THE MINNEAPOLIS SKYINE
Minneapolis is a city full of landmarks. Walk the streets and you will see many styles of architecture and many famous buildings from historic locations to the tallest building. Now there is a list of must see architecture and design locations in the city to help you explore. Examples of items on the list include the iconic 225 South Sixth Tower and Kenwood Park Water Tower, to name just 2 of the 80+ finds. Take a look for yourself at the magnifique finds in Minneapolis.
BASTILLE DAY ‘13
As the ambassador of French taste we are very excited to host various Bastille Day celebration this year. Sofitel Minneapolis and Alliance Francaise begin the festivities with a celebration from 4 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, July 13. Highlights include the Third Annual Best Baguette Competition, the Citroën Club Car Show, and an art fair. Children’s can enjoy crafts, face painting, a coloring contest and a storming of the Bastille while later in the evening, the Alliance Francaise young professionals will storm the dance floor. Southside Aces Brass Band, Mark Stillman, and the Francine Roche Trio will add to the lively event and provide live music at 6 p.m. A magnifique day of French food, wine and fun!
If you walk into a library space with artwork and titles on all of the things we love (design, architecture, art and fashion), you will know you have arrived at a Sofitel.
MORE ART IN MN
We are always impressed with the quality and quantity of art in Minneapolis. So we are pleased to hear that the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA) is set to become one of the principal centers for the study, display, and research of Japanese art in America. Earlier this month the founders of the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture in central California donated 1,700 artworks to the MIA. Interested in seeing the magnifique collection? You still have some time to prepared, as the first showing entitled “The Audacious Eye: Japanese Art from the Clark Collections”, will open in October.
PHOTO: Zibasha Zeshin, Four Elegant Pastimes. Ink and color on gold leaf screens, each 60 by 140 inches.
"City of lakes" perhaps - but certainly a ‘city of architecture’. We love this image of downtown Minneapolis on the corner of 5th street south & 2nd avenue south.
This oversized pink gold climate-proof UG, circa 1951 (c/o Hodinkee), is a perfect this season must. And in a world where cell phones have made the necessity of a wristwatch obsolete, and timepieces have been transformed into something else altogether, you really need no reason invest in fashionable accessories that just happen to have the bonus function of telling time - a vintage watch. From a Patek Philippe Calatrava or classic Cartier we can’t get enough. And best all we have located the perfect places to find that must have accessory in each of our North American locations. Click on each link to find our pick: NYC, Chicago, Washington DC, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Montreal, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Miami.
PICTURE PERFECT WEEKEND
Visiting Minnesota over Easter or early spring? It doesn’t matter which side of the Mississippi you find yourself you’ll be amazed at what you can discover. With more than 10,000 state lakes, 22 regional trails and 330 metro area parks, there’s no end to the ways you can enjoy the outdoors. And indoors you can even more, with Conde Nast Traveler recently calling Minneapolis “the Midwest’s cultural capital.” Want to know more? Our head concierge Lesley will pre-plan your perfect visit. Tweet her via Twitter (@SofitelMN) before you arrive with the hashtag #AskLesley. (Image: kimason on Flickr via betomad)
FIRE FIGHTERS MUSEUM
Most of our museum finds relate the world of the arts. The Minneapolis Firefighters Hall & Museum is something different entirely, and features over 12,000 square feet of historic items from Minnesota fire departments dating back to the 1860′s. There are fire trucks, fire equipment, historic photos, and interactive displays for children.The museum collection includes a Thief River Falls steam pumper, a 1919 Mankato aerial ladder, a 1932 engine, and lots of other historic firefighting apparatus, and equipment. The museum also houses a library with an extensive collection of literature on fire department apparatus, history, and all things relating to firefighting.