Follow Michelle's Journey to Finding Love in Minneapolis
Minnesota’s own Michelle Young was Season 18's bachelorette and we were excited to follow her journey in Minneapolis!
The Bachelorette brought love to Minneapolis! The Bachelorette is all about finding love and we took this moment to share that love with our beautiful city of Minneapolis.
Season 18 episodes had Michelle spend some time in her home state of Minnesota. We saw Michelle enjoying Minneapolis with her beaus and seeing many sights, from landmarks like the Stone Arch Bridge to U.S. Bank Stadium to the top of Betty Danger’s Ferris wheel. You don’t have to be part of the Bachelor Nation to appreciate our best date spots and city sights.
Here are the main Minneapolis filming locations we spotted!
This beautiful historic bridge is where Michelle's dates yelled her name in unison and made us swoon, just a little. The Stone Arch Bridge is the perfect backdrop to any photo, showing off that incredible city skyline and even made our list for the top Instagrammable places in Minneapolis.
A downtown Minneapolis landmark, the group of men met up with Michelle here and greeted her with their winning smiles. The smiles didn’t last long though, as Minnesota Joe was chosen for the first one-on-one date (hometown advantage, perhaps?).
Michelle and her beau caught a game at Target Field and she threw the perfect pitch. But one kiss from Joe felt like a home run. Get your own behind the scenes tour of the ballpark or check out a Twins baseball game during one of our beautiful summers. We've got everything you need to plan your day at Target Field.
Lowry Avenue Bridge
Minnesota Joe and Michelle met on the Lowry Avenue Bridge before heading to their dinner reservation. They were checking each other out and holding hands like they were meant to be. This bridge is pedestrian-friendly and crosses right over the Mississippi River. At night, it offers a magnificent view, as multi-color lights illuminate its arches.
Michelle and Joe enjoyed a burger at Betty Danger’s in Northeast Minneapolis and the conversation got real. We learned that all is not fair in love and basketball. Joe opened up about a recurring sports injury, snagged the date rose and kissed Michelle passionately on the Ferris wheel.
A group date that turned the men into Ultimate Vikings, practicing their war cries while eating Nordic fermented fish? That could only happen at U.S. Bank Stadium, home to the professional football team, the Minnesota Vikings. Part of Michelle's one-on-one date with Nayte occurred here as well. This architectural marvel is one of our favorite venues to show off. To learn more about it, take a guided tour or come out for a Vikings game. There's plenty to see and do near the stadium!
To wrap up the group date with Michelle, everyone headed over to Semple Mansion for a classy cocktail party and some coveted one-on-one time. This magical and historic venue is popular for weddings in Minneapolis. Fitting for The Bachelorette, wouldn't you say?
Downtown Minneapolis: Nicollet/City Center
Michelle and Rick took a moonlit stroll through the streets of downtown Minneapolis and the two shared a moment. Rick invited Michelle to slow dance after being serenaded by a street musician, playing one of the uniquely designed Pianos on Parade placed throughout the city during the summer. Each piano is painted by local artists, designating a downtown Minneapolis theme. If you find one, make sure you stop and play a tune or two. On a warm summer night, stroll down these magical streets yourself and discover what the heart of Minneapolis has to offer. Or see it all from above in the downtown skyway system that bridges the entertainment and business districts.
Hard to believe the “Night at the Museum” date was organized by Michelle’s students. Who wouldn’t want to roam The Bell Museum after hours and stargaze with a handsome Viking like Clayton? Ultimately, Michelle chose to follow her heart and let him go, so Clayton could prepare himself to become “The Bachelor”.
Most couples would agree, the Mill City Museum is one of the city’s most popular wedding venues for a reason. Set along the Mississippi River and constructed within the ruins of what was once the world’s largest flour mill, the building is a National Historic Landmark. The softly lit museum courtyard created a romantic setting for Michelle and Brandon’s dinner date. So, an extra rose for Brandon for choosing the perfect spot to say, “I’m falling for you”. But if you're not quite ready to declare your love to anyone, the museum offers a closer look at the history of Minneapolis and some pretty cool views definitely worth checking out.
Hometown visits came to Minneapolis this season! Michelle met each set of parents at the beautiful and historic Gale Mansion, near downtown. Another picturesque wedding venue in Minneapolis, this served as the perfect get-to-know-you setting. No surprise to us, Michelle was charming and genuine with everyone she met. She received the parent stamp of approval and shared passionate moments with each of her dates. Love is in the air and our bachelorette has some difficult decisions to make before she finds her person.
The Marquette is where the cocktail party and rose ceremony took place—so basically, where all the drama went down. It's also a place to call home while Michelle and her dates explore Minneapolis. The sheer elegance and jaw-dropping views of downtown make this hotel the perfect backdrop for some of the show's most important scenes to come (at least, we hope so).
#MPLSinLove 📸 Date Night Photo Op
We want our MPLS hopefuls to share the picture of love! Snap a pic and tag your best date night photos with @meetminneapolis and use the hashtag #MPLSinLove.
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