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Warschauer Pl. 6, 10245 Berlin, Germany
As someone who appreciates "champagne taste on a beer budget," PLUS Hostel Berlin was right up my alley. The hostel boasts amenities like an indoor pool, sauna, laundry room, courtyard, art gallery, full bar and restaurant and location next to...
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6010 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419, USA
Tucked inside a sprawling floral and garden center in Minneapolis is a mini Europe—more specifically, a French café with blue-checkered tables. The Parisian-born owners offer an impressive selection of classics, from croissants to bouchée à la...
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Minnehaha Falls, Minneapolis, MN 55417, USA
Minnehaha Park is a serene 193-acre green space along the Mississippi River that features a 53-foot waterfall. During the winter, the falls turn to ice, making for a dramatic landscape. With a restaurant on site, bandshell, playground, wading...
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701 N 1st Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403, USA
One of the greatest venues of all time. Still haven't actually been to a show there, however.
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211 7th St W, St Paul, MN 55102, USA
The brand new pasticceria at Cossetta's is gorgeous! Italian marble, long case full of beautiful sweets and some savories, espresso bar, cordials, grappa and liquors, and a feeling you have been transported across the ocean. Don't miss it next...
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360 MN-11, International Falls, MN 56649, USA
Sunset on Lake Kabetogama, storm coming
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212 3rd Ave N #106, Minneapolis, MN 55401, USA
From apparel to accessories, drinking to shaving necessities, MartinPatrick3 has goods and gifts for the rugged modern man covered. Materials like wool, leather, tweed, and denim texturize the store, and colorful socks and watches give it that...
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818 S 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55415, USA
Although the new Guthrie Theater was only completed in 2006, it has a rich history in the resident-theater movement of the 1960s. Architect Jean Nouvel created this stunning masterpiece that is worth visiting even if not attending a show, although...
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36 7th St W, St Paul, MN 55102, USA
Mickey's is an old-school, rail car-style, 24-hr diner located in downtown Saint Paul. It's a famous landmark and serves up the best greasy spoon food in the area. The staff is notoriously gruff but they can also be pretty sweet and cook good food...
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100 Portland Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401, USA
This former railroad bridge, built across the Mississippi River in the 1880s, is now a pedestrian and bike path perfect for strolling between parks. With panoramic views of the downtown skyline, river, and St. Anthony Falls, Stone Arch Bridge is a...
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1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403, USA
With great live music nearly every night, the Dakota Jazz Club provides a wonderful way to spend an evening. I recently took my husband to hear a group that promised something a bit different on his birthday. Baladino, a five-piece band with...
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3510 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408, USA
If Pat's Tap were a person, she would be the girl-next-door with a bit of an edge. She has an open mind and friends in every circle. She's always in-demand, but never over-hyped. She knows how to have a good time, but in a low-key, comfortable...
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Bemidji, MN 56601, USA
In the northern portion of Minnesota, the Mighty Mississippi begins it's trek south as a stream that flows north. Wade into the shallow waters or ramble across the round rocks that form a natural falls where the river leaves Grant Lake. The...
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701 N 1st Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403, USA
Bands of all caliber and genre come through the iconic First Avenue & 7th St Entry music venue. Most famous as the backdrop to Prince's Purple Rain performances, the venue helped Prince get his start in the '80s. It was also home to the early punk...
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112 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414, USA
The dimly lit Nye's bar and restaurant is a step back in time, complete with red carpeting and dark wood paneling. There's live music most every day of the week, and the patrons haven't left since the 1960s (well, not literally). Polka with "The...
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Austin, MN 55912, USA
SPAM - the American Classic. I had never heard of Austin, MN, prior to rolling through the state en route to the West. I stopped in to rest and went on a wander, and discovered that this sleepy town is home to Hormel Foods, purveyors of SPAM....
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374 Selby Ave, St Paul, MN 55102, USA
The bar at WA Frost, you have to come have a drink here at least once. I suspect you will be hooked. It's just such a lovely setting. Weather you have it at the marble top bar, or in the cozy basement with its intimate nooks, or outdoors when the...
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10 Wisconsin St, Grand Marais, MN 55604, USA
This is one of those mandatory stops whenever I head to Minnesota's North Shore along Lake Superior and visit the ittle town of Grand Marais. The donuts here are righfully famous and fantastic, but they also make a specialty called...
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1308 SE 4th St, Minneapolis, MN 55414, USA
Minneapolis has no shortage of good music venues. But the Varsity, located in the funky college neighborhood of Dinkytown, is an exceptionally neat place to catch a gig. The interior is beautiful industrial-chic with exposed brick and pipes and...
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Grand Marais, MN 55604, USA
Following a business trip to the Twin Cities, I decided to take a few days off and head up to the north shore of Lake Superior, just to see what was there. I made it as far north as the town of Grand Marais, where adjacent to the downtown area...
