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Welcome to the Insider blog. The City VIP section will feature posts straight from the minds of Minneapolis celebrities, as well as some cool inside information from us. Also, the Insider Post area will spotlight a random member of the Minneapolis community, allowing them to share their unique perspective on the city. Read on and become an Insider.


City VIP Blog Posts
Monday September 30, 2013


Did you know it takes 130 people at any given time to run the hit musical “Wicked,” on stage now at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis?  Learn this and more fun behind-the-scenes facts from Production Stage Manager Jason Daunter, the self-described "chief cook & bottle washer, therapist, mother, artistic eye for the show," and much more to his cast and crew of the first national tour of “Wicked.” 

Daunter spoke with us as the crew feverishly loaded in the monster set from 15 trucks that arrived in Minneapolis from Boston on Sept. 13. This is one of 10 simultaneous worldwide productions of this almost 10-year-old hit musical. Watch this interview to find out who the stars are, learn a little about this production and what you can expect if you attend one of the shows over the six weeks it plays Minneapolis’ Hennepin Theatre Trust.

Insider Blog Post
Thursday January 10, 2013

Minneapolis: The Only City Left in America

That’s it. Game over. Every other city in America can shut down their tourism areas now. Their efforts in 2013 will only prove to be futile. 

Why? Because Travel + Leisure’s Top Destinations of 2013 only had one city in the good ol’ US of A in it.

That city? Minneapolis. 

That’s right. Minneapolis was the lone American city to grace the list put together by Travel and Leisure of hot destinations to visit in 2013. Out of allllll the cities in the United States (San Francisco, Miami, New York, Austin…Boise?), Minneapolis topped the charts as THE place to visit in America.

Maybe it was because of our awesome attractions. Maybe it was because of our arts scene. Maybe it was our numerous sports teams. Or maybe it was our stylish rocking of fedoras and our forced, in-depth knowledge of the movie Fargo that won them over.

Nope. Turns out that our very progressive and robust food scene took the cake (pun absolutely intended).

Not only is the stomach the quickest way to the heart, but it’s apparently the quickest way to get on really prestigious lists. The magazine called Minneapolis “an unexpected foodie mecca in the American heartland.”

Just to give you an idea of what this list looked like, cities such as Basilicata, Nepal, Zambia and Amsterdam were ranked right there with Minneapolis.

So pack your bags and come on down to the City by Nature, a.k.a. America’s City (we’re working on the trademark). There’s a lot to do in every season, and you’re sure to always find something that strikes a chord that makes a destination unforgettable.

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