Mamma Mia! is the World’s #1 Show!"


Walker Art Center  - Entertainment - 1750 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN, 55403, US

Walker Art Center & Minnesota Sculpture Garden

1750 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403, US

"Formally established in 1927, the Walker Art Center began as the first public art gallery in the Upper Midwest. The museum's focus on modern art began in the 1940s, when a gift from Mrs. Gilbert Walker made possible the acquisition of works by important artists of the day, including sculptures by Pablo Picasso, Henry Moore, Alberto Giacometti, and others. During the 1960s, the Walker organized increasingly ambitious exhibitions that circulated to museums in the United States and abroad. The permanent collection expanded to reflect crucial examples of contemporary artistic developments; concurrently, performing arts, film, and education programs grew proportionately and gained their own national prominence throughout the next three decades. Today, the Walker is recognized internationally as a singular model of a multidisciplinary arts organization and as a national leader for its innovative approaches to audience engagement. Adjacent to the Walker is the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, one of the nation's largest urban sculpture parks. When the Garden opened in 1988, it was immediately heralded by the New York Times as "the finest new outdoor space in the country for displaying sculpture." The Garden's centerpiece and most popular work is Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen's Spoonbridge and Cherry (1985-1988), which has become a beloved symbol of the Twin Cities. The Garden has demonstrated extraordinary appeal in the community, and is a vital force for bringing new visitors inside the Walker and building new audiences for contemporary art. Key note: The Walker Art Museum requires an admission fee, however the Sculpture Garden is free to everyone! Definately worth a trip to see it."


Mystic Lake Casino - Casinos - 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd NW, Prior Lake, MN, 55372, US

Mystic Lake Casino Hotel

2400 Mystic Lake Blvd NW
Prior Lake, MN 55372, US

"The bridesmaids hosted bridal shower/bacherlorette party here. Food was yummy and service very polite and fast. The room was a little bit out of the way from the casino (closer to the hotel) so it wasn't as close to the gambling. It was also a little confusing to get to the room as they were doing some construction in that area. Overall, pretty sweet."


Treasure Island Resort & Casino - Casinos - 5734 Sturgeon Lake Road, Welch, MN, United States

Treasure Island Resort & Casino

5734 Sturgeon Lake Rd
Red Wing, MN 55089, US

"Enjoy the distinct Caribbean-themed gaming areas with 2,500 state-of-the-art slot machines, 44 blackjack tables, video poker, video keno and bingo. All your favorite games — 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year! Experience the taste of the tropics every day. From fine dining to a quick snack — their four restaurants are sure to satisfy any craving. Visit Spirit of the Water for a nautical brunch, lunch or dinner. Feel free to visit one of their many cocktail lounges to enjoy your favorite beverage. You can also request a cocktail while on the gaming floor. Come see national and international celebrities and headliner entertainment. From stand-up comedy to country music, big bands to rock bands, funk to pop to R&B, Treasure Island has something for everyone."

Sporting Events:

Canterbury Downs & Park  - Sporting Events - 1100 Canterbury Rd S, Shakopee, MN, United States

Canterbury Park Racetrack and Card Club

1100 Canterbury Rd S
Shakopee, MN, United States
(952) 445-7223

"We took a few of our interested guests to Canterbury for a night of racing, poker and just a good time to hang out. If you've never experienced live horseracing, you should! They have live racing thurdays through sundays from Memorial Day to Labor Day. They have a card room and simulcast racing all year. If you go on a Thursday, it is Buck Night, with $1 admission, $1 hotdogs, $1 pepsi's and $1 nachos and $3 beer specials. You can't go wrong with that! They do have areas that you can reserve for groups, but if you have less than 20 people, its probably not necessary."

Sporting Events:

Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome - Sporting Events - 900 S 5th St, Minneapolis, MN, USA

H.H.H. Metrodome - Home of the Minnesota Twins

900 S 5th St
Minneapolis, MN 55415, US

"The Minnesota Twins will be hosting Washington, Atlanta and Milwaukee during the week of the wedding. Come see the 2006 AL Central Division Champions play. This may be your last chance to see them indoors, as groundbreaking for a new outdoor stadium is slated to begin this year."

Sporting Events:

St Paul Saints Baseball - Sporting Events - 1771 Energy Park Drive, St Paul, MN, United States

Saint Paul Saints Baseball

1771 Energy Park Dr
St Paul, MN 55108, US

"The Saint Paul Saints, formally part of the Northern League, joined with several other independent professional baseball teams to form the "American Association of Independent Professional Baseball." Saints games are always a good time, so go, kick back and relax. During the wedding week, the Saints will be hosting the Sioux Falls Canaries and Lincoln Saltdogs."

Pubs and Bars:

Brit's Pub - Pubs and Bars - 1110 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN, USA

Brit's Pub & Eating Establishment

1110 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403, US

"On an ideal afternoon, the upstairs deck of Brit’s Pub, is packed with a mix of people — suit-clad businessmen, college students and families — recovering from the summer sun. Lawn bowlers of all shapes and sizes occupy the entirety of Downtown’s only rooftop bowling green, while beer and the scent of fish and chips permeates the patio. This is a familiar scene for the pub, which seems to be quietly converting Downtowners into anglophiles — those who love England and all things English — at a rapid pace, while also getting kudos from British expatriates. Located on the west end of Nicollet Mall, with it's rich, dark wood interior, Brit's is just what comes to mind when you think of a pub. Even better is when Brit's opens the rooftop garden, complete with 10,500 square-foot manicured English greens used for lawn bowling or, at other times, for outdoor screenings of British films."

