The Walker Art Center

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The Walker Art Center was founded in 1927, as the first public art gallery in the Upper Midwest. In the 1940s the focus became increasingly on modern art 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. From there on the Walker was to be home to innovative and ambitious exhibits that would eventually circulate all over the U.S. and eventually abroad. 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.

    The Walker Art Center is now home to not only modern art, but plays and musical performances as well.  Current attractions feature Live Forever, and exhibition of the artist Elizabeth Peyton’s work, Abstract Resistance, Tomas Saraceno, Text/Messages: Books by artists and many more.

minneapolis-page-sculpture-garden-spoonbridge-and-cherry-fullAcross the street from the Walker Art Center is the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, one of the largest outdoor urban sculpture parks in the United States. It is home to the infamous sculpture “The Spoonbridge and Cherry” which, over the years, has become a symbol of Minneapolis itself. The outdoor garden is a great activity for both adults and children who are looking to see a little bit of what makes Minneapolis unique.

Admission Prices:
Gallery Admission: $10 adults, $8 seniors (65+), students/teens (w/ID) $6
Thursdays are Target Free Thursdays, free admission from 5-9pm!!

Sculpture Garden- Free- 6am-midnight daily

Tours of the Gallery and Sculpture Garden are included free with Admission to the gallery

**for more information comment on this post or stop by the conceirge upon check in!

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The Minnesota Twins

Twins_LogoIt’s here! Baseball season is back in full swing and the Marriott City Center is right near the action. Only a few blocks from the Metrodome, you can easily walk to all the games in town and with 14-16 games a month at home, there are plenty of games to choose from! Tickets run anywhere from $8-$100 a seat, and can be purchased either online or at the gate, located just blocks from the hotel. Don’t miss your chance to join in on the fun and enthusiasm of a Minnesota Twins game!

For More information and Game Schedules, see www.minnesota.twins.mlb.com

Published in: on June 12, 2009 at 10:08 pm  Leave a Comment  

Local Restaurants

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American Cuisine~

The News Room: website
Mission American Kitchen and Bar: website
Joe’s Garage website
Dakota Jazz Club: website

Barbeque~

Market Bar-B-Que: website
Famous Dave’s: website

Italian Cuisine~

Zelo: website
Bellanotte: website
The Old Spaghetti Factory: website
Buca di Beppo: website

Asian Cuisine~

Ichiban: website
Sawatdee Thai: website
Bombay Bistro: website

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Others~

The Local: Irish pub website
Brits Pub: British pub with lawnbowling on the roof website
Murrays: amazing steaks website
Pizza Luce: Gourmet pizza, also available for delivery website

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The Light Rail System

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The Light Rail system is a new transit system built in the city only a few years ago. Many of our guests still aren’t aware of how convenient the light rail system can be for traveling from the airport to the hotel and around downtown in general.

When traveling from the airport to the hotel you can catch the light rail directly from your terminal! You do not even have to switch trains; the line will take you directly into downtown Minneapolis. You only need to exit the train at the Nicollet Mall exit. From the exit you want to turn left on Nicollet Mall, walk up two blocks and turn right on to 7th. The Marriott Hotel will be directly in front of you!

The light rail is always a cheaper option, rates range from $2.25 during rush hour (6-9am and 3-6:30pm) to $1.75 all other times. When traveling with in the downtown zone, which can take you to the Metrodome from the hotel, the rate is only 50 cents!! You can buy your passes at the kiosks on any train platform.

The Light Rail is also a clean, smooth ride.  From one end of the line to the other the ride takes about 35 minutes, from the airport to the Hotel it is about 25 minutes.

Train service:

Rush Hours (6am-9am & 3pm-6pm): Every 7 1/2 minutes

9am- 3pm: Every 10 minutes

6:30- 9pm: Every 15 minutes

9pm-1am & 4am-6am: Every 30 minutes

 

for more information see: http://www.metrotransit.org/rail

Published in: on June 12, 2009 at 9:35 pm  Leave a Comment  

Northern Shores and The Lobby Bar

 

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To find great food and drinks, you don’t neccesarily have to travel far. We have both a restaurant and bar located on the fifth floor! Both offer a great selection and amazing service.

