Minneapolis…I Like It

Hanging with the fabulous Kimpton ladies at The Grand Hotel in Minneapolis.
Hanging with the fabulous Kimpton ladies: Mary & Illy at The Grand Hotel in Minneapolis.

Who would have thought? Spending time in Minneapolis feels a lot like spending time in Portland/Vancouver. It’s the cutest little city and the people are very hospitable. This was the perfect little getaway to reenter the country. I bet you’re thinking I’m crazy but let me tell you about my trip.

First and foremost I was able to stay at my favorite hotel brand The Grand Hotel, a @Kimpton Hotel and the team there didn’t let me down. From the moment I arrived Colette greeted me with a smile and gave me the run down of the property. Illy swore I’d been there before. We just chalked it up to my likable personality! I had a king corner room on the top floor which was lovely. The dark wood and textured wall paper added to the richness of the space. I must say the bed was one of the most comfortable beds I’ve slept in in quite some time. The bathroom was spacious with separate bath, shower, and toilet and most importantly, the space was very clean. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to experience the Kimpton #WineHour at the Grand. This is the first @Kimpton in which I didn’t get to go to #WineHour but I have to say a big thank you to Hayden who made sure I had a nice bottle of Cabernet. I say all this to say, yet again, @Kimpton never disappoints.

My first night in Minneapolis I attended a house concert hosted by 2 of the nicest, most hospitable people I’ve met in quite some time. You know how some people fake hospitality? There was no faking it with those two. I was welcomed and had an opportunity to spend time in a beautiful home surrounded by lush greenery as I watched the sunset on one of the many lakes I admired in the City of 10,000 lakes. It was amazing. What was even more fun was to be in the company of healthcare professionals. No matter where you are it always feels like home in the company of your peeps.

Day 2 in Minneapolis was action packed! I started the morning on a 10 mile bike ride (bike courtesy of the Grand Hotel, a @Kimpton Hotel). I received a spectacular personal tour of the city on the bike ride. I didn’t think I had it in me to ride 10 miles but I didn’t complained one bit. I guess my last few weeks of working out prepared me for it. From there I had an opportunity to see some of the lakes including Calhoun and Nokomis. Beautiful. I could imagine long strolls along the water in the perfect weather. Ahhh…reminded me of home. I saw many beautiful homes, mostly along the lakes. The homes reminded me of Tulsa homes near Swan Lake. They were gorgeous. I even stopped at a million dollar open house. It was beautifully staged, 4 stories with 5 bedrooms and a sunroom. I’ll never need a house that big but it was fun to imagine living in such a spectacular space.

One thing that us expats tend to do is stock up on items we can’t get when we’re in our resident country. I found a Whole Foods store and was able to stock up on essential oils that my lovely friends Christie and Brittany taught me all about over the summer. For those of you wondering you must have: lavender, lemon, and peppermint; preferably organic. Those three have a lot of coverage. I also managed to get an amazing smoothie from Whole Foods. Yum! I had a chance to go to Target! Yes, I know, it was very exciting! Then, I wasn’t planning to be impressed but I was very impressed with #MallofAmerica. I stopped in to pick up an item from a Bare Minerals store because I can’t find the product anywhere except the actual store. That mall is pretty amazing. I didn’t realize that it’s been opened so long because I remember hearing about it when it first opened. It’s still a site to see. I’m glad that I have been cured from my shopping addiction because I could have seriously lost my mind in there.

I attended a wonderful Jazz concert and afterwards, the night was still young. I went to a place called @Smack_Shack and ate one of the most delicious things I’ve ever put in my mouth: a lobster roll. OMG  I can’t even begin to tell you how wonderful their lobster roll is. It was full of sweet lobster that was cooked to perfection. It was sandwiched between the perfect toasted bread. The lobster is mixed with something similar to coleslaw and it included cucumbers. Not only was the sandwich excellent, the fries were amazing as well: potatoes with a little skin and the perfect amount of salt. Truly folks, I traveled all the way to Minneapolis to have a lobster roll. No lie 😉

I went to one more bar hang for a nice glass of sauvignon blanc and I finished the night at an interestingly entertaining club with “100s of beautiful girls and 3 ugly ones”. Suddenly I was reminded of the Fleetwood Mac song “Dreams” and decided to go have tea with some honey.

Ahhh…Minneapolis. A beautiful city with kind people and lots to do. I could come back and hang here.

Living life…and it’s so good.

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