Minneapolis 2018. Cool, Eclectic and Worth the Trip
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Posted by: Melva Jones, CMP, University of South Alabama
Can I be honest with you? Minneapolis was not on the top of my travel list. But, then again, I moved to Alabama from DC. So, perhaps I am not the best person to comment. (Side note: Mobile is quite charming.)
Yet, I think there may be a few of us that have wondered about Minneapolis as a destination for this year’s conference. On my quest to understand this destination, I asked a friend of mine who relocated from Chicago to Minneapolis – and who is probably one of the best event planners I know – a very simple question, “What is Minneapolis like?” I trust her completely, and she shared these insights:
There are really cool and kid-friendly spots
By cool she is referring to the Minnehaha Falls, Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, and Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
Holiday Flower Show at the Como Park Zoo & Observatory
Good amount of things to do
Yes, I would have to agree that there are a good amount of things to do, including the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, Foshay Museum and Observation Deck (yes, you guessed it, they have a 360° view on the 31st floor), and because I am a little nerdy I personally would enjoy The Bakken Museum because it deals with all things Ben Franklin.
Plenty of good cuisine options
I did my own digging and Butcher & The Boar looks interesting. I’m not sure if I am supposed to mention that it is a beer garden, so you didn’t hear it from me (hey, I’m just saying)! For those of you looking for a musical dining experience, Dakota Jazz Club seems laid-back and is near our hotel. Just remember, we have to be up and looking fairly alert each day. For those of you who are always on a ‘kinda’ diet (this is me virtually raising my hand) Hen House Eatery may do the trick with their tapas. Recently, I read somewhere that tapas means 50% less calories, right? Right! My point is that in Minneapolis you have good (actually great) eats. (Full disclosure: I read the calorie thing in my journal. Do not try that weight loss strategy at home.)
As I dug deeper into Minneapolis, I realized that we are in excellent company. Did you know that Bob Dylan, Judy Garland, and Prince are all from there?
So here’s the deal, we already know the conference has ‘our people’ and now we know that Minneapolis is a pretty cool spot, so I guess the only question left on the table is why aren’t you coming along for the ride?
As Dylan, once said “Inspiration is hard to come by. You have to take it where you find it.”
I hope you find your way to Minneapolis for some professional development, camaraderie, beer (again, you didn’t hear it from me) and inspiration.
Happy New Year!
Melva Jones, CMP, is Director of University Special Events at the University of South Alabama in Mobile.