for Visit Duluth, said groups will enjoy a
behind-the-scenes discovery of local hot
spots, including Duluth Coffee Company;
Zeitgeist Arts Cafe, which supports local
artists and specializes in cocktails crafted
from locally distilled gin; and Blacklist Artisan Ales (BAA), a brewery and taproom.
At BAA, groups can play Solve, a puzzle/
escape room, or choose from an extensive
collection of board and card games.
Grand Rapids offers small-town charm
and culinary experiences ranging from the
sweet to the savory.
One popular option is a group tour at
TimberSweet Maple Syrup, during which
participants will learn about how maple
syrup is made and go home with a maple
leaf jar of maple syrup.
Klockow Brewing Co. also offers group
tours and serves special craft beer flights
“They also offer non-alcoholic craft
sodas and teas,” said Megan Christianson,
executive director for Visit Grand Rapids.
She added that groups can book a chef’s
dinner experience including a customized
menu at 17th Street Grille.
“The group can do a wine tasting; the
chef can facilitate a cooking class and can
create your food in front of you,” she said.
Visit Bemidji is available to assist planners
with arranging group tours, including a
downtown pub crawl, according to Cindy
Habedank, its destination services specialist.
“From the first Irish pub on the Missis-
sippi River to Bemidji Brewing, attendees
can meander the downtown Bemidji pubs,
bars and breweries all within walking
distance of one another,” she said. “Live
music, pub games and shuttle service are
available for large groups to spread the
attendees amongst the establishments and
If the group prefers wine rather than
beer, Forestedge Winery is located 20 min-
utes south of Bemidji in Laporte, Minn.
“Aptly named for its location on the
edge of the Paul Bunyan State Forest, Forestedge Winery makes wines from fruits of
the forest and garden,” Habedank said.
The winery provides complimentary
tours and tastings of its 15 signature
wines, including its award-winning rhubarb wine.
“Picnic on the patio and enjoy peaceful
winery grounds, gardens and a fine-art
gallery,” Habedank suggested.
KLOCKOW BREWING CO., GRAND RAPIDS
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VISIT GRAND RAPIDS
VISIT SAINT PAUL
➜ InterContinental Minneapolis-St.
Paul Airport ( www.ihg.com) is
scheduled to open in August with
30,000 square feet of meeting
➜ Canopy by Hilton Minneapolis
Mill District ( www.hilton.com) is
on track to open in January 2019
with 182 guest rooms.
➜ Eliot Park Hotel (https://elliotpark
hotel.com) is opening in September with 168 guest rooms.
➜ The 124-room Moxy Minneapolis
lis-uptown) opened in early 2018.
➜ The 100-room Residence Inn St.
Paul Downtown ( www.marriott.
com) will open in October, and a
boutique Marriott Tribute (www.
marriott.com) hotel with 127
guest rooms is scheduled to open
in December 2019.
➜ The projected opening of Tru
Hilton ( http://tru3.hilton.com) and
a connected Home2 Suites (www.
hilton.com) is scheduled for late
2018. This dual flag property will
have 182 guest rooms.
BLACKLIST ARTISAN ALES, DULUTH