The Fringe Festival combined with the great hotel rates, makes make Minneapolis a perfect weekend get-away
Minneapolis, MN (Vocus) July 9, 2009
Minneapolis sizzles with hot hotel deals for those traveling July 30 to August 9 Minneapolis's Fringe Festival.
More than 1,100 participants and 400 volunteers from all over the world will participate in the growing 11--day city-wide performing arts festival. The 160+ productions will present over 800 performances at 22 venues and will issue an estimated 40,000 tickets. Each play lasts only an hour; and the price is right at $12 a ticket ($5 for children, 410 for seniors & MPR members), plus a $4 Fringe button, so "Fringers" can see a few performances in one day.
"The Fringe Festival combined with the great hotel rates, makes make Minneapolis a perfect weekend get-away," says Melvin Tennant, president and CEO of Meet Minneapolis the official convention and visitors association.
New Hotels with Wallet-Friendly Rates Starting at $79:
New hotels have opened in the heart of downtown and many are booking rooms at recession-friendly rates this summer, starting at $79. Visitors can get details and book their hotel at http://www.minneapolis.org/downtownsizzle.
Aloft- With hip rooms, this property is located in downtown's hottest neighborhood, the Minneapolis Riverfront District.
Minneapolis City Center Marriott - For downtown energy with sophisticated comforts this downtown hotel offers sweeping city views and mere steps away from the Hennepin Theater District
Millennium Hotel Minneapolis - Urban explorers wanted for this hotel within walking distance of parks, attractions and Nicollet Mall.
Sheraton Minneapolis Midtown - Located near the diversity and culture at Midtown Global Market, this hotel is also near outdoor recreation. Visitors can bike and walk on the Midtown Greenway, a five-mile stretch of trails lined with parks and plazas.
Couples or Families can Take a Weekend Getaway in Minneapolis for Under $250.
For under $250, a couple can:
•Rest their heads at a posh downtown hotel steps away from Fringe venues + restaurants, museums and more: from $79
•Take in two Fringe plays--one in the afternoon, and one in the evening: $56
•Grab a bowl of Pho or a bite of wiener schnitzel on Eat Street, where there's dozens and dozens of ways to entertain your palate on the cheap: $20
•Say hello to Warhol, Pollock and the gang at the Walker Art Center on Free First Saturdays $0
•Stake a spot, grab a drink and groove to live music on Orchestra Hall's Peavey Plaza: $0
•Take in a bite and an after-show cocktail at the James Beard Award-nominated 112 Eatery: $60
For under $250, a family can:
•Stay at a kid-friendly hotel just steps from Fringe venues + restaurants, museums and more: from $79
•Take in a kid-stamped-- but also parent-friendly) show at any Fringe Festival venue: $50
•Have a raucous lunch at Kieran's Irish Pub, which doubles as a Fringe venue: $50
•See ancient artifacts from Egypt, Japan, Greece and beyond at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts: $0
•Treat their feet to the green urban oases of the Minneapolis Riverfront at Mill City Ruins Park, Gold Medal Park and the Mississippi River's ONLY waterfall, St. Anthony Falls: $0
•Have an epic family dinner at Buca Di Beppo's original location, or take it in, Minneapolis style with nighttime larger-than-life pancakes at Key's Café: $60
For more information on what makes downtown Minneapolis sizzle, check out top spots and insider guides, and review a full calendar of summer events go to minneappolis.org. Search Meet Minneapolis on Facebook and to catch the very latest on what's happening in Minneapolis.
About Meet Minneapolis: The mission of Meet Minneapolis, Official Convention and Visitors Association, is to sell, market and internationally promote Minneapolis as a premier, year-round destination for convention, trade show, corporate meeting and leisure travel. We are committed to service and excellence for all of our clients. We do this for the economic benefit and vitality of the members, businesses and communities we serve.
Connie Stelter, Meet Minneapolis, 612.767.8042.
Allie Gray, Meet Minneapolis, 612.767.8024.