Pubs and Bars:

GameWorks - Pubs and Bars - 600 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN, 55403, US


600 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403, US
(612) 656-7300

"GameWorks serves as the ultimate playground for the young and young at mind and spirit - an unmatched entertainment zone that invites guests to eat, drink, party, play or simply unwind. Whatever the whim, guests are guaranteed to have a good time. GameWorks strives to meet a variety of moods and needs by offering finger foods at the snack bar, scrumptious meals at the sizzling grill, drinks with flair at the full-service bar and a massive, high-intensity gaming floor categorized into seperate zones. The chain is the brainchild of Steven Spielberg and the result of a teaming of Universal Studios, Sega and Dreamworks SKG. It is like a party at a rich friend's house, (the over-21 full bar and restaurant area offers well-kept pool tables and sofas for lounging). The main draw is the video games: hundreds of the latest and greatest, with a few classics (Pac-Man, Asteroids) thrown in as well."

Pubs and Bars:

Kieran's Irish Pub - Pubs and Bars - 330 2nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN, 55401, US

Kieran's Irish Pub

330 S 2nd Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55401, US
(612) 339-4499

"Step inside and you'd almost swear you were in a pub on the other side of the pond. Large lunchtime and happy-hour crowds keep the friendly servers busy. Nab a cozy table near the stone fireplace and you won't care whether anyone pays attention. Aside from the expected Guinness, Harp and Bass drafts, Finnegan's Irish Ale and other selections are on tap. Black and Tans and liquor-spiked hot drinks liven up your choices."

Dance Clubs:

Foundation - Dance Clubs - 10 S 5th St, Minneapolis, MN, 55402, US


10 S 5th St
Minneapolis, MN 55402, US
(612) 332-3931

"A redesign turns the old Rogue and Level basement space to a classy, underground lounge. Resident locals and guest superstar DJs spin electronic, house and techno. Lookers-on bask in the warm silvery glow of the main bar, while others are drawn to the brand new cherry hardwood dance floor. Those looking for a more mainstream sound, head to the Deep Lounge in the back where guests can groove to hip hop and old school. The Extras: Reserve a bottle service booth with your own server. There's a one bottle minimum per every four people, which gets bumped up to a $200 minimum on special events nights. Look Good: The somewhat lax dress code will allow for hats, but not undershirts, jerseys or sportswear. See the website for more details."

Dance Clubs:

Spin Nightclub - Dance Clubs - 10 S 5th St, Minneapolis, MN, 55402, US

Spin Nightclub

10 S 5th St
Minneapolis, MN 55402, US

"Spin Nightclub is a multi-level, state-of-the-art nightclub in Downtown Minneapolis' historic Lumber Exchange Building. Spin features 40-foot ceilings, a giant water wall, an incredible sound system and state-of-the-art lighting equipment. Please see their website for dress code information."

Dance Clubs:

Valentino's - Dance Clubs - 200 Concord Exchange N, South St. Paul, MN, 55075, US


200 Concord Exchange N
South St. Paul, MN 55075, US

"Valentino’s is a European style nightclub, where beautiful, well-dressed party people of all ages come together to dance and lounge in a truly unique atmosphere. Reminiscent of a speakeasy, the plush furnishings invite you to settle into one of their many lounges and mingle with the chic, upscale crowd. The two-level nightclub features four bars and state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems. Early evening, the music is a steady mix of disco and 80s blended with dance music from the top of the charts. Expect to hear more house and European dance as the night progresses and the dance floor stays busy all night long. Before your evening in the nightclub, plan to stop downstairs from Valentino's for an elegant dinner at the superb Italian restaurant TreVina. Located on the first floor of the Valentino's building, dinner is served until 11:00 pm each Friday and Saturday night. TreVina is a full-service upscale restaurant open throughout the week - see more information on the "TreVina" website page."


Mall of America - Shopping - 60 E Broadway, Bloomington, MN, 55425, US

Mall of America

60 E Broadway
Bloomington, MN 55425, US

"You have to tell people about THE MALL. Its just part of the Twin Cities experience. Everyone was amazing by its size, the amusement park and, well, its size. MOA has a few options for coupon books if you are planning to make welcome bags or something like that. You can probably find the information on the mall's website or through the Minneapolis Tourism Board."


Nicollet Mall - Shopping - Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN, US

Nicollet Mall

Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN,

"This pedestrian-friendly mall--made famous by Mary Tyler Moore--is downtown Minneapolis' top shopping district. It is located between Washington Avenue South and 13th Street South. The open-air mall is home to tree-shaded benches, lovely fountains, a farmers' market in summer, street musicians and a number of big-city-caliber shopping options. Marshall Field's, in the 700 block, is the historic anchor and a local institution. Sharing the Seventh Street intersection with Dayton's (now Macy's) are Gaviidae Common (with Saks and Neiman-Marcus) and City Center. At Ninth, the Polo/Ralph Lauren shop and Crate & Barrel are notable. In the 1100 block, Peavey Plaza provides a nice place to relax. A pair of British-style pubs--Brit's and the Local--are favorites. Both McCormick & Schmicks and Morton's are traditional eateries, while Zelo is hip and elegant. Bagel and coffee joints pepper the mall, and City Center and Gaviidae Common have food courts."