BOSTON → MINNEAPOLIS
After flying back to Chicago from another exciting east coast trip out in Boston, it was time to keep things on the ground with a little road trip. I made the six-hour trip up to the land of 10,000 lakes, Minnesota, and stopped in Minneapolis. I made it just in time to avoid the frigid cold temperatures that would’ve certainly frozen Matt, my Matterport 360 camera, and was able to capture more virtual tours!
FUN WITH THE LOCALS
With one-fifth of the population being German, Minneapolis has no shortage of breweries with good eats. So, of course, I spent most of my trip chatting with locals at the pub. Despite the city’s negative outlook for the Minnesota Twins this season, I had to keep the stadium tour alive by heading to a game. A perfect night for an end of summer baseball game, which also just happened to be dollar hot dog night. Score.
After the game I decided to swing by Coup d’etat to visit my friends over at Jester Concepts. This hot spot (new as of 2014) is a prime location for big group with two floors—each with their own outdoor patio. For welcoming me into their lovely space, I set them up with a 360 tour. Explore the space and book their 4-course dinner online with Kapow.
I really love mini golfing, the adrenaline rush of a roller coaster and I’m a big fan of aquariums. No, this isn’t my dating profile, but I mention it because in Minneapolis you can do all three things in the same place—at the Mall of America. That’s right, this 4.87 million square foot complex holds a full 18-hole mini golf course, a 27-ride amusement park and a 1.2 million-gallon aquarium. Oh yeah, and 520 retail stores. Needless to say, I did a little bit of everything, and racked up quite the bill.
ROJO MEXICAN GRILL
After a long day of riding rides and spending money, I needed a good meal. So I drove a few miles down the road and stopped at Rojo Mexican Grill for some fine cuisine. To say thanks for serving me up with a multi-course Mexican dinner, I returned the favor by setting them up with a 360 tour of their space. I think I definitely came out ahead in that deal.
Minneapolis is only one half of the Twin Cities and I couldn’t travel all that way and neglect the long lost brother, Saint Paul, MN. After taking some time to roam around the city, I made my way over to Xcel Energy Center to watch a childhood favorite band, Blink 182 perform live. I, of course, had to channel my inner high school rebel and do a little crowd surfing.
BOTTLE & BOTTEGA
After the show I made my way back to Minneapolis just in time to visit my friends over at Bottle & Bottega. A painting class that allows you to sip on wine while creating a beautiful piece of art. After failing to become a modern day Picasso, I resorted to my old skills of making 360 tours, which you can view while checking out the cool painting experience for corporate groups.
NEXT STOP: DALLAS
Up next I’ll be making a trip down to the great state of Texas to continue Operation: 360 in Dallas. Stay tuned to find out if everything really is bigger in Texas.