now the American Swedish Institute. The
museum, which also includes the adjoining Nelson Cultural Center, is dedicated to
sharing the history and culture of Sweden
and Swedish-Americans, and the role both
played in the Minneapolis area.
“The American Swedish Institute includes both a historic mansion as well as a
modern events facility,” Laible said.
The complex blends the historic mansion outfitted with stained glass windows,
with the contemporary Nelson Cultural
Center. Groups can utilize both spaces.
Often thought of as Minneapolis’ smaller,
quainter counterpart, Saint Paul mixes
history with modernity and charm.
Jane Lewis, Visit Saint Paul’s vice pres-
ident of convention sales, describes Saint
Paul as “a hip-charming city that is walk-
able and clean with a collection of urban
parks which makes attendees feel safe and
Lewis continued, “We have the state’s
only InterContinental Hotel property, the
historic Saint Paul Hotel, the brand-new
Hyatt Place, Hampton Inn & Suites and
other top hotels.”
Situated near both the Landmark Center
cultural space for the arts and the Saint
Paul RiverCentre, which includes more
than 64,000 square feet of exhibit space, the
Roy Wilkins Auditorium and Xcel Energy
Center arena, is the Ordway Center for the
Performing Arts. While the other venues
offer ample meeting and exhibit space, the
Ordway features striking architecture and
views of adjacent Rice Park and downtown.
The center opened in 1985 and has hosted
numerous theater and dance productions as well as world-music
and vocal artists in its Music
Theater and Concert Hall.
The Music Theater,
which seats 1,910, and
the Concert Hall, with
a capacity for 1,085, are
available for rent, while
the atrium, lobby and
two rehearsal halls are
ideal for smaller events.
For a ride on the Mis-
sissippi River, groups can board one of
Padelford Riverboats’ vessels. The Jonathan
Padelford is a sternwheeler that has an
engine identical to an old steam engine
but runs hydraulically, and is the only one
of its kind on the Upper Mississippi. The
fleet also includes the Anson Northrup
and party barge Betsey Northrup. All can
host private events of up to 300 and special
themed dinner cruises, such as Mardi Gras,
Casino and Roaring ’20s.
Located 10 miles from downtown Minneapolis and neighboring the Minneapolis–
Saint Paul International Airport, convenience and inventory give Bloomington its
own reason to shine.
“Bloomington has over 9,000 rooms,
making it the largest collection in the
state,” explained Dan O’Neill, vice pres-
ident of strategy and sales for the
Bloomington’s main attrac-
tion, the Mall of America,
Mall of America are
connected via indoor
walkways to the mall and
together offer 842 guest
rooms and 43,000 square feet
of meeting space as well as over 50 restau-
rants and attractions that extend beyond its
400 retail stores.
“The Mall of America is turning 25 in
2017, so we are celebrating all year long
with exciting events, promotions, give-
aways and a bunch of surprises,” said
Jessica Kontz, group sales manager, Mall of
America. “Some of our newest stores have
opened in our newly renovated north side.”
Home to thousands of sea creatures and
1.3 million gallons of water, the SEA LIFE
Minnesota Aquarium is located within the
Mall of America. The Coral Reef Room can
be used for smaller meetings, banquets,
lectures or presentations, or a buy-out of
the aquarium can accommodate 1,000
guests. Groups can also choose a behind-
the-scenes tour or a snorkeling with the
CLAES OLDENBURG’S SPOONBRIDGE AND CHERRY,
MINNEAPOLIS SCULPTURE GARDEN
VISIT SAINT PAUL
Latest + Greatest
; The AC Hotel Minneapolis Downtown ( www.marriott.com) debuted in the Hennepin
Theatre District. The 245-room hotel offers the AC Kitchen and Lounge serving Eu-ropean-style breakfast as well as tapas and drinks in the evenings. There are 1,500
square feet of meeting space across four meeting rooms.
; The Embassy Suites Minneapolis Downtown ( www.embassysuites.com) debuted with
290 suites and 15,000 square feet of function space. There are three ballrooms,
multiple meeting rooms, a boardroom and prefunction space. The property is one
block from the city’s Metro train stations and near Nicollet Mall.
; Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton St. Paul Downtown/Xcel Energy Center (www.hamp
toninn.com) opened its doors at the end of 2016. The property is located adjacent
to the Xcel Energy Center and offers 3,000 square feet of meeting space, including
a ballroom that can accommodate 150 guests. Many of the 160 guest rooms feature
views of the Mississippi River and the city’s iconic National Shrine, the Cathedral of
; Hyatt Place St. Paul/Downtown ( http://stpaul.place.hyatt.com) opened last fall in the
city’s restored Custom House. The hotel features 149 guest rooms and 2,900 square
feet of meeting space. Other amenities include the brand’s StayFit Gym, complimentary breakfast daily and a 24/7 Gallery Kitchen menu.
; The Radisson RED Minneapolis ( www.radissonred.com) opened last fall. The hotel
is the first U.S. location for the brand and is located in the East Town neighborhood
near the new U.S. Bank Stadium. There are 164 guest studios and a 1,000-square-
foot event space that also functions as a game studio. The OUIBar + KTCHN serves
local and seasonal Minneapolis food and drink.
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