Sight-Seeing for Your Busy Conference Schedule
If you’re joining us in Minneapolis for Reeher Vista Executive Conference, we’ve got a jam-packed schedule of presentations, speakers, peer events, and socializing. Even so, we hope you’ll find a few moments to enjoy Minnesota in the summer. Luckily, there’s lots to see and do within walking distance, or a short ride of our conference site, the Renaissance Depot Hotel. Here’s our shortlist for how to enjoy your time with us.
Mill City Farmers Market Night Market–Beer & Wine Night
The Commons Park, 425 Portland Ave S. Minneapolis, MN 55415
Tuesday, August 28, 4-8 p.m.
If you’re looking for a quick thing to do before the Vista dinner opener and keynote, take a ten-minute walk from the hotel to The Commons for the Mill City Farmers Market Night Market. There will be live music, vendors, lawn games, beer and wine, and of course, produce. The night market takes place in the shadow of the new U.S. Bank Stadium—site of the 2018 Super Bowl.
Can’t make the Night Market? The Commons also has free daily activities, including:
- Games Cart
- Kubb League
- Ping Pong
- Yoga & Exercise Classes
Mill Ruins Park
102 Portland Ave. S Minneapolis, MN 55401
The Renaissance Depot Hotel is one block from the Mississippi River and the Mill Ruins Park. A short walk will take you to the park and the Minneapolis Stone Arch Bridge. This area of the city used to bustle with the activity of rival flour mills. Walk or rent a NiceRide bike for the trip across the curved Stone Arch Bridge for beautiful views of downtown Minneapolis, Saint Anthony Falls, and the Mississippi River. At dusk, you’ll have a view of downtown Minneapolis backlit by the setting sun. If you’re looking for a place for a longer run or bike ride, pedestrian paths flank both sides of the Mississippi River. Check out MeetMinneapolis’s bike and pedestrian trail guide for this area.
Izzy’s Ice Cream
1100 Second Street South, Minneapolis, MN 55415
Need a mid-conference ice cream? Izzy’s Ice Cream is there for you, it’s open til 10:30 p.m., and it’s only a 10-minute walk from the conference site. Izzy’s has different flavors each day – order like a local, get one large scoop and then a contrasting melon-ball sized “Izzy scoop” atop. You can take your treat to a bench in the adjacent Gold Medal Park if the weather cooperates.
The Twin Cities have more than 150 breweries. If you’re a very particular beer drinker, here’s a list of Minneapolis breweries to comb through. For local taprooms close to the conference site, try Day Block Brewing or Town Hall Brewery. You’re also close to dozens of bars and restaurants in both downtown Minneapolis and directly across the Mississippi River in the city’s trendy “Northeast” neighborhood.
Saint Anthony Main Theatre
115 SE Main St, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Relax and see a movie at the historic Saint Anthony Main Theatre. Discount Tuesdays feature $5 tickets and $3 popcorn. You can either walk across the Mississippi River from the conference site on the Stone Arch Bridge, or grab an Uber for a quick ride. The surrounding Saint Anthony Main neighborhood is jammed with bars, restaurants, and nightlife.
The Guthrie Theater
818 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415
You’ll notice the Guthrie Theater right away. It’s only a few blocks from the conference site and is a dark blue jumble of architectural angles and bright lights. The Guthrie runs plays on three separate stages. While it might be a challenge to see a play while you’re in town for the conference, the Guthrie is open to the public for daily visits and offers incredible views of the Mississippi River and Minneapolis. Stop in, check out the architecture, enjoy the view, and snap some pictures.
Minnesota State Fair
1265 Snelling Ave. N., St. Paul, MN 55108
Up for a bit of a trek? Known as the “Great Minnesota Get-Together,” the annual Minnesota State Fair in St. Paul is the largest state fair in the United States, based on average daily attendance. It attracts almost 2 million guests annually and runs from Aug. 23-Sept. 3, 2018. Any culinary creation you can imagine served on a stick can be found at the fair. You’ll also find butter sculptures, a litany of livestock, and nightly concerts at the grandstand featuring headliner acts.
Minneapolis’s North Loop Neighborhood
Catch a Metro Transit bus, or an Uber for a short trip to the North Loop. This former industrial district is now a destination dining and shopping area. You’ll find acclaimed dining, such as Bar La Grassa, Borough, The Bachelor Farmer, and Spoon and Stable. Or casual Red Cow North Loop, Pizza Luce, Black Sheep Coal Fired Pizza, Rise Bagel, and more. Check out the Acme Comedy Co at night, or do some window shopping during the day. Nearby Target Field, home of Twins baseball, recently topped the list of the nation’s Top Vegan Friendly Ballparks and the Twins.
Need more ideas?
Check out Meet In Minneapolis for more local things to see and do. Or, you can break the ice and start chatting up some of the friendly Reeher folks running around the conference with orange ribbons. We live here, we work here, and you’ll be sure to get the down-low on our favorite places.