Monday, April 23, 2012

Visiting Minneapolis, MN

I never imagined the nonprofit I work for would take me across the country... but it did for

What an exciting, powerful, and educational conference.  I learned so much about the capabilities and power of our youth.  We sat through conferences for much of the day, but at night - my boss, Jen, and I hit the town for a little while to eat dinner and do a little exploring.

We never made it to the Mall of America (cue sad music) but we did make it to the Target in their downtown area... Target is actually headquartered right there in Minneapolis.

We also were able to try three different restaurants for dinner...
Zelo was delicious - Jen treated me to Italian for my Birthday dinner :)
We also went to Key's Cafe, which was cute - a restaurant and bakery.
And the last night, we went to The Local, which is an Irish themed restaurant... fun decor and atmosphere. 

We stayed at the Hilton, and the conferences were taking place in the bottom of our Hotel - all the way through to the MN Convention Center.

By the way... my favorite part of Minneapolis?  The Skyways.  They are all over that city and I think it's brilliant.  You can walk across the city in these skyways.  I am sure if I were there during the winter months... these things would be even better!

I loved Minneapolis - it's truly a beautiful city.  As we flew in, you could see all of the lakes and trees.  I think I could live there... but maybe not during their winters ;)

Outside of the Hilton.
 We had to enjoy a cold one everyday after a long day of learning ;)
 The skyways... they connect all of downtown.  So cool!
Oh Target, I love you.  I also talked Jen in to buying a pair of Skinny Jeans... she loves 'em!
 Jen wanted this vase for her house...
 The outside area of "The Local" - loved their downtown area.
Music notes painted on the building, loved this.
 "Our World, Our Future"
Inside the convention center where we ate breakfast and lunch and sat in on Planery Sessions - thousands of people attended the conference and it was so cool to be a part of it.  I am lucky to work with such a wonderful woman that I got to share this with!
On the flight home, I realized we never got a picture together... maybe next year! :)

Hope you're having a wonderful start to your week!

22 comments:

Arielle said...

fun!! Have a good week!

michaela said...

Great photos! That is one huge vase!!
Tracy you are such an inspiration great job :)

Melissa said...

It looks like a beautiful place! I hope you had a great time!! :)

Shelley said...

How fun! I love the idea of skyways! I had never heard about them!

Caroline said...

It's been so long since I've been. Maybe I need to return.

Ana F. said...

That's so cool that you help other people and you still get to see other parts of the country! Other than rooting for the wrong football team, Minnesota looks like a lovely place :)

April of A. Liz Adventures said...

Awesome trip! I've never been to Minneapolis but have heard how much fun it is.

Robots in Trouble said...

it looks like you had such a great time!

Smiling is Good for Your Teeth said...

I was just in Minneapolis for work! We were there for a quick trip and it was a lot of fun! The skyways are great!

KRISTIN said...

Omigosh! I wish I would've known you were coming to town, I could have suggested some great places...though, it sounds like you hit up some great spots. Key's in one of my favorite breakfast spots for sure! So glad you liked it here! :)

Melissa_Before_40 said...

I'm glad you had fun!

Jenna said...

Wow! It sounds like you work for an incredible organisation, plus it's always fun to travel to new places for work - a change of scenery always does a body good :)

Looks like a stunning city!

xxx
Jenna

Kristin said...

those sky ways are sooo neat!!

Token Yankee said...

Wow, I didn't know much about Minneapolis, but it looks pretty cool. Glad you had a good time!

Tricia said...

I have never been to MN, but it certainly looks and sounds amazing. Looks like you had a great trip!

ashley said...

Minneapolis is an awesome city!! We have family there and I always* enjoy visits (not during the winter) haha! Looks like a little work and play trip too!

Allison said...

Fun trip! What a nice Target. :)

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Gin said...

Oh my goodness I wish I had known you were here in my city!! I love Minneapolis, born and raised. Have lived in a couple other cities but always seem to end up back here. It is an amazing and beautiful place to live. Glad you hit up The Local, it is one of my favorite pub/bars downtown. Glad the city treated you well :)

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

How fun! I've never been to Minneapolis but it looks like you had a good time there. I want to hit up the mall of america!!

MJ @ Teaching in Heels said...

Looks like you girls squeezed some fun into a working weekend. Love the music notes on the building.

Carolyn said...

Yay! I so glad you liked my city!!! :) you'll have to come visit when you get more time, it's a pretty great place!!