The Northern Shores grill (pictured on the right) serves a culinary mix of regional and American specialties in a casual setting.  In the morning, we offer an amazing buffet which includes an omelet station and just about anything else you might wish to eat.  During lunch and dinner our menu includes everything from tender steaks to fresh salads and burgers.  Restaurant hours are 6:30am-2pm with dinner being served in the bar.
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Our Lobby Bar is also located on the fifth floor and serves from 11am-12pm.  The contemporary yet intimate atmosphere makes it a perfect place to meet clients or co-workers for drinks and conversation. You can order from the restaurant menu at any time in the bar, they also serve a wide assortment of wines, beers and liquors.

Servers in both the bar and restaurant are well known for their friendly and attentive service.  They’re always there with helpful suggestions and knowledge about the city.

So makes sure to stop in the Northern Shores Grill or Lobby Bar on your next trip to our hotel!

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The Skyway

One comment I hear a lot from guests when they check into the hotel, is that for such a large city the streets are pretty vacant. My answer is usually along the lines of “look up!” You see, Minneapolis is home to the world renowned Skyway System, a system of glass tunnels connecting the second floors of many downtown shops, restaurants and businesses. In fact, the Skyway connects a total of sixty-nine city blocks. (That’s an estimated eight miles!!) 

149586020_e3bec1fd73The Skyways are climate controlled, offering protection from the bitter chill of winter or the sweltering humidity that comes with Minnesota summers. It’s a great resource for those guests who wish to travel from the hotel without going outdoors. You can easily get to destinations like the Convention Center, Target Headquarters and Target store, the IDS Building and Block E. Of course, when traveling long distances in the Skyway, you do have to take a few more turns than you would have to outside, but for the convenience of not having to lug around a heavy coat it is often times worth the extra five or ten minutes added on to your journey.

For more information about the Minneapolis Skyway network feel free to stop by our Concierge desk. We also have skyway maps to guide you along your way!

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Tis the season…

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There is a saying in Minnesota, “We have two seasons, Winter and Road Construction”. To some an extent that saying proves very true. When you have such long lasting winters you have to start construction as soon as weather permits and run with it until the ground gets too hard. For the most part, this road construction is avoidable, but sometimes it does become a pain. So, to help our guests who are driving in from the MSP Airport or from neighboring cities or states, I would like to provide you with a very handy website. On http://www.dot.state.mn.us/roadwork/bynum50.html you can search for the highways you will be traveling on the way into the hotel. It will tell you exactly when and where any road construction may be taking place!

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Parking at the Hotel

252869615_a7c15ad8bf If you are driving into The Cities, it might be convenient for you to know the best places to park. We offer both self and valet parking for all of our guests. To valet, you simply need to pull up to the front door and leave your keys. A charge of $28/night will be added to your bill upon check out. For those of you who would like to self park, we contract an exclusive rate for our guests next door at the City Center ramp. That rate is $19/night Sunday- Thursday and $8/night Friday and Saturday. These rates will save you $5-$10 over night each night and also allow you to come and go from the ramp as much as you like, at no extra cost! Just ask for a parking key at the front desk upon arrival. When parking at the ramp, it is important to remember that we contract with the ramp (we do not own it) so there is no elevator to take you directly from the ramp into the hotel! However, it is only a two or three minute walk to the hotel from the ramp. I’ve posted directions, written by our own super concierge Stephanie, to help you navigate.

Directions from the Parking Ramp to the Marriott City Center

Exit the parking elevators on the first floor. (Street Level) Turn right out of the elevators. Just past the first escalator, turn right following signs to the Marriott. At the Wells Fargo ATMs, turn right into the Marriott. Take the elevators to the fifth floor to reach our lobby.

Directions from the Marriott City Center to the Parking Ramp.

Take the street elevators to the first floor. (Street Level) Turn left out of the elevators and walk past the Valet desk. Exit the Marriott through the double doors and turn left. Once in the mall, turn left again. The Parking Ramp elevators are on the left hand side

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