Local Gems: Our Guide to the Twin Cities

Minneapolis, USA

Situated at the edge of Downtown, a stone’s throw from the Mississippi River, Four Seasons Hotel Minneapolis is perfectly positioned to explore our city’s rich cultural, culinary and nature-filled offerings — including many hidden gems. Who better to draw up a local guide than our in-the-know staff? Tailor your itinerary with this local know-how, then explore, retreat, repeat.

Our Director of Security’s Favourite Running Route

“Two blocks from the Hotel, the stairs and ramp next to Father Hennepin Bridge lead down to a hiking and biking trail next to the Mississippi River. There are plenty of bridges to get across the river and back, but you should always end crossing the historic Stone Arch Bridge. The pedestrian-only structure offers a history lesson through its great view of the river’s lock system and the Mill City ruins.” Colton Pollock, Director of Security

Our Residences Manager’s Basketball Routine — In Any Season

“If you are looking for a fun summer outing, fuel up on wings and beer at Runyon’s before heading to Target Center to see the Minnesota Lynx in action. Then, during the chilly winter months, there's nothing quite like taking the skyway to catch a Timberwolves game. I love the excitement of zipping through downtown on the way to the Target Center — all while staying warm and cosy.” —Michelle Raczkowski, Residences Manager

Where Our Director of Guest Experience Loves to Shop

Mall of America is much more than a tourist attraction for me—it really is my favourite place to shop. With more than 500 stores, I know if I can’t find what I’m looking for there, it doesn’t exist! When it comes to dining, I never miss the cheese curds at Twin City Grill or sushi at Masu. For fun, FlyOver America and the Crayola Experience are not to be missed.” Naomi Thompson, Director of Guest Experience

Our Assistant Spa Manager’s Go-To Food Hall

"I always recommend Graze Provisions + Libations for good food and fun drinks! It is a food hall with amazing spots such as Soul Bowl and Union Hmong Kitchen. It’s my go-to for an awesome patio with stunning downtown views — and it’s great before a Twins game." —Karina Agrimson, Assistant Spa Manager

Our Bellman’s Photo Op and Cultural Stop

“You can't come to Minneapolis without seeing the Spoonbridge and Cherry. Head to the Sculpture Garden at the Walker Art Center in the historic Lowry Hill neighbourhood to see what everyone is talking about. Located just over a mile from the Hotel, you can take your picture next to the most iconic sight in Minneapolis.” —Jeff Johnson, Bellman

Our Assistant Director of Housekeeping’s Favourite Local Brewery

“One of my favourite places in the summer is Surly Brewery. You can enjoy a nice cold beer and amazing pizza along with garden concerts and movies projected onto the huge silos behind the building. It feels like Minnesota's backyard with the fire pits and lawn bowling. It’s one of my go-to destinations, especially when there's a Gophers game.” —Emily Schultz, Assistant Director of Housekeeping

What Sounds Great to Our Residences Concierge

The Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis. Here you'll find a wide range of music, from nationally known performers such saxophonist Candy Dulfer, New York City jazz band The Hot Sardines, and singer-songwriter Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, to local favourites Chan Poling (The Suburbs), Mick Sterling (and the Stud Brothers), and the Steele family. For an intimate evening of good food and exceptional music with great sound, check out The Dakota. You won't be disappointed.” —Dan Mohs, Residences Concierge

Our Security Supervisor’s Pro (Football) Tip

“Be sure to show up early on Vikings game day! There are hours of fun, food, and drinks at the pregame outside. Then head inside to watch the Minnesota Vikings at one of the most beautiful stadiums in the league.” —Micky Layman, Security Supervisor/Ambassador

How Our Director of Residences Finds His Zen

"One of the joys of living in the Midwest is experiencing the seasons. I especially enjoy watching seasonal changes unfold at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. They hold regular events, from art exhibits to educational photography tours. I also enjoy walking the grounds with my family as way to disconnect and enjoy all the natural beauty Minnesota has to offer.” —Mark James Syputa, Director of Residences

Our Concierge Ambassador’s Choice for Lunch with a Side of Local Culture

Reverie Vegan Café. The chefs amaze me every time I visit with classics such as a BLT, modern appetizers such as bulgogi cauliflower and a decadent mac and cheese. I have no idea how they make comfort food without dairy or eggs! The bar offers a variety of local beers, and the outdoor patio is a quick dive into the quirky Minneapolis art scene.” —Molly Yoong, Concierge Ambassador