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360 St Peter St, St Paul, MN 55102, USA
Home for a family visit and took a moment to play in the snow downtown St. Paul after a wonderful dinner at Pazzaluna. With a beautiful, dark and cozy dining room, great food and service - a lovely evening!
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3912 Sunnyside Rd, Edina, MN 55424, USA
Pull up a chair at one of the red-checkered tables or grab a stool at the counter at this retro diner serving classic American fare. At the Convention Grill, the burgers are perfectly greasy, the fries are thick-cut and generous enough to share,...
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1423, 200 N 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401, USA
Recently, I visited Minneapolis, Minnesota, which to my fortune is bursting with options for a choose your own adventure trip. If you like kayaking and other outdoor adventure activities, Minneapolis should be on your short-list for singles,...
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215 21st St E, Hastings, MN 55033, USA
Just outside of Hastings' well-preserved, historic city center is Vermillion Falls Park. Our intention was not to have our family/engagement/senior portrait taken, unlike most of the park's occupants, but to explore the Vermillion River waterfall....
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1017 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343, USA
Amazing! Hiking, swimming, camping and the whole out door experience!
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1632 S Ferry St, Anoka, MN 55303, USA
This cute little historical place recently got a new life as a tea cafe. We booked a table for my grandmother's 78th birthday with my mom, my female cousins and my cousins' daughters. The ages ranged from 4 to 78 and everyone had a great time. We...
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Rosenthaler Str. 1, 10119 Berlin, Germany
The more upscale sister establishment to the renowned Circus Hostel across the street, the Circus Hotel combines this bustling location with a style and service that gently impress rather than being in-your-face. The 60 colorful rooms—the...
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John Smith House, Walworth Rd, London SE17 1JL, UK
Located in the Elephant & Castle area on the south side of the Thames, Safestay hostel is chic and shiny new. It's also, budget-friendly! With beds beginning at just 18, Safestay is a great option for visitors to London who are on a strict...
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4903 Winthrop Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46205, USA
I had no idea there was a hostel in my neighborhood until a friend from the UK decided to stay there while in town for a wedding. Located in a cute, historic home in SoBro, Indy Hostel offers shared quarters for travelers looking for a clean,...
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Alte Schönhauser Str. 2, 10119 Berlin, Germany
Don't let the fact that this is a hostel discourage you from staying here. The Wombat hostel was in a great location and a good 3 mile walking distance from the Berlin Wall with several happy hour stops on the way. The hostel is geared towards a...
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Rechte Wienzeile 35, 1040 Wien, Austria
Wombats Hostels are one of the best chains in Europe with three locations in Vienna alone. The Naschmarkt location, however, is easily the best and newest, as it's right across the street from the city's famous local food market and dining...
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50 Blackfriars St, Edinburgh EH1 1NE, UK
Hostels - the word alone is strong enough to awaken the worst feelings in the world. Dirt. Noise. Horny frat boys. Communal bathrooms. EW. But over the last few years, a new trend emerged in Europe, and more recently over the world. Luxury...
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1 Nelly Bay Road, Magnetic Island QLD 4819, Australia
The sound of the ocean's waves lapping the shore greets you when you wake up at Base Backpackers Magnetic Island. As if that's not enough, this Australian hostel is located on Magnetic Island National Park, just a short ferry ride from Townsville,...
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Dělnická 1155/24, 170 00 Praha 7-Holešovice, Czechia
We have 6 girls stay in a room for 2 nights. The room is spacious and clean, beds are comfortable. Receptionists are nice and helpful, you can ask anything about Prague, where to go, what to eat,etc... And he breakfast is fantastic! You even can...
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Via G. Marconi, 358, 84017 Positano SA, Italy
Positano's unreal scenery and excellent limoncello reduce everywhere else to a distant, less attractive memory. Arguably one of the best views in town can be found at Hostel Brikette, Positano's only youth hostel, but book a private room if you're...
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20 SW 2nd Ave, Florida City, FL 33034, USA
Florida City is the gateway to the Florida Everglades, where many people fuel up and get their gear together before wandering into the forest. The Everglades International Hostel is one such place to recharge before days of activity. Tucked into a...
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Fondamenta Zitelle, 86, 30133 Venezia VE, Italy
It seems like a miracle that anything in Venice, especially accommodation, could be affordable. But now that the 36-room Generator Hostel opened on Venice's Guidecca Island, day trippers and the budget-minded can finally afford to drop anchor in...
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29 Johnson St, Chattanooga, TN 37408, USA
Located in Chattanooga's up-and-coming Southside neighborhood, The Crash Pad is unlike anywhere you've ever stayed. This hostel was thoughtfully constructed by people who have stayed in them before and know guests' needs. The owners also went to...