When traveling, we explore with all of our senses, gaining new appreciation through sight, sound, touch, and especially taste. St. Paul caters to all of them. As one of the twins in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis being the other), a visit to this burgeoning destination full of art, poetry, culture, and first-rate microbreweries means that you’ll inevitably explore two exciting locales over the course of your trip.
To experience as much as you can, from the outlying neighborhoods to downtown St. Paul, rentals are the most convenient means of getting around. Begin your day with a dip in The Westin Minneapolis’ indoor pool, then end it watching boats drift lazily along the river, enjoying a late night snack as moonlight glimmers on the water’s surface.
Located near Mears Park and within easy walking distance of downtown St. Paul hotels, the city’s central farmers market offers up not just produce, but one of the best ways to get to know this wonderfully offbeat destination. Waking up early while on vacation isn’t every traveler’s cup of tea (or coffee), but you’ll find the effort worthwhile on glimpsing the clear Midwestern sky and telltale congregation of bright stalls and covered tables laden with goods as you enter the Farmers Market. Bite into a crisp pear, wipe the juice from your fingers, and listen to the low hum of conversation around you, like the buzz of honeybees drifting toward the roses, lilacs, and jasmine of the flower booths. As the day warms, their perfume grows more pronounced, blending with the scent of cut tomato vines and hot kettle corn.
From locally sourced to internationally inclusive, the cuisine of this city extends beyond its borders to faraway locales. A visit to gourmand hot spots, like Rice Park, Lowertown, and Grand Avenue will provide you with a wealth of dining options. New bistros, cafes, and pubs are opening all the time. Whether you enjoy sweet, hot tea and the smoky flavor of lamb shashlik from Russia, the tang of Nepali chutneys and hearty dal made from lentils, or the hot kiss of Thai chilies in a bowl of red curry, you’ll find a world of flavor to discover. St. Paul is also home to several large Hmong and Hispanic communities, and as such has a number of restaurants where you can find sticky rice or shrimp tacos whenever the craving strikes. And of course, the easygoing comfort of Midwestern standards, like hotdish and iconic Juicy Lucy burgers, can be found throughout the city. St. Paul downtown hotels lining popular streets serve up everything from mixed buffets to delicate desserts and coffee.
Always be on the lookout for adventure in your travels, whether it means a trip to the Twin Cities or expanding your palate. When you book your flight, car, and room through Travelocity, you’ll save money to create the experience you want. Browse our rates on available hotels, including rooms at The Grand Hotel Minneapolis, a Kimpton hotel. Wander more wisely